As we lurch towards the end of another year full of musical ups and downs, it's time to focus on the ups with the launch of our Best of 2016 Readers' Poll. To put the ballot together, we pull together a list of the year's highest-rated albums by the AllMusic audience, and then ask you to cast votes accordingly.

In the lead up to that, we're asking you to stack the ballot in favor of your favorite albums of the year. Simply log in to your AllMusic account — or sign up for your free AllMusic accountand rate your favorite albums released in 2016. If you can't remember exactly what came out this year, fear not, our advanced search lets you narrow down releases by year, genre, star ratings, and more.

If you need a refresher on where to rate albums, refer to this handy graphic:

Tell us what you loved this year by logging in to your AllMusic account and rating your favorite albums, then keep an eye on the AllMusic blog, where we'll be sharing the editors' picks.