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Best Music of 2016


Best Music of 2016

Once again, our KMUW music hosts have run down the best in music (and books about music) for 2016. You can find the complete lists below.

You can also hear some of year's best in music. Join KMUW's music hosts throughout January on Global VillageStrange CurrencyNight TrainCrossroadsSoulsations and Straight No Chaser for a month-long feature of the Best of 2016. See individual show pages for more information on upcoming shows and to listen to past shows through the streaming archive.

Along with show favorites, Chris Heim was invited to be a voting member for the NPR Jazz Critics Poll again this year. You can see the results and Chris's ballot here.


  • Crossroads | Best of 2016David Bromberg Band – The Blues, The Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues (Red House)The Soul of John Black – Early in the…
  • Night Train | Best of 2016Charles Lloyd – I Long to See You (Blue Note)Brad Mehldau Trio – Blues and Ballads (Nonesuch)Allison Miller’s Boom Tic Boom –…
  • Any year-end list will have omissions and even a cursory glance at the ones below will reveal a fair share. The local/regional category alone proves…
  • In a year filled with profound and pervasive ugliness, perhaps the most consistent quality to emerge in albums from all around the world in 2016 was…