Earlier this week, we spotlighted the songs that our Music Design team loved this year. Today, we’ll dig a little deeper with a focus on the albums that caught the team’s attention in 2016.

Much like the list of songs, there wasn’t much overlap. However, the new album from A Tribe Called Quest was mentioned by four Music Designers!

The other albums that appeared multiples times are the ones we’ve all been talking about this year, including:

Lemonade – Beyoncé

Blackstar – David Bowie

A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead

Here are the complete lists from the team:

Bill Spencer:
Mudcrutch 2 – Mudcrutch

Civonne Ray:
A Seat At The Table – Solange
Malibu – Anderson .Paak
Suns Tirade – Isiah Rashad
The Fall – Marcellus Juvan

David Sheyda:
Gore – Deftones
Ullages – Eagulls
Magma – Gojira
Otero War – Caveman
Is This Is Are – DIIV

Ashley Plinzke:
Bam Spacey – Eden
Boy King – Wild Beasts
Animal – Fakear
Cellar Door – Graveyard Club
Woman – Justice

Tara Miller:
Tired of Tomorrow – Nothing
Blonde – Frank Ocean
Lemonade – Beyonce
Teens of Denial – Car Seat Headrest
The Colour in Anything – James Blake

Jesse Nathason:
Retrogore – Aborted
Air – Astronoid
Two Vines – Empire Of The Sun
Warm On A Cold Night – Honne
Brute Force – The Algorithm

Janice Williams:
Shine on Rainy Day – Brent Cobb
Robert Ellis – Robert Ellis
Stay Gold – Butch Walker
Big Day in a Small Town – Brandy Clark
Never Twice – Nick Waterhouse

Shirley Griffith:
Love You to Death – Tegan & Sara
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest
Light Upon The Lake – Whitney
Pool – Porches
Mangy Love – Cass McCombs

Cody Hare:
Double Vanity – Broncho
Hopelessness – Anohni
Levitate – Lone
Love Streams – Tim Hecker
Agony Planet – DUST

Matt Powell:
Malibu – Anderson .Paak
Phase– Jack Garratt
Ology – Gallant
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest
24K Magic – Bruno Mars

Brian Chamberlain:
Cleopatra – The Lumineers
Give It Back To You – The Record Company
True Sadness – The Avett Brothers
Two Vines – Empire Of The Sun
Why Are You OK – Band Of Horses

Linda Kennedy:
99% – Kaytranada
Blonde – Frank Ocean
United Crushers – Polica
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest
Wildflower – The Avalanches

Mark Shapiro:
Avid Admirer – Reggie Watkins
Americana – JD Allen
People – Gabriel Mervine
The Candy Men – Harry Allen
Project Paradiso – Tony Foster

Erick Bohorquez:
Nothing More To Say – The Frightnrs
Miss Sharon Jones! (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service – A Tribe Called Quest
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
Changes – Charles Bradley

Tristan Bolden:
Magid Jordan – Magid Jordan
Anti – Rihanna
Cloud Nine – Kygo
Living Life Golden – Elliphant
For All We Know – NAO

Carly Grimm:
This Is Our Vice – Cub Sport
Love You to Death – Tegan and Sara
Big Mess – Grouplove
Wild Things – Ladyhawke
Epoch – Tycho

Trevor Pronga:
Oh Inhuman Spectacle – Methyl Ethel
The Soft Bounce – Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve
Citizens of Glass – Agnes Obel
Luck or Magic – Britta Phillips
III – Miike Snow

Amy Frishkey:
Good Grief – Lucius
Lemonade – Beyoncé
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
Blackstar – David Bowie
Skeleton Tree – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Cory Brown:
Headcase / Hard To Read – Day Wave
22, A Million – Bon Iver
It’s Immaterial – Black Marble
Light Upon The Lake – Whitney
Wildflower – The Avalanches

Juan Pablo Restrepo:
A Moon Shaped Pool -Radiohead
Blackstar -David Bowie
Energia– J Balvin
Blonde -Frank Ocean
22 A Million– Bon Iver

Jasper Macros:
Emily’s D+Evolution – Esperanza Spalding
A Sailor’s Guide To Earth – Sturgill Simpson
A Man Alive – Thao And The Get Down Stay Down
Hold On! – James Hunter Six
Porcupine Meat – Bobby Rush

Brad Pressley:
Blackstar – David Bowie
Freetown Sound – Blood Orange
Lil Empire – Petite Meller
Adore Life – Savages
A Seat At The Table – Solange
KoKoro – El Perro Del Mar

Justin Main:
Band of the Future – Ausmuteants
Distractions – Sauna Youth
Always – Hidden Ritual
Dusk – Ultimate Painting
Savoy Motel – Savoy Motel

Also loved these releases from Austin locals:
Feel The Clamps – Spray Paint
Meet Your Death – Meet Your Death
Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes – Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes

We hope you enjoyed our “Best of 2016” lists and that you’ve been inspired to listen to a few artists you weren’t familiar with.

We can’t wait to hear what’s coming in 2017!

– Submitted by Music Design