This time every year I compile a list of my favorite albums of that year. The purpose of the list is to take a snapshot of this moment. In that sense, I'm not actually trying to find the best album of the year, but rather to identify the best album of my year as we head into the next one. For 2016, the list's rules have been amended to include mixtapes, new material compilations, and EPs (it's now a top records list, no longer bound by the studio). As per tradition, I make a little graphic to go along with it.