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 100 Songs of 2013 (100-81)

Top 100 2013

I think 2013 was a brilliant year for new music; it was just as good as 2012 (which I thought at the time was the best year for songs in many moons) or better. There’s no way I could make a strict Top 100 Songs of the Year list and feel good about myself, though I don’t want to go as overboard as I did last year, where many numbers on that list had a part A) and a B). I’m going to hold off on playing that card, as want to fall in line with my prediction that in 2014, we’ll see “restraint” adopted more and more as a thoughtful, progressive lifestyle choice — bahahaha, sorry I can’t continue that sentence any longer. The complete opposite will prove true. Shit be cray; restraint seems like a relic of a long lost world, like the crystals of the Mayan civilization, Tesla’s time machine, and when you could count on your breakfast cereal containing all the GMO’s your (growing) body could handle

There will be no A)’s and B)’s on this list, but I’ve still got to find a way to massage the proceedings to ensure maximum comfort, so I’ve chosen to include two or more songs by a particular band/artist in some spots. I’ve found that on many occasions, it’s difficult to discern which song of a given band/artist is the “best,” so I’m going to forego that agony altogether. For instance, I really like Lorde’s “Tennis Court” and “400 Lux”. I wouldn’t say one song is better than the other, nor can I decide which one I like more, so I’ve listed them together. This happens several times over the course of this list. (I’ve also decided to include an audio link to each song when this happens — why should one track get daps over another!?)

Lastly, some might think that songs placed at the low end of this or any list aren’t worth sharing/remembering/exploring. This could not be further from the truth. So much good music was released in 2013, that to be listed anywhere in the top 100 should be a huge source of pride for these songs (if songs knew about this list, and if songs could feel pride. I love anthropomorphism!). Music continues to be the gift that keeps on giving. All it takes is a little time and effort to seek out the best of the best.

Here are my Top 100 Songs of 2013:

100. Mereki – Blue Lake


99. Astral Pattern – When We’re Falling


98. Churchill – Change


97. Lorde – Tennis Court/400 Lux

Tennis Court:

400 Lux:


96. The Thermals – Faces Stay With Me


95. Stereophonics – In A Moment/Indian Summer/Graffiti On The Train

In A Moment:

Indian Summer:

Graffiti On The Train:


94. St. Lucia – Too Close


93. The Naked and Famous – Rolling Waves


92. Janelle Monae f. Miguel – Primetime


91. Two Door Cinema Club – Changing Of The Seasons


90. Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)/Grins/Superlove

You (Ha Ha Ha):




89. Lover Lover – Young Free


88. One Republic – If I Lose Myself/I Lived

If I Lose Myself:

I Lived:


87. The Virgins – Wheel Of Fortune/Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams

Wheel Of Fortune:

Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams:


86. We Are Wolves – Sun


85. The Knife – Raging Lung


84. Junip – Line of Fire


83. The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather


82. Jay-Z – Nickels and Dimes


81. Youth Lagoon – Mute