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EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:59 am
by Sweepstakes Ron
We have lists from all three categories now (though UK and Rest of World only have one each), so let's get started!

Please let me know of any songs from earlier years so I can mark them.

USA: Consequence of Sound; LA Music Blog [NEW SOURCE]; NPR; Paste; Rolling Stone

UK: NME

Rest of World: Mondosonoro [Spain]

The current top 25:

[1] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[2] Beyoncé | Formation
[3] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[4] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[5] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[6] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[7] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[8] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[9] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[10] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore
[11] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[12] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[13] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[14] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[15] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[16] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[17] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[18] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[19] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[20](tie) Pinegrove | Old Friends
[20](tie) Drive-By Truckers | What It Means
[22] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon) <– what a neat placement
[23] Chance the Rapper feat. Knox Fortune | All Night
[24] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[25] Savages | Adore

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:43 am
by JohnnyBGoode
Thanks not opened the spreadsheet yet, but think Lucy Dacus track at #10 may have originally been 2015.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:53 pm
by Henrik
Many thanks, Sweepstakes Ron!!!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 5:52 pm
by Setherex
Will be updating the 2016 songs list with a Spotify playlist, per usual.

Last Updated: Jan. 26, 2016
Through Top 600 Songs


Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 7:30 pm
by JohnnyBGoode
Thanks and welcome back!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2016 10:01 pm
by Henrik
Welcome back, Setherex!!!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:33 am
by santacosta
Henrik. I know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but is there any possibility that the 2016 EOY albums and songs be included in the next update?

It's strange, I could have sworn that Ariana Grande would be doing much better than she's currently doing in the 2016 end results. Well, going to wait and see.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 10:50 am
by Henrik
santacosta wrote:Henrik. I know you have a lot of work ahead of you, but is there any possibility that the 2016 EOY albums and songs be included in the next update?

It's strange, I could have sworn that Ariana Grande would be doing much better than she's currently doing in the 2016 end results. Well, going to wait and see.

Yes, definitely. I can't promise when the update will be, but it will include 2016.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:19 pm
by Setherex
Spotify updated through top 153 songs.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:34 pm
by antonius
Setherex wrote:Spotify updated through top 153 songs.

Thanks!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2016 10:39 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
Let's get in an update!

New sources:
USA: Entertainment Weekly, Gorilla vs. Bear, Grammy, PopMatters, Slant, Treble, XXL
Ireland: Irish Times
Germany: Intro, Musikexpress

From the Grammys, I gave each song a position of 3. When the winner is selected, I will change it to a 1, and the rest to 3.5.

I also indefinitely removed LA Music Blog because of its dubious eligibility.

New top 70:

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[4] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[5] Radiohead | Burn the Witch
[6] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[7] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[8] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[9] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[10] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[11] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[12] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[13] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[14] Frank Ocean | Nikes
[15] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[16] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[17] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[18] David Bowie | Blackstar [2015]
[19] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[20] Bon Iver | 33 "God"
[21] Radiohead | True Love Waits [2001]
[22] ANOHNI | Drone Bomb Me
[23] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[24] Whitney | No Woman
[25] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon)
[26] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore [2015]
[27] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[28] Iggy Pop | Gardenia
[29] Beyoncé | All Night
[30] Savages | Adore
[31] Pinegrove | Old Friends
[32] Ariana Grande | Into You
[33] Kanye West | Famous
[34] Blood Orange feat. Empress Of | Best to You
[35] Beginner | Ahnma
[36] Miranda Lambert | Vice
[37] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | I Need You
[38] The Avalanches | Frankie Sinatra
[39] DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels | Nobody Speak
[40] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[41] D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty | Broccoli
[42] Kendrick Lamar | untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016 (levitate)
[43] Parquet Courts | Human Performance
[44] Drangsal | Allan Align
[45] Rihanna | Needed Me
[46] Kaytranada | Lite Spots
[47] The 1975 | The Sound
[48] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | Starboy
[49] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[50] Jessy Lanza | It Means I Love You
[51] A Tribe Called Quest | The Space Program
[52] Beyoncé | Sorry
[53] Drive-By Truckers | What It Means
[54] James Blake feat. Bon Iver | I Need a Forest Fire
[55] Jenny Hval | Conceptual Romance
[56] Rihanna | Kiss It Better
[57] Flume feat. Kai | Never Be Like You
[58] Maggie Rogers | Alaska
[59] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Jesus Alone
[60] Animal Collective | FloriDada [2015]
[61] Chance the Rapper feat. Knox Fortune | All Night
[62] Lizzo | Good As Hell
[63] Frank Ocean | Pink + White
[64] Vince Staples | War Ready
[65] Tegan and Sara | Boyfriend
[66] Angel Olsen | Sister
[67] Desiigner | Panda
[68] YG feat. Nipsey Hussle | FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)
[69] Little Big Town | Better Man
[70] Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein | Stranger Things

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:04 am
by Setherex
Spotify updated through top 178 songs.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 12:46 am
by Bruno
Many thanks, Sweepstakes Ron!!
Amazing job!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sat Dec 10, 2016 3:34 pm
by Federico
Many Thanks, Sweepstakes Ron. You are doing a great Job. Don't overlook, I have posted the songlist from "American Songwriter" yesterday in the evening.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 11:56 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
New update, now with top 100!

