The Best That Has Been Streamed or Heard (So Far This Year)

Here are the 15 best albums and 15 best singles (sez me) released between January 1 and March 31, 2016, listed alphabetically because I’m not ready to commit to anything more just now. Lots still under consideration and, of course, unheard. (And lots of my faves still unreviewed.) Let me know what’s missing in the comments, if you’re that kind.


Azealia Banks: Slay-Z
Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want
Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop
Charli XCX: Vroom Vroom
DJ Katapila: Trotro
Kevin Gates: Islah (Deluxe Edition)
KING: We Are King
Kitten Forever: 7 Hearts
Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered
Anderson .Paak: Malibu
Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep
Rihanna: Anti
Wall: Wall
Wussy: Forever Sounds
Soul Sok Séga


Erykah Badu, “Trill Friends”
Azealia Banks, “The Big Big Beat”
Beyoncé: “Formation”
Chairlift, “Crying in Public”
Brandy Clark, “Girl Next Door”
Selena Gomez, “Hands to Myself”
Little Scream, “Love as a Weapon”
M.I.A., “MIA OLA”/”Foreign Friend”
One Direction, “History”
Pet Shop Boys “The Pop Kids”
Rihanna feat. Drake, “Work”
Santigold, “Banshee”
Sheer Mag, “Can’t Stop Fighting”
Taylor Swift, “New Romantics”
Young Thug feat. Quavo, “F Cancer”

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