Hey everyone, it’s DJ Hails here (AKA Sahil Laul) and as the year wraps up, it’s time for the staff at the station to reveal their top picks for albums, songs, and artists of the year! Along with crowd favorites such as Frank Ocean’s Blonde and A Tribe Called Quest’s We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service, there were many unique picks such as Ry X’s Dawn and Radio Dept’s Running Out Of Love. Whether you’re a music enthusiast or just a dabbler, hopefully you can find some great new music from 2016 that you will love on these lists! Hope everyone had a great 366 days. Happy New Year from all of us at WHUS!


Sahil Laul (Music Director)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. Ry X – Dawn
  2. Kaytranada – 99.9%
  3. The Avalanches – Wildflower
  4. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  5. James Blake – The Colour in Anything
  6. Bon Iver – 22, A Million
  7. Drake – Views
  8. Rihanna – ANTI
  9. Haelos – Full Circle
  10. KONGOS – Egomaniac


Craig Ruddy (Hip-Hop Director)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (No Order)

Chance The rapper – Coloring book

Snoop Dogg – Coolaid

Isaiah Rashad – The Suns Tirade

Anderson Paak – Malibu

Apollo Brown & Skyzoo – The Easy Truth


Kailey Townsend (Operations Manager)

DJ Kale’s Top Album’s I Actually Purchased, Listened (all the way through), and Loved

  1. Solange – A Seat at the Table
  2. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  3. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  4. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – I Had a Dream That You Were Mine
  5. Frank Ocean – Blond(e)
  6. Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
  7. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
  8. Basement – Promise Everything
  9. Noname – Telefone
  10. Kaytranada – 99.9%

Brian Eldridge (Live Production Director) Image result for metallica album hardwired

Baroness – Purple

Though it was released just before Christmas last year it is essentially a 2016 album, and also my favorite, most played album of the year. Favorite track: “Morningstar”

Metallica – Hardwired… to Self-Destruct

My favorite metal band of all time found their way this year with their most consistent, natural sounding album in the last 20 years. Favorite track: “Moth Into Flame”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway

Red Hot Chili Peppers managed to change their sound for their new album in a great way, bringing us their strongest release since all of the kids in my middle school were obsessed with Snow ((Hey Oh)). Favorite track: “Dreams of a Samurai”

Mo Lowda & The Humble – Act Accordingly

Our friends from Pennsylvania brought us a short, eerie story earlier this year that has become 14 minutes of music I keep coming back to. Favorite track: “Part 2”

Kendrick Lamar – untitled unmastered.

Untitled is more of a coda to TPAB than a sequel, but it gives us an even deeper insight into the musical genius going on at that time. Favorite track: “untitled 08”

Bon Iver – 22, A Million

Half of the album explores beautiful soundscape, while the other half explores the beauty in minimalism, creating, in my opinion, the group’s most interesting and strongest work yet. Favorite track: “715 – CR∑∑KS”

Bruno Mars – 24K Magic I love where pop music is going, and this is a strong indicator of that. Disco and funk for the win. Favorite track: “Perm”

Golden Bloom – Searching for Sunlight

I was fortunate enough to learn about this awesome indie pop band last year when they visited WHUS to play us a few songs from this equally awesome album. Favorite track: “Great Unknown”

Avenged Sevenfold – The Stage My old favorite band from middle school took some time off and matured into a very strong, almost proggy group, with a great result. Favorite track: “Paradigm”

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 3 Despite just coming out this week, this album already needs to be recognized as one of the best things to come out of 2016. Favorite track: “Hey Kids (Bumaye)”


George Bennett (Assistant Music Director)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (No Order)

  • Boxed In – Melt
  • A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
  • Palace – So Long Forever
  • STRFKR – Being No One, Going Nowhere
  • Animal Eyes – Where We Go

Favorite New Artists in 2016 (No Order)

  • Max Pope
  • Magic City Hippies
  • Hippo Campus
  • Whitney
  • NAO


Joel Atkinson (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. Radio Dept – Running Out Of Love
  2. Heron Oblivion – s/t
  3. Tess & Dave – s/t
  4. Cavern of Anti-Matter – Void Beats/Invocation Trex
  5. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  6. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  7. Besnard Lakes – A Coliseum Complex Museum
  8. Beverly – The Blue Swell
  9. Via Vegrandis – II
  10. Karl Blau – Introducing Karl Blau


Chad Pope (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. MONEY – Suicide Songs
  2. Pinegrove – Cardinal
  3. DIIV – Is the Is Are
  4. Abi Reimold – Wriggling
  5. Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
  6. Angel Olsen – My Woman
  7. Mitski – Puberty 2
  8. Explosions in the Sky – The Wilderness
  9. Mothers – When You Walk a Long Distance You Are Tired
  10. Lucy Dacus – No Burden


Ian Judge (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  2. Kanye West – The Life of Pablo
  3. Noname – Telefone
  4. The Weeknd – Starboy
  5. D.R.A.M – Big Baby D.R.A.M
  6. Childish Gambino – “Awaken, My Love!”
  7. Nxworries – Yes Lawd!
  8. Chance The Rapper – Coloring Book
  9. JMSN – It Is
  10. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition

Favorite Songs of 2016 (In Order)

  1. Childish Gambino – Baby Boy
  2. The Weeknd – Starboy
  3. Steve Lacy – Some
  4. Ty Dolla $ign – Stealing
  5. DJ Khaled – Holy Key (feat. Big Sean, Kendrick Lamar & Betty Wright)
  6. A Tribe Called Quest- We the People
  7. Common – A Bigger Picture Called Free (feat. Syd & Bilal)
  8. Solange – Cranes in the Sky
  9. A$AP Rocky – Telephone Calls (feat. Tyler, The Creator, Playboy Carti & Young Gleesh)
  10. Chance The Rapper – Blessings (Reprise)
  11. Mac Miller – Congratulations (feat. Bilal)
  12. Frank Ocean – Skyline To


Naomi Vilvovsky (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. How To Be A Human Being – Glass Animals
  2. Good Grief – Lucius
  3. Get To Heaven – Everything Everything
  4. Big Mess – Grouplove
  5. Every Night The Same Dream – Ball Park Music
  6. The Life Of Pablo – Kanye West
  7. The Bible 2 – AJJ


Erik Schweitzer (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (In Order)

  1. Frank Ocean – Blonde
  2. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
  3. Gorguts – Pleiades’ Dust
  4. King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity
  5. Chance the Rapper – Coloring Book
  6. A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service
  7. Insomnium – Winter’s Gate
  8. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Skeleton Tree
  9. David Bowie – ★ [Blackstar]
  10. Brain Tentacles – Brain Tentacles


Bob Conner (DJ)

Favorite Albums of 2016 (No Order)

David Bowie – Blackstar

Sturgill Simpson – A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Drive-By-Truckers – American Band

Elizabeth Cook – Exodus of Venus

The Devil Makes Three – Redemption & Ruin

Charles Bradley – Changes

Bob Mould – Patch the Sky

Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20

Rolling Stones – Blue and Lonesome



Matthew Novoa (DJ)

Favorite Album of 2016

Lido – Everything


Michael Demarco (DJ)

Favorite Album of 2016

Frank Ocean – Blonde