It’s our favourite time of the year… Album of the Year list time.
A wonderful time of year when you can revisit some of the best releases, weigh them against each other and change your mind multiple times.
This year it’s bigger and better on Alt Dialogue, we’ve decided to expand out to a Top 100. We’ll deliver it in two sections so it’s easier to digest, the readers’ poll will also make a return and perhaps in the most exciting news we’re going to whet your appetite with Alt Dialogue’s Top 100 Albums of 2016: The Stats.
So here goes…
- At the time of publishing we’d reviewed 114 albums for 2016. We didn’t review the Mogwai or 65 Days of Static soundtracks or any compilations so don’t complain about them being excluded. The 14 albums not to make the Top 100 were:
- The Top 100 contained 14 nationalities with American (51) and English (31) dominating. The Top 20 drops to 4 nationalities – American (12), English (6), French (1) and Canadian (1).
- Albums released in May (15) and September (14) were the highest represents with April (13) and October (12) close behind. No albums released in November made it into the Top 20
- 58 different record labels (with 16 albums self-released) feature in the Top 100 with Hopeless Records (5 albums) and Epitaph, Topshelf Records and Sargent House (4 each) featuring most.
- Lastly in the most worthless stat available…. Bands whose name begins with a ‘B’ (12) or a ‘H’ (9) are the most represented. (“The” has been excluded otherwise ‘T’ would, naturally, have been the most popular).
Try to contain your excitement for a day or two before we publish albums 100 – 51. In the meantime check out last year’s top 50, our top 50 from 2014 and stream last years number 1 (Dealer by Foxing) below.
Album Review: Rust on the Gates of Heaven by Wear Your Wounds
Album Review: Admission by Torche
Album Review: Vulture Culture by Fangclub
Album Review: White Bat by He Is Legend
Album Review: Pale Season by Thenighttimeproject
Album Review: Awful Truth by Woes
Album Review: Caprice Enchanté by The St Pierre Snake Invasion
Album Review: Gold and Grey by Baroness
Album Review: Absenteeism by Quiet Lions
Album Review: Celebrity Mansions by Dinosaur Pile-Up