Best of 2016: Under the Radar, Sunday Times, Guardian, Gigwise, Diffuser, Cultured Vultures, Harper's Bazaar, Drowned in Sound, The Nerdist

by VVN Music

Here are nine more year-end polls, bringing the total we've reported up to 53, the largest sampling of year-end polls that we've ever assembled in our eleven year history.

What is very different this year is how stable the choices are even when the total number of surveys is increased by 20 or 30%. David Bowie's Blackstar isn't budging from the top, now appearing on an amazing 48 of the 53 surveys. Radiohead's A Moon Shaped Pool is also fareing extremely well on 42 surveys and A Tribe Called Quest on 39.

The top five on each survey is listed followed by all positions with veteran artists.

Under the Radar's Top 100 Albums of 2016
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 03. My Woman - Angel Olsen
  • 04. Junk - M83
  • 05. Freetown Sound - Blood Orange
  • 08. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 11. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 12. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld
  • 15. Blind Spot EP - Lush
  • 16. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 27. Luck or Magic - Britta Phillips
  • 40. Chaosmosis - Primal Scream
  • 54. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  • 75. Schmilco - Wilco
  • 88. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop 
  • 92. Night Thoughts - Suede
  • 01. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 02. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 03. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
  • 04. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
  • 05. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 06. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 15. And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul
  • 17. FLOTUS - Lambchop
  • 20. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  • 21. Black America Again - Common
  • 24. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell
  • 26. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 30. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
The Guardian's Top 40 Albums of 2016
  • 01. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 02. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 03. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 04. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
  • 05. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 10. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 11. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 18. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 19. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 34. FLOTUS - Lambchop
  • 37. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k..d. lang, Laura Veirs
  • 38. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 03. Night Thoughts - Suede
  • 04. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 05. Hamburg Demonstrations - Peter Doherty
  • 07. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead 
  • 08. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • 14. Same Language, Different Worlds - Tim Burgess & Peter Gordon
  • 15. Epic Jammers & Fortunate Little Ditties - Bonnie "Prince" Billie and Bitchin' Bajas
  • 18. Hardwired...To Self Destruct - Metallica
  • 26. Ft. - Hifi Sean
  • 44. Blue & Lonesome - Rolling Stones
  • 50. Con-Struct - Conrad Schnitzler / Schneider TM
  • 51. Gore - Deftones
  • 01. Teens in Denial - Car Seat Headrest
  • 02. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 03. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 04. Lemonade - Beyonce
  • 05. American Band - Drive By Truckers
  • 10. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop
  • 12. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 14. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 20. Schmilco - Wilco
  • 23. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k..d. lang, Laura Veirs
  • 24, Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon
  • 27. Bases Loaded - Melvins
  • 28. FLOTUS - Lambchop
  • 29. The Hope Six Demolition Project - P.J. Harvey
  • 31. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 33. Rainbow Ends - Emitt Rhodes
  • 34. The Deaner Album - The Dean Ween Group
  • 35. Upland Stories - Robbie Fulks
  • 37. Revolution Radio - Green Day
  • 40. Patch the Sky - Bob Mould
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. LVL II - Levelz
  • 03. Malibu - Anderson .Paak
  • 04. Colour Theory - Submotion Orchestra
  • 05. Chaos 93 - Ocean Wisdom
  • 29. Anything But Words - Banks & Steelz
  • 43. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 01. Blonde - Frank Ocean
  • 02. Malibu - Anderson .Paak
  • 03. Leomonade - Beyonce
  • 04. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
  • 05. untitled unmastered - Kendrick Lamar
  • 08. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 10. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 16. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 19. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
  • 03. I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It - The 1975
  • 04. Hopelessness - Anohni
  • 05. Fading Lines - Amber Arcades
  • 09. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
  • 10. Night Thoughts - Suede
  • 01. Blackstar - David Bowie
  • 02. A Seat at the Table - Solange
  • 03. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen
  • 04. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest
  • 05. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
  • 09. Schmilco - Wilco

VVN Music Top Albums of 2016 by Veteran Artists (After 53 Lists)

VVN Music uses a reverse numbering system on each of the year-end lists to determine the best album by a veteran artist for the year.

To date, we have results from sixteen sources, Rough Trade, Mojo, Uncut, Rolling Stone, NME, Consequences of Sound, Paste, Time, Stereogum, Albumism, American Songwriter, Crack, Digital Trends, Red Bull, NPR, Complex, The Quietus, For the Win, Esquire, Fuse, Vulture, Noisey, Slant, Entertainment Weekly, Faster Louder, A.V. Club, Spin, DigitalSpy, Pop Matters, Cosmopolitan, Dazed, Pretty Much Amazing, Uproxx, Dummy,  Pitchfork, Billboard, Fact, Blare, Vinyl Factory, Line of Best Fit, Tiny Mix Tapes, Gothamist, Salon, The Atlantic, Under the Radar, Sunday Times, Guardian, Gigwise, Diffuser, Cultured Vultures, Harper's Bazaar, Drowned in Sound and The Nerdist.

The top ten with number of year-end lists on which the album appeared:
  1. Blackstar - David Bowie (48)
  2. A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead (42)
  3. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service - A Tribe Called Quest (39)
  4. You Want It Darker - Leonard Cohen (31)
  5. Skeleton Tree - Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (27)
  6. American Band - Drive-By Truckers (11)
  7. Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop (13)
  8. FLOTUS - Lambchop (11)
  9. Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon (9)
  10. Schmilco - Wilco (10)
  11. The Hope Demolition Project PJ Harvey (9)
  12. case/lang/veirs - Neko Case, k.d. lang, Laura Veirs (7)
  13. Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future - Underworld (8)
  14. Black America Again - Common (5)
  15. Here - Teenage Fanclub (4)
  16. blackSUMMERS'night - Maxwell (8)
  17. Night Thoughts - Suede (5)
  18. And the Anonymous Nobody - De La Soul (5)
  19. The Ghost of Highway 20 - Lucinda Williams (4)
  20. The Ship - Brian Eno (3)

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