Best of 2016: Albums Pt. 1

Honorable Mentions

As is the case every year, there were too many releases to be included in the EOTY list. But that doesn’t mean they should go ignored. Here are a few albums, mixtapes, and collections that I enjoyed listening to this year (in alphabetical order). 

Daniel Son; Necklace Don (2 Chainz)

Cheetah (Aphex Twin)

Teens of Denial (Car Seat Headrest)

…and the anonymous nobody (De La Soul)

Love Streams (Tim Hecker)

La La LandOriginal Motion Picture Soundtrack (La La Land Cast)

24K Magic (Bruno Mars)

Moana: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Lin Manuel-Miranda)

Innocence Reaches (of Montreal)

My Woman (Angel Olsen)

Pool (Porches)

Where the Light Shines Through (Switchfoot)

Top 30 Albums of 2016: 30-11

Here are my Top 30 albums of 2016, all the way down to No. 11. I’ll release my Top 10 on Dec. 31 with small summations of each record. As I do every year, I’ve labeled these as my ‘top’ albums of the year and not the ‘best,’ simply because these are the works that impacted or spoke to me most. This isn’t a fully realized statement of objectivity… more of a heightened recommendation and celebration of the art I loved this year. Along with each album, you’ll find standout tracks that I particularly enjoyed. I hope you enjoy them as well.

30. Junk – M83

  • Standout tracks: “Do It, Try It”, “Moon Crystal”, “Sunday Night 1987”

29. We Move – James Vincent McMorrow

  • “Rising Water”, “Get Low”, “Lost Angeles”

28. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson

  • “Breakers Roar”, “In Bloom”, “Brace For Impact (Live A Little)”

27. Weezer (The White Album) – Weezer

  • “California Kids”, “Summer Elaine and Drunk Dori”, “L.A. Girlz”

26. Telefone – Noname

  • “Diddy Bop”, “Reality Check”, “Casket Pretty”

25. Atrocity Exhibition – Danny Brown

  • “Really Doe”, “White Lines”, “Pneumonia”

24. Lamentations – Moses Sumney

  • “Worth It”, “Lonely World”

23. Remember Us to Life – Regina Spektor

  • “Older and Taller”, “Small Bill$”, “The Trapper and the Furrier”

22. untitled unmastered – Kendrick Lamar

  • “untitled 02 | 06.23.2014.”, “untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.”, “untitled 07 | 2014-2016”

21. Jeffrey  – Young Thug

  • “Wyclef Jean”, “Harambe”, “Kanye West”

20. Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

  • “Jesus Alone”, “Girl In Amber”, “I Need You”

19. The Colour in Anything – James Blake

  • “Love Me In Whatever Way”, “I Hope My Life – 1-800 Mix”, “I Need A Forest Fire”

18. Freetown Sound – Blood Orange

  • “Augustine”, “Best to You”, “Hadron Collider”

17. Wildflower – The Avalanches

  • “Frankie Sinatra”, “If I Was A Folkstar”, “The Wozard of Iz”

16. Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino

  • “Zombies”, “Redbone”, “California”

15. Prima Donna – Vince Staples

  • “War Ready”, “Loco”, “Prima Donna”

14. Lemonade – Beyoncé

  • “Sorry”, “Daddy Lessons”, “Formation”

13. We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest

  • “The Space Program”, “We The People…”, “Dis Generation”

12. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead

  • “Daydreaming”, “Glass Eyes”, “True Love Waits”

11. Malibu – Anderson .Paak

  • “The Waters”, “Lite Weight”, “Come Down”

Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my Top 10, which I’ll be publishing tomorrow.

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