As we wind down another year, we asked our Music Design team to look back at all the amazing songs released in 2016. They listen to so much new music on a daily basis that it’s hard to narrow it down to just a few highlights, but the team was up for the challenge!

As you can tell, we’ve got a pretty diverse team so it’s always interesting to see that their lists have very little overlap. In fact, only six artists appeared more than once. That’s why our music programs are so diverse!

David Sheyda:
“Carl Sagan” – Night Moves
“Phantom Bride” – Deftones
“Gemini” – Hoops
“Velvet” – Eagulls
“Not My Girl” – Tokyo Police Club

Brad Pressley:
“Lake By The Ocean” – Maxwell
“Operator” – Lapsley
“I’m In Control” – AlunaGeorge
“We The People” – Tribe Called Quest
“The Pop Kids” – The Pet Shop Boys

Ashley Plinzke:
“Plucky” – Morly
“Get Out” – Frightened Rabbit
“Nylon Strung” – Underworld
“Phantogram” – Destroyer
“No. 28” – Methyl Ethel

Tara Miller:
“Your Best American Girl” – Mitski
“Masterpiece” – Big Thief
“Daydreaming” – Radiohead
“Got It Good” – Kaytranada
“Hold Me Closer” – Yuck

Jesse Nathason:
“Coffee” – Grace
“Shelter” – Porter Robinson & Madeon
“Get Low” – James Vincent McMorrow
“Reality” – Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy
“Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five (Tim Green Remix)” – Paul McCartney & Wings vs Timo Maas & James Teej

Civonne Ray:
“FUBU” – Solange
“X” – 21 Savage feat. Future
“Rush” – Ella Mai
“Redbone” – Childish Gambino

Janice Williams:
“All We Ever Knew” – The Head and the Heart
“Killin’ Me” – Andrew Ripp
“Purple Rain” – Dwight Yoakum
“She Ain’t In It” – Jon Pardi
“Noam Chomsky is a Soft Revolution” – Foy Vance

Shirley Griffith:
“Sleep Easy” – Sam Evian
“BWU” – Tegan & Sara
“Used to Be” – Weyes Blood
“Opposite House” – Cass McCombs
“St. Augustine” – Blood Orange

Cody Hare:
“If I Didn’t Have Your Love” – Leonard Cohen
“Easier Said” – Sunflower Bean
“Lookin For Love” – Baltra
“Drone Bomb Me” – Anohni
“Soak Up The Sun” – Broncho

Matt Powell:
“Friends”- Francis and the Lights feat. Bon Iver & Kanye West
“Bourbon”- Gallant
“Dang!”- Mac Miller Feat. Anderson .Paak
“Alaska”- Maggie Rogers
“Worry” – Jack Garratt

Brian Chamberlain:
“Move” – Saint Motel
“Red Flag” – The Moth & The Flame
“Nothing Personal” – Night Riots
“Capsize” – Frenship
“Summer Heat” – Solidisco

Eric Martinez:
“Sofia – Alvaro Soler
“This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
“Ay Mi Dios” – IAmChino feat. Yandel & Pitbull
“Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
“Duele El Corazon” – Enrique Iglesias feat. Wisin

Bill Spencer:
“Follow The Leader” – Foxygen
“As It Is” – Ages And Ages
“Everytime I Fall In Love” – Harry Connick Jr.
“Clementine” – Manatee Commune
“Beautiful Blue” – Mudcrutch

Mark Shapiro:
“Midnight In Berlin” – Lou Caputo
“Four Brothers” – Harry Allen
“Bigger Thomas” – JD Allen
“Osie Mae” – Gabriel Mervine
“Groovin’ Hard” – The Verve Jazz Ensemble

Linda Kennedy:
“You And I” – Margaret Glaspy
“Put Me Thru” – Anderson.Paak
“Nights” – Frank Ocean
“Blessings” – Chance the Rapper
“Lite Spots” – Kaytranada

Erick Bohorquez:
“Quieren, Efectos” – Money Chicha
“Purple” – The Frightnrs
“Changes” – Charles Bradley
“Revenge” – Hard Proof
“Don’t Wanna Fight”- Alabama Shakes

Tristan Bolden:
“Not Above That” – D∆WN
“Supernatural” – Danny L Harle feat. Carly Rae Jepsen
“All of You” – JAHKOY
“I Remember” – Alunageorge
“Atlantis ft. Kaiydo” – Bridgit Mendler

Trevor Pronga:
“Closer”- Lemaitre
“Caoutchouc”- Soulwax
“Secret In the Dark”- Monika
“Easy To Die (Hammock Remix)”- The Silver Lake Chorus
“Waving Goodbye” – Sia & Diplo

Amy Frishkey:
“U-turn” – Tegan and Sara
“I Can’t Give Everything Away” – David Bowie
“Take It There” – Massive Attack
“Madness” – Lucius
“Borderline (An Ode to Self Care)” – Solange

Justin Main:
“TCR” – Sleaford Mods
“Origin of What” – Tyvek
“Bills” – Ultimate Painting
“Where’s the Beach” – Oh Boland
“Show Me” – Kristin Kontrol

Cory Brown:
“Augustine” – Blood Orange
“Watching the Waiting” – Wye Oak
“True Love Waits” – Radiohead
“Lovetrap” – Soko Feat. Ariel Pink
“The Avalanches” – If I Was A Folkster”

Juan Pablo Restrepo:
“La Bicicleta” – Carlos Vives feat. Shakira
“Safari” – J Balvin feat. Pharell Williams
“If I Ever Was a Child” – Wilco
“Same Old Lie” – Jim James
“Positive Think”- The Pack A.D

Carly Grimm:
“Wild Horses” – Bishop Briggs
“Backbeat” – Dagny
“Capsize” – Frenship
“Got Your Number” – Serena Ryder
“Vowels” – Capital Cities
“Breathe” – Seeb

– Submitted by Music Design