EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

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EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby charliepanayi » Mon Nov 28, 2016 3:16 pm

Albums

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists ... 16-w451265

50. Death Grips - Bottomless Pit
49. Dawes - We're All Gonna Die
48. Esperanza Spalding - Emily's D+Evolution
47. Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein - Stranger Things OST Volumes 1 and 2
46. Norah Jones - Day Breaks
45. Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression
44. The Monkees - Good Times!
43. Future - Evol
42. Drake - Views
41. Wilco - Schmilco
40. Maxwell - blackSUMMERS'night
39. Elton John - Wonderful Crazy Night
38. Tove Lo - Lady Wood
37. Bonnie Raitt - Dig In Deep
36. Metallica - Hardwired… to Self-Destruct
35. ANOHNI - Hopelessness
34. Angel Olsen - My Woman
33. Sting - 57th & 9th
32. Alicia Keys - Here
31. White Lung - Paradise
30. A Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service
29. Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch 2
28. Blood Orange - Freetown Sound
27. Brandy Clark - Big Day in a Small Town
26. Sturgill Simpson - A Sailor's Guide to Earth
25. Rihanna - Anti
24. Drive-By Truckers - American Band
23. Mitski - Puberty 2
22. Bon Iver - 22, A Million
21. Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter
20. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Skeleton Tree
19. Danny Brown - Atrocity Exhibition
18. The 1975 - I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It
17. Parquet Courts - Human Performance
16. Miranda Lambert - The Weight of These Wings
15. Lvl Up - Return to Love
14. Green Day - Revolution Radio
13. Maren Morris - Hero
12. Paul Simon - Stranger to Stranger
11. Solange - A Seat at the Table
10. Young Thug - Jeffery
9. Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
8. Kanye West - The Life of Pablo
7. The Rolling Stones - Blue & Lonesome
6. Radiohead - A Moon Shaped Pool
5. Frank Ocean - Blond
4. Car Seat Headrest - Teens of Denial
3. Chance the Rapper - Coloring Book
2. David Bowie - Blackstar
1. Beyonce - Lemonade

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby prosecutorgodot » Mon Nov 28, 2016 7:42 pm

This RS list is probably going to match closest to mine when all is said and done. It is amusing to see Green Day take such a high position. I personally put it at a similar position, but I listened to far fewer albums than RS!

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby charliepanayi » Wed Nov 30, 2016 6:17 pm

Songs

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists ... 16-w452313

50. Van Morrison - Going Down to Bangor
49. Nicki Minaj - Black Barbies
48. Sturgill Simpson - Keep It Between the Lines
47. D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty - Broccoli
46. Helado Negro - Runaround
45. Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
44. Desiigner - Tiimmy Turner
43. Free Cake for Every Creature - All You Gotta Be When You're 23 Is Yourself
42. Bob Mould - Voices in My Head
41. Yohuna - The Moon Hangs in the Sky Like Nothing Hangs in the Sky
40. Lil Uzi Vert - Original Uzi (4 of Us)
39. Paul Simon - Cool Papa Bell
38. Maren Morris - 80s Mercedes
37. Tacocat - Night Swimming
36. Drive-By Truckers - Ever South
35. Japanese Breakfast - Everybody Wants to Love You
34. Britney Spears - Clumsy
33. Mitski - Your Best American Girl
32. Kodak Black - Everything 1K
31. Miranda Lambert - Vice
30. A Tribe Called Quest - The Space Program
29. Cobalt - Beast Whip
28. Lady Gaga - Perfect Illusion
27. Angel Olsen - Sister
26. Vince Staples - War Ready
25. Leonard Cohen - Treaty
24. Courtney Barnett - Three Packs a Day
23. Little Big Town - Better Man
22. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj - Side to Side
21. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin feat. Future - X
20. Bob Dylan - That Old Black Magic
19. Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt - Really Doe
18. The Monkees - Me & Magdalena
17. Lucy Dacus - I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
16. Chance the Rapper feat. Saba - Angels
15. Kendrick Lamar - Untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.
14. Mannequin Pussy - Romantic
13. Wilco - If I Ever Was a Child
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dark Necessities
11. Young M.A - Ooouuu
10. Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane - Black Beatles
9. Lvl Up - Pain
8. Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign - Work From Home
7. Solange - Cranes in the Sky
6. Pwr Bttm - Projection
5. Kanye West - Ultralight Beam
4. David Bowie - No Plan
3. Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla - One Dance
2. Frank Ocean - Ivy
1. Beyonce - Formation

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Future Critic » Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:16 pm

The song list is pretty disappointing, even by Rolling Stone's standards. They actually don't think any songs by Radiohead, Bon Iver, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Michael Kiwanuka, ANOHNI or James Blake are in the top 50? And I don't think anyone considers the ones they picked for Frank Ocean, David Bowie, Chance the Rapper and Sturgill Simpson to be the artists' best of the year.

