Top 20 Tracks of 2016

We continued the tradition on this site of running down our 20 favourite tracks of the year, a tradition dating back to the days of John Peel’s Festive Fifty when these lists would be circulated as handwritten lists. In the 90s we moved to spreadsheets and for the last five years we have shared our nominations online for you to enjoyment, derision or bafflement.  Think of it as a gradually building mix tape or – as someone called it yesterday – a musical advent calendar.

So from Sunday 4th December, my musical comrades in arms Roy, Andy and I nominated a track each day,  building to our songs of the year on Christmas Eve.

2016 was not a great year for Planet Earth, but musically was there a lot to cherish? Let’s review the evidence.

Here’s the final list, with links to each day’s posts:

bat-for-lashes2#20 – Bat For Lashes & Green Day

 

 

still1#19 – Minor Victories & Shearwater

 

 

rage#18 – Prophets of Rage & Jamie T

 

 

olafur-arnalds-compressor#17 – Olafur Arnalds & Life

 

jean-michel-snowden#16 – Jean-Michel Jarre, Edward Snowden & Warpaint

 

 

mason-2#15 – Steve Masson & Palace Winter

 

 

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#14 – A Tribe Called Quest & Chemical Brothers

 

thegetdown_still_s1e06_01504019_3840x2160_177ar_16bit_rgb#13 – Herizen Guardiola & Two Door Cinema Club

 

 

wow#12 – Beck, Slaves & Trentemoller

 

 

doing#11 – The Kills, Temples & Primal Scream

 

 

capture-decran-2016-08-24-a-18-57-52#10 – Run The Jewels, DIIV & Daughter

 

james#9 – James, Toy & PJ Harvey

 

 

daughter#8 – Daughter, Syd Arthur & Jaguar Ma

 

 

popkids#7 – Pet Shops Boys, Mogwai & Last Shadow Puppets

 

 

underworld#6 – Underworld, PJ Harvey & Black Mountain

 

 

img_2824-1 #5 – Suede, Radiohead & Massive Attack

 

 

primalscream#4 – Primal Scream, The Wytches & King Gizzard & The Lizzard Wizard

 

radiohead-3#3 – Radiohead, David Bowie & Underworld

 

blackstar#2 – David Bowie, Nick Cave &  The Wedding Present

 

kiwanuka#1 – Michael Kiwanuka, David Bowie & Teleman

 

 

 

 

 

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