Johnny Cole’s Complete List of Favorite Albums of 2016

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Johnny Cole has constructed a year-end album list since 1979. In recent years, he has selected “Complicated Game” by James McMurtry (#1 in 2015), “Sideshow Love” by Will Kimbrough (#1 in 2014) and “The Ghost of Escondido” by Escondido (#1 in 2013) as his top albums of the year. As years go by, often albums grow on you and become more enjoyed. Throughout the year, Johnny is constantly checking out new music. The following list is his best attempt at charting his favorites.

* All albums were officially released between the beginning of January, 2016 through the end of the year. Some might be listed as 2015, but were not officially released until after the new year. Example: “Cautionary Tale” has a publishing date on package that reads 2015, but the album was released on January 15, 2016. Some albums were made available as a special edition in late 2015, but were not officially released until 2016. Example: “Paradise Right Here” by Willie Sugarcapps. Their album was released in April of 2016.
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(1-150)

1. Walking with a Stranger – Escondido
2. National Treasure – Anthony Crawford
3. Blackstar – David Bowie
4. Full Circle – Loretta Lynn
5. Midwest Farmer’s Daughter – Margo Price
6. Gotta Get Home – Seth Walker
7. Far Cries and Close Calls – John Calvin Abney
8. Cautionary Tale – Dylan LeBlanc
9. Silver Tears – Aaron Lee Tasjan
10. Paradise Right Here – Willie Sugarcapps
11. Mudcrutch 2 – Mudcrutch
12.The Other End of Passing Time – Oh Jeremiah
13. Still Life – Darcy Malone & The Tangle
14. White Trash Lipstick – Abe Partridge
15. Mama’s Juke Book (Angel Edition “Collector’s CD”) – Lisa Mills *The official release of album will be in 2017)
16. I’m Glad Trouble Don’t Last Always – Luke Winslow King
17. Chapters and Verse – Bruce Springsteen
18. Charlie Faye & The Fayettes – Charlie Faye & the Fayettes
19. Fort Worth to Bakersfield – Steve Griggs
20. Lover, Beloved: Songs from an Evening with Carson McCullers – Suzanne Vega
21. Revelations of a Mind Unraveling by Lincoln Durham
22. When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired – Mothers
23. The Ghosts of Highway 20 – Lucinda Williams
24. Rise & Shine – Kris Lager Band
25. Real – Lydia Loveless
26. The Very Last Day – Parker Millsap
27. Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
28. In the Now – Barry Gibb
29. Skeleton Tree –  Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
30. Garbage – Strange Little Birds – Garbage
31. Lola – Carrie Rodriguez
32. Another Black Hole – Malcolm Holcombe
33. Blue & Lonesome – Rolling Stones
34. For Better Or Worse – John Prine
35. Reskinned – Larkin Poe
36. Fall Together – Ryan Balthrop
37. Midnight Motel- Jack Ingram
38. Post Pop Depression – Iggy Pop
39. A Sailor’s Guide to Earth – Sturgill Simpson
40. Stay Gold – Butch Walker
41. Carolina Ghost – Caleb Caudle
42. Ain’t Who I Was – Bonnie Bishop
43. Behind This Guitar – Mo Pitney
44. A Cure For Loneliness – Peter Wolf
45. A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
46. Upland Stories – Robbie Fulks
47. You Want it Darker – Leonard Cohen
48. Dig in Deep – Bonnie Raitt
49. Blue Mountain – Bob Weir
50. Between the Moon & the Midwest – Austin Lucas
51. You’re Dreaming – The Cactus Blossoms
52. Lonely Is a Lifetime – The Wild Feathers
53. My Woman – Angel Olsen
54. New York is My Home – Dion
55. Little Windows – Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones
56. The Westerner – John Doe
57. This Changes Everything – Jim Lauderdale
58. My Piece of Land – Amanda Shires
59. Lighthouse – David Crosby
60. We All The Light – River Wyless
61. Spacedust and Ocean Views – Anders Osborne
62. Wynonna & The Big Noise – Wynonna & The Big Noise
63. Break Time – Garry Tallent
64. The Shelters – The Shelters
65. We’re All Gonna Die – Dawes
66. The Weight of These Wings – Miranda Lambert
67. Good Times! – The Monkees
68. Who You Selling For – The Pretty Reckless
69. Until the Hunter – Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
70.  Big Day in a Small Town – Brandy Clark
71.  Stranger to Stranger – Paul Simon
72. Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad – Billy Bragg & Joe Henry
73. Day Breaks – Norah Jones
74. Detour – Cyndi Lauper
75. Enjoy The Ride: Shoals Sessions” by Debbie Bond
76. Rehab Reunion – Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
77. Fallen Angels – Bob Dylan
78. Shine on Rainy Day – Brent Cobb
79. The Memphis Ukulele Band – The Memphis Ukulele Band
80. 22, A Million – Bon Iver
81. Ladies & Gentlemen – The Infamous Stringdusters
82. Schmilco – Wilco
83. American Tunes – Allen Toussaint
84. Eastside Bulldog – Todd Snider
85. How To Survive – Matt Woods
86. Weightless – Liz Longley
87. Careless Soul – Cale Tyson
88. Lovers and Leavers – Hayes Carll
89. Transatlanticana – Bill Kirchen & Austin De Lone
90. This Path Tonight – Gram Nash
91. Bang, Zoom, Crazy…Hello – Cheap Trick
92. Rest in Chaos – Hard Working Americans
93. Alone – The Pretenders
94. Exodus of Venus – Elizabeth Cook
95. Sea of Noise – St. Paul & The Broken Bones
96. Peace Trail – Neil Young
97. Side Pony – Lake Street Dive
98. Cowboy: Boyer & Talton
99. Livin’ on a High Note – Mavis Staples
100. Keep Me Singing – Van Morrison
101. I Still Do – Eric Clapton
102. Little Seeds – Shovels & Rope
103. Going Down In History –  Waco Brothers
104. The Hope Six Demolition Project – PJ Harvey
105. Pure & Simple – Dolly Parton
106. 57th & 9th – Sting
107. A/B – Kaleo
108. Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not – Dinosaur, Jr.
109. Ruminations – Conor Oberst
110. Pawn Shop – Brothers Osborne
111. We Can Do Anything – Violent Femmes
112. Patch the Sky – Bob Mould
113. Blues of Desperation – Joe Bonamassa
114. Colvin & Earle – Colvin & Earle
115. Mosey – Daniel Romano
116. Flower Box – Anders Osborne
117. Before the Dawn – Kate Bush
118. English Heart – Ronnie Spector
119. Blindfaller – Mandolin Orange
120. Tomorrow Became Today – Weeping Willows
121. Ouroboros – Ray LaMontagne
122. Life in the Dark – The Felice Brothers
123. **** with Sad Girls – Bonnie Whitmore
124. Beulah – John Paul White
125. Life in the Dark – The Felice Brothers
126. Brittany Bell – Brittany Bell
127. Modern Country – William Tyler
128. Single Mama – Lauren Kay
129. Let Me Get By – Tedeschi Trucks Band
130. Braver Than We Are – Meat Loaf
131. The Nashville Session – The New Mastersounds
132. Next Thing – Frankie Cosmos
133. Beulah – John Paul White
134. Why Are You OK – Band of Horses
135. American Band – Drive-By Truckers
136. Emotional Mugger – Ty Segall
137. We’re All Somebody from Somewhere – Steven Tyler
138. The Musical Mojo Of Dr. John Celebrating Mac & His Music – Various Artists
139. Music for Listening to Music To – La Sera
140. Give It Back To You – The Record Company
140. Innocence Reaches – of Montreal
141. Mangy Love – Cass McCombs
142. Secular Hymns – Madeleine Peyroux
143. Light Upon The Lake – Whitney
144. Golden Sings That Have Been Sung –  Ryley Walker
145. Pylon Live – Pylon
146. Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
147. Human Performance – Parquet Courts
148. Weezer (White Album) – Weezer
149. A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings – Beach Slang
150. ??????? Several listened to in 2016 could have easily made the above list.

