Album Of The Year 2016Rolling Stone: 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 RankStereogumConsequence of SoundPitchforkNPRSlant
1Beyoncé - Lemonade411323
2David Bowie - 153435
3Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book7326108
4Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial18111824823
5Frank Ocean - Blonde524246
6Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool3131310151
7The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome102 - - - - -
8Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo99 - 5 - 2
9Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker11341017 - 9
10Young Thug - JEFFERY86 - 452124 -
11Solange - A Seat At The Table66191113
12Paul Simon - Stranger To Stranger54 - - - - -
13Maren Morris - Hero138 - - - 36 -
14Green Day - Revolution Radio149 - - - - -
15LVL UP - Return To Love250+ - - - - -
16Miranda Lambert - The Weight Of These Wings83 - - - 9 -
17Parquet Courts - Human Performance49 - - 26 - -
18The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It1921 - - 21 -
19Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition17102511 - -
20Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree223615 - 7
21Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter44 - - - 2017
22Bon Iver - 22, A Million12159125 -
23Mitski - Puberty 2208111829 -
24Drive-By Truckers - American Band60 - - - 1419
25Rihanna - Anti6820 - 1912 -
26Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide To Earth8226 - - 4915
27Brandy Clark - Big Day In A Small Town250+ - - - - -
28Blood Orange - Freetown Sound63 - 1414 - 24
29Mudcrutch - 2250+ - - - - -
30A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service144127174
31White Lung - Paradise511748 - - -
32Alicia Keys - Here250+ - - - - -
33Sting - 57th & 9th250+ - - - - -
34Angel Olsen - My Woman877925 -
35Anohni - Hopelessness10195832 -
36Metallica - Hardwired...To Self-Destruct250+ - - - - -
37Bonnie Raitt - Dig In Deep250+ - - - - -
38Tove Lo - Lady Wood250+ - - - - 18
39Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night250+ - - - - -
40Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night250+ - - 33 - -
41Wilco - Schmilco67 - 16 - - -
42Drake - Views250+ - - - - -
43Future - Evol250+ - - - - -
44The Monkees - Good Times!250+ - - - - -
45Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression21 - 50 - - -
46Norah Jones - Day Breaks250+ - - - - -
47Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things107 - 20 - - -
48Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution250+ - - 3028 -
49Dawes - We're All Gonna Die250+ - - - - -
50Death Grips - Bottomless Pit250+ - - - - -

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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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