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Album Of The Year 2016

   
Album of the Year
 
Welcome to the Album of the Year article for the year 2016!

As always, this list is a collection of records that moved ME - records that left an impression on ME. I am a big believer in the fact that music is a personal experience, and we all have different tastes - different likes and dislikes. My only purpose for compiling this list is to, perhaps, point you in the direction of something that might move you, and also to give you a glimpse at what moved my life musically during the twelve months we called 2016. This is not about debating which albums are "better," this is simply about the music. It's always about the music here at Dr. Music.
 
I personally can't even comprehend how much amazing music is available to us each and every year. So many folks don't have the time to seek out new music or don't always have the good fortune to find it. For me, I always find an abundance of worthy releases that grab my attention. I find so much to listen to during the year that I feel terrible for passing on so many great, talented artists. While I was listening to more obscure artists like DGM and Russ Hewitt, I wasn't able to find precious time with more popular artists like Green Day or David Bowie. Remember, the reason you don't see a lot of these great artists on my list is not because their material was not worthy of mention, it is simply because I never got a chance to sit down and absorb their latest releases.
 
It is always a struggle to find enough time to take in as many artists as I possibly can. But, I think it's the same situation for all of us. There are some things that just work their way into the fabric of your life. There is certain music that will define 2017 for you. Sometimes it's the same music that touches millions, and other times it's music that only a few come to know. But, it's that personal journey that is so very special to each of us, and I'd like to share my personal journey through 2016 with you....



Honorable Mention:
For All Kings - Anthrax, Cielo Nocturno - Russ Hewitt, Bonfire To Ash - Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson, Bring It On (EP) - Moriah Formica, "Awaken, My Love" - Childish Gambino, Too Late To Hate - Lucifer's Friend

The Honorable Mention list is always difficult to talk about. I look at the selections here and I wonder why they aren't in the Top 10. They are all worthy of high recognition, but they just missed the boat when I thought about the music that truly defined my 2016. Although, there is one exception, and that would be Moriah Formica's Bring It On EP. This was a huge part of my 2016, but I had to stick to the "no EP, no live albums" rule. This girl, who was only 15 at the time of recording, is one of the great singers out there; but not only that, she plays guitar and writes all of her own great songs as well. If this 6-song EP had four more songs even remotely as good as the ones we have here, Moriah would find herself near the top of this year's list. 



In addition to Moriah Formica, two of the artists I would most recommend to someone looking to explore great new music are right here on the Honorable Mention list. Russ Hewitt just might be the most talented guitar player I heard all year. Hewitt is primarily a flamenco style player with a keen Rock and Jazz sensibility, amazing talent and a remarkable band. With guys like Walfredo Reyes Jr. (Santana) on drums, Bob Parr (Cher) on bass, and jazz guitar legend Larry Carlton appearing on the album, Cielo Nocturno is the best of its kind. And speaking of the best of their kind, Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson are masterful artists in the folk/singer-songwriter genre. Their Bonfire To Ash release is poised and heartfelt with excellent songs full of harmony and passion. If you have a contemporary Americana/ Easy Listening itch to scratch, Bonfire To Ash should get to those hard to reach places for you.
The most surprising release came by way of a hip-hop artist named Childish Gambino. His "Awaken, My Love" release is like a trippy journey into the heart of traditional funk and R&B. One part Parliament/Funkadelic and one part Prince, Awaken is a cocktail you'll want to slowly sip just so you can make it last. Another great surprise came from a cult favorite and often forgotten German rock band named Lucifer's Friend. Primarily known for their hard-edged self-titled debut from 1970, the band has seen lineup changes and style changes for more than four decades. With a return to traditional melodic classic rock, Too Late To Hate is one of the best in the band's extensive catalog. And finally, Anthrax released For All Kings, the follow up to one of their best albums ever, 2011's Worship Music. Kings isn't quite what Worship was, but it's still a glittering gem in their catalog.
 

