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





#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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