there's no relief in bitterness
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i'm gonna skip most of the fancy formatting and hyperlinks this year, so if you want to hear what i hear, just google it my dude. and if your favorite music didn't make the list, i probably didn't like it very much.
best albums 2016
16. fitz and the tantrums - fitz and the tantrums
15. upon a burning body - straight from the barrio
14. krizz kaliko - go
13. swmrs - drive north
12. nothing but thieves - nothing but thieves
11. meshuggah - the violent sleep of reason
10. pet shop boys - super
9. onerepublic - oh my my
8. tove lo - lady wood
7. a$ap ferg - always strive and prosper
6. blink-182 - california
5. lewis del mar - lewis del mar
4. 3oh!3 - night sports
3. after the burial - dig deep
1. (tie) architects - all our gods have abandoned us
1. (tie) letlive. - if i'm the devil...
best songs 2016
16. krizz kaliko - orangutan (feat. tech n9ne, rittz, ces cru, jl b. hood & wrekonize)
15. tor miller - carter & cash
14. a$ap ferg - hungry ham (feat. skrillex & crystal caines)
13. nick jonas - bacon (feat. ty dolla $ign)
12. getter - in the cuts
11. kanye west - facts (charlie heat version)
10. the lonely island - i'm so humble (feat. adam levine)
9. declan mckenna - brazil
8. bishop briggs - river
7. 3oh!3 - freak your mind
6. chairlift - ch-ching
5. danny brown - really doe (feat. kendrick lamar, ab-soul & earl sweatshirt)
4. dumbfoundead - harambe
3. kanye west - ultralight beam
2. adele - send my love (to your new lover)
1. the 1975 - love me
i should note that not every record dropped this year was a banger. take these disasters for example:
worst albums 2016
3. pierce the veil - misadventures
2. radiohead - a moon shaped pool
1. death spells - nothing above, nothing below
2016 did spawn some iconic album art...
3. danny brown - atrocity exhibition
2. blink-182 - california
1. letlive. - if i'm the devil...
...but some utterly repulsive album "art" as well.
3. biffy clyro - ellipsis
2. sia - this is acting
1. the struts - everybody wants
as always, i also found it necessary to update last year's list to reflect late bloomers and account for the album's longevity:
15. kill the noise - occult classic
14. oceans ate alaska - lost isles
13. holychild - the shape of brat pop to come
12. d.a. - time machine
11. chvrchΞs - every open eye
10. periphery - juggernaut
9. boots - aquaria
8. skrillex & diplo present jack ü
7. yellow claw - blood for mercy
6. bring me the horizon - that's the spirit
5. a$ap rocky - at.long.last.a$ap
4. joywave - how do you feel now?
3. everything everything - get to heaven
2. born of osiris - soul sphere
1. until the ribbon breaks - a lesson unlearnt
and i would be remiss if i didn't mention what would have easily topped my songs chart last year if i didn't miss the boat:
1. børns - past lives
i also want to take a moment to pay homage to three very special artists we lost this year. i've included a personal favorite cut by each. in no particular order...
finally, i'm attaching a run-down of my year in music, as logged by my all-time favorite music app, last.fm. thanks for listening!
