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.

Top 25 Songs of April 2016

MOR Hits! Top end of this month was just ridiculous.

25. David Guetta & Sia f. Fetty Wap – Bang My Head

24. Yeasayer – Gerson’s Whistle/Dead Sea Scrolls

23. Kygo – Raging

22. Good Charlotte – 40 Oz.

21. Tom Odell – Magnetised

20. JMR – Found My Religion

19. Broncho – Fantasy Boys

18. Lilly Wood & The Prick – Kokomo

Bonus Roatan Vacation Songs: Beach Boys – Kokomo; Shayne Bailey – Leggo Meh Man; Shawn Colvin – Sunny Came Home

I was in the gorgeous Roatan, Honduras for the first couple weeks of April, 2016, and these are 3 sunny tunes that I associate with the trip.

17. The Lumineers – Angela

16. Alesso, Nico & Vinz – I Wanna Know

15. Young The Giant – Amerika

14. Lucius – Almost Makes Me Wish For Rain

13. The Strumbellas – Shovels & Dirt/Spirits

12. Kanye West – Famous

11. The 1975 – Lostmyhead/The Ballad of Me and My Brain/Loving Someone/I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it

Snippets only, but snippets will suffice. #hits


10. Jonas Blue, Dakota – Fast Car

Really dig this electro take on the classic 90’s tune.


9. The Chainsmokers f. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down

Edmworm. Simply.


8. Broods – Free

Got under my skin in relatively short order (and I’m not referring to anger inducement). It’ll be so tough for Broods to top their debut, but if they can match or come close, I’ll be super impressed.


7. Yeasayer – Half Asleep/Uma

Absolutely no band on earth is like Yeasayer. That, their tireless melodic machinations, their kinetic, cryptic keepsakes, are why I love them so. That, and more.


6. Plants & Animals – No Worries Gonna Find Us

Huuuge song from the Montreal outfit. Possibly my favourite song ever from them. Big claps.


5. M83 – Do It, Try It

That drop is fucking ridiculous.



4. Lucius – Gone Insane

Holy shit. This video is absolutely stunning. The concept is brilliant, and the time it must’ve taken to put it together. Wow. One of the most fearless endings to a song I can remember in forever.



3. Snakehips, Tinashe – All My Friends (99 Souls Remix)

This might’ve been the song of my Honduran escapade. Firstly, this remix kills the original. Secondly, this remix kills 99.9% of other remixes. It’s been around a little while, but really took astral flight for me in April.


2. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)

And this one happens to be in that 0.1%. It’s still fairly recent, but in the pantheon of remixes, this song will have a prominent place. Positively massive. Posner deserves a lot of credit for the barren lyrics.


1. The 1975 – Paris

Live and cover versions of this song abound, but a crisp record version does not (at least to my cursory investigation). So again, I can only link the official snippet, which comes in at 50 seconds. That’s enough time, however, to hear how “Paris” is another (ANOTHER!) jaw-droppingly fantastic earworm from The 1975’s second LP. (Go find the full length though. Trust.) When I heard Love Me, then The Sound, then Somebody Else, then A Change of Heart, I first off thought that that foursome is an aural assault the likes of which POP MUSIC hasn’t seen in some time. Then I thought, I expect the album to be awesome, because it would be on the back of those four songs alone. I didn’t expect a fifth. I got one. “Paris” is phenomenal. The melody is spring-time saccharine sweet, and I adore how it’s cut by the sometimes morbid, lullabyian (new word) lyrics. I love that about The 1975. They have that ever-attractive English wit and cheek, and they coat it with some of the most adventurous pop music around these days. Paris is the sound of a band flexing yet another muscle in an increasingly toned catalogue. Combined with the rest of their work, this is clearly the sound of band who want to be the Biggest Band In The World. I think they’re well on their way.