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