The Best Albums of 2016

As 2016 comes to a close, it's time to rank the best music released during the previous twelve months. Only time will tell if 2016 yields music that lasts generations from now. At the moment, however, the best albums of 2016 reveal that this past year has given music lovers some excellent music to enjoy while waiting for time to sort out which albums will still be enjoyed in future decades.

Honorable Mentions: Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch, Wow to the Deadness - Steve Taylor and the Danielson Foil, Slow Trauma - Bill Mallonee, Stranger to Stranger - Paul Simon, Sea of Noise - St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Post Pop Depression - Iggy Pop, We Can Do Anything - Violent Femmes, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not - Dinosaur Jr., Hero - Maren Morris.

15. Lemonade - Beyoncé

Universally praised, Lemonade proves that Beyoncé is still the Queen of the pop music mountain. Whether or not you appreciate her political statements, it's next to impossible to deny that Beyoncé knows how to create catchy, enjoyable, and interesting pop music; a talent that is sadly lacking in most of the musicians currently dominating the Top 40 charts.