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A bunch of songs I loved in 2016

16 December, 2016 — by Christopher Ratcliff0

Who am I? Just some dufus who likes music. Who are you? Just some other dufus who likes music. Hey let’s hang out and listen to some of our favourite songs from 2016 together!

Oh cool you brought some Cocteau Twins. I love Cocteau Twins. Maybe we’ll play that after we’re done.

It’s just that this is only for songs that came out this year. Yeah, no I get it… you really got into Coctaeu Twins recently, so you’ve been listening to lots of 80s ethereal dream-pop this year. Hey I’m right with you, my friend, I love them too and I listened to plenty of non-2016 music in 2016. But you know, this is one of those ‘year-end list’ type things, so we’re not allowed to include older music we discovered this year.

“And Just who exactly is not allowing us” you ask? Gee I don’t know… the Musicians Union? The police? Paul Morley?

Okay cool, you understand. Thank you! So what do you want to start with? Sorry, I’m afraid Daughter’s ‘Doing the Right Thing’ was released as a single at the end of 2015, just before the album came out so it’s… uh… not allowed. I hate to be ‘that guy’. I’m sorry.

You have to leave already? Okay, well thanks for stopping by. It’s just me and these 50 bangers then…

(Please note: I’ve purposefully held back on numbering this list, so feel free to infer what you like from their ranking. Plus if you disagree with me then I’m legitimately free to say “oh they’re not in any kind of order.” Apart from Beyonce obviously. Also there’s a Spotify playlist below, which isn’t even in the same order as the list underneath, as it’s presented in an order of ‘what sounds nice to listen to next’.)

Beyoncé – Formation

Radiohead – Burn The Witch

Metronomy – Old Skool

DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

Charles Bradley – Changes

Banks and Steelz – Giant

Anohni – Drone Bomb Me

Mykki Blanco – High School Never Ends (ft. Woodkid)

David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away

Anderson .Paak – Come Down

Phantogram – You Don’t Get Me High Anymore

Jim-E Stack – Deadstream (Rostam Version) feat. Charli XCX

Diiv – Out of Mind

Run The Jewels – Talk To Me

Underworld – I Exhale

Savages – Adore

Rihanna – Same Ol’ Mistakes

Yeah yeah yeah, it’s just a karaoke cover of the Tame Impala song, but I find it fucking mesmerising.

Santigold – I Can’t Get Enough Of Myself

Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama

PJ Harvey – The Wheel

The Veils – Axolotl

Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam – A 1000 Times

Bon Iver – 33 “God”

Polica – Wedding

MJ Cole & AJ Tracey – The Rumble

Navvi – Close

Autolux – Soft Scene

Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me

Field Music – Stay Awake

Preoccupations – Anxiety

Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein – Stranger Things

And these were pretty darn good too…

ILoveMakonnen – Back Again
clipping – Shooter
Black Mountain – Mothers of the Sun
Solange – Cranes in the Sky
Salt Cathedral – Unravelling
All Saints – One Strike
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 05
Laura Gibson – Not Harmless
Steve Mason – Water Bored
Kate Rogers – The End of Reason
Sleigh Bells – I Can Only Stare
Wild Beasts – Get My Bang
Shearwater – Quiet Americans
Nite-Funk – Let Me Be Me
Public Memory – Heir
Doe – Sincere
Milk Teeth – Brickwork
The Pack a.d. – So What
Frightened Rabbit – Get Out
Them Sonny Green – Vienna
Public Memory – Heir

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