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    Posted on Dec 12, 2016

    These Are The Albums That Helped Us Get Through 2016

    According to the musicians at KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas.

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    We've said it before but we'll say it again: 2016 has been complete shit.


    But despite all of the suck, 2016 has also produced some of the best music in a long time. At KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, we asked some of your favorite musicians what album helped them get through this year.

    blink-182's pick: We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service by A Tribe Called Quest

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    "It's A Tribe Called Quest, are you kidding me? And to hear those Phife verses that no one ever got to hear, it's just awesome."

    AFI's pick: Skeleton Tree by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

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    "It's phenomenal, as are every one of his records. The circumstances in which he released it are consistent with the shittiness that is 2016. It's not a happy record but it has given a lot to us, which is very kind of him to do."

    Jimmy Eat World's pick: Blanco by David Bazan

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    "It's so good! It's really, really good. A thoughtful, timeless, and fresh perspective on the events of 2016...and the existence of all time."

    Bishop Briggs' pick: Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

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    "I heard 'Same Drugs' while I was at a restaurant and felt myself get teary eyed and get shivers on my entire body. It's been awhile since I had that gut reaction to music. Then I just went on a rampage of listening to that entire album. There was so much passion and attention to detail and moments that are so hard to capture in music now. But he captured the essence of our generation.

    Bastille's picks: Malibu by Anderson .Paak and Blonde by Frank Ocean

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    "Anderson .Paak's Malibu is one of the most beautiful, relaxed, sad, uplifting albums. He's an insane drummer, singer, and rapper. It just grabs you from 'The Bird' and through the whole album. I also think I've listened to Blonde more than any other album since it came out. I think there's so much to unpack in it. Underneath its simplicity, it's layered and complex. It's probably about what was left out as much as what was left in. It's really something when an artist can be so personal but speak to so many people."

    The Head and The Heart's picks: Blackstar by David Bowie, You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, Why Are You OK by Band Of Horses

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    "At least we had new music from [Bowie and Cohen] before they passed away. That was definitely a highlight of 2016. Band Of Horses came out with a new record this year and they definitely got back on the horse, no pun intended. It's just phenomenal front to back."

    M83's pick: Walls by Kings Of Leon

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    "We toured a lot with them and I love what they've done with this new album."

    Phantogram's pick: Three by Phantogram

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    "2016 did really suck for us in a few different ways. Making the album was very cathartic and got us through a lot of very difficult things. Being able to perform hasn't been the easiest thing but it has helped us get through that pain."

    Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness' pick: A Moon Shaped Pool by Radiohead

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    "For me, just seeing them back in their beautiful and ethereal mode. I grew up on Radiohead, I've been there since the early days. A band like that proves you can still evolve and have integrity and challenge your fans. They do that better than anybody."

    The Strumbellas' pick: Big Grrrl Small World by Lizzo

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    "She's an empowering artist who is strong as hell. She's great to dance to and she just makes you feel great."

    Joshua Dun of Twenty One Pilots' pick: California by blink-182

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    "They're my favorite band. They've always helped me through sad times, happy times, anxious times. I don't what it is but they've always been a band that's very easy to connect with. It's inspiring and exciting for me to see that after all these years, they're still doing it and doing it successfully and in a way that's very true to themselves."