WLUR's Top 150 Albums of 2016

  1. ANGEL OLSEN, MY WOMAN (Jagjaguwar)
  2. RA RA RIOT, Need Your Light (Barsuk)
  3. BLOOD ORANGE, Freetown Sound (Domino)
  4. OH WONDER, Oh Wonder (Republic)
  5. YUMI ZOUMA, Yoncalla (Cascine)
  6. FRUIT BATS, Absolute Loser (Easy Sound)
  7. STRFKR, Being No One, Going Nowhere (Polyvinyl)
  8. KRISTIN KONTROL, X-Communicate (Sub Pop)
  9. HINDS, Leave Me Alone (Mom + Pop)
  10. JENNYLEE, right on! (Rough Trade)
  11. ANDREW BIRD, Are You Serious (Loma Vista)
  12. NITE JEWEL, Liquid Cool (Gloriette)
  13. MITSKI, Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans)
  14. FRANKIE COSMOS, Next Thing (Bayonet)
  15. CHRIS STAPLES, Golden Age (Barsuk)
  16. WHITNEY, Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian)
  17. CATE LE BON, Crab Day (Drag City)
  18. HELIOTROPES, Over There That Way (The End)
  19. WILD NOTHING, Life of Pause (Captured Tracks)
  20. WEYES BLOOD, Front Row Seat to Earth (Mexican Summer)
  21. FLOCK OF DIMES, If You See Me, Say Yes (Partisan)
  22. JESSY LANZA, Oh No (Hyperdub)
  23. SAD13, Slugger (Carpark)
  24. CHAIRLIFT, Moth (Columbia)
  25. HEAVEN FOR REAL, Kill Your Memory (Mint)
  26. THE JULIE RUIN, Hit Reset (Hardly Art)
  27. LÅPSLEY, Long Way Home (XL)
  28. JHEREK BISCHOFF, Cistern (The Leaf Label)
  29. SLOW CLUB, One Day All of This Won't Matter Any More (Moshi Moshi)
  30. WHITE LUNG, Paradise (Domino)
  31. KEVIN MORBY, Singing Saw (Dead Oceans)
  32. MANDOLIN ORANGE, Blindfaller (Yep Roc)
  33. NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS, Skeleton Tree (Kobalt)
  34. PARQUET COURTS, Human Performance (Rough Trade)
  35. M83, Junk (Mute)
  36. DEERHOOF, The Magic (Polyvinyl)
  37. DINOSAUR JR., Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not (Jagjaguwar)
  38. WILD BEASTS, Boy King (Domino)
  39. PREOCCUPATIONS, Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar)
  40. ANOHNI, Hopelessness (Secretly Canadian)
  41. TACOCAT, Lost Time (Hardly Art)
  42. AMERICAN FOOTBALL, American Football [LP2] (Polyvinyl)
  43. OWEN, The King of Whys (Polyvinyl)
  44. REBECCA SCHIFFMAN, Rebecca Schiffman (Fayettenam)
  45. TEEN, Love Yes (Carpark)
  46. BAT FOR LASHES, The Bride (Warner Bros.)
  47. EAGULLS, Ullages (Partisan)
  48. NADIA REID, Listen to Formation, Look for the Signs (Spunk!/Scissor Tail)
  49. SHEARWATER, Jet Plane and Oxbow (Sub Pop)
  50. AGNES OBEL, Citizen of Glass (PIAS)
  51. LITTLE SCREAM, Cult Following (Merge)
  52. PHOTO OPS, Vacation (Bad Friend)
  53. CASS MCCOMBS, Mangy Love (ANTI-)
  54. JULIA JACKLIN, Don't Let the Kids Win (Polyvinyl)
  55. WARPAINT, Heads Up (Rough Trade)
  56. PURO INSTINCT, Autodrama (Manifesto)
  57. SANTIGOLD, 99¢ (Atlantic)
  58. KEEPS, Brief Spirit (Old Flame)
  59. BADBADNOTGOOD, IV (Innovative Leisure)
  60. QUILT, Plaza (Mexican Summer)
  61. EMPIRE OF THE SUN, Two Vines (Astralwerks)
  62. DIIV, Is the Is Are (Captured Tracks)
  63. LAMBCHOP, FLOTUS (Merge)
  64. JOSEPH, I'm Alone, No You're Not (ATO)
  65. SPRINGTIME CARNIVORE, Midnight Room (Autumn Tone)
  66. REGINA SPEKTOR, Remember Us to Life (Sire)
  67. CASE/LANG/VEIRS, case/lang/veirs (ANTI-)
  68. BIBIO, A Mineral Love (Warp)
  69. ALEX CAMERON, Jumping the Shark (Secretly Canadian)
  70. AURORA, All My Demons Greeting Me As a Friend (Glassnote)
  71. BEYOND THE WIZARDS SLEEVE, The Soft Bounce (Phantasy/PIAS)
  72. THE SPOOK SCHOOL, Try to Be Hopeful (Fortuna POP!)
  73. SLINGSHOT DAKOTA, Break (Topshelf)
  74. TOY, Clear Shot (Heavenly/PIAS)
  75. DANNY BROWN, Atrocity Exhibition (Warp)
  76. OVERLORD, The Well-Tempered Overlord (Storm Tower)
  77. STURGILL SIMPSON, A Sailor's Guide to Earth (Atlantic)
