The past year was a big one in the world of music. Some notable websites such as New Musical Express and Pitchfork are calling 2016 the most consequential year in music in decades. That’s because there was plenty of good music released by the industry’s biggest stars, but also some very notable deaths during the year. More than a few musical legends left us in 2016, even as the stars of today emerged to pick up the mantle. Here’s a list of the 10 biggest moments in music from the past year.
10. Drake Unleashes “Views”
Canadian rapper Drake continued to cement his standing with music critics and fans with the massive 2016 album Views. Featuring 20 tracks and clocking in at more than 80 minutes, Views risked being labeled a vanity project and suffering the fate of many long albums – what used to be called “double albums” back in the days of vinyl. Yet Views manages to be worth the time investment with great tracks such as “One Dance,” which effectively was the song of the summer in 2016, and “Too Good” featuring Rhianna. Drake also included his massive hit single “Hotline Bling” as a bonus track on the album. And of course, Drake wouldn’t be Drake without shout outs and praise for Toronto, the city he loves. The album’s cover features an image of Toronto’s iconic C.N. Tower, with Drake sitting on the top.