December 21st, 2016
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It’s true, there was so much damn good music in 2016. If you read our Best Records post, the you know our general opinion on the vibe of the year (hint: not good), but there was a strong soundtrack throughout.

Tons of full length albums became permanent staples in our library, but probably even more impressive in 2016 were the individual tracks. Some of my favorite songs to live life to came out this year. The variety is staggering. Maybe that is life in the digital age, but my brain was visited in reality by everywhere my imagination could take me. I smiled, I danced, I cried, I learned something.

Below are the 98 tracks that affected me the most in alphabetical. There are SO MANY other great ones out there, some of which you can find in our Best Records Spotify Playlist.

LISTEN TO ALL 98 OF THE BEST TRACKS HERE.

  1. A Tribe Called Quest – “We The People…”
  2.  ABRA – “Crybaby”
  3.  Anderson .Paak – “Am I Wrong”
  4.  Antwon – “100k”
  5.  Aphex Twin – “CHEETAHT2 [Ld spectrum]”
  6. Baauer & C.Z. – “How Can You Tell When It’s Done?”
  7. Beyonce – “Formation”
  8. Bleached – “Sour Candy”
  9. Blood Orange – “Best to You”
  10. Blood Orange – “E.V.P.”
  11. Bon Iver – “22 (Over S∞∞N)”
  12. Bonobo – “Kerala”
  13. Boxed In – “Jist”
  14. Boys Noize – “Rock the Bells”
  15. Chance the Rapper – “Blessings”
  16. Charlie XCX – “Vroom Vroom”
  17. Cherry Glazerr – “Told You I’d Be With the Guys”
  18. Childish Gambino – “Redbone”
  19. Choir of Young Believers – “Perfect Estocada”
  20. Classixx ft. T-Pain – “Whatever I Want”
  21. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
  22. Danny L Harle ft. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Super Natural”
  23. David Bowie – “Lazarus”
  24. Deakin – “Golden Chords”
  25. DJDS – “You Dont Have to be Alone”
  26. Drake – “Controlla”
  27. Ducky – “Work”
  28. E1sbar – “Televisual”
  29. Erin Tobey – “Work It Out”
  30. Flume ft. Kai- “Never Be Like You”
  31. Gavin Turek – “Good Look for You”
  32. Goldroom – “Silhouette”
  33. Grandaddy – “Way We Won’t”
  34. Hannah Diamond – “Fade Away”
  35. Holy Ghost! – “Crime Cutz”
  36. Hundred Waters ft. Chance the Rapper, Moses Sumney & Robin Hannibal – “Show Me Love” (Skrillex Remix)
  37.  Jagwar Ma – “Give Me a Reason”
  38. James Supercave – “The Right Thing”
  39. Jessy Lanza – “It Means I Love You”
  40. Justice – “Stop”
  41. Kanye West – “Fade”
  42. Kaytranada – “Lite Spots”
  43. Kendrick Lamar – “Untitled 06 | 06.30.2014.”
  44. Kero Kero Bonito – “Lipslap”
  45. Klaus Johann Grobe – “Geschichten aus erster Hand”
  46. Kristin Kontrol – Show Me
  47. Leon Vynehall – “Blush”
  48. Maggie Rogers – “Alaska”
  49. Matthew E. White – “Cool Out”
  50. Metronomy – “Night Owl”
  51. Michael Kiwanuka – “The Final Frame”
  52. Mija and Vindata – “Better”
  53. MYD ft. Twice & Lil Patt – “No Bullshit”
  54. Nao – “Girlfriend”
  55. Nice as Fuck – “Door”
  56. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – “I Need You”
  57. NO ZU – “BODY2BODY” (A Certain Ration Do The Du Zu Mix)
  58. NV – “Kata”
  59. NVDES – “8am”
  60. Owen Bones – “Pilot”
  61. POLICA – “Lime Habit”
  62. Polo & Pan – “Nana”
  63. Porches – “Underwater”
  64. PUP – “If This Tour Doesnt Kill You, I Will”
  65. QUALIATIK – “Physicality”
  66. Radiohead – “Present Tense”
  67. Rae Sremmurd – “Black Beatles”
  68. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work”
  69. Romare – “My Last Affair”
  70. Sampha – “Blood On Me”
  71. serpentwithfeet – “four ethers”
  72. SOHN – “Conrad”
  73. Solange – “Cranes in the Sky”
  74. Soulwax – “Transient Program for Drums & Machinery”
  75. Soulwax (as Charlotte) – “The Best Thing”
  76. starRo – “I Wish”
  77. Sunflower Bean – “Easier Said”
  78. Susso – “Son Kunda”
  79. Tangerine – “Sunset”
  80. Teachers – “Mannequin in Heat”
  81. Thao & The Get Down – “Astonished Man”
  82. The Avalanches – “Because I’m Me”
  83. The Bongolian – “Googa Mama”
  84. The Kills – “Doing it to Death”
  85. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “I Feel it Coming”
  86. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
  87. The xx – “On Hold”
  88. Tiga – “Don’t Break My Heart”
  89. Tone of Arc – “Shutters are Shaking”
  90. Underworld – “Low Burn”
  91. Unloved – “Guilty of Love”
  92. Vince Staples – “War Ready”
  93. Warpaint – “New Song”
  94. Weyes Blood – “Seven Words”
  95. White Lung – “Below”
  96. Whitney – “No Woman”
  97. YG feat Nissey Hustle – “Fuck Donald Trump”
  98. Young M.A. – “OOOUUU”