The Top Albums of 2016 (So Far)

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  1. Melody Bot

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    As we pass the midway mark of 2016, it’s nice to sit back and reflect on the great albums that have come out so far this year. Below you’ll find a compiled list that looks at the selected albums from contributors and moderators to this website, as well as all of the broken down individual lists. Maybe there will be some albums you’ve heard of, hopefully there will be quite a few you haven’t checked out yet, and maybe there will be a few you’ll want to give a second look. I think it’s been a pretty damn good year for music so far and there’s quite a bit to still look forward to as well.

    There’s a thread in our music forum where we’d love to see your lists as well.

    15 Albums of 2016 (So Far)

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    3. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    4. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    5. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    6. PUP – The Dream is Over
    7. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    8. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    9. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    10. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    11. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    12. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    13. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    14. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    15. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    Contributors

    Jason Tate


    1. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    2. The Hotelier – Goodness
    3. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    4. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    5. Direct Hit – Wasted Mind
    6. Blink-182 – California
    7. PUP – The Dream is Over
    8. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    9. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    10. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman

    There’s a lengthier discussion of my picks on a recent episode of Encore.

    Drew Beringer

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    3. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    4. Into It. Over It. – Standards
    5. David Bowie – Blackstar
    6. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
    7. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    8. PUP – The Dream is Over
    9. Nails – You Will Never Be One of Us
    10. Sumac – What One Becomes
    Craig Manning

    1. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
    2. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    3. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    4. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    5. The Hotelier – Goodness
    6. Josh Kelley – New Lane Road
    7. Maren Morris – Hero
    8. Donovan Woods – Hard Settle, Ain’t Troubled
    9. Sister Hazel – Lighter in the Dark
    10. Brandy Clark – Big Day in a Small Town
    Aaron Mook

    1. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    2. The Hotelier – Goodness
    3. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    4. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    6. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    7. Weezer – Weezer (The White Album)
    8. Whiteney – Light Upon the Lake
    9. M83 – Junk
    10. David Bazan – Blanco
    Keagen Ilvonen

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    3. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    4. PUP – The Dream is Over
    5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    6. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    7. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
    8. Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
    9. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
    10. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    Zac Djamoos

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    3. Tiny Moving Parts – Celebrate
    4. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    5. Somos – First Day Back
    6. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    7. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    8. Gates – Parallel Lives
    9. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    10. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    Craig Ismaili

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    3. PUP – The Dream is Over
    4. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    5. Gates – Parallel Lives
    6. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    7. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    8. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    9. Summer Scouts – Furthest Reach
    10. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
    Gregory Robson

    1. Bonnie Raitt – Dig in Deep
    2. Paul Simon – Stranger is Stranger
    3. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
    4. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    5. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    6. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    7. Maren Morris – Hero
    8. The Monkees – Good Times
    9. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
    10. Young Mister – Young Mister
    Ryan Gardner

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    3. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    4. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    5. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    6. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    7. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    8. Deftones – Gore
    9. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    10. Basement – Promise Everything
    Anna Acosta

    1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    2. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    3. The Hotelier – Goodness
    4. Mitski – Puberty 2
    5. Tacocat – Lost Time
    6. PUP – The Dream is Over
    7. Rihanna – ANTI
    8. Fifth Harmony – 7/27
    9. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    10. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
    Blake Solomon

    1. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    2. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    3. PUP – The Dream is Over
    4. Tiny Moving Part – Celebrate
    5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    6. The Hotelier – Goodness
    7. Tokyo Police Club – Mellon Collie and the Infinite Radness
    8. Weezer – Weezer (The White Album)
    9. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    10. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
    Jonathan Bautts

    1. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    3. St. Lucia – Matter
    4. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    5. Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood
    6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    7. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.
    8. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    9. Kaleo – A/B
    10. Sherwood – Some Things Never Leave You
    Becky Kovach

    1. Like Torches – Shelter
    2. Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
    3. Hands Like Houses – Dissonants
    4. PUP – The Dream is Over
    5. Into It. Over It. – Standards
    6. Vinnie Caruana – Survivor’s Guilt
    7. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    8. With Confidence – Better Weather
    9. Aaron West – Bittersweet
    10. River Oaks – River Oaks
    Chrisanne Grise

