2016 Album of the Year

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Letlive. - if I am the devil

Architects - all our gods have abandoned us

Erra - Drift

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DANCE GAVIN DANCE, one of the only few bands that have kept their sound alive, while all the others sold out


That's the most retarded thing i've read in all 2016.

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Don’t shift your view, you might slip and fall
A long way down and down this rabbit hole
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Maybe upside down you’ll be able see this isn’t what it seems
We are far from free."




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My two favorite albums this year are not necessarily the most technical or the most outstanding music I've heard. What defined their sound for me was that I could listen to it more than 1 month which is very rare for me. 1- Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership and a band that maybe didn't reach their top potential yet, but when they do it'll blow the genre away: 2- Save The Clock Tower - The Familiar // The Decay. They sure deserve more attention. Bad Omens self titled is not far behind.

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lol@all the DGD votes, mothership is their worst in ages. way too poppy and random. and I love evpery other record from them haha.

tl;dr: my top 10 ->


1. Invent, Animate - Stillworld

2. Thrice - To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere

3. The Devil Wears Prada - Transit Blues

4. Sianvar - Stay Lost

5. Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

6. Autechre - elseq 1-5

7. Erra - Drift

8. Hail The Sun - Culture Scars

9. Saosin - Along The Shadow

10. I See Stars - Treehouse


Runner-Ups 11-40 (in order): The Black Queen, Norma Jean, Moose Blood, FJORT, Thank You Scientist, Adept, After The Burial, Hands Like Houses, Greaver, Breakdown of Sanity, Killswitch Engage, Dayshell, Placebo, Russian Circles, Panic! At The Disco, Silent Planet, Surhysa, I Prevail, Forevermore, Frameworks, TTNG, Napoleon, O'Brother, Normandie, Ghost/Aeon, Circle Of Contempt, Balance And Composure, Night Verses, Fit For A King, Polaris. 




1. Halfpace - Me Against I 

2. Kurt Travis & Paul Travis - Split

3. Northlane & In Hearts Wake - Equinox

4. Heirsound - Merge

5. Stick To Your Guns - Better Ash Than Dust

6. PVRIS - Deezer Acoustic Session

7. Circa Survive/mewithoutyou - Split

8. badxchannels - WHYDFML

9. Wolf & Bear X Adventurer - selftitled Split

10. Angels & Airwaves - Chasing Shadows


still unheard but might make it: The Hotelier, Animals as Leaders, Kvelertak, Zao, Wolves at the Gate.


personal disappointments: Textures, Aaron Gillespie, Twelve Foot Ninja, blink-182, Outline in Color, Artifex Pereo.

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Top 10: (Copy and pasted from my FB status)


10. I Couldn’t Be Weaker – Rarity
Song: Exhale
9. Celebrate – Tiny Moving Parts
Song: Breathe Deep
8. If I’m the Devil… - Letlive.
Song: Reluctantly Dead
7. Integrity Blues – Jimmy Eat World
Song: Sure and Certain
6. Distant Like You Asked – Like Pacific
Song: Worthless Case
5. Chemical Miracle – Trophy Eyes
Song: Home Is
4. Mothership – Dance Gavin Dance
Song: Inspire the Liars
3. Misadventures – Pierce the Veil
Song: Gold Medal Ribbon
2. 131 – Emarosa
Song: One Car Garage
1. California – Blink 182
Song: No Future

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1. Architects - AOGHAU

2. Too Close To Touch - Haven't Been Myself

3. Letlive - If I'm The Devil

4. Periphery - Select Difficulty

5. Blink-182 - California

6. Breakdown of Sanity - Coexistence

7. The Word Alive - Dark Matter

8. Erra - Drift

9. Jon Bellion - The Human Condition

10. I See Stars - Treehouse

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1- Dance Gavin Dance: Mothership

2- The Devil Wears Prada: Transit Blues

3- ERRA- Drift

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What asad post. My AotY would either be Green Day's 'Revolution Radio' or David Bowie's 'Blackstar.'


