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Adult contemporary album of the year: '25' or 'Illuminate'?

It's the end of the year! And throughout December, we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2016. The "Best of 2016" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2016 won the year in each category.

Adele and Mendes both blend rock, blues and pop-soul into an adult contemporary sound—but which of their albums is the best?

And don't forget to check out these other end of year debates:

Trap song of the year: 'Black Beatles' or 'Panda'?

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Rap rock song of the year: 'Heathens' or 'Sucker for Pain'?

Soccer player of the year: Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

Sci-fi TV show of the year: 'Stranger Things' or 'Westworld'?

Dance-pop collaboration of the year: 'Cheap Thrills' or 'Side to Side'?

Electro-R&B song of the year: 'Starboy' or 'Pillowtalk'?

EDM song of the year: 'Closer' or 'This Is What You Came For'?

Woke anthem of the year: 'Formation' or 'Don't Touch My Hair'?

Adult contemporary song of the year: 'Love Yourself' or 'Treat You Better'?

Disco-pop song of the year: '24K Magic' or 'Can't Stop the Feeling!'?

Men's tennis player of the year: Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic?

Women's tennis player of the year: Serena Williams or Angelique Kerber?

MLB player of the year: Mike Trout or Bryce Harper?

NFL player of the year: Dak Prescott or Tom Brady?

Dancehall-pop song of the year: 'Work' or 'One Dance'?

NBA player of the year: LeBron James or Steph Curry?

Best animated movie of the year: 'Moana' or 'Zootopia'?

Girl group anthem of the year: 'Shout Out to My Ex' or 'Work from Home'?


Adele's "25" was released in November 2015, but it's the biggest album of 2016, according to Billboard. Not only is Adele one of the greatest pop artists of today, but she continues to rule adult contemporary with her mix of soul and blues on her singles and albums.


Mendes might be a young artist, but he has a mature sound that has put him atop of the Billboard 200 Albums twice consecutively. He's pop; he's blues; he's rock. And as a young adult, he's on Adele's heel as the 2nd top adult contemporary artist of 2016. Does his "Illuminate" album have a stronger adult contemporary sound than Adele's "25"?


Listen to the "Illuminate" album below. 

Adult contemporary album of the year: '25' or 'Illuminate'?
A festive crown for the winner