Top 30 Songs of Summer 2016

It was a summer I will cherish for years. Memories of Portugal, Spain and a plethora of festivals/concerts/sets will never leave me. The past couple times I’ve done a songs of the summer list, I’ve only included songs from the year in question. I’ve asked different questions in 2016, so the songs herein are from whenever. Here are the songs that helped soundtrack my unforgettable summer:

30. Ryan Hemsworth – Surrounded


29. That Poppy – American Kids


28. Biffy Clyro – Friends and Enemies


27. Daughter – Doing The Right Thing/How


26. The Joy Formidable – Liana


25. One Republic – Kids


24. Ofelia K – I Love My Lawyer


23. Bob Moses – Tearing Me Up


22. The Tragically Hip – The Depression Suite


Bonus: Grimes – Go


21. Catfish and The Bottlemen – 7


20. Fidlar – Cheap Beer


19. Broods – Freak of Nature f. Tove Lo/1000x/Bedroom Door


18. Bear’s Den – Gabriel


Bonus: Wolf Alice – Soapy Water


17. Kanye – Fade/Waves/Saint Pablo


16. Glass Animals – Youth


15. Band of Horses – Casual Party


14. Gareth Emery – Reckless


13. Britney Spears – Make Me/Love Me Down


12. John Grant – Marz


11. The Chainsmokers – Roses


Bonus: The Vaccines – Post Break-Up Sex/A Lack of Understanding


10. Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Some Other Arms

Slow-tempo magic. I adore this song.


9. Dan Deacon – When I Was Done Dying

The sound of flight. Of rebirth. Of mice and men and death back then. The sound of making anew, and birds as your crew.


8. The 1975 – Loving Someone

Loving Someone really came alive as I saw the band twice this summer, thrice overall this year. The chorus is massive.


7. Marshmello – Alone

Undeniably dope, Alone is one monster dance track.


6. Hana – Clay/Underwater/White

I fell in love with Hana’s music this summer. These 3 songs are why.


5. The 1975 – A Change of Heart

It’s been several months since I first heard this track, and I cannot escape it. It remains indomitable. One of the best songs of the year, hands down.


4. Two Door Cinema Club – Cigarettes In The Theatre

When I experienced this song at Nos Alive in Lisbon, the crowd went mental. Out of the countless songs and sets I’ve heard live, this ranks at the top for/of memorable performances. An already fabulous song made immortal.


3. Jamie XX – Gosh

I threw all kinds of shapes and danced like my body was a singular fit conniption. I saw Gosh at two different festivals this summer, on back-to-back nights, in Portugal and Spain, and the music took me to another place both times. A place where my body and the beat were present, but where my mind moved to nether regions. I will never forget that transportation.


2. Villagers – Nothing Arrived (Acoustic)

I waited for something, and something died, so I waited for nothing, and nothing arrived.


1. The 1975 – You

I didn’t know You.

I heard the song live thrice this year, though it didn’t immediately clutch claws into my arm and smack me upside the head. Only on the last occasion did I get an inkling. But I didn’t really know You until…

I found You in Barcelona.

I was walking down Passeig de Sant Joan to the Arc de Triomf and the sun was grinning cheekily behind marshmallow-white clouds. I saw a man blowing soap bubbles for passers by, children rapt by the disappearing orbs, a rollerblading girl with strawberry blonde hair dressed in a black tank-top and black shorts, and I found You there.

I locked into You as my over-ear headphones carried the message. I sat and smiled, I walked and smiled, and the sounds that held my face muscles in place encouraged — necessitated — the abandonment of everything. Everything but You.

It takes a bit more. More than any or most or pretty much all other songs to do what You did.

To add marvel to the day. To forge some clarity amidst the fray. To let me see the shadows shake hands with the brightness. To take a moment. To make that moment linger. To reveal a layer or two, about me, about You.

You did all that.

Best Songs of 2014: Honourable Mention (Part 1, A-D)

As I seem to mention every year, crafting a strict Top 100 Songs of The Year list is an impossibility for me, because I listen to and like way more than 100 songs. So in order to shine a light on some of the songs that are still very good but don’t crack my┬átop 100, I’ve issued lists recognizing the “honourable mentions” the past couple years. This is the first of those lists for 2014. More than anything though, these lists serve as a record keeping endeavour, so when I look back at 2014 some years down the line, I’ll be able to re-visit all the songs I was into. Having something neat and tidy to refer to at any time appeals to me, and that’s a big reason why I compile these lists. If anyone else who reads them discovers/likes something new, that’s great too.

Without further ado, here is the first of four lists detailing the best songs of 2014, Honourable Mention style, in alphabetical order.

Allie X – Prime


alt-J – Nara


alt-J – The Gospel of John Hurt


Ariana Grande f. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder


Avid Dancer – I Want To See You Dance


Balance and Composure – Enemy


Basia Bulat – It Can’t Be You


Basia Bulat – Tall Tall Shadow


Bear Hands – Giants


Betty Who – Lovin’ Start


Bleachers – Rollercoaster


Britney Spears – Alien


Broken Bells – Holding On For Life


Broods – Coattails


Cloud Nothings – I’m Not Part Of Me


Darlia – Queen Of Hearts


Deers – Bamboo


Duck Sauce – NRG


Duke Dumont – Mumble Man


Dum Dum Girls – Rimbaud Eyes