My favourite music of 2016

David Towers – My favourite music of 2016.

Here it is again – a little late this time. I found it really difficult this year to choose my #1 album. Despite a really good year for music I couldn’t identify an album as really standing out from the rest. Okkervil River’s “Away” came close but there were a couple of tracks in the middle that I didn’t find as impressive as the rest. At one point I thought I’d leave the #1 blank and start with #2. Then I decided to include my favourite re-issues in the main list. That solved my problem. And in the end, Okkervil River slipped a few places. I heard the new Neil Young and Stones albums late last year and I enjoyed them but they didn’t warrant inclusion.
Of course I heard only a fraction of the music released in 2016. Had I heard more many would probably have made this list. Those that I really wish to hear still include Anohni, Karl Blau, The Oh Sees, Car Seat Headrest and Angel Olsen.

With no further comment, here is my list:

1. It’s Too Late to Stop Now Vol 2, 3, 4 – Van Morrison
2. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
3. Blackstar – David Bowie
4. Away – Okkervil River
5. A Sailor’s Guide to the Earth – Sturgill Simpson
6. Max Jury
7. Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
8. Mosey – Daniel Romano
9. Boots No. 1 – Gillian Welch
10. You Can’t Go Back … – Richmond Fontaine
11. Mangy Love – Cass McCombs
12. Heart Like a Levee – Hiss Golden Messenger
13. 22, A Million – Bon Iver
14. You Want it Darker – Leonard Cohen
15. Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave
16. The Ghosts of Highway 20 – Lucinda Williams
17. American Band – Drive-By Truckers
18. case/lang/veirs
19. Heron Oblivion
20. Phase Zero – Morgan Delt
21. Golden Sings that Have Been Sung – Ryley Walker
22. Eyes on the Lines – Steve Gunn
23. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price
24. Sunlit Cross – Luke Roberts
25. Day of the Dead – Various
26. The Narrows – Grant Lee Phillips
27. Careless Soul – Cale Tyson
28. Robert Ellis
29. This Is Where I Live – William Bell
30. Modern Country – William Tyler

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