The Best Albums Of 2016

Our top 25 records of the year.

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  • · Posted 13 months Ago
  •  BY Joe Reeve

Well, what a year. Awful in so many ways (Trump, Brexit, the loss of Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen), but the music has been quite phenomenal. Big names like Beyoncé, Drake, Radiohead, Kanye West, David Bowie, A Tribe Called Quest, Frank Ocean and Bon Iver all released albums, and there was a whole lot more to be excited about too.

We’ve picked out our favourite 25 albums for you to peruse, not all of the superstars above have made it onto the list (sorry Drizzy, you’ll be on our Best Of 2016 Playlist though), but one of them has topped it, and that is Frank Ocean with Blonde.

Blonde’s unprecedented levels of hype spawned a load of internet rants and memes, but when it was finally released we were completely blown away by it’s sincerity, power and sheer beauty. We could at last ignore all of the funny stuff and just listen.

The album begins with "Nikes", opening with a simple electronic beat together with some soft synth padding - about 10-seconds in there's some background noise brought forward in the mix, it sounds a little bit like a cassette being taken out of a player, turned around and put back in again, or it could just be something as ordinary as a recording of someone putting an object on a table. Whatever it is though, the effect is astounding. Immediately you are drawn in to Frank’s world, feeling almost as if you’re not supposed to be listening. This feeling grows throughout the album as it unravels to be an incredibly intimate and deeply personal collection of tracks which are absolutely spectacular.

Take a listen to Blonde and see our other picks for the best albums of 2016 below. If you want to check out all of the albums we’ve listened to this year (there are a lot of really great ones that are not on our list), subscribe to our Recommended Albums Playlist over on Spotify.

Thanks very much for listening to and following the music we’ve shared this year on HUH. Stay tuned for our Best Of 2016 Playlist coming early next week.

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25. DIIV - Is The Is Are

24. Jessy Lanza - Oh No

23. Drugdealer - The End Of Comedy

22. Francis and the Lights - Farewell, Starlite!

21. Gaika - Spaghetto

20. Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

19. Kano - Made In The Manor

18. Anohni - Hopelessness

17. Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth

16. Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.

15. Kaytranada - 99.9%

14. BADBADNOTGOOD - IV

13. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

12. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

11. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

10. Beyoncé - Lemonade

9. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

8. Cass McCombs - Mangy Love

7. Angel Olsen - My Woman

6. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

5. Bon Iver - 22, A Million

4. Solange - A Seat At The Table

3. Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo

2. David Bowie - Blackstar

1. Frank Ocean - Blonde

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