For all its ups and downs, 2016 supplied some great records. The best albums of 2016 included a number of instant classics (Lemonade and Blackstar to name two) in addition to exciting entries by the best new artists. And the best music videos of 2016 did more than provide a visual accompaniment to the best songs of 2016, though, of course, they did that as well. These are the works that helped us through 2016.
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