1. David Bowie, 'Blackstar'
The world had two days to digest David Bowie's Blackstar without the intense emotional baggage of knowing he made it while dying. In that brief time, Bowie fans were enthralled by the ambitious seven-song collection he recorded with a New York jazz collective lead by saxophonist Donny McCaslin. The 10-minute title track is a spiritual cousin to "Station to Station," while "I Can't Give Everything Away" summed up Bowie's desire to hold back the important parts of his life from the public. Miraculously, he managed to live in poor health for years without anybody knowing. It allowed him to work in peace on his last album and let the world embrace it right before he left this planet. He couldn't have scripted a better ending, or given the world a better parting gift.