The Young Folks’ Top 50 Albums of 2016

This year, The Young Folks has compiled its first ever Top 50 Albums list. The albums and their positions were chosen through balloting of six TYF writers: editor-in-chief Gabrielle Bondi, music editor Ryan Gibbs, film editor Allyson Johnson and music writers Joey Daniewicz, Jennifer Baugh and Matt Rice.

Before we get into the list proper, we have a handful of honorable mentions with a handful of albums that either just missed our list or were favorites of other members of our music staff.

Honorable Mentions

Weezer – Weezer (The White Album) 

Sure there have been smarter, more complex rock albums released this year, but nothing as fun and bright as Weezer’s 10th studio album. The nerd-rock kings continued return to form (along with 2014’s Everything Will Be Alright in the End) features Beach Boys melodies about “L.A. Girlz” mixed with chugging guitars and big drums. Even as he gets closer to “old guy” territory, Rivers Cuomo still has his youthful sincerity on “(Girl We Got A) Good Thing” and “King of the World.” Even when he gets weird, like on “Do You Wanna Get High?” and “Thank God for Girls,” there’s an energy and bright atmosphere that makes head banging fun for air guitar enthusiasts and indie rock geeks alike. No matter how dark things get, it’s nice to know Weezer is here to have fun. – Jon Winkler

Bastille – Wild World 

Bastille’s Wild World held the alternative scene this year in anticipation as they hyped up their second album. With Dan Smith’s vocals as strong as ever, the group shares our views on 2016 and the “wild world” we live in. Wild World among the new pop-rock albums for the year, and reminded us of why we fell in love with them in the first place. – Reagan Harrison


Young Thug – Jeffery 

Jeffrey not only sculpts Thug’s voice in new melodic directions, it also pushes the boundaries of trap farther than anyone thought it ever could. Thug will scream, sing, contort his voice in ways that sound barely human, and then surround himself with a dizzying array of rock guitars, glittering pianos, and punky snare beats. The fact that he finds a way to make this concoction catchy is a testament to his talents, and most importantly it sounds vitally new.  – Sean Romano

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