Top 5 Songs 2016

Mitski – Your Best American Girl

The standout song from Mitski’s terrific album Puberty 2  is my favorite of the year, near perfect. The song and video is basically  everything that has interested me in indie pop culture for the last 15 years rolled into one. 

Jamila Woods – Blk Girl Soldier

The 2016 Black liberation/protest anthem. I prefer this song to every song on Lemonade. Yeah, I said it. Listen to it closely. 

Gaelynn Lea – Someday We’ll Linger in the Sun

The 2016 winner of the Tiny Desk Concert competition is the loveliest, most precious song I’ve listened to all year. 

Pinegrove – Old Friends

“I should call my parents when I think of them, I should tell my friends that I love them” could be a NYE resolution.

Fjort – Prestige

“Ich bin der / aus einem anderen Land / und das reicht für deinen Hass // Ich bin der / lebe meinesgleichen / und das reicht für deinen Hass.”

I compiled all songs I loved throughout 2016 in this Spotify playlist: Should I Care? The list is named after the first song I loved (Sea + Air’s Should I Care?) but the name is also the question I ask heading into 2017.

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What’s Making Me Happy This Week  Right Now

The moment the chorus hits on Mitski’s new single “Your Best American Girl”

It’s not that the song is particularly happy, but the chorus is such a perfect piece of indie rock, it takes my breath away every time.

For more on this song and Mitski, listen to this great interview with All Songs Considered.