Top Music Picks of 2016

One of my favorite things to do at the end of the year is to listen to all the playlists I made throughout the year and review what my favorite albums and songs were. This year was unique because there were so many individual songs that I absolutely loved yet didn't have many albums I loved in full. So, with that being said, this list is going to be different from the past years where it was strictly 10 songs and 10 albums. I couldn't figure out 10 albums and I had more songs. Changing things up on you.

Have a look and then a listen to my favorite music of 2016 (in no particular order).

(You can listen to it all on my Spotify playlist here)

  • James Vincent McMorrow, Get Low
  • Maggie Rogers, Alaska
  • Car Seat Headrest, Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
  • Lucy Dacus, I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
  • Field Music, The Noisy Days Are Over
  • Empire of the Sun, High and Low
  • Father John Misty, Real Love Baby
  • Gordi, Avant Gardener
  • King Creosote, You Just Want
  • Michael Kiwanaku, One More Night
  • Okkervil River, The Industry
  • Peter Bjorn and John, Breakin’ Point
  • Ra Ra Riot, Water
  • Caveman, Never Going Back
  • The Avett Brothers, Ain’t No Man
  • Graham Nash, This Path Tonight

The three albums that I loved the most this year were:

  • Jim James, Eternally Even <---I could not love this man more. He is absolutely brilliant. 

  • Local Natives, Sunlit Youth <---finally saw them live this fall, oh how I love them. 

  • The Head and the Heart, Signs of Light


  • Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool

  • case/lang/veirs, case/lang/veirs <----brilliant performance at Newport Folk Festival especially when they sang Helpless. Watch here. 

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Getaway

  • Bon Iver, 22, A Million <----after seeing them last night, I am adjusting to this newness but it's not the same. This will take some time.

  • The Last Shadow Puppets - Everything You've Come to Expect


Hope you enjoyed checking out my list -- I'd love to hear what your favorites were this year so feel free to email me or tweet me your favorites @harper_spero.