Best of 2016: Patricks Take

Most years I struggle to find ten albums that I enjoy listening to, from start to finish. This year, I struggled to narrow the list to a mere ten because excellent albums abound. Genre did not limit the excellence, nor did age or visibility. The musical landscape is more diverse than ever. Whether the lack of major label control has led to true creative freedom for all musicians remains to be seen, but it is beginning to look like artists are increasingly willing to make music on their own terms. And, in a year that many considered to be terrible, that is a bright, shiny ray of hope. Celebrate with me by listening to these albums and songs and supporting these artists.

Ten Favorite Albums of 2016:

  1. A Man Alive (listen)
    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
  2. Visions Of Us On The Land (listen)
    Damien Jurado
  3. You Want It Darker (listen)
    Leonard Cohen
  4. Blackstar (listen)
    David Bowie
  5. Teens Of Denial (listen)
    Car Seat Headrest
  6. We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service (listen)
    A Tribe Called Quest
  7. Seeds, Roots & Fruits (listen)
  8. Schmilco (listen)
  9. Malibu (listen)
    Anderson .Paak
  10. No Burden (listen)
    Lucy Dacus

Honorable Mention:

A Seat At The TableSolange; TelefoneNoname; If You See Me Say YesFlock of Dimes; The Bird & The RifleLori McKenna; Love & HateMichael Kiwanuka; Heart Like A LeveeHiss Golden Messenger; Hold On!James Hunter Six; LemonadeBeyoncé; Post Pop DepressionIggy Pop; Midwest Farmer's DaughterMargo Price; Blue Rider SongsScott Hirsch; Burn Something BeautifulAlejandro Escovedo; HereTeenage Fanclub; Upland StoriesRobbie Fulks; Absolute LoserFruit Bats; Human PerformanceParquet Courts 

Biggest Disappointments:

The Hope Six Demolition Project - PJ Harvey
Away - Okkervil River


Top 200 Songs of 2016: