For me, 2016 was a year where my opportunities to check out new music diminished somewhat. Having limited internet (and having to share that source with the 2 other people in the family home) since my previous service was cut off back in January meant that I haven't been able to listen to music/browse YouTube all that often as I've had to keep in mind the dwindling data balance. It's amazing how much data gets chewed up watching videos!
Regardless of that, I've still managed to rustle up a list of my favourite tunes of 2016. Just like last year, my favourite song of the year comes from an Australian....and that tune is the one I'm starting this post with (the rest of my faves are in random order):
Matt Corby - Sooth Lady Wine
Thomston feat Wafia - Window Seat
Wafia - Heartburn
Zara Larsson - Lush Life
James Blake - Radio Silence
Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
DNCE - Cake By The Ocean
Broods - Free
Drake feat Rihanna - Too GoodWhilst I thought One Dance was shit (and Fake Love for that matter), this track about relationship ennui hit the musical sweet spot IMO. Unfortunately I can't find a video nor a proper actual version of this song (fuck all the YouTubers & their fake videos!), but I'm pretty sure music lovers know how this song goes. Is it strange that I don't like it when Drizzy features on RiRi's songs, yet reverse the combination & it somehow works for me? (For example, I can't stand Work or What's My Name, but gimme Take Care or this song & I'm all over it.)
OTHER NOTABLE MENTIONS
Dami Im - The Sound of Silence
The Temper Trap - Thick As Thieves
Didn't like anything from their previous album, but this title track from their 3rd album was dark, atmospheric & promising in sound.
KT Tunstall - Evil Eye
This would've made it into the main list had I listened to it a lot more. As far as I'm concerned, my favourite Scottish singer-songwriter returned to her usual catchy form here. I'm still kicking myself for not buying KIN (her 5th album & the album from which this song hails) whilst I was in Honolulu because now I can't get it here...unless I want to pay $30 for an imported copy. (Before anyone suggests Spotify, soz but I like the physical medium.)
Remi feat Sampa The Great - For Good
Good reggae-infused track from 2 up & coming African-Aussie rappers. The video really doesn't fit the sunny vibe of the song, but I like Sampa's verse on this.
Beyoncé - Freedom, Sorry & Hold Up
Queen B yet again showed us why she's the mistress of the stealth album with Lemonade blowing people's minds in 2016 & keeping us wondering just who is "Becky with the good hair" & "what's worse, looking jealous or crazy?". Mixing the personal & the political, Lemonade explored themes of infidelity, sexuality, empowerment & race & without a doubt was probably on a few top album lists of 2016. Whilst I don't consider myself to be a huge fan of my fellow Virgo (more like a casual fan), these 3 songs (plus Don't Hurt Yourself & perhaps Formation) are, IMO, the best on that album. Freedom in particular uplifts me - Ima keep on runnin' cos a winner don't quit on themselves 💙💙
Zayn - BeFoUr + Niall Horan - This Town
I don't know whether I ought to call these additions guilty pleasures or good pop tunes deserving of a place in this list. I'm not a fan of anything 1D in the slightest, but I have to (a) hand it to Zayn for having the balls to go solo because the solo stuff I've heard from him beats anything 1D ever did (especially the tune I've mentioned here) & (b) also hand it to Niall for creating a beautifully sentimental song & also beating anything he did in 1D.
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What were your favourite songs of 2016?