On twitter a few days ago, I gave a rough top 10 of my favorites of this year, but here is a well-thought out Top 25 + the best tracks from each album from the best year in music in YEARS - not necessarily in order. 2016 was TOUGH, but the soundtrack was worth it.
  1. Ology - Gallant
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    I've never been more impressed and obsessed by an artist in such a small amount of time. This is Gallant's debut album and it blew MY MIND. | Favorite track: Bone + Tissue
  2. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper
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    2016 was the year of Chance the Rapper, obviously. He's America's new sweetheart, the greatest artist of the year, a future Grammy award winner, father, faith driven guy. I love him more than words. This album changed my life. | Favorite track: Finish Line/Drown
  3. Blonde - Frank Ocean
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    You know how annoying everyone was about wanting a new frank album for like two years? I was the captain of that ship. I didn't think I could wait any longer. At first, I wasn't sold, but now I can't imagine life without this album. Favorite track: (it's a tie!!) Godspeed/Self Control
  4. WALLS - Kings of Leon
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    Oh man, oh man. One of my favorite bands! Great album. So different but sooooo them. I love this sound. | Favorite track: Conversation Piece
  5. Georgica Pond - Johnnyswim
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    This duo is magic. They're married and so in love. They turned their love into music - that's what it sounds like. It's beautiful. They are two of my favorite voices on this planet. | Favorite track: Touching Heaven
  6. Darkness + Light - John Legend
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    John is one of those artists that when they put out music, I become insanely obsessed with them and that music for like a solid three weeks. I love John Legend's voice so much. Classic. | Favorite track: Right By You (For Luna)
  7. Cleopatra - The Lumineers
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    I realized a lot of things this year that were life-changing, but my realization of how much I like The Lumineers was one of my more prominent ones. This album is prime. | Favorite track: (a tie!!!) Angela/Sleep on the Floor
  8. ANTI - Rihanna
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    This album got lost in the mix, but I think it deserves every Grammy it's nominated for. It's an instant classic. | Favorite track: Love on the Brain
  9. Home of the Strange - Young the Giant
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    This was one of my favorite bands in high school!! Guys!! Remember when Cough Syrup was everyone's favorite song/ringtone? Very collective sound with a point. | Favorite track: Elsewhere
  10. I like when you sleep for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it - The 1975
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    Honestly, who cares that it's like "not cool" to like The 1975 anymore because this album defined my early 2016 and I think I listened to it more than any other album this year. | Favorite track: If I Believe You
  11. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West
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    Idk
  12. Malibu - Anderson .Paak
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    This man's got the voice of a GOD!!! It's so clean and smooth. I enjoy it. | Favorite track: The Bird
  13. 24k Magic - Bruno Mars
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    FUCK ME UP!! That's how I feel about Bruno Mars like 98% of the time because he's so smooth and chill and his music makes you wanna dance. He's a life changer. I also become obsessed with him whenever he does anything. | Favorite track: Perm (the best BOP)/Versace on the Floor (best over all)
  14. VIEWS - Drake
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    I know that with my love for Drake track record, that this should have been higher on the list, but there was just so much good shit this year. | Favorite track: Feel No Ways
  15. 4 Your Eyez Only - J. Cole
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    Cole is my #1. This album is heartbreaking and beautiful. I love the storyline. I'm a SUCKER for a storyline in an album. | Favorite track: She's Mine Part 1
  16. Man About Town - Mayer Hawthorne
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    My favorite funky man!! He's so cute. This album is so well produced and dance-y. | Favorite track: Love Like That
  17. The Divine Feminine - Mac Miller
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    Surprise I'm a pre-teen boy! Just kidding. I honestly had no intention of listening to this, but the single with Anderson .Paak changed my mind, I listened and was sold on the first listen. Really well put together. | Favorite track: Cinderella
  18. Matter - St. Lucia
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    SO FUN! Insanely good sounds. Great long drive album. | Favorite track: Do You Remember
  19. 22, A Million - Bon Iver
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    "What? But also hell yeah" - the first time I ever listened to this album, and that's it. | Favorite track: 33 GOD (the only single I gave "fave track" status!!)(call the press!!)
  20. The Wild Swan - Foy Vance
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    So beautiful, so Americana. I adore this man. | Favorite track: Noam Chomsky is a Soft Revolution
  21. Telluric - Matt Corby
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    Vocals off the chart. Should be given every award even if he hasn't been nominated. A blue-eyed beauty. | Favorite track: Good To Be Alone
  22. I'm Alone, No You're Not - Joseph
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    I'm a sucker for harmonies!!! And they have that!!! I saw these ladies open for a show I went to earlier this year and every note gave me chills. They're so raw and have such insane vocals. | Favorite track: Canyon
  23. We Move - James Vincent McMorrow
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    Another great vocalist in this world. Beautiful. | Favorite track: We Don't Eat
  24. Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin' - Kid Cudi
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    UGH! So heart wrenching and sad, but that's how you make some good ass music. This album came out like three days ago and I already think it's a classic. | Favorite track: Rose Golden
  25. saintmotelevision - Saint Motel
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    SAXOPHONE!!! Gimme dat saxophone always!! Favorite track: Happy Accidents