10.    The Passage - DGM
DGM is an Italian prog outfit originally named after the three original members (Diego, Gianfranco, and Maurizio). None of those original guys are left, but they sure found a boatload of talent to carry on the DGM name. The band plays complex instrumental runs and delivers soaring vocals not unlike their prog contemporaries Dream Theater, but DGM offers a little more accessibility by way of song structure. I see them as the perfect bridge between melodic rock and progressive. Even though they lean toward prog with insane instrumental complexity, they still have songs that you can tap a foot and sing-along to.
See the video for the single "Fallen" here:  https://youtu.be/Dy4-AEmknag

 
9.     Kentucky - Black Stone Cherry
As many of my longtime readers know, I'm a big Black Stone Cherry fan. I think this band picks up where the greats of the southern rock genre left off. The songwriting on Kentucky is once again stellar, and the playing is still raw and unbridled. They once again cover all the bases as far as writing songs that rock hard and songs that key more on melody. But the key element of this band's music is their heart. They seem to convey raw emotion and deep passion in every song they write. If you haven't heard Black Stone Cherry, this wouldn't be too bad of a place to start. And, if you're already a fan of the band, you should consider this to be a pretty pleasing effort.
See the video for the single "The Rambler" here: https://youtu.be/xZepHvVzj_0
 

8.     Victorious - Wolfmother
Wolfmother always seems to be like that quiet kid in the corner that everyone ignores. Andrew Stockdale wrote all the songs on this album, sang all the parts, played all the guitar, and played every bass note. I guess you could call it a solo album if you really wanted to. He brought super producer Brendan O'Brien in to oversee production, and super session man Josh Freese to lay down drum tracks on 7 of the 10 tracks. The result is a very diverse Wolfmother release that touches on Sabbath-like heaviness and modern inflections similar to something like Muse, to a more melodic 70's pop sound. Some hardcore Wolfmother fans might consider this a little too diverse, but I appreciated hearing Stockdale take his sound in a few different directions.
See the video for the single "Victorious" here: https://youtu.be/PZDg_MLmp7M
 

7.     Hardwired.... To Self Destruct - Metallica
Can you believe it? Even the haters are keeping their mouths shut after this Metallica release.
So many purists have gotten all over Metallica for stumbling with mediocrity in the past couple decades or so. In all honesty, I don't see too much in the back catalog to complain about. Yes, St. Anger was a let down, and songs like "Low Man's Lyric" or even "The Unforgiven" are questionable forays into treacherous waters, but these guys have always had some fire inside. I thought 2008's Death Magnetic was a great return to guitar soloing and the thrash sound that they pioneered back in the 80's, and I see Hardwired as a continuation of that. This is a full return to their thrash roots. Is this even heavier than Death Magnetic? Probably, but the fact that the songs stay well written and structured is really what it's all about. Most of these songs are great, and the ones that fall short of greatness are still way above average. Even for those that gave up on the band after ...And Justice For All, this should be the time when you open the door and welcome Metallica back home.
See the video for the single "Now That We're Dead" here: https://youtu.be/QlF4rhAbwyc
 

6.     One Sided War - Michael Sweet
Michael Sweet, singer for Christian metal act Stryper, is often considered one of the best guitarists in the genre as well as one of the best voices. The only complaint I've ever heard of Sweet is that his music can be a little light and his voice a little too, well.... "sweet." Have no fear. He puts all that to rest with One Sided War. This is the heaviest material that Michael Sweet has ever done, and it's great stuff.
Read the entire review here:    http://www.drmusic.org/MichelSweet-OneSidedWar.html 
See the video for the single "Radio" here: https://youtu.be/JdR_P-UZDSQ
 

5.     The Book - Graham Bonnet
Graham Bonnet is one of the most distinctive voices ever. Known for his stints with The Michael Schenker Group and Rainbow as well as his years with Alcatrazz, Bonnett is a veteran rock singer with a great sense of song. I honestly didn't know what to expect as far as the songwriting on this record, but I found myself spending much of 2016 with these songs playing in my head.
Read the entire review here:    http://www.drmusic.org/Graham_Bonnet_interview.html
See the interactive 360 video for the single "Into The Night" here: https://youtu.be/X7HNvcy_1N4
 

