Munson's 2016 top 10 albums

Not posing. Not a bid for hipster status. Not trying to refute millennials with Gen X wisdom. Not dissing Beyoncé. Not trying to pick black-and-white cover art. This truly, humbly is what I listened to and loved this year.
  1. 1.
    "Blackstar," David Bowie — What else did you expect me to choose?
  2. 2.
    "Principe Del Norte," Prins Thomas — Warning: austere Norwegian DJ double album.
  3. 3.
    "The Narrows," Grant-Lee Phillips — Americana that doesn't get the hype of a Sturgill but deserves it.
  4. 4.
    "Skeleton Tree," Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds — This is getting predictable — and depressing. All these albums about mortality!
  5. 5.
    "You Want It Darker," Leonard Cohen — See previous entry.
  6. 6.
    "Plays the Music of Twin Peaks," Xiu Xiu — Novelty nostalgia covers album for a vintage weirdo TV series? Emphatically, no. Blew. My. Mind.
  7. 7.
    "22, A Million," Bon Iver — This was a great Radiohead album! Wait, no — a great Kanye album! Wait, no — just listen to the vocals alone and tell me it's undeserving.
  8. 8.
    "Living With Secrets," Bad Sports — Warning: austere punk EP from Denton, Texas.
  9. 9.
    "Made in the Manor," Kano — Behind the curve in getting into U.K. grime.
  10. 10.
    "Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel," Chris Robinson Brotherhood — This is the spot in the list where you shake your head in abject disappointment and grimace at all that should have appeared here instead of the dreck I chose.