Every year, we like to take a look back at all the new music that came out throughout the year. We then go through and weed out the best of the best and compile it in one go-to spot. So what did we find this year?
Without a doubt, this was a huge year for hip-hop. New albums from top dogs Kanye West, Chance The Rapper, J. Cole, Frank Ocean, and Travis Scott definitely made a splash, but so did releases from newcomers like Lil Uzi Vert and Desiigner that took the US by storm. In electronic music, we also saw the rise of RÜFÜS DU SOL here in the states and the triumph of Flume‘s debut album, as well as the success story of our good friends The Chainsmokers as they have risen into one of the biggest artists in the world, regardless of genre.
We break down some of our staff’s top five albums and top five songs of 2016 below. After that, you can find Spotify playlists of all of these selections put together for your listening convenience! (Pro tip: Put the playlists on shuffle for your maximum listening pleasure)
Listen to the Spotify playlists below!