Uproxx has a diverse staff who write about all sorts of things, from sports to politics to food and travel, to TV and film, but obviously, most of the people who work here share a passion for music, because music is always in the background throughout all of those other things. It’s one of the things that links us, no matter what our lifestyle, job, or location may be.
To celebrate that, Uproxx staffers are sharing their own personal year-end lists. Our official best albums list is here, and our favorite rap albums are here, with more genre-specific lists rolling out the rest of the week. For now, you can read Jarret Myers’s top 10 albums below.
10. The Jayhawks, Paging Mr Proust
These are my guys. I have been a close fan ever since their debut on American Recordings. I am not sure what my exact gateway was into country music, but I think it was these guys going back to hearing “Waiting For The Sun” in 1992. I anticipated all of their releases, but this one feels especially elevated and informed. Everybody that I have recommended it to has thanked me.
9. Jack White, Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016
Did this record get a lot hype? I honestly have no idea. I just know that every time I hear a track from it, it immediately clicks for me. Maybe the acoustic format was just the thing to turn me from a Jack White fan into a super fan.
8. Common, Black America Again last minute swapped out for Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!
When I head a few of these Common verses I was hyped. When Common goes hard with lyrics and bars I am all ears. I played my favorite tracks over and over again even if the album didn’t feel like a masterpiece as a whole. When Common is on, it is magic. Then along came Gambino’s Awaken, My Love! and I lost my mind.
My first reaction was, “How did he even make that music?” It felt like he sucked his emotions out of his body and somehow molded them into music. For me it was the complete album experience that Black America Again was not, but I still love hearing Common on his game enough that I listen regularly.
7. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
This album blew a lot of minds and rightfully so. Funky can feel nostalgic, but in the hand of Anderson .Paak it feels like a new invention crafted with all the sensibility you expect from the coolest guy in the room.