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BEST ALBUMS OF 2016: ASHLEY

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Well, here we are. 2016 had its ups and downs, but the one thing that kept us all going was music. Here’s a collection of my favorite albums from 2016, to which I owe the little sanity I still have after this crazy year.

Full disclosure, It would be impossible for me to list my favorites without factoring live performance into the equation–since I’ve seen every artist on my list live in 2016 (except for #10 and #8) and have seen several of them multiple times this year. In all honesty, there is an artist or two who would have otherwise been on the list, but left a less than favorable impression after their show.

As an added bonus, a number of my top ten artists were featured as 2016 Tiny Desk Concert artists, so check those out. If you know me well, you know that Tiny Desk Concerts are one of my favorite things–and attending one is even a bucket-list item for me.

Ps: NPR, if you’re planning to feature any of the others in 2017, hook a girl up!

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10. KAYTRANADA
99.9%

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09. Broods
Conscious

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08. River Whyless
We All The Light

Tiny Desk

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07. Joseph
I’m Alone, No You’re Not

Tiny Desk

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06. Local Natives
Sunlit Youth

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05. Lapsley
Long Way Home

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04. Anderson .Paak
Malibu

Tiny Desk

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03. Sia
This Is Acting

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02. Jack Garrett
Phase

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01. Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book

Let’s be honest… this kid deserves all 7 of the Grammy Awards he’s nominated for… and probably mayorship of Chicago.

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Feel like listening to each album, or maybe just some specific ones, in full? We’ve got ya covered. Here’s a playlist that contains all 10 albums in order for your listening pleasure.

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