50 Best Albums Of 2016

From David Bowie to Car Seat Headrest, the best new music of the past 12 months, as selected by the staff and writers of MOJO magazine.

By The MOJO List, StoriesMOJO Staff
50 Best Albums Of 2016

YOU MAY HAVE record vouchers to spend (if they still have those). Or you may just be wondering, What exactly are the best 50 albums of the last 12 months, as selected by the staff and writers of the world’s most respected music magazine? Or maybe you’ve already seen our celebration of the Best Things Of 2016 in MOJO magazine (the one with Kate Bush on the cover) and merely require a handier digital version of same. Whichever it is, we’re pleased to roll out MOJO’s pick of the new music made and released in 2016. Just click or swipe through the entries below. It’s the usual eclectic and idiosyncratic mix, from superstar R&B stars to obscure jazzniks, hardy perennials, resurgent elder statespersons and, we like to think, the odd curve ball. Anyway, see what you think, and share your thoughts on our ludicrous placings and crazy omissions on MOJO’s Facebook and Twitter feed.

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And if you’d like to read our justifications, plus featurettes on Bowie’s Blackstar opus, Bruce Springsteen’s year of looking back, plus rundowns of the best albums in the specialist genres, from World to Blues to Americana, Urban and Underground and beyond, refer to MOJO 278, the lovingly tooled magazine thing.