i am challenging myself to listen to 365 new albums/year (beginning 04/21/16), which is a lot like challenging myself to listen to a new album every single day, but a little more forgiving in the event that i happen to forget. i'll keep track here:
1. prince - 1999 (1982)
2. a$ap ferg - always strive and prosper (2016)
3. pet shop boys - super (2016)
4. interpol - interpol (2010)
5. marilyn manson - antichrist superstar (1996)
6. niki & the dove - everybody's heart is broken now (2016)
7. smashing pumpkins - siamese dream (1993)
8. marilyn manson - mechanical animals (1998)
9. billboard top hits: 1975 (~1975)
10. marilyn manson - the golden age of grotesque (2003)
11. now that's what i call music! (~1998)
12. oasis - (what's the story) morning glory? (1995)
13. stone temple pilots - purple (1994)
14. now that's what i call music!, vol. 57 (~2016)
15. now that's what i call music!. vol. 4 (~2000)
16. michael jackson - thriller (1982)
17. nirvana - bleach (1989)
18. now that's what i call music!, vol. 56 (2015)
19. andy grammer - magazines or novels (2014)
20. the xx - xx (2009)
21. ministry - keΦaΛhΞΘ (1992)
22. arctic monkeys - whatever people say i am, that's what i'm not (2006)
23. van halen - van halen (1978)
24. van halen - van halen ii (1979)
25. van halen - women and children first (1980)
26. van halen - fair warning (1981)
27. van halen - diver down (1982)
28. van halen - 1984 (1984)
29. van halen - 5150 (1986)
30. van halen - ou812 (1988)
31. van halen - for unlawful carnal knowledge (1991)
32. after the burial - dig deep (2016)
33. disturbed - the sickness (2000)
34. pierce the veil - misadventures (2016)
35. 3oh!3 - night sports (2016)
36. erra - drift (2016)
37. slayer - reign in blood (1986)
38. nirvana - nevermind (1991)
39. tim heidecker - in glendale (2016)
40. at the drive-in - relationship of command (2000)
41. radiohead - a moon shaped pool (2016)
42. slipknot - slipknot (1999)
43. slipknot - iowa (2001)
44. bear hands - you'll pay for this (2016)
45. beartooth - aggressive (2016)
46. the kills - ash & ice (2016)
47. judas priest - rocka rolla (1974)
48. judas priest - sad wings of destiny (1976)
49. judas priest - screaming for vengeance (1982)
50. judas priest - painkiller (1990)
51. the ongoing concept - handmade (2015)
52. the lonely island - popstar: never stop never stopping (2016)
53. fall city fall - victus (2013)
54. megadeth - peace sells... but who's buying? (1986)
55. ariana grande - dangerous woman (2016)
56. beck - record club: kick (~2010)
57. meghan trainor - thank you (2016)
58. now that's what i call music!, vol. 55 (~2015)
59. now that's what i call music!, vol. 3 (~1999)
60. now that's what i call music!, vol. 5 (~2000)
61. now that's what i call music!, vol. 54 (~2015)
62. now that's what i call music!, vol. 53 (~2015)
63. modern baseball - holy ghost (2016)
64. issues - headspace (2016)
65. marilyn manson - portrait of an american family (1994)
66. letlive. - if i'm the devil... (2016)
67. nick jonas - last year was complicated (2016)
68. peter bjorn and john - breakin' point (2016)
69. the temper trap - thick as thieves (2016)
70. bassnectar - unlimited (2016)
71. i see stars - treehouse (2016)
72. gojira - magma (2016)
73. judas priest - sin after sin (1977)
74. van halen - balance (1995)
75. judas priest - stained class (1978)
76. judas priest - hell bent for leather (1979)
77. misterwives - our own house (2015)
78. fitz & the tantrums - fitz & the tantrums (2016)
79. marilyn manson - holy wood (in the shadow of the valley of death) (2000)
80. now that's what i call music!, vol. 6 (~2001)
81. now that's what i call music!, vol. 52 (~2014)
82. megadeth - so far, so good... so what! (1988)
83. megadeth - killing is my business... and business is good! (1985)
84. metallica - ride the lightning (1984)
85. the prodigy - the fat of the land (1997)
86. hot hot heat - hot hot heat (2016)
87. guns n' roses - appetite for destruction (1987)
88. ac/dc - for those about to rock we salute you (1981)
89. riff raff - peach panther (2016)
90. broods - conscious (2016)
