20 Best Pop Albums of 2016

Rihanna, Gaga, the 1975 and more of the year in hooks

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Kitten, 'Heaven or Somewhere In Between' EP
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17. Kitten, 'Heaven or Somewhere In Between' EP

In the years since she formed Kitten, Los Angeles singer Chloe Chaidez has cemented herself as one of pop's most intriguing forces, her unabashed emotions and scorching voice combining to dizzying effect both live and on record. Her band's celestially minded 2016 EP Heaven or Somewhere In Between showcases the versatility of her voice, which can handle outsized glam and chilly synth-pop with equal amounts of verve and charisma. Glittery guitars and Chaidez's whispering vocals make the title track shiver-inducing; "Fall on Me," the sweeping first single, uses a broken heart as an excuse for rock & roll salvation. M.J.

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