By the Blog Staff ❤
Our favorites from this truly exhausting year, 2k16.
Maddie Farr ’18
Best Album: MY WOMAN by Angel Olsen
Best Song: “Away Above” by Weyes Blood
Favorite Music “Moment”: JoJo releasing her first album in 10 years was the most exciting thing to happen musically this year, in my opinion. Her success makes me personally happy. I grew up loving JoJo, and seeing her incredible personal and professional growth on this album is awesome. Check out Mad Love., it is mad full of bangers!!!
Emma Klein ’17
Best Album: Don’t Let the Kids Win by Julia Jacklin
Best Song: “Your Best American Girl” by Mitski
Favorite Music “Moment”: Beyoncé and The Dixie Chicks at the CMAs. ALSO Lady Gaga’s newest album release and how she’s finally showing us the music she truly wants to make and it’s beautiful.
Jacqueleen Eng ’19
Best Album: Teens of Denial by Car Seat Headrest
Best Song: “No Heart” by 21 Savage (my roommate says I sing this in my sleep)
Favorite Music “Moment”: The current beef between 21 Savage and Tyga over Kylie Jenner OR the fact that Jeremih reportedly used a stunt double at one of his shows because there is trouble in paradise between him and Partynextdoor. He shall now be known as “JereLIE.”
Isa Mojares ’20
Best Album: The Afterglows by The Afterglows
Best Song: “Visiting” by Pinegrove
Favorite Music “Moment”: This is my first year of college and it’s been so crazy because a few of my favorite artists who haven’t released music in so long decided to release albums this year. I listened to Bon Iver’s 22, a Million exactly at midnight, and that was special because he’s one of my favorite artists and it’s comforting to hear a “familiar” voice in such a time of change. Also, Florence + the Machine who I love so much came out with a song called “Wish that You Were Here” and she’s also a fave of mine and that song is really relevant to moving to college, being away from friends, etc.
Julia Waldow ’17
Best Album: Next Thing by Frankie Cosmos
Best Song: “Follow” by Whitney OR “Spirit Was” by LVL UP
Favorite Music “Moment”: The release of David Bowie’s final album, Blackstar, was bittersweet — it was a beautiful way to honor the musical legend in his last month of life, while also cataloguing his accomplishments (25 albums!) and helping his fans to connect in new ways. (Other top moments: Drake lipsyncing to “Bad Blood” by Taylor Swift, and Barack Obama’s impromptu singing.)
Charlotte Freccia ’19
Best Album: 22, A Million by Bon Iver
Best Song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West feat. Chance the Rapper
Favorite Music “Moment”: The video for Francis and the Lights’ “Friends.” This video was easily the best thing that happened in an otherwise astonishingly shitty year. It has everything you could possibly ask for: a skinny white dude with messy hair who would not at all look out of place on the Kenyon College campus dancing spastically in an otherwise empty warehouse, the inexplicable presence of Kanye West who is not even featured in the song but nevertheless appears in the video wearing a dubious jacket, dancing self-consciously, and forcibly avoiding eye contact with the camera like I do with last weekend’s hookup when I spot him across the New Side of Peirce. Most importantly, this song features Bon Iver on vocals, and the song features him dancing impeccably. This is the best part because Bon Iver typically takes himself pretty seriously, and it was nice to see him let loose, but also because this video got me extremely hype for the release in the coming months of 22, A Million, Bon Iver’s first LP in five years, which was easily the best thing to happen for me, personally, in 2016.
Adam Brill ’17
Best Album: The Life of Pablo by Kanye West
Best Song: “FDT” by YG feat. Nipsey Hustle
Favorite Music “Moment”: Honestly, I’m pumped about how good A Tribe Called Quest’s new album is. Especially after the untimely death of Phife Dawg. Nice to see a legend go out on top.
Devon Chodzin ’19
Best Album: A Seat at the Table by Solange
Best Song: “Happy” by Mitski
Favorite Music “Moment”: The Lemonade movie dropping on HBO. What a power move to use the bougie-est source of entertainment. She wants us to know that she’s fabulous, she’s powerful, and she’s got it all.
Ted Boggess ’19
Best Album: Puberty 2 by Mitski
Best Song: “Old Friends” by Pinegrove
Favorite Music “Moment”: Watching the final Tragically Hip show on livestream while chatting w/my friend old enough and Canadian enough to remember them in their heyday. Gord Downie et al are nationally important musicians in a way a clueless American such as myself can’t fathom.