10 Favorite Albums of 2016


Oh hey! My life has been a whirlwind and led me to an accidental blog hiatus. I know, I know. I missed you too!

I’m back here just in time to chime in with my favorite albums of 2016. This year was HARD for many of us it seems, but at least we can celebrate some incredible new music releases. Shout out to Spotify for being the MVP of music discovery by knowing my listening habits and taste so well.

Now, the list. There is no particular order and as much as I want to write thoughtful reviews for why these are my favorite albums of 2016, it’s currently 1:07am on a Thursday morning (what is sleep?) and life is busy, so I’m keeping it simple.

Cliff notes for why I chose these albums: I spent a good chunk of 2016 dancing and/or connecting emotionally (aka probably cried) while listening.

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Lemonade by Beyoncé
Favorite Tracks: “Sorry,” “Hold Up” and “All Night”

I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet so Unaware of It  by The 1975
Favorite Tracks: “If I Believe You,” “Somebody Else,” and “The Sound”

The Loudspeaker EP by MUNA
OK, this is an EP, but I MUST include this.
Favorite Tracks: All four of them, because each are so important to me.

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How to Be a Human Being by Glass Animals
Favorite Tracks: “Life Itself,” “Youth” and “Season 2 Episode 3”

The Altar by BANKS
Favorite Tracks: “Fuck With Myself,” “Weaker Girl” and “Gemini Feed”

Puberty 2 by Mitski
Favorite Tracks: “Once More To See You,” A Loving Feeling” and “Your Best American Girl”

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Sunlit Youth by Local Natives
Favorite Tracks: “Fountain of Youth,” “Everything All At Once” and “Past Lives”

Disappear Here by Bad Suns
Favorite Tracks: “Heartbreaker,” “Patience” and “Love Like Revenge”

Pool by Porches
Favorite Tracks: “Be Apart,” “Glow” and “Mood”

A Seat at the Table by Solange
Favorite Tracks: “Don’t Touch My Hair,” “Weary” and “Cranes in the Sky”

Let’s also look at my Spotify Year in Review. Click the images to see them more clearly.


Wow, that’s a lot of time spent doing something I love, and I definitely stayed true to my motto #FangirlForYourFriends with my excessive listening of my pals’ band Bedbugs. Might also like indie music? Can you tell? Not really sure. haha.

Cheers to saying BOY BYE to 2016 and hello to more music we can fall in love with in 2017.

What were your favorite albums or songs this year? Let’s chat in the comments