32 Great 2016 Albums You Should Buy on Black Friday as Holiday Gifts
Stumped on what to get your friends and family this year? These new(ish) albums won’t disappoint.
Another big year in music is coming to a close. Chart-toppers like Drake, Beyoncé, Kanye West, Lady Gaga and Sia didn’t disappoint. Captivating visual albums like Lemonade and the emergence of Lady Gaga’s identity through Joanne have taught us that even well-seasoned superstars are still forces to be reckoned even after you think they’ve peaked. Prepare for the major tour season ahead — featuring shows from The Weeknd, DNCE, and Ariana Grande — by taking some time to listen to a few albums from our list below. It will help you narrow down which concert tickets you should put on your holiday wish list, though don’t be too stingy: it is the season of giving, after all.
In the holiday spirit, here are 32 albums from the last year that will make great gifts for your friends and family:
1. Joanne - Lady Gaga
Perfect gift for: Someone who appreciates Lady Gaga’s flawless ability to blend genres.
2. Collage (EP) – The Chainsmokers
Perfect gift for: That person who keeps singing “Closer” even though they swore they’d stop. (It’s just so damn catchy!)
3. This Is Acting- Sia
Perfect gift for: Someone who doesn’t mind some “Cheap Thrills.”
4. DNCE – DNCE
Perfect gift for: Someone who loves a strong career comeback.
7. Encore – DJ Snake
Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves to let loose and dance on a Friday night.
8. Illuminate -Shawn Mendes
Perfect gift for: Your teen cousin who is probably already in love with this dreamy musician.
9. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Perfect gift for: That friend that’s always dancing, driving, and lip-singing at the same time.
10. Lemonade – Beyoncé
Perfect gift for: Someone who doesn’t mind a little bit of shade.
11. Trap or Die 3 – Jeezy
Perfect gift for: Someone who appreciates a fresh spin on soulful R&B.
13. Awaken, My Love! – Childish Gambino [Pre-order]
Perfect gift for: Your friend with whom you went through your teen-angst phase. (We all had one.)
15. Trolls Original Motion Picture Soundtrack – Various Artists
Perfect gift for: The little ones in your family!
16. You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen
Perfect gift for: Someone who wants to celebrate the life and musical career of Leonard Cohen.
17. The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves some girl-power country music.
18. This is What The Truth Feels Like – Gwen Stefani
Perfect gift for: Your group of single girlfriends who jam out to “Hollaback Girl” occasionally.
19. 25 – Adele
Perfect gift for: We know this is from last year, but who doesn’t love Adele?
20. If I’m Honest – Blake Shelton
Perfect gift for: Someone who likes the perfect mix of good vibes and hip hop.
23. We Got it From Here…Thank You 4 Your service – A Tribe Called Quest
Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves old-school hip-hop.
24. ANTI – Rihanna
Perfect gift for: The big Rihanna fan in your life (we all have one). If you’re really trying to impress them, look into this boxed set, which includes all of Rihanna’s albums!
25. Blonde - Frank Ocean
Perfect gift for: Your friend who was endlessly hopeful for a new Frank Ocean album.
26. Hardwired? To Self Destruct – Metallica
Perfect gift for: Your metal-loving friend.
27. untiled unmastered – Kendrick Lamar
Perfect gift for: Your friend who really appreciates good hip-hop.
28. Legacy – David Bowie
Perfect gift for: Someone who wants to celebrate the life and musical career of the late, great David Bowie.
29. Views – Drake
Perfect gift for: Someone who’s always in their feelings.
30. EVOL – Future
Perfect gift for: Anyone who really needs some major keys to living like DJ Khaled.
We hope this list helps you determine what to get your friends and family this holiday season!