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20 Best Pop Albums of 2016

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

20 Best Pop Albums of 2016

Rihanna, Lady Gaga and the 1975 made some of 2016's best pop albums.

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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.

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