I'll just go with Green Day since they are my favorite band and have been for over 10 years now...

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Btw, how the fuck is it possible that no one seems to mention Polar Similar by Norma Jean... This album is straight fire... Everything is on point on this album.

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What about promise everything by basement ?...i thought that album was the bees knees lol


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Just a few suggestions.


Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin' - Kid Cudi

Who You Selling For? - The Pretty Reckless

Death Of A Bachelor - Panic! At The Disco

Misadventures - Pierce The Veil

Mothership - Dance Gavin Dance

The Sun's Tirade - Isaiah Rashad

Starboy - The Weeknd

Tree City Sessions - Dance Gavin Dance

Do What Thou Wilt. - Ab-Soul

California - Blink 182


December 99th - Yasiin Bey & Ferrari Sheppard

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Just finalized my list...


1. Lee DeWyze - Oil & Water
2. I See Stars - Treehouse
3. Hotel Books - Run Wild, Stay Alive
4. Dance Gavin Dance - Motehrship
5. Darke Complex - Point Oblivion
6. Jon Bellion - The Human Condition
7. OWEL - dear me 
8. Too Close to Touch - Haven't Been Myself
9. Hands Like Houses - Dissonants
10. Panic! At the Disco - Death of a Bachelor
Some honorable mentions include...
Wvnder - Precipice
A Day To Remeber - Bad Vibrations
Trash Boat - Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through
Hellions - Opera Oblivia
Real Friends - The Home Inside My Head
Sylar - Help!
Set It Off - Upside Down
Marshmello - Joytime
NF - Therapy Session
The Lumineers - Cleopatra
Florida Georgia Line - Dig Your Roots
Issues - Headspace
Alter Bridge - The Last Hero
Landon Tewers - Dynamite
Max Styler - Heartache
Rarity - I Couldn't Be Weaker
Kaleo - A/B
Dayshell - Nexus
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10. Everyone Dies in Utah - Everyone Dies in Utah

9. The Color Morale - Desolate Divine

8. Vanna - All Hell

7. Entheos - The Infinite Nothing

6. Cane Hill - Smile

5. Hands Like Houses - Dissonants

4. Northlane & In Hearts Wake - Equinox EP

3. Pathways - Dies Irae

2. Infant Annihilator - The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch

1. Sianvar - Stay Lost


Honorable Mentions:

Alaska - Subsequent

AngelMaker & A Night in Texas - Unholy Alliance EP

Animals as Leaders - The Madness of Many

Architects - All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Atlas Uncharted - Almost and Always

