2016 best of 2016

Construxnunchux's Top 100 Songs of 2016

11:01:00 AMPaul Clemente

It goes without saying that 2016 was a grevous year for the music industry. Losing artistic vanguards like Bowie, Prince, and Killmeister was jarring to fans of all genres.

From this tragedy came one of the most hauting pieces of work from David Bowie this year. BlackStar was really good when it came out at the waning hours of 2015 but when you re-listen to it with the knowlege of his impending passing it turns into a whole new experience.

The Avalanches, after a 15 year hiatus, came out with new material and it's brilliant. The entire album is a journey through a flea market vinyl box at Tim Burton's house. It's flawless integration of obscure genres and etheral themes. It's probably my favorite album release this year.

This list mutated alot this year and over 50 songs didn't make the cut. Using Spotify exclusively this year really helped me to keep atune to all the new releases and find some absolute gems. As always, it's very electronically biased since that's my personal preference.

Surprisingly, hip-hop did not offer me much this year. clipping and Run the Jewels are too damn good making everyone else in the genre really hard to get my attention.

As bad as 2016 was more most people personally, I think the music industry really gave us alot to enjoy. Hopefully 2017 will bring us that Tool album we've been waiting for since 2001.


Here is the Spotify version of my list this year:


Here are my 10 Favorite Songs:

 10. Burial - Young Death



9. Health - Crusher



8. Glass Animals - Life Itself




7. James Blake - Radio Silence




6. The Struts - Roll Up



5. Frances - Don't Worry About Me




4. Moby - Are You Lost In The World Like Me?



3. Har Mar Superstar - How Did I Get Through The Day?



2. clipping - wriggle



 1. The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra



Here is the whole list:

1 Frankie Sinatra - Extended Mix - The Avalanches
2 Life Itself - Glass Animals
3 Comfortable (feat. X Ambassadors) - The Knocks
4      Health - Crusher
5 Good Grief - Bastille
6 Wriggle - clipping
7 How Did I Get Through the Day? - Har Mar Superstar
8 Ghost in a Kiss - Clams Casino
9 Sex & Drugs - A Giant Dog
10 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
11 Are You Lost In the World Like Me? - Moby
12 Wait & See - Majical Cloudz
13 Roll Up - The Struts
14 Don't Worry About Me - Frances
15 Distant Past - Everything Everything
16 HandClap - Fitz and The Tantrums
17 Ha Ha Ha Ha (Yeah) - White Denim
18 Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels) - DJ Shadow
19 Radio Silence - James Blake
20 When It Rain - Danny Brown
21 Victorious - Wolfmother
22 Secret Scream - The Black Queen
23 Banana Brain - Die Antwoord
24 Wow - Beck
25 All Night - Crystal Fighters
26 Giving Bad People Good Ideas - Death Grips
27 One Of Us - Dawes
28 Starboy - The Weeknd
29 Talk to Me - Run The Jewels
30 Death Dream - Frightened Rabbit
31 Burn the Witch - Radiohead
32 Road of Resistance - BABYMETAL
33 Gamble for a Rose - King Charles
34 All I Need - The Frights
35 Happiness - Pet Shop Boys
36 Mystery Fish - Aesop Rock
37 The Fool - Fleshgod Apocalypse
38 By My Side - The Interrupters
39 There Will Be Time - Mumford & Sons
40 Trouble - Mouthe
41 Ocho Cinco - DJ Snake
42 Singularity - New Order
43 A 1000 Times - Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
44 Bleed Gold, Piss Excellence - Cherub
45 m’lover - Kishi Bashi
46 Stunt Queen - Bloc Party
47 Break Into Your Heart - Iggy Pop
48 And I Grew into Ribbons - Street Sects
49 No More Shame, No More Fear, No More Dread - AJJ
50 Skylab1979 - The Faint
51 It's You - B├śRNS
52 The Sound Of Silence - Disturbed
53 Mutant Brain - Sam Spiegel
54 Intern - Angel Olsen
55 You Take Half - Ivy Lab 20 20 Mix - Rob Bravery
56 Loosen Up - B00ty
57 Playa - Original Mix - Player Dave
58 Do It, Try It - M83
59 Down - Marian Hill
60 LITE SPOTS - KAYTRANADA
61 Victorious (National Anthem) - Yak
62 Don't Kill The Messenger - Night Riots
63 Descent - 18+
64 As If - Sleigh Bells
65 Age-Age Money - LADYBABY
66 Char - Crystal Castles
67 Daniel in the Lions' Den - Walter Martin
68 Isbd - Zelooperz
69 T5 - Swet Shop Boys
70 What I Need - Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
71 Change Your Life (You Can Do It) - Dan Deacon
72 Young Death - Burial
73 A.M. - araabMUZIK
74 Part One - Hey, No Pressure - Ray LaMontagne
75 In Bloom - Sturgill Simpson
76 Destruction - Joywave
77 Reformer - Darkstar
78 Square Hammer - Ghost B.C.
79 I Can't Give Everything Away - David Bowie
80 River - Bishop Briggs
81 The Sound - The 1975
82 Fill in the Blank - Car Seat Headrest
83 Rivers - Chevelle
84 Same Old Blues - Phantogram
85 We The People.... - A Tribe Called Quest
86 TKO - Bassnectar
87 Hardwired - Metallica
88 C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l - Edit - The Chemical Brothers
89 The Answer - Savages
90 What You Really Mean - Violent Femmes
91 Me and Your Mama - Childish Gambino
92 Natural Selection - Animal Collective
93 Only Heaven - Coldcut
94 Tilikum - Benjamin Francis Leftwich
95 Fire - Justice
96 a new family - Felicita
97 To The Hilt - Banks
98 Why Tho - um..
99 Baby Do You Wanna Bump - Todd Terje & The Olsens
100 Dark Necessities - Red Hot Chili Peppers

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