For the second year running Adele has taken top spot honours on ARIAs annual album chart with her third LP 25, which is now eight times platinum in Australia. Her previous two albums also featured in the top 100, with 21 at #29 and 19 hanging in at #93.
Adele's tri-peat effort was only matched by David Bowie who's final album, Blackstar, came in at #8 and a pair of greatest hits releases, Nothing Has Changed (The Best Of David Bowie) and Best Of Bowie, landing at #15 and #96 respectively.
While Keith Urban's Ripcord came in at #2, just one spot ahead of Beyonce's Lemonade — which Rolling Stone recently crowned as the year's best. Justin Bieber's Purpose, Christmas albums from Michael Buble and John Farnham/Olivia Newtown John and three separate soundtracks — Suicide Squad and TV shows Molly and Secret Daughter — filling out the rest of the top ten albums list.
Further back, and despite their late-2016 release, recent cover-story subjects, Metallica (#12) and The Rolling Stones (#22), both faired impressively. There was also a strong showing from local artists, including Flume (#16), Sia (#18), Rufus (#24), Matt Corby (#36), The Avalanches (#39), Violent Soho (#47), Troye Sivan (#60), Tame Impala (#69) and Vance Joy (#70). The complete list is available at the ARIA Charts website.