Auras - Heliospectrum

Babymetal - Metal Resistance

Bad Omens - Bad Omens

Before I Turn - The Virus

Blessing a Curse - Satisfaction for the Vengeful

Boys of Fall - Thank You & Goodbye

The Brave - Epoch

Breakdown of Sanity - Coexistence

The Browning - Isolation

Bury Tomorrow - Earthbound

Carnifex - Slow Death

Chevelle - The North Corridor

Concepts - Misguided EP

Contentions - Legacy

Cover Your Tracks - Fever Dream

Crown the Empire - Retrograde

Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership

Darke Complex - Point Oblivion

Darkness Divided - Darkness Divided

Dayshell - Nexus

deadmau5 - W:/2016ALBUM/

Death Lullaby - Wormz

Despised Icon - Beast

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation

Erra - Drift

Excision - Virus

The Fall of Troy - OK

Fallujah - Dreamless

Fit for a King - Deathgrip

Forevermore - Integral

Galactic Pegasus - Phantom of the Hill

Glass Houses - Wellspring

Greaver - The Faun

Hacktivist - Outside the Box

I Shall Devour - The Misanthropist

Iconoclast - HalluciNation

If I Were You - Life After Death

Immoralist - Unholy

In Dying Arms - Original Sin

Indighost - The Veil // The Crown EP

Invent, Animate - Stillworld

Issues - Headspace

Jason Richardson - I

Jon Bellion - The Human Condition

The Last Ten Seconds of Life - The Violent Sound

Meet Me at the Gates - Life in Two EP

Night Verses - Into the Vanishing Light

Owls in the Attic - Odyssey

Polyphia - Renaissance

Protest the Hero - Pacific Myth

Rarity - I Couldn't Be Weaker

Real Friends - The Home Inside My Head

The Ritual Aura - Taether

Saosin - Along the Shadow

Seraphim - Tabula Rasa EP

Shark Infested Daughters - These Tides, Our Tombs

Shokran - Exodus

Silent Planet - Everything Was Sound

Smoke Signals - Anxiety

Too Close to Touch - Haven't Been Myself

Upon a Burning Body - Straight from the Barrio

Walking Dead on Broadway - Slaves

Within Destruction - Void

Wovenwar - Honor is Dead


Yes I know this is a lot

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I'm obviously indecisive and late to the party.



Here's my top 10. Merry Christmas. I've also included a taste of one of my favorite tracks of each album.

10. Rival Choir, "I Believe, Help My Unbelief"


9. Katatonia, "The Fall of Hearts


8. Black Crown Initiate, "Selves We Cannot Forgive"


7. I See Stars, "Treehouse"


6. Vanna, "All Hell"


5. Sylar, "Help!"

Listen to Soul Addiction. All Youtube links are dead.


4. The Devil Wears Prada, "Transit Blues"


3. Architects, "All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us"


2. Silent Planet, "Everything was Sound"


1. Killswitch Engage, "Incarnate"

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The fact that BOTDF is finally gone I think they win by default. 

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I know that the original post asked for my top 10, but my experience with that style of voting is that the most votes will likely go to an album that's #5 on every list, instead of the album that appears at #1 most often. So, hopefully my vote will still count if I only pick one favorite:


Dance Gavin Dance — Mothership

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1. Everything Was Sound - Silent Planet

2. Nothing I Write You Can Change What You've Been Through - Trashboat

3. Polaris - The Guilt & The Grief

4. Product Of Misery EP - Far From Earth

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Wish there was more to chose from, but I will just go for A Day To Remember.

Picking a top 3 list from this year is way too hard. I struggled to do my top 30.


Animals As Leaders - The Madness of Many

The Avalanches - Wildflower

Childish Gambino - "Awaken, My Love!"

Dance Gavin Dance - Mothership

A Day To Remember - Bad Vibrations

Despised Icon - Beast

The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation

Drapht - Seven Mirrors

Emarosa - 131

Fleshgod Apocalypse - Kings

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra - Broken Lines

Hacktivist - Outside The Box

Hands Like Houses - Dissonants

Hellions - Opera Oblivia

Infant Annihilator - The Elysian Grandeval Galèriarch

Issues - Headspace

Jason Richardson - I

Letlive. - If I'm The Devil...

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis - This Unruly Mess I've Made

Missouri Quiet - Through The Millenniums

Periphery - Periphery III: Select Difficulty

Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

Signs Of The Swarm - Senseless Order

Slice The Cake - Odyssey to the West/Odyssey to the Gallows

Trophy Eyes - Chemical Miracle

Touché Amoré - Stage Four

Vulvodynia - Psychosadistic Design

The Weeknd - Starboy

Within Destruction - Void

Zayn Malik - Mind Of Mine


And 30 Honourable Single Mentions


Action Bronson, Mark Ronson & Dan Auerbach - Standing In the Rain

Aversions Crown - Parasite

Babymetal - Karate

Blink-182 - Bored To Death

Danny Brown - When It Rain

Darke Complex - Void

Drake - One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)

Flume - Lose It (feat. Vic Mensa)

Frank Ocean - Solo

Grace - You Don't Own Me (feat. G-Eazy)

Hilltop Hoods - 1955

Imagine Dragons, Lil Wayne & Wiz Khalifa - Sucker For Pain (with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign & X Ambassadors)

Kanye West - Ultralight Beam (ft. Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, The-Dream and Kelly Price)

Kaytranada - Glowed Up (feat. Anderson Paak)