4.     Resonate - Glenn Hughes
Glenn Hughes is a Hall Of Famer, and a deserving one at that. Like Graham Bonnet, Hughes has a voice all his own. That distinctive howl is in full bloom on this record, but it's the songwriting that blew me away. Much like the Graham Bonnet record, I wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I knew the voice would be there, but I had no idea that the songs would be so rich and sharp. These songs are what Hughes is all about as a musician. You get heavy songs with catchy choruses, and you get soulful funk grooves along with great harmonies. I find that Hughes is best when he channels that soulful groove, and he does that through this whole set. Spectacular stuff.
See the video for the single "Heavy" here: https://youtu.be/B7P3zt11vQQ
 
3rd Place 
 

Seal The Deal & Let's Boogie - Volbeat
Oh man... If this list came out next week, this might be at #1. Every time I listen to this I move it up a spot on the list. I can't believe how great this is, and in how many ways it excels.
The first thing I fell in love with was the vocals. Michael Poulsen has such a unique voice, filled with strength and emotion. It's a voice that makes you listen. He doesn't just sing along to the melodies here, he commands them, and what a great guy to leave in charge. The second thing I'm blown away by is the guitar work. Manic solos and creative harmonies gallop through this entire record. In fact, all of the instrumentation is spectacular. And one of the most unique things about the record - every song is in a major key; something that's completely unique for a band in the heavy metal genre. What those major keys create is a record with soaring, uplifting melodies that leave you cheering like your watching the end of a Rocky movie. I don't hesitate one bit when I say that Volbeat is one of the best bands in the current hard rock/metal genre.
See the video for the single "The Devil's Bleeding Crown" here: https://youtu.be/3nb7DD7vdQ0
 
2nd Place


Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco
Panic! At The Disco is Brendon Urie - that's it. This guy is a genius when it comes to power pop melodies and songwriting, and he does it all himself.
The band's Pretty. Odd. release was the Dr. Music Album of the Year for 2008, and their Vices & Virtues album took the #2 spot on the 2011 list. This record is just as good or better than either of those. Urie consistently writes catchy choruses and quirky lyrics that frolic and play within the fabric of each song. Whether he's crooning like a Sinatra-style lounge singer ("Death Of A Bachelor") or getting in touch with his heavier rock side ("Victorious"), Urie nails it. He does it all here, and it's one of the most fun and interesting listens of the year. 
See the video for the single "Victorious" here: https://youtu.be/AUChk0lxF44

 Album of the Year

Dystopia - Megadeth
 
Dave Mustaine did it.
He really did it.
The former Metallica shredder who has been trying to put together an album to compete with his former band, has put together what is perhaps the greatest effort in the Megadeth catalog.
You can click on the link below to read my full review and all the reasons I find this album so incredible, but I really think this will be remembered as "the album with Chris Adler on drums." Never has there been a more punishing and distinctive drum technique in modern metal music than that of Chris Adler. Bravo to Dave and producer Chris Rakestraw for capturing the Lamb Of God veteran's sound perfectly in the studio. Imagine an album of songs that are just as great or greater than the band's classic Rust In Peace record, but with Adler's double bass megaboom going on behind it. It's perfect music for the apocalypse, which makes for a perfect metal album.
 
See the video for the single "Dystopia" here: https://youtu.be/bK95lWHl7js
 
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THE PATIENTS LISTS

   
Rose D. - Illinois, USA
Keith Urban - RipCord

David E. - Illinois, USA
Testament - Brotherhood of the Snake

Victor C. - Spain

Long Live The Angels - Emeli Sandé

Shawnzie G. - Illinois, USA
Blackstar - David Bowie

Wayne S. - Maryland, USA

Tie: Metallica - Hardwired... To Self Destruct and Disturbed - Live at Red Rocks 

Alun W. - Michigan, USA
Jason Pawlak - Promise

Jennifer G. - Illinois, USA
The Weeklings- The Weeklings

Diana W. - Illinois, USA
John Mayer - The Search for Everything

Brandon S. - Illinois, USA
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here.... Thank You 4 Your Service
Ghost - Popestar (EP)