  78. JPNSGRLS, Divorce (Light Organ)
  79. BASIA BULAT, Good Advice (Secret City)
  80. HALEY BONAR, Impossible Dream (GNDWIRE/Thirty Tigers)
  81. FIELD MOUSE, Episodic (Topshelf)
  82. LA SERA, Music for Listening to Music To (Polyvinyl)
  83. PHANTOGRAM, Three (Republic)
  84. DR. DOG, The Psychedelic Swamp (ANTI-)
  85. MOUNT MORIAH, How to Dance (Merge)
  86. CAR SEAT HEADREST, Teens of Denial (Matador)
  87. ROCOCODE, Don't Worry It Will Be Dark Soon (Marquis)
  88. ROOSEVELT, Roosevelt (City Slang)
  89. THE HEAD AND THE HEART, Signs of Light (Warner Bros.)
  90. JULIANNA BARWICK, Will (Dead Oceans)
  91. AMBER ARCADES, Fading Lines (Heavenly)
  92. DJ SHADOW, The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
  93. BETH ORTON, Kidsticks (ANTI-)
  94. PITY SEX, White Hot Moon (Run for Cover)
  95. M. WARD, More Rain (Merge)
  96. WYE OAK, Tween (Merge)
  97. JOHN K. SAMSON, Winter Wheat (ANTI-/Epitaph)
  98. AVERS, Omega/Whatever (EggHunt)
  99. SAM BEAM & JESCA HOOP, Love Letter for Fire (Sub Pop)
  100. PRAIRIE EMPIRE, The Salt (Commodore Trotter)
  101. JONES, New Skin (37 Adventures/PIAS)
  102. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, Painting With (Domino)
  103. MONOMYTH, Happy Pop Family (Mint)
  104. RYLEY WALKER, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung (Dead Oceans)
  105. CHRIS COHEN, As If Apart (Captured Tracks)
  107. MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, Goodnight City (PIAS)
  108. JOHN METCALFE, The Appearance of Colour (Real World)
  109. STELLA, Selfish (Self-released)
  110. EERIE WANDA, Hum (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond)
  111. PORCHES, Pool (Domino)
  112. AT/ALL, Sun Dog (Self-released)
  113. ALOHA, Little Windows Cut Right Through (Polyvinyl)
  114. SØREN JUUL, This Moment (4AD)
  115. ARCA, Mutant (Mute)
  116. LADYHAWKE, Wild Things (Polyvinyl)
  117. MODERAT, III (Monkeytown/Mute)
  118. DANTE ELEPHANTE, Anglo-Saxon Summer (Lolipop)
  119. THE RADIO DEPT., Running Out of Love (Labrador)
  120. BRASS BED, In the Yellow Leaf (Modern Outsider)
  121. NOTHING, Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse)
  122. FRIGHTENED RABBIT, Painting of a Panic Attack (Canvasback/Atlantic)
  123. THE AMAZING, Ambulance (Partisan)
  124. MARGO PRICE, Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man)
  125. MIIKE SNOW, iii (Atlantic)
  126. BLEACHED, Welcome the Worms (Dead Oceans)
  127. SLOTHRUST, Everyone Else (Dangerbird)
  128. ERIC BACHMANN, Eric Bachmann (Merge)
  130. TTNG, Disappointment Island (Sargent House)
  131. KYLE CRAFT, Dolls of Highland (Sub Pop)
  132. PILLAR POINT, Marble Mouth (Polyvinyl)
  133. ANDY SHAUF, The Party (ANTI-)
  134. MARISSA NADLER, Strangers (Sacred Bones)
  135. LVL UP, Return to Love (Sub Pop)
  136. PASCAL PINON, Sundur (Morr Music)
  137. FUTURE GENERATIONS, Future Generations (Frenchkiss)
  138. PSYCHIC TWIN, Strange Diary (Polyvinyl)
  139. WOLF PEOPLE, Ruins (Jagjaguwar)
  140. BIG THIEF, Masterpiece (Saddle Creek)
  141. HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER, Heart Like a Levee (Merge)
  142. MARLON WILLIAMS, Marlon Williams (Dead Oceans)
  143. MODERN BASEBALL, Holy Ghost (Run for Cover)
  144. THE VEILS, Total Depravity (Nettwerk)
  145. JEFF ROSENSTOCK, WORRY. (SideOneDummy)
  146. DAUGHTER, Not to Disappear (Glassnote)
  147. EMMA RUTH RUNDLE, Marked for Death (Sargent House)
  148. THE BESNARD LAKES, A Coliseum Complex Museum (Jagjaguwar)
  149. SUPERMOON, Playland (Mint)
  150. MINOR VICTORIES, Minor Victories (Fat Possum)

This chart was compiled based on airplay at WLUR throughout the calendar year.