20 Albums That We'll Play Long After 2016

20 Albums That We'll Play Long After 2016

These albums were the best thing 2016 had to offer.

Music is a way for people to express themselves.

It helps some people overcome their darkest times and is often their only friend. Many people look forward to the new music that is going to come out during the year. In my opinion, the music gets better every year, from pop to rap to punk rock, the music can only get better.

Here are 20 albums that came out this year in 2016:

1. "25" Adele

You can't deny that Adele is the best R&B singer. In her song "Hello" she makes you feel as if you had lost yourself and need to be reconnected once again even if you have never felt that way. Adele allows you to feel through her music which is why this album is one of the best.

2. "Anti" Rihanna

Rihanna is my queen, she takes the feelings I have and either sings about them or rips them apart. In her song “Needed Me” which could also be known as the female savage anthem, she takes how I feel to a whole new level. In this song, she sings about how she's not going to chase around a guy because she doesn't need him like he needs her.

3. "Illuminate" Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes's songs carry you away to a memory that either makes you happy or sad. In this album, he has songs like “Honest” and “No Promises” that are about not knowing if you could be the best person for the person that you love and other songs about heartbreak.

4. "The Life of Pablo" Kanye West

Kanye West always make good hits so when this album came out I already knew there was going to be at least one song I liked. However, I didn't know I was going to like the whole album. In this album, he takes other people's songs and makes them his own masterpiece like in the songs "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" and in "Pt. 2." This album also has the famous line about Taylor Swift. The songs on this album are catchy and have really good beats that you could dance too. Also, the lyrics to some of the songs can be very relatable.

5. "4 Your Eyez Only" J. Cole

In my opinion, J. Cole is one of the best rappers. He raps about things that mean something to him or what is happening in the news. In this album, he raps in a perspective of one of his friends that died recently with a little of his own perspective.

6. "SEPT. 5TH" dvsn

Not many people know who dvsn are, they are an R&B duo from Canada. dvsn has the best vocals that I have ever heard which can take you to another place. This is their first album. One of my favorite songs from this album is “Hallucinations” and in this song, they sing about having an ex you can't get over and how it's impossible to even try to get over them because you keep having dreams about them.

7. "Views" Drake

Drake always make good hits, most of his songs are about family, friends, and his fame. He also writes songs that get you in your feelings. Drake's catchy tunes have had people dancing and singing all year.

8. "Starboy" The Weeknd

When the Weeknd comes out with an album it’s always one of the best albums that have come for the year. His vocals are to die for, the beats have you moving your body when you listen to the song, and the lyrics are relatable.

9. "Stoney" Post Malone

Post Malone hit the world by a storm. One day he wasn't here and the next day you couldn't go a day without hearing "White Iverson" five times a day. In his first official album, he has catchy songs that will get you in your feels.

10. "Nightride" Tinashe

Tinashe has many songs that only make it to the radio station 93.7. She has the beats that you can dance too, like actually choreograph a dance too, and she has lyrics that will make you feel what she's singing. In this album, we go on an adventure of a relationship and the breakup. She sings about breaking up with someone and how a part of her regrets breaking up with him but the other part of her is happy she did.

11. "I think you think too much of me" EDEN

This artist is not very well-known. Eden is an Irish electronic producer, like Calvin Harris, except he sings on all his songs. The vocals are good and the beats are amazing and the lyrics to each song on this album are so relatable.

12. "The Human Condition" Jon Bellion

The songs on this album are fun because the beats make you want to dance and bob your head every time you listen to them. The songs also make you laugh because you know it's true or you do that specific thing that he says in his song. The songs are very relatable and the harmony helps you understand what he is trying to say in the song. Right now his song “All Time Low” is currently being played on radio stations and is about getting out of a long-term relationship and being at rock bottom because the relationship took a toll on you and left you with nothing, it even took your pride.

13. "7/27" Fifth Harmony

These five girls know how to slay the music game, from their vocals to their dance moves, everything is on point. The meaning behind their songs are also relatable. In their song “Scared of Happy”, they tell a story about a girl that has been hurt and she might have found someone that might fix that hurt but she's scared to be happy with that person because she doesn't want to get hurt again.

14. "Mind Of Mine" ZAYN

While I was one of those people that hated Zayn for leaving One Direction, I think it was probably the best decision he ever made. Zayn is a really good singer and he's singing about things that he wants to sing without any limitations. In this album, Zayn sings about sex, romance, regret, and getting over those regrets.

15. "Dangerous Woman" Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande is one of the best artists in the world right now. Her vocals and sassiness through her music make her one of the best. The best thing about Ariana is that she doesn't need autotune to make a good song, she is legitimately a good singer. In this album, she has the hits "Dangerous Woman” and “Side to Side.”

16. "All I Need" Foxes

I didn't know Foxes until Zedd's single "Clarity" and just like that song, her whole album will make you want to belt every note. This album is about getting out of a rough relationship and dealing with the pain that the relationship left you with.

