The top fifty albums of 2016, selected by our staff.
The 2000s, or ‘the noughties’, as it quickly came to be known, was a decade of profound and paradoxical change for popular music. At the turn of the millennium, the music industry was still at the height of the CD era, with major labels posting record profits; but by December 2009, physical album sales were through the floor, HMV was close to going bust, the humble single format was all
2015 has been our first year of operation under our new name The Student Playlist, and it’s been a year of steady expansion. There are now five of us, with a view to adding yet more talented, passionate writers in the new year as we continue in our quest to point out the best new music, rediscover old albums, both stone-cold classics and hidden treasures, and cause lively debate with
To adapt that famous misquotation attributed to Mark Twain, reports of the album’s death have been greatly exaggerated. Ever since the turn of the millennium, conventional wisdom has had it that the traditional long-player is on its way out, an arcane format out of time with the digital world that will cede inexorably to a future of singles and playlists. But while many artists have experimented with what an album