MOS Top Ten: Ellen’s favourite albums of 2016

2016 was yet another amazing year for music, wasn’t it? Yesterday, our editor Meredith posted her Top Ten list of albums of the year, and now it’s my turn. I’m so excited to be doing this one. Obviously music is a huge passion of mine and I love being able to share my favourites with you guys! Like Meredith, a few of the albums on my list were actually released in 2015, but they are all albums that I just could not get enough of this year. So without further ado, let’s get into the list!

10. Troye Sivan – Blue Neighbourhood (July 15, 2015)

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This album is incredible. Troye has so much talent and it really showed with this album. I love the entire vibe of it and I’m obsessed with the way it makes me feel. I know Meredith has talked about this as well, but it genuinely is the perfect soundtrack to a movie. It’s such an honest display of Troye’s feelings and experiences and I truly admire his bravery of putting such an emotion-filled piece of art out to share with all of us. When I listen to it, I literally feel like I’m living through his emotions, and I think that’s such a huge sign of a true artist.

My Top Tracks: EASE, TALK ME DOWN, & YOUTH

9. The Summer Set – Stories For Monday (April 1, 2016)

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The Summer Set is one of those bands that I feel just keeps getting better. I genuinely feel like they can do no wrong. Stories For Monday was such a highly anticipated album for me, and it definitely did not disappoint. It’s full of party tracks, breakup anthems, and literally everything else you could want. I still remember when they first released Figure Me Out, the first single from the album. I remember watching the video for this song just thinking “how is it possible for a band to be THIS good?!” I feel like this was such an important album for Brian Dales and I think it was an honest look into his current life. What I love about The Summer Set is that their albums don’t just sound like every other pop punk album out there. They love to experiment and it pays off for them every single time.

My Top Tracks: Missin’ You, Figure Me Out, All My Friends

8. Megan & Liz – Deux (March 11, 2016)

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I have been a huge Megan & Liz fan for about 4 years now, and I have heard their sound change and grow into what it is today. I can honestly say that this EP finally truly sounds like them. I think they’ve figured out who they are as artists now and it’s working for them so well. They’ve evolved into these massive pop-country superstars and I am so proud of these girls. This EP is full of songs that I’m sure every young adult can relate to, like the track Big Kids, which talks about the struggles of growing up and being on your own. Personally, I went through a breakup earlier this year and He’s Not Him and Just a Name were my JAMS that helped get me through. This EP definitely got a ton of airtime on my speakers this year.

My Top Tracks: He’s Not Him, Just a Name, That Ghost

7. Hedley – Hello (November 6, 2015)

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Hedley has always been a band that I’ve relied on to get me through life (no really, I’ve been a massive fan since I was 12 years old). It always amazes me how much talent they have and I just wish I could share them with the entire world. Jake’s voice is literally one of the best I have ever heard, it actually sends shivers down my spine (he placed 3rd on Canadian Idol before dropping out of the race once upon a time, by the way). Hedley is one of those bands that just makes me feel so nostalgic, and every time I put this album on I’m hit with a ton of emotion. This album is such a beautiful story, and if you’re looking for a new band to obsess over, I 100% recommend Hedley. You’re welcome.

My Top Tracks: Lose Control, Sympathy, Very First Time

6. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman (May 20, 2016)

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Okay. If you’ve been around MOS before, you probably know that I am the pop music lover around here. I can’t help it, I’m a sucker for catchy tunes. So, how could I have a Top Ten Albums list without including the princess of pop herself, Ariana Grande? This album is SUCH a banger. It is literally full of hits from start to finish. I feel absolutely fierce when I listen to this one. It honestly was just the feel-good album of the year for me. EVERY GIRL JUST NEEDS TO FEEL LIKE ARIANA GRANDE SOMETIMES OKAY?

My Top Tracks: Let Me Love You, Greedy, Bad Decisions

5. One Direction – Made in the A.M. (November 13, 2015)

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Keeping with the pop theme, how could I NOT talk about One Direction? This album was a huge deal for the 1D lads, and it holds such a personal, special place in my heart, for many more reasons than one. I remember the day this album came out, that ex of mine and I were going to meet up with some of my friends and as we were driving, one of the radio stations was playing the entire album start to finish. I of course made him listen to it. At the time, the album was such a good feeling for me because I was happy and in love. Since the breakup though, it’s given me quite the opposite feeling. This album is full of sad ballads, and now of course this entire album just reminds me of that boy. It is such an incredible piece of work, it amazes me how much One Direction grew as artists up to the release of this one.

My Top Tracks: Perfect, Never Enough, Love You Goodbye, If I Could Fly

4. Emblem3 – Waking Up (April 1, 2016)

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2016 was the long awaited return of Emblem3. Another one of my absolute favourite bands, I was beyond stoked to hear they were releasing music again after a couple years. this EP was EVERYYYYYTHING to me when it came out. I think I literally wore my speakers out with the amount of times I played it. Emblem3 has such a cool vibe to them, it’s unlike anything else out there right now. It’s genuinely just a good summer EP that you drive around blasting with the windows down. I love the way this EP has the ability to immediately put a smile on my face because sometimes that’s all you really need.

My Top Tracks: End of the Summer, Taboo Love, Waking Up

3. The Vamps – Wake Up (October 13, 2015)

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I am such a Vamps fangirl. I am literally so far up their ass it is ridiculous. I have been playing this album on repeat for literally a year now, and it never gets old. First of all, we need to talk about Brad’s voice. It is extremely under-appreciated and like I just don’t get it??? WHERE ARE ALL OF YOU?! Anyway, the album. Although this is only The Vamps’ second album, it’s insanely obvious how much their sound has grown and matured. Half of this album makes me wanna dance and the other half makes me wanna cry. A perfect balance, really.

My Top Tracks: Rest Your Love, I Found A Girl, Cheater

2. Little Mix – Glory Days (November 18, 2016)

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If you know me AT ALL, you know how much of a massive Little Mix fan I am. These girls are the most badass girl group in the world and I genuinely just want to be them. While their latest release, Glory Days has only been out for a few weeks, it has already managed to make its way to the number two spot on my list. These girls release smash after smash, it’s incredible. I’ve talked about this time and time again, but listening to a Little Mix album makes me feel like the sassiest chick in the world, and boosts my ego times like a million. They’ve always been about this girl power vibe, and I LOVE that. This album is definitely no exception to that. It’s the kind of album you put on when you just wanna feel like you are the greatest thing in the world, and completely unstoppable.

My Top Tracks: Shout Out To My Ex, Touch, F.U.

And my number 1…

1. Simple Plan – Taking One For The Team (February 19, 2016)

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I mean, is this really a shock? Simple Plan has been my absolute favourite band for 15 years, but I swear I’m not being biased here. Ok, maybe a little. This album really is great though. This one was released about three weeks after my ex and I broke up, and I’ve gotta say, it was a life saver. I feel like it was made just for me and was released at just the right time. In addition to a few of the super adorable love songs, it’s also full of angsty breakup songs, and just angsty songs in general. A few songs on this album were so unbelievably relevant to my feelings at the time, it honestly became my best friend through that shitty time of my life. It truly was the soundtrack to my year and for that reason, there is not a doubt in my mind that this was my number one album of 2016.

My Top Tracks: Farewell, Nostalgic, Kiss Me Like Nobody’s Watching, Boom!

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