17. "I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it" The 1975

The melody of all the songs on this album are so soothing, if you're having a stressed day, this album will relax you. All these songs will have you swaying back and forth because of the vocals and harmony of each song.

18. "Misadventures" Pierce the Veil

Pierce the Veil makes a lot of music about relationships from a male point of view. This album is about an unhealthy relationship where the guy wants to get out of but feels like he can't. He feels like he is trapped in the relationship with this girl even though she's using him until she finds someone better.

19. "Glory Days" Little Mix

Little Mix always has at least one of the best breakup songs on their album and this year was "Shout Out to my Ex." The vocals of this song and all the other songs on this album are goals, all four of the girls in Little Mix have vocals to die for. All the songs on this album will have you dancing around your room like nobody's watching.

20. "Lemonade" Beyoncé

In my opinion, this is Beyoncé's best album. She sings about her marriage, the struggle of being black in America, and how a woman should do what they want to do and not let a man get in the way of that.

You only want to listen to songs that are relatable to how you feel or reflects what you feel. These 20 albums did that for me and probably a little more.

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31 Reasons Why I Would NEVER Watch Season 2 Of '13 Reasons Why'

It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

When I first started watching "13 Reasons Why" I was excited. I had struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts for a long time and thought this show would be bringing light to those issues. Instead, it triggered my feelings that I had suppressed.

With season two coming out soon, I have made up my mind that I am NEVER watching it, and here is why:

1. This show simplifies suicide as being a result of bullying, sexual assault, etc. when the issue is extremely more complex.

2. It does not effectively address mental illness, which is a major factor in suicide.

3. The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention has guidelines on how to portray suicides in TV shows and movies without causing more suicides.

"13 Reasons Why" disregarded those guidelines by graphically showing Hannah slitting her wrists.

4. It is triggering to those who have tried to commit suicide in the past or that struggle with mental illness.

5. It glorifies suicide.

6. It does not offer healthy coping solutions with trauma and bullying.

The only "solution" offered is suicide, which as mentioned above, is glorified by the show.

7. This show portrays Hannah as dramatic and attention-seeking, which creates the stereotype that people with suicidal thoughts are dramatic and seeking attention.

8. Hannah makes Clay and other people feel guilty for her death, which is inconsiderate and rude and NOT something most people who commit suicide would actually do.

9. This show treats suicide as revenge.

In reality, suicide is the feeling of hopelessness and depression, and it's a personal decision.

10. Hannah blames everyone but herself for her death, but suicide is a choice made by people who commit it.

Yes, sexual assault and bullying can be a factor in suicidal thoughts, but committing suicide is completely in the hands of the individual.

11. Skye justifies self-harm by saying, "It's what you do instead of killing yourself."

12. Hannah's school counselor disregards the clear signs of her being suicidal, which is against the law and not something any professional would do.

13. The show is not realistic.

14. To be honest, I didn't even enjoy the acting.

15. The characters are underdeveloped.

16. "13 Reasons Why" alludes that Clay's love could have saved Hannah, which is also unrealistic.

17. There are unnecessary plot lines that don't even advance the main plot.

18. No one in the show deals with their problems.

They all push them off onto other people (which, by the way, is NOT HEALTHY!!!).

19. There is not at any point in the show encouragement that life after high school is better.

20. I find the show offensive to not only me, but also to everyone who has struggled with suicidal thoughts.

21. The show is gory and violent, and I don't like that kind of thing.

22. By watching the show, you basically get a step-by-step guide on how to commit suicide.

Which, again, is against guidelines set by The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

23. The show offers no resources for those who have similar issues to Hannah.

24. It is not healthy for me or anyone else to watch "13 Reasons Why."

25. Not only does the show glorify suicide, but it also glorifies self-harm as an alternative to suicide.

26. Other characters don't help Hannah when she reaches out to them, which could discourage viewers from reaching out.

27. Hannah doesn't leave a tape for her parents, and even though the tapes were mostly bad, I still think the show's writers should have included a goodbye to her parents.

28. It simplifies suicide.

29. The show is tactless, in my opinion.

30. I feel like the show writers did not do any research on the topic of suicide or mental illness, and "13 Reasons Why" suffered because of lack of research.

31. I will not be watching season two mostly because I am bitter about the tastelessness.

And I do not want there to be enough views for them to make a season three and impact even more people in a negative way.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.
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These Are The 7 Movies That You NEED To See Summer 2018

This year, theaters will have everything from romance to sci-fi.

When it comes to summer, there are a billion things to do and more often than not, one of those things are going to the movies. There’s something about sitting down to the newest flick and walking out to a lingering sunset that just never gets old. So, to make sure you’re prepared for those movie-outings, here are the ones you’re going to want to see.

