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NPR’s top 50 albums of 2016


End of Year List season continues apace, as NPR has dropped their 50 favorite albums of 2016, not long after sharing their top 100 songs. You’ll see many of the same names featured on that list, as many of the at-this-point usual suspects (Bowie, Beyonce, Frank Ocean Chance the Rapper, Car Seat Headrest, Bon Iver, etc.) showed highly here, as did a few NPR-ish curveballs (like opera singer Barbara Hannigan, contemporary classical composer David T Little, or A-WA, an Israeli group of three sisters with the last name “Haim” who actually aren’t the band Haim). Queen Bey didn’t quite make it to #1 — as she has on many lists — although if you had guessed that a Knowles would be #1…check out that full list below.

NPR — Top 50 Albums of 2016
50. Catherine Russell – Harlem on My Mind
49. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
48. Domo Genesis – Genesis
47. Y La Bamba – Ojos Del Sol
46. Steven Julien – Fallen
45. Mal Devisa – Kiid
44. New York Philharmonic/Alan Gilbert – Rouse: Symphonic Works
43. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
42. Pure Disgust – Pure Disgust
41. Carl Gari and Abdullah Miniawy – Darraje
40. Aaron Lee Tasjan – Silver Tears
39. Tweet – Charlene
38. Pinegrove – Cardinal
37. Rene Marie – Sound of Red
36. Maren Morris – Hero
35. Pavel Kolesnikov – Chopin Mazurkas
34. Lori McKenna – The Bird and the Rifle
33. Logan Richardson – Shift
32. Anonhi – Hopelessness
31. Big Thief – Masterpiece
30. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – EARS
29. Mitski – Puberty 2
28. Esperanza Spalding – Emily D+Evolution
27. Jamila Woods – HEAVN
26. Noura Mint Seymali – Arbina
25. Angel Olsen – My Woman
24. Young Thug – Jeffery
23. A-WA – Habib Halbi
22. Noname – Telefone
21. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
20. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daugter
19. David T. Little – Dog Days
18. Laura Mvula – The Dreaming Room
17. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
16. Carrie Rodriguez – Lola
15. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
14. Drive-By Truckers – American Band
13. Kaytranada – 99.9%
12. Rihanna – Anti
11. Xenia Rubinos – Black Terry Cat
10. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
9. Miranda Lambert – The Weight of these Wings
8. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
7. Anderson .Paak – Malibu
6. Barbara Hannigan/Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Andris Nelsons
5. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
4. Frank Ocean – Blonde
3. David Bowie – Blackstar
2. Beyonce – Lemonade
1. Solange – A Seat at the Table

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