This year, The Young Folks has compiled its first ever Top 50 Albums list. The albums and their positions were chosen through balloting of six TYF writers: editor-in-chief Gabrielle Bondi, music editor Ryan Gibbs, film editor Allyson Johnson and music writers Joey Daniewicz, Jennifer Baugh and Matt Rice.
Before we get into the list proper, we have a handful of honorable mentions with a handful of albums that either just missed our list or were favorites of other members of our music staff.
Bastille’s Wild World held the alternative scene this year in anticipation as they hyped up their second album. With Dan Smith’s vocals as strong as ever, the group shares our views on 2016 and the “wild world” we live in. Wild World among the new pop-rock albums for the year, and reminded us of why we fell in love with them in the first place. – Reagan Harrison
Jeffrey not only sculpts Thug’s voice in new melodic directions, it also pushes the boundaries of trap farther than anyone thought it ever could. Thug will scream, sing, contort his voice in ways that sound barely human, and then surround himself with a dizzying array of rock guitars, glittering pianos, and punky snare beats. The fact that he finds a way to make this concoction catchy is a testament to his talents, and most importantly it sounds vitally new. – Sean Romano