From playground politics to A-List stars that left us too soon, we can all agree that 2016 wasn’t the best year ever. But we did get some pretty cracking tunes. Ranging from the genres of sultry R&B to new age emo, SpiceUK’s music lovers round up their favourite albums of 2016.

Catfish and the Bottlemen- “The Ride”


Released: May 2016

“Coming off of the back of such an incredible debut album like The Balcony, this release had it all to do – but boy did they do it. Their unique upbeat, head-bobbing, toe-tapping sound is reinforced on every track, alongside brilliant lyricism and story telling. Bravo. My favourite track; 7”- Billy, editor

Solange- “A Seat at the Table”

Released September 2016

“Hot on the heels of her sister’s woke visual album Lemonade, Solange’s A Seat at the Table just manages to beat it to my album of the year. Genuine, soulful and achingly beautiful, the album narrates the versatility of the black female experience. From the gospel vibes of Cranes in the Sky to the sultry Don’t Touch My Hair that every black girl can relate to, we’re suddenly transported to the bad ass lyrics in F.U.B.U and Mad. This is a political and creative masterpiece which will still hold cultural relevance, and be a firm favourite on my spotify cue, for many years to come-” Georgia, editor

Jamie T- “Trick”


Released September 2016

“Trick is definitely my favourite album from Jamie Treays because he finally lets go of his cockney cloak and starts writing about things on a more universal level. The topics he tackles in this newest record whilst still getting your toes tapping are really impressive and it’s good to see him growing up a bit musically. He also shows off his love of all genres this time round, with hip-hop, reggae, punk and rock n roll all finding their way in somehow”- Sean, editor

NAO- “For All We Know”


Released July 2016

“The cream of the new British wave of Emo, Boston Manor’s debut not only formed part of the genres redirection but proved that it wasn’t just an American phenomenon. Raw, emotional, lyrically poignant and catchy as hell, Be Nothing could become a classic. Top tracks include Fossa, Laika and Lead Feat”- Dominic, writer

Sia- “This is Acting”

Released January 2016

“Sia is known for her phenomenal lyrical genius and has written songs for talented artists such as Beyoncé and Rihanna. What makes her most recent album “This Is Acting” so interesting is that the album is comprised of songs that Sia wrote for these artists which were ultimately rejected – hence when recording them it is like she is acting. The album boasts a vast array of songs from dancey pop tracks such as Shakira snub “Move Your Body” and Rihanna reject “Cheap Thrills” to the dramatic and empowering “Alive” originally intended for Adele. The deluxe edition further solidified this album as my favourite of this year with its inclusion of the emotional “The Greatest” assumed to be a tribute to victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting”- Kyle, writer

There you have it, a selection of the best album releases as chosen by us. Agree with us? Think we’ve missed one off the list? Let us know in the comments section below or Tweet us @SpiceUKOnline !