2016 Year End Awards Staff Picks

Here are our Staff Picks for 2016 (feel free to argue about your faves)... 

Amber - Midday Host, Assistant Program Director. Weekdays 10-3

Top Song #1: Phantogram - You Don't Get Me High Anymore
Top Song #2: Glass Animals - Life Itself
Top Song #3: Miike Snow - Genghis Khan
Top Song #4: Judah & the Lion - Take it All Back
Top Song #5: Frightened Rabbit - Get Out
Honorable Mention: Phantogram - Same Old Blues

Best Album of 2016: Glass Animals - How to Be a Human Being

Artist of Year for 2016: Phantogram

Best New Artist of 2016: Judah & The Lion

Favorite Philly Area Band/Artist: The Districts

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Glass Animals @The Fillmore

Favorite Radio 104.5 Block Party of the Summer: CHVRCHES/Miike Snow

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: The Fillmore

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: The National

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Band of Horses

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Michael Stipe @michaelstipe

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: Frightened Rabbit

Mike Jones - Afternoon Drive, 3-7

Top Song #1: Green Day - Bang Bang
Top Song #2: Weezer - King of the World
Top Song #3: Blink-182 - Bored to Death
Top Song #4: Bishop Briggs - River
Top Song #5: Bastille - Good Grief
Honorable Mention: Blink-182 - Built This Pool

Best Album of 2016: Green Day - Revolution Radio

Most Disappointing Album of 2016: Lumineers - Cleopatra

Artist of Year for 2016: Blink-182

Best NEW Artist of 2016: Bishop Briggs

Best Music Video of 2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Go Robot

Favorite Philly Area Band/Artist: The Loud Company

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Radio 104.5 Birthday Show Night One - Honorable Mention to Green Day

Favorite Radio 104.5 Block Party of the Summer: August with The Struts/Bishop Briggs

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: Electric Factory

Artist/Band You Hope Takes A Long Break in 2017: Kanye West

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Andrew McMahon, Bleachers, 311, Linkin Park

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Weezer

Favorite App: Amazon / WWE

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Twitter: Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Jack Antonoff (except for his Mets shirt)

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Snapchat: The Struts 

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Jessie - Nights/New Music Show

Top Song #1: Lewis Del Mar - Loud(Y)
Top Song #2: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Goodbye Angels (RIP Scott Weiland)
Top Song #3: Kaleo - Way Down We Go  
Top Song #4: Judah & The Lion - Take It All Back
Top Song #5: Mumford & Sons - There Will Be Time - TIED with The Head and the Heart - All We Ever Knew TIED with The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Mr. Wright
Honorable Mention: Jagwar Ma - Give Me a Reason (7 minutes of schleft & schright and schleft & schriiight)

Best Album of 2016: The Claypool Lennon Delirium - Monolith of Phobos & Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

Most Disappointing Album of 2016:  M83 - Junk 

Artist of Year for 2016: Blink-182 !!! What a comeback story! 

Best NEW Artist of 2016: Nothing But Thieves, Kaleo, The Struts, Lewis Del Mar... (This is impossible to choose just one. I feel like Bowie blessed us with incredible new talent as he voyaged back to the stars.) 

Best Music Video of 2016: I didn't really watch any tbh 

Favorite Philly Area Band/Artist: The HOOTERS hUN!!

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Green Day at Tower 

Favorite Radio 104.5 Block Party of the Summer: The Struts!

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: The Fillmore

Artist/Band You Hope Takes A Long Break in 2017:  Not sure..no one really annoyed me too much this year!! :D

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Incubus 

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: The Struts (both times they visited!)

Favorite App: Headspace

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Twitter: @KONGOS and @garykongos

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Brandon Boyd 

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Snapchat:  Matt & Kim ....(caution: NSFW)

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: Lewis Del Mar

Cole - Music News/Blogger

Top Song #1:  Miike Snow - Heart is Full
Top Song #2:  Judah & the Lion - Stockholm
Top Song #3:  Panic! At the Disco - LA Devotee
Top Song #4:  Blink-182 - Left Alone
Top Song #5:  Jack Garratt - Worry
Honorable Mention:  Taking Back Sunday - Fences

Best Album of 2016: Jimmy Eat World - Integrity Blues

Most Disappointing Album of 2016: Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Getaway

Artist of The Year for 2016: Blink-182 

Best New Artist of 2016:  Jack Garratt

Best Music Video of 2016:  Miike Snow - Genghis Khan

Favorite Philly area Band/Artist: TIE: Sonnder/Civil Youth

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Weezer/Panic! At the Disco/Andrew McMahon

Favorite Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party of 2016: September with CHVRCHES, Miike Snow and the Griswolds

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: The TLA 

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Weezer

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: Jack Garratt

Josh - Sundays, 10a-6p

Top Song #1:  Twenty One Pilots - Ride
Top Song #2:  Twenty One Pilots - Heathens
Top Song #3: Green Day - Bang Bang
Top Song #4: Kings of Leon - Waste a Moment
Top Song #5: The Struts - Kiss This
Honorable Mention: Fitz and the Tantrums - Handclap

