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2016: Dean's List

Albums

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  1. A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic) 19
  2. Rihanna: Anti (Deluxe Edition) (Westbury Road/Roc Nation) 15
  3. American Honey (UME download) 13
  4. M.I.A.: AIM (Interscope) 11
  5. Lori McKenna: The Bird & the Rifle (CN/Thirty Tigers) 10
  6. Drive-By Truckers: American Band (ATO) 9
  7. Robbie Fulks: Upland Stories (Bloodshot) 8
  8. Youssou N'Dour: Senegaal Rekk (Prince Arts) 6
  9. Chance the Rapper: Coloring Book (self-released) 5
  10. Parquet Courts: Human Performance (Rough Trade) 5
  11. Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Denial (Matador)
  12. African Rumba (Putumayo)
  13. Dawn Oberg: Rye (Blossom Theory '12)
  14. Wussy: Forever Sounds (Shake It)
  15. Beyoncé: Lemonade (Columbia)
  16. God Don't Never Change: The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson (Alligator)
  17. Paul Simon: Stranger to Stranger (Concord)
  18. Run the Jewels: RTJ3 (self-released)
  19. The Paranoid Style: Rolling Disclosure (Bar/None)
  20. The Coathangers: Nosebleed Weekend (Suicide Squeeze)
  21. Brandy Clark: Big Day in a Small Town (Warner Bros.)
  22. Kevin Gates: Islah (Atlantic)
  23. Elza Soares: The Woman at the End of the World (A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo) (Mais Um Discos)
  24. Jinx Lennon: Past Pupil Stay Sane (Septic Tiger)
  25. Mestre Cupijó e Seu Ritmo: Siriá (Analog Africa '14)
  26. Gary Lucas' Fleischerei Featuring Sarah Stiles: Music From Max Fleischer Cartoons (Cuneiform)
  27. The Rough Guide to the Blues Songsters (World Music Network '15)
  28. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made (self-released)
  29. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter)
  30. The Rough Guide to Ethiopian Jazz (World Music Network)
  31. Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (ATO)
  32. Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life (Deluxe Edition) (Sire)
  33. Sheer Mag: III 7" (Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works)
  34. Britney Spears: Glory (Deluxe Edition) (RCA)
  35. Vince Staples: Prima Donna (Def Jam)
  36. Macy Gray: Stripped (Chesky)
  37. The Julie Ruin: Hit Reset (Hardly Art)
  38. Homeboy Sandman: Kindness for Weakness (Stones Throw)
  39. Konono No. 1: Konono No. 1 Meets Batida (Crammed Discs)
  40. Ab-Soul: Do What Thou Wilt (Top Dawg Entertainment)
  41. Saul Williams: Martyr Loser King (Fader)
  42. Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death (Warner Bros.)
  43. Deap Vally: Femejism (Nevado)
  44. Vic Mensa: There's Alot Going On (self-released)
  45. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down: A Man Alive (Ribbon)
  46. Pat Thomas: Coming Home (Strut)
  47. Aesop Rock: The Impossible Kid (Rhymesayers Entertainment)
  48. Blood Orange: Freetown Sound (Domino)
  49. Kyle: Smyle (Indie-Pop '15)
  50. Young Thug: Jeffery (300 Entertainment/Atlantic)
  51. Jinx Lennon: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift the Grief Magnets (Septic Tiger)
  52. The Nots: Cosmetic (Goner)
  53. Carrie Underwood: Storyteller (Arista '15)
  54. Noura Mint Seymali: Arbina (Glitterbeat)
  55. Leland Sundries: Music for Outcasts (L'Echiquier)
  56. The Internet: Ego Death (Columbia '15)
  57. Heartsrevolution: Ride or Die (Owsla '14)
  58. Kanye West: The Life of Pablo (Def Jam/G.O.O.D. Music)
  59. The Waco Brothers: Going Down in History (Bloodshot)
  60. Buddy Miller: Cayamo Sessions at Sea (New West)
  61. 75 Dollar Bill: Wood / Metal / Plastic / Pattern / Rhythm / Rock (Thin Wrist)
  62. Populous: Night Safari (Bad Panda/Folk Wisdom '15)
  63. Tacocat: Lost Time (Hardly Art)
  64. DeJ Loaf: Sell Sole (self-released '14)
  65. Dawn Oberg: Bring (Blossom Theory '15)
  66. Senegambia Rebel (Voodoo Rebel)
  67. Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter (Third Man)
  68. T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation)
  69. Plus Sized Dan: Plus Sized Dan With Marshall Ruffin (Plus Sized Dan '15)
  70. Vieux Kanté: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns)
  71. Anderson .Paak: Malibu (OBE/Steel Wool/ArtClub/Empire)
  72. Arca: Entranas (self-released)
  73. Pussy Riot: xxx (Nice Life)
  74. Injury Reserve: Floss (Las Fuegas)
  75. White Lung: Paradise (Domino)
  76. Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Fiddle/Mandolin Swarm: Holiday for Strings (Don Giovanni)
  77. Joey Purp: iiiDrops (self-released)
  78. Alicia Keys: Here (RCA)
  79. Lost in Mali (Riverboat '15)
  80. David Bromberg: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues (Red House)
  81. Tom Zé: Cancoes Eroticas Para Ninar (Irara)
  82. The Rough Guide to South African Jazz (World Music Network)
  83. The Hamilton Mixtape (Atlantic)
  84. Fanfare Ciocarlia: 20 (Asphalt Tango)
  85. Pusha T: My Name Is My Name (Def Jam '13)
  86. Tinariwen: Live in Paris (Anti- '15)
  87. The Del McCoury Band: Del and Woody (McCoury Music)
  88. Brandi Carlile: The Firewatcher's Daughter (ATO '15)
  89. Kendrick Lamar: untitled unmastered. (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope)

Jan. 27, 2017


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