Lori C. - Utah, USA

Night Ranger - 35 Years And A Night In Chicago

Michael C. - Illinois, USA
Blackstar - David Bowie

Lisa B. - Michigan, USA
David Bowie - Blackstar
Revolution Saints - Revolution Saints

Julie G. - Illinois, USA

Blackstar - David Bowie 
Schmilco - Wilco
A Moon Shaped Pool - Radiohead
Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper

Josh F. - New York, USA
Michael Sweet - One Sided War

Ken A. - Illinois, USA
David Bowie - Blackstar
A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here.... Thanks 4 Your Service
St. Seneca - The Mallwalker
NOFX - First Ditch Effort

Steve F. - Illinois, USA
Beyond The Fade - Ted Poley (lead singer of Danger Danger)
Skeletons - S.M. Connor
Revolution Radio - Green Day

Joanne H. - Indiana, USA
Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco

Mike C. - Utah, USA
Santana - IV

Patrick M. - Massachussetts, USA

David Bowie - Blackstar
The Monkees - Good Times!
The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
Rik Emmett & RESolution9 - RES9
*The Worst Album of 2016: Whitford/St. Holmes - Reunion
Click HERE to read Patrick's full reviews of these selections.

Ashley D. - Illinois, USA

Catfish and the Bottlemen - The Ride

Lizzy E. - New York, USA  
Show Me Your Fangs - Matt Nathanson

Kevin H. - Illinois, USA
Dream Theater - The Astonishing
The Pretty Reckless - Who You Selling For?

Joe S. - Wisconsin, USA
Bonfire To Ash
- Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson

Dave C. - Illinois, USA
The Duke (EP) - Lamb Of God
....and overall Lamb Of God has some awesome music!

Lori P. K. - Illinois, USA

The Hamilton Mixtape - Various Artists

Johan C. - Belgium
Pretenders - Alone 
Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger 
Blood Orange - Freetown Sound 
ABC - The Lexicon of Love, Part 2 
The Feeling - The Feeling 
The Heavy - Hurt & The Merciless 
Anderson Paak - Malibu  
Turin Brakes - Lost Property

Bridget I. - Illinois, USA
Moriah Formica - Bring It On! (EP) 
Skillet - Unleashed
Florida Georgia Line - Dig Your Roots

Colin H. - Gravesend, England
Toss a coin:  The Neal Morse Band - Similitude Of A Dream and Dream Theater - The Astonishing

Dean H. - Illinois, USA
Bon Iver - 22, A Million
Rival Sons - Hollow Bones
July Talk - Touch
Crobot - Plague Of The Mammoths
 
Art M. - Indiana, USA
Anything Joe Bonamassa. So many roads.
Live At Royal Albert Hall is 2010, but great blues.

Thierry T. - Geneva, Switzerland
1. Ray Wilson - Makes Me Think Of Home
2. Glass Hammer - Valkyrie
3. Kansas - The Prelude Implicit

Reijo P. - Finland
1) Megadeth – Dystopia (5)
I didn't like the previous album "Super Collider" until I had it two years. "Dystopia", however, was an amazing album from the first listen.
2) Vesala – Vesala (5)
The former vocalist of PMMP makes an awesome debut album. The songs are mostly sad, but Paula has a great voice for pop music too. This album proves it!
3) The Pretty Reckless – Who You Selling For (5)
This band has made better and better albums all the time. This is their third album but they sound more powerful than ever.
4) Tove Lo – Lady Wood (4½)
I guess this kind of pop music isn't critically appreciated, but somehow her "little bit rude" style affects me in a positive way.
5) Little Mix – Glory Days (4½)
There are no good girl groups. I liked this album more than Fifth Harmony's latest one. Little Mix now has mature lyrics with some sense of humour too.
6) Viitasen Piia – Laulumaa (4½)
The Finnish female folk vocalist Piia Viitanen makes this third album with her band. This has some spiritual messages too, but overall it is about the love of people and nature.
7) Theocracy – Ghost Ship (4½)
This melodic metal band has now made four albums and they all are amazing. This is their first album which doesn't have a song with a duration over 10 minutes.
8) LeAnn Rimes – Remnants (4½)
LeAnn Rimes is one of my favorite female artists. Her voice is breath-taking. She can also do country, but this is a pop album for a change.
9) Anthrax – For All Kings (4½)
This year was too much about Metallica. Anthrax made an album which is one of their best albums. The album may not have "Among the Living" or "Indians" or those kinds of hits, but it is one of the few Anthrax albums that doesn't have a bad song.
10) Babymetal – Metal Resistance (4½)
This Japanese kawaii metal band is both loved and hated. They brought something new for metal music. It's basically metal with pop vocals. Metal is a genre which is changing all the time. A lot of energy here!