    1. The Hotelier – Goodness
    2. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
    3. David Bowie – Blackstar
    4. Brian Fallon – painkillers
    5. The Lumineers – Cleopatra
    6. Birdy – Beautiful Lies
    7. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    8. Band of Horses – Why Are You OK
    9. Fitz and the Tantrums – Fitz and the Tantrums
    10. Rooney – Washed Away
    Kyle Huntington

    1. Gambles – Vicious Times
    2. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    3. Friends in America – Be in Love
    4. David Bowie – Blackstar
    5. PUP – The Dream is Over
    6. Polyenso – Pure in the Plastic
    7. Cosmic Vagina – Subterranean Penetration
    8. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    9. Deftones – Gore
    10. The Bright Road – Ocean
    Dave Gaslin

    1. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    2. The Hotelier – Goodness
    3. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    4. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    5. Panic! At the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
    6. PUP – The Dream is Over
    7. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.
    8. Modern baseball – Holy Ghost
    9. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    10. Gates – Parallel Lives
    Eric Wilson

    1. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    2. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    3. The Hotelier – Goodness
    4. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    5. Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
    6. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To be Nowhere
    7. Against the Current – In Our Bones
    8. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
    9. Pierce the Veil – Misadventures
    10. Tegan and Sara – Love You to Death
    Joe DeAndrea

    1. The Summer Set – Stories for Monday
    2. Drake – Views
    3. The 1975 – I like it better when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    4. Simple Plan – Taking One for the Team
    5. Cardiknox _Portrait
    6. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    7. Fifth Harmony – 7/27
    8. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    9. Rihanna – ANTI
    10. Skizzy Mars – The Red Balloon Project
    Aj LaGambina

    1. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    3. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    4. The Hotelier – Goodness
    5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    6. Basement – Promise Everything
    7. Loner Chic – Year of the Goth
    8. Teen Suicide – It’s the Big Joyous Celebration, Let’s Stir the Honeypot
    9. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    10. Greater Pyrenees – Greater Pyrenees
    Ryan Dennehy

    1. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    3. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    4. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
    5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    6. Kaytranada – 99.9%
    7. Rihanna – ANTI
    8. LUH. – Spiritual Songs for Lovers to Sing
    9. Joey Purp – iiiDrops
    10. ANOHNI – HOPELESSNESS
    Thomas Nassiff

    1. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
    3. PUP – The Dream is Over
    4. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    5. The Hotelier – Goodness
    6. Parker Millsap – The Very Last Day
    7. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    8. JANK – Awkward Pop Songs
    Forum Moderators

    Garrett L.


    1. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    2. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    3. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    4. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
    5. The Lumineers – Cleopatra
    6. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
    7. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    8. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    9. Wet – Don’t You
    10. Dustin Kensrue – Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood
    Henry

    1. Polica – United Crushers
    2. Daughter – Not to Disappear
    3. Foxes – All I Need
    4. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    5. Perfume – Cosmic Explorer
    6. Chairlift – Moth
    7. Babymetal – METAL RESISTANCE
    8. School of Seven Bells – SVIIB
    9. The Range – Potential
    10. gates – Parallel Lives
    Chris Yates

    1. The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful and yet so unaware of it
    2. The Hotelier – Goodness
    3. The Mercury Program – New Myths
    4. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    5. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
    6. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
    7. Saosin – Along the Shadow
    8. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    9. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
    10. Brian Fallon – Painkillers
    Scott

    1. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    2. The Hotelier – Goodness
    3. PUP – The Dream is Over
    4. Tiny Moving Parts – Celebrate
    5. David bowie – Blackstar
    6. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
    7. Beyoncé – Lemonade
    8. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    9. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    10. James Balke – The Colour in Anything
    Broken Parachute

    1. Deftones – Gore
    2. Thrice – To Be Everywhere is To Be Nowhere
    3. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
    4. Modern Baseball – Holy Ghost
    5. Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
    6. Washer – Here Comes Washer
    7. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
    8. Gwen Stefani – This is What the Truth Feels Like
    9. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
    10. Pinegrove – Cardinal

     
  2. muttley

    "Fuck you, Peaches!" Prestigious

    Not enough Mock Orange.
     
  3. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Love that Sturgill made the combined top 10, and happy to see Parker Millsap on a few lists. Loving this year so far.
     
