[tps_title]Brooke’s Top Midyear Picks in Music[/tps_title]
- Ryn Weaver: The Fool, an extremely catchy album sung by a unique voice with lyrics full to the brim with light and fun verses while also remaining impactful.
- James Bay: Chaos And The Calm, an album full of acoustic, catchy, and powerful ballads, “Hold Back The River” and “Move Together” being the strongest.
- Nicki Minaj: The Pinkprint, highlight album of the year, Nicki Minaj’s strongest release to date. An intense release with more of a personal look into Minaj’s innermost feelings and heartache, with the right amount of pop and fun to still be catchy.
- Kat Dahlia: My Garden, one of the most unique and underappreciated pop albums of the year so far, with a powerhouse vocalist and every track memorable.
- Marina and The Diamonds: Froot, where Marina is the gift that keeps giving and this album is a Christmas present that comes a little late, but hits the right buttons on your buried reindeer sweater. An album with heart at its core, and social opinions in its blood.
- Little Mix: “Black Magic,” a fun pop song that’s sure to have anyone (at the very least) mouthing the words.
- Fifth Harmony: “Everlasting Love,” the kind of girl band pop ballad that stole the show on the Reflection album, beating out every. Single. Other. Song.
- Of Monsters and Men: “Crystals,” the signature style of every other Of Monsters and Men song but somehow infinitely better than the rest of them.
- Imagine Dragons: “Gold.” Imagine Dragons’ doing it better and better each time. A song clean-cut but with a robust edge. It’s addicting.
- Rihanna: “American Oxygen,” my favorite Rihanna song since “Complicated,” on Loud. “America Oxygen” is a showcase of her brilliant vocals while still maintaining a backdrop of addictive pop and heavy beats.