91. whitechapel - mark of the blade (2016)
92. judas priest - unleashed in the east (1979)
93. george michael - faith (1987)
94. tegan and sara - love you to death (2016)
95. me - even the odd ones out (2013)
96. alanis morissette - jagged little pill (1995)
97. metronomy - summer 08 (2016)
98. onerepublic - dreaming out loud (2007)
99. phil collins - both sides (1993)
100. danny brown - old (2013)
101. phil collins - face value (extra values) (2016)
102. gino vannelli - the best and beyond (2010)
103. genesis - genesis (1983)
104. judas priest - british steel (1980)
105. judas priest - point of entry (1981)
106. borns - dopamine (2015)
107. abc - the lexicon of love (1982)
108. fit for an autopsy - absolute hope absolute hell (2015)
109. slipknot - all hope is gone (2008)
110. periphery - periphery iii: select difficulty (2016)
111. barenaked ladies - stunt (1998)
112. carly simon - film noir (1997)
113. panic! at the disco - death of a bachelor (2016)
114. judas priest - turbo (1986)
115. swmrs - drive north (2016)
116. martika - martika (1988)
117. the drifters/the coasters - the drifters/the coasters (1988)
118. highly suspect - mister asylum (2015)
119. death spells - nothing above, nothing below (2016)
120. united nations - united nations (2008)
121. the struts - everybody wants (2016)
122. white sea - in cold blood (2014)
123. fastball - little white lies (2009)
124. nf - mansion (2015)
125. stevie t - album of epicness (2015)
126. young the giant - home of the strange (2016)
127. placebo - meds (2006)
128. kill the noise - alt classic (2016)
129. bad omens - bad omens (2016)
130. islander - power under control (2016)
131. capsize - a reintroduction: the essence of all that surrounds me (2016)
132. miss may i - deathless (2015)
133. wage war - blueprints (2015)
134. crown the empire - retrograde (2016)
135. meshuggah - obzen (2008)
136. supertramp - breakfast in america (1979)
137. bastille - wild world (complete edition) (2016)
138. hellions - opera oblivia (2016)
139. judas priest - ram it down (1988)
140. grouplove - big mess (2016)
141. glassjaw - worship and tribute (2002)
142. dumbfoundead - old boy jon (2013)
143. hardcore henry (original motion picture soundtrack) (~2016)
144. veil of maya - eclipse (2012)
145. xtc - skylarking (1986)
146. local natives - sunlit youth (2016)
147. architects - lost forever // lost together (2014)
148. usher - hard ii love (2016)
149. paper route - real emotion (2016)
150. goldroom - west of the west (2016)
151. blink-182 - california (2016)
152. breakdown of sanity - perception (2013)
153. monuments - gnosis (2012)
154. radiohead - in rainbows (2007)
155. placebo - placebo (1996)
156. pixies - surfer rosa (1988)
157. the drums - encyclopedia (2014)
158. taking back sunday - tidal wave (2016)
159. faith no more - we care a lot (1985)
160. taking back sunday - tell all your friends (2002)
161. the pierces - thirteen tales of love and revenge (2007)
162. ghostbusters (original motion picture soundtrack) (~2016)
163. hank williams - the complete collection: greatest hits (~2005)
164. blink-182 - blink-182 (2003)
165. meshuggah - the violent sleep of reason (2016)
166. kaiser chiefs - stay together (2016)
167. green day - revolution radio (2016)
168. onerepublic - oh my my (2016)
169. phantogram - three (2016)
170. daya - sit still, look pretty (2016)
171. lewis del mar - lewis del mar (2016)
172. set it off - upside down (2016)
173. taking back sunday - where you want to be (2004)
174. brand new - deja entendu (2003)
175. my chemical romance - rock sound presents... the black parade (2016)
176. music from the motion picture pulp fiction (~1994)
177. suicide squad: the album (~2016)
178. tom petty - full moon fever (1989)
179. taking back sunday - new again (2009)
180. placebo - without you i'm nothing (1998)
181. placebo - black market music (2000)
182. four tops - 20th century masters: the millennium collection: the best of four tops (~1999)
183. megadeth - rust in peace (1990)
184. bruce springsteen - born in the u.s.a. (1984)
185. huey lewis and the news - sports (1983)
