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Top 89 Staff Picks: Leah Garaas, digital producer

The Current's staff shares their top picks of 2016
The Current's staff shares their top picks of 2016MPR graphic

by Leah Garaas

December 06, 2016

Top 10 Albums of 2016

1. Beyonce, Lemonade (Columbia)
2. Ty Segall, Emotional Mugger (Drag City)
3. Haley Bonar, Impossible Dream (GNDWIRE) Haley Bonar performs in The Current studio
4. Conor Oberst, Ruminations (Nonesuch) Conor Oberst performs in The Current studio
5. Whitney, Light Upon the Lake (Secretly Canadian) Whitney perform in The Current studio
6. Angel Olsen, My Woman (Jagjaguwar)
7. David Bowie, Blackstar (Columbia)
8. Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool (XL)
9. Parquet Courts, Human Performance (Rough Trade)
10. Band, Some Album That I Didn't Hear Because I Didn't Know to Seek It Out (Probably Self-Released)

Top 20 Songs of 2016

By acts that didn't appear on my top albums of 2016 list.

1. Mitski - "Your Best American Girl" off Puberty 2 (Dead Oceans)
2. PJ Harvey - "The Wheel" off The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island)
3. Charles Bradley - "Changes" off Changes (Daptone) Charles Bradley performs in The Current studio
4. A Tribe Called Quest - "We The People....." off We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service (Epic)
5. Dirty Projectors - "Keep Your Name" (Domino)
6. Porches - "Be Apart" off Pool (Domino)
7. Polica - "Wedding" off United Crushers (Mom + Pop) Polica perform in The Current studio
8. Beck - "Wow" (Capitol)
9. Noname - "Diddy Bop" feat. Cam O'bi and Raury off Telefone (self-released)
10. Bon Iver - "22 (OVER S∞∞N)" off 22, A Million (Jagjaguwar)
11. Blood Orange feat. Empress Of - "Best to You" off Freetown Sound (Domino)
12. The Lemon Twigs - "These Words" off Do Hollywood (4AD) The Lemon Twigs perform in The Current studio
13. Ty Segall - "Orange Colored Queen" off Ty Segall (Drag City)
14. Solange - "Cranes in the Sky" off A Seat at the Table (Columbia)
15. DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels - "Nobody Speak" off The Mountain Will Fall (Mass Appeal)
16. The Kills - "Doing It to Death" off Ash & Ice (Domino)
17. Wild Nothing - "To Know You" off Life of Pause (Captured Tracks)
18. Tim Darcy - "Tall Glass of Water" off Saturday Night (Jagjaguwar)
19. Preoccupations - "Degraded" off Preoccupations (Jagjaguwar)
20. Savages - "The Answer" off Adore Life (Matador)

The Current Hosts' and Staffers' Top 89 of 2016

Brett BaldwinBill DeVilleJay GablerLeah GaraasJadeCecilia JohnsonLindsay KimballMary LuciaJim McGuinnSean McPhersonShelley MillerDan NassMike NovitzkiMatt PerkinsBrian OakeJill RileyJake RudhNate RyanDavid SafarDerrick StevensAndrea SwenssonLuke TaylorAnna ReedMark WheatMac Wilson