Music from 2016 that I listened to and liked

Mike Murphy
2 min readDec 29, 2016


Chance the Rapper’s artwork for his “Coloring Book” mixtape was probably my favorite of the year.

I’ve been making a list of the random albums that I’ve liked each year off and on for the past decade or so. Last year I moved over from Tumblr to Medium, because this is where people go when they want to post ~feelings~ or respond to corporate PR. 2016 has been a weird year for me and the world, but at least there was still good music.

So I present to you (assuming anyone is reading this) a random, but alphabetical, list of the albums that I enjoyed this year:

Angel Olsen — MY WOMAN

Animal Collective — Painting With


Black Mountain — IV

Bon Iver — 22, A Million

Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book

David Bowie — Blackstar

Devendra Banhart — Ape in Pink Marble

DIIV — Is the Is Are

Francis and the Lights — Farewell, Starlite!

Gordi — Clever Disguise EP

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam — I Had a Dream That You Were Mine

Heron Oblivion — Heron Oblivion

James Blake — The Colour In Anything

James Vincent McMorrow — We Move

Karl Blau — Introducing Karl Blau

Kings of Leon — WALLS

Leonard Cohen — You Want It Darker

Parquet Courts — Human Performance

Pinegrove — Cardinal

PJ Harvey — The Hope Six Demolition Project

Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool

Run the Jewels — Run the Jewels 3

Sleigh Bells — Jessica Rabbit

St. Paul & The Broken Bones — Sea of Noise

White Denim­ — Stiff

Whitney — Light Upon the Lake

Wilco­ — Schmilco

Woods — City Sun Eater in the River of Light

(Note: I didn’t really like Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo overall, but the opening track, “Ultralight Beam,” featuring Chance the Rapper, was one of my favorite songs of the year.)

(Second note: I don’t know why, but I also spent a lot of time listening to Interpol’s Turn on the Bright Lights, originally released in 2002, this year. It just seemed to make sense a lot of the time.)



Mike Murphy

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