I feel like this year, and maybe I say this every year, was a great year for music all the way around. All time favorite bands made great albums, an old favorite returned after a long hiatus, and in general, I was stoked. It was a good year in a lot of ways in my personal life, and I feel like there was at least one album that was an essential soundtrack to every part of it. Without further self indulgent bullshit, here’s 40 albums I loved, and a bunch I liked a lot. I’ve heard people say music sucks, especially this year, a ton of times recently. I respectfully dissent.