Our Top 10 Must Listen To Albums of 2016!
It’s been a difficult year for music, with the passing of some all-time legends such as David Bowie… And yet, it’s also been an incredibly good one. With some of our favourite bands such as Green Day and Metallica making comebacks, there’s been no shortage of fantastic albums. We really don’t know how we managed to narrow it down to ten… It’s been difficult leaving off some incredible albums.
But the following ten releases truly are the best of the best! All of them are guaranteed to knock you off your feet… So make sure you take a seat before you start listening. So sit back, relax and take a look through our top ten must listen to albums of 2016… in no particular order.
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1. Blackstar by David Bowie
Let’s start with the most obvious one. David Bowie’s twenty-sixth and final album makes for a pretty difficult listen and that’s mainly due to the context surrounding its release. With Bowie passing away only a few days after its release, Blackstar was his last gift to the world. And man what a gift. Thank you, Starman.
2. Revolution Radio by Green Day
It’s Green Day – do we need to say anymore? Carrying a bold political theme like many of the band’s best albums (see American Idiot), Revolution Radio is pretty much wall-to-wall gold. If you haven’t listened to this album yet, do it right now. Go on, do it. (Actually, wait, finish reading this list first!)
3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold
We were hesitant about this album at first, we’ll admit it. How were Avenged Sevenfold going to follow up an album as fantastic as Hail to the King? Well, with an album that can only be described as all out EPIC! The Stage is Avenged Sevenfold’s longest album and maybe their best one, feeling like an incredible journey. When you eventually finish it you’ll just want to listen to it all over again.
4. Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco
Of course this album was going to be good… Of course it was going to knock our socks off… The singles released in the build to the album’s release (‘Hallelujah’, Victorious’, ‘Emperor’s New Clothes’…) were so good that we kind of got worried that the rest of the album wouldn’t live up to their greatness. Well, Brendon has never disappointed us before and he doesn’t disappoint us here!
5. The Serenity of Suffering by Korn
Korn have got one of the most consistent nu-metal discographies out there, and their twelfth album doesn’t disappoint. The chaotic and dark lead single ‘Rotting in Vain’ shows the band doing what they do best and really sets the tone for the rest of the album. The Serenity of Suffering is everything we love about Korn and more.
6. The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers
It feels like it’s been a long, long time since the last RHCP album, when in reality it’s only really been five years. Still… that’s way too long. The Getaway is filled to the brim with fantastic songs, like ‘Dark Necessities’, ‘Go Robot’, ‘Sick Love’, ‘We Turn Red’… Okay, if we keep going we’re just gonna end up listing every song on the album!
7. Gore by Deftones
Deftones continued to get even more experimental on their eighth album and are really on the top of their game here. There are just so many great songs on Gore, from the monstrous and huge ‘Prayers/Triangles’ to the Jerry Cantrell featuring ‘Phantom Bride’… Deftones are pretty much in their own league.
8. Hardwired… to Self-Destruct by Metallica
What’s better than a new Metallica album? How about a new Metallica double album?! Hardwired… to Self-Destruct features some of the band’s best songs in years – from the Amy Winehouse inspired ‘Moth Into Flame’ to ‘Hardwired’, a thrashing return to what the band do best. It’s two discs of glorious awesomeness.
9. California by Blink-182
We were kind of hesitant of California at first, due to it featuring a change of vocalists for the band. It was hard to know whether Matt Skiba could really capture the spirit of the band’s early albums that we love so much (Dude Ranch, Enema of the State…) Luckily lead single ‘Bored to Death’ put all our fears to rest, showing that Blink-182 really are back. This album is wall-to-wall punk goodness.
10. Ellipsis by Biffy Clyro
After their incredible double album Opposites, we were expecting Biffy’s next release to be a bit of a step-down… But nope – Ellipsis is just straight-up awesome. From the weirdly haunting opening of ‘Wolves of Winter’ to the incredible closer ‘In the Name of the Wee Man’, this album is everything we hoped it would be and more. Mon the Biff!
So crank up the speakers and end the year with a bang! If you haven’t listened to all of these albums yet, you better get on it!
What’s your personal favourite album of the year? Did it make it onto our list? Hit us up on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #bbuk2016picks. We’re always looking for something new to listen to!