Album Of The Year 2016NPR: Albums of the Year

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The table shows the closest 5 matches from the end of year lists in our database. Results go from left to right in decreasing order of how similar a list is to this published list.

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Overall RankPitchforkStereogumRolling StoneConsequence of SoundSlant
1Solange - A Seat At The Table616111913
2Beyoncé - Lemonade431113
3David Bowie - 145235
4Frank Ocean - Blonde522546
5Bon Iver - 22, A Million121215229 -
6Hans Abrahamsen, Barbara Hannigan - Let Me Tell You96 - - - - -
7Anderson .Paak - Malibu271312 - 8 -
8Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial18241141823
9Miranda Lambert - The Weight Of These Wings83 - - 16 - -
10Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book763328
11Xenia Rubinos - Black Terry Cat250+ - - - - -
12Rihanna - Anti68192025 - -
13Kaytranada - 99.9%352536 - 22 -
14Drive-By Truckers - American Band60 - - 24 - 19
15Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool310136131
16Carrie Rodriguez & The Sacred Hearts - Lola250+ - - - - -
17A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service147430124
18Laura Mvula - The Dreaming Room250+ - - - - -
19David T. Little - Dog Days250+ - - - - -
20Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter44 - - 21 - 17
21The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It19 - 2118 - -
22NoName Gypsy - Telefone250+2728 - 36 -
23A-WA - Habib Galbi250+ - - - - -
24Young Thug - JEFFERY8621 - 1045 -
25Angel Olsen - My Woman897347 -
26Noura Mint Seymali - Arbina80 - - - - -
27Jamila Woods - HEAVN250+3637 - 26 -
28Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution250+30 - 48 - -
29Mitski - Puberty 2201882311 -
30Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS3129 - - - -
31Big Thief - Masterpiece250+ - - - - -
32Anohni - Hopelessness10819355 -
33Logan Richardson - Shift250+ - - - - -
34Lori McKenna - The Bird & The Rifle250+ - - - - -
35Pavel Kolesnikov - Chopin Mazurkas250+ - - - - -
36Maren Morris - Hero250+ - - 13 - -
37René Marie - Sound of Red250+ - - - - -
38Pinegrove - Cardinal464624 - 30 -
39Tweet - Charlene250+ - - - - -
40Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears250+ - - - - -
41Carl Gari & Abdullah Miniawy - Darraje250+ - - - - -
42Pure Disgust - Pure Disgust250+ - - - - -
43Parker Millsap - The Very Last Day250+ - - - - -
44Christopher Rouse, New York Philharmonic*, Alan Gilbert - Odna Zhizn · Symphonies 3 & 4 · Prospero's Rooms250+ - - - - -
45Mal Devisa - Kiid250+ - 29 - - -
46Steven Julien - Fallen250+ - - - - -
47Y La Bamba - Ojos Del Sol250+ - - - - -
48Domo Genesis - Genesis250+ - - - - -
49Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth82 - 2626 - 15
50Catherine Russell - Harlem On My Mind250+ - - - - -

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How the overall rank is calculated

Our scoring system for the overall ranking is designed to provide just the right combination of big rewards for appearing high up in any list, with a little something thrown in for the consistent performers. Points are awarded as follows:

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