favorite songs 2016

Posted on Sunday 8 January 2017

If this year’s mix of my favorites is any guide, 2016 was a good year for mainstream music. And I think that’s fair: Beyoncé’s incredible concept album signaled a shift in how high profile artists approach their audience as they move from roles as ‘top selling’ artists towards ‘most streamed’ artists whose exclusive content could make waves amongst the competition between streaming sites. So the music industry is still looking at music as ‘content,’ but at least there is an acknowledgement that art will draw people, where previously the industry looked to catchy hooks grabbing attention through repetitive play.

I’m happy with what I heard. Here are some of my favorites:

2016 Best-of-Mix Tracklist:
01. Frank Ocean – Nikes
02. Phantogram – Answer
03. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – Sick As A Dog
04. Preoccupations – Anxiety
05. DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak
06. The Range – Copper Wire
07. Jamila Woods feat. Noname – VRY BLK
08. Mondo Cozmo – Plastic Soul
09. Psychic Twin – Lose Myself
10. RARI – Birth
11. The Avett Brothers – No Hard Feelings
12. Kanye West feat. Rhianna – Famous
13. Teleman – Glory Hallelujah
14. Operators – Space Needle
15. Mitski – A Burning Hill
16. Radiohead – True Love Waits
17. Beyoncé – All Night
18. DIIV – Waste of Breath

And again, I’ve posted my top 50, or at least as much of the top 50 that is on Spotify here:

Previous year mixes:
2015 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001


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