New sources:

USA: American Songwriter, Billboard, Complex, Pitchfork, Spin
UK: Classic Rock, Mixmag
Germany: Laut

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[4] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[5] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[7] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[8] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[9] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[10] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[11] Radiohead | Burn the Witch
[12] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[13] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[14] Frank Ocean | Nikes
[15] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[16] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[17] ANOHNI | Drone Bomb Me
[18] D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty | Broccoli
[19] Beyoncé | Sorry
[20] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[21] Bon Iver | 33 "God"
[22] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[23] Radiohead | True Love Waits [2001]
[24] Ariana Grande | Into You
[25] Rihanna | Needed Me
[26] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | I Need You
[27] Blood Orange feat. Empress Of | Best to You
[28] David Bowie | Blackstar [2015]
[29] Jessy Lanza | It Means I Love You
[30] Desiigner | Panda
[31] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[32] Whitney | No Woman
[33] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | Starboy
[34] Iggy Pop | Gardenia
[35] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon)
[36] Miranda Lambert | Vice
[37] Young M.A. | Ooouuu
[38] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[39] Savages | Adore
[40] Travis Scott & Young Thug feat. Quavo | Pick Up the Phone
[41] Car Seat Headrest | Fill in the Blank
[42] Parquet Courts | Human Performance
[43] Kaytranada | Lite Spots
[44] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore [2015]
[45] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[46] Pinegrove | Old Friends
[47] Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna | This Is What You Came For
[48] The 1975 | The Sound
[49] Beginner feat. Gzus & Gentleman | Ahnma
[50] Beyoncé | All Night
[51] Låpsley | Operator (DJ Koze's Disco Edit)
[52] Frank Ocean | Pink + White
[53] Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q | Am I Wrong [2015]
[54] Jenny Hval | Conceptual Romance
[55] Kanye West | Famous
[56] Radiohead | Daydreaming
[57] YG feat. Nipsey Hussle | FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)
[58] Kendrick Lamar | untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016 (levitate)
[59] Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | A 1000 Times
[60] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[61] The xx | On Hold
[62] Angel Olsen | Sister
[63] Skepta | Man
[64] Flume feat. Kai | Never Be Like You
[65] Kevin Gates | 2 Phones [2015]
[66] Beyoncé | Hold Up
[67] James Blake feat. Bon Iver | I Need a Forest Fire
[68] ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West | THat Part
[69] The Avalanches | Frankie Sinatra
[70] Tegan and Sara | Boyfriend
[71] Maxwell | Lake by the Ocean
[72] Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared | All the Way Up / All the Way Up (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z]
[73] Rihanna | Kiss It Better
[74] Solange feat. Sampha | Don't Touch My Hair
[75] DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels | Nobody Speak
[76] Chance the Rapper feat. Knox Fortune | All Night
[77] Angel Olsen | Intern
[78] Drangsal | Allan Align
[79] Lizzo | Good As Hell
[80] Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar | Freedom
[81] French Montana feat. Kodak Black | Lockjaw
[82] Kanye West | Father Stretch My Hands
[83] Kanye West | Fade
[84] Lindstrøm | Closing Shot
[85] Margo Price | Hands of Time
[86] Sia | Cheap Thrills/Cheap Thrills (Remix) [feat. Sean Paul]
[87] Bruno Mars | 24K Magic
[88] A Tribe Called Quest | The Space Program
[89] PJ Harvey | The Wheel
[90] Drake | Controlla
[91] Drive-By Truckers | Surrender Under Protest
[92] Drive-By Truckers | What It Means
[93] Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar | No More Parties in L.A.
[94] Sheer Mag | Can't Stop Fighting
[95] KING | The Greatest
[96] A Tribe Called Quest | Dis Generation
[97] Justice | Safe and Sound
[98] Maggie Rogers | Alaska
[99] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Jesus Alone
[100] Animal Collective | FloriDada [2015]

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:16 am
by Setherex
Spotify updated through top 270 songs.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:57 am
by Krurze
Thanks for the update! There is a tiny little error in your comment and in the spreadsheet: At number 49 it should be Beginner feat. Gzuz & Gentleman, with a z instead of an s :mrgreen: ;)

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:43 pm
by Henrik
Thanks Sweepstakes Ron and Setherex!!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:38 pm
by Pierre
I've thanked Harold twice already but I haven't spared some gratitude for the songs spreadsheet updaters. Let's correct that: thanks a lot Sweepstakes Ron and Setherex for your work!

"Cranes in the Sky" should be n°1 though :mrgreen:

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:03 pm
by Romain
How you know you are too old?

Take a list of best song of the year and look who you know in :

Song never heard
Never heard the name of the artist before

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[4] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[5] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[7] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[8] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[9] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[10] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance

I only heard one song out of ten this year. It's getting worse and worse each years.

I hope it's a good list for you because for me, it's an another world list :mrgreen:

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:13 pm
by Setherex
Romain wrote:[10] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance

To be fair, I'm pretty sure several of us have heard "One Dance" multiple times over the last year and still have no idea who those two people are.

