Best of 2016: Top 10 Staff Lists

News / Special Features / December 21, 2016

The Lineup:
12/21: Top 100 Songs/Top 10 Staff Lists
12/22: Top 15 Albums
12/22: 2017 Predictions/Most Anticipated/Biggest Disappointment/Top Reissues
12/23: Label of the Year/End of year podcast

Tomorrow, Dec. 22, we’ll be revealing our top 15 albums of the year, along with writeups from various staff members. In preparation of that, I present to you top 10 lists from a variety of our writers, podcasters and more. If you’re looking to be spoiled regarding what makes the final cut, look for commonalities and top choices.

Chris Lantinen (Editor, The Modern Vinyl Podcast)
1. Frank Ocean — Blonde
2. Jeff Rosenstock — Worry
3. PUP — The Dream Is Over
4. Chance The Rapper — Coloring Book
5. Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!
6. Kanye West — The Life Of Pablo
7. Bon Iver — 22, A Million
8. The Thermals — We Disappear
9. Tiny Moving Parts — Celebrate
10. Andy Hull and Robert McDowell — Swiss Army Man OST
Honorable Mentions: Sam Means, All Get Out

James Cassar (Managing Editor | News, The Modern Vinyl Podcast)
1. Posture & The Grizzly — I Am Satan
2. Everyone Leaves — The Lonely End
3. blink-182 — California
4. Talons’ — Rustic Bullshit
5. Slaughter Beach, Dog — Welcome
6. Frank Ocean — Blonde
7. Chance The Rapper — Coloring Book
8. Pinegrove — Cardinal
9. Japanese Breakfast — Psychopomp
10. Mitski — Puberty 2

Meghin Moore (Managing Editor | Features, Missaligned)
1. Solange — A Seat At The Table
2. Mitski — Puberty 2
3. Beyonce — Lemonade
4. Kevin Devine — Instigator
5. Jeff Rosenstock — Worry
6. Frank Ocean — Blonde
7. Thrice — To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere
8. Car Seat Headrest — Teens Of Denial
9. PUP — The Dream Is Over
10. Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!

Michael Escanuelas (The Modern Vinyl Podcast)
1. Anohni — Hopelessness
2. Bon iver — 22, A Million
3. Blood Orange — Freetown Sound
4. Japanese Breakfast — Psychopomp
5. Kevin Abstract — American Boyfriend
6. Frank Ocean — Blonde
7. Tiny Moving Parts — Celebrate
8. Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book
9. Martha — Blisters in the pit of my heart
10. Twenty88 — Self titled

Nick Spacek (Review Writer)
1. Beyonce — Lemonade
2. Pup — The Dream Is Over
3. David Bowie — Blackstar
4. Adrian Younge — Something About April II
5. Jeff Rosenstock — Worry
6. Frightnrs — Nothing More to Say
7. Chance the Rapper — Coloring Book
8. Orgasmo Sonore — Themes International
9. Childish Gambino — Awaken, My Love!
10. Cliff Martinez — The Neon Demon OST

Craig Manning (Feature Writer)
1. Butch Walker — Stay Gold
2. Jimmy Eat World — Integrity Blues
3. Parker Millsap — The Very Last Day
4. Dawes — We’re All Gona Die
5. Lori McKenna — The Bird and the Rifle
6. Brian Fallon — Painkillers
7. Sturgill Simpson — A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
8. Maren Morris — Hero
9. Yellowcard — Yellowcard
10. Green Day — Revolution Radio

Abby Kruthoffer (Feature Writer)
1. Beyonce — Lemonade
2.Bon Iver — 22, A Million
3. M.I.A — A.I.M.
4. Young The Giant — Home of the Strange
5. Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool
6. Broad City OST
7. Local Natives — Sunlit Youth
8. Joey Purp — iiiDrops
9. Palace — So Long Forever
10. Chance The Rapper — Coloring Book

Zachary Behm (Art)
1. Camp Cope — Self Titled
2. Chris Remo — Fire Watch OST
3. The Hotelier — Goodness
4. Modern Baseball — Holy Ghost
5. David Bowie — Black Star
6. All Get Out — Nobody Likes a Quitter
7. Solange — A Seat at the Table
8. The Rumble Stripes — The Lightship Recordings Pt 1-3
9. Charles Bradley — Changes
10. Jeff Rosenstock — WORRY

David Fisch (Review Writer)
1. Kanye West — The Life Of Pablo
2. Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool
3. Solange — A Seat At The Table
4. Danny Brown – Atrocity Exhibition
5. David Bowie – Blackstar
6. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds — Skeleton Tree
7. Angel Olsen — My Woman
8. Anderson .Paak — Malibu
9. Death Grips – Bottomless Pit
10. Mitski – Puberty 2

Alan Miller (The Vinyl Crawl, Review Writer)
1. Iggy Pop — Post Pop Depression
2. Field Music — Commontime
3. David Bowie — Blackstar
4. Sturgill Simpson — A Sailor’s Guide to Earth
5. Bon Iver — 22, A Million
6. Anderson .Paak — Malibu
7. PJ Harvey — The Hope Six Demolition Project
8. Kate Bush — Before the Dawn
9. Radiohead — A Moon Shaped Pool
10. A Tribe Called Quest — We got it from Here…Thank You 4 Your Service


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Christopher Lantinen
Chris Lantinen is the owner and editor-in-chief of Modern Vinyl. Along with his modest collection of sad sounding records, he collects his share of soundtracks and previously adored indie up-and-comers. Chris is currently a professor of journalism and public relations at Edinboro University in the Erie, Pennsylvania area.






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