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Best of 2016: 187 Songs We Liked A Whole Lot

Posted by January 3rd, 2017 1 Comment »

Our annual year-end coverage begins with a list of our favorite songs. No rankings. No separating national artists from the oodles of Seattle-area artists making great music. No mid-article ads. No slide show formats to sell more ads. No pretense that we’ve collectively determined the “best” music of 2016. Just an alphabetical list of the single tracks we most enjoyed listening to this year with handy links to hear them and learn more about the artists.

We’ve also made a handy playlist so you can hear most (about 10 of our choices are not available on the Spotify platform) of the tracks easily, in one spot.

In the comments section below, please share links to some of your favorite tracks released in 2016.

The following Contributors and Co-Conspirators contributed to this list: Aino Vaino; Andy Bookwalter; Aaron Semer; Adam Lawrence; Ben Allen; Cameron Deuel; Cee Cee Garmendia; Chandler Strutz; Christine Mitchel; Dan Lurie; Frida Ray; Gabe Baker; Gary Horn; Graham Isaac; Gred Lehman; Ian Bremner; Jake Hanson; Jess Sweetman; Jon Rooney; Lynae Cook; Matt Ashworth; Nick Anderson; Paul Stinson; Sam Hardy; Sean DeTore; Sunita Martini; Tim Basaraba; and Travis Trautt.

A Giant Dog – “Creep” and “Sex & Drugs”

Actionesse – “Hellbama”

Amanda Bergman – “Falcons”

Amanda Winterhalter – “I’m 100 Years Old”

Anderson .Paak – “The Bird” and “Come Down”

Angel Olsen – “Shut Up Kiss Me” and “Sister”

Beck – “Wow”

Bell Biv Devoe – “Run”

Best Coast – “California Nights”

Beyonce – “Formation”

Bishop Briggs – “River”

Black Mountain – “Crucify Me” and “Mothers of the Sun”

Bleached – “Sour Candy”

Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)”

Brand New – “Out of Range” 

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CC Dust – “Never Going to Die”

Car Seat Headrest – “Drunk Driver / Killer Whales” and “(Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs” and “Vincent”

Chance the Rapper – “All Night” and “Angels (feat. Saba)” and “No Problem”  and “Finishing Line Drown”

Crystal Desert – “Revenge Complex”

Dark Blue – “Vicious Romance”

David Bowie – “Blackstar” and “Lazarus”

David Thomas Broughton – “Crippling Lack Pt. 2”

Deep Sea Diver – “Great Light” and “Wide Awake”

DJ Shadow – “Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels)”

D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”

Drive By Truckers – “Ramon Casiano”

El Guincho – “Muchos Boys”

Elliphant – “Step Down”

Eric Bachman – “Belong to You”

Erik Blood – “Chase The Clouds” and “Quiet”

Ever So Android – “Pretty Teeth” (#41for2015)

Far & Son – “Pizza Twist”

Feral Ohms – “Teenage God Born to Die”

The Flat Five – “I Could Fall In Love With You”

Flume – “Never Be Like You”

Frank Ocean – “Nights” and “Nikes” and “Self Control” and “Seigfried”

Frightened Rabbit – “I Wish I Was Sober”

The Front Bottoms – “Twin Sized Mattress”

Future of the Left – “If AT&T Drank Tea What Would BP Do?” and “The Limits of Battleships”

Geowolf – “Saltwater”

G.L.O.S.S. – “Give Violence a Chance”

Golden Gardens  – “Immortality Forever”

Goodbye Heart  – “Feral” and “Lives on Lives” (#41for2015)

The Goon Sax (pictured above) – “Up to Anything” and “Sometimes Accidentally”

Grandaddy – “A Lost Machine” and “The Way We Won’t”

Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – “In a Black Out”

Hammers of Misfortune – “Days of ’49”

Handsome Family – “Back In My Day”

Heron Oblivion – “Beneath Fields” and “Oriar”

Hinds – “Bamboo” and “Garden”

Homesick Abortions – “No Love, No War”

Hotels – “Tony Leung” feat. Irene Barber

J Balvin, Pharrel Williams, BIA, Sky – “Safari”

J GRGRY – “eFlower”

James Blake – “I Need A Forest Fire”

Japanese Breakfast – “Rugged Country”

Jenn Champion – “No One”

Jesiah – “Babylon”

Jesse Dayton – “Daddy Was a Badass”

Jesu & Sun Kil Moon – “America’s Most Wanted: Mark Kozelek And John Dillinger”