Romain wrote:[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles

The subject of 2016's best tweet, obviously.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:17 pm
by Pierre
Romain wrote:I hope it's a good list for you because for me, it's an another world list :mrgreen:


Well from your list, I infer that you're purposefully avoiding the topics where AMers discuss recent music, so you shouldn't feel too surprised after that... :P

Solange is Beyoncé's sister, and she authored what several people think is the best album of the year (it IS awesome, although it's not my own album of the year). But "Cranes in the Sky" off it is the best song I've heard this year.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:01 pm
by Federico
Thanks for the update. But what about the list of American Songwriter"? This is not part of the update.Is it ineligible?

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:14 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
Federico wrote:Thanks for the update. But what about the list of American Songwriter"? This is not part of the update.Is it ineligible?


It actually is part of the update, I just forgot to mention it. Thanks for the reminder!

And thanks to Setherex for keeping the playlist updated! You're a real hero.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:47 pm
by BleuPanda
Going through the playlist, the top 10 really isn't clicking with me this year. I wouldn't be surprised if nothing cracks my top 250 this year (which I don't think has happened...ever). Hopefully there's some secret gem waiting for me somewhere.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:00 pm
by Romain
Setherex wrote:
Romain wrote:[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles

The subject of 2016's best tweet, obviously.


I'm sorry, I don't understand.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 9:40 pm
by Pierre
Romain wrote:I only heard one song out of ten this year. It's getting worse and worse each years.


And actually, you didn't even, since "Lazarus" was released in 2015... ;)

No, OK, all sarcasms aside (sorry, I come from a family of smartasses), your opposition de principe to hip-hop and modern r'n'b will necessarily make you feel more and more isolated, in an era where basically hip-hop is the new rock and modern r'n'b the new pop. If you want to catch up, opening your horizons feels like the only option; I hated both genres like you in the past, and I don't anymore. But like I said in another topic, only do it if you feel a need to.

From the top 10, Angel Olsen and Mitski might be artists you may like no matter what, as they do rock music.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:50 pm
by prosecutorgodot
For me, the albums were really good this year, but there weren't any songs this year (unless you include Lazarus) that were amazing and worth returning to (on their own).

Thank you SS Ron and Setherex!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Thu Dec 15, 2016 11:01 pm
by Harold
Romain wrote:
Setherex wrote:
Romain wrote:[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles

The subject of 2016's best tweet, obviously.


I'm sorry, I don't understand.


Paul is doing the "Mannequin Challenge," which was a trend for about two seconds this year where people (famous and otherwise) took short moving-camera videos of themselves in mannequin-like poses; some are quite elaborate, involving dozens of people, and some are just goofy ones like this, in which one of the actual Beatles does the challenge as the song "Black Beatles" plays. If Paul had found a way to have Ringo in the video too that would just about be the most awesome thing ever.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:48 am
by Romain
Harold wrote:
Romain wrote:
Setherex wrote:
The subject of 2016's best tweet, obviously.


I'm sorry, I don't understand.


Paul is doing the "Mannequin Challenge," which was a trend for about two seconds this year where people (famous and otherwise) took short moving-camera videos of themselves in mannequin-like poses; some are quite elaborate, involving dozens of people, and some are just goofy ones like this, in which one of the actual Beatles does the challenge as the song "Black Beatles" plays. If Paul had found a way to have Ringo in the video too that would just about be the most awesome thing ever.


OK, thanks. I didn't know what it was.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 8:54 am
by Romain
Pierre wrote:No, OK, all sarcasms aside (sorry, I come from a family of smartasses), your opposition de principe to hip-hop and modern r'n'b will necessarily make you feel more and more isolated, in an era where basically hip-hop is the new rock and modern r'n'b the new pop. If you want to catch up, opening your horizons feels like the only option; I hated both genres like you in the past, and I don't anymore. But like I said in another topic, only do it if you feel a need to.



It's clearly the "problem"... I'm more and more open for rap/hip-hop, but, I have to confess that modern r'n'b is, for the moment, not my cup of tea at all (and this "autotune push to the max" era doesn't help). :D

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 9:22 am
by Pierre
Romain wrote:
Pierre wrote:No, OK, all sarcasms aside (sorry, I come from a family of smartasses), your opposition de principe to hip-hop and modern r'n'b will necessarily make you feel more and more isolated, in an era where basically hip-hop is the new rock and modern r'n'b the new pop. If you want to catch up, opening your horizons feels like the only option; I hated both genres like you in the past, and I don't anymore. But like I said in another topic, only do it if you feel a need to.



It's clearly the "problem"... I'm more and more open for rap/hip-hop, but, I have to confess that modern r'n'b is, for the moment, not my cup of tea at all (and this "autotune push to the max" era doesn't help). :D


Modern r'n'b was a difficult genre for me to get into at the start because of how unimaginative and formulaic it was for more than a decade. There were some highs like Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love" or Amerie's "1 Thing" but my interest in it was still very restrained. Frank Ocean's Channel Orange ("Pyramids" is just wonderful) and Beyoncé's self-titled album as well as the songs "Climax" by Usher and "Losing You" by Solange were instrumental in switching my view, as these explore a more atmospheric production and in the case of Frank Ocean in particular they are more thorough in exposing the life of black people in modern society. Today, the best works in this genre have an adventurousness that is really appealing, just like veganvalentine expressed in another topic. This year, the albums released by Solange, Beyoncé, Frank Ocean and even Rihanna (just listen to her singing on "Higher"!) are all very engaging.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sun Dec 18, 2016 4:56 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
As a reminder, please keep informing me of songs on the spreadsheets that were released in previous years!

