From 35 dead good singles released in 2016 to my top 45 albums from this year.
45. Blossoms – Blossoms
The best British breakthrough band to come out of 2016.
Key track: Getaway
44. David Bowie – Blackstar
You will be dearly missed *heartbroken emoji*
Key track: I Can’t Give Everything Away
43. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
Another year, another mixtape.
Key track: All We Got
42. Izzy Bizu – A Moment of Madness
Fresh and soulful. Like a breath of fresh air.
Key track: White Tiger
41. Melanie C – Version of Me
Sporty gone electronic and cohesive.
Key track: Anymore
40. Lady Gaga – Joanne
Much better than I imagined.
Key track: A-Yo
39. John Legend – Darkness and Light
Soulful as ever.
Key track: Temporarily Painless
38. Robbie Williams – Heavy Entertainment Show
King of my generation of pop. Good to have you back Robbie!
Key track: Love My Life
37. Carly Rae Jepsen – Emotion Side B
Carly Slay strikes again.
Key track: Fever
36. Usher – Hard II Love
Still proving himself to be one of the best R&B stars.
Key track: Crash
35. Garbage – Strange Little Birds
Garbage proving they haven’t lost the spark they had in the 90’s.
Key track: Teaching Little Fingers To Play
34. Rihanna – ANTI
Not my favourite RiRi album at all but some of the songs are some of her best in years.
Key Track: Same ‘Ol Mistakes
33. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Familia
Sophie back with her own sound this time. Folk meets Disco!
Key track: Come With Us
32. KanYe West – The Life of Pablo
The valentines present I needed this year ❤
Key track: Fade
31. Tinashe – Nightride
Late night jams.
Key track: Ride Of Your Life
30. Frank Ocean – Blonde
Worth the wait.
Key track: Pink + White
29. Foxes – All I Need
A great mix of pop.
Key track: Cruel
28. Skepta – Konnichiwa
Grime record of the year.
Key track: That’s Not Me
27. Charlie Puth – Nine Track Mind
A good start.
Key track: We Don’t Talk Anymore
26. Little Mix – Glory Days
Not a patch on their previous two records, but still enjoyable.
Key track: Touch
25. Tove Lo – Ladywood
One of the leading Scandi’s in pop. Such a cool girl.
Key track: Influence
24. DNCE – DNCE
Party jams of 2016.
Key track: Cake By The Ocean
23. Alicia Keys – Here
Always here for an Alicia record.
Key track: In Common
22. Meghan Trainor – Thank You
Meghan with much more sass and fuck boy anthems.
Key Track: NO
21. Craig David – Following My Intuition
Key track: Change My Love
20. JoJo – Mad Love.
Also worth the wait. It’s like she never left!
Key track: I Can Only
19. Twenty88 – Twenty88
Now we have the EP, I need the album!
Key track: Deja Vu
18. ZAYN – Mind of Mine
The R&B album he’s wanted to release for years.
Key track: PILLOWTALK
17. Solange – A Seat at the Table
I will fall in love with this even more next year.
Key track: Don’t You Wait
16. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love!
Childish gone all soulful and funky. Very Prince.
Key track: Redbone
15. Anohni – Hopelessness
Production is off the scale. Fingers crossed for a BRIT nomination next year!
Key track: Watch Me
14. Gallant – Ology
Best soul record of the year.
Key track: Bourbon
13. Lion Babe – Begin
One word: underrated!
Key track: Stressed OUT!
12. Nao – For All We Know
Such cute warm vocals with sick production. My favourite debut album this year.
Key track: Inhale Exhale
11. AlunaGeorge – I Remember
An album full of slow jams and dancey garage anthems. Also underrated.
Key track: I’m In Control
10. J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
Complete underdog. A journey of a record.
Key track: She’s Mine Pt. 1 & 2
09. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Indie pop meets 80’s Duran Duran.
Key track: This Must Be My Dream
08. Banks – The Altar
Banks never fails to deliver a masterpiece.
Key track: This Is Not About Us
07. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
For me, a big grower.
Key track: Into You
06. Drake – Views
Drizzy’s best work since Take Care.
Key track: Feel No Ways
05. Britney Spears – Glory
A really really great pop album.
Key track: D’ya Wanna Come Over?
04. Beyonce – Lemonade
Another grower for me.
Key track: Formation
03. Gwen Stefani – This Is What The Truth Feels Like
A fun falling in love record
Key track: Rare
02. All Saints – Red Flag
The girlband album of 2016. They managed to keep their original unique sound and make it work nearly 20 years later!
Key track: Summer Rain
01. The Weeknd – Starboy
The best Abel record yet.
Key track: Die For You