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 100 Songs of 2014 (100-81)

This is what I thought of 2014.

This is what I thought of 2014.

 

I typically write a lengthy preamble when I issue my Top 100 Songs of The Year list. This year’s won’t be an extended or hyperbolic one.

2014 was fucked up in all manner of ways. One giant ray of light that helps pierce the omnipresent darkness of the world, at least for me, is music. 2014 was no different. My love for and of music is as strong as ever. I continue to zestfully seek out good music, as there’s a bounty of good new music around every corner, if you know where to look.

“Genres” and “types” of music are harder than ever to distinguish and designate, though if I had to isolate one type that resonated the strongest with me in 2014, it’d be pop music. It’s not that pop music ever went away, it’s just that pop has become such a versatile and shifty chameleon — it seems with every passing year, more types of music get sucked into the massive “pop” black hole, and “pop” infiltrates other genres with gusto and stealth. A tip of the cap to “pop” in 2014; a handful of brilliant pop songs made an indelible mark on the year in music (more than I can recall in recent years).

Music does so much to and for me; I won’t go into that though, as I mentioned at the outset of this piece that I’d practice brevity. So instead of me spitting game at music, I’ll end this introduction with some light, but ever true words, from the one of a kind one hit wonder, Cansei de Ser Sexy…

“Music is my boyfriend, music is my girlfriend, music is my daddy. Music’s my imaginary friend. Music is my brother. Music is my great grand-daughter, music is my sister, music is my favourite mistress…my music is where I’d like you to touch…”

 

My Top 100 Songs of 2014 (100-81):

100. Broncho – Class Historian

 

99. Vince Staples – Blue Suede

 

98. Tensnake f. Flora – No Relief

 

97. Tove Styrke – Even If I’m Loud It Doesn’t Mean I’m Talking To You

 

96. Lady Antebellum – Bartender

 

95. Le1f – Boom

 

Bonus: Flume – Sleepless (from 2013)

 

94. ASTR – We Fall Down

 

93. Foo Fighters – I Am A River

 

92. Young The Giant – Mind Over Matter

 

91. Ryn Weaver – Octahate

 

90. Walk The Moon – Shut Up And Dance

 

89. Wildlife – Lightning Tent

 

88. Beyonce f. Jay-Z – Drunk In Love

 

Bonus Track: Gypsy And The Cat – Sorry (from 2012)

 

87. Royksopp and Robyn – Monument

 

86. Shabazz Palaces – Forerunner Foray

 

85. Beck – Blue Moon

 

84. Lorde – Team

 

83. Milky Chance – Flashed Junk Mind/Stolen Dance

 

 

82. Lily Allen – Air Balloon

 

81. Sleeper Agent – Waves