Grybop's Best of 2016 (-#01 + Recap Video)

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Postby Grybop » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:33 pm

Welcome to my 26th year-end chart!
If you're looking for a guide to the best music of 2016,


...go somewhere else :lol:

My year-end charts chronicle my taste and, basically, my life. There are no rules whatsoever - the only thing these songs have in common is that I enjoyed them during the calendar year represented. Previously listed songs include 50s schlager music, YouTube parodies, forgotten album tracks, gregorian chants and Rebecca Black.

This is an embarrassingly honest chart.

This year's list is far from ready - the only thing I know for sure is that there will be no old songs this time. On the other hand, I think most of the songs are from 2014-2015. I have a shortlist ready that keeps getting shorter every day.

Since 2001, I've been making videos containing clips from all songs on my year-end shortlist (2001-2009) or my final list in reverse order (2011-).

Here are the videos that have survived:

Countdowns:

2015
2014
2013
2012
2011

2010 (didn't make one)

Finalists in alphabetical order by the artist:

2009
2008
2007
2006 (lost)
2005 (lost)
2004 (lost)
2003 (didn't make one)
2002 (lost)
2001
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:54 am

Love the OP! I'll follow this! :D

If you're looking for a guide to the best music of 2016,

...go somewhere else
:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Postby Benny » Fri Dec 16, 2016 6:47 pm

JSparksFan wrote:Love the OP! I'll follow this! :D

If you're looking for a guide to the best music of 2016,

...go somewhere else
:lol: :lol: :lol:
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I've been checking out your year-end chart videos for the past few years and I'll also do so this year. :wink:
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Postby Tansike » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:20 am

I definitely keep an eye on this for sure but i'm afraid i won't know that many tracks. I'll try to check out some stuff though if that's the case.
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Postby Grybop » Sun Dec 18, 2016 6:19 pm

Thanks for commenting guys, it turns out my list contains several mainstream and commercial tracks this time, so let's begin with the first batch.


30 Twenty one pilots - Stressed Out

One of two songs reminiscing about childhood that were released in 2015 and made it huge in 2016. I hate the other one.
While I never went crazy about this, it was constantly on my lips throughout the year.


29 Broods - Free

The first of several UKMIX Forum Song Contest entries to make my chart this year, shout out to whoever chose this, can't remember who it was now.
If the verses were different melodically, this would have been way higher.



28 Maître Gims - Est-ce que tu m'aimes?

Another FSC discovery. Huge pan-European hit that I think echoes Indila's Dernière Danse.


27 Chairlift - Bruises

Chairlift announced yesterday that they'll be going their separate ways in 2017. I somehow think their random meeting with Beyoncé has something to do with that. Hmmm. Pity, cos they're one of the most interesting acts out there at the moment. This lovely little song I discovered digging up their past oeuvre.


26 Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend

Speaking of Beyoncé , here she is, playing second fiddle in one of the year's biggest hits. I love Coldplay and how they keep surviving in this rock-less era of music.


25 Little Big - Big Dick

This Russian band have a whole album of 90s technopop that is much more hardcore sounding compared to this little tasteless, but totally irresistible, colossal penis anthem.


24 Era Istrefi - Bonbon

Massive radio hit from Kosovo that echoes Rihanna. First heard it through our FSC.


23 Dua Lipa - Be The One

Continuing with the Kosovo and FSC themes, Be The One won the contest in November 2015 for the UK and then went on to become a big hit all over Europe - except the UK. Although I love the song, I still think the chorus just goes nowhere and leaves me somewhat unsatisfied.


22 Alan Walker - Faded

Loved this one to bits during the first 3 months of 2016, then somehow got bored of it.


21 Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)

This was this year's Firestone for me - a huge dance hit that I kept hearing everywhere, but didn't know what it was until late in the year. Haunting and surviving heavy airplay.
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Postby king_oxymoron » Sun Dec 18, 2016 9:07 pm

Quite a few I like here - Stressed Out and Took A Pill are both decent but both missed for me. Hymn for the Weekend, Be The One and Faded are my faves. Be The One is getting re-released here I think? Maybe now, maybe early 17!
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Dec 18, 2016 10:14 pm

"Hymn for the Weekend" is gorgeous!
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Postby Magnus » Mon Dec 19, 2016 11:56 am

Rebecca Black actually released a great song this year! :lol: (Not really expecting to see it here though.)
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Postby Benny » Mon Dec 19, 2016 4:25 pm

Great to see 'Est-ce que tu m'aimes?', it was among my 10 favourite songs of 2015.
Overplay killed 'Stressed Out' for me, I liked it in the beginning.
'Bonbon', 'Be The One','Faded' and 'Pill in Ibiza' were all big hits that I didn't get into (like most commercial hits this year).
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Postby Biebz » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:01 pm

30 Twenty one pilots - Stressed Out
29 Broods - Free
27 Chairlift - Bruises
23 Dua Lipa - Be The One
22 Alan Walker - Faded


I love these 5! I am sooooo happy to see Bruises here! