By Jaran Chance
20: Chris Farren – Can’t Die
Fun and goofy pop-rock record from the frontman of Fake Problems. Interestingly explores ideas of self-confidence and happiness.
19: A$AP MOB – Cozy Tapes: Vol. 1 Friends
Harlem-based hip-hop collective A$AP MOB are back with their debut album featuring artists like Wiz Khalifa and Skepta. Just a bunch of dudes having a blast over excellently produced beats.
18: Anderson .Paak – Malibu
On his first well-promoted, cohesive release, Malibu, Paak delivers a whopping 16 tracks of compelling hip-hop. Paak has definitely made a name for himself this year with such a strong album and his many features.
17: Pup – The Dream Is Over
Faced with an ultimatum, lead singer Stefan Babcock decided to blaze on in the face of adversary. He was told by a doctor that he could no longer sing the way he did or he would ruin his vocal chords. So keep that in mind when evaluating the punk cred of this lively punk rock album.
16: Touche Amore – Stage Four
This is a melodic “screamo” record with themes centralizing around the death of lead singer, Jeremy Bolm’s mother to cancer. Moments of this record converge to make some of the most emotionally distressing moments in music this year.
15: Nothing – Tired of Tomorrow
Nothing are a tuned-up yet mellow shoegaze band with underlying hardcore tendencies. This confusing bundle of sounds comes together to make for some interesting listening. Tired of Tomorrow is some of their strongest work yet.
14: Sioux Falls – Rot Forever
16 songs, one hour twelve minutes of melodic post-punk jams. Lo-fi production with mumbled lyrics and intricate guitar work balance well to make some of the easiest post-punk listening of 2016.
13: Chairlift – Moth
Whacky but catchy pop songs that unexplainably command the ear's attention. Do genres even exist anymore?
12: Pkew Pkew Pkew – Pkew Pkew Pkew
Super-fun joyous garage rock album about drinking beer with your friends and buying pizza. Gang vocals and power chords; so hilariously cliché that it works.
11: Mannequin Pussy – Romantic
Simply listening to this album’s 17 minutes of thrashing, relentless punk rock once will not be enough.