Contact Us

NPR’s favorite songs & albums of 2016 (so far)

Esperanza Spalding

We’re about halfway through the 2016, which means plenty of “Best Music of 2016 (so far)” lists. NPR posted their 100 favorite songs and their 30 favorite albums. As you expect from NPR, the list includes several genres and music from all over the world. The song list has veteran rock musicians like David Bowie and Paul Simon; pop megastars Beyonce and Rihanna; pop newcomers Fifth Harmony; rising indie rockers Pinegrove, Big Thief, Lucy Dacus and Mitski; country from Maren Morris and Robert Ellis; boundary-pushing metal duo Cobalt; Israeli trio A-Wa; jazz musician Esperanza Spalding; and more.

A handful of those are on the albums list too, as is Corinne Bailey Rae, whose album features Esperanza Spalding, which means Esperanza is on there twice. There’s also more metal from thrashers Vektor, and more country from Sturgill Simpson and Margo Price.

A surprise for me personally was Missy Elliot associate Tweet, who got famous for “Oops (Oh My)” in 2002 and who has not been on my radar since then. This year’s R&B/neo-soul-leaning Charlene is enjoyable start to finish and you can stream it below.

Check out their full song list HERE and their full album list HERE. Most of the song list is in a Spotify playlist.

Check It Out

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for BrooklynVegan quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!