Best Album of 2016: The Struts - Everyone Wants

Most Disappointing Album of 2016: The Lumineers - Cleopatra

Artist of The Year for 2016: Twenty One Pilots 

Best New Artist of 2016: The Struts

Best Music Video of 2016: Blink-182 - She's Out of Her Mind

Favorite Philly area Band/Artist: Run River North

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Radio 104.5 Birthday Show Night One (Twenty One Pilots) / Green Day at the Tower

Favorite Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party of 2016: August - The Struts/Bishop Briggs

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: The Fillmore

Artist/Band You Hope Takes A Long Break in 2017: Florence + the Machine

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Linkin Park / Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness - Zombies on Broadway

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Weezer

Favorite App: iHeartRadio

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Twitter: Phantogram

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Snapchat: Jared Leto

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: The Head and the Heart

Trish - Digital/Photo/Video

Top Song #1: The Head and the Heart - All We Ever Knew - this song really got under my skin esp with what happened with Josiah
Top Song #2: Bishop Briggs - River
Top Song #3: Miike Snow - Heart is Full
Top Song #4: Lumineers - Cleopatra
Top Song #5: CHVRCHES - Bury It
Honorable Mention: Warpaint - New Song / King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard - Nuclear Fusion

Best Album of 2016: Leonard Cohen - You Want it Darker (RIP, wow, what an album to go out with) but lots of other good ones

Most Disappointing Album of 2016: I wanted to like Jagwar Ma - Every Now and Then more, but couldn't get into it except for a few songs.

Artist of the Year for 2016: The Lumineers

Best New Artist of 2016: Bishop Briggs

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Jimmy Eat World at our Movember Gala was pretty sweet and intimate

Favorite Philly area Band/Artist: Gonna shout out Ben Arnold for his Lost Keys album performed live and Mannequin Pussy

Favorite Radio 104.5 Block Party of the Summer: TIE: The Struts/Bishop Briggs and CHVRCHES/Miike Snow satisfying both the rock and dancey sides of my personality

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: Radio 104.5 Performance Studio! but outside of that Union Transfer

Artist/Band You Hope Takes A Long Break in 2017: I love them but think maybe Twenty One Pilots needs a little month or two vacation to write new songs and sleep for a week straight, but they probably won't take it and that's why we love them

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Jesus and Mary Chain probably ... MGMT? Tame Impala? Hozier? Airborne Toxic Event?

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Where do I begin - so many good ones. Weezer, The Struts, Bishop Briggs, Band of Horses, Plus The Fame Riot were hilarious and a total surprise

Favorite App: Back in love with Hipstamatic since they added double exposures! Hon Mention: Instagram, OSnap! Pro for timelapse action

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Ben Gibbard's trail running exploits. Nice mountains!

Most Overlooked Artist of 2016: I'm probably overlooking them right now! Maybe The 1975 or King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

Reed Streets - Saturday Night Mixtape Live (10-12) and Events DJ

Top Song #1:  Phantogram - You're Mine
Top Song #2:  The 1975 - The Sound
Top Song #3:  The XX - On Hold
Top Song #4:  Chance the Rapper - All Night
Top Song #5:  Flume - Never Be Like You
Honorable Mention: Miike Snow - My Trigger, Glass Animals - Life Itself, Grouplove - Welcome To Your Life, ATCQ - We The People, Miami Horror - Real Slow, St. Lucia - Dancing On Glass

Best Album of 2016:  Phantogram - Three

Most Disappointing Album of 2016:  Two Door Cinema Club - Gameshow

Best New Artist of 2016:  Great Good Fine OK

Best Music Video of 2016:  The Chemical Brothers ft. Beck - Wide Open

Favorite Philly area Band/Artist:  Vacationer

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Birthday Shows

Favorite Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party of 2016:  The Struts

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue:  Foundry (Fillmore)

Artist/Band You Hope Takes A Long Break in 2017: Corey Feldman

Most Anticipated Album for 2017: Vampire Weekend

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Catfish and the Bottlemen

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Instagram: Matt & Kim

Jeff Moore - Sales Manager

Top Song #1:  Cold War Kids - First
Top Song #2: Cage the Elephant - Trouble
Top Song #3:  Bastille - Good Grief
Top Song #4:  Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness- High Dive
Top Song #5:  Lumineers - Ophelia
Honorable Mention: Judah & The Lion - Take it All Back

Best Album of 2016:  Bastille - Wild World

Best New Artist of 2016:  Judah & The Lion

Favorite Philly area Band/Artist:  Foxtrot and the Getdown

Favorite Concert/Show of 2016: Panic! and Andrew McMahon

Best Philly Area Concert/Show Venue: Fillmore

Best Radio 104.5 Studio Session of 2016: Twenty One Pilots

Favorite Band/Artist to follow on Twitter: Bastille

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