Craig Ismaili’s Top Albums of 2016

For more in-depth detail on my picks, as well as a playlist of my favorite songs, be sure to visit my blog, The Garden Statement.

I’m hoping to have this list up there with brief blurbs later this week.

  1. The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
  2. The Hotelier – Goodness
  3. PUP – The Dream Is Over
  4. Jimmy Eat World – Integrity Blues
  5. Animal Flag – LP
  6. Owel – Dear Me
  7. Balance and Composure – Light We Made
  8. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  9. Against Me – Shape Shift With Me
  10. Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well
  11. Run The Jewels – Run The Jewels 3
  12. Carly Rae Jepsen – EMOTION: Side B
  13. Touche Amore – Stage Four
  14. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  15. Tegan And Sara – Love You To Death
  16. Every Time I Die – Low Teens
  17. Gates – Parallel Lives
  18. Microwave – Much Love
  19. Bayside – Vacancy
  20. Bellows – Fist & Palm
  21. From Indian Lakes – Everything Feels Better Now
  22. Katie Gately – Color
  23. Daughter – Not To Disappear
  24. Lucius – Good Grief
  25. Muncie Girls – From Caplan to Belsize
  26. Kevin Devine – Instigator
  27. The Weeknd – Starboy
  28. Polyenso – Pure in the Plastic
  29. Various Artists – The Hamilton Mixtape
  30. House of Heroes – Colors
  31. Summer Scouts – Vessel
  32. Relient K – Air for Free
  33. Told Slant – Going By
  34. Kings of Leon – WALLS
  35. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  36. Switchfoot – Where The Light Shines Through
  37. Joyce Manor – Cody
  38. Phantogram – Three
  39. Hands Like Houses – Dissonants
  40. Brian Fallon – Painkillers

Honorable Mentions (Other albums I loved, only slightly in order):

  • For Everest – We are at Home in the Body
  • Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
  • Saaad – Verdaillon
  • The Naked and Famous – Simple Forms
  • Lucy Dacus – No Burden
  • Andy Hull and Robert McDowell – Swiss Army Man OST
  • David Bowie – Blackstar
  • Margaret Glaspy – Emotions and Math
  • Noname – Telefone
  • Moose Blood – Blush
  • Kaytranada – 99.9%
  • Catfish and the Bottlemen – The Ride
  • Emarosa – 131
  • Mannequin Pussy – Romantic
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