I couldn’t think of another album from 2016 I’ve had on repeat more than Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
1. Beyoncé | Lemonade (Parkwood/Columbia)
I tried long and hard to not give this to Beyoncé because I thought this album was overrated, but I also couldn’t think of another album from 2016 I’ve had on repeat more, mainly because of “6 Inch,” “Love Drought,” “Formation,” and “All Night.”
2. V/A | Insecure: Music from the HBO Original Series (RCA)
Because it’s on point, the story of my life and reminds me so much of each episode. Excuse me while I go watch season one again.
3. Emeli Sandé | Long Live the Angels (Capitol)
The second album from Emeli Sandé is an album we can all believe in, hope for, and strive to be in love and life.
4. Solange | A Seat at the Table (Saint/Columbia)
Solange did that damn thing on this: It’s the Black experience summed up in emotion and deed in 21 track, with interludes to drive it all home. F.U.B.U.
5. Musiq Soulchild | Life on Earth (Entertainment One)
Because love is one of my favorite things to hear about. One day, I’ll own it again.
6. Usher | Hard II Love (RCA)
It’s a phrase I can relate to you because I am exactly that sometimes, but Usher also touches on the opposing forces of new experiences and life transitions.
7. Jojo | Mad Love (Atlantic)
Long anticipated, definitely not a disappointment. Can’t wait to see JoJo when she visits Music City in April. She’s always been a fav.
8. Anthony Hamilton | What I’m Feelin’ (RCA)
Your soul will feel purified as you discover and appreciate more and more with each song.
9. John Legend | Darkness and Light (Columbia)
I hadn’t dived too deeply into this fifth album from John Legend, but from what I’ve heard, I love it.
10. Mila J | 213 (Silent Partner/Motown)
Mila J always gives us the right amount of ’hood with the right amount of good. Feel all the vibes with this EP. | Ashley White