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:12 pm
by Illiniq
Romain wrote:How you know you are too old?

Take a list of best song of the year and look who you know in :

Song never heard
Never heard the name of the artist before

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[4] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[5] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[6] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[7] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[8] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[9] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[10] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance

I only heard one song out of ten this year. It's getting worse and worse each years.

I hope it's a good list for you because for me, it's an another world list :mrgreen:


Going through the same thing myself - also more of a rock over Hip Hop guy, though I like both, but not super excited about where Hip Hop/mainstream R&B/Pop are right now stylistically - but for me, any way you slice it - it was just a down year for singles - even two of the three rock songs to crack the top ten Mitski's American Girl and Angel Olsen's Shut Up Kiss Me aren't really all that special - compare them to the gems Courtney Barnett and Sleater-Kinney were throwing out last year and the comparison becomes almost laughable those 2015 songs are so much better (though to be fair, both those 2016 songs come from very good overal albums with far better songs that just didn't gain traction with the press - give Angel Olsen's Sisters or Woman a spin). But if your more of a rock fan, as I said in another thread, the only album out there to rally around this year was Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial - hopefully you've heard that one, if not, definitely seek it out a more rocking, drug-use oriented take on the old Jonathan Richman Modern Lovers sad sack teen angst vibe with absolutely hysterical lyrics.

For my money, only truly elite level songs I heard all year were Jesus Alone, I Need You and Distant Sky off Skeleton Tree, Four of the opening six tracks from Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial, Lazarus, Cold Little Heart and Love and Hate from Michael Kiwanuka, Cranes In The Sky, Lucinda William's Dust, Opener from Margo Price's album, You Want It Darker, Three Sides of Nazareth from Nicolas Jaar, Danny Brown's Dance In The Water, the aforemention Sister by Angel Olsen, The Monkees Me and Magdalena, Whitney's Follow and Sturgil Simpson's Welcome To Earth. That's it.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:51 pm
by Harold
Illiniq wrote:Opener from Margo Price's album


"Hands of Time." I wholeheartedly agree with this - what an incredible opening track. It sets the tone for the rest of Price's very fine album, but it's so brilliant that it kind of overshadows the rest of it as well.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:37 pm
by Romain
Illiniq wrote:
For my money, only truly elite level songs I heard all year were Jesus Alone, I Need You and Distant Sky off Skeleton Tree, Four of the opening six tracks from Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial, Lazarus, Cold Little Heart and Love and Hate from Michael Kiwanuka, Cranes In The Sky, Lucinda William's Dust, Opener from Margo Price's album, You Want It Darker, Three Sides of Nazareth from Nicolas Jaar, Danny Brown's Dance In The Water, the aforemention Sister by Angel Olsen, The Monkees Me and Magdalena, Whitney's Follow and Sturgil Simpson's Welcome To Earth. That's it.


Thanks for your recommandations. ;)

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:47 pm
by BleuPanda
I'm dying for an update...I'm also afraid of all my favorites shifting downward. A few of the songs are finally clicking with me, "Cranes in the Sky" especially.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:22 pm
by Future Critic
Illiniq wrote:
Romain wrote:
For my money, only truly elite level songs I heard all year were Jesus Alone, I Need You and Distant Sky off Skeleton Tree, Four of the opening six tracks from Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial, Lazarus, Cold Little Heart and Love and Hate from Michael Kiwanuka, Cranes In The Sky, Lucinda William's Dust, Opener from Margo Price's album, You Want It Darker, Three Sides of Nazareth from Nicolas Jaar, Danny Brown's Dance In The Water, the aforemention Sister by Angel Olsen, The Monkees Me and Magdalena, Whitney's Follow and Sturgil Simpson's Welcome To Earth. That's it.


I agree with so much of this. Personally, I think that Michael Kiwanuka's two songs (Cold Little Heart and Love & Hate) should without a doubt be in the top 50. Margo Price's Hands of Time is undoubtedly the best country song of the year, and should also be in the top 50, in my opinion, but so many of the publications would never consider putting a country song on their list. And Sister is the best song on Angel Olsen's album, in my onion. And finally, I think Sturgil Simpson has been very under-represented in the song lists.

The other most underrated songs, in my opinion are as follows:
Pink + White, Frank Ocean
On Hold, The xx
Freedom, Beyoncé
What It Means, Drive-by Truckers
Vincent, Car Seat Headrest
Higher, Carly Rae Jepsen

And the most overrated songs, in my opinion are as follows:
Broccoli by D.R.A.M.
It Means I Love You, Jessy Lanza
Panda, Desiigner
Ooouuu, Young M.A.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:16 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
I've been havign some difficulty keepign up with all the lists, but I suppose I can post an update now.

