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Fuck a title: The best music of 2016


Better late than early. Now that it’s 2017, here’s the best music released in 2016 that I heard. “Albums” are self-explanatory, with the version noted when alternates exist. I define “singles” pretty loosely these days to include any song that takes on a life of its own outside of its album of origin–though I believe, with one Kanye-sized exception, each of these was released as a “single,” whatever that still means.


1. Rihanna: Anti- (Deluxe)
2. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here … Thank You 4 Your Service
3. Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book
4. Britney Spears: Glory (Deluxe)
5. Lori McKenna: The Bird and the Rifle
6. 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock
7. Maren Morris: Hero
8. Mannequin Pussy: Romantic
9. Kevin Gates: Islah (Deluxe)
10. King: We are King

11. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive
12. Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition
13. Brothers Osborne: Pawn Shop
14. Elza Soares: The Woman at the End of the World
15. Fantasia: The Definition of …
16. Bonnie Raitt: Dig In Deep
17. Beyoncé: Lemonade
18. Paul Burch: Meridian Rising
19. Wall: Wall
20. Homeboy Sandman: Kindness for Weakness

21. Solange: A Seat at the Table
22. The Avalanches: Wildflower
23. Parquet Courts: Human Performance
24. Ka: Honor Killed the Samurai
25. Haley Bonar: Impossible Dream
26. Anderson .Paak: Malibu
27. Swet Shop Boys: Cashmere
28. Vince Staples: Prima Donna
29. Jamila Woods: HEAVN
30. Drive-By Truckers: American Band

31. Azealia Banks: Slay-Z
32. Vic Mensa: There’s Alot Going On
33. Bombino: Azel
34. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution
35. Flume: Skin
36. Blood Orange: Freetown Sound
37. Kitten Forever: 7 Hearts
38. Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid
39. Bettie Serveert: Damaged Good
40. Alicia Keys: Here

41. Young Thug: Jeffery
42. Bent Shapes: Wolves of Want
43. Arca: Entranas
44. DJ Katapila: Trotro
45. Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered
46. Soul Sok Séga
47. MIA: AIM
48. Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings
49. Wussy: Forever Sounds
50. Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution


1. “Humble and Kind,” Tim McGraw
2. “Body,” Dreezy feat. Jeremih
3. “Ultralight Beam,” Kanye West feat. Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price, and Kirk Franklin
4. “Pick Up the Phone,” Young Thug and Travis Scott featuring Quavo
5. “Kill v. Maim,” Grimes
6. “Can’t Stop Fighting,” Sheer Mag
7. “We the People,” A Tribe Called Quest
8. “Vice,” Miranda Lambert
9. “FDT (Fuck Donald Trump),” YG feat. Nipsey Hussle
10. “Cranes in the Sky,” Solange

11. “Never Be Like You,” Flume Featuring Kai
12. “The Big Big Beat,” Azealia Banks
13. “I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore,” Lucy Dacus
14. “Into You,” Ariana Grande
15. “The Pop Kids,” Pet Shop Boys
16. “Frankie Sinatra,” Avalanches
17. “Send My Love (To Your New Lover),” Adele
18. “Good as Hell,” Lizzo
19. “Black Beatles,” Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
20. “Boyfriend,” Tegan and Sara

21. “Work,” Rihanna Featuring Drake
22. “Really Doe,” Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, and Earl Sweatshirt
23. “You Want It Darker,” Leonard Cohen
24. “Crying In Public,” Chairlift
25. “Girls @,” Joey Purp feat. Chance the Rapper
26. “Trill Friends,” Erykah Badu
27. “Formation,” Beyoncé
28. “Love as a Weapon,” Little Scream
29. “F Cancer,” Young Thug feat. Quavo
30. “History, ”One Direction