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Entries on the topic of “Best Of 2016” 20 results

CHIRP DJ writesCHIRP Radio’s Top 10 Albums of 2016!

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. We now present the final list of the top albums of the year, as decided by our volunteers. It's perhaps fitting that the Album of the Year is the final work from one of Pop music's most influential artists of all time, someone whose passing was met with sadness but also an outporuing of emotion and fellowship that gives one hope for the future.

On behalf of the volunteers of CHIRP Radio, THANK YOU for all of your support, and best wishes for 2017 and beyond...!

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Tony Breed writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Tony Breed

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and Board Member Emeritus Tony Breed.

What a year it's been! A complicated and difficult year, and a year that's generated a lot of complicated and difficult music. Or maybe that's just what resonated for me this year.

Song of the year: "Free Room" by Ravyn Lenae feat. Appleby

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Craig Reptile: Your Sunday Sonic Sundowner writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Craig Reptile

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and Assistant Music Director Craig Reptile.

2016 was a horrible year for everything except for records, so after making some agonizing choices, here are my favorites as of now. Ask me tomorrow, I might tell you something different-- any of these Top 10 could be number one on any other day, and any of those Honorable Mentions could have cracked the Top 10 too.

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Alex Borkowski writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Alex Borkowski

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from volunteer Alex Borkowski.

2016 is an auspicious year, because although I thought nothing could top the pure I-Feel-Like-Shit-O-Meter like 2013–14, a year I spent getting screamed at by entitled dickheads at a Gold Coast Starbucks and pining after uninterested women, 2016 proved to me that things can always get worse. It was year marked by me earning zero dollars, the dissolution of most of my close post-graduate friendships and a long slow spiral into hopelessness with relation to my already atrophied writerly ambitions, but some good punk rock that got released this year, so what the hell! Who cares! Screw it! It bears keeping in mind that although I've requested this list to appear ranked it only really matters that Jeff Rosenstock's album appears as my number one pick. The rest of the albums on this list are so disparate that it seems preposterous to rank them objectively and it seemed inappropriate to purport otherwise.

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Mike Bennett writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Mike Bennett

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ Mike Bennett.

As per usual, there was more great music out in 2016 than anyone would have the time to listen to. I voraciously checked out tons of stuff, listening to roughly 180 new albums during this year. In particular, this was a tremendous year for the Chicago hip hop and R & B scene, with Chance The Rapper at the center of a marvelous musical universe that included Joey Purp, Jamila Woods, Eryn Allen Kane, Saba, Vic Mensa and others. As we transition from the Obama years to the horrors of Trump, music will serve as a balm, an escape, an agitator, and, most importantly, a motivator. I hope 2017 is brimming over with more delights.

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Tyler Clark presents: Local Mythologies writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Tyler Clark

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and blog editor Tyler Clark.

I think most of us are in agreement that 2016 sucked shit (which also happens to be the name of my band's forthcoming single). It's a sentiment that's been so widespread for so much of this calendar year that it's even spawned its own thinkpieces, but even the recognition of our collective hyperbole doesn't change the fact that this year was pretty beastly. Even if you limit yourself to the year in music, you have to contend with not only the deaths of David Bowie and Prince and Sharon Jones and Leonard Cohen, but also Paul Kantner and George Martin and Ralph Stanley and Rudy Van Gelder and Leon Russell and Mose Allison and Greg Lake and all those doomed DIYers at Ghost Ship and...

I'll stop now, but not because I've run out of terrible things to rehash. Rather, I'll stop because you get my meaning, because if you're reading this when it's published, that means you've lived through the past 348 shitty days, too, and you know that the worst parts of them extend way beyond losing the guy who wrote "Raspberry Beret."

We're in some dark days, but that doesn't mean there weren't pinpricks of light here and there. They've made lists of those, too, and they'll make you feel a little better for a few minutes. If you're a music fan, so will the stunning records that came out this year. Maybe I'm just looking for a silver lining, but 2016 definitely feels, in complete spite of itself, like the best year for music that we've had in quite a while. That's not a huge consolation, geopolitical realities considered, but it's something, and I'll take something over nothing every time.

Check out my Top Ten, and see if you agree.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Clarence Ewing

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and Blog Manager Clarence Ewing.

Lately I’ve been thinking about alternate realities. If the musings of some very smart people are to be believed, different outcomes from every event you or I or we experience get played out in an endless number of universes. At this moment in time there are other existences where Cubs fans once again have to Wait ‘TIll Next Year, where great artists I just assumed would always be around still grace us with their presence, if only for a little longer, where people across the world gleefully toast the coming new year as they shake their heads and chuckle “Can you believe the Americans almost voted that a__hole into office? What were they thinking?”

The idea of what might have been ended up being the unconscious theme of my Top 10 albums list for this year. The 10 albums I chose are not just among the best 2016 had to offer but also, in their own way, they represent different worlds resulting from different decisions made individually and collectively…

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Lady Amelia writesCHIRP Radio Best of 2016: Amelia Hruby

CHIRP Radio Best of 2016

Throughout December, CHIRP Radio presents its volunteers’ top albums of 2016. Our next list is from DJ and Assistant Features Director Amelia Hruby.

Every Tuesday morning from 8-9am I host Girl Power Hour during the last hour of my weekly set on CHIRP. I've probably been doing this for about 18 months now, but 2016 is the first year it's been consistent, and, to be honest, it's been SO MUCH FUN. I love featuring kick-ass women & girl power allies in the music industry, so this year, I thought I'd keep that going and do a Girl Power themed Best Of list. *drumroll please* Here are my top ten Girl Power albums of 2016.

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Clarence Ewing: The Million Year Trip writesIt’s Time for CHIRP Radio’s Best Albums of 2016!

The year is alnost over, and that means it's once again time to present CHIRP Radio's annual list of the best albums of the year! As is becoming well-known, we do things a little differently than your average run-of-the-mill Internet music resource. All of our voliunteers get the chance to vote for their favorite albums, and we post those votes on this blog for all to see. When you love as many different kinds of music as we do, it's the only way to go. We'll be presenting our volunteers' lists thoughout December while we count up the most-often cited albums along the way so we can put together a final CHIRP Radio Best Of list on New Year's eve. So check back regulalry to find out about the year's best music as well as albums you might have missed that might make good gift ideas for friends, family, or your own ears...!

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