Sasha Frere-Jones: 100 Favorite Albums of 2016

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Sasha Frere-Jones: 100 Favorite Albums of 2016. See his spreadsheet for color codes and tiers; we’ve separated anything highlighted with “fire engine red,” which means “an exceptional thing.” Otherwise, albums are listed chronologically.

exceptional

  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Yves De Mey – Drawn with Shadow Pens
  • Rihanna – Anti
  • Kendrick Lamar – Untitled Unmastered
  • Emmy the Great – Second Love
  • Sunwatchers – Sunwatchers
  • Metá Metá – MM3
  • Beyoncé – Lemonade
  • Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  • Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  • Horse Lords – Interventions
  • Autechre – elseq 1-5
  • Abul Mogard – Works
  • Mitski – Puberty 2
  • Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  • 75 Dollar Bill – Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock
  • The Avalanches – Wildflower
  • Vince Staples – Prima Donna
  • Julius Eastman – Femenine
  • Helado Negro – Private Energy
  • Sleaford Mods – T.C.R.
  • A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  • Mika Vainio – Mannerlaatta
  • Air Cushion Finish – Flink

stayed with me

  • Roly Porter – Third Law
  • Wet – Don’t You
  • Meyers – Negative Space (1981–2014)
  • SUGAI KEN – On the Quakefish
  • Clark – The Last Panthers
  • Vijay Iyer & Ishmael Wadada Leo Smith – A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke
  • Jan St. Werner – Felder (Fiepblatter Catalogue #4)
  • Lucy Dacus – No Burden
  • Tashi Dorji & Shane Parish – Expecting
  • Chris Abrahams – Fluid to the Influence
  • Tim Hecker – Love Streams
  • ROM – Possible Mountain
  • Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
  • Jochen Arbeit, Günter Schickert & Schneider TM – ASS
  • You’re Me – Plant Cell Division
  • Aesop Rock – The Impossible Kid
  • Driftmachine – Colliding Contours
  • Julianna Barwick – Will
  • Jim O’Rourke – Steamroom 29
  • Maren Morris – Hero
  • Xenia Rubinos – Black Terry Cat
  • Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger
  • Boobs of DOOM – (((WHITE NOISE)))
  • Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
  • KAYTRANADA – 99.9%
  • Swans – The Glowing Man
  • David Toop – Entities Inertias Faint Beings
  • Jeff Parker – The New Breed
  • Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
  • Noname – Telefone
  • M. Geddes Gengras – Interior Architecture
  • Unearth Noise – Prayer and Resonance
  • TOBACCO – Sweatbox Dynasty
  • Convextion – 2845
  • Aethenor – Hazel
  • Isaiah Rashad – The Sun’s Tirade
  • Princess Nokia – 1992
  • Daniel Lanois – Goodbye to Language
  • Jan Jelinek & Masayoshi Fujita – Schaum
  • Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  • Biosphere – Departed Glories
  • Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  • Luisa Maita – Fio da Memória
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table
  • Innercity Ensemble – III
  • Monolake – VLSI
  • Hanno Leichtmann / Valerio Tricoli – The Future of Discipline
  • The Orb – COW / Chill Out, World!
  • Swet Shop Boys – Cashmere
  • Botany – Deepak Verbera
  • Kassem Mosse – Disclosure
  • Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  • D.R.A.M. – Big Baby D.R.A.M.
  • Weyes Blood – Front Row Seat to Earth
  • Faka – Bottoms Revenge
  • Casino Versus Japan – Frozen Geometry
  • NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
  • Ricardo Villalobos & Oren Ambarchi – Hubris Variation
  • Jay Glass Dubs – New Teeth for an Old Country
  • Mantra Percussion – Michael Gordon: Timber Remixed
  • various artists – Greek Composers of Electronic Music in Sci Fi Soundscapes
  • Qasim Naqv – Chronology
  • Streiber – The Whispering Awakening
  • Hexa – Factory Photographs
  • Oren Ambarchi – Hubris
  • Willie Lane – A Pine Tree Shilling’s Worth of Willie Lane
  • Miranda Lambert – The Weight of These Wings
  • Radian – On Dark Silent Off
  • Mirko – LP1
  • Conrad Schnitzler & Pyrolator – Con-Struct
  • Pinkcourtesyphone – Taking into Account Only a Portion of Your Emotions
  • Mike Majkowski – Swimming in Light
  • Demdike Stare – Wonderland
  • Rob Noyes – The Feudal Spirit
  • Sendai – Ground and Figure
  • Cindytalk – The Labyrinth of the Straight Line