The Top 20 Music Projects Of 2016 (So Far)
With exactly six months to go in 2016, we rank the 20 best projects from the first half of the year.
This debate has no easy answer, but it’s changed the way consumers as well as industry bigwigs view the playing field. For starters, streams now count as sales, and thanks to Chance himself, free projects are eligible for Grammys. Because of all these vast sea changes spurred by internet democratization as well as streaming consolidation, we’re grading projects a bit differently in 2016. Instead of having separate categories for mixtapes, EPs, and albums, we’re throwing them all into the same gladiatorial coliseum and letting them duke it out among each other.
We’re now officially halfway through the year, so we’ve ranked the twenty best releases of 2016’s first six months. These aren’t necessarily in the order of the scores they received in our staff review (some weren’t even reviewed by us), and the whole editorial staff weighed in to determine a ranking that best reflected everyone’s opinions.