Thousands of records are released every year, some by best-selling, blockbuster artists, others by struggling musicians looking for their niche. Every now and again an album appears that changes the way you think, feel or look at the world.
Each year, SonicNet/ATN asks its writers, editors, columnists and contributors for a list of their top-10 favorite albums from the previous 12 months. The award-winning music site is featuring three new top-10 lists each day.
Those submitting lists were asked to choose albums based not on sales, critical acclaim or commercial hype, but on the music and the message contained within.
In addition to offering a brief commentary on each album, our editors and writers pinpoint their favorite moments in music for the year.
If you'd like to comment on the lists or submit picks of your own, direct your thoughts to our User Feedback feature. We'd like to hear from you.
Top 10 lists:
Brian Hiatt, staff writer
Jeffrey Golick, contributing editor
Billy Altman, contributor
Christopher O'Connor, staff writer
Don Share, contributor
Lisa Arthur, contributor
Matt Melucci, senior editor
Steve Kandell, contributor
Ron Ehmke, contributor
Tim Scanlin, editorial coordinator
Jenny Slater, contributing editor
Ben Auburn, contributor
Dave Marsh, columnist
Frank Tortorici, contributing editor
Eric Schumacher-Rasmussen, reviewer
Harry Sumrall, contributing editor
Peter Orlov, contributing editor
Kevin John, reviewer
Melissa Price, features editor
Randy Reiss, contributing editor
Johnny Walker (Black), reviewer
Matty Karas, staff editor
Lang Whitaker, contributor
Tony Fletcher, reviewer
Chris Nelson, staff writer
Dakota Smith, contributing editor
Richard B. Simon, contributing editor
Michael Goldberg, editorial director and senior vice president
Oliver Wang, reviewer
Jon Vena, contributing editor
Gil Kaufman, senior writer
Douglas Wolk, reviewer
Sheril Stanford, correspondent