WVCW’s Favorite Songs of 2016

For many, 2016 was a tough year. From the loss of multiple celebrities to the mess of politics that occurred this year, things could have been better. However, there was one especially bright light amidst seemingly endless darkness: music. This year brought us a number of great songs and breakout artists. Here our a few of WVCW’s staff members top song picks for 2016!

Note: Some of the songs on this list are explicit!

Leah Dickshinski- DJ

  1. No More Parties in L.A.- Kanye West
  2. Identikit- Radiohead
  3. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  4. FloriDada- Animal Collective
  5. Pneumonia- Danny Brown
  6. Obsidian Counterpoint- Tim Hecker
  7. Frankie Sinatra- The Avalanches
  8. Judas- Esperanza Spalding
  9. I Can’t Give Everything Away- David Bowie
  10. Sister- Angel Olsen

Courtney Miller-DJ

  1. Too Dark- Frankie Cosmos
  2. Heart Shaped Face- Angel Olsen
  3. Desert Island Disk- Radiohead
  4. Mondays- Sales

Sean Pritchard-DJ

  1. Really Doe- Danny Brown
  2. Vignette: Panacea- Disasterpeace
  3. How I Died Today- Jeremy & Lynne
  4. Pain- De La Soul
  5. Ain’t It a Sin- Charles Bradley

Nia McLeod- DJ

  1. Same Drugs – Chance the Rapper
  2. Backseat – Ari Lennox
  3. Neighbors – J. Cole
  4. Redbone – Childish Gambino
  5. Me & Your Mama – Childish Gambino
  6. Caroline – Amine
  7. Stay – Mac Miller
  8. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars
  9. Smile – Isaiah Rashad
  10. Maniac – Jhene Aiko
  11. Wifi – D.R.A.M feat. Erykah Badu
  12. Girlfriend – NAO
  13. Wolves – Kanye West feat. Sia & Vic Mensa

Brandon Herbin- DJ

  1. I Love You So Much- V.Rose ft. Tripp Lee
  2. Skittles and Iced Tea- Hostyle Gospel ft. John Givez
  3. Ain’t Worried- Mike Bell, Legin, Sinai ft. T-Haddy
  4. Home- Sean C. Johnson
  5. Arthur Agee- K-Drama
  6. We Live It- B-Fade ft. Brvndon P & Pray Area
  7. Wanna Be- Drew Smith

Kayla Pangilinan- DJ

  1. Never Be Mine- Angel Olsen
  2. Your Best American Girl- Mitski
  3. Gemini Feed- Banks
  4. Ivy- Frank Ocean
  5. Hopeless- Khalid
  6. Wedding Singer- Modern Baseball
  7. This Song Is a Mess but So Am I- Joyce Manor
  8. Floated In- Frankie Cosmos
  9. Versace On the Floor- Bruno Mars
  10. I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore- Lucy Dacus
  11. Aquasun- Basement
  12. Barely 21 (feat. Tavi Gevinson)- Seth Bogart

Alan Booth- General Manager

  1. Radio- Sylvan Esso
  2.  Wild Horses- Bishop Briggs
  3.  Take It All Back- Judah & the Lion
  4.  Getaway- Saint Motel
  5.  Money- Con Brio
  6.  If You Want It- The Sam Roberts Band
  7.  Grand Canyon- The Wind and The Wave
  8.  Take It From Me- The KONGOS
  9. Loud(y)- Lewis del Mar
  10.  HandClap- Fitz and the Tantrums
  11.  Banshee- Santigold
  12.  Once in a While- Timeflies

Kiara Walker- Programming Director

  1. Somebody Else- The 1975
  2. Gemini Feed- Banks
  3. Room in Here- Anderson.Paak (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
  4. YOURE THE ONE- Kaytranada ft. SYD
  5. C’mon- Big Gigantic ft. GRiZ
  6. 33 “GOD”- Bon Iver
  7. Have Some Love- Childish Gambino
  8. Junie- Solange
  9. Innocence- Flume ft. AlunaGeorge
  10. Alaska- Maggie Rogers

RECAP: VCU Rallies Late To Stun Old Dominion 67-64

The VCU Rams and Old Dominion Monarchs rivalry is like no other. There’s a strong hatred between the two schools and it makes for great basketball on the court. Saturday night was another instant classic between the Rams and Monarchs that came down to the final seconds at the Ted Center.

