Top 100 tracks of 2016

100. Lush – Out of Control 

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Out Of Control is the standout track from Lush’s comeback EP ‘Blind Spot’ which  was the band’s first new material since 1996. Nothing new, but still a very solid song.

99. Savages – T.I.W.Y.G. 

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T.I.W.Y.G. is one of the punchiest tracks from ‘Adore Life’, Savages’ mercury prize nominated second album

98. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things 

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Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein provided the perfect soundtrack to one of the most popular TV series of the year, with the opening title track being the most iconic of the 80s synth tinged score.

97. The Big Moon – Formidable

 

2016 was a great year for The Big Moon, ending up on many ‘ones to watch’ lists for 2017 after a string of great singles, Formidable being one of their strongest of a very strong bunch.


96.Oscar ft. Girli – Breaking My Phone

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 ‘Breaking My Phone’ is an updated version of Oscar’s track from his debut album ‘Cut and Paste’ which was released earlier in 2016, this version featuring a verse from Girli, who supported Oscar on tour this year.

95. Haley Bonar – Kismet Kill


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Hayley Bonar’s latest album ‘Impossible Dreams’ is good all round, but single ‘Kismet Kill’ really stood out for me, the melancholic tone of the whole song not making it overly dramatic or annoying but instead making for a very strong, catchy single.


94. Jaws – Right In Front Of Me


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Jaws released their second full length album in late 2016, and ‘Right In Front Of Me’ is the strongest single from that project, highlighting a slightly softer sound for the band than their last album, but still carrying across the strong melodies.


93 The XX – On Hold 

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‘On Hold’ is the first single from the XX’s upcoming album ‘I See You’, with the trio showcasing a lighter sound, using samples in a similar way to Jamie XX’s solo effort ‘In Colour’.


92. Biffy Clyro – Re-arrange 

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‘Ellipsis’ is the second album from Biffy Clyro, with Re-arrange being the most intimate track on the LP, with Simon Neil’s lyrics yet again being poignant, but not cliche.


91. Slaves – Spit It Out 

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‘Spit It Out’ is the most explosive track from the second album that Slaves have released, simple, yes, but very very effective.


90. Kate Tempest – Europe is Lost


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Another great track from Kate Tempest, ‘Europe Is Lost’ reflects on the the division that has developed in the country, and across the world throughout the year.


89. Anohni – 4 Degrees


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‘4 Degrees’ is my favourite track from Anohni’s mercury prize nominated album ‘Hopelessness’. Backed by a strong brass section for the most part, the shows off what Anohni does best.

 

88. Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles ft. Gucci Mane 


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This track was the soundtrack to the viral ‘Mannequin Challenge’, but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be one of the best songs of the year, it being the best cut from ‘Sremmlife 2’


87 Santigold – Can’t Get Enough of Myself feat. B.C  


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This song is just very very happy and I really like it.


86. Steve Mason – Alive 


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‘Meet The Humans’ was a very strong album all around from Steve Mason, but this track was the best of the bunch, with Mason crafting a spacy, atmospheric vibe.


85. Rat Boy – Move   



Tune.

84. Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up 

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A great pop single from Birdy, showing a change in direction from her previous releases but not losing her appeal.


83. Super Furry Animals – Bing Bong 


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Bing Bong Biddly Bong Bing Bong Biddly Bong

82. Teenage Fanclub – I’m In Love 


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The opening track from Teenage Fanclub’s latest album, ‘Here’ is the best track they have put out in a long time, showing off the band’s trademark harmonies perfectly.

81. Beth Orton – Snow 


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Taken from her album ‘Kidsticks’, ‘Snow’ is a groovy, layered track from Beth Orton that will stick in your head for aages.


80. Izzy Bizu –  Give Me Love 


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One of the breakthrough acts of 2016, having been nominated for the Brits Critic’s Choice award and providing a song for the BBC’s coverage of the World Cup, Izzy Bizu released her debut album ‘A Moment of Madness earlier in the year, with ‘Give Me Love’s being one of the best tracks from it.

79.Spring King – The Summer

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Having one of the easiest to sing along to choruses of the year, Spring King’s ‘The Summer’ was an essential song in their live set this year. 

78. Parekh & Singh – I Love You Baby, I Love You Doll 



One of the nicest albums of the year came from Indian duo Parekh & Singh, with this track being my fave.


77. Savages – The Answer 


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The opening track from ‘Adore Life’ by Savages is my favourite of the lot, the main guitar riff charging through the song.


76. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation

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‘Aviation’ was the strongest track from The Last Shadow Puppets’ second album, with Alex Turner and Miles Kane proving their partnership to still be formidable.


75. Jamie T – Power Over Men


When Jamie T returned with the album ‘Trick’ in 2016, the single ‘Tinfoil Boy’ was really annoying and put me off the whole thing, but ‘Power Over Men’ changed my mind. 


