The Best Songs of 2016: 25-1

In the final installment of the best songs of 2016, here are songs ranked 25-1. For songs 100-76, click here; 75-51, here; and 50-26, here. This set includes artists ranging from Kamaiyah to Car Seat Headrest, Mitski to Clams Casino.  Continue reading “The Best Songs of 2016: 25-1”

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Top 50 Albums of 2016

2016 was a terrible year in many regards, but in one small way, 2016 was a year to remember fondly. That’s because this was one of the best years for new music in recent memory. Artists ranging from David Bowie to Beyoncé, Radiohead to Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar to Frank Ocean all released new albums this year, as did pop heavyweights Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, the Weeknd, Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars. So no, 2016 was not a good year. But, as is so often the case, we can turn to the year’s music for some semblance of comfort. These are the 50 best albums of the 2016.

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Best New Artists of 2016

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10. Isaiah Rashad

Isaiah Rashad could have been on this list a lot earlier. During the press tour for his excellent debut LP The Sun’s Tirade, Rashad confirmed that his debut’s long gestation period was a result of his substance abuse. After Top Dawg Entertainment nearly canned the whole project, Rashad fought back, not so much with a vengeance as with an appreciation of his circumstance. 2016 was one of the best years in rap that I can remember, and Rashad’s chopped southern flow was the perfect chaser to the frenetic pace life, and music, came at us this year. Continue reading “Best New Artists of 2016”