I always submit a top 10 albums for City Paper. (My husband wrote the Ty Segall blurb.)Without exception, I always end up with a different order by the end of the year. Taylor Swift, really! 1989 is a nugget of pop perfection soaked in '80s melodies and whip smart lyrics.
This year, an album dropped off completely, by the time of the paper's publication. John Luther Adams' Pulitzer Prize winning, Become Ocean, is truly a stunning piece.
Here is my top 10 albums:
1) Taylor Swift – 1989
2) Lana Del Ray – Ultraviolence
3) Bob Mould – Beauty & Ruin
4) Sylvan Esso – Sylvan Esso
5) Tove Lo – Queen of the Clouds
6) John Luther Adams – Become Ocean
7) Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
8) Johnnyswim – Diamonds
9) Dum Dum Girls – Too True
10) Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour
Rosanne Cash – The River and the Thread
Flagland – Love Hard
Foxygen - . . . And Star Power
French for Rabbits – Spirits
Arianna Grande – My Everything
Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty
Here are my top 24 songs. As you know Taylor Swift gave the big middle finger to Spotify this year. "Out of the Woods" would have topped this list too.