CDsThese are the Top 10 Best Albums of 2016 – based subjectively on my personal listening tastes. There were many other good records released this year besides these. In fact, I’ll list a bunch of the other releases from 2016 that didn’t make my personal Top 10. In the meantime, I suggest checking out these 10 listed below. I’d also love to hear from you – what are your Top 10 Best Albums of 2016? Your favorite songs of the year

Top 10 Best Albums of 2016


10. Sumerlands – Sumerlands
I just discovered these guys a few days ago thanks to a year-end list on


9. Whitford/St. Holmes – Reunion (Bonus Disc Version)
What’s so cool about this is that the Bonus Disc Version contains their 1981 album in its entirety. This is some good old fashion rock ‘n’ roll – both albums. Worth the money!


8. Sting – 57th & 9th
Reviews have been mixed but I don’t understand why. This is Sting’s best collective creation since he was dreaming of blue turtles in ’85. It’s not full of jazz or African beats. It’s mostly rock and a few ballads. But they’re all good.


7. Elvis Presley – Way Down in the Jungle Room
Despite being a pretty big Elvis fan, I’d never listened to the 1976 album, From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee. I was more of a Moody Blue guy. But throw both records together with outtakes, alternate versions, and session babble from a somewhat-hyper Elvis, this is a freaking gem that gives fans a glimpse into the last couple of years of Elvis’ life.


6. Cheap Trick – Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise – they’re Cheap Trick for crying out loud! Gone is estranged drummer, Bun E. Carlos. (Who happened to release a solo album this year.) But this is still a solid album.


5. Mudcrutch – Mudcrutch 2
I found this album to be delightfully refreshing after feeling somewhat letdown by the somewhat draggy self-titled album in 2008.


4. Kiefer Sutherland – Down in a Hole
I know. It’s weird. You can’t help but think of Kevin Bacon or Johnny Depp…and, of course, Jack Bauer. But this is a very strong record. Just play it and do your best to forget it’s Kiefer Sutherland. It worked for me, anyway.


3. Desert Mountain Tribe
Most people probably don’t know this rock trio. The album is atmospheric and psychedelic. You should try it.


2. The Virginmarys – Divides
Here’s another rock trio that really got their stuff together for this, their sophomore album. You don’t want to miss this one.


1. Butch Walker – Stay Gold
It doesn’t matter if Butch Walker is putting me to sleep with too many ballads like he was several years ago. I always find something I like about his current album. Stay Gold, however, really takes the cake. Filled with a good mix of both uptempo, catchy tunes and intelligent ballads, Butch has pieced together his finest work in a long time.


Honorable Mention:

The Monkees – Good Times!
Rival Sons – Hollow Bones
Jake Bugg – On My One
Steven Tyler – We’re All Somebody From Somewhere
Dan Reed Network – Fight Another Day
Bayside – Vacancy
KT Tunstall – KIN
Billy Ray Cyrus – Thin Line
Pixies – Head Carrier
Juliette Lewis – Future Deep EP


Other album releases in 2016 (just to name a few)

David Bowie – Blackstar
Elton John – Wonderful Crazy Night
The Cult – Hidden City
Rick Springfield – Rocket Science
Wolfmother – Victorious
Last in Line – Heavy Crown
The Struts – Everybody Wants
Loretta Lynn – Full Circle
Ray LaMontagne – Ouroboros
Pete Yorn – Arranging Time
Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
Soul Asylum – Change of Fortune
Peter Wolf – A Cure for Lonliness
Ace Frehley – Origins, Vol. 1
Graham Nash – This Path Tonight
Lita Ford – Time Capsule
Candlebox – Disappearing in Airports
Kyle Craft – Dolls of Highland
Volbeat – Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie
Roxette – Good Karma
Hawkwind – The Machine Stops
Bun E. Carlos – Greetings from Bunezuela!
D Generation – Nothing is Anywhere
Dead Daisies – Make Some Noise
Dunsmuir – Dunsmuir
Green Day – Revolution Radio
Bon Jovi – This House is Not A Home
Metallica – Hardwire…to Self Destruct
Megadeth – Dystopia
Eric Clapton – I Still Do
Rolling Stones – Blue & Lonesome
Bob Weir – Blue Mountain
Neil Young – various
Jeff Beck – Loud Hailer
Bob Dylan – Fallen Angels
Leonard Cohen – You Want it Darker
Paul Simon – Stranger to Stranger


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