New sources:

USA: Noisey, Pretty Much Amazing
UK: The 405, Dummy, No Ripcord
Italy: Kalporz
Mexico: Me hace ruido (English), Me hace ruido (Spanish), Reactor 105.7 FM

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[4] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[5] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[6] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[7] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[8] Radiohead | Burn the Witch
[9] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[10] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[11] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[12] Frank Ocean | Nikes
[13] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[14] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[15] ANOHNI | Drone Bomb Me
[16] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[17] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[18] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[19] D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty | Broccoli
[20] Radiohead | True Love Waits [2001]
[21] Bon Iver | 33 "God"
[22] David Bowie | Blackstar [2015]
[23] Beyoncé | Sorry
[24] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[25] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[26] Ariana Grande | Into You
[27] Blood Orange feat. Empress Of | Best to You
[28] Rihanna | Needed Me
[29] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[30] Desiigner | Panda
[31] Savages | Adore
[32] Travis Scott & Young Thug feat. Quavo | Pick Up the Phone
[33] Jessy Lanza | It Means I Love You
[34] Young M.A. | Ooouuu
[35] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon)
[36] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | I Need You
[37] Whitney | No Woman
[38] The Avalanches | Frankie Sinatra
[39] YG feat. Nipsey Hussle | FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)
[40] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | Starboy
[41] Kanye West | Famous
[42] Kanye West | Father Stretch My Hands
[43] Kaytranada | Lite Spots
[44] Skepta | Man
[45] Beyoncé | Hold Up
[46] Car Seat Headrest | Fill in the Blank
[47] Iggy Pop | Gardenia
[48] Car Seat Headrest | Vincent
[49] The xx | On Hold
[50] Miranda Lambert | Vice
[51] Radiohead | Daydreaming
[52] DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels | Nobody Speak
[53] Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q | Am I Wrong [2015]
[54] Frank Ocean | Nights
[55] Frank Ocean | Pink + White
[56] Beyoncé | All Night
[57] Solange feat. Sampha | Don't Touch My Hair
[58] James Blake feat. Bon Iver | I Need a Forest Fire
[59] Beck | Wow
[60] Parquet Courts | Human Performance
[61] Jenny Hval | Conceptual Romance
[62] Flume feat. Kai | Never Be Like You
[63] Rihanna | Kiss It Better
[64] Kendrick Lamar | untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016 (levitate)
[65] Låpsley | Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)/Operator (DJ Koze's Disco Edit)
[66] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore [2015]
[67] PJ Harvey | The Wheel
[68] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[69] Pinegrove | Old Friends
[70] Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared | All the Way Up / All the Way Up (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z]
[71] Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna | This Is What You Came For
[72] Tegan and Sara | Boyfriend
[73] The 1975 | The Sound
[74] Little Jesus | La Magia
[75] Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | A 1000 Times
[76] Beginner feat. Gzuz & Gentleman | Ahnma
[77] Justice | Safe and Sound
[78] Margo Price | Hands of Time
[79] Red Hot Chili Peppers | Dark Necessities
[80] NAO | Girlfriend
[81] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[82] Titán | Dama Fina
[83] Danny Brown | When It Rain
[84] Angel Olsen | Sister
[85] French Montana feat. Kodak Black | Lockjaw
[86] Kevin Gates | 2 Phones [2015]
[87] ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West | THat Part
[88] Lindstrøm | Closing Shot
[89] Kano feat. Wiley & Giggs | 3 Wheel-ups
[90] Sia | Cheap Thrills/Cheap Thrills (Remix) [feat. Sean Paul]
[91] Maxwell | Lake by the Ocean
[92] Chance the Rapper feat. Saba | Angels [2015]
[93] Sheer Mag | Can't Stop Fighting
[94] Chance the Rapper feat. Knox Fortune | All Night
[95] Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar | No More Parties in L.A.
[96] Angel Olsen | Intern
[97] Chance the Rapper feat. Kanye West and Chicago Children's Choir | All We Got
[98] Drangsal | Allan Align
[99] Lizzo | Good As Hell
[100] Beyoncé feat. Kendrick Lamar | Freedom

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:49 am
by Setherex
Spotify updated through top 330 songs.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:21 pm
by Illiniq
Future Critic wrote:
Illiniq wrote:
Romain wrote:
For my money, only truly elite level songs I heard all year were Jesus Alone, I Need You and Distant Sky off Skeleton Tree, Four of the opening six tracks from Car Seat Headrest's Teens Of Denial, Lazarus, Cold Little Heart and Love and Hate from Michael Kiwanuka, Cranes In The Sky, Lucinda William's Dust, Opener from Margo Price's album, You Want It Darker, Three Sides of Nazareth from Nicolas Jaar, Danny Brown's Dance In The Water, the aforemention Sister by Angel Olsen, The Monkees Me and Magdalena, Whitney's Follow and Sturgil Simpson's Welcome To Earth. That's it.


I agree with so much of this. Personally, I think that Michael Kiwanuka's two songs (Cold Little Heart and Love & Hate) should without a doubt be in the top 50. Margo Price's Hands of Time is undoubtedly the best country song of the year, and should also be in the top 50, in my opinion, but so many of the publications would never consider putting a country song on their list. And Sister is the best song on Angel Olsen's album, in my onion. And finally, I think Sturgil Simpson has been very under-represented in the song lists.

