Check out our Spotify playlist below the list. Enjoy.
10) Jamie XX - In Colour: Dance music to kill that EDM scene by being interesting.
9) Grimes - Art Angels: Pop music in 2016 is art.
8) US Girls - Half Free: You'll have a difficult time labeling this LP as rock or dance or...
7) Tom Misch - Beat Tape 2: Not sure there was a Beat Tape 1 but if there was I can't imagine the sequel being the lesser of the two. This kid is like 20 too.
6) Dominique Dumont - Comme Ca: Wildly unique album that pulls from AfroBeat and Hip Hop and is super awesome.
5) Maribou State - Portraits: An underrated gem. Chill out and dance to this album all at the same time.
4) Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly: This album sounds at once incredibly modern and from the golden age of hip hop. Kendrick weaves jazz with hip hop and rock.
3) Leon Bridges - Coming Home: Feel good album of the year. Hard not to put this at number one. It is so easy to listen to even though some of the subject matter isn't. This is the album that your aunt could bring up to you at your holiday feast. She knows you love music, ya know?
2) Alabama Shakes - Sound and Color: Well, I liked these guys when I first heard them, then they dropped their first album and I didn't like them anymore. Then they dropped their second album and I liked them again and even their first album.
1) Tame Impala - Currents and Father John Misty - I Love You, Honeybear (tie): First time we ever had a tie in our history. Tame Impala are flying high making the best rock music around that isn't rock music. I expect at least one more awesome album from these guys. You heard it here first, their masterpiece is next. FJM is making magical folk pop that is damn near perfect.