The Best Music of 2016

Ann Powers' Favorite 2016 Albums (Beyond The Obvious)

"The critical consensus around the Knowles sisters, David Bowie and Frank Ocean is beginning to feel a bit suffocating. What about the hundreds, nay thousands, of other artists who released music this year to at least some acclaim? Here are 10 deserving albums and songs that, in any other year, would have topped more lists than they did." —Ann Powers

Listen to highlights from this playlist on Spotify

William Bell
This Is Where I Live
Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree
Robert Ellis
Robert Ellis
Robbie Fulks
Upland Stories
Amanda Shires
My Piece Of Land
Adia Victoria
Beyond The Bloodhounds
Martha Wainwright
Goodnight City
Jamila Woods