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KTC Presents: The Best Albums & Songs of 2016

preview by Matthew Downes

In what was, arguably, the best year in music in a long time we saw a lot of our musical heroes leave the earth. While we’ll continue to treasure their catalogs I sincerely believe we’re building new ones.

Streaming has taken a firm hold in the world of music and looks to never go back. Artists like Drake, The Weeknd, Solange and the 1975 had record sales years. Festivals were highlighted by the return of LCD Soundsystem, Guns N Roses and Radiohead. Beyonce, Bruno Mars and Coldplay stormed the super bowl stage and even with resounding support from the musical community, Hillary Clinton lost the presidency to Donald Trump.  

The music business is small, but the number of listeners are not. The world will get the opportunity to consume more music than ever before in 2017. Get out there and subscribe to a music service, your life will be better for it.

Here is our top songs and albums of 2016.

Matt’s Picks

Top Albums
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
Joyce Manor – Cody
The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
S U R V I V E – RR7349
The Neon Demon – (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
White Lies – Friends

Top Songs
Explosions in the Sky – Losing the Light
White Lies – Come On
Tallest Man on Earth – Rivers
The 1975 – A Change of Heart
Radiohead – Decks Dark
Paper Route – Balconies
The Naked and Famous – Runners
St. Lucia – Winds of Change
Grouplove – Spinning
Band of Horses – Hag
White Lies – Take it Out On Me
The Naked and Famous – Last Forever
Joyce Manor – Stairs
Broods – Free
Dear Boy – Alluria
Blood Orange – Augustine
M83 – The Wizard
Beck – Wow
LP – Lost on You
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Soundcheck
Mø – Final Song
Flume – Tiny Cities
Drake – Redemption
Television Keeps Us Apart – Dying to Meet You
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Shrine
Kanye West – Waves
Miike Snow – I Feel The Weight
White Lies – Don’t Fall
Radiohead – Ful Stop
The 1975 – Somebody Else

Charissa’s Picks

Top Albums
White Lies – Friends
Cymbals Eat Guitars – Pretty Years
Grouplove – Big Mess
Paul Simon – Stranger To Stranger
Band of Horses – Why Are You OK
M83 – Junk
Miike Snow – iii
Mumford & Sons – Johannesburg
The Lumineers – Cleopatra
The Naked and Famous – Simple Forms
WALK THE MOON – You Are Not Alone (Live At The Greek)
You Won’t – Revolutionaries

Honorable Mentions

The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it
Panic at The Disco – Death of a Bachelor
Oh Wonder – Oh Wonder

Top Songs
White Lies – Come On
POWERS – Sunshine
Sia – Reaper
Paul Simon – Cool Papa Bell
Mr Sanka – Midnight Air” *shout out to Inge Colsen @ Gold Atlas
Lewis Del Mar – Painting (Masterpiece)
Chance The Rapper – All Night (feat. Knox Fortune)
Pretty Sister – West Coast
Grouplove – Cannonball
Grouplove – Standing in the Sun
Empire of the Sun – To Her Door
You Won’t – Little Lion
The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)

Honorable Mentions
Grace VanderWaal – Clay
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man
FRENSHIP – Capsize
Kyle Dixon – Stranger Things (Extended)

Aurora’s Picks

Top Albums
BANKS – The Altar
STS9 – The Universe Inside
Phantogram – III
Tycho – Epoch
Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3
Eli Sostre – Still Up All Night
Jarryd James – High
Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
Solange – A Seat at the Table
Rihanna – Anti
J. Cole – 4 Your Eyez Only
Flume – Skin
Drake – Views
The 1975 – I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it.
Frank Ocean – Blonde

Top Songs
JMR  – Closer
Kid Cudi ft Travis Scott – Baptized in Fire
Midoca  – Never Coming Down
Mario – I Need More
Charlotte Day Wilson  – Work
LIV – Dream Awake
Solange  – Cranes in the Sky
Oscar and the Wolf  – The Game
Moderat  – Reminder
Lully  – Slow D’s
Lully – Sans Chapeau
Wafia & Taku  – Love Somebody
JMR  – Found My Religion
NAO – Girlfriend
Jarryd James ft. Broods  – 1,000 Times
Tory Lanez  – Flex
The 1975  – Somebody Else
Flume ft Kai – Never Be like You
Aluna George ft Zhu  – My Blood
Buku  – Front to Back
Zayn  – Pillowtalk
Flume ft Beck  – Tiny Cities
Twenty88  – On The Way
Echos  – Silhouettes
Exes  – Like You 
Amine – Caroline 

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