With the year wrapping up, it is time to look back on the albums that helped bring life to this year. 

A few of Amped Sound’s writers gave their opinion on the top album of 2016, while it definitely was hard, we have narrowed it down to 8 very diverse albums. 


It showcased the talents of each member with individual songs, as well as their group dynamic songs. It’s a very diverse sounding album with a lot of different musical elements and types of songs from rap tracks to dance-y beats and emotional ballads. A must listens for anyone interested in Korean music. -Sarah Weaver

Unleashed- Skillet

Skillet has always been one of my favorite band and their new album cements this. Each song is enough to get even the most stoic of music listeners up and moving and together, it makes for an amazing album.- D.J. Adams

A Moon Shaped Pool- Radiohead

           Regretfully in the wake of breaking-news, the predominant subject to grace the very elegy of Radiohead’s              long-anticipated 9th full-length release, A Moon Shaped Pool, Thom Yorke’s 23-year partner Rachel Owen recently passed. A stripped-down scorching-search into the remains of a lifelong romance, Yorke’s sad love-lament bares it all too familiar backed by acoustic-flourishes and symphonic-precision only to be procured by the legends themselves. This may very well be their final frontier. -Nathan Porter

California- Blink 182

Blink-182 is back in a 3rd era of blink, the post Tom Era. But they throw together a chart topping, Grammy Nominated album with the support from new guitarist/vocalist Matt Skiba and superstar producer John Feldmann. —TL Dickens

The Well-Intentioned Virus- Zao

After seven years absent from a scene they helped kickstart, metalcore legends Zao released arguably the best album of their career. With profound lyrics, crushing riffs, nuanced songwriting and a diverse pallet of influences ranging from Neurosis to Dillinger Escape Plan, “The Well-Intentioned Virus” marks Zao’s ia an incredible reaffirmation of the foundations and eccentricities of metallic hardcore. –Maxwell Heilman

Dissonants- Hands Like Houses

Hands like houses Dissonants- Their latest release is a very noticeable change of direction and style. The heavy vibe and the dark style of Dissonants is a welcoming departure from their last two releases, not to say they haven’t abandoned their sound they’ve just added a more energetic and polished to their already solidified base. Dissonants and hands like houses should be on every ones tongue and Playlists next year because 2017 is looking big for the aussies – Raza Malik

Death of a Bachelor-Panic at The Disco

DOAB is my top pick of the year due to the diversity of each song. It is also noted that Brendon Urie wrote and recorded all the vocals and instruments for this album which gives all of us one more reason to love him/Panic at the Disco. some of the songs are very catchy and yet still hold true to the image PATD has, without sounding too much like the albums that came before it. – Michelle Fabian 

Haven’t Been Myself- Too Close Too Touch 

Each song on this album is not only amazing musically, but the lyrics are so powerful, the songs tough the heart. It is also noted that the music videos of some of the tracks off of the album are pretty intense and very well thought out. While this seems like a band that many may not be worried about outshining them, I really think they need to take a second look. -Danielle Rhew


Honorable Mentions