Top Album Releases of 2016 by Metacritic

It is often hard to compile a list of top music hits of the year. People’s tastes and opinions differ significantly when it comes to music. Here is the list of top music albums by Metacritic for 2016.

  • Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Metascore: 93

User Rating: 8.8

A sad event happened while Nick Cave was working on their 16th album. He lost his 15-year old son in an accident. So, this album is melancholic, but a masterpiece; a masterpiece has emerged from an unspeakable event.


  • Lemonade by Beyoncé

Meta Score: 92

User Rating: 7.8

The Telegraph has termed it “by far Beyoncé’s strongest album.” The videos complement music very well. It is a stunning album where Beyoncé explores new sounds. It is one of must listen for 2016. This album has the highest user rating in this top 5 music albums list.


  • A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

Meta Score: 88

User Rating: 9.2

A Moon Shaped Pool is the ninth full-length studio album by Radiohead. This has been termed as the best, or at least one of the best, album of the British band. It is pleasing and elegant music. The Telegraph termed it as the most melodically accessible collection by the band.


  • Upland Stories by Robbie Fulks

Meta Score: 87

User Rating: 3.2

This country music album has a very high Metascore while a very low user rating. Given the narrow following of such kind of music, it is not very surprising. Fulks has composed richer and rewarding songs in this album, Blurt Magazine has said in its review. He understands the lesson learned, and his artistry lies in humor, talent, and grace.


  • Blackstar by David Bowie

Meta Score: 87

User Rating: 8.8

This seven-track album is the 25th full-length studio release. This Rock/Pop album has been highly appreciated by the critics and the users alike. It has elastic voices and catchy melodies.