Top Albums and Songs of 2016


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Top Ten Albums of 2016

1. Drive-By TruckersAmerican Band – No album I heard this year felt more “of the moment”. Tackling gun violence, racial tensions, climate deniers, and so much more, all within their best songs since Brighter Than Creation’s Dark. A true album of 2016.
2. Brian FallonPainkiller
3. You Won’tRevolutionaries
4. Baaba MaalThe Traveller
5. Hamilton Leithauser + RostamI Had a Dream That You Were Mine
6. BombinoAzel
7. JosephI’m Alone, No You’re Not
8. Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate
9. NOFXFirst Ditch Effort
10. The I Don’t CaresWild Stab

Honorable Mentions

De La Soul…And the Anonymous Nobody
Butch WalkerStay Gold
AugustinesThis is Your Life

Top 50 Songs of 2016

1. Brian Fallon – A Wonderful Life – In a year where I got married, switched jobs, and watched both the worlds of my friends and family, as well as the world at large, go through more major changes than I can remember ever happening in a single year, this song drove me through the hard times and soundtracked the great ones. Fallon was already one of my favorite song-writers, and I actually was not impressed by the track at first, but as the year went on, nothing else stuck to me as strongly.
2. American Authors – Pride
3. Drive-by Truckers – What It Means
4. Baaba Maal – Traveller
5. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
6. Joseph – White Flag
7. Taking Back Sunday – Tidal Wave
8. Hayes Carll – Good While it Lasted
9. David Bowie – Lazarus
10. Billy Talent – Leave Them All Behind
11. Panic! At the Disco – LA Devotee
12. Mumford & Sons – There Will be Time (feat. Baaba Maal, The Very Best)
13. You Won’t – No Divide
14. Bombino – Akhar Zaman (This Moment)
15. DJ Shadow – Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels)
16. Elton John – Blue Wonderful
17. Judah and the Lion – Folk-Hop Sound
18. RJD2 – Peace of What
19. Goo Goo Dolls – Boxes
20. Junior Empire – West Coast
21. Matagi – Valley Isle
22. Silver Torches – Cal
23. The I Don’t Cares – King of America
24. Big Head Todd and the Monsters – Wipeout Turn
25. Aesop Rock – Rings
26. Dogbreth – Cups and Wrappers
27. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Kevin (feat. Leon Bridges)
28. Glass Animals – Life Itself
29. Damien Jurado – Exit 353
30. John Doe – Voar (feat. Dito Rodrigues)
31. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
32. The Naked & Famous – Laid Low
33. The Menzingers – Lookers
34. Butch Walker – Descending
35. The Hotelier – Sun
36. Descendents – Smile
37. Third Eye Blind – Cop vs. Phone Girl
38. Babymetal – Road of Resistance
39. Miranda Lee Richards – 7th Ray
40. Bryce Vine – Glamorama
41. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – In a Black Out
42. James Blake – I Need a Forest Fire (feat. Bon Iver)
43. Band of Horses – In a Drawer (feat. J. Mascis)
44. Spookyland – God’s Eyes
45. Courtney Barnett – Three Packs a Day
46. Leonard Cohen – On the Level
47. Alex Da Kid – Not Easy (feat. X Ambassadors, Elle King, Wiz Khalifa)
48. Tegan and Sara – Stop Desire
49. The XX – On Hold
50. Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life

Best of the Rest (Alphabetized)

Against Me! – Crash
Alicia Keys – Holy War
Allah-Las – Could Be You
The Americans – The Right Stuff
Anthony Hamilton – Love is an Angry Thing
Astronautalis – Papillion
Augustines – No Need to Explain
Barns Courtney – Hands
Bastille – Winter of Our Youth
Beach Slang – Punks in a Disco Bar
Ben Harper – How Dark is Gone
Blink-182 – Sober
Bob Mould – Hold On
Bon Iver – 00000 Million
Caveman – Never Going Back
Charles Bradley – Change for the World
Craig Finn – Screenwriters School
Delicate Steve – Winners
Dinosaur Jr. – Be a Part
Empty Houses – Daydream
Eric Bachmann – Mercy
Face to Face – Double Crossed
Federale – Chango
The Game – What Your Life Like
Gary Clark Jr. – Take Me Down
The Hunna – We Could Be
James Wyatt Crosby – Wild Dog
Jamie T – Joan of Arc
The Jayhawks – Lovers of the Sun
Jimmy Eat World – The End is Beautiful
John K. Sampson – Postdoc Blues
Josh Kelly – The Rock Who Found a Rolling Stone
Lucius – Gone Insane
Mako – Into the Sunset
Matisyahu – Crash Landings
Matt and Kim – Haunting Me
Mona – In the Middle
Nada Surf – Believe You’re Mine
Nahko and Medicine for the People – San Quentin
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
P.O.S. – Sleepdrone/Superposition
Paul Simon – Cool Papa Bell
Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Rogue Wave – Take it Slow
Sam Feldt – Summer On You
Santana – Anywhere You Want to Go
Santigold – Who I Thought You Were
Skylar Grey – Kill for You (feat. Eminem)
Stephen Marley – It’s Alright
Van Morrison – Too Late
Violent Femmes – Memory
The Virginmarys – Motherless Land
White Denim – Holda You (I’m Psycho)
White Lung – Below
White Sea – Arcadia
The White Stripes – City Lights

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