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Here are a few lists from other publications:
  
AOL
1.       Lemonade By Beyoncé
2.       Coloring Book By Chance The Rapper
3.       24K Magic By Bruno Mars
4.       The Weight Of These Wings By Miranda Lambert
5.       Glory By Britney Spears
6.       Dangerous Woman By Ariana Grande
7.       Hero By Maren Morris
8.       Anti By Rihanna
9.       Ology By Gallant
10.     I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It By The 1975



ASSOCIATED PRESS
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       Anti by Rihanna
3.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
4.       24K Magic by Bruno Mars
5.       Illuminate by Shawn Mendes
6.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
7.       Hero by Maren Morris
8.       Malibu by Anderson .Paak
9.       Joanne by Lady Gaga
10.     Mind of Mine by Zayn



BILLBOARD
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
3.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
4.       Blackstar by David Bowie
5.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
6.       We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
7.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
8.       I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975
9.       Hero by Maren Morris
10.     Malibu by Anderson .Paak


CHICAGO TRIBUNE (Greg Kot)
1.       Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
2.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
3.       HEAVN by Jamila Woods
4.       Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
5.       Malibu by Anderson .Paak
6.       The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey
7.       American Band by Drive-By Truckers
8.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
9.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
10.     Blackstar by David Bowie


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       Blackstar by David Bowie
3.       Anti by Rihanna
4.       99.9% by Kaytranada
5.       A Sailor's Guide to Earth by Sturgill Simpson
6.       Puberty 2 by Mitsuki
7.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
8.       Hopelessness by Anohni
9.       Malibu by Anderson .Paak
10.     A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead


KERRANG!
1.       Revolution Radio by Green Day
2.       Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica
3.       All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects
4.       Parachutes by Frank Iero and The Patience
5.       The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold
6.       Shape Shift With Me by Against Me!
7.       Gore by Deftones
8.       Death of a Bachelor by Panic! At The Disco
9.       Metal Resistance by Babymetal
10.     GLA by Twin Atlantic


LOUDWIRE
1.       The Boy Who Died Wolf by Highly Suspect
2.       The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser by Rob Zombie
3.       Bad Vibrations by A Day to Remember
4.       Aggressive by Beartooth
5.       Gore by Deftones
6.       Misadventures by Pierce the Veil
7.       Divides by The Virginmarys
8.       The North Corridor by Chenille
9.       Book of Shadows II by Zakk Wylde
10.     The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers


METAL HAMMER
1.       Magma by Gojira
2.       All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects
3.       Sorceress by Opeth
4.       The Violent Sleep of Reason by Meshuggah
5.       If I'm the Devil… by Letlive
6.       Dissociation by The Dillinger Escape Plan
7.       The Serenity of Suffering by Korn
8.       Arktis. by Ihsahn
9.       Statues by Black Peaks
10.     Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica


MOJO
1.       Blackstar by David Bowie
2.       Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
3.       Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
4.       FLOTUS by Lambchop
5.       You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
6.       Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop
7.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
8.       Stranger to Stranger by Paul Simon
9.       The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey
10.     Heron Oblivion by Heron Oblivion