Some Honorable Mentions (in no particular order and randomly listed):

>Santana IV – Santana
>Get ‘Em Next Time – Star & Micey
>Cleopatra – The Lumineers

>Adore Life – Savages
>Changes – Charles Bradley
>Divorce Party – Ruby The RabbitFoot

>Super – Pet Shop Boys
>Beautiful Broken – Heart
>Get Gone – Seratones
>Leave Me Alone – HINDS

>Heart Like a Levee – Hiss Golden Messenger
>PersonA – Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
>Fingers Crossed – Ian Hunter & The Rant Band
>Rain Crow – Tony Joe White
>Joanne – Lady Gaga
>The Malibu Sessions – Colbie Caillat
>The Glowing Man – Swans
> Love You to Death – Tegan and Sara
>Are You Serious – Andrew Bird
>Soul Searchin’ – Jimmy Barnes
>The Getaway – Red Hot Chili Peppers
>True Sadness – The Avett Brothers
>Show Your Love – Harper and Midwest Kind
>X-Communicate – Kristin Kontrol
> Pretty Years – Cymbals Eat Guitars
>Walls – Kings of Leon
>Kidsticks – Beth Orton
>Glory – Britney Spears
>The Ship – Brian Eno
> Love Yes – TEEN
> Innocence Reaches – of Montreal
>Paging Mr. Proust – The Jayhawks
>The Wild Swan – Foy Vance
> Like an Arrow – Blackberry Smoke
>Back to Nebraska – Letters to Cleo
>Head Carrier – Pixies
>Lemonade – Beyonce

>Hitch – The Joy Formidable
>Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars… – Dwight Yoakam
> For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price – Willie Nelson
>I Know You Know I Know – J.D. & The Straight Shot *
>The Bird & the Rifle – Lori McKenna
>Anyway You Love, We Know How You Feel – Chris Robinson Brotherhood
>Apache – Aaron Neville
>Existentialism – Mekons
>Culcha Vulcha – Snarky Puppy
>Book of Shadows II – Zakk Wylde
>Arranging Time – Pete Yorn
>Big Boat – Phish
>Earth – Neil Young & Promise of the Real