The other most underrated songs, in my opinion are as follows:
Pink + White, Frank Ocean
On Hold, The xx
Freedom, Beyoncé
What It Means, Drive-by Truckers
Vincent, Car Seat Headrest
Higher, Carly Rae Jepsen

And the most overrated songs, in my opinion are as follows:
Broccoli by D.R.A.M.
It Means I Love You, Jessy Lanza
Panda, Desiigner
Ooouuu, Young M.A.


Vincent was my personal favorite song of 2016.

But since last post have been working through the spotify list you guys have wonderfully put together, trying to find those gems I've missed, and while I've found a few, for the most part my attitude towards 2016 has hardened even more aggressively towards the negative.

Though it had its moments, my gut is now telling me 2016 was one of the genuine low mark music years of the last 50, and I do feel, quite strongly, that we're going through a period that will be laughed at and derided 10, 20 years down the line - with all these murky, pulse lacking hip-hop beats, shallow EDM, bland Diva electro and R&B pop, and the omnipresent autotune nonsense that's dominating so much we're hearing today. And I don't necessarily blame the artists - a lot of these developments are relatively and genuinely stylistically new, and we all want artists that gravitate towards the new and experimental, you can even argue that in many ways music is a lot more forward looking right now than it was in the height of the retro-indie era a decade back, but in the end it doesn't make this era any less sucky.

Like the prog/disco dominated 73-76, or those antiseptic digitial production early CD years of the 80s, or just really bad years like 98, it is just hard for me to see history looking back on this present era any other way...and Good Lord, that top 10 song list we're looking at here is quite possibly the worst top 10 songs for any year since 1964. And I will grant that the top ten we see here is as much a reflection of troubling issues with the tastemakers of this era as it is a reflection of the actual output of the musicians of this moment, as there are some amazing songs from this year far outside the top ten that just didn't receive as much attention, but still songs like Black Beatles and Work aren't just mediocre, they're flat-out shit, with only Lazarus and Cranes In The Sky, and I guess maybe Formation (though I don't care much for it personally) feeling like they will have any lasting historical impact.

Anyway, sorry to be such a Debbie Downer, I'll give it a rest now after two flaming posts in this thread unless some of you want to carry on this conversation further, but God, to my ears 2016 was just such a crap year overall I feel it has to be called out.

The only silver lining is historically brutal periods like this are usually followed by periods of fantastic, widespread creativity in response.

That future can't get here soon enough.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Sun Dec 25, 2016 7:20 pm
by parenk
Apple Music playlist of the top 200 songs (except for the ones not on Apple) if anyone is interested.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/ac ... ddf5b2b64b

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:17 pm
by Mevansuto
parenk wrote:Apple Music playlist of the top 200 songs (except for the ones not on Apple) if anyone is interested.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/ac ... ddf5b2b64b


Do you know which tracks weren't available on Apple Music?

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 5:34 pm
by parenk
I would have to through the list and check but the big one is no Beyonce songs on the Apple streaming service (including the no 1 song!).

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:05 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
New sources:

USA: Pigeons and Planes, Spectrum Culture, XLR8R
UK: Drowned in Sound, FactMag, Resident Advisor, The Line of Best Fit
Belgium: Humo, Indiestyle
France: Goûte mes disques, Les Inrocks
Spain: Jenesaispop
Sweden: Musikguiden i P3

