Best Songs of 2016

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All songs on this list were released as singles in 2016, or 2015 but didn’t make an impact until 2016.

1. Kiiara – “Gold” – An ingenious production trick wins the top spot. The best music in the world rewires your brain.
2. Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” – Beyoncé BUSTS out every emotion of the year.
3. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” – I can feel myself dissolving in the despair.
4. Lady GaGa – “Perfect Illusion” – GaGa’s crying out in beautiful pain.
5. Kanye West – “Fade” – From another dimension.
6. Rag‘n’Bone Man – “Human” – The blues are alive and kicking.
7. Sia – “The Greatest” – Sia’s career is the soundtrack for perseverance.
8. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful” – What could have been an anodyne message piece instead infuses an influx of attitude.
9. Flume ft. Tove Lo – “Say It” – An airy, effervescent blast from 2016’s top DJ.
10. Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama” – Where did this burst of neo-P-Funk come from?!
11. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” – This sounds like nostalgia and the future.
12. Glass Animals – “Life Itself” – Alternative quirk’s top spot of the year.
13. Bishop Briggs – “River” – I need at least one lady rocker belting it out like this per annum.
14. Beyoncé – “Formation” – The production is so much more adventurous and more mature from Queen Bey than ever before.
15. BANKS – “Gemini Feed” – Icy and boopy, with attitude to spare.
16. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker” – I’m vociferously nodding along to every declaration Mr. Cohen makes.
17. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go” – That title is sort of like musical onomatopoeia.
18. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human” – These guys from Cape Cod ought to be rocking stadiums to their core.
19. Beck – “Wow” – Beck’s gonna keep uncovering these strange corners in the aural landscape.
20. Kongos – “Take It From Me” – These South African rockers are totally in control.
21. Tove Lo – “Cool Girl” – Tove keeps freaking up the airwaves.
22. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People” – A necessary anthem.
23. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills” – Bounce along when you’re looking for fun.
24. Ariana Grande – “Into You” – Features the year’s most killer opening line
25. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” – One of those great songs that defy natural analysis.

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of June 25, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart, and then I rearrange that top 25 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
2. twenty one pilots – “Stressed Out”
3. James Bay – “Let It Go”
4. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
5. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
6. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
7. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
8. The Strumbellas – “Spirits”
9. Coldplay – “Adventure of a Lifetime”
10. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
11. Ben Rector – “Brand New”
12. Beck – “Wow”
13. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
14. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
15. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
16. Empire of the Sun – “Walking on a Dream”
17. Imagine Dragons – “Not Today”
18. Bishop Briggs – “River”
19. The Strokes – “Oblivius”
20. Volbeat – “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown”
21. Elle King – “America’s Sweetheart”
22. Prince – “When Doves Cry”
23. KONGS – “Take It From Me”
24. Panic! at the Disco – “Death of a Bachelor”
25. The 1975 – “The Sound”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Walking on a Dream
2. When Doves Cry
3. Take It From Me
4. River
5. Way Down We Go
6. Wow
7. The Devil’s Bleeding Crown
8. The Sound
9. Oblivius
10. Ophelia
11. Unsteady
12. Ride
13. Dark Necessities
14. Stressed Out
15. Adventure of a Lifetime
16. Death of a Bachelor
17. The Sound of Silence
18. America’s Sweetheart
19. Spirits
20. Hymn for the Weekend
21. HandClap
22. Let It Go
23. Brand New
24. Bored to Death
25. Not Today