NPR Music's 50 Best Albums of 2016

NPR Music's 50 Best Albums of 2016

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50. Catherine Russell - Harlem On My Mind

Catherine Russell - Harlem On My Mind
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

49. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
April 15, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
83
16 reviews
User Score
79
232 reviews

48. Domo Genesis - Genesis

Domo Genesis - Genesis
March 25, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
67
6 reviews
User Score
69
51 reviews

47. Y La Bamba - Ojos Del Sol

Y La Bamba - Ojos Del Sol
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
79
2 reviews

46. Steven Julien - Fallen

Steven Julien - Fallen
July 15, 2016
Deep House
Critic Score
73
3 reviews
User Score
70
8 reviews

45. Mal Devisa - Kiid

Mal Devisa - Kiid
March 1, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
81
1 review
User Score
83
4 reviews

44. New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert & Christopher Rouse - Odna Zhizn - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Prospero's Rooms

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert & Christopher Rouse - Odna Zhizn - Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 - Prospero's Rooms
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

43. Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day

Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day
March 25, 2016
Singer-Songwriter
Critic Score
80
4 reviews
User Score
82
7 reviews

42. Pure Disgust - Pure Disgust

Pure Disgust - Pure Disgust
July 13, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
64
1 review

41. Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - Darraje

Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - Darraje
March 1, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

40. Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears

Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears
October 28, 2016
Americana
Critic Score
76
5 reviews
User Score
76
3 reviews

39. Tweet - Charlene

Tweet - Charlene
February 26, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
79
6 reviews

38. Pinegrove - Cardinal

Pinegrove - Cardinal
February 12, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
76
197 reviews

37. René Marie - Sound Of Red

René Marie - Sound Of Red
May 13, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

36. Maren Morris - Hero

Maren Morris - Hero
June 3, 2016
Country
Critic Score
75
3 reviews
User Score
70
32 reviews

35. Pavel Kolesnikov - Chopin: Mazurkas

Pavel Kolesnikov - Chopin: Mazurkas
September 2, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

34. Lori McKenna - The Bird & the Rifle

Lori McKenna - The Bird & the Rifle
July 29, 2016
Critic Score
78
3 reviews
User Score
79
7 reviews

33. Logan Richardson - Shift

Logan Richardson - Shift
February 16, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

32. ANOHNI - Hopelessness

ANOHNI - Hopelessness
May 6, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
81
27 reviews
User Score
78
424 reviews

31. Big Thief - Masterpiece

Big Thief - Masterpiece
May 27, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
76
87 reviews

30. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS
April 1, 2016
Folktronica
Critic Score
80
7 reviews
User Score
77
69 reviews

29. Mitski - Puberty 2

Mitski - Puberty 2
June 17, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
24 reviews
User Score
80
402 reviews

28. Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution

Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
March 4, 2016
Jazz Fusion
Critic Score
83
10 reviews
User Score
75
186 reviews

27. Jamila Woods - HEAVN

Jamila Woods - HEAVN
July 7, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
83
4 reviews
User Score
80
61 reviews

26. Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina

Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina
September 16, 2016
Critic Score
75
4 reviews
User Score
77
2 reviews

25. Angel Olsen - My Woman

Angel Olsen - My Woman
September 2, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
86
30 reviews
User Score
82
496 reviews

24. Young Thug - Jeffery

Young Thug - Jeffery
August 26, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
78
11 reviews
User Score
76
193 reviews

23. A-WA - Habib Galbi

A-WA - Habib Galbi
June 10, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
81
3 reviews

22. Noname - Telefone

Noname - Telefone
July 31, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
81
8 reviews
User Score
80
180 reviews

21. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It

The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
February 26, 2016
Synthpop
Critic Score
71
21 reviews
User Score
63
180 reviews

20. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
March 25, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
10 reviews
User Score
76
72 reviews

19. David T. Little - Dog Days

David T. Little - Dog Days
September 9, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

18. Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room

Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room
June 17, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
77
9 reviews
User Score
74
41 reviews

17. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service

A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
November 11, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
84
392 reviews

16. Carrie Rodriguez - Lola

Carrie Rodriguez - Lola
February 19, 2016
Critic Score
80
3 reviews
User Score
71
2 reviews

15. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
May 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
87
34 reviews
User Score
86
1001 reviews

14. Drive-By Truckers - American Band

Drive-By Truckers - American Band
September 30, 2016
Alt-Country
Critic Score
85
13 reviews
User Score
74
55 reviews

13. KAYTRANADA - 99.9%

KAYTRANADA - 99.9%
May 6, 2016
Electronic
Critic Score
78
19 reviews
User Score
77
281 reviews

12. Rihanna - ANTI

Rihanna - ANTI
January 27, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
70
28 reviews
User Score
72
464 reviews

11. Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat

Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat
June 3, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
77
5 reviews
User Score
78
47 reviews

10. Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book
May 13, 2016
Hip Hop
Critic Score
85
22 reviews
User Score
77
531 reviews

9. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings

Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
November 18, 2016
Country
Critic Score
80
9 reviews
User Score
78
34 reviews

8. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
May 20, 2016
Indie Rock
Critic Score
82
20 reviews
User Score
82
459 reviews

7. Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Anderson .Paak - Malibu
January 15, 2016
Neo-Soul
Critic Score
79
15 reviews
User Score
81
582 reviews

6. Barbara Hannigan, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Andris Nelsons - let me tell you

Barbara Hannigan, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra & Andris Nelsons - let me tell you
March 4, 2016
Critic Score
NR
User Score
NR

5. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

Bon Iver - 22, A Million
September 30, 2016
Art Pop
Critic Score
88
33 reviews
User Score
81
673 reviews

4. Frank Ocean - Blonde

Frank Ocean - Blonde
August 20, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
33 reviews
User Score
85
784 reviews

3. David Bowie - Blackstar

David Bowie - Blackstar
January 8, 2016
Art Rock
Critic Score
85
33 reviews
User Score
85
864 reviews

2. Beyoncé - Lemonade

Beyoncé - Lemonade
April 23, 2016
R&B
Critic Score
89
30 reviews
User Score
80
758 reviews

1. Solange - A Seat at the Table

Solange - A Seat at the Table
September 30, 2016
Alternative R&B
Critic Score
86
23 reviews
User Score
83
461 reviews
Original Source: http://apps.npr.org/best-music-2016/list/top-albums

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