Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Top Songs of 2016: 21-40

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40. “Are These My Jets” 
(30 Days, 30 Songs project)

Troubled political climates can have a musical upside, at least. The EL VY entry in Dave Egger's anti-Trump project had the benefit of being less on-the-nose than Death Cab's "Million Dollar Loan" and Franz Ferdinand's "Demagogue" 

39. “Starboy” 
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk 

38. “Burn the Witch” 
(A Moon Shaped Pool)

A Moon Shaped Pool is a great listen, but it works better for us as a full album than as a collection of individual songs, "Burn the Witch" excluded

37. “Only Child” 
(Jet Plane and Oxbow)

36. “Need to Know” 
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Chance the Rapper 
(This Unruly Mess I’ve Made)

35. “Way We Won’t” 

First new music in over a decade, with an upcoming album to be produced by Danger Mouse, ensuring a level of pleasant competence

34. “Kanye West” 
Young Thug ft. Wyclef Jean 

33. “I Love My Lawyer” 
Ofelia K 
(Chaos Cave EP)

32. “Self Control” 
Frank Ocean 

31. “Still the One” 
Ingrid Michaelson 
(It Doesn’t Have to Make Sense)

30. “Rings” 
Aesop Rock 
(The Impossible Kid)

Slap a better chorus on this and it's a top 15 song easy

29. “And We Bid You Goodnight” (Grateful Dead cover) 
Sam Amidon 
(Day of the Dead)

28. “Sexual” 
NEIKED ft. Dyo 

If the Marvin Gaye family collected royalties on "Blurred Lines", they should clean up here

27. “Bellevue” 
Andrew Bird 
(Are You Serious)

26. “BWU” 
Tegan and Sara 
(Love You to Death)

25. “Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)” 
Sturgill Simpson 
(A Sailor’s Guide to Earth)

2:43 --"and if some time / daddy has to go away"

24. “Death Dream” 
Frightened Rabbit 
(Painting of a Panic Attack)

A ridiculously strong album, from start to finish

23. “I’ll Be the Night” 
(Suicide Songs)

22. “Tha Crossroads” (Bone Thugs-n-Harmony cover) 
Cold Chilling Collective 

How did this weird Starbucks-fodder album of glossed-up hip hop covers manage to sort of, kind of improve on the classic source material?

21. “No Divide” 
You Won’t 

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