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 November 12, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
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. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
11. blink-182 – “She’s Out of Her Mind”
12. Alex Da Kid Featuring X Ambassadors, Elle King & Wiz Khalifa – “Not Easy”
13. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
14. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
16. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
17. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
18. Beck – “Wow”
19. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
20. Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
21. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
22. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
23. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
24. The Lumineers – “Cleopatra”
25. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. Wow
3. My Name is Human
4. Unsteady
5. Dark Necessities
6. Ride
7. Good Grief
8. The Stage
9. Moth Into Flame
10. Ophelia
11. Waste a Moment
12. Cleopatra
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. Heathens
20. Not Easy
21. She’s Out of Her Mind
22. Feel Invincible
23. Sucker for Pain
24. HandClap
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of November 5, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
5. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
10. Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
11. Bastille – “Good Grief”
12. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
13. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
14. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
16. Kings of Leon – “Walls”
17. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
18. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
19. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
20. Kings of Leon – “Reverend”
21. Beck – “Wow”
22. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
23. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
24. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
25. Kings of Leon – “Around the World”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. Wow
3. Unsteady
4. Dark Necessities
5. Ride
6. Good Grief
7. The Stage
8. Reverend
9. Moth Into Flame
10. Ophelia
11. Waste a Moment
12. Take It All Back
13. Around the World
14. Walls
15. Cancer
16. Hymn for the Weekend
17. All We Ever Knew
18. Bang Bang
19. The Sound of Silence
20. Heathens
21. Feel Invincible
22. Sucker for Pain
23. HandClap
24. Bored to Death
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 29, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. Bastille – “Good Grief”
10. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
11. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
12. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
14. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
15. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
16. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
17. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
18. Beck – “Wow”
19. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
20. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
21. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
22. Avenged Sevenfold – “The Stage”
23. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”
24. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
25. Kings of Leon – “Reverend”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. Wow
3. Unsteady
4. Dark Necessities
5. Ride
6. Trouble
7. Good Grief
8. The Stage
9. Reverend
10. Moth Into Flame
11. Ophelia
12. Waste a Moment
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. Heathens
20. Feel Invincible
21. Sucker for Pain
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. HandClap
24. Bored to Death
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 15, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
7. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
8. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
9. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
10. Bastille – “Good Grief”
11. Kings of Leon – “Walls”
12. Green Day – “Still Breathing”
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
14. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
15. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
16. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
17. Zach Williams – “Chain Breaker”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
20. Metallica – “Hardwired”
21. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
22. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
23. Metallica – “Moth Into Flame”
24. Beck – “Wow”
25. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. Wow
3. Unsteady
4. Dark Necessities
5. Ride
6. Trouble
7. Good Grief
8. Moth Into Flame
9. Ophelia
10. Waste a Moment
11. Walls
12. Cancer
13. Hymn for the Weekend
14. All We Ever Knew
15. Bang Bang
16. The Sound of Silence
17. Hardwired
18. Heathens
19. Feel Invincible
20. Still Breathing
21. Sucker for Pain
22. Bohemian Rhapsody
23. HandClap
24. Bored to Death
25. Chain Breaker

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 8, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
7. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. Fitz and the Tantrums – “HandClap”
10. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
11. Bastille – “Good Grief”
12. Bishop Briggs – “River”
13. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
14. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
15. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
16. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
17. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
20. Beck – “Wow”
21. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
22. Metallica – “Hardwired”
23. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”
24. The 1975 – “Somebody Else”
25. Judah & the Lion – “Take It All Back”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. River
3. Wow
4. Way Down We Go
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Ride
8. Somebody Else
9. Trouble
10. Good Grief
11. Ophelia
12. Take It All Back
13. Waste a Moment
14. Cancer
15. Hymn for the Weekend
16. All We Ever Knew
17. Bang Bang
18. The Sound of Silence
19. Hardwired
20. Heathens
21. Feel Invincible
22. Sucker for Pain
23. Bohemian Rhapsody
24. HandClap
25. Bored to Death

Billboard Hot Rock Songs – Week of October 1, 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. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
3. Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, & Imagine Dragons with Logic, Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – “Sucker for Pain”
4. Coldplay – “Hymn for the Weekend”
5. X Ambassadors – “Unsteady”
6. Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
7. Kings of Leon – “Waste a Moment”
8. The Lumineers – “Ophelia”
9. Fitz and The Tantrums – “HandClap”
10. twenty one pilots – “Cancer”
11. Bastille – “Good Grief”
12. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go”
13. Bishop Briggs – “River”
14. blink-182 – “Bored to Death”
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Dark Necessities”
16. Green Day – “Bang Bang”
17. The Head and the Heart – “All We Ever Knew”
18. Cage the Elephant – “Trouble”
19. Panic! at the Disco – “Bohemian Rhapsody”
20. Metallica – “Hardwired”
21. Beck – “Wow”
22. Green Day – “Revolution Radio”
23. Skillet – “Feel Invincible”
24. The Fray – “Singing Low”
25. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore
2. River
3. Wow
4. Way Down We Go
5. Unsteady
6. Dark Necessities
7. Ride
8. Trouble
9. Good Grief
10. Ophelia
11. Waste a Moment
12. Revolution Radio
13. Hymn for the Weekend
14. All We Ever Knew
15. Bang Bang
16. Cancer
17. The Sound of Silence
18. Singing Low
19. Hardwired
20. Heathens
21. Feel Invincible
22. Sucker for Pain
23. Bohemian Rhapsody
24. HandClap
25. Bored to Death

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