74. Glass Animals – Youth


‘How to Be a Human Being’ by Glass Animals was one of the best albums of 2016, with ‘Youth’ being a great single taken from it. As with the rest of the album, the track has a great, layered instrumental and very well produced vocals.


73. Warpaint – So Good  


Warpaint repeased their v good follow up to their self titled debut album, Heads Up, in 2016. ‘So Good’ is one of the highlights from the project.


72. Weezer – Thank God For Girls 


Weezer made a return to form on their 2016 self titled/White Album. ‘Thank God For Girls’ is catchy af, with clever lyrics and a great melody, this is classic Weezer.

 

71. Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman


‘Phenomenal Woman’ is my favourite track from Laura’s Mercury nommed album ‘The Dreaming Room.’ very clap-along friendly.


70. Daughter – No Care



The drums on this track are incredible and the rest of the track is also very good.



69. Everything Everything  – I Believe It Now 

A one off single from Everything Everything, ‘I Believe It Now’ is an upbeat, fun track from the band that is very, very catchy.

68. Meilyr Jones – How To Recognize A Work Of Art



Featuring one of the best brass sections in a song of the year, ‘How To Recognize A Work Of Art’ is taken from Meilyr Jones’ album ‘2013’


67. Michael Kiwanuka – Black Man In a White World



Michael Kiwanuka’s ‘Love & Hate’ album was his best yet, with ‘Black Man In A White World’ being the lead single from it. 


66. The Kills – Impossible Tracks

Impossible Tracks’ from the Kills’ Ash & Ice album is one of their strongest tracks yet, with the deep guitar riff present from the start of it really making it an essential track from the year.


65. Hooton Tennis Club – Katy Anne Bellis


Hooton Tennis Club really fine-tuned their sound for their second album, resulting in one of the best story-based tracks of the year.

 64. The Crookes – The World Is Waiting 

Lucky Ones by The Crookes was one of my favourite albums of the year, with ‘The World Is Waiting’ being one of the best tracks from it.


63. Blossoms – Blown Rose

Blossoms’ self titled album was one of the best debuts of the year, with ‘Blown Rose’ being a fine example of why the album stayed at #1 on the charts for 2 weeks running. 

62.  Jagwar Ma – O B 1 



Jagwar Ma returned in 2016 with their 2nd album, ‘Every Now & Then.’ O B 1 was the lead single from that album, showing a more polished sound for the band while still retaining the grooves & production that made them popular first time around.

 

61. Teleman – Fall In Time 


The second track on Teleman’s second album, ‘Brilliant Sanity’, Fall In Time gradually builds from a simple piano melody at the start into a fully fledged bop by the end.

60. The 1975 – She’s American 



Taken from one of the strongest pop albums of the year, ‘She’s American’ boasts a very very catchy chorus, and typically clever lyrics.


59. Skepta – Man 



Winning the Mercury Prize in 2016 with his ‘Konnichiwa’ album, this was a great year for Skepta. ‘Man’ is one of the strongest tracks from that album, commenting on his fame and success. “Dressed like I’ve just come from P.E, you’re dressed like you’ve just come from church” is also well worth a mention.


58. Two Door Cinema Club –  Ordinary  


Coming from their first album since 2012, ‘Ordinary’ shows that TDCC’s change in sound paid off, it being one of the best tracks they have released so far.


57. David Bowie – Blackstar 

The opening track from the album of the same name, ‘Blackstar’ is a 9 minute epic, setting the mood for the rest of Bowie’s final album.

56. Ezra Furman – Teddy I’m Ready 


Taken from Ezra’s very strong ‘Big Fugitive Life’ project, ‘Teddy I’m Ready’ is the standout track from it.


55. Christine and the Queens – Narcissus Is Back 




Chaleur Humaine was my favourite album of 2016, with ‘Narcissus Is Back’ being one of the best songs on it. 


54. Misty Miller – Next To You 



Misty Miller released her debut album after a long, long time recording it and getting it out there in 2016. ‘Next To You’ was the pick of the bunch for me, having a great punchy riff throughout and very intimate, clever lyrics.


53. The Magic Gang – All This Way 

One of the catchiest choruses of the year can be found in this song. Taken from their second EP, The Magic Gang show real promise for the future if they keep this quality of release up.

52. Kendrick Lamar – untitled 06 06.30.2014 

Kendrick released a collection of unused tracks from previous projects and still managed to make it one of the best albums of the year. Untitled 06 was one of my favourites from the set, being very laid back and chill compared to others, it shows off his versatility even more.

51. Rihanna – Desperado

Anti is the best album that Rihanna has ever released, and Desperado was one of the best songs on the project; dramatic but not too over the top, the track is one of her best.

