Links to stream on Spotify, You Tube, and Bandcamp have been provided (if available) for each record
Albums 40 - 21 are posted below. The top 20 albums are posted here.
40. Parquet Courts Human Performance
The New York band continues to impress on their fifth studio album with a record hugely influenced by Velvet Underground, the Clash, and Pavement.
Stream Human Performance on Spotify. Purchase here.
39. Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression
Iggy tears it up with all-star backing band Josh Homme, Dean Fertita, and Matt Helders.
Stream Post Pop Depression in full: You Tube & Spotify. Purchase here or here.
38. The Mission Another Another Fall From Grace
The Mission's Wayne Hussey describes Another Fall From Grace as the missing link between First & Last & Always and God's Own Medicine. He's not wrong. Martin Gore and Gary Numan also lend their talents to this dark, desolate album.
Stream Another Fall From Grace in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from the Mission's store or Amazon.
37. Bob Mould Patch The Sky
If you thought Mould was emotionally tapped out after the ferocity and intensity of 2014's Beauty & Ruin, you were mistaken.
Stream Patch The Sky in full on You Tube or Spotify. Purchase from Merge or Amazon.
36. James Girl At The End Of The World
Largely ignored in North America, James have been making extraordinary albums for 30(!) years. Girl At The End Of The World is essential indie pop.
Stream Girl At The End Of The World in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from the James store or Amazon.
35. Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 - 2016
White's double album compiles acoustic recordings from many of his projects (The White Stripes, Raconteurs) and solo career.
Stream Acoustic Recordings 1998 - 2016 on You Tube or Spotify. Purchase from Third Man or Amazon.
34. Liima ii
This is like a synthed up Dead Can Dance record. Liima is the side project featuring members of Efterklang.
Stream ii in full on Spotify. Purchase from 4AD or Amazon.
33. Savages Adore Life
More brutal intensity from one of the best and tightest live bands around.
Stream Adore Life in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from Savages or Amazon.
32. Elephant Stone Ship Of Fools
Sitar kings Elephant Stone bestow another ravishing long player filled with psych/pop magnificence.
Stream Ship Of Fools on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from Bandcamp or Amazon.
31. Søren Juul This Moment
Søren Juul has previously recorded under the name Indians, but is using his own name for this elegant and graceful dreampop album.
Stream This Moment on Spotify. Purchase from 4AD or Amazon.
30. Lush Blind Spot EP
The Lush reunion lasted a little over a year, but at least it produced one of 2016's best tours and a brilliant new EP. Blind Spot picked up where Lush left off 20 years ago without missing a beat.
(Blind Spot not available on streaming services). Purchase from Lush or Amazon.
29. Curelight Wounds Wearing The Strings
Beautiful noisy shoegaze & post-punk from Brooklyn.
Stream Wearing The Strings on Spotify and Bandcamp . Purchase from Amazon or Bandcamp.
28. The Vacant Lots Berlin EP
Ever since releasing their debut album in 2014 The Vacant Lots have turned into one of the most exciting bands within the psychedelic music scene. The mighty Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre agrees -- he mixed, produced, and plays on this magnificent record.
Stream Berlin on Spotify and You Tube Purchase from Vacant Lots or Amazon.
27. Nine Inch Nails Not The Actual Events
Trent Reznor promised he'd release new NIN in 2016, and in December he delivered the soundtrack to this brutal soulless year. The five song EP has a little bit of NIN for everyone, but the pummeling final track "Burning Bright (Fields On Fire)" is the crown jewel of the release.
Stream Not The Actual Events in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from NIN or Amazon.
26. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions Until The Hunter
A smoky and sultry album from the ex-Mazzy Star chanteuse.
Stream Until The Hunter on You Tube or Spotify. Purchase from Amazon.
25. Odonis Odonis Post Plague
Toronto's Odonis Odonis create the trademark Wax Trax! classic darkwave/industrial sound and adds a touch of shoegaze to make things even more interesting.
Stream Post Plague in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from Ghostly or Amazon.
24. Merchandise A Corpse Wired For Sound
Bewitching dark alt-rock and post-punk with a hint of goth.
Stream A Corpse Wired For Sound on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from 4AD or Amazon.
23. Psychic Ills Inner Journey Out
Mesmerizing psychedelia from New York City. Hope Sandoval also featured on the album.
Stream Inner Journey Out in full on Spotify or You Tube. Purchase from Amazon.
22. Trashcan Sinatras Wild Pendulum
Classic sounding indie/dream pop at its finest from a band that continues to create wonderful and addictive music.
Stream Wild Pendulum on Spotify. Purchase from Amazon.
21. Ritual Howls Into The Water
Cryptic and sinuous goth/post-punk from Detroit. The incontrovertible winner of 2016's best cover art.
Stream Into The Water in full on Spotify, You Tube, or Bandcamp. Purchase from Bandcamp or Amazon.