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[4] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[5] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[6] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[7] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[8] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[9] Radiohead | Burn the Witch
[10] Frank Ocean | Nikes
[11] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[12] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[13] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[14] ANOHNI | Drone Bomb Me
[15] David Bowie | Blackstar [2015]
[16] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[17] D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty | Broccoli
[18] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[19] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[20] Bon Iver | 33 "God"
[21] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[22] Whitney | No Woman
[23] Jessy Lanza | It Means I Love You
[24] Frank Ocean | Nights
[25] Ariana Grande | Into You
[26] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | Starboy
[27] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | I Need You
[28] Radiohead | Daydreaming
[29] Beyoncé | Hold Up
[30] Radiohead | True Love Waits [2001]
[31] Skepta | Man
[32] The xx | On Hold
[33] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[34] Rihanna | Needed Me
[35] Travis Scott & Young Thug feat. Quavo | Pick Up the Phone
[36] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[37] Beyoncé | Sorry
[38] Blood Orange feat. Empress Of | Best to You
[39] The Avalanches | Frankie Sinatra
[40] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[41] James Blake feat. Bon Iver | I Need a Forest Fire
[42] Young M.A. | Ooouuu
[43] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon)
[44] Desiigner | Panda
[45] Savages | Adore
[46] Iggy Pop | Gardenia
[47] Jenny Hval | Conceptual Romance
[48] Kaytranada | Lite Spots
[49] Kanye West | Famous
[50] DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels | Nobody Speak
[51] Car Seat Headrest | Fill in the Blank
[52] Kendrick Lamar | untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016 (levitate)
[53] Pinegrove | Old Friends
[54] YG feat. Nipsey Hussle | FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)
[55] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[56] Kanye West | Father Stretch My Hands
[57] Parquet Courts | Human Performance
[58] Flume feat. Kai | Never Be Like You
[59] Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q | Am I Wrong [2015]
[60] Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | A 1000 Times
[61] Car Seat Headrest | Vincent
[62] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | I Feel It Coming
[63] Miranda Lambert | Vice
[64] Beyoncé | All Night
[65] Beck | Wow
[66] Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared | All the Way Up / All the Way Up (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z]
[67] PJ Harvey | The Wheel
[68] Frank Ocean | Pink + White
[69] Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna | This Is What You Came For
[70] Lindstrøm | Closing Shot
[71] Tegan and Sara | Boyfriend
[72] Abra | Crybaby
[73] Avalon Emerson | The Frontier
[74] Solange feat. Sampha | Don't Touch My Hair
[75] Kevin Morby | I Have Been to the Mountain
[76] Warpaint | New Song
[77] Sia | Cheap Thrills/Cheap Thrills (Remix) [feat. Sean Paul]
[78] Sampha | Blood on Me
[79] Rihanna | Kiss It Better
[80] Danny Brown | When It Rain
[81] Angel Olsen | Sister
[82] Låpsley | Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)/Operator (DJ Koze's Disco Edit)
[83] Kano feat. Wiley & Giggs | 3 Wheel-ups
[84] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore [2015]
[85] Jorja Smith | Blue Lights
[86] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Jesus Alone
[87] Nicolas Jaar | No
[88] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[89] Justice | Safe and Sound
[90] Kevin Gates | 2 Phones [2015]
[91] Kaytranada feat. Anderson .Paak | Glowed Up
[92] NAO | Girlfriend
[93] The 1975 | The Sound
[94] Little Jesus | La Magia
[95] Childish Gambino | Redbone
[96] Beginner feat. Gzuz & Gentleman | Ahnma
[97] Kanye West | Fade
[98] ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West | THat Part
[99] Chance the Rapper feat. Knox Fortune | All Night
[100] Margo Price | Hands of Time

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 6:06 pm
by Sweepstakes Ron
New sources:

USA: HipHopDX
Ireland: State
Belgium: Knack Focus
Colombia: Radiónica, Revista Shock (National), Revista Shock (International)
Germany: Visions, Zündfunk
Norway: Dagsavisen
Spain: Mondosonoro (National), Muzikalia, Rockdelux (National), Rockdelux (International)

[1] Beyoncé | Formation
[2] Kanye West | Ultralight Beam
[3] Solange | Cranes in the Sky
[4] Rihanna feat. Drake | Work
[5] Mitski | Your Best American Girl
[6] David Bowie | Lazarus [2015]
[7] Angel Olsen | Shut Up Kiss Me
[8] Radiohead | Burn the Witch
[9] Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane | Black Beatles
[10] Leonard Cohen | You Want It Darker
[11] Drake feat. Wizkid and Kyla | One Dance
[12] Chance the Rapper feat. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz | No Problem
[13] Frank Ocean | Nikes
[14] ANOHNI | Drone Bomb Me
[15] A Tribe Called Quest | We the People...
[16] David Bowie | Blackstar [2015]
[17] Car Seat Headrest | Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales
[18] D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty | Broccoli
[19] Danny Brown feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt | Really Doe
[20] Whitney | No Woman
[21] Bon Iver | 33 "God"
[22] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | I Need You
[23] Frank Ocean | Ivy
[24] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | Starboy
[25] Jessy Lanza | It Means I Love You
[26] The xx | On Hold
[27] Radiohead | Daydreaming
[28] Skepta | Man
[29] DJ Shadow feat. Run the Jewels | Nobody Speak
[30] Frank Ocean | Nights
[31] Beyoncé | Hold Up
[32] Ariana Grande | Into You
[33] Anderson .Paak | Come Down
[34] Radiohead | True Love Waits [2001]
[35] Kevin Morby | I Have Been to the Mountain
[36] James Blake feat. Bon Iver | I Need a Forest Fire
[37] The Avalanches | Frankie Sinatra
[38] Travis Scott & Young Thug feat. Quavo | Pick Up the Phone
[39] Blood Orange feat. Empress Of | Best to You
[40] Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign | Work from Home
[41] Rihanna | Needed Me
[42] Savages | Adore
[43] Beyoncé | Sorry
[44] Kendrick Lamar | untitled 07 | 2014 - 2016 (levitate)
[45] Iggy Pop | Gardenia
[46] Jenny Hval | Conceptual Romance
[47] Bon Iver | 22 (Over Soon)
[48] David Bowie | I Can't Give Everything Away
[49] Kanye West | Famous
[50] Kanye West | Father Stretch My Hands
[51] Young M.A. | Ooouuu
[52] Desiigner | Panda
[53] Parquet Courts | Human Performance
[54] Car Seat Headrest | Fill in the Blank
[55] The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk | I Feel It Coming
[56] Warpaint | New Song
[57] YG feat. Nipsey Hussle | FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)
[58] Anderson .Paak feat. ScHoolboy Q | Am I Wrong [2015]
[59] Kaytranada | Lite Spots
[60] Fat Joe & Remy Ma feat. French Montana and Infared | All the Way Up / All the Way Up (Remix) [feat. Jay-Z]
[61] PJ Harvey | The Wheel
[62] Flume feat. Kai | Never Be Like You
[63] Pinegrove | Old Friends
[64] Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam | A 1000 Times
[65] Solange feat. Sampha | Don't Touch My Hair
[66] Abra | Crybaby
[67] ANOHNI | 4 Degrees [2015]
[68] The 1975 | Somebody Else
[69] Sia | Cheap Thrills/Cheap Thrills (Remix) [feat. Sean Paul]
[70] Red Hot Chili Peppers | Dark Necessities
[71] Lindstrøm | Closing Shot
[72] Tegan and Sara | Boyfriend
[73] Car Seat Headrest | Vincent
[74] Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna | This Is What You Came For
[75] Miranda Lambert | Vice
[76] Beyoncé | All Night
[77] Beck | Wow
[78] Sampha | Blood on Me
[79] El Guincho + Mala Rodriguez | Comix
[80] Danny Brown | When It Rain
[81] Lucy Dacus | I Don't Wanna Be Funny Anymore [2015]
[82] ScHoolboy Q feat. Kanye West | THat Part
[83] C. Tangana feat. Rosalía | Antes de morirme
[84] Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Jesus Alone
[85] Frank Ocean | Pink + White
[86] PJ Harvey | The Community of Hope
[87] Avalon Emerson | The Frontier
[88] Childish Gambino | Redbone
[89] Michael Kiwanuka | Black Man in a White World
[90] Chance the Rapper feat. Saba | Angels [2015]
[91] Rihanna | Kiss It Better
[92] Angel Olsen | Sister
[93] Låpsley | Operator (He Doesn't Call Me)/Operator (DJ Koze's Disco Edit)
[94] Kano feat. Wiley & Giggs | 3 Wheel-ups
[95] Jorja Smith | Blue Lights
[96] Nicolas Jaar | No
[97] Justice | Safe and Sound
[98] James Blake | Radio Silence
[99] Kevin Gates | 2 Phones [2015]
[100] Kanye West feat. Kendrick Lamar | No More Parties in L.A.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:30 pm
by BleuPanda
Agh, I was so happy when "Work" fell down to #9, now it's up to #4! At least "On Hold" is steadily rising.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:36 pm
by PlasticRam
Yeah I mean "Work" is a good argument for why today's pop music is shit.

