Top Ten Albums of 2016

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Top Ten Albums of 2016

12.21.16 | BY CLÉMENCE POLÈS

 
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With everyone seemingly listening to singles or playlists these days, I feel like artists are stepping away from crafting long-playing albums, and that's fine by me when there are so many great one-offs to discover.

Usher's No Limit is probably my favorite song in 2016, along with Young M.a.'s OOOUU. Still I can't help but miss the experience of a great album, and it was refreshing to see what artists went that route, with Frank Ocean, Blood Orange and Solange setting the bar high. Hopefully that'll inspire more artists to follow suit next year. In the meantime, here's yet another playlist, my favorite tracks of 2016. There were a select few albums that did it for me, from songs that grew on me with repeat listens (Anohni), to songs that immediately grabbed me but I might not listen to in 2017... which you won't find here! So without further ado, here are favorite albums of the year. I'd also love to hear what you've been listening to (in the comments below.) And don't forget, every week we publish playlists from featured Passersby, so if you're still looking for more great music, be sure to follow along. Happy listening!

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1. ANOHNI 'HOPELESSNESS' [SECRETLY CANADIAN / ROUGH TRADE]

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2. JENNY HVAL 'BLOOD BITCH' [SACRED BONES]

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3. SOLANGE 'A SEAT AT THE TABLE' [COLUMBIA]

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4. MARY LATTIMORE 'AT THE DAM' [GHOSTLY]

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5. CURREN$Y 'ANDRETTI 9/30' [MIXTAPE]

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6. DEATH GRIPS 'BOTTOMLESS PIT' [hARVEST]

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7. DAWN RICHARD 'REDEMPTION' [lOCAL ACTION]

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8. FRANKIE COSMOS 'NEXT THING' [BAYONET]

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9. RAE REMMURD 'SREMMLIFE 2' [INTERSCOPE]

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10. A TRIBE CALLED QUEST 'WE GOT IT FROM HERE...THANK YOU 4 YOUR SERVICE' [EPIC]

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