The Edge’s Top Albums of 2016: Numbers 31-50


What happens when you take 12 months, 24 five-star album reviews, 26 extra picks carefully selected from dozens of suggestions, and 37 Edge writers? A comprehensive look at 2016’s best music, of course! Today, we begin with a rapid dash through from 50 to 31 before pausing to give a little more detail from tomorrow. Check back daily until we announce the winner on December 31st and have a listen to our Spotify playlist to catch up with all the music in question in one handy place.


“A unique proposal in modern pop, with confrontational and uncomfortable lyrics built to challenge as much as to make you dance.”

49: Miike Snow – iii

“I called this as my album of the year in March. Giving us ‘Genghis Khan’ is reason enough.”

=45: Mrs. Magician – Bermuda

“A mellowed out joy suitable for all your melancholic, out-of-body experience needs.”

=45: Deap Vally – Femejism

“A hard-hitting and empowering record for the masses.”

=45: Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well

“Aggressive, muscular, and diverse.”

=45: Against The Current – In Our Bones

“A near-flawless debut that proves pop-rock isn’t dead.”

=43: The Range – Potential

“A gorgeous collection of electronic dance music built around samples of anonymous YouTube artists – a celebration of art’s inherent value.”

=43: Lido – Everything

“An electric full-length debut from a Norwegian producer-cum-vocalist most comfortable with remixes and, it seems, passionate eruptions.”

42: Gold Panda – Good Luck And Do Your Best

“Foregrounding the essence and atmosphere of Japan, Gold Panda fuses organic sounds with an electronic construction that laces its elements together in a bold package.”

=40: Hands Like Houses – Dissonants

“Fresh, exciting, and utterly incomparable, this is a masterclass in experimental rock done right.”

=40: Crystal Castles – Amnesty (I)

“Channeling the concise production and compositional depth of (III) and with a new vocalist confidently in place, a return to the glowering witch house of its roots just might be Crystal Castles’ magnum opus.”

39: Solange – A Seat At The Table

“The piece of your life you always thought was missing. A professor of harmonies, a leader of a generation: Solange’s album is a defining moment of 2016.”

38: Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

“A sombre, hypnotic affair, though slightly repetitive, that will catch you up in its rhythm.”

=36: The Superweaks – Better Heavens

“A unique, hugely enjoyable, and fresh listen.”

=36: Frightened Rabbit – Painting Of A Panic Attack

“A hauntingly beautiful record that moves the band in a brilliantly fresh direction: one that is undoubtedly dark, melancholic, and, as a somewhat strange result, gorgeously enticing.”

35: Gallant – Ology

“Without any doubt, Gallant’s is the most stunning new voice of 2016. His falsetto could make anything hypnotic, and fortunately Ology rarely needs it to.”

34: Grouplove – Big Mess

“‘You’re such a big mess / But I love you’ is the only phrase that can fully encapsulate this absolute beauty of an album.”

33: Alter Bridge – The Last Hero

“Almost a spectacular epic of rock and metal, Alter Bridge’s fifth album is a triumphant return.”

32: Peter Doherty – Hamburg Demonstrations

“A delightful album that showcases what Doherty’s really very good at: lovely poetic lyrics with fantastic melodies.”

31: A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service

“One of the most important rap albums of the year, a fitting send-off for A Tribe Called Quest, and a wonderful tribute to Phife Dawg.”

Check out our Spotify playlist to hear tracks from these albums and more, updating daily as we announce the top 50 in full


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