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André Pettman, General Manager

1. Blonde - Frank Ocean

2. Pool - Porches

3. We got it from Here...Thank Your 4 Your service - A Tribe Called Quest

4. Next Thing - Frankie Cosmos

5. Psychopomp - Japanese Breakfast

6. Blackstar - David Bowie

7. Atrocity Exhibition - Danny Brown

8. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

9. You'll Understand - Ross From Friends

10. JEFFERY - Young Thug

[BONUS] Song of the Year: Things I Forgot to Do (feat. Drake) - Babeo Baggins of Barf Troop


Tatum Schranz, Head & RPM Music Director


  1. EPOCH by Tycho
  2. SKIN by Flume
  3. SUNLIT YOUTH by Local Natives
  5. BLOOM by Rüfüs Du Sol
  6. THREE by Phantogram
  7. DIVIDE & CONQUER EP by What So Not
  8. A MINERAL LOVE by Bibio
  9. AA by Baauer
  10. SHOUT IT OUT by Balkan Beat Box
    Honorable Mentions: MIDNITE MASS EP by Keys N Krates, JUNK by M83, MOVEMENTS by Pham

Zazil Davis-Vazquez, World & Jazz Music Director

10. Juventud Juché--Movimientos

9. iLe--iLevitable

8. Baaba Maal--The Traveller

7. Alsarah & The Nubatones--Manara

6. Dom la Nena--Cantando EP

5. Kadhja Bonet--The Visitor

4. Mexican Institute of Sound + Toy Selectach--Compass

3. The Chamanas--Once Once

2. Bombino--Azel

1. Elza Soares--The Woman at the End of the World


Emily Beiser, Alt Music Director

Show: 2 much tuna (Specialty)

[in alphabetical order]

It’s Immaterial / Black Marble

Teens of Denial / Car Seat Headrest

The End of Comedy / Drugdealer

Toon Time Raw! / Jerry Paper

Skiptracing / Mild High Club

Telefone / Noname

Human Ceremony / Sunflower Bean

iNdy rock royalty comb / Tomorrows Tulips

Front Row Seat To Earth / Weyes Blood

Light Upon The Lake / Whitney

Honorable Mentions: Beverly, Boys Age, Crumb, Diners, HOMESHAKE, Hoops, Hypoluxo, Parquet Courts, Soft Hair, Triathalon, + Twin Peaks


Andrew Trujillo, Metal Music Director

1. Ghost - Popestar EP

2. King 810 - La Petite Mort or a Conversation with God

3. Black Sabbath - The End EP

4. Volbeat - Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie

5. Heaven Shall Burn - Wanderer

6. Lamb of God - The Duke EP

7. Korn - The Serenity of Suffering

8. Infant Annihilator - The Elysian Grandeval Galeriarch

9. Sinsaenum - Echoes of the Tortured

10. Avenged Sevenfold - The Stage

Honorable Mentions:

1. Amaranthe - Maximalism

2. In Flames - Battles

3. Meshuggah - The Violent Sleep of Reason

4. Darkthrone - Arctic Thunder

5. Nonpoint - The Poison Red


Colin Bauer, Alt Music Director

  1. Moving Display – Foster Body
  2. Three – Diners
  3. The Bible 2 – AJJ
  4. Before A Million Universes – Big Ups
  5. Mush EP – Amateur Hour
  6. Eraser Stargazer – Guerilla Toss
  7. Worry – Jeff Rosenstock
  8. A Place To Stand – Sculpture Club
  9. 1995 – Doomed To Bloom
  10. They Make Plans To Poison Us – Ultramantis Black
    Honorable mentions:
    Second Home – Dogbreth
    Convenience – Pill
    BIO/FEEDBACK – Red Tank!

Ali Shareef, Hip Hop Music Director

While this year has been generally a shitstorm, it's been pretty big for hip-hop. From Chance's debut album, to ATCQ's last it's been a wild ride (and it's not quite over). In no particular order here are my Top 10 Hip-Hop albums of the year.

1. Blonde - Frank Ocean

While I said this list isn't in any order, I think Blonde is absolutely the best album to come out of 2016. From the very first beats of Nikes to the distorted clips in Futura Free, Frank Ocean gave us an amazing album.

"You cut your hair but you used to live a blonded life, Wish I was there, wish we had grown up on the same advice" - Self Control

2. The Life of Pablo - Kanye West

It's been an interesting year for Kanye to say the least. One of my favorite things about Pablo was being there to witness the evolution of the album; the first leak is really different from what it is now, and thanks to Kanye for that journey.

"I just wanna feel liberated, I, I..." - Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1

3. Coloring Book - Chance the Rapper

This was such a fun album, perfect for the summer, and featured some great artists. Coloring Book is just a great amalgamation of what good hip-hop is.

"Music all we got, got, got

So we might as well give it all we got" - All We Got

4. untitled unmastered. - Kendrick Lamar

untitled unmastered was really surprising and mysterious. To me it feels almost like an extension of TPAB with some really heavy lyrics. Also Kendrick has been amazing in features all throughout the year, so thanks Kendrick.