Not that I agree with that statement, but I just don't like that song at all. Rihanna's vocals are so reluctant, or whatever the right word is.

I feel like in circa 2007 popular music was underrated and some indie stuff was overrated, so I was glad when the trend started of critics including more popular music to lists, but now it's gone too far.

Just my opinion.

Edit: I guess looking at the list overall, it has its share of "odd" picks, so that's good.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:50 pm
by Nick
PlasticRam wrote:Yeah I mean "Work" is a good argument for why today's pop music is shit.

Not that I agree with that statement, but I just don't like that song at all. Rihanna's vocals are so reluctant, or whatever the right word is.

I feel like in circa 2007 popular music was underrated and some indie stuff was overrated, so I was glad when the trend started of critics including more popular music to lists, but now it's gone too far.

Just my opinion.

Edit: I guess looking at the list overall, it has its share of "odd" picks, so that's good.



I agree completely. "Work" is a really bad song, and it's not all that common for me to think that the songs in the critic's top 10 are outright bad. Mediocre maybe. But bad? "Work" is among a small group here.

In fact, it's actually really hard for me to see songs like "Work", "Black Beatles", and "One Dance" landing in the critic's top 10 had they been released 10 years ago. This recent trend towards poptimism is just awful if you ask me. Not that there's anything wrong with pop music gaining critical accolades (two of my top 10 songs of 2016 are as pop as they get, Tegan and Sara's "Boyfriend" and Kero Kero Bonito's "Trampoline"). But I think that the pendulum has swung too far in the direction of pop, and now the most insipid pop tunes are being treated as these amazing works of music when they really aren't. I mean, how many devout music listeners actually have "Work" or "Black Beatles" or "One Dance" in their top 10?

I wish we could just get back to some sort of balance, where the worlds of indie and pop were treated fairly, without any real bias from the critics in either direction. The supreme irony here is that poptimism is supposedly a rebellious position, when in actuality it isn't. Those who most champion poptimism may think that they're doing something bold by putting a song like "Work" on the same level as the latest Radiohead tune. But they aren't. Poptimism is now the default position, and if you think we should expect a little more from our pop music beyond "you gotta work work work work work work work work work work work work work", well that just makes you a rockist. Or an elitist. Or any other sort of "-ist".

Rant over.

Re: EOY 2016 Songs Spreadsheet Updates

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 5:59 pm
by BleuPanda
Hmm...I actually like "Black Beatles." But both songs involving Drake (and the #1 for last year) are things I truly don't get. I guess I just don't get Drake. What is the appeal? He's so boring, and he sounds so bored with his subject matter. None of it rings true for me. With "Black Beatles," I buy the energy and I like the production, even if it can be taken as shallow (many classic songs are comparably shallow, but 'Black Beatles' has a distinct attitude about it). But Drake's work feels like someone who has been given a platform to say nothing much at all.