49. Thundercat - "A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite II)"
Thundercat's Drunk is zany as hell. Cat envy, Kenny Loggins, Pachinko machines, and "Jameel's Space Ride"—it's one of the most freewheeling, imaginative albums of the year, held together by the sheer force of Thundercat's musicality.
He's all over the place, but there are far more hits than misses. Murky, swirling bass harmonies pair perfectly with Thundercat's breathy falsetto on "A Fan's Mail (Tron Song Suite II)," the second track named after the artist's cat. Somehow he makes those "meows" sincere, and like the album itself, a schmaltzy concept becomes high art in Thundercat's hands.—Graham Corrigan