"Why you wanna see a good man with a broken heart?" - untitled 05 | 09.21.2014

5. Prima Donna EP- Vince Staples

Lyrics, beats, flow, an Andre 3000 feature; this short EP has it all covered. A really strong album from Vince Staples and an amazing accompanying visual medley of the album.

"A wise man once said that a black man better off dead

So I'm, war ready" - War Ready

6. Malibu - Anderson .Paak

Malibu shows off Anderson .Paaks incredibly smooth sounds and soulful style so well. There's funk, there's soul, there's RnB with .Paak sliding over the tracks with ease. It's just so chill.

"Hey, I never wanna waste your time, my life

So precious, is yours, is mine" - Am I Wrong

7. I'M UUUGLY- Duckwrth

Not sure if anyone will agree with me on this one, but ya'll slept on Duckwrth. I enjoyed this album so much, but didn't hear too much buzz around it. I'M UUUGLY has some really diverse sounds from the very smooth "Rare Panther" to the banger "BLAKK RAGER". Check it out.

"Let's do something we haven't done before

There's a whole world we have yet to explore

Let's get ugly" - GET UUUGLY

8. Blank Face LP - Schoolboy Q

Blank Face was loaded with some amazing catchy tracks, some great features, and gangsta raps. Not much more I can say, Blank Face speaks for itself, just a hella solid 2016 album.

"Me no conversate with the fake, that part

All my bitches independent bitches, that part" - THat Part

9. JEFFERY- Young Thug

Another really fun album. Thugger has one of those artistic styles you laugh at, but at the same time you can bump to. From his pretty accurate Future imitation on "Future Swag" to his belting singing voice on "Webbie"JEFFERY is a happy high point of 2016. (Please check out the album art of JEFFERY if you haven't already).

"I got 70,000 for my last 30 shows (do the math)

I done spend a half a million for my family though." - RiRi 

10. We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service - A Tribe Called Quest

Here we are at ATCQ's last album. With Phife Dawg's (RIP) death earlier this year, I don't think many people were expecting another Tribe album. But we got it, and Phife is on it, and it's everything I could have of hoped for. If there's any album on this list you should listen to, I'd recommend this one. It's incredibly strong and has that certain something that 2016 needed, if that makes sense.

"Rip every stage with grace, look right dead in they face,

Live the Tribe principle of havin’ impeccable taste.

Enjoy that breath like that one was your last one left,

If you don’t believe me, there’s truly life after death." - Black Spasmodic

There's a lot more I wanted to do, but that wouldn't be a Top 10. I do want to do some honorable mentions.

Gucci Mane- While I don't think he had a Top 10 album, be was definitely a Top 10 artist of 2016, a huge year for Gucci, and it's not over yet.

Childish Gambino- Great album, would've loved to hear some bars although.

Roy Wood$- s/o to Brieana for showing me this, super dope

Belly- InZombia was dope

Travis Scott- BITTSM

Rich Chigga- the realest

Danny Brown- This almost made my Top 10!

The Weeknd- Starboy is great

Meek Mill- May have taken some L's but DC4 was a W.

Migos (espeically Quavo)- some fun shit, and Quavo was on fire with the features.


+RTJ, Post Malone, Drake, Rae Sremmurd, Logic, YG

(I've probs missed a lot, but thanks 2016 for Hip-Hop at least!)


Kyle Morris, Arts Director

Show: Anyways, Here’s Wonderwall (Alt)

1.     Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest

2.     Take Control – Slaves

3.     Talking Quietly of Anything with You – Free Cake For Every Creature

4.     Drive North - SWMRS

5.     Welcome – Slaughter Beach, Dog

6.     You Are Going To Hate This – The Frights

7.     Three – Diners

8.     Viola Beach – Viola Beach

9.     Fog and Farewell – Weston Bookhouse

10.   Psychic Data – Jackie Zealous


Payton Wells, Marketing Director

Show: Desert Queens (Talk/Variety)

[includes favorite tracks]

~Top 5~

How to Be a Human Being “Cane Shuga” – Glass Animals

The Life of Pablo “Ultralight Beam” – Kanye West

Star Wars Headspace “Sunset Over Manaan” – Various Artists

Views “Feel No Ways” – Drake

Cleopatra “Patience” – The Lumineers

Other 5 *In no particular order*

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware “She’s American” - The 1975

Emotion Side B “First Time” – Carly Rae Jepsen

“Awaken, My Love!” “Stand Tall” – Childish Gambino

22, A Million ‘33 “GOD”’ – Bon Iver

Lemonade “Daddy Lessons” – Beyoncé


Amanda Chesin, News Director

Act One- Marian Hill

Death of a Bachelor- Panic! at the Disco

Emotion Side B- Carly Rae Jepsen

How To Be a Human Being- Glass Animals

I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it- the 1975

Lemonade- Beyonce

saintmotelevision- Saint Motel

The Brilliant Glow- Handsome Ghost

Where'd Your Weekend Go?- The Mowgli's

99.9%- Kaytranada

Honorable Mentions- Rihanna, Bastille, Grouplove, Lady Gaga, The Knocks


Nick Kivi

Show: The rundown locale (Variety)

1. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here…Thank U 4 Your Service

2. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression

3. Sheer Mag - III 

4. Elza Soares - A Mulher do Fim do Mundo

5. Diarrhea Planet - Turn to Gold

6. Open Mike Eagle - Hella Personal Film Festival

7. Noname - Telefone

8. Ulices Chaidez - Andamos en el Ruedo

9. Mucho - Pidiendo en las Puertas del Infierno

10. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam - I Had A Dream That You Were Mine


Andrew Boring

[in alphabetical order]

Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial

Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition

Diners - Three

Frank Ocean - Blond

Frankie Cosmos - Next Thing

The Hotelier - Goodness

Jeff Rosenstock - WORRY.

Kero Kero Bonito - Bonito Generation

Pup - The Dream Is Over

Touché Amoré - Stage Four


Sai Sreedhar

Show: Hip Hop

1) Schoolboy Q- Blank Face LP

2) Ace Hood- Starvation 5

3) A Tribe Called Quest- We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

3) Flatbush Zombies- 3001: A Laced Odyssey

4) Kendrick Lamar- Untitled Unmastered

5) Kanye West- The Life of Pablo

6) YG- Still Brazy

7) De La Soul- And the Anonymous Nobody....

8) Chance the Rapper- Coloring Book

9) Rihanna- Anti

10) KXNG Crooked- Good vs. Evil


Jack Maloney

Show: Things That Happen At Night (Variety, mainly Alt and Hip Hop)

10. Car Seat Headrest- Teens of Denial

9. Xiu Xiu- Xiu Xiu Plays The Music of Twin Peaks

8. Nail Polish- Authentic Living

7. PRO TEENS - Accidentally 

6. Ty Segall- Emotional Mugger

5. David Bowie- Blackstar

4. Death Grips- Bottomless Pit

3. Angel Olsen- My Woman

2. A Tribe Called Quest- We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

1. Danny Brown- Atrocity Exhibition


Daniel Clark

Show: The Everything Is Awesome Show w/ DJ Lil’ Hands

1. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service

2. Angel Olsen – My Woman 

3. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

4. BadBadBadNotGood-IV

5. David Bowie-Blackstar

6. Frankie Cosmos – Next Thing

7. Weyes Blood-Front Row Seat To Earth

8. Conor Oberst-Ruminations

9. Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial

10. Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.


Brieana Sealy

Show: The Tempo Show (plays all things with good vibes and good beats)

1. A Seat at The Table by Solange

2. "Awaken, My Love!" by Childish Gambino

3. Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

4. 24k Magic by Bruno Mars

5. Blonde by Frank Ocean

6. Lemonade by Beyonce

7. Campaign by Ty Dolla $ign

8.Yes Lawd! by NxWorries  

9. untitled unmastered. by Kendrick Lamar

10. TWENTY88 by TWENTY88


Calvin Wolfe

Show: Full Moon (Alt)

  1. (TIE) Blackstar- David Bowie AND We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service- ATCQ 
  2. My Woman- Angel Olsen
  3. Atrocity Exhibition- Danny Brown
  4. Super low- Warehouse
  5. Convenience- Pill
  6. Don’t Let The Kids Win- Julia Jacklin
  7. Teens of Denial- Car Seat Headrest
  8. Accidentally- Pro teens 
  9. Human Performance- Parquet Courts
  10. Slugger- sad13

Aerin Mazza

[no particular order]

A Seat At The Table - Solange

Leave Me Alone - Hinds

Cala Vento - Cala Vento

Primitives - Bayonne

Views - Drake

22, A Million - Bon Iver

untitled unmastered - Kendrick Lamar

Light Upon The Lake - Whitney

I Had A Dream That You Were Mine - Hamilton Leithauser & Rostam

WORRY. - Jeff Rosenstock


Isabelle Tuli

Show: Boosie's First Rodeo (genre: Emotional Odysseys)

1. In My Feelings (Goin' Thru It) - Boosie Badazz

2. Everything is spinning - closet goth

3. Puberty 2 - Mitski 

4. Mush EP - Amateur Hour

5. HAPPY - The Expos

6. The Bible 2 - AJJ

7. Emotion Side B - Carly Rae Jepson

8. Shamrock Farms Whole Milk - Closet Goth

9. Psychopomp - Japanese Breakfast

10. Bazooka Joe's Rodeo Murder - Rodeo Murder Mysteries 


Dylan Wallengren, KAMP Alumnus

[no particular order]

The Life of Pablo – Kanye West

Atrocity Exhibition – Danny Brown

We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your service – A Tribe Called Quest

Slime Season 3 – Young Thug

Lil Boat – Lil Yachty 

Untitled Unmastered – Kendrick Lamar

Views (Tracks 1-7, 9-10, 14, 17) – Drake 

22, A Million – Bon Iver

Down in Heaven – Twin Peaks

Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
[Bonus] Song of the Year: Glorious Domination (Bobby Roode’s Theme) – WWE, CFO$