Tuesday, 13 December 2016

Best Of 2016

Here we are again, at the end of another year. Slightly off topic, but I am still astounded at the longevity of this blog. I definitely did not expect it to live this long when it started years ago, but I'm happy to keep it up and hope you're all still finding it of use. It's been a really good year for music; both with a ton of major releases and a slew of solid underground ones. There's no shortages of classics this year, so picking 50 was honestly tough.

Of course this isn't an objective "best of" list, despite the title. These are simply my personal favourite albums released this year. Please share yours with me too, I'm really curious to know what everyone's been listening to for the past 12 months. Thanks for another great year, and here's to a great 2017. Enjoy.

Honourable Mentions:

Hesitation Wounds - Awake For Everything
La Luna - Always Already
Gouge Away - , Dies
Oathbreaker - Rheia
Sun Kil Moon & Jesu - Sun Kil Moon & Jesu


50

PUP - The Dream Is Over





49

Trap Them - Crown Feral








48

The Hotelier - Goodness


47

Owen - The King Of Whys






46

Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere




45

Dinosaur Jr. - Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not






44

Dangers - The Bend In The Break



43

Graf Orlock - Crimetraveler


42

The Weeknd - Starboy




41

The Body & Full Of Hell - One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache


40

Pity Sex - White Hot Moon




39

American Football - LP2




38

Ty Segall - Emotional Mugger




37

Neurosis - Fires Within Fires

36

James Blake - The Colour In Anything





35

Culture Abuse - Peach




34

Angel Olsen - My Woman



33

Pinegrove - Cardinal



32

Drake - Views



31

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression


30

Jeff Rosenstock - Worry.


29

Rae Sremmurd - SremmLife 2



28

Old Gray - Slow Burn



27

Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"






26

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Disassociation


25

Savages - Adore Life


24

Joyce Manor - Cody

23

Frank Ocean - Blonde


22

Aesop Rock - The Impossible Kid




21

Modern Baseball - Holy Ghost




20

ScHoolboy Q - Blank Face LP





19

Swans - The Glowing Man


18

Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

17

Death Grips - Bottomless Pit






16

Chance The Rapper - Coloring Book





15

White Lung - Paradise







14

Kendrick Lamar - untitled unmastered.







13

Conor Oberst - Ruminations








12

Touché Amoré - Stage Four

11

A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

10

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition








9

Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial





8

Bon Iver - 22, A Million








7

The Dirty Nil - Higher Power






6

David Bowie - Blackstar






5

Nails - You Will Never Be One Of Us






4

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree






3

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool





2

Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo








1

Brian Fallon - Painkillers





That wraps up my 50 favourite albums of 2016. Again, it's purely based on personal favourites (thus why #1 should come as no surprise to anyone aware of my fandom). Feel free to comment your own lists of favourites, and thanks again for a great year.

21 comments:

  1. I agree with a fair amount of what's on here, but not necessarily the order of a fair amount of them as well

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  2. I need to check a lot of this out... but mostly I just wanted to say that I love your blog. After a decade of my taste mostly being either indie rock and extreme metal, this year I swung back to hardcore/"emo" as my base and your posts kept me inspired all year long!

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  3. I thought I was the only one who was high on Brian Fallon anymore. I put in my #3 spot.

    Best album I haven't seen on anyone's list yet is Resolutions - Weightless.

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  4. with all due respect, frank Ocean at 23 is silly low.

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  5. dude nice, surprised Oathbreaker only made it as an honorable mention

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  6. Oathbreaker is so boring. All their albums sound the same

    Old gray slow burn is def my number 1

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    1. fair point. Old Gray topped for me aswell

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    2. Old Grey for sure, but loved the Nails, Touche Amore and Radiohead LP's too <3

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  7. Thank you for expanding my tastes so much the past couple of years, great list.

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  8. Totally your opinion. But no way 'Views' beats PUP, Culture Abuse, The Hotelier, Ty Segall, Angel Olsen & Pinegrove

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  9. Also, the Chilidish Gambino album, while good, isn't even the best thing Donald Glover's done this year. Atlanta's a much better show than that album is an album.

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  10. Great list. Thanks for all the work on here. I find so much new music from you, and it's really appreciated!

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  11. i also enjoyed...

    Direct Hit! - Wasted Mind
    Pears - Green Star
    Off With Their Heads - Won't Be Missed
    The Lawrence Arms - Metropole

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  12. 1. violent soho - waco
    2. dinosaur jr - give a glimpse of what yer not
    3. helmet - dead to the world
    4. megadeth - dystopia
    5. killswitch engage - incarnate
    6. Serpentine Dominion - Serpentine Dominion
    7. basement - promise everything
    8. nails - you will never be one of us
    9. Face to Face - Protection
    10. pixies - head carrier
    11. the melvins - basses loaded
    12. Pig Destroyer - Painter of Dead Girls
    13. nonpoint - the posion red
    14. pup - the dream is over
    15. red fang - only ghosts
    16. trapt them - crown feral
    17. walls of jericho - no one can save from yourself
    18. sum 41 - 13 voices
    19. venomous concept - kick me silly/VCIIII
    20. Whores - Gold

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  13. The Life Of Pablo was a amazing record

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  14. We Set Sail - Feel Nothing
    Ceres - Drag It Down On You
    Slowly Slowly - Chamomile
    Safe Hands - Tie Your Soul to Mine
    The Brothers Goon - Make Regrets
    Luca Brasi - If This is All We're Going to Be
    Camp Cope - Camp Cope
    Foxtrot - Habitats
    The Sinking Teeth - Songs From the Bottom of the Lake
    Roadhouse - Pain Don't Hurt

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  15. I always forget your best ofs are general music and not just blog-themed. Good stuff! (Dangers and Jeff Rosenstock were my tied #1)

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