It’s the halfway point of 2016, a perfect time to take stock of the best entertainment offerings of the half-year. Check out our picks for the best albums of the year below — and since “The top 16 of 2016” is exactly 50% premature, we chose the Top 8.

Our picks for best movies, games, TV episodes, beauty trends and more will be coming throughout the weekend.

1. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book

The wait for the third album mixtape from Chance the Rapper has been a long and arduous one, coming three years after he first hooked mainstream rap fans with his brilliant sophomore mixtape Acid Rap. There were Frank Ocean levels of hype in the leadup to its release, as the Chicago rapper had been hailed as Kanye West’s most promising protege. And Coloring Book lives up to it all. Read more…

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8 best albums of 2016 (so far)