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

Collage EP
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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. DNCEDNCE 

DNCE [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Your friend who you knew was a Jonas Brothers fan all along.
5. The Life of PabloKanye West

Perfect gift for: Anyone but Taylor Swift.
6. Mad Love. - JOJO

Perfect gift for: Someone who loves a strong career comeback.
7. EncoreDJ Snake

Encore [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves to let loose and dance on a Friday night.
8. Illuminate -Shawn Mendes

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Perfect gift for: Your teen cousin who is probably already in love with this dreamy musician.
9. 24K MagicBruno Mars 

24K Magic
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Perfect gift for: That friend that’s always dancing, driving, and lip-singing at the same time.
10. LemonadeBeyoncé

Lemonade [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Someone who doesn’t mind a little bit of shade.
11. Trap or Die 3Jeezy

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Perfect gift for: A dedicated hip hop fan who doesn’t mind a Lil Wayne or French Montana feature sneaked in.
12. A Seat at the TableSolange

Perfect gift for: Someone who appreciates a fresh spin on soulful R&B.

 

13. Awaken, My Love!Childish Gambino [Pre-order]

Perfect gift for: Any of your friends who have been obsessing over Atlanta.
14. Revolution RadioGreen Day

Revolution Radio
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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 DarkerLeonard Cohen

You Want It Darker
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Perfect gift for: Someone who wants to celebrate the life and musical career of Leonard Cohen.
17. The Weight of These WingsMiranda Lambert

Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves some girl-power country music.
18. This is What The Truth Feels LikeGwen Stefani

Perfect gift for: Your group of single girlfriends who jam out to “Hollaback Girl” occasionally.
19. 25Adele

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Perfect gift for: We know this is from last year, but who doesn’t love Adele?
20. If I’m HonestBlake Shelton

If I'm Honest
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Perfect gift for: That friend who literally only watches The Voice for Blake Shelton.
21. Dangerous WomanAriana Grande

Perfect gift for: Your sassy friend from spin class. 
22. Coloring BookChance the Rapper

Coloring Book [Explicit]
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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 serviceA Tribe Called Quest

Perfect gift for: Your friend who loves old-school hip-hop.

24. ANTIRihanna

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

Blonde [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Your friend who was endlessly hopeful for a new Frank Ocean album.
26. Hardwired? To Self DestructMetallica

Perfect gift for: Your metal-loving friend.
27. untiled unmasteredKendrick Lamar

Perfect gift for: Your friend who really appreciates good hip-hop.
28. LegacyDavid Bowie

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Perfect gift for: Someone who wants to celebrate the life and musical career of the late, great David Bowie.
29. ViewsDrake

Views [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Someone who’s always in their feelings.
30. EVOLFuture

Evol [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Anyone but Ciara.
31. HEREAlicia Keys

Here [Explicit]
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Perfect gift for: Someone who has been loving her no-makeup movement.
32. Major KeyDJ Khaled

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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!

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