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20 Great Songs of 2016

MC Krispy E Picks his favorites from the year that took Bowie and Prince
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2016 pressed delete on way too many musicians. Folks like Prince, Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Sharon Jones, Leon Russell, Merle Haggard, Phife Dawg, Maurice White, Mose Allison and plenty more are now in the recycle bin. Their music lives on in the ears of those who remember, and thankfully new musicians get born every day. The list of 20 Great Songs of 2016 below is chock full of new faces and a few old friends.


Rugged Country – Japanese Breakfast
I could have picked any track off Japanese Breakfast’s excellent EP Psychopomp, but this one has the kind of chorus that just screams road-trip. Read our review

 


Two Dead Cops – Parquet Courts 
I drink negronis on occasion in an attempt to acquire a taste for them, same reason I buy Parquet Courts records. This time it stuck.

 


Your American Girl – Mitski
Sometimes videos do everything to distract you from a really great song. 

 


Shut Up Kiss Me – Angel Olsen
Angel Olsen has a little fun on this track and so will you.

 


You Want it Darker – Leonard Cohen 
Cohen released this one shortly before his death this year. What an attention whore!

 


Heathens – 21 Pilots 
My friends give me shit for digging this track, but beauty is in the ear of the beholder, Jon.

 


Starboy – The Weeknd  ft. Daft Punk
“I’m a motherfuckin’ starboy.

 

 

Miles East – The Hard Part
Saw Miles do this live a few times this year. Killer song. Read our interview


Dickie Betts – The Dean Ween Group
Borrowing more than just the title from the Allman Bros.

 

 

24K Magic – Bruno Mars
Mars channels some Gap Band and the occasional Kendrick Lamar delivery on this ginormous hit.

Cricket and The Genie – The Claypool Lennon Delirium
“Cricket and The Genie plays with Sean’s childhood memories of meeting Michael Jackson’s famous monkey-friend Bubbles while on the set of 1988’s Moonwalker.” Read our review


Ray LaMontagne – Hey, No Pressure
“Anything you want your life to mean, it can mean.”

 


Masterpiece – Big Thief
The best song Lucinda Williams didn’t write this year.

 


Capsized – Andrew Bird
Plenty to love on Andrew Bird’s latest record.

 


Dark Necessities – Red Hot Chili Peppers
I think I listened to this on repeat for a week when I first heard it. Fucking Flea, man. Read our review

 


Easier Said – Sunflower Bean 
I’ll admit it. I’m hypnotized by Julia Cumming. You wanna fight about it? Meet me near the flagpole after school and we’ll see what’s what.

 


We the People… – A Tribe Called Quest 
This track is bouncy AF, with lyrics ripped from our unfortunate headlines. Peace out, Phife.

 


Proof of Love – Paul Simon
“Even when Simon references his own catalog, he takes it a step or two beyond his comfort zone and then safely back again.” Read our review

 


All I Think About Now – Pixies
An ode to ex-bassist Kim sung by current bassist Paz that re-purposes the classic hook from “Where Is My Mind?” Read our review

 


The Numbers – Radiohead 

I love the latest Radiohead record “A Moon Shaped Pool,” but the stripped down live versions have a purity missing from those recordings. Read our review

 

 

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