16 album releases to look forward to in 2016

David Bowie.
David Bowie.

The year may have only just begun - but that means we can officially get excited about what's to come on the music scene.

Whether you're a fan of pop, rock or something a little bit more obscure there will be a new record on the horizon for you to fall in love with in 2016.

So get a couple of dates in the diary, save up those spare pennies and head out to the nearest music store to make your purchase.

Albums to look forward to this year:

Rachel Platten: Wildfire. Release date - January 1.

David Bowie: Blackstar. Release date - January 8.

Panic! at the Disco: Death of a Bachelor. Release date - January 15.

Megadeth: Dystopia. Release date - January 22.

Suede: Night Thoughts. Release date - January 22.

Bloc Party: Hymns. Release date - January 29.

Charlie Puth: Nine Track Mind. Release date - January 29.

Sia: This Is Acting. Release date - January 29.

Elton John: Wonderful Crazy Night. Release date - February 5.

Foxes: All I Need. Release date - February 5.

Ronan Keating: Time of my Life. Release date - February 12.

Wolfmother: Victorious. Release date - February 19.

The 1975: I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It. Release date - February 26.

Anthrax: For All Kings. Release date - February 26.

Tonight Alive: Limitless. Release date - March 4.

DevilDriver: Trust No One. Release date - May 14.

The best of the rest:

There are many high-profile artists with new albums rumoured to be on the horizon - but some with no release date, or even a confirmed album name. So while we get excited for all of the above, here is a sneak peek at who else we can expect to hear from in 2016.

Who are you most looking forward to?

Release dates to be confirmed:

50 Cent: Street King Immortal

Ariana Grande: Moonlight

Azealia Banks: Business and Pleasure

Iggy Azalea: Digital Distortion

Kanye West: SWISH

Meatloaf: Braver Than We Are

Titles and release dates to be confirmed:

Blink 182: The pop-punk kings are set to release their latest album, the follow up to 2011's Neighborhoods, this year. In 2015, founder member Tom DeLonge left the band to be replaced by Matt Skiba, of Alkaline Trio.

Britney Spears: Chart princess Britney is expected to wow fans with her latest instalment at some point this year. Will you be buying the album?

Cheryl: Fresh from the latest series of The X Factor, the Geordie wonder is still in the public's minds and hearts. Are you ready for another record from her?

Christina Aguilera: Another pop icon rumoured to have a new album for 2016.

Deftones: The American alternative metal band will return to the UK in June to play Download and a rescheduled date at SSE Wembley Arena.

Gorillaz: Damon Albarn and co are expected to release their first album since 2010 later this year.

Guns N' Roses: With the news that the classic band is to reform with Axl and Slash as part of the line-up, the time is right for a new record. But will it be what everyone has been waiting for?

Katy Perry: The highest-earning musician in the world for 2015, Katy's Perry's power knows no bounds. Prism, released in 2013, wowed audiences - so it's about time we had another album from the Queen.

Kylie Minogue: In a year of pop divas, where would we be without a new release for Kylie? There is little information so far, but no doubt it will be a good one when it arrives.

Metallica: Death Magnetic, the band's last studio album, was released in 2008 so the rumoured 2016 release best pack a punch.

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Bassist Flea has reportedly said that the band's latest album is nearing completion. What will you be expecting from it?