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The Bands and Albums That Dominated Tumblr in 2016

It’s that time of the year where Tumblr releases their Year in Review, and what a year it’s been!

The Tumblr Year in Review combines which acts have had the most original posts, searches, re-blogs and likes on Tumblr over the past 12 months.

5 Seconds of Summer, Twenty One Pilots, Little Mix and The 1975 were some of the artists that made it onto the lists. Twenty One Pilots were the only band to have two features on the albums list.

When asked about the alternative communities’ presence on the site, Tumblr told Billboard, “The alt kids feel at home here. Tumblr is like where you go to share your passions. Usually the kids who are into these bands are going to the shows, buying the merch. They’re the people up in the front. They’re the people making art about the things they love. Music is their life. When you find a space like Tumblr where you can live your life online with the people who feel that same passion, you can share your fan art, you can share your silly fan fiction, just in the same breath that you share these true emotional stories about what happened when you met the band, or the moment you got the album, your reaction.

The bands and albums list for 2016 are as follows:


01. 5 Seconds of Summer
02. Twenty One Pilots
03. One Direction
04. Fifth Harmony
05. The 1975
06. Fall Out Boy
07. Little Mix
08. My Chemical Romance
09. Panic! at the Disco
10. All Time Low
11. Bring Me the Horizon
12. Arctic Monkeys
13. Black Veil Brides
14. Paramore
15. Pierce the Veil
16. Gorillaz
18. The Front Bottoms
19. Bastille
20. Coldplay


01. Lemonade by Beyonce
02. Blurryface by Twenty One Pilots
03. Blue Neighbourhood by Troye Sivan
04. Made in the A.M. by One Direction
05. Anti by Rihanna
06. Sounds Good Feels Good by 5 Seconds of Summer
07. The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
08. Agust D by Agust D
09. Vessel by Twenty One Pilots
10. 1989 by Taylor Swift
11. Cry Baby by Melanie Martinez
12  Death of a Bachelor by Panic! at the Disco
13. Views by Drake
14. 25 by Adele
15. Badlands by Halsey
16. Lotto by EXO
17. Mind of Mine by Zayn Malik
18. Joanne by Lady Gaga
19. Purpose by Justin Bieber
20. Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance

Check out all the other categories for Tumblr’s Year in Review here.

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Written by Georgia Brown

A 20 year old from the UK. I like bands and video games. If you believe in music like I do, I'm sure we'll get on well.