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  5. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Pro tip: rotate to landscape view on your phone to view all the names of the different contributors.
     
  6. jorbjorb

    Conditioner is better.

    I guess I gotta listen to sturgill
     
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  7. Aaron Mook

    @avmook // @flwrcrwnmusic Moderator

    List looks good! B-) Love putting these together. Mostly happy to see Pinegrove make the cut, but Chance and Daughter are pleasant surprises too!
     
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  8. Toner

    A Welshy in London

    Yeah that's what I've gotten from those lists too. Other than that, it seems like I am pretty on top of the releases for the year so far!
     
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  9. Aaron Mook

    @avmook // @flwrcrwnmusic Moderator

    Curious to see how these threads go post-AP, haha
     
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  10. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    why would it be any different? lol
     
  11. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Infinitely less front page news posters who are the punk police and say "Kanye and Chance aren't punk. They're that rap crap." Or something to that effect.
     
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  12. Aaron Mook

    @avmook // @flwrcrwnmusic Moderator

    Yep. And hopefully less "I can't believe Artist X is number six, unrelated Artist Y didn't even make the list!!!" posts.
     
  13. cwhit

    still emperor emo Prestigious

    it's a smaller reader base but generally the same people
    still of the belief there's been no real difference except the fat cut out, which hey, is some positive, but still
     
  14. serotonin

    who told you this room exists? Supporter

    There's a lot of good stuff on these lists. Cool to see Daughter on top 15, but definitely feel David Bazan should get more love for Blanco. Here's a few of my other favorites so far:

    Dustin Kensrue - Thoughts That Float on a Different Blood
    Greater Pyrenees - S/T
    Jesca Hoop & Sam Beam - Love Letter for Fire
    O'Brother - Endless Light
     
  15. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Yep, you definitely should.
     
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  16. Aaron Mook

    @avmook // @flwrcrwnmusic Moderator

    Blanco is so good!

    I can definitely tell you that Dustin Kensrue's album came surprisingly close to being included, may have been Top 25 iirc. I should probably give that a listen.
     
  17. Laura

    Making Groovy Night! Prestigious

    It's so great to see Sturgill in the top 10 and in so many individual lists! It's right up there with Chance for my favorite of the year.
     
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  18. ChaseTx

    When I press the keys it all gets reversed Prestigious

    Glad to see Sturgill doing so well on this. Haven't listened to most of the other bands/albums here, may try to fix that

    Starting with Parker Millsap I guess
     
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  19. alexjlow

    Newbie

    Great lists all, and what a year it has been for music so far. There is still tons of albums I need to spend more time with - specifically Pinegrove. I've been really wanting to listen to that new Park Millsap record but it doesn't seem to have appeared in the UK yet. Also I will revisit Sturgill, the 'In Bloom' cover really turned me off and I then never listened to the whole record which is ridiculous.

    The key records that have really sunken in and made an impact on me this year so far -

    The 1975 - I like it when you sleep (trumps everything else to be honest and is up there with my all time favourite records)
    Brian Fallon - Painkillers
    The Summer Set - Stories for Monday (did anyone else think this was awesome, or just me?)
    Parachute - Wide Awake
    Saosin - Along the Shadow
    Blink 182 - California
     
  20. ChaseTx

    When I press the keys it all gets reversed Prestigious

    Same here! My list would be pretty short but those are easily the two favorites so far
     
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  21. Craig Manning

    @FurtherFromSky Moderator

    Good choice!

    The "In Bloom" cover is probably my least favorite thing on the Sturgill record. I like it, but it's 1) better in context, and 2) not really representative of what the album sounds like.
     
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  22. Laura

    Making Groovy Night! Prestigious

    Nice! Definitely check out that Parker Millsap album then, it's great. And Pinegrove if you want a scene band with alt-country leanings.
     
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  23. Craig Ismaili

    @tgscraig Prestigious

    Same size reader base less front page posters
     
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  24. Aaron Mook

    @avmook // @flwrcrwnmusic Moderator

    I actually love that "In Bloom" cover, haha
     
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  26. Loki

    God of mischief

    I guess I need to check out Pinegrove... that's a lot of love for it...
     
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  27. Jake W

    let's get hexed Supporter

    I'm just happy to see T&S make the top 15.