In the world of music, the year 2016 started with sadness. At the start of the second week in January, David Bowie passed away just a few days after his 69th birthday.
The demise of other rock icons soon followed, as we lost Glenn Frey of the Eagles and Dale “Buffin” Griffin that very same month. Before the year had ended, fans had to say final goodbyes to Prince, Leon Russell, and Paul Kantner, among others.
Fortunately, Bowie left us with a new studio album that was released just before his death. Titled Black Star, the album certainly provided a shining light for the rest of 2016 for music fans.
Here are the best fifteen albums that were released in 2016.
Breakin’ Point by Peter, Bjorn and John
Contagious beats and a tenor as sweet as John Lennon’s combined to make this album, featuring the single Dominoes, the best album of the year.
(White Album) by Weezer
The power pop band returned to its nineties heyday with this delicious Grammy-nominated album, highlighted by the Beach Boys inspired Endless Bummer.
Stay Together by Kaiser Chiefs
Electronic beats have been added to the indie band’s electric rock, creating an impressive array of songs about every stage of a relationship.
Paging Mr. Proust by the Jayhawks
The literary reference is appropriate when you examine the poetic lyrics of the songs from this ten-song treasure, most notably Ghosts of Old Dead Stars.
Self-Titled by Look Park
Chris Collingwood announced the demise of Fountains of Wayne shortly after releasing this acoustic but clever collection from his new band.
Good Times by the Monkees
Mickey, Mike and Peter are in great form on this album of all new material produced by Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlessinger, and it even includes a never released song with lead vocal by the late Davy Jones.
Self-Titled by Fitz and the Tantrums
Handclap was one he biggest hit singles of the summer, and there are plenty more tunes that lead you to stomp your feet as well.
Schmilco by Wilco
Jeff Tweedy, who released Star Wars just a year ago, created another collection of folk-rock songs that includes If I Ever Was a Child and Normal American Kids.
Give a Glimpse Of What Yer Not by Dinosaur, Jr.
The band’s first album in four years proved certainly worth the wait, spawning instant classic singles like Tiny and Goin’ Down.
Painkillers by Brian Fallon
Venturing away from his role as front man of The Gaslight Anthem, Fallon made this solo album that shines because of fantastic tracks like Mojo Hand.
Full Circle by Loretta Lynn
Twelve years after Jack White produced Van Lear Rose, the country music Hall of Famer got John Carter Cash to help her with this Bach of new songs like Who’s Gonna Miss Me? and the Everything It Takes duet with Elvis Costello.
Hope by the Strumbellas
Spirits was the hottest single of the spring, and it catapulted this Canadian folk-rock band onto the U.S. charts.
Bitter Suites by Travis Bretzer
Anyone desiring a hard copy of these sweet new eleven songs needs a cassette player, since tape is the only format available besides a digital download.
Wonderful Crazy Night by Elton John
The title track as well as Tambourine are just two of the tracks that make this a truly worthy comeback album for the legendary piano player.
California by Blink 182
Nominated for a Grammy, the title is perfect for songs about cities like Los Angeles and San Diego.