186. huey lewis and the news - picture this (1982)
187. howard jones - dream into action (1985)
188. mr. mister - welcome to the real world (1985)
189. night riots - love gloom (2016)
190. korn - the serenity of suffering (2016)
191. saint motel - saintmotelevision (2016)
192. tears for fears - the hurting (1983)
193. dave gahan - paper monsters (2003)
194. yellow claw - blood for mercy (remixes) (2016)
195. excision - virus (2016)
196. upon a burning body - straight from the barrio (2016)
197. gino vannelli - black cars (1985)
198. hall & oates - voices (1980)
199. ty dolla $ign - campaign (2016)
200. stray from the path - subliminal criminals (2015)
201. now that's what i call music!, vol. 60 (~2016)
202. blink-182 - cheshire cat (1995)
203. megadeth - countdown to extinction (1992)
204. tove lo - lady wood (2016)
205. duran duran - duran duran (1983)
206. dumbfoundead - we might die (2016)
207. sleigh bells - jessica rabbit (2016)
208. the griswolds - high times for low lives (2016)
209. ink spots - ink spots (1957)
210. pointer sisters - break out (1983)
211. car bomb - meta (2016)
212. born of osiris - a higher place (2009)
213. born of osiris - the discovery (2011)
214. hall & oates - whole oats (1972)
215. emf - schubert dip (1991)
216. the goo goo dolls - boxes (2016)
217. nik kershaw - radio musicola (1986)
218. david bowie - the rise and fall of ziggy stardust and the spiders from mars (1972)
219. after the burial - wolves within (2013)
220. the weeknd - starboy (2016)
221. dnce - dnce (2016)
222. bruno mars - 24k magic (2016)
223. waterparks - double dare (2016)
224. thursday - waiting (1999)
225. hall & oates - abandoned luncheonette (1973)
226. huey lewis and the news - huey lewis and the news (1980)
227. huey lewis and the news - fore! (1986)
228. huey lewis and the news - small world (1988)
229. huey lewis and the news - hard at play (1991)
230. filter - title of record (1999)
231. filter - the amalgamut (2002)
232. hall & oates - war babies (1974)
233. hall & oates - daryl hall & john oates (1975)
234. huey lewis and the news - four chords & several years ago (1994)
235. guns n' roses - g n' r lies (1988)
236. hall & oates - bigger than both of us (1976)
237. rob zombie - hellbilly deluxe (1998)
238. tarzan: an original walt disney records soundtrack (1999)
239. duran duran - seven and the ragged tiger (1983)
240. hall & oates - beauty on a back street (1977)
241. tech n9ne - the storm (2016)
242. beyoncé - lemonade (2016)
243. hall & oates - along the red ledge (1978)
244. wham! - fantastic (1983)
245. the police - outlandos d'amour (1978)
246. the police reggatta de blanc (1979)
247. hall & oates - x-static (1979)
248. run the jewels - run the jewels 3 (2016)
249. judas priest - jugulator (1997)
250. megadeth - youthanasia (1994)
251. hall & oates - private eyes (1981)
252. charles manson - lie: the love and terror cult (1970)
253. fastball - all the pain money can buy (1998)
254. slipknot - .5: the gray chapter (2014)
255. madonna - like a virgin (1984)
265. madonna - madonna (1983)
266. depeche mode - speak & spell (1981)
267. madonna - true blue (1986)
268. duran duran - notorious (1986)
269. the xx - i see you (2017)
270. colony house - only the lonely (2017)
271. wham! - the final (1986)
272. wham! - music from the edge of heaven (1986)
273. tove lo - queen of the clouds (2014)
274. palisades - palisades (2017)
275. chasing victory - fiends (2007)
276. phil collins - ...but seriously (1989)
277. george michael - listen without prejudice vol. 1 (1990)
278. annie - anniemal (2004)
279. now that's what i call music!, vol. 61 (2017)
280. ra ra riot - need your light (2016)
281. train - a girl, a bottle, a boat (2017)
282. miley cyrus - miley cyrus & her dead petz (2015)
283. jamie xx - in colour (2015)
284. adele - 25 (2015)
285. madonna - like a prayer (1989)
286. white zombie - soul-crusher (1987)
287. white zombie - make them die slowly (1989)
288. the 1950's rock'n'roll music collection - let the good times roll (1983)
If your favorite music didn't make the list, I probably didn't like it very much.
MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2015:
For fans of: Franz Ferdinand, Royal Blood, Fall Out Boy.
The straightforward rock album fans of "Stockholm Syndrome" and "Knights Of Cydonia" have been patiently waiting for.
Bonus Track: Happy Song by Bring Me The Horizon from the album That's The Spirit.
Oceans Ate Alaska's Lost Isles
For Fans of: Like Moths To Flames, The Word Alive, Woe, Is Me.
Good luck trying to keep track of the time signatures.
Bonus Track: Hollow Life by Coast Modern from the album (Forthcoming).
Palisades' MIND GAMES
For fans of: That's Outrageous!, Abandon All Ships, Issues.
Pop-metal salad drowned in delicious hook dressing.
Bonus Track: Carry On by Cœur De Pirate from the album Roses.
Enter Shikari's The Mindsweep
For fans of: letlive., Beartooth, We Came As Romans.
Smart rock music with an important message - "there was never a broadcast made of such urgency."
Bonus Track: American Beauty/American Psycho (Remix feat. A$AP Ferg) by Fall Out Boy from the album Make America Psycho Again.
D.A.'s Time Machine
For fans of: Jellyfish, Queen, Elton John.
Cornelius Thornibald Spainhower himself could not have come up with a more accurate moniker for D.A.'s debut album.
Bonus Track: New Americana by Halsey from the album Badlands.
For fans of: Raury, FKA twigs, Banks.
Simply put, BOOTS is a genius whose refreshing take on hip-pop boasts utterly antagonizing levels of talent.
Bonus Track: (Cover of Taylor Swift's) Blank Space by I Prevail from the album Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 6 (2015 Digital Edition).
Until The Ribbon Breaks' A Lesson Unlearnt
For fans of: Glass Animals, Cherub, The Weeknd.
The heart is a real tangible element of this group's debut release.
Bonus Track: Another Night On Mars by The Maine from the album American Candy.
From First To Last's Dead Trees
For fans of : D.R.U.G.S., Falling In Reverse, From First To Last.
Let's face it - From First To Last were never the best band in the scene. That is until Periphery-frontman Spencer Sotelo stepped in to perform Matt Good's signature hooks. I only pray that this album was as well-received by the rest of the scene as it's been by me.
Bonus Track: The Shade by Metric from the album Pagans In Vegas.
Born Of Osiris' Soul Sphere
For fans of: Deceiver-era The Word Alive, Glass Cloud, Veil Of Maya.
Born Of Osiris is the catharsis Patrick Bateman yearns for. Thank you BOO for this outstanding outlet.
Bonus Track: Trip Switch by Nothing But Thieves from the album Nothing But Thieves (Forthcoming).
For fans of: Volumes, Between The Buried And Me, Dream Theater.
Best heard in its entirety, this double album is as beautifully-orchestrated/masterfully-executed as heavy music gets.
Bonus Track: Shroud (feat. Krizz Kaliko) by Tech N9ne from the album Special Effects.
CHVRCHΞS' Every Open Eye
For fans of: The Naked And Famous, Purity Ring, Passion Pit.
The best in cognitive dissonance since Passion Pit's Gossamer.
