Every year my family and I dress up in our finest lounge-wear, open the cheapest bottle of sparkling cider from the corner store, cuddle up, and watch the Academy Awards. My brother talks all through the opening scene while my mother takes bets over the phone for Best Picture, and I try not to fall asleep because the Oscars start way too late for us on the East Coast.
As someone who watched Toonami in the early-mid 2000s, I was delighted when Cartoon Network announced they were going to bring the block back in 2012. Sure, by then we had arrived in the age of online streaming services, and I didn’t technically need a block of anime programming on cable television, but I’m a nostalgic one.
I can't really say with any authority that these are the best albums of the year. As you can see from the list, they all fall into very similar genres, and I will be the first to admit, I am no music expert. These are just some albums that I really enjoyed this year and that are catchy enough that I can comfortably share them with you all knowing that you will enjoy some of them as well.