Last year, RS at least had a respectable top 10. This year, I find the top 10 is pretty disappointing apart from Formation, One Dance, Ultralight Beam and Cranes in the Sky

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby PlasticRam » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:27 am

I like the songs they picked from Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, as a small positive.
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Postby Nick » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:14 am

It looks like "Formation" has an early lead in the songs lists, meaning that it has a good shot as the consensus SOTY. I apologize for the second negative post of the day, but I really, really hope this doesn't come to pass. If so, "Formation" would have to be the worst SOTY in...well...ever?

And this is coming from someone who put "Lemonade" in their top 10 albums of the year. It's a great album, but "Formation" is (to me) easily the single weakest song on it. There's very little there that grabs my attention. No strong hook, no amazing vocal or instrumental performance, nothing particularly unique or experimental. The whole song just kind of meanders along and then ends. Very directionless. Not a fan of the lyrics either. In the movie "Popstar" there's this excellent little segment where Andy Samberg's character (a parody of pop stars in general) releases a song called "Catchphrase". It's hilarious. The whole song skewers the trend in popular music of loading your lyrics with dumb nonsensical catchphrases in order for the song to become a sort of meme. In "Catchphrase" the entire lyrics are made up of these dumb catchphrases, just completely outrageous stuff like...

"Patrick Stewart money!"

or

"Sorry dad!"

or

"It's Conner, bitch!"

...and you get the idea. Anyway, the point of this digression is that this is exactly what I think of whenever I hear Beyoncé sing...

"I got hot sauce in my bag, SWAG!"

or

"When he fuck me good I take his ass to Red Lobster, cause I slay"

or

"I twirl on them haters, albino alligators"

...on "Formation". But where "Catchphrase" gained its power through satire, "Formation" loses its power by being the very thing Samberg is making fun of. While people often talk about "Formation" as some amazing black power or feminist anthem, there's very, very little in the lyrics that supports this view. There are some cursory mentions of black issues throughout the song, but come on, even at its best this isn't exactly Kendrick Lamar level lyricism. Is repeating...

"Okay ladies, now let's get in formation"

...at least somewhat socially conscious? Yeah, I guess. Is it particularly deep or interesting or anything even slightly below surface level? Not really.

Now, I'm not saying that every song needs to have "Blacker the Berry"-esque lyrical prowess whenever issues of social justice are brought up. I'm not going to hold anyone to that kind of standard. But when the only conversation surrounding the song involves the song's lyrics, and how socially conscious and powerful and "woke" and yada yada they are, well, you know, I would kind of expect them to at least try.
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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:29 am

So far, we have two songs list, both with 50 songs each, and there's only 5 songs in common between the two.
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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Nick » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:33 am

On a more positive note, "Everybody Wants to Love You" be Japanese Breakfast is a great song, and one that I worried would be totally overlooked. Glad it's on here. Also, "Ultralight Beam" and "Cranes in the Sky" are both in my top 10 songs of the year as well, so that's nice.

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Future Critic » Thu Dec 01, 2016 4:00 am

It actually appears that the song list from Rolling Stone this year might be from an individual. The album list mentions several contributors, but the song list just mentions one.

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby charliepanayi » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:14 am

I like Formation, though if I were to pick the best song off Lemonade it would probably be Freedom

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby PlasticRam » Thu Dec 01, 2016 1:53 pm

That "let's get in formation" is so lame, I mean yeah it actually took me multiple times of listening to get the pun, but it just comes across as pretending to be cool but it's really not.

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Thu Dec 01, 2016 2:03 pm

PlasticRam wrote:That "let's get in formation" is so lame, I mean yeah it actually took me multiple times of listening to get the pun, but it just comes across as pretending to be cool but it's really not.

In the series badly expressed thoughts of mine.


I only just noticed the pun now, from your post.
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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Harold » Thu Dec 01, 2016 3:15 pm

charliepanayi wrote:I like Formation, though if I were to pick the best song off Lemonade it would probably be Freedom


Totally in agreement. The lyrics are fantastic, that '70s sample is amazing, and there's more fire in Kendrick's verse than on the whole of untitled unmastered. Really though, almost every track on Lemonade sounded like an instant classic from my first listen, and I wasn't even a particularly huge Beyonce fan before.

Two of the eventual top 10 EOY albums - this already seems incontrovertible - are by siblings. Wonder if anything like that's ever happened before.

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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby Sweepstakes Ron » Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:36 pm

Was there ever a definitive decision on whether or not the song list is eligible? I put it in the spreadsheet anyway, for traditions sake.
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Re: EOY 2016 - Rolling Stone (US)

Postby StevieFan13 » Wed Feb 08, 2017 4:49 pm

Sweepstakes Ron wrote:Was there ever a definitive decision on whether or not the song list is eligible? I put it in the spreadsheet anyway, for traditions sake.

The album list = great, the album list = not so great. Bob Dylan can release anything at this point and they'll rank it. And am I the only one who doesn't really care for "Formation"? Not even close to my fave track on the album.
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