Shut Up, Dude: This Week’s Best And Worst Comments

Can we cool it with the new music already? [extreme Bon Iver voice] It better be over soon. While NIN weren’t yet eligible for inclusion, we did follow up our annual 50 Best Albums countdown with 50(-ish) more year-end lists: Rap verses! Copyright lawsuits! Breakups! Tweets! Pop songs! Beefs! Ty Dolla $ign features! Country albums! Jazz albums! Next year’s albums! Etc, etc… We also interviewed Wayne Coyne and Charli XCX about the year in politics and culture and Pokémon. Check all that year-end stuff out here. Oh and we published our first-ever candle review — servicey.

THIS WEEK’S 10 HIGHEST RATED COMMENTS

#10  Max the King of All Wild Things
Score:32 | Dec 15th

Stereogum isn’t allowed to talk about Childish Gambino without at least one diss.

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#9  Chris DeVille
Score:34 | Dec 14th

Have not heard the HAIM album, just lose enthusiasm every time they do some celebrity bullshit instead of releasing new music

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#8  ghostchannels
Score:36 | Dec 13th

And he thought Bush didn’t care about black people, he is going to be in for a rude awakening.

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#6  dansolo
Score:37 | Dec 9th

2016 has been a hell of a ride. I’m not going to remind you of all the dire shit we’ve been through in the last 12 months. And I’m certainly not going to imply that a few dozen excellent pop albums came anywhere close to balancing out said shit. At this point, we probably don’t deserve nice things like great music, but lucky for us, we have it, and I think I speak for all of us here when I say we’d be even worse off without it. We’re fortunate to have artists who can bolster our humanity when it seems in danger of being blotted out by the ugliness of our times. Fittingly, many of the finest musical statements produced this year dwelt on loss and anxiety, but we also got records that carved out much needed spaces for experiencing joy and tranquility.

Despite the many crushing disappointments that will define 2016 in the history books, my year was mostly good. I moved to a new city and started a new job after years of feeling stagnant. I made new friends and got closer to old ones. I got to know myself and my partner a lot better in the process, too. All of this has rarely been easy, but it has, by and large felt right. I hope each of you also had as good a year as possible given the circumstances, and that you spent your time listening to music that made you dance, or cry, or mosh, or swoon, and just generally feel like a full human being. And if you did have a shit year – well, I’m glad you made it through and that you spent some of it here with us.

Here are your 40 favorite albums of the year. To make the list, I added up the number of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th-10th place rankings for each album, assigning 5, 3, 2, and 1 points, respectively, for each placement. Each album is listed with its total score and total number of votes in parentheses. There were way more votes this year than last year or the year before that, and I did my best to count them all accurately. I hope I didn’t fuck it up too badly, and I apologize in advance for any mistakes.

40. Noname – Telefone (10, 5)

40. Porches – Pool (10, 5)

38. Whitney – A Light Upon The Lake (10, 8)

37. Kero Kero Bonito – Bonito Generation (11, 3)

36. Preoccupations – Preoccupations (11, 9)

35. Hamilton Leithauser / Rostam – I Had A Dream That You Were Mine (12, 9)

34. The Hotelier – Goodness (13, 7)

33. Japanese Breakfast – Psychopomp (13, 8)

32. Anohni – Hopelessness (13, 10)

32. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker (13, 10)

30 Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth (13, 12)

29. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years (14, 8)

28. Blood Orange – Freetown Sound (14, 9)

27. DIIV – Is The Is Are (15, 6)

26. Young Thug – No, My Name is JEFFERY (15, 8)

25. James Blake – The Colour In Anything (15, 11)

24. Kevin Morby – Singing Saw (16, 8)

24. Weyes Blood – A Front Row Seat to Earth (16, 8)

22. Kaytranada – 99.9% (16, 13)

21. Parquet Courts – Human Performance (17, 9)

20. PUP – The Dream Is Over (22, 16)

19. Avalanches – Wildflower (25, 14)

18. Cobalt – Slow Forever (27, 9)

17. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree (27, 18)

16. Nicolas Jaar – Sirens (28, 21)

15. Solange – A Seat At The Table (33, 20)

14. Bon Iver – 22 A Million (37, 28)

13. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo (38, 24)

12. Mitski – Puberty 2 (40, 27)

11. Anderson Paak – Malibu (42, 29)

10. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book (43, 25)

09. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service (46, 34)

08. Angel Olsen – My Woman (49, 30)

07. Pinegrove – Cardinal (56, 23)

06. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition (57, 31)

05. Beyoncé – Lemonade (62, 29)

04. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial (111, 51)

03. David Bowie – Blackstar (119, 49)

02. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool (147, 67)

01. Frank Ocean – Blonde (167, 57)

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#5  monkeyridinghorse
Score:38 | Dec 13th

Seems more like his Dennis Rodman phase

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#3  undergroundspoon
Score:51 | Dec 13th

Can’t believe we lost Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen AND Kanye this year.

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#2  a.j.howard09
Score:55 | Dec 9th

Once you do, you’re gonna be like

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#1  blochead
Score:66 | Dec 13th

Remember that that time Elvis Presley went to the White House and met with President Nixon about the national drug problem? Remember that time I said “Kanye has entered his Fat Elvis phase”. Remember me getting -24 for that?

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THIS WEEK’S 5 LOWEST RATED COMMENTS

#5  YouBeautifulBastard
Score:-11 | Dec 13th

Piers Morgan is a case of elephantiasis?

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Story checks out.

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#4  GoodKid
Score:-13 | Dec 14th

President Trump didn’t need hypocritical Hollywood mega-celebs to win the election, and he sure as hell doesn’t need them now.

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#3  Dentata
Score:-16 | Dec 14th

I love the crying from Stereogum. MAGA!!!

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#2  Tom Breihan
Score:-20 | Dec 15th

I mean, he can’t sing.

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#1  Blank_
Score:-22 | Dec 9th

I’m sorry Stereogum, I know it is Kanye and all, but there is nothing substantive in this article.

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THIS WEEK’S EDITOR-IN-CHIEF’S CHOICE

  vandertramps
Score:4 | Dec 13th

There is no worst Christmas song. They’re all great

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