From politics to movies, 2017 gave us a lot to discuss. Never at a loss for words, we asked our Go 96.3 DJs what makes the year in music so special, and what their favorites were.

Miles the DJ observed, “2017 was an important year for alternative music. Bands like Portugal. The Man and Imagine Dragons reminded the Twin Cities that Go 96.3 is where you GO (get it?) to discover new music before it crosses over.”

As Jordan put it, “The coolest thing about 2017’s year in music is the blending of genres and the diffusion of sound. In terms of Go Radio, ‘hip hop’ and ‘alternative’ are merely umbrella terms used to categorize songs. After that, it’s hard to pin down what those things sound like because the genres have become so vast. If you listen to artists like Bishop Briggs, Imagine Dragons, Dreamers, etc., you’ll hear a heavy hip-hop influence in their sound. If you listen to Lil Uzi Vert, Travis Scott, Kid Cudi, etc., you can hear the rock ‘n’ roll influence. That’s a very cool thing. We live in very interesting times, my friend. The best music that’s ever been made is being made right now.”

Giselle – 

FAVORITE ALBUMS

I See You – The xx

DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

Everybody – Logic

Ctrl – SZA

Hopeless Fountain Kingdom – Halsey (okay, okay, this one wasn’t THAT good, but I was going through a breakup and it spoke to me) 

FAVORITE SONGS

“Up All Night” – Beck

“HUMBLE” and “LOVE” and “DNA” – Kendrick Lamar

“Plastic Soul” – Mondo Cosmo

“Green Light” – Lorde

“Praying” – Kesha

“On Hold” and “I Dare You” – The xx

Miles the DJ

FAVORITE ALBUMS:

Everything Now – Arcade Fire

Sleep Well Beast – The National 

I See You – The xx 

A Deeper Understanding – The War On Drugs 

Melodrama – Lorde 

FAVORITE SONGS:

Portugal. The Man – “Feel It Still”

Imagine Dragons – “Believer”

Beck – “Up All Night”

The xx – “I Dare You”

Halsey – “Now Or Never”

FAVORITE NATIONAL MUSICIANS:

Arcade Fire

Jack Antonoff

St. Vincent

Bishop Briggs

Beck

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIANS:

Hippo Campus

Now, Now

Call Me Karizma

Jeanne Taylor

Grayson DeWolfe

Ben – 

FAVORITE ALBUMS:

Everywhere is Somewhere – K. Flay 

Concrete and Gold – Foo Fighters 

Sacred Hearts Club – Foster the People 

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Feel it Still” – Portugal. The Man 

“No Roots” – Alice Merton 

“Sober Up” – AJR

FAVORITE NATIONAL MUSICIANS:

Foo Fighters 

Imagine Dragons

Portugal. The Man

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIANS:

Lizzo 

Hippo Campus 

Go 96.3 Battle of the Bands winner Grayson DeWolfe

Jordan – 

FAVORITE ALBUMS:

1. DAMN. – Kendrick Lamar

2. Funk Wav Bounces, Vol 1 – Calvin Harris

3. Flower Boy – Tyler the Creator

4. Bishop Briggs (EP) – Bishop Briggs

5. The Search of Everything – John Mayer

FAVORITE SONGS:

“LOVE.” – Kendrick Lamar

“Happy Hour” – Weezer

“Slide” – Calvin Harris, Frank Ocean and Migos

“Biking” – Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, and Tyler the Creator

“Skywalker” – Miguel featuring Travis Scott

FAVORITE NATIONAL MUSICIANS:

SZA

Bishop Briggs

Frank Ocean

Travis Scott

Jack Antonoff from Bleachers

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIANS:

Dwynell Roland

Hippo Campus

Early Eyes

Student 1

DJ Babyghost

Linnea –

FAVORITE ALBUMS:

MASSEDUCTION – St. Vincent

Semper Femina – Laura Marling

No Shape – Perfume Genius

FAVORITE SONGS:

“No One Knows Me Like the Piano” – Sampha

“New York” – St. Vincent 

“Bad At Love” – Halsey

FAVORITE NATIONAL MUSICIANS:

Welshly Arms

Chance the Rapper 

Portugal. The Man.

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIANS:

Dizzzy Fae 

Corbin

Poliça and S T A R G A Z E

Zach-

FAVORITE ALBUMS:

Hot Thoughts – Spoon

The World’s Best American Band – White Reaper

Need to Feel Your Love – Sheer Mag

Losing – Bully

Guppy – Charly Bliss

Offers – Ne-Hi

Out in the Storm – Waxahatchee

The Hanged Man – Ted Leo & The Pharmacists

Sleeping Through the War – All Them Witches

DAMN – Kendrick Lamar

FAVORITE SONGS:

“Judy French” – White Reaper

“Modern Act” – Cloud Nothings

“Never Been Wrong” – Waxahatchee

“Sisters” – Ne-Hi

“Expect the Bayonet” – Sheer Mag

FAVORITE NATIONAL MUSICIANS (that I saw live this year):

Spoon (Every year forever)

White Reaper

Sheer Mag

Waxahatchee

Ted Leo

FAVORITE LOCAL MUSICIANS:

Dillinger Four (RIP Triple Rock Social Club)

Sass

BLAHA

The Chinchees

Double Grave

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