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Laneway best of 2016

As we reach the pointy end of 2016, we at Laneway HQ (along with all music fans) begin to reflect on some of our favourite albums of the year. These aren't just albums we like or gave a few spins -- but the ones we've obsessed over and listened to so many times that they now feel like second nature.

We're excited to present our staff and extended family's list of favourite records, and we're extra stoked to see how many albums on this list come from artists playing the festival in 2016 and artists we've toured under the Laneway Presents banner this year.

Let's kick things off with details of the prize you can win just by getting interactive, followed by some of our favourite tastemakers' "Best Of" lists... with Laneway 2017 acts very well represented.

PRIZES, PRIZES, PRIZES

To celebrate the release of Laneway's Best Of 2016, name your favourite album of 2016 then tell us in 25 words or less why it blew your mind.

Prize details: up for grabs is a double pass to Laneway Festival 2016 (in the city nominated by the winner, Australian dates only).

Email your entry to us at win@lanewayfestival.com.au with the subject line "BEST OF 2016" before 5:00pm AEDT 20 January 2016.

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Tastemakers

Stereogum’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year

White Lung- Paradise (#17), Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial (#11)

Rolling Stone’s Albums Of The Year

White Lung- Paradise (#31), Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial (#4)

Complex’s Albums Of The Year

Young Thug - Slime Season 3 (#16), Young Thug - Jeffery (#13), NME’s Albums Of The Year Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial (#45), Whitney - Light Upon The Lake (#42), Glass Animals - How To Be A Human Being (#35), Nao - For All We Know (#30), White Lung - Paradise (#19)

Consequence of Sound’s Albums Of The Year

White Lung - Paradise (#48), Whitney - Light Upon The Lake (#38), Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial (#18)

Pitchfork’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake (#31), Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial (#24), Young Thug - Jeffery (#21)

The Guardian’s Albums Of The Year

Nao - For All We Know (#39), Whitney- Light Upon The Lake (#33),

Paste Magazine’s Top 50 Albums Of The Year

Whitney - Light Upon The Lake (#37), Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial (#3)

Laneway Staff and Friends

Danny Rogers - Laneway Festival Australia
1. D.D Dumbo- Utopia Defeated
2. Car Seat Headrest- Teens Of Denial 
3. Solange - A Seat At The Table
4. Nicolas Jaar - Sirens
5. Camp Cope - Camp Cope

Jerome Borazio, Laneway Festival Australia
1. DD Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
2. David Bowie - Black Star
3. Beyonce - Lemonade
4. Bob Dylan - Fallen Angels
5. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree

Katie Stewart, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Chance The Rapper - Colouring Book
2. DD Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
3. Christine and the Queens - Chaleur Humaine
4. Car Seat Headrest - Teens Of Denial
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
*Special mentions to Kaytranada - 99.9% and Julia Jacklin - Don’t Let The Kids Win

Travis Banko, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo
2. Solange, A Seat At The Table
3. Isaiah Rashad - The Sun's Tirade
4. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
5. DD Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
*Special mentions to Miya Folick - Strange Darling EP, Kaytranada - 99.9%, Angel Olsen - My Woman, A Tribe Called Quest- We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service, Car Seat Head-rest - Teens of Denial, David Bowie - Blackstar, Anderson .Paak - Malibu and Blood Orange - Free-town Sound

Claire Collins, Laneway Festival Australia
1. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
2. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree
3. Beyonce - Lemonade
4. Flume - Skin
5. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Georgie Luxton, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Chris Stapleton - Traveller
2. Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
3. Lapsley – Long Way Home
4. Little Big Town – Wanderlust
5. Beyonce – Lemonade

Emma Dolibi, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Tycho – Epoch
2. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here, Thank You 4 Your Service
3. Santigold – 99c
4. D.D Dumbo – Utopia Defeated
5. AURORA – All my demons greeting me as a friend
*Special mentions to Touris t- U, Beyonce - Lemonade, Nao - For All We Know and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- Skeleton Tree.

Dom O’Connor, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
2. Frank Ocean - Blonde
3. Preoccupations - Preoccupations
4. Chance the Rapper - Colouring Book
5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard- Nonagon Infinity
*Special mentions to Whitney - Light Upon The Lake, Anohni - Hopelessness, Parquet Courts - Hu-man Performance and Camp Cope - Camp Cope.

Desmond Goh, Laneway Festival Singapore
1. Japanese Breakfast - Psychopomp
2. Mild High Club - Skiptracing
3. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
4. Sunflower Bean - Human Ceremony
5. Whitney - Light Upon The Lake

Craig Lock, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Bon Iver - 22 A Million
2. Tkay Maidza - TKAY
3. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
4. Alex Cameron - Jumping The Shark
5. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Simon Parsons, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Joey Purp - iiidrops
2. Sheer Mag - III
3. Nicholas Allbrook - Pure Gardiya
4. NoName - Telephone
5. Witch Hats - Deliverance
*Special Mentions to The Growlers - City Club, Kanye West - The Life Of Pablo, Blood Orange - Freetown Sound, Tycho - Epoch, Jamila Woods - HEAVN, The Gooch Palms - Introverted Extro-verts, D.D Dumbo- Utopia Defeated, Kamayiah - A Good Night In The Ghetto

Rhosian Woolridge, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Style
2. D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated
3. Anderson Paak - Malibu
4. Anohni - Hopelessness
5. Nick Cave - Skeleton Tree
*Specials mentions to 2016’s triumphant returns - Frank Ocean, Bon Iver, Jagwar Ma, James Blake, Beyonce etc - who switched up the formula and kept on pushing.

Kate Fitzgerald, Laneway Festival Australia
1. Angel Olsen - My Woman
2. Julia Jacklin - Don’t Let The Kids Win
3. Solange - A Seat At The Table
4. Ngaiire - Blastoma
5. Katy Steele - Human
*Special mention to D.D Dumbo - Utopia Defeated

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