50. Trash – Workout

Workout is Trash’s best single so far, with the band sounding the cleanest and most focused they have so far, while still maintaining their original sound.

49. Iggy Pop – Gardenia 

This track surprised me, having not listened to much Iggy Pop before hearing it the song grabbed me with its shimmery guitar line and simple, but very catchy chorus this is a great track from Iggy.

 

48. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – I Feel It Coming 

2016 was a big year for The Weeknd, with his ‘Starboy’ album one of the biggest of the last 12 months. ‘I Feel it Coming’ is one of the best tracks off that album, sounding very, very 80’s but at the same time having a modern feel to it, with Daft Punk’s production really shining on the song.

 

47. Hinds – Garden

Hinds released their debut album, ‘Leave Me Alone’ in 2016. ‘Garden’ is my favourite track from that album.

 

46. Chvrches ft. Hayley Williams – Bury It 

‘Bury It’ was one of the strongest tracks from Chvrches’ second album ‘Every Open Eye’ when it was released back in 2015, finally it was released as a single in 2016, with a feature from Hayley Williams of Paramore.

 

45. Kanye West – Father Stretch My Hands

Taken from his ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album, this is Kanye at his weirdest, and best he has been for a long time, the two part track incorporating Desiigner’s ‘Panda’ among an array of other samples.

44. Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

This 6 minute long epic track from Car Seat Headrest’s great ‘Teens Of Denial’ album is simply great, with some of the best lyrics of the year and the track builds up very nicely towards the final chorus/outro.

43. Metronomy – Old Skool

Metronomy’s ‘Summer 08’ album is full of bangers, and ‘Old Skool’ is one of the best, being exceptionally groovy.

42. Field Music – Disappointed

‘Commontime’ was Field Music’s best album so far, and ‘Disappointed’ is a great single taken from it, and in no way disappointing.

41. Sunflower Bean – Easier Said

Sunflower Bean released their first full length album, ‘Human Ceremony’ in 2016. ‘Easier Said’ is my favourite track from the album, showing off the great harmonies and melodies the band do so well.

40. Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira – Where The Light Gets In

This is the best single to come from Primal Scream in a long time, and Sky Ferreira’s vocals work very well with the sound of the rest of the group, especially alongside Bobby Gillespie who also pulls his weight in the track.

39. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate

This single is taken from the album of the same name by Michael Kiwanuka, and is also the strongest single he has released so far. Very toe-tappable.


38. Ariana Grande – Into You

Ariana’s ‘Dangerous Woman’ was one of the best ‘mainstream’ albums of the year, and Into You is the strongest track off that album, with great production and just generally being good.

37. Spring King – Rectifier  

One of the strongest tracks from Spring King’s debut album, Rectifier is punchy, and really shows off just how good drummer/singer Tarek Musa is.

36. Mystery Jets – Bubblegum

‘Curve Of The Earth’ was a really strong album from Mystery Jets, but the track ‘Bubblegum’ really stood out for me, with a really, realy catchy keyboard melody throughout, aswell as great vocals on the track by Blaine Harrison.

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35. Beyonce – Hold Up

 My favourite track from Beyonce’s ‘Lemonade’ project, ‘Hold Up’ is a bouncing track, and the video is just incredible. 

34. Amber Arcades – Right Now

‘Fading Lines’ by Amber Arcades was in my top 10 albums of 2016 list, and ‘Right Now’ is my favourite track from that album, with Annelotte de Graaf’s vocals really shining through.

33. Skepta ft. Pharrell – Numbers

‘Numbers’ is one of my favourite tracks from Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’ album,talking about how he is sick of numbers and the press. The Pharrell feature on the track makes it even better.


32. Loyle Carner & Rebel Kleff – NO CD

A great single from Loyle Carner, NO CD has brilliant lyrics, and Rebel Kleff’s feature adds to it well, the two of them working well together.

31.The 1975 -The Sound

 One of the catchiest songs of the year, ‘The Sound’ is extremely poppy compared to some of the older 1975 songs, but the sound suits the band very well.


30.The Big Moon –  Nothing Without You

‘Nothing Without You’ is my favourite single that The Big Moon have released so far, with a great chorus and guitar riff throughout.  

29.DJ Shadow ft. Run The Jewels – Nobody Speak

 One of the best hip-hop tracks of the year, ‘Nobody Speak’ features one of the best performances by Run The Jewels so far, featuring the great lyric ‘flame your crew quicker than Trump fucks his youngest’ 

28.The Crookes – Roman Candle

The strongest track from The Crookes’ ‘Lucky Ones’ album, Roman Candle is a great piece of synth fueled pop music. 


27.The Kills – Doing It To Death

 In my opinion the best track The Kills have ever released, ‘Doing It To Death’ has one of the strongest guitar riffs of the year.



