"Rolling Stone's" 20 Best Albums of the Year

November 29, 2016

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Now that Thanksgiving is over, everyone will be rolling out their ‘Best of 2016’ lists . . . and this year, “Rolling Stone” is up first with their rundown of ‘The 50 Best Albums of the Year.’  Here’s the Top 20 . . .


1.  “Lemonade”, Beyoncé


2.  “Blackstar”, David Bowie


3.  “Coloring Book”, Chance the Rapper


4.  “Teens of Denial”, Car Seat Headrest


5.  “Blonde”, Frank Ocean


6.  “A Moon Shaped Pool”, Radiohead


7.  “Blue and Lonesome”, The Rolling Stones.  It comes out this Friday.


8.  “The Life of Pablo”, Kanye West


9.  “You Want It Darker”, Leonard Cohen


10.  “Jeffery”, Young Thug


11.  “A Seat at the Table”, Solange


12.  “Stranger to Stranger”, Paul Simon


13.  “Hero”, Maren Morris


14.  “Revolution Radio”, Green Day


15.  “Return to Love”, LVL UP


16.  “The Weight of These Wings”, Miranda Lambert


17.  “Human Performance”, Parquet Courts


18.  “I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It”, The 1975


19.  “Atrocity Exhibition”, Danny Brown


20.  “Skeleton Tree”, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds



Of course, there’s still a month left in 2016, so they jumped the gun a little.  It’s unclear how many albums they were able to hear that aren’t out yet . . . other than the new Stones album, which is on their list. That said, there aren’t many high profile albums set to come out over the next month.  John Legend and Childish Gambino have albums coming this week,   and Neil Young is releasing one next week.


(In any event, RollingStone.com has the full list, along with brief write-ups on each)