GIITTV’s Albums Poll of 2016 - Part One 1

GIITTV’s Albums Poll of 2016 – Part One

2016 has been a year of seismic and often disturbing change, one with great loss and glimmers of hope to hang onto. A year when we lost some of music’s greats, David Bowie, Prince,  Rod Temperton, Maurice White, George Martin  and Leonard Cohen to mention just a few. And that’s just in music. We also saw the departure of comedic genius in the shape of Victoria Wood, Caroline Aherne, Gene Wilder, Andrew Sachs aka Manuel from Fawlty Towers and Gary Shandling.  In good ol’ Blighty, Brexit became a frightening reality and the USA had one final, nasty, twist up its sleeve with the election of a bigoted, narcissistic reality TV tycoon named Trump.

But amidst all of this, 2016 was a year of the underdog: Leicester City were the unlikely winners of the Premier League. While the humanity and courage that poured forth at Muhammed Ali’s funeral, and everywhere when the people of Aleppo were under siege, still showed that the march of humanity and progress can never be halted by the results of a few elections.

But it was also twelve months crammed with some really great music. The decline in the ‘music industry’ as we knew it, may be very real but the art still shines through the cracks and offers us rays of hope at the end of long dark tunnels. So we raise a glass to fifty albums of the year that were voted for by our core staff members in a blind poll. Full of diversity and brilliance, established names and emerging ones, these 50 albums are a snapshot of our year. We’ll kick you off with albums 21-50 alongside a playlist featuring each act. These will then be followed by albums 1-20 next week presented by our albums editor Loz Etheridge. Meanwhile have a very Merry Christmas and a hopefully Happier New Year. Bill Cummings(Editor)


21) Pet Shop Boys – Super

22) Radio Dept – Running Out Of Love

23) Conformist – Lifestyle Bible

24) Solange – A Seat At The Table

25) Pixies – Head Carrier


26) Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool

27) Teenage Fanclub – Home

28) Larry Levan – Genius Of Time


29) Chris Cohen – As If Apart

30) Choir Of Young Believers – Grasque

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
31) Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Ears

Johnny Foreigner
32) Johnny Foreigner – Mono No Aware


33) Saul Williams – MartyrLoserKing


34) DJ Shadow – The Mountain Will Fall

christine and the queens

35) Christine and The Queens – Chaleur Humaine(Human Warmth)

roisin murphy
36) Roisin Murphy – Take Her Up To Monto

37) The Anchoress – Confessions Of A Romance Novelist

38) The Wonder Stuff – 30 Goes Around The Sun

The Julie Ruin - Hit Reset
39) The Julie Ruin – Hit Reset

georgia ruth
40) Georgia Ruth – Fossil Scale

field day pj harvey
41) PJ Harvey – The Hope Six Demolition Project

42) M83 – Junk

The Wedding Present
43) The Wedding Present – Going Going

44) NZCA/LINES – Infinite Summer

45) King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity

46) D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated

Michael Kiwanuka
47) Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

48) Shura – Nothing’s Real

49) Gigi Masin & Tempelhof – Tsuki

50) Sleigh Bells – Jessica Rabbit

God is in the TV is an online music and culture fanzine founded in Cardiff by the editor Bill Cummings in 2003. GIITTV Bill has developed the site with the aid of a team of sub-editors and writers from across Britain, covering a wide range of music from unsigned and independent artists to major releases.