>Loud Hailer – Jeff Beck
>A Weird Exits – Thee Oh Sees
>Here – Teenage Fanclub
>Puberty 2 – Mitski
>Til They Bang on the Door – Lucy Woodward
>The Ridge – Sarah Neufeld
>The Westerlies – The Westerlies
>Colleen Green – Colleen Green
>case/lang/veirs – case/lang/veirs
>The Education of a Wandering Man – Jamestown Revival
>Love Remains – Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
>Basses Loaded – Melvins

>It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense – Ingrid Michaelson
>Daniel Lanois – Goodbye to Language – Daniel Lanois
>Constant Stranger – Justin Peter Kinkel-Schuster
> Fading Lines – Amber Arcades
>Change of Fortune by Soul Asylum
>Hidden City – The Cult
>Peace Be With You – Chuck Murphy

>Better – Haley Reinhart
>Above the Prairie – The Pines
>Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

>Down to My Last Bad Habit – Vince Gill
>Hero – Maren Morris
>Horses: Live at Electric Lady Studio – Patti Smith
>Greetings From Bunezuela – Bun E. Carlos
>Wonderful Crazy Night – Elton John
>The Hecks – The Hecks
>Hardwired…To Self Destruct – Metallica
>Good Grief – Lucius

>Back to Life – Alicia Keys
> Goodness – The Hotelier
>That Hot Pink Blues Album – Keb’ Mo
>Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin – Willie Nelson
>The Catastrophist – Tortoise
>Time Capsule – Lita Ford
>Where You Are Going To – Robin Trower
>Human Nature – Herb Alpert

Some albums not listened to enough to make judgement or only heard partial content:

>This Is What The Truth Feels Like by Gwen Stefani
>Integrity Blues – Jimmy Eat World
>Matter – St. Lucia
> Blisters In the Pit of My Heart – Martha
>American Football – American Football
>Live in San Diego – Eric Clapton
>Honest Life – Courtney Marie Andrews

>Long Way Home – Låpsley
>Hitch – The Joy Formidable
>The Heavy Entetainment Show – Robbie Williams

>Keep It Together – Lily & Madeleine
>Bound to Meet the Devil – Julie Rhodes
>Babes Never Die – Honeyblood
>Human Ceremony – Sunflower Bean
>California – Blink-182
>Eric Bachmann – Eric Bachmann
>The Psychedelic Swamp – Dr. Dog
>Tougher – Lainey Wilson
>Emily’s D+Evolution – Esperanza Spalding
>Countach (For Giorgio) – Shooter Jennings
>Painkillers – Brian Fallon
>Revolution Radio – Green Day
>Parking Lot – The Accidentals

>This Is Where I Live – William Bell
>War Surplus – Becky Warren

>These People – Richard Ashcroft
>Meet the Humans –  Steve Mason
>Nosebleed Weekend – Coathangers
>Chaosmosis – Primal Scream
>The Tel-Star Sessions –  Gov’t Mule
>Memphis Rock and Soul – Melissa Etheridge
>You Know Who You Are – Nada Surf
>Three Men And A Baby – Mike & The Melvins
>Winter Wheat – James K. Samson

>This House is Not For Sale – Bon Jovi
>Blossoms – Blossoms
>Dead to the World – Helmet
>Dead of Night – The Saint Johns

>Yellowcard – Yellowcard
>Singing Saw – Kevin Morby
>Solid States – The Posies
>We Are Drugs – Third Eye Blind
>Ziggy Marley – Ziggy Marley
>Us and the Night – Three Doors Down
>Front Row Seat to Earth – Weyes Blood
>Bloom Forever – Thomas Cohen
>British Road Movies – Kate Jackson
>Holy Ghost – Modern Baseball
>My Gospel – Paul Cauthen
>Eyes on the Lines – Steve Gunn
>Promise Everything – Basement
>Masterpiece – Big Thief
>Dori Freeman – Dori Freeman
>I’ve Got A Way – Kelsey Waldon

>Stargazer – Golden Dawn Arkestra
>ANTI – Rihanna
>Rockisdead – Dorothy

>Ward Thomas: Cartwheels
>Running Out of Love – The Radio Dept.
>Cartwheels – Ward Thomas
>Air for Free – Relient K
>The Prelude Implicit – Kansas

* Obviously it is impossible to listen to everything released during the year, but I do make a notable attempt at doing so. It is also difficult to give such a number of albums a significant amount of attention and several will be over time.

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Click Here:
Johnny Cole: A Year of Travelin’ & 300 Shows 2016 (The Article)
Click Here:
Johnny Cole’s Complete List of (Favorite Shows) of 2016
Click Here:
Johnny Cole’s Complete List of (Shows Attended) in 2016
Click Here:
Favorite Albums & Shows of 2016 According to Johnny Cole, Stephen Anderson & Robby Amonett

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