20 Best Pop Albums of 2016
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Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the 1975 made some of 2016's best pop albums. Samir Hussein/Redferns/Getty, Logan Cyrus/AFP/Getty, Chris McKay/Getty

Talk about "pop" usually means humongous hit singles, and 2016 sure had its share. But the full-length pop album was as healthy as ever, showcasing veterans like Rihanna and Britney Spears at their most revealing, and allowing a newer star like Tove Lo to come into her own. Guitar-based pop stood firm too, from those wry kids in the 1975 to those spunky old-timers in the Monkees. It was a year to listen past the hits to hear what pop stars are all about.