Korn - Rotting In Vain

Lamb of God - Culling

Majid Jordan - My Love (feat. Drake)

Make Them Suffer - Ether

Remi - Substance Therapy

Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better

Sia - Cheap Thrills

Skepta - Man (Gang)

Skrillex & Rick Ross - Purple Lamborghini

Thy Art Is Murder - They Will Know Another

To The Graves - Hearteater

Traitors - Nu Hate

Twelve Foot Ninja - One Hand Killing

Twenty One Pilots - Heathans

Two Door Cinema Club - Are We Ready? (Wreck)

Upon A Burning Body - Already Broken

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Blink 182 - California


top of the tops.

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1. The Midnight - Endless Summer

2. FM-84 - Atlas


The only albums I could listen to more than once this year.

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1. Dance Gavin Dance

2. Architects

3. Saosin

4. I See Stars


6. A Day To Remember

7. Erra

8. LetLive

9. Thrice

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Voting has now ended!


I will be counting up the votes this week, so expect a top 10 soon!


Thank you to everyone who participated.


Happy New Years.

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This time of year is always excellent for reflection and how better to reflect on a year than to consider the albums that were released? During the process of finding the top 50 albums of the year in 2016 I listened to hundreds of albums across a variety of genres, trying to capture those that I felt both held a sort of objective quality as well as those that made some sort of impact on me. The integral part of the process is to consider the top albums of the year while still existing in the lens of 2016. The list was completed yesterday and left a lot of excellent releases on the cutting room floor. The albums that remain are the top 50 albums of 201615781672_1415584901798655_77546379100977

50. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled Unmastered
49. Jeff Rosenstock - Worry
48. Letlive. - If I'm the Devil...
47. Anderson .Paak - Malibu
46. Yndi Halda - Under Summer
45. Balance and Composure - Light We Made
44. From Indian Lakes - Everything Feels Better Now
43. Gorguts - Pleiades Dust
42. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 3
41. Mitski - Puberty 2
40. If These Trees Could Talk - Bones of a Dying World
39. Crying - Beyond the Fleeting Gales
38. Schammasch - Triangle
37. Swans - The Glowing Man
36. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
35. Greaver - The Faun
34. Moor Mother - Fetish Bones
33. Hesitation Wounds - Awake for Everything
32. Solange - A Seat at the Table
31. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
30. Cobalt - Slow Forever
29. Geryon - The Wound and the Bow
28. 156/Silence - And Everything Was Beautiful
27. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
26. Slice the Cake - Odyssey to the West
25. Vic Mensa - There's Alot Going On
24. Norma Jean - Polar Similar
23. Street Sects - End Position
22. Touche Amore - Stage Four
21. Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows
20. Mithras - On Strange Loops
19. Insomnium - Winter's Gate
18. I See Stars - Treehouse
17. Vektor - Terminal Redux 
16. 40 Watt Sun - Wider Than the Sky
15. The Dear Hunter - Act V: Hymns With the Devil in Confessional
14. Xiu Xiu - Plays the Music of Twin Peaks
13. Night Verses - Into the Vanishing Light
12. Clipping - Splendor and Misery
11. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
10. Alcest - Kodoma
9. Nullingroots - Take Care
8. Oathbreaker - Rheia
7. Frank Ocean - Blonde
6. The Dillinger Escape Plan - Dissociation
5. David Bowie - Blackstar
4. Fallujah - Dreamless
3. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
2. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
1. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

When the new Radiohead album dropped during that odd period in the summer just after the semester ends, I thought I just might be listening to the album of the year. Featuring a largely quiet and emotional soundscape, it's certainly up there for most depressing album to be released this year a well. Furthermore, for much of the year its strongest competition was Kanye's new album, which, though incredible and dynamic, is far too inconsistent to be the album of the year. On the whole, this year was the hardest list I've done thus far, as is true every year, but this list is arguably the most diverse one yet. 2016 may have been responsible for the death of many beloved celebrities, but it also yielded these excellent albums.

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