Top 25 Songs of March 2016

Maybe it’s me, maybe it’s how much good new music is constantly being released, maybe it’s Maybelline. Maybe it’s an amalgam of everything. Whatever the case, I never have a shortage of (good, really good, great) music to listen to. Here are my favourite songs from March. (My god Wintersleep, you are incredible).

25. Future/Weeknd – Low Life


24. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis f. Leon Bridges – Kevin


23. Monster Truck – Don’t Tell Me How To Live


22. Ria Mae – Gold (JordanXL Remix)


Bonus: Rabbii – Hang Us High


21. Holy Esque – Hexx


20. Tinie Tempah – Girls Like


19. The Thermals – My Heart Went Cold


18. Miike Snow – I Feel The Weight


17. Run River North – Run or Hide


16. Ra Ra Riot – Bad Times


15. Jordan Klassen – Baby Moses


14. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – Gotta Lotta

Best use of a sample in forever. So cheeky and so funny. Scatman John would be proud.


13. Yeasayer – Silly Me


12. Bleached – Wednesday Night Melody


11. All Saints – One Strike

Nice comeback tune.


10. Wintersleep – Spirit/More Than

Could be the best Canadian band around.


9. case/lang/viers – Atomic Number

Neko wins at whatever she does. Really digging this tune.


8. Mothers – It Hurts Until It Doesn’t

Love the melody and how the tempo slows to a crawl and builds again.


7. Lumineers – Ophelia

Very solid comeback single.


6. Sundara Karma – A Young Understanding

Such an earwormy tune. I’m going to take note of this English band.


5. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home

Absurdly stupid lyrics, but the song is the embodiment of incessant. Wickedly catchy.


4. Wintersleep – Lifting Cure/Who Are You

My love for this band knows no bounds. These two songs are bloody brilliant. I love the melody, lyrics, and music of Lifting Cure, and Who Are You is such a wonderfully simple, guitar-led ditty. Wintersleep can write any type of song and slay it.


3. Frightened Rabbit – Get Out/Death Dream

Triumphant first two singles from the Scots’ latest LP. Frightened Rabbit’s combo of melody, relatability, and rootability (making up words as I go, no biggie) is ever charming.


2. The Boxer Rebellion – Big Ideas

I don’t love every single song these guys put out, but when they hit, they hit huge for me. This is one such behemoth. Love the build up and the guitars.


1. Wintersleep – Shadowless/Metropolis

Shadowless and Metropolis are the beating heart of Wintersleep’s indefatigable new record. They’re two of the best songs that will be released in 2016, and they’re two of the best songs that Wintersleep have ever created. There are only a select number of songs any given year that are so powerful that they elicit a physical and emotional response. Shadowless is one such song. I feel fortunate to have seen their intimate show in Hamilton at The Casbah this March. I was lucky enough to meet all the members of the band I tried to impart to them how much I love their music. Artists need to know they’re fighting the good fight. I can only hope this band keeps making music and touring.

Top 25 Songs of January 2016

My favourite songs from a jam-packed month of quality music.

25. Gryffin – Heading Home


24. Modern Space – It’s Only A Dream

No link to the song above. I dig the following too.


23. Wet – All The Ways


22. Mother Mother – Monkey Tree (UK Mix)


21. Matthew Good – Kid Down The Well


20. Gwen Stefani – Used To Love You (MAIZE Remix)


19. Shearwater – Quiet Americans


18. Lucius – Madness


17. Marianas Trench – Who Do You Love/End of An Era


16. Pusha T & The-Dream – M.F.T.R.


15. Wintersleep – Amerika


14. Mates of State – Sides of Boxes


13. School of Seven Bells – Open Your Eyes


12. Troye Sivan – Heaven (f. Betty Who)/Talk Me Down/Youth


11. Skizzy Mars – Comb


10. Cage The Elephant – Too Late To Say Goodbye/Cold Cold Cold


9. Walk The Moon – Work This Body


8. The 1975 – The Sound


7. St. Lucia – Physical


6. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean


5. Marianas Trench – One Love


4. Mates of State – Staring Contest


3. The 1975 – Love Me

The INXS vibe is palpable here. As is the feeling that this band is destined for great things.


2. Panic! At The Disco – LA Devotee

Unbearably catchy. Maybe the best song they’ve ever done — strong words as their catalogue is teflon strong.


1. Yeasayer – I Am Chemistry

Number one couldn’t be anything else. I shed tears at the first listen of this masterpiece. This is art. In every way imaginable.