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my favorite music of 2016
December 27, 2016

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...

and

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...

david bowie - i'm afraid of americans
prince - kiss
george michael - careless whisper

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!

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