BEST OF
2016

Music Genres

ROCK

Mitski
Puberty 2
86
critic score (22)
Angel Olsen
My Woman
86
critic score (26)
Jamie T
Trick
81
critic score (10)
Jeff Rosenstock
WORRY.
81
critic score (5)

ELECTRONIC

Elysia Crampton
Demon City
84
critic score (6)
Nicolas Jaar
Sirens
81
critic score (11)
Lambchop
FLOTUS
80
critic score (17)
The Avalanches
Wildflower
79
critic score (25)
Steve Hauschildt
Strands
78
critic score (5)

HIP HOP

Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition
84
critic score (24)
Kate Tempest
Let Them Eat Chaos
84
critic score (10)
Common
Black America Again
83
critic score (8)
YG
Still Brazy
81
critic score (10)
Noname
Telefone
81
critic score (6)
Vince Staples
Prima Donna
81
critic score (11)
NxWorries
Yes Lawd!
79
critic score (16)

INDIE ROCK

Mitski
Puberty 2
86
critic score (22)
Angel Olsen
My Woman
86
critic score (26)
Jeff Rosenstock
WORRY.
81
critic score (5)
The Julie Ruin
Hit Reset
78
critic score (16)
Deerhoof
The Magic
77
critic score (14)

SINGER-SONGWRITER

Bon Iver
22, A Million
89
critic score (27)
John K. Samson
Winter Wheat
83
critic score (5)
Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate
83
critic score (14)
Agnes Obel
Citizen of Glass
80
critic score (6)
Lydia Loveless
Real
78
critic score (12)
Butch Walker
Stay Gold
77
critic score (5)

PSYCHEDELIC

D.D Dumbo
Utopia Defeated
84
critic score (5)
Jamie T
Trick
81
critic score (10)
Thee Oh Sees
A Weird Exits
79
critic score (15)
Jim James
Eternally Even
76
critic score (10)
Grumbling Fur
Furfour
76
critic score (8)
Warpaint
Heads Up
75
critic score (19)
GOAT
Requiem
74
critic score (11)

R&B

Solange
A Seat at the Table
87
critic score (18)
Frank Ocean
Blonde
87
critic score (28)
Maxwell
blackSUMMERS'night
82
critic score (10)
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
82
critic score (23)
Nao
For All We Know
79
critic score (14)
Dawn Richard
Redemption
77
critic score (8)
Frank Ocean
Endless
70
critic score (11)

FOLK

John K. Samson
Winter Wheat
83
critic score (5)
case/lang/veirs
case/lang/veirs
81
critic score (18)
Shirley Collins
Lodestar
79
critic score (6)
Bob Weir
Blue Mountain
77
critic score (5)
Okkervil River
Away
75
critic score (15)

ART POP

Bon Iver
22, A Million
89
critic score (27)
D.D Dumbo
Utopia Defeated
84
critic score (5)
Kate Bush
Before the Dawn
83
critic score (8)
Jenny Hval
Blood Bitch
82
critic score (18)
Tanya Tagaq
Retribution
82
critic score (7)
Sad13
Slugger
77
critic score (13)
Bat For Lashes
The Bride
77
critic score (25)
Laura Mvula
The Dreaming Room
77
critic score (9)

ALTERNATIVE R&B

Solange
A Seat at the Table
87
critic score (18)
Frank Ocean
Blonde
87
critic score (28)
Blood Orange
Freetown Sound
82
critic score (23)
Nao
For All We Know
79
critic score (14)
Dawn Richard
Redemption
77
critic score (8)
Frank Ocean
Endless
70
critic score (11)
How to Dress Well
Care
69
critic score (13)

SYNTHPOP

Shura
Nothing's Real
78
critic score (15)
C Duncan
The Midnight Sun
78
critic score (10)
Sad13
Slugger
77
critic score (13)
Bastille
Wild World
73
critic score (9)
Roosevelt
Roosevelt
72
critic score (9)
Puro Instinct
Autodrama
70
critic score (8)

ALTERNATIVE ROCK

Jamie T
Trick
81
critic score (10)
Honeyblood
Babes Never Die
76
critic score (13)
Biffy Clyro
Ellipsis
69
critic score (10)
Savoy Motel
Savoy Motel
68
critic score (5)

ELECTROPOP

Nao
For All We Know
79
critic score (14)
Dawn Richard
Redemption
77
critic score (8)
Tove Lo
Lady Wood
72
critic score (12)
AlunaGeorge
I Remember
69
critic score (14)
Banks
The Altar
68
critic score (13)
Phantogram
Three
67
critic score (13)
The Weeknd
Starboy
66
critic score (20)

METAL

Gojira
Magma
81
critic score (9)
Inter Arma
Paradise Gallows
80
critic score (5)
Avenged Sevenfold
The Stage
72
critic score (6)

SOUL

Solange
A Seat at the Table
87
critic score (18)
Michael Kiwanuka
Love & Hate
83
critic score (14)
Maxwell
blackSUMMERS'night
82
critic score (10)
NxWorries
Yes Lawd!
79
critic score (16)
Kadhja Bonet
The Visitor
75
critic score (5)
Alicia Keys
HERE
72
critic score (12)

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