VCU, who came into the game losers of their last two, knew heading to Norfolk this was a must win.

“We had a way about us tonight. We knew we were going to dig it out somehow,” head coach Will Wade said.

The Rams trailed 55-44 with 7:37 remaining, but mounted a great comeback led by senior guard JeQuan Lewis. Lewis scored 12 points during a 16-1 VCU run that was highlighted by a Lewis 4-point play that tied the game at 55. The run by VCU lasted a little less than 3 minutes and once VCU was able to get a lead they weren’t going to let this game slip away.

“I just wanted to be more aggressive, just get the ball to the rim,” Lewis said.

Old Dominion aided the comeback as well, going 13 of 28 from the foul line and missing 9 of 14 in the final stretch of the game.

VCU went 6-of-8 from the free throw line down the stretch, but the Monarchs still had two final looks to either tie or take the lead, but VCU forced a shot-clock violation with 5.8 seconds left, and senior Mo Alie-Cox forced Ahmad Caver into a contested 3-point shot as time expired.

Along with Lewis, freshman De’Riante Jenkins had a breakout performance on the road. Jenkins provided 11 points and 6 rebounds for the Rams, while Alie-Cox handled his own in the paint scoring 8 points, grabbing 8 rebounds, and collecting 4 block shots on the night.

B.J. Stith led the Monarchs with 17 points, while Caver added 16.

VCU will returns to action on Saturday, Dec. 17 when it hosts Middle Tennessee State at the E.J. Wade Arena at the Siegel Center at 7 p.m.

VCU Holds Off UNCG To Secure The Victory 65-54

The VCU Rams returned back to the E.J. Wade Arena at the Stuart C. Siegel Center Sunday afternoon to face the UNCG Spartans after playing three straight road contests at George Washington, Furman, and Old Dominion. The Rams came into this game losing three of their last four games, which included a loss to former CAA rival Old Dominion, 70-60 in their last outing.

The Rams got off to a slow start in the first quarter as they struggled to defend Nadine Soliman and Bailey Williams as the two combined to score 19 points in the first quarter. Heading into the second quarter down by 5, the defensive energy by the Rams picked up and crashing the offensive glass was a key factor as well in the quarter. Unlike the first quarter, Williams and Soliman struggled to find a rhythm, and it made it difficult for the Spartans to generate any offense as VCU was able to take a 32-28 lead heading into halftime thanks to an 11-0 run.

The Rams defense had a profound impact in this game. VCU scored 13 points off 11 Spartans turnovers.

VCU led throughout the second half and the game was never in question down the stretch as senior guard Keira Robinson hit a corner three to seal the win for VCU.

Robinson led VCU with 15 points and senior guard Ashley Pegram added 9 points.

VCU will play its final nonconference game of 2016-17 at home against Brown on Dec. 29. The Rams will begin Atlantic 10 play with a New Year’s Day home matinee against La Salle.

VCU Loses In Dramatic Fashion To Georgia Tech In Overtime

Coming off a 64-46 loss to Big Ten member Illinois on December 3rd, the VCU Rams were looking for a bounce back performance against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets tonight. The same went for Georgia Tech as they were coming off an embarrassing loss to Tennessee 81-58.

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Will Wade didn’t have a lot to say to the media, and just hinted at having an open conversation with his players.

“I told them what I was thinking and got some of their opinions on some things. We’ll formulate a plan here moving forward,” Wade said.

Forward Justin Tillman had a career night in which he scored 26 points to go along with nine rebounds and senior guard JeQuan Lewis added 16 points, but there will still times throughout the game in which the Rams’ offense was stagnate against the Yellow Jacket’s zone defense.

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In overtime, it was all Georgia Tech, even though VCU had multiple opportunities at the end to tie the game that fell short.

Now heading to Norfolk to play Old Dominion on Saturday in a rivalry game, thisdsc_6531-1
may be as close to a must win for VCU early in the season as it can get.

“We’re going to move forward. It’s a tough one,” Lewis said.

(Photo Credits: Chris Richardson)