by Matthew Thompson
Music is a big part of my life whether it is helping me get through the work day, fueling my gym sessions or even playing in the background as I write. But I don’t really break it down like I do some of my other hobbies. I guess it is just about whether I like the sound and how it makes me feel when I listen to it. That doesn’t mean I can’t pick some favorite albums from 2016. Here they are!
Favorite Album: Phantogram – Three
I have always enjoyed Phantogram, but I guess not to the extent that I keep up with every new track they release. So when Three dropped, it was a mostly new experience for me and I just could not stop listening to it. The whole album is a great listen, but the first five tracks in particular are pretty much a perfect stretch to me.
Runner-up: Tegan and Sara – Love You To Death
My taste in music has changed over the years. In high school, I preferred punk music. Then I moved to more of an indie rock style in college. And now I prefer more of an electropop sound. By some stroke of luck, Tegan and Sara’s music has evolved in a way where I continued to like all their music along the way. If Love You to Death was released a decade ago, I’m not sure I’d enjoy it as much. But now, I totally dug it. It isn’t my favorite of theirs by any means, but it is fun listen.
Best New Discovery: Made in Heights – Without My Enemy What Would I Do
In truth, the best album I listened to for the first time in 2016 wasn’t a new release. It was this Made in Heights’ release from last year. Spotify has this great feature where each week they make a playlist of music they think you would like based on your previous listening habits. Most weeks I don’t get through it all, but I’m thankful I caught the track they threw in from this album because they have become one of my favorite bands. I love both Made in Heights albums, but I’d give Without My Enemy What Would I Do the nod as my favorite.
These were far from the only albums and songs I enjoyed in 2016, so I have created a playlist on Spotify with some of my favorites and have posted a link to it below in case anyone else here uses the service and wants to check it out. It is mostly music from this year, but I did include a a couple older tracks that felt like a part of my year for one reason or another (like seeing the band live or being featured prominently in a show I watched). I hope to be back with another post about my favorite concerts I attended in 2016 complete with pictures I took, so look out for that among my normal assortment of year-end TV and gaming posts over the course of the next month. Feel free to let me know your favorite albums from 2016 in the comments below. Thanks for reading!