Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Top 100 Tracks of 2016




100.

"A Burning Hill"
by Mitski
Puberty 2






99.

"Blessings" (feat. Jamila Woods)
by Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book







98.

"Laser Gun" (feat. MAI LAN)
by M83
Junk









97.

"Panda"
by Desiigner
Panda - Single









96.

"Shades of Blue"
by Vic Mensa
There's Alot Going On









95.

"Sorry"
by Beyoncé
Lemonade









94.

"Past Live"
by Local Natives
Sunlit Youth









93.

"THat Part" (feat. Kanye West)
by ScHoolboy Q
Blank Face LP









92.

"Controlla"
by Drake
VIEWS









91.

"In a Black Out"
by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine









90.

untitled 07 | levitate
by Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.









89.

"LSD" (feat. Chance the Rapper)
by Jamila Woods
HEAVN








88.

"The Trapper and the Furrier"
by Regina Spektor
Remember Us to Life









87.

"Three Sides of Nazareth"
by Nicolas Jarr
Sirens









86.

"Stay"
by Mac Miller
The Divine Feminine









85.

"Redbone"
by Childish Gambino
Awaken, My Love!









84.

"Cash Machine"
by D.R.A.M.
Big Babby D.R.A.M.









83.

"When It Rain"
by Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition 








82.

"Bad and Boujee" (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
by Migos
Bad and Boujee - Single









81.

"Shut Up and Kiss Me"
by Angel Olsen
My Woman









80.

"When the Truth Is..."
by by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine









79.

"Pink + White"
by Frank Ocean
Blonde








78.

"E.V.P."
by Blood Orange
Freetown Sound









77.

"The Sound"
by The 1975
I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are...









76.

"Legend Has It"
by Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 3









75.

"Diddy Bop" (feat. Cam O'bi and Raury)
by Noname
Telefone









74.

"PHOTOBOOTH"
by Joey Purp
iiiDrops







73.

"March"
by Keaton Henson
Kindly Now








72.

"No Problem" (feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne)
by Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book








71.

"Am I Wrong" (feat. ScHoolboy Q)
by Anderson .Paak
Malibu









70.

"DRIVE ME CRAZY" (feat. Vic Mensa)
by KAYTRANADA
99.9%









69.

"Glow"
by Porches
Pool









68.

"Cosmic Hero"
by Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial








67.

"Work" (feat. Drake)
by Rihanna
ANTI









66.

"I Can't Give It All Away"
by David Bowie
Blackstar







65.

"Conrad Tokyo" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
by A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service








64.

"Wood"
by Rostam
Wood - Single









63.

"Famous" (feat. Rihanna and Swizz Beatz)
by Kanye West
The Life of Pablo









62.

"Wanted You"
by Twin Peaks
Down in Heaven









61.

"When the Tequila Runs Out"
by Dawes
We're All Gonna Die









60.

"8 (circle)"
by Bon Iver
22, A Million









59.

"Eh"
by Death Grips
Bottomless Pit









58.

"Fake Love"
by Drake
More Life









57.

"No Woman"
by Whitney
Light Upon the Lake









56.

"Burn the Witch"
by Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool









55.

"Pneumonia"
by Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition









54.

"War Ready" (feat. André 3000)
by Vince Staples
Prima Donna









53.

"Why Did You Separate Me from the Earth?"
by ANOHNI
HOPELESSNESS









52.

"No More Parties in LA" (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
by Kanye West
The Life of Pablo









51.

"Hold Up"
by Beyoncé
Lemonade









50.

"All Night" (feat. Knox Fortune)
by Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book









49.

"Yesterday"
by Noname
Telefone









48.

"On the Lips"
by Frankie Cosmos
Next Thing









47.

"Me and Your Momma"
by Childish Gambino
Awaken, My Love!









46.

"FloriDada"
by Animal Collective
Painting With









45.

"Why You Always Hatin'?" (feat. Drake and Kamaiyah)
by YG
Still Brazy









44.