NME
1.       I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975
2.       The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
3.       Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens
4.       Konnichiwa by Skepta
5.       99.9% by Kaytranada
6.       Blackstar by David Bowie
7.       Is The Is Are by DIIV
8.       Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop
9.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
10.     Blonde by Frank Ocean


PEOPLE
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       This House Is Not for Sale by Bon Jovi
3.       Revolution Radio by Green Day
4.       Lady Wood by Tove Lo
5.       Views by Drake
6.       24K Magic by Bruno Mars
7.       Joanne by Lady Gaga
8.       The Hamilton Mixtape by Various artists
9.       The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
10.   Hero by Maren Morris


POP MATTERS
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
3.       Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown
4.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
5.       Blackstar by David Bowie
6.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
7.       Hollowed by Ital Tek
8.       Malibu by Anderson .Paak
9.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
10.     Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future by Underworld


PROG
1.       Fear by Marillion
2.       Sorceress by Opeth
3.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
4.       Affinity by Haken
5.       Folklore by Big Big Train
6.       Bottled Out of Eden by Knifeworld
7.       Do Not Disturb by Van Der Graaf Generator
8.       Lighthouse by Iamthemorning
9.       Threnodies by Messenger
10.     Apricity by Syd Arthur


Q
1.       Blackstar by David Bowie
2.       You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
3.       The Hope Six Demolition Project by PJ Harvey
4.       We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
5.       Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
6.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
7.       Mangy Love by Cass McCombs
8.       My Woman by Angel Olsen
9.       I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975
10.     Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens


REVOLVER
1.       Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica
2.       Dystopia by Megadeth
3.       The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold
4.       The Violent Sleep of Reason by Meshugguh
5.       Gore by Deftones
6.       Jomsviking by Amon Amarth
7.       Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie by Volbeat
8.       Disassociation by The Dillinger Escape Plan
9.       Cold World by Of Mice & Men
10.     Magma by Gojira


ROLLING STONE
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       Blackstar by David Bowie
3.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
4.       Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest
5.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
6.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
7.       Blue & Lonesome by Rolling Stones
8.       The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
9.       You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
10.     Jeffery by Young Thug


SPIN
1.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
2.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
3.       Blackstar by David Bowie
4.       We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
5.       I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It by The 1975
6.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
7.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
8.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
9.       My Woman by Angel Olsen
10.     22, A Million by Bon Iver


STEREOGUM
1.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
2.       Blonde by Frank Ocean
3.       Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper
4.       We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
5.       Blackstar by David Bowie
6.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
7.       My Woman by Angel Olsen
8.       Puberty 2 by Mitski
9.       The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
10.     Atrocity Exhibition by Danny Brown


ULTIMATE CLASSIC ROCK
1.       Blackstar by David Bowie
2.       Stranger to Stranger by Paul Simon
3.       Blue & Lonesome by Rolling Stones
4.       You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
5.       Hardwired… To Self-Destruct by Metallica
6.       Revolution Radio by Green Day
7.       2 by Mudcrutch
8.       Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop
9.       Good Times! by The Monkees
10.     Fallen Angels by Bob Dylan


USA TODAY
Lemonade by Beyoncé 
Coloring Book by Chance the Rapper 
Emotion Side B by Carly Rae Jepsen 
How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals 
My Woman by Angel Olsen 
Malibu by Anderson .Paak 
Anti by Rihanna 
We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest 
The Life of Pablo by Kanye West 
Generationwhy by Zhu


THE WIRE
1.       Blackstar by David Bowie
2.       Lodestar by Shirley Collins
3.       Fetish Bones by Moor Mother
4.       elseq 1-5 by Autechre
5.       Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
6.       Blood Bitch by Jenny Hval
7.       Arbina by Noura Mint Seymali
8.       Serpent Music by Yves Tumor
9.       SECURITY by Gaika
10.     Yermande by Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force


YAHOO MUSIC
1.       Blackstar by David Bowie
2.       You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
3.       A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead
4.       We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest
5.       Lemonade by Beyoncé
6.       Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
7.       Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop
8.       A Seat at the Table by Solange
9.       Hero by Maren Morris
10.     Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price











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