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.

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.