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WCFM’s Best of 2016

Here it is! WCFM’s favorite music from 2016.

Lylia Li


  1. Beyonce, Lemonade
  2. KAYTRANADA, 99.9%
  3. Jessy Lanza, Oh No
  4. Whitney, Light Upon the Lake
  5. Solange, A Seat at the Table
  6. Shura, Nothing’s Real
  7. Mitski, Puberty 2
  8. Bodacious, Purple
  9. Car Seat Headrest, Teens of Denial
  10. Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion Side B


  1. Jessy Lanza, “Vivica”
  3. Modern Baseball, “Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind”
  4. Whitney, “No Woman”
  5. Caroline Smith, “Trying Not to Love You”
  6. Lindstrom, “Closing Shot”
  7. the xx, “On Hold”
  8. Alex Napping, “Trembles Part I”
  9. Anderson .Paak, “Am I Wrong”
  10. Golden Vessel, “Wave”
  11. The transition from “Kidz ‘N’ Stuff” to “Indecision” on Shura’s Nothing’s Real

Dean Denise Buell


  1. D.D. Dumbo, Utopia Defeated
  2. Merchandise, A Corpse Wired for Sound
  3. Daughter, Not to Disappear
  4. Preoccupations, Preoccupations
  5. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  6. PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project
  7. Marching Church, Telling it Like it Is


  1. Car Seat Headrest, “Fill in the Blank”
  2. Black Eyed Peas, “#WHERE IS THE LOVE ft. The World”

Olivia Lima


  1. BadBadNotGood, “Time Moves Slowly (feat. Samuel T. Herring)”
  2. The Last Shadow Puppets, “Miracle Aligner”
  3. Car Seat Headrest, “Destroyed By Hippie Powers”
  4. XIVUS, “Teeth”
  5. James Blake, “I Need A Forest Fire”
  6. Frank Ocean, “Ivy”
  7. Bon Iver, “715 – CREEKS”
  8. Moon Hooch, “Low 5”
  9. Anderson .Paak, “Am I Wrong”
  10. Circa Waves, “Wake Up”

Mandela Namaste


  • Beyoncé, Lemonade
  • Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered
  • Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  • Frank Ocean, Blonde
  • YG, Still Brazy
  • Travi$ Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
  • Bruno Mars, 24K Magic
  • ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP
  • Terrace Martin, Velvet Portraits
  • Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

Terrence Nykorchuck


  1. Isaiah Rashad, The Sun’s Tirade
  2. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  3. Danny Brown, Atrocity Exhibition
  4. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
  5. Young Thug, Jeffrey
  6. Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
  7. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  8. Frank Ocean, Blonde
  9. Travis Scott, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight
  10. Kid Cudi, Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’

Ian Concannon


  1. Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  2. Kaytranada, 99.9%
  3. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
  4. Bon Iver, 22, A Million
  5. Tourist, U
  6. dvsn, Sept. 5th
  7. Blood Orange, Freetown Sound
  8. Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
  9. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
  10. Flume, Skin
  11. Honorable Mention: Frank Ocean, Blonde

Augusta Nau and Anjali Pai


  • Bastille, Wild World
  • The Mowglis, Where’d Your Weekend Go?
  • The Lumineers, Cleopatra
  • Grouplove, Big Mess
  • The Griswolds, High Times for Low Lives
  • One Republic, Oh My My
  • Two Door Cinema Club, Gameshow (Deluxe Edition)
  • The Weeknd, Starboy
  • Ra Ra Riot, Need Your Light

Maddie Swarr


  • Hundred Waters, “Show Me Love (ft. Chance The Rapper, Moses Sumney, and Robin Hannibal) [Skrillex Remix]”
  • Frank Ocean, “Solo”
  • Sia, “The Greatest”
  • TOKiMONSTA, “Put It Down (ft. Anderson Paak and KRNE)”
  • Nao, “Bad Blood”
  • ZHU, Skrillex, THEY, “Working For It”
  • Cobi, “Don’t You Cry For Me”
  • Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, “A 1000 Times”
  • Flume, “Like Water (ft. MNDR)”
  • Maggie Rogers, “Alaska”

Mano Sundaresan


  • Frank Ocean, Blonde
  • Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
  • Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight
  • Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book
  • A Tribe Called Quest, We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
  • Anderson .Paak, Malibu
  • Noname, Telefone
  • Young Thug, JEFFERY
  • Saba, Bucket List Project
  • Post Malone, Stoney


  • Kanye West, “Highlights”
  • Frank Ocean, “Self Control”
  • Young Thug, “Pick Up The Phone (feat. Travis Scott & Quavo)”
  • R.A.M., “Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)”
  • Chance the Rapper, “No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)”
  • KAYTRANADA, “GOT IT GOOD (feat. Craig David)”
  • Anderson .Paak, “The Dreamer (feat. Talib Kweli & Timan Family Choir)”
  • Travis Scott, “beibs in the trap (feat. NAV)”
  • A Tribe Called Quest, “Dis Generation”
  • Noname, “Shadow Man (feat. Phoelix, Smino & Saba)”


Circa Waves

Circa Waves is a new, energetic four-piece band. They’ve been playing together for less than a year, but the few songs posted on their SoundCloud page show great promise. Their sound is fast, rocking and fun. If you would like to see me spontaneously burst out dancing, play any of their songs and I’ll be on my feet. Some commenting critics claim that their songs sound like The Strokes during their Is This It era. I hear the similarities, but I’m not complaining. The Strokes don’t even sound like The Strokes anymore, so maybe I need someone to fill that void. In any case, the lead singer Kieran Shundall sounds like he’s in a better mood than Julian Casablancas ever was, and I’m a fan of joyful jams. In short, the members of Circa Waves are fresh-faced and excited, and it comes across in their music. It’s got a bounce that many bands grow out of, and I love it.

Check out their track Stuck In My Teeth or this live version of Young Chasers.


Ignition (Remix) Remix

There’s something about R. Kelly’s Ignition Remix that makes it a great song to remix. Maybe upon seeing the name, people just want to remix the song. Maybe it’s the song’s slow pace that just begs to be sped up. In any case, I know four versions of Ignition Remix, and I enjoy them all. So, here is my ranking of Ignition Remix remixes.

4. The Hood Internet remix with Major Lazer. This is the last version of the song I heard, and it inspired me to write this article. However, it is not my favorite. It’s a good remix, but having heard what The Hood Internet can do (see #1), I just wasn’t hooked.

3. The original song. It’s a smooth, chill jam. The first time I heard this song, I watched my friend make a horn beeping motion, but R. Kelly never said beep beep. I still tell that story to some people.

2. Jimmy Fallon barbershop quartet. The Ragtime Gals do wonders for this song. I didn’t know I wanted to hear Ignition remix in four-part harmony, but then I did, and there’s no going back.

1. The Hood Internet remix with Phoenix. I never really liked remixes until I heard this song. It’s a genius combination and a great jam to dance to. I want this song to play whenever I walk into a room full of people.