Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Top Songs of 2016: 41-60

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60. “Come Home” 
Cloud Cult 
(The Seeker)

Cloud Cult is perhaps the most unpretentious, sincere band out there. It can be a bit much, but we love them for it. 

59. “California” 
Childish Gambino 
("Awaken, My Love!”)

Those who like the album hate this song because it calls bullshit on the whole affair. As talented as Glover is (and Atlanta would top our list of new television), "Awaken, My Love!" feels like mimicry to us. Which makes this a Ween album. And "California" is a damned fine Ween song. 

58. “The Big Big Beat” 
Azealia Banks

Maybe the least likable person on this list, but that Biggie sample kills. 

57. “Warning Call (Theme from Mirror’s Edge Catalsyt)” 
(Every Open Eye – Extended Edition)

56. “On Hold” 
The xx 
(I See You)

55. “8 (circle)” 
Bon Iver 
(22, A Million)

To our ears, Lambchop did alt-folk reinvention better in 2016

54. “untitled 08 | 09.06.2014” 
Kendrick Lamar 
(untitled unmastered.)

53. “No Hard Feelings” 
The Avett Brothers 
(True Sadness)

52. “Youngblood” 
Green Day 
(Revolution Radio)

"Are you broken / like I'm broken? / are you stranded? / she said: 'fuck you I'm from Oakland' "

51. “Older and Taller” 
Regina Spektor 
(Remember Us to Life)

50. “By Design” 
Kid Cudi ft. Andre Benjamin 
(Passion, Pain and Demon Slayin’)

Welcome back to making decent music Kid

49. “Open Your Eyes” 
School of Seven Bells 

48. “It’s Heaven” 

With two albums released in 2016, this is an under-performance from one of our favorite bands

47. “Love is Blinds 
(Long Way Home)

46. “Cool Papa Bell” 
Paul Simon 
(Stranger to Stranger)

Despite much critical love, Bowie and the Stones didn't make it this year -- but Paul Simon can represent for the '60s/'70s well enough

45. “Silly Me” 
(Amen & Goodbye)

44. “Reaper” 
(This is Acting)

43. “Laughter is the Best Medicine” 
Cass McCombs 
(Mangy Love)

Spoken word lyrics are reminiscent of Alan Ginsburg on The Clash's "Ghetto Defendant"

42. “There Will Be Time” 
Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal 

41. “Good House” 
(Sleep Cycle)

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