Album Of The Year 2016Pitchfork: 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 RankStereogumNPRRolling StoneSlantConsequence of Sound
1Solange - A Seat At The Table661111319
2Frank Ocean - Blonde524564
3Beyoncé - Lemonade412131
4David Bowie - 153253
5Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo99 - 82 -
6Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book7310382
7A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service1441730412
8Anohni - Hopelessness10193235 - 5
9Angel Olsen - My Woman872534 - 7
10Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool313156113
11Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition1710 - 19 - 25
12Bon Iver - 22, A Million1215522 - 9
13Anderson .Paak - Malibu27127 - - 8
14Blood Orange - Freetown Sound63 - - 282414
15Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree223 - 2076
16Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered.9740 - - - -
17Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker1134 - 9910
18Mitski - Puberty 22082923 - 11
19Rihanna - Anti68201225 - -
20Nicolas Jaar - Sirens250+ - - - - 29
21Young Thug - JEFFERY86 - 2410 - 45
22YG - Still Brazy250+32 - - - -
23Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch2938 - - 2521
24Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial1811842318
25Kaytranada - 99.9%353613 - - 22
26Parquet Courts - Human Performance49 - - 17 - -
27NoName Gypsy - Telefone250+2822 - - 36
28NxWorries - Yes Lawd!250+ - - - - -
29Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - EARS31 - 30 - - -
30Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution250+ - 2848 - -
31Whitney - Light Upon The Lake38 - - - - 38
32Elza Soares - The woman of the end of the world250+ - - - - -
33Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night250+ - - 40 - -
34Kevin Morby - Singing Saw250+ - - - - -
35Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam* - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine250+ - - - - -
36Jamila Woods - HEAVN250+3727 - - 26
37King - We Are King250+ - - - - -
38Schoolboy Q - Blank Face LP8714 - - - 15
39Moodymann - DJ-Kicks250+ - - - - -
40Vijay Iyer / Wadada Leo Smith - A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke250+ - - - - -
41Huerco S. - For Those Of You Who Have Never250+ - - - - -
42Vince Staples - Prima Donna250+ - - - - -
43Weyes Blood - Front Row Seat To Earth250+ - - - - -
44Kevin Gates - Islah250+ - - - - 42
45William Tyler - Modern Country250+ - - - - -
46Pinegrove - Cardinal462438 - - 30
47Kamaiyah - A Good Night In The Ghetto250+16 - - - -
48Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing250+44 - - - 28
49Porches - Pool250+ - - - - -
5021 Savage & Metro Boomin - Savage Mode250+ - - - - -

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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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