Jim James – “The World’s Smiling Now”

Kanye West – “Famous” and “Ultralight Beam” and “Waves”

Karl Blau – “Fallin’ Rain”

Kate Tempest – “Europe is Lost”

Kaytranada – “Glowed Up”

Kero Kero Bonito – “Lipslap”  

Kwabs – “Love + War”

Kweku Collins – “The Outsiders”

Kyle Craft – “Eye of a Hurricane”

Lao Ra – “Drum Machine” 

The Last Artful Dodgr & Neill Von Tally – “Oofda”

Leonard Cohen – “Traveling Light” and “You Want it Darker”

Lil Uzi Vert – “Ps & Qs”

Lisa Prank – “Luv is Dumb”

Lizzo – “Good As Hell”

Lonely Mountain Lovers – “Give Me Your Hands”

Mal Devisa – “Dominatrix” and “FAT”

Margaret Glaspy – “Somebody to Anybody”

M.I.A. – “Freedun” (feat. ZAYN)

M83 – “Time Wind (feat. Beck)”

Margo Price – “Hands of Time”

Matoma & Becky Hill – “False Alarm”

The Men – “Crime”

Meursault – “Simple is Good”

Miike Snow – “Heart Is Full”

Mild High Club – “Skiptracing”

Mirror Travel – “Yesca”

Mitski – “Fireworks” and “You’re Best American Girl”

MØ – “Final Song”

Modern Studies – “Ten White Horses”

Morgan Delt – “Some Sunsick Day”

Mrs. Magician – “No Action”

My Goodness – “Islands” 

Nail Polish – “Am I Real?”

Neko Case (case/lang/veirs) – “Atomic Number”

No Ditching – “Return of Bones (Part I and II)”

Nomads – “Gang Mentality”

Old Junior – “Wounds to the Water”

Pale Dian – “Diana”

Patrick Galactic – “Center Of Command”

Parquet Courts – “Berlin Got Blurry” and “Human Performance”

Pinegrove – “Old Friends”

Popeska – “I Believe”

Porches – “Hour”

Pretty Vicious – “Cave Song”

Primal Scream, Sky Ferreira – “Where The Light Gets In”

Ra Ra Riot – “Water”

Radiation City – “Butter” and “Sugar Broom”

Radiohead – “Burn the Witch” and “Identikit”

The Range – “Superimpose”

Rae Sremmurd – “Black Beatles”

Raz Simone – “Missin’ Joogs”

Rihanna – “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “Love on the Brain”

Rostam – “Wood”

Röyksopp – “Never Ever”

Run the Jewels – “Legend Has It” and “Talk to Me” 

Sam Beam & Jessica Hoop – “One Way to Pray”

Sam Russell & the Harborrats – “Born To Hurt”

serpentwithfeet – “Four Ethers”

Single Mothers – “Everybody Cool”

Skating Polly – “Oddie Moore”

Skratch Bastid, Shad – “Limoncello”

Sleaford Mods – “I Can Tell”

Sloucher – “Certainty”

Smokey Brights – “Desiree”

Soft Kill – “Wake Up”

Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”

The Spider Ferns – “Worlds Will Fall”

Star Anna – “Big Bad Wolf”

Sturgill Simpson – “In Bloom”

Super Thief – “Bludded”

Swet Shop Boys – “Shoes Off” and “Tiger Hologram” 

Sweet Spirit – “Baby When I Close My Eyes”

Tacocat – “I Hate the Weekend”

Teach Me Equals – “PCiii”

This Blinding Light – “Mars”

Trash Talk – “Sooth Sayer”

Tribulation – “Devilock”/”Death Comes Ripping” (Misfits cover)

Trust Punks – “Leaving Room for the Lord”

Underworld – “I Exhale”

Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats – “Slow Death”

US Weekly – “Christian Ideas” and “Whole Foods”

Vandelux – “Stimulus”

The Weeknd feat Daft Punk – “I Feel It Coming” and “Starboy”

Virgin Of The Birds – “Spooky, Stony, Barely Over Thirty” (#41for2016)

Whitney – “No Matter Where We Go” 

Wilco – “If I Ever Was a Child”

Wintersleep – “Amerika”

Woodshed – “Bleeding Out”

Wussy – “Hello I’m a Ghost”

Xavier Omar – “Blind Man”

The xx – “On Hold”

Zen Mother – “Mantra” (#41for2016)

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