1. "Ant-Man and The Wasp" — Being Released July 6, 2018

As always, no summer is a real summer without a Marvel movie. “Ant- Man and The Wasp” is looking to be a really exciting and fulfilling follow-up to “Ant-Man” with the inclusion of Marvel’s superheroine the Wasp, known in the comics as Janet van Dyne, but taking the name of Hope Pym in the movie. As the audience knows, Hope packs a lot in her punch, being the one to train Scott and the one who’s worked around her father’s tech her entire life. So, there’s no doubt that when Scott’s daughter says, “Maybe you just need someone watching your back, like a partner,” she means we’ll be receiving an action-packed show shared between a miniature-sized duo.

2. "Sorry To Bother You" — Being Released July 6, 2018

What seems to be becoming a rarity in Hollywood these days is originals, but “Sorry to Bother You” is pushing back against that trend, definitely appearing one-of-a-kind from the trailer alone. Blending sci-fi with normalcy by focusing on the life of Cassius Green, a telemarketer in a unique dystopia, this movie offers a refreshing story that gets more interesting the more you watch the trailer. The only way to find out more about it is to watch it when it hits theaters. With an impressive and familiar cast (Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson, Terry Crews, and Armie Hammer, to name a few) to deliver the tale, there’s no doubt this movie is going to rise up in the box office. Make sure you’ve got your ticket ready.

3."Ocean’s 8" — Being Released June 8, 2018

“Ocean’s 8” might be one of the most anticipated films of the summer, seeing as it’s a spin-off of the Ocean’s Trilogy and has a cast made up of some of the most well-known women in Hollywood. The premise of the film revolves around Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock), who contacts her friend Lou (Cate Blanchett) after she gets out of prison, and together they gather a crew of women of various talents (the actresses being Mindy Kaling, Helena Bonham Carter, Awkwafina, Sarah Paulson, and Rihanna) to rob the necklace of the celebrity, Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway). Yes, a well-known cast indeed, and extremely talented. Together, these lovely ladies will surely accomplish an action-packed and entertaining criminal heist for the ages.

4. "Incredibles 2" — Being Released June 15, 2018

Although several people questioned the decision to continue the long-awaited superhero sequel from where it left off over a decade ago, the trailer for “Incredibles 2” is undeniably impressive. Even better, it leaves the viewer wanting more, using the absence of time-lapse to apply the modern day family experience to the Parr family. This time around, Elastigirl is the superhero who has to go out to work, while Mr. Incredible stays home to handle the important issues of family life (yes, they are important, whether you want to believe that or not). From the trailer alone, the franchise is upholding it’s mix of comedy and super-family fun perfectly, so no need to worry about the box office, it’ll hold its own easily. Especially since it already has both the younger audience and the audience that’s been waiting for again, ahem, over a decade, on board to watch it.

5. "Upgrade" — Being Released June 1, 2018

Out of this entire line-up, "Upgrade" might be the odd-ball out. Although it is very much an original, like “Sorry to Bother You,” “Upgrade” is off the action-horror genre and in this case, horror could very well be a stand-in for gore. Although there isn’t much known about the movie and there doesn’t seem to be a lot of advertising, the plot is about a man, Grey Trace, who undergoes a surgery in order to be able to avenge the murder of his wife. The unique aspect of this movie is that the surgery includes the insertion of a micro-chip named “Stem” that not only gives Grey back his ability to walk, but much much more. It is the classic “human-tech combo” with a twist in the sense that—at least from the trailer—Stem does not seem to infect and control Grey’s mind. Instead, Grey takes Stem’s help willingly and consistently as action ensues. Get your popcorn ready, this movie appears to be a rollercoaster.

6. "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" — Being Released June 22, 2018

“Fallen Kingdom” will be bringing a sequel to “Jurassic World” and another installment to the “Jurassic” franchise. The initial trailer made the movie out to be a sole rescue mission, with not much else to expect, but this final trailer has added a huge, underlying, dramatic adventure that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats. As with most movies, the sequel is always either a win or lose, but fortunately, the “Jurassic World” sequel seems to be a clear win that might even lead to “Jurassic World” turning into a trilogy. Keep your fingers crossed, because the crowd-favorite velociraptor “Blue,” along with her friend's Owen and Claire, are back and ready to bite.

7. "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" — Being Released July 20, 2018

Another long awaited sequel, “Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again” is the last in our line-up and will appear in theatres right in the middle of the summer. The perfect film to watch while in the midst of your vibrant, summer romance? Definitely. Just like the first film, “Here We Go Again” has got the same cast and the same energetic musical numbers. Taking the angle of a flashback-flashforward format, it looks like the audience will be watching Donna’s past play out while Sophie’s future progresses simultaneously. Not sold just yet? Watch Lily James play Young Donna in this clip from the film, “When I Kissed the Teacher.”

Cover Image Credit: Marvel Studios//Disney Pictures

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