ISO/Columbia Records; InterscopeVeteran artists made an impressive showing on Rolling Stone‘s list of the 50 Best Albums of 2016, with releases by three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers, two of whom are no longer with us, landing in the top 10 of the tally.

At #2 is the late David Bowie‘s Blackstar, which was released on the influential singer’s 69th birthday, just two days before he passed away from cancer. Rolling Stone says of the album, “There’s never been a musical farewell anything like Blackstar,” while noting that Bowie “saved his bravest and boldest performance for the final curtain.”

The Rolling Stones‘ new album of classic blues covers, Blue & Lonesome, which won’t even be released until this Friday, December 2, landed at #7. The magazine maintains that “[b]y going back to their roots, the Stones found a way to grow up.”

Lauded Canadian singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen‘s final album, You Want It Darker, was #9 on the list. Rolling Stone describes the record, which was released just a couple of weeks before Cohen’s death at age 82, as “a powerful final chapter in a career full of surprising left turns and achingly beautiful songs.”

Other veteran artists’ albums that made the cut this year include Paul Simon‘s Stranger to Stranger at #12, the Tom Petty-fronted band Mudcrutch‘s Mudcrutch 2 at #29, Sting‘s 57th & 9th at #33, Bonnie Raitt‘s Dig In Deep at #37, Elton John‘s Wonderful Crazy Night at #39 and The MonkeesGood Times! at #44.

Topping Rolling Stone‘s 2016 best-of list is Beyoncé‘s “visual album” Lemonade, which details a woman’s emotional response to her husband’s infidelity.

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