"Timeless"
by James Blake
The Colour in Everything









43.

"Ride Out" (feat. Vince Staples)
by ScHoolboy Q
Blank Face LP









42.

"Pick Up the Phone" (feat. Quavo)
by Travis Scott and Young Thug
Pick Up the Phone - Single









41.

"untitled 05 | 09.21.2014"
by Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.









40.

"Underwater"
by Porches
Pool









39.

"Distant Sky"
by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Skeleton Tree









38.

"Girls @" (feat. Chance the Rapper)
by Joey Purp
iiiDrops









37.

"Cranes in the Sky"
by Solange
A Seat at the Table









36.

"Broccoli" (feat. Lil Yatchy)
by D.R.A.M.
Big Baby D.R.A.M.









35.

"VRY BLK" (feat. Noname)
by Jamila Woods
HEAVN









34.

"History Lesson"
by Nicolas Jarr
Sirens









33.

"Frankie Sinatra" (feat. Danny Brown)
by The Avalanches
Wildflower









32.

"Real Friends" (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
by Kanye West
The Life of Pablo









31.

"Summer Friends" (feat. Jeremih and Francis and the Lights)
by Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book









30.

"Lazarus"
by David Bowie
Blackstar









29.

"Heart Don't Stand a Chance"
by Anderson .Paak
Malibu









28.

"The Ballad of the Costa Concordia"
by Car Seat Headrest
Teens of Denial









27.

"Talk to Me"
by Run the Jewels
Run the Jewels 3









26.

"Nights"
by Frank Ocean
Blonde








25.

"Dang!" (feat. Anderson .Paak)
by Mac Miller
The Devine Feminine









24.

"1000 Times"
by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
I Had a Dream That You Were Mine









23.

"Daydreaming"
by Radiohead
A Moon Shaped Pool









22.

"Kanye West" (feat. Wyclef Jean)
by Young Thug
JEFFERY









21.

"I Need A Forrest Fire" (feat. Bon Iver)
by James Blake
The Colour In Anything









20.

"You Want it Darker"
by Leonard Cohen
You Want it Darker









19.

"Really Doe" (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt)
by Danny Brown
Atrocity Exhibition









18.

"Ivy"
by Frank Ocean
Blonde








17.

"22 (Over Soon) [Bob Moose Extended Cab Version]"
by Bon Iver
22, A Million









16.

"Child's Play"
by Drake
VIEWS









15.

"Woman"
by Angel Olsen
My Woman









14.

"Fool"
by Frankie Cosmos
Next Thing







13.

"Be Apart"
by Porches
Pool









12.

"untitled 02 | 06.23.2014"
by Kendrick Lamar
untitled unmastered.









11.

"Same Drugs"
by Chance the Rapper
Coloring Book









10.

"Your Best American Girl"
by Mitski
Puberty 2

Mitski's masterful work on Puberty 2 is highlighted by Your Best American Girl. The track starts off so quiet and melancholy and sets a great mood and I would have enjoyed the song thoroughly had it remained that way, but at the 1:24 mark an explosion of guitars and drums kick in making this one of the most epic and astounding tracks of the year.








9.

"Obsolete"
by Regina Spektor
Remember Us to Life

This time of the year always seems to be a sort of sad and lonely time for me, as I'm sure it is for many others, and it's hard to really express how it is you're feeling and then a song like this finds you. Regina's striking vocals and devastating piano compositions on this track left me breathless but also with a sense of comfort, the comfort of knowing that I'm not the only one who feels this way, the comfort of being able to relate and to feel this with her.





8.

"16 Shots"
by Vic Mensa
There's Alot Going On

Vic Mensa is just 23 years old but speaks with the volume and knowledge of an artist who has been around for a long time and who has seen many things, and in a way this is true. Vic grew up on the south side of Chicago, a place where kids often see things other children might never conceive. He's experienced violence and oppression his whole life, with out choice. Vic embraces his blackness and is awake in this dark world and both are on full display in the powerful and haunting "16 Shots", a track from a young man who has already seen so much and has so much to say.




