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.

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Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of December 10, 2016

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

Original Version
1. twenty one pilots – Heathens”
2. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
3. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
4. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
5. John Mayer – “Love on the Weekend”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. The xx – “On Hold”
10. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
11. The Lumineers – “Sleep on the Floor”
12. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
13. Bastille – “Good Grief”
14. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
15. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”
16. Metallica – “Atlas, Rise!”
17. Metallica – “Hardwired”
18. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
19. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
20. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
21. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”
22. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
23. Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”
24. Five Finger Death Punch – “I Apologize”
25. Green Day – “Still Breathing”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
2. My Name is Human
3. Unsteady
4. On Hold
5. Ride
6. Good Grief
7. Moth Into Flame
8. Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
9. Atlas, Rise!
10. Ophelia
11. Heathens
12. Waste a Moment
13. Cleopatra
14. Take It All Back
15. Cancer
16. Hymn for the Weekend
17. I Apologize
18. Sleep on the Floor
19. Hardwired
20. All We Ever Knew
21. Still Breathing
22. HandClap
23. Love on the Weekend
24. Sucker for the Pain
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of December 3, 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 – “Heathens”
2. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
3. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
4. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
5. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”
6. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
7. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
10. Jeff Buckley – “Hallelujah”
11. The xx – “On Hold”
12. John Mayer – “Love on the Weekend”
13. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
14. Bastille – “Good Grief”
15. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
16. Rufus Wainwright – “Hallelujah”
17. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
18. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
19. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
20. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”
21. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
22. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker”
23. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
24. blink-182 – “She’s Out of Her Mind”
25. Leonard Cohen – “Suzanne”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
2. You Want It Darker
3. My Name is Human
4. Unsteady
5. On Hold
6. Ride
7. Good Grief
8. Suzanne
9. Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley)
10. Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright)
11. Ophelia
12. Heathens
13. Waste a Moment
14. Cleopatra
15. Take It All Back
16. Cancer
17. Hymn for the Weekend
18. All We Ever Knew
19. The Sound of Silence
20. She’s Out of Her Mind
21. HandClap
22. Love on the Weekend
23. Feel Invincible
24. Sucker for Pain
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of November 26, 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 – “Heathens”
2. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
3. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
4. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. Bastille – “Good Grief”
10. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
11. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
12. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
13. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
14. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
15. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”
16. Metallica – “Atlas, Rise!”
17. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
18. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
19. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
20. Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”
21. Five Finger Death Punch – “I Apologize”
22. blink-182 – “She’s Out of Her Mind”
23. Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
24. Grouplove – “Welcome to Your Life”
25. Alex da Kid ft. X Ambassadors, Elle King, & Wiz Khalifa – “Not Easy”

Jmunney’s Revision
1.Hallelujah
2. Welcome to Your Life
3. My Name is Human
4. Unsteady
5. Ride
6. Good Grief
7. The Stage
8. Ophelia
9. Heathens
10. Waste a Moment
11. Cleopatra
12. I Apologize
13. Take It All Back
14. Cancer
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. All We Ever Knew
17. Bang Bang
18. The Sound of Silence
19. Atlas, Rise!
20. She’s Out of Her Mind
21. HandClap
22. Feel Invincible
23. Sucker for Pain
24. Not Easy
25. Chain Breaker