2016: Memorable Moments in Music


For me, every new year is a little bittersweet - a fresh start is exciting (and often much-needed), but it’s also fun to look back on everything that transpired in the year prior. And in the first few days of the new year, as we reflect on all that happened in 2016, we have come to the conclusion that musically, the year was pretty damn great. From major album releases to sold-out tours to discovering little-known artists to remembering the legends that we lost this year, every music enthusiast had something to love about this year. As a farewell to 2016, the Campus Vinyl staff has put together a list of our musical highlights of 2016.

Lukas: Chance the Rapper’s album Coloring Book


This year, Chance the Rapper released new music. I believe “Summer Friends” is the best song of the album based on the overall sound and context of the song.

Sam: Cubs fans singing "Go Cubs Go"


"Go Cubs Go" by Steve Goodman is the Chicago Cubs' catchy victory song and we heard plenty of it this fall as the team ended their 108-year title drought. I'm not a Cubs fan myself, but seeing the joy of Cubs fans singing together gave me goosebumps. After Game 5 of the World Series, they sang so loud you could hear from literally a mile away.

Laur: Kanye West's Saint Pablo Tour


I am a longtime fan of all things Kanye West, so getting to see the Saint Pablo Tour was just surreal. Though the set was naturally focused on The Life of Pablo, Kanye still performed tons of my favorite old tracks. Hearing them live was, of course, insane (as one would expect with a floating stage involved...) but perhaps the coolest part is the new perspective I now have on the recordings themselves.

Jack B.: Slipknot's frontman knocks phone out of fan's hand


To see countless phones out at concerts has become the norm in 2016, but Corey Taylor was having none of it! He lets us know that if you are going to text you might as well stay home, or at least don't stand in the front row! Taylor's actions point out an important issue for concert goers, and also are pretty hilarious.

Tyler: Meeting David Hines of Steel Pulse and watching Ziggy Marley and the Melodymakers perform at Coney Island


This show was one of the first shows at the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island, and it was the first time I'd experienced a concert on the water. The weather was perfect, and a light salty breeze blew through the venue keeping the air and energy fresh. The hum of 5,000 eager Reggae fans turned to shouts of joy and laughter once the music started. For this show they had filled the venue with seats - there wasn't any standing area aside from the pathways between sections - but by the end of each set, everybody was up on their feet and grooving to the beat.

My dad and I ran into Hines as we walked out of the bathroom, and I pushed my dad forward to meet him. My dad smiled cheek to cheek in front of the camera, and gave me a big hug as we walked back into our seats right as Ziggy took the stage. I could've sworn at points that I was hearing Bob Marley, whose music has changed my life and shaped my art, captivate a crowd once again. I felt the minds and hearts of of 5,000 strangers join together, thinking my same thought. It was magical.

Morgan: Chairlift’s Moth album release


Chairlift provides some relief from a market oversaturated by the same riffs, drum presets, and chord progressions. Chairlift's musicality and comfort with experimentation shines through in Moth. (Note: Check out CV’s review of the album here.)

Jack G.: Radiohead performing at Madison Square Garden in July


This is Radiohead ending their performance with "Street Spirit (Fade Out)." It is one of my favorite songs of theirs, and hearing it live was definitely a moment I will remember for a long time.

Harrison: The Rolling Stones’ new album


The best rock band of all time released their first new album in 10 years.

Lauren Z.: When Brand New decided to not only tour with the Front Bottoms and Modern Baseball, but they played their The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me record in full during the set


Brand New holds such a significant space in my heart/Spotify playlists that I could NOT pass this up as the best music moment of 2016. Considering these guys have announced their future breakup in 2018, this tour was a must-see. Their live performances are awe-inducing, especially when they play ballads from Deja Entendu and The Devil and God.

Joe E.: Run The Jewels 3 Christmas Release


Truly a Christmas miracle; in an unforeseen publicity attempt, El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels decided to release their new album online for free before it's official release in January. And they surely didn't disappoint, releasing an album which meets their previous records in innovation, wholesomeness, and the classic Run the Jewels energy which we've all missed.

MK: Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute


An awesome tribute by a great artist for one of the best.

Did we miss your favorite 2016 moment, or do you disagree with any of our picks? Leave a comment below! Here’s to more, better musical memories in the coming year.

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