7.

"Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1" (feat. Kid Cudi)
by Kanye West
The Life of Pablo

At only a short and sweet 2 minuets and 15 seconds (including the opening interlude that lasts 34 seconds before there is any trace of a comprehensive song) Kanye manages to create on of the most fun choruses of 2016 through Kid Cudi's unique vocals and one of the most enjoyable tracks of the year, all while raping about feeling like an asshole for getting the bleach from a model's asshole on his t-shirt. A true visionary.



6.

"We the People..."
by A Tribe Called Quest
We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service

2016 was a terrifying year for many of us, especially those who are considered "different." There couldn't have been a better time for Tribe to make a come back, and even after the loss of the great Phife Dog they still did it. We the People... is the strongest track off of their latest LP and as usual it features them doing what they do best, giving a voice to the voiceless in a miraculous display of hip-hop and they're calling everyone out. "The fog and the smog of the news media that logs / false narratives of Gods that came up against the odds."




5.

"GLOWED UP" (feat. Anderson .Paak)
by KAYTRANADA
99.9%

GLOWED UP features easily the best production on all of KAYTRANADA's stellar debut LP, 99.9%, but it's really Anderson .Paak that shines here. .Paak has proven that he can really do it all musically, but his incredible flow and lyricism are on full display here, showing that he really should be doing more hip-hop/rap joints, but the fact that he doesn't do them often is what makes them, and this track, so damn sweet.




4.

"Nikes"
by Frank Ocean
Blonde

After the 4 year wait that felt like 40 years, Frank finally returned to us and Nikes was the first and only single he dropped before releasing Blonde, and it was all we needed, really. A track that displays all the fantastic things we love about Frank, his cryptic, smooth lyrics, his incomparable vocals (even when they're manipulated for the first 3 minutes of the song, which is beautiful and genius and anybody who thinks otherwise is an idiot) and the impeccable musical compositions he is able to orchestrate. An instant classic.





3.

"Formation"
by Beyonce
Lemonade

In similar fashion to her stellar 2013 self titled release, Formation was dropped out of nowhere with almost no notice until after she made a surprise appearance at last years Super Bowl, and yet again, Bey made our jaws drop to the floor. Formation is the best song Beyoncé has ever made, and that's really saying something. It's powerful, it's political and it fucking bangs, dude. Play this at any club or bar and you will get people (especially me) on their feet shakin they damn ass.



2.

"Ultralight Beam" (feat. Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price and Kirk Franklin)
by Kanye West
The Life of Pablo


I remember the first time I listened to Ultralight Beam. I had missed the first few minutes of the Yeezy S3 show but I knew that the track had been played and featured Chance the Rapper, which was a delight in it's own. Later that day I re-watched the show and finally heard the track I'd waited all day for and I swear to God (no pun intended) I shed a tear. Kanye opens The Life of Pablo with a heartwarming, emotional love letter to his faith, his God, and his musical identity, all while only being featured in the song for just a few lines. He steps back and gives the spotlight to fellow Chicagoan and future star of the world, Chance the Rapper, as he delivers the verse of a lifetime on the opening track of an album made by his childhood hero, Kanye West. This is truly a God dream.


1.

"29 #Strafford APTS"
by Bon Iver
22, A Million

There are so many things I want to say about this track and what it means to me. I want to talk about how many times I've listen to this song and cried. How many times I felt like I had lost hope for life, love, and a number of other things and all it took to cheer me up was a quick listen to this song. I want to talk about how Bon Iver's music has always been there for me in the emotional trials in my life, but never more than 29 #Strafford APTS has been. I really wish I could truly explain why and how this song has been such a vital part of my year and of my life, but I think I'm just going to let the magnificent beauty of Justin Vernon's vocals and compositions do the talking for me. Listen to this song.




You can find a playlist of almost all of these tracks plus many more HERE.

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