Music lovers across the nation don't have much to complain about but more to rave about in 2016. The first half of the year has undoubtedly brought breathtaking and groundbreaking music from some our favorite artists. They have certainly not let us down this year with albums from Chance the Rapper, Beyoncé and none other than the one and only Kanye West. I mention these three artists in particular because they make appearances in all of our top 5 albums lists and top 5 songs lists created by the UU Blog team. We have compiled individualized lists of the songs and albums that have impressed us the most, whether it be with their poetic lyrics, masterful beats, or compelling story-telling. 2016 has brought us some of the best work from our favorite artists and we cannot wait to see what else is in store for us in the months to come.

Top 5 Albums:

Drake // Views

Kanye West // The Life of Pablo

Big Sean & Jhene // Twenty88  

DVSN // SEPT. 5th

Vic Mensa // There's A Lot Going On



Chance the rapper // Coloring Book

Kanye West // The Life of Pablo

Beyoncé // Lemonade

DVSN // SEPT. 5th

James Blake // The Color in Anything

- Rachel Blackman


Kanye West // The Life Of Pablo

Chance The Rapper // Coloring Book

Beyoncé // Lemonade

Radiohead // A Moon Shaped Pool

James Blake // The Colour In Anything

-Lucas Markham


Top 5 Songs:

Rihanna & Drake // Work  

Drake // Controlla  

Lil Yachty // Intro

Kanye ft. TY$ // Real Friends

Drake // 4PM In Calabasas



Kanye West // Waves

Chance the Rapper // How Great

James Blake // Forest Fire

DVSN // Try/ Effortless

A.K. Paul // Landcruisin

-Rachel Blackman


Kanye West // Ultra Light Beam (Feat. Chance The Rapper)

Radiohead // Daydreaming

Chance The Rapper // Juke Jam (Feat. Towkio & Justin Bieber)

Schoolboy Q // That Part (Feat. Kanye West)

James Blake // Put That Away and Talk to Me

-Lucas Markham