Thursday, December 8, 2016
2016 Favorite Songs (Numbers 20-11)
Getting closer to the top:
20. Frank Ocean - "Nights"
I am not a huge fan of his album Blond, and I think I must be one of the few that was immune to it. With that said, this song was what I wanted the album to be, emotionally grounded and yet experimental. This track can be listened to here on Spotify.
19. A Tribe Called Quest - "We the People..."
So glad these guys are back. And this song speaks to the times we live in.
18. Ariana Grande - "Thinking About You"
I went with this song because it showcases her amazing vocal range and, also, it is a fucking killer ballad.
17. Beacon - "Escapements"
Icy synth pop that still has a human heart beating underneath.
16. Totemo - "Prime"
Totemo has a way of making her songs feel like inhabitable dwellings. You feel the creak of floors, the shutting of doors. This song feels like a journey from dark corners into the light of day.
15. Róisín Murphy - "Thoughts Wasted"
Amazingly quirky pop song from the incomparable Ms. Murphy. The spoken word interlude is devastating.
14. The Weeknd - "Secrets"
This track can be listened to here on Spotify.
One of the best pop tracks of the year. I love how he keeps his voice in a lower register. And the sample of Tears for Fears' "Pale Shelter" is killer.
13. Local Natives - "Fountain of Youth"
This song gives me goosebumps every time.
12. Warpaint - "New Song"
"Because of you/I am where I belong."
11. Alicia Keys - "In Common"
Alicia Keys definitely makes a dysfunctional relationship sound sexy.