Top 89 Staff Picks: David Safar, Music Director

Top 89 of 2012
Top 89 of 2012 (MPR Graphic)


1. Father John Misty — "Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings"

From the album Fear Fun

2. Frank Ocean — "Lost"

From the album Channel Orange

3. Japandroids — "The House that Heaven Built"

From the album Celebration Rock

4. Ty Segall — "Thank God For Sinners"

From the album Twins

5. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis — "Same Love feat. Mary Lambert"

From the album The Heist

6. The Shins — "40 Mark Strasse"

From the album Port of Morrow

7. Tame Impala — "Elephant"

From the album Lonerism

8. Field Report — "I Am Not Waiting Anymore"

From the album Field Report

9. Hot Chip — "Night And Day"

From the album In Our Heads

10. Alt-J — "Fitzpleasure"

From the album An Awesome Wave

Honorable Mentions

JD McPherson — "North Side Gal"

The Black Keys — "Lonely Boy"

San Cisco — "Awkward"

Grizzly Bear — "Yet Again"

BOY — "Little Numbers"

The Lumineers — "Ho Hey"

Of Monsters and Men — "Little Talks"

The XX — "Chained"

Polica — "Dark Star"

Alabama Shakes — "Hold On"

Purity Ring — "Lofticries"

Doomtree — "Little Mercy"

El Perro Del Mar — "Walk On By"

Craig Finn — "Honolulu Blues"

Lavender Diamond — "I Don't Recall"

Gorillaz — "Do Ya Thing"

Kimbra — "Settle Down"

Gotye — "Somebody That I Used To Know"

Django Django — "Default"

Benjamin Gibbard — "Bigger Than Love feat. Aimee Mann"

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti — "Baby feat. Dam Funk"

Twin Shadow — "Five Seconds"

Lower Dens — "Hours"

Muse — "Madness"

Dinosaur Jr. — "Watch The Corners"

Lana Del Rey — "Blue Jeans"

Tallest Man on Earth — "1904"

Bear In Heaven — "The Reflection of You"

Nas — "Cherry Wine feat. Amy Winehouse"

Best Coast — "How They Want Me To Be"

Michael Kiwanuka — "Home Again"

Bobby Womack — "Please Forgive My Heart"

Cat Power — "Cherokee"

P.O.S. — "Where We Land feat. Justin Vernon"

The Amazing — "Flashlight"

Dirty Projectors — "Gun Has No Trigger"

Fiona Apple — "Every Single Night"

Metric — "Synthetica"

First Aid Kit — "Emmylou"

Major Lazer — "Get Free Feat. Amber Coffman"

Jack White — "I'm Shakin'"

Kendrick Lamar — "The Recipe (feat. Dr. Dre)"

Kimbra — "Settle Down"

Lushlife — "Big Sur"

Divine Fits — "Would That Not Be Nice"

Silversun Pickups — "Bloody Mary (Nerve Endings)"

Teams — "Love Distance"

The 2 Bears — "Be Strong"

The Men — "Turn It Around" Open Your Heart

WZRD — "High Off Life"

Thee Oh Sees — "Flood's New Light"

Milk Music — "Out Of My World"

Atoms for Peace — "Default"

Aaron Embry — "Moon Of the Daylit Sky"

Jeff The Brotherhood — "Six Pack"

Chromatics — "Kill For Love"

Woods — "Bend Beyond"

Atlas Genius — "Trojans"

Black Bananas — "Rad Times"

TNGHT — "Higher Ground"

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Staff Picks

Mark Wheat, Host

Mary Lucia, Host

Barb Abney, Host

Steve Seel, Host

Jill Riley, Host

Bill DeVille, Host

Jim McGuinn, Program Director

Jade Tittle, Assistant Producer & Host

David Safar, Music Director

Mac Wilson, Host

Jacquie Fuller, Host

Derrick Stevens, Production Manager

Lindsay Kimball, Assistant Program Director

Jon Schober, Local Music Assistant/Music Assistant

Brett Baldwin, Managing Digital Producer

Leah Garaas, Intern

Nate Ryan, Associate Web Producer, Multimedia

Jake Rudh, Host

Matt Perkins, Marketing Manager

Scott Olstad, Associate Web Producer

Peter Valelly, Associate Web Producer

Andrea Swensson, Local Current blogger