26.David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away

 One of my favourite tracks from Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ album, ‘I Can’t Give Everything Away’ is an emotional track about how he can’t give everything away.


25.Rihanna ft. SZA – Consideration

The opening track from Rihanna’s ‘Anti’ album, ‘Consideration’ is a minimalist bop, with Ri and SZA’s vocals working extremely well together.


24. Christine and The Queens – Science Fiction

 Another great track from Christine’s ‘Chaleur Humaine’. ‘Science Fiction’ is a top piece of leftfield pop.


23. David Bowie – Lazarus

 ‘Lazarus’ is my favourite track from David Bowie’s ‘Blackstar’ album, the track becoming even more poignant after he passed away in early 2016.


22.CRX – Slow Down

Nick Valensi of The Strokes’ new band CRX released their debut album in 2016, and ‘Slow Down’ is my favourite track from that album, with Nick proving himself to be a great vocalist on his own.

21.Nina Nesbitt – Chewing Gum

One of the best pop singles of the year, Chewing Gum showed a change in direction for Nina, but it’s a change that is most welcome.

20.Shura – Touch  

A brilliantly produced synth-pop single from Shura, with a very, very catchy chorus.

19.Blossoms – Charlemagne

Blossoms’ debut album was full of great, catchy indie-pop tracks, with ‘Charlemagne’ being the strongest for me out of the lot.


18. Two Door Cinema Club – Are We Ready? (Wreck)  

na na na na na na na na


17.Field Music – The Noisy Days Are Over

 ‘The Noisy Days Are Over’ is my favourite Field Music track so far, with the great percussion and brass section making the track one of the best of the year.

16.Radiohead – Burn The Witch

The opening track from Radiohead’s ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ is one of their best for a long time; the slowly building strings throughout the track and Thom’s great vocals make it one of their best singles for a long time.

15.Skepta ft. Novelist – Lyrics

My favourite track from Skepta’s mercury winning album ‘Konnichiwa’ has a great feature from fellow grime artist Novelist, and a very memorable chorus

14.Metronomy – Night Owl

 ‘Night Owl’ is the strongest single Metronomy released from the ‘Summer 08’ album, with Joe Mount providing great vocals over Sonic the Hedgehog esque synths.

13. Miike Snow – Genghis Khan

A great, unique track from Miike Snow, with an insanely catchy chorus and another great music video.

12. Estrons – Drop  

Estrons are one of my favourite new bands I discovered in 2016, and ‘Drop’ is my favourite single they have released so far, proving them to be one of the most exciting new bands out there, the track has a great vocal performance from lead singer Tali.

11.Temples – Certainty

‘Certainty’ is the first single to be taken from Temples’ upcoming second album, Volcano. The track is simply brilliant, with a great catchy synth melody and spacy vocals on the chorus.

10.Oscar – Sometimes

 Oscar released his debut album ‘Cut and Paste’ in 2016, and his single ‘Sometimes’ is one of the catchiest songs of the year, with the simple guitar riff and Oscar’s unique vocals making it a standout track for me.

9.Teleman – Dusseldorf

‘Dusseldorf’ is my favourite song from Teleman’s second album, ‘Brilliant Sanity’ The great lyrics and the production on the track really add to the brilliant melody that Teleman have written for the song. Nice.

8.Kendrick Lamar – untitled 07 levitate

 My favourite track from Kendrick’s ‘Untitled Unmastered’ project, ‘Levitate’ is one of Kendrick’s best cuts to date. Levitate levitate levitate levitate.

7.The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy

 By far one of the best tracks The Weeknd has ever produced, the vocals on the song are incredible, and the production by Daft Punk is spot on. Just a great track.

 

6.Glass Animals – Life Itself

From when the percussion first hits to when the track ends, ‘Life Itself’ is a certified jam™

5.Christine and The Queens – Tilted

One of the best tracks of the year, ‘Tilted’ was one of the main reasons that Christine & The Queens really blew up in 2016. You can see why really.

4.Whyte Horses – Promise I Do

One of the most upbeat tracks of the year, ‘Promise I Do’ by Whyte Horses manages to sound like both an old song you love and nothing you’ve ever heard before. Brilliant production and great vocals on the track make it one of the best of the year.

3.A Tribe Called Quest – We The People….

 

‘We The People’ is the standout track from A Tribe Called Quest’s last album ‘We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service’, which was one of my albums of the year.

2.Declan McKenna – Isombard

 

Having released a few singles before this, Declan really stepped it up on ‘Isombard’, providing one of the best tracks of the year. If he keeps this up he really is one to watch.

1. Warpaint – New Song

 

This hasn’t left my head since the first time I heard it, and I don’t really want it to. Catchy, but also very well written & produced. Warpaint have done a pop song and it is really really good.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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