Easily the hardest list I’ve curated to date. So I’ll cut right to it. Here is the ALBUM list or 10 of the BEST albums since the millennium.
Back to Black x Amy Winehouse // If I could go back in time and see anyone live, I would choose to see Amy. I’ll never forget watching her win Record of the Year at the Grammys for “Rehab.” Just wicked good. Best Tracks: Rehab, Tears Dry On Their Own.
Bangerz x Miley Cyrus // It beats Britney Spears’ Circus for one of the best pop albums of all time. Mike Will Made It and Miley turned the pop industry upside down with this one. Song after song, Miley shows off her pipes and has a bunch of fun while she’s at it. Best Tracks: We Can’t Stop, Someone Else
Contra x Vampire Weekend // My favorite band avoided the sophomore slump delivering their best album to date. From start to finish this one takes you on a rollercoaster of sonic waves and infectious beats. Best Tracks: Diplomat’s Son, Horchata
Wildheart x Miguel // California vibes, masterful production and hooks you’ll use to caption your Instagrams. Like every album on this list, the best is when you listen from start to finish. Best Tracks: Coffee, leaves
If You Wait x London Grammar // They take production cues from bands like The xx with operatic vocals resembling Florence Welch to craft a cinematic, entrancing debut album. It’s so good you can feel it. Best Tracks: Strong, Metal & Dust
Pure Heroine x Lorde // Pure Perfection. Every track flows seamlessly into the next and you’ll be “dragon dancing” like the Royal herself within the first 60 seconds. I cannot WAIT for her upcoming album. Best Tracks: Ribs, A World Alone, Team
Blonde x Frank Ocean // Channel Orange was great, but some of the tracks could easily be skipped. Yet, with Blonde every lyric, every voicemail, and every note beautifully fits together to craft the best album of 2016. Best Tracks: Ivy, Godspeed, Solo
The Fame Monster x Lady Gaga // 8 tracks is all Lady Gaga needed to put out this MASSIVE album. Beyoncé features, choreography ready, and STELLAR pop hooks. It’s dark and club ready. Best Tracks: So Happy I Could Die, Bad Romance, Telephone
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy x Kanye West // As soon as Nicki Minaj’s intro begins, you know the album is something else. Hands down one of the best albums of ALL TIME. West showcases his musical genius. Best Tracks: Power, All of the Lights, Monster
Ultraviolence x Lana Del Rey // Heartbreaking. Rick Rubin and Dan Auerbach approved. Cinematic. and Raw. Ultraviolence taps into your soul unlike any other LDR record. It’s hauntingly beautiful and my favorite album on this list. Best Tracks: Cruel World, Old Money, Money Power Glory
Hear highlights from the ALBUM list on Apple Music.