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The 50 best rock albums of 2016

2016 delivered plenty of new albums to get excited about, from both big names and newcomers. Here, then, is the CR critics’ choice...

Like all years 2016 had its ups, its downs, its cheery hellos, its sad goodbyes and its fair share of the bizarre. There was certainly plenty of great music to get excited about, with albums and songs to shout about from both established big names and dream-chasing stars-in-the-making. Here we look at the best of what the rock world gave us – and those we lost – over the past 12 months.

50) Heart - Broken Beautiful

The idea of Heart revisiting virtually ignored songs from their early-80s catalogue might seem less than enticing, but the reality on Broken Beautiful is thrilling. Heart wanted to prove that these songs should never have been overlooked, and they’ve done far more by making you want to dig deeper into their catalogue. That, and the album features a rare vocal cameo from Metallica’s James Hetfield.

49) Weezer - The White Album

Just when you’d given up on Weezer, they came back with their strongest album for more than a decade. Mainman Rivers Cuomo got back to what he does best: writing irresistible pop songs about girls. The result is tracks such as Thank God For Girls and LA Girlz which prove that sometimes getting back to basics yields the best results.

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