Bonus Track: I Mean Something (feat. Feist) by Peaches from the album Rub.
Big Data's 2.0
For fans of: Robert DeLong, AWOLNATION, Capital Cities.
Any pop album that features a dial-up modem as an instrument is great in my book.
Bonus Track: Don't Wait Up by Robert DeLong from the album In The Cards.
Everything Everything's Get To Heaven
For fans of: alt-J, Two Door Cinema Club, Vampire Weekend.
"In March, the band described their sound as 'Baroque Obama' on Facebook, explaining to Gigwise that 'it's where Bach meets Jay Z'."
Bonus Track: SIRI (feat. Elliphant & Pusha T) by YOGI from the album (Forthcoming).
HOLYCHILD's The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come
For fans of: twenty | one | pilots, Saint Motel, CHVRCHΞS.
Every single track on the album could hold its own as a pop single.
Bonus Track: Love Me by The 1975 from the album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Forthcoming).
WORST ALBUM OF THE YEAR.
Tyler, The Creator's Cherry Bomb
Whoever mixed this album should literally be put in jail.
Bonus Track: My Type by Saint Motel from the album (Forthcoming).
BEST ALBUM AND SONG OF THE YEAR.
Joywave's How Do You Feel Now?
For fans of: HOLYCHILD, Saint Motel, Atlas Genius.
What can be said about an album that surpasses no less than 75 others?
And finally, I also revised MY FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2014 list:
NUMBER FOURTEEN. Crown The Empire's The Resistance: Rise Of The Runaways
NUMBER THIRTEEN. For All Those Sleeping's Incomplete Me
NUMBER TWELVE. Volumes' No Sleep
NUMBER ELEVEN. Knife Party's Abandon Ship
NUMBER TEN. THE HELL's Groovehammer
NUMBER NINE. Emmure's Eternal Enemies
NUMBER EIGHT. Kaiser Chiefs' Education, Education, Education & War
NUMBER SEVEN. The Neighbourhood's #000000 & #FFFFFF
NUMBER SIX. Taylor Swift's 1989
NUMBER FIVE. Beartooth's Disgusting
NUMBER FOUR. Glass Animals' Zaba
NUMBER THREE. SomeKindaWonderful's SomeKindaWonderful
NUMBER TWO. Skrillex' Recess
NUMBER ONE. Run The Jewels' Run The Jewels 2
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im going to let the music speak entirely for itself, choosing one single to represent each album.
in chronological order, music youre too late to anticipate:
best album that technically came out in the second quarter but you wouldnt know it because its still not out in america unless you buy it from the band's uk web page:
everything everything/get to heaven
best album by a band whose name sounds like a punk rock band though i dont think they are one:
best album with the worst compact disc packaging ive ever seen in my entire life:
nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats/nathaniel rateliff & the night sweats
best album by a band who apparently doesnt understand the definition of sophomore slump:
atlas genius/inanimate objects
best album that confused my brother when i secretly saved it to his spotify:
oh wonder/oh wonder
im basically making this list entirely for my own reference at this point:
bring me the horizon/thats the spirit
best 14th album by a band:
duran duran/paper gods
best album featuring beats reminiscent of the time some dude dropped generic drums on top of an acoustic simon & garfunkel cut in order to better appeal to the masses:
lana del rey/honeymoon
best album featuring one particular lyric repeated in excess of 100 times:
metric/pagans in vegas
best album whose primary songwriter's last name is LeDong if you like switch around the D and the L in it or whatever who cares:
robert delong/in the cards
best album by a band whose origin you couldnt pinpoint hearing them:
chvrchΞs/every open eye
best album by a band whose lead singer is not a girl like i thought she was:
silversun pickups/better nature
in chronological order, music you should be excited for:
new hurts album, 10/09
representative single selected by catherine barnhart
new nothing but thieves album, 10/16
new the hell album, 10/30
new the neighbourhood album, 10/30
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