Tracks of the Year 2016 30-11

Well, this is awkward. The release of a properly great Radiohead album in 2016 has, inevitably, clogged up my list of best tracks of the year, to the point where other music was in danger of getting sidelined. I seriously toyed with doing two charts – Radiohead and The Rest – but instead decided to expand my usual top 20 into a top 30, to give me a little room to breathe.

First, the nearly-but-not-quite list: ‘No Woman’ by Whitney; ‘Pool Party’ by Julia Jacklin; ‘Hands Up’ by Blood Orange; ‘Your Best American Girl’ by Mitski; ‘Really Doe’ by Danny Brown; ‘Black Beatles’ by Rae Sremmurd; ‘Two Kids’ by Laura Gibson’; ‘Subways’ by The Avalanches; ‘On Hold’ by The xx; ‘Formation’ and ‘Sorry’ by Beyoncé; ‘Starving’ by Hailee Steinfeld and Grey featuring Zedd; ‘Ultralight Beam’ by Kanye West; ‘Düsseldorf’ by Teleman; ‘Higher’ and ‘Work’ by Rihanna; ‘Fill In The Blank’ by Car Seat Headrest; ‘Boyfriend’ by Tegan & Sarah; ‘Cranes In The Sky’ by Solange; ‘Shut Up Kiss Me’ by Angel Olsen; ‘If I Knew’ by Bat For Lashes; ‘The Pop Kids’ by Pet Shop Boys; and a load of others, including all of the tracks on ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ that haven’t made it into the final 30.

CJ’s top 5 is ‘Cheap Thrills’ by Sia featuring Sean Paul; ‘Cake By The Ocean’ by DNCE; ‘I Took A Pill In Ibiza’ by Mike Posner; ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ by James Arthur; and ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ by Little Mix. This year there’s no overlap between our lists, about which we’re both probably quite pleased.

30 Drive-By Truckers, ‘Ramon Casiano’
29 Miranda Lambert, ‘Vice’
28 Heron Oblivion, ‘Oriar’
27 Christine and The Queens, ‘Tilted’
26 Agnes Obel, ‘Familiar’
25 Margo Price, ‘Hands of Time’
24 Leonard Cohen, ‘You Want It Darker’
23 Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, ‘I Need You’
22 D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty, ‘Broccoli’
21 Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj, ‘Side To Side’

20 Bon Iver, ’33 “GOD”‘
19 Radiohead, ‘Decks Dark’
18 M83 feat. Man Lan, ‘Go!’
17 Neiked feat. Dyo, ‘Sexual’
16 Dua Lipa, ‘Blow Your Mind (Mwah)’
15 Chance the Rapper feat. 2 Chainz and Lil Wayne, ‘No Problem’
14 Weyes Blood, ‘Do You Need My Love’
13 Radiohead, ‘Identikit’
12 Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign, ‘Work From Home’
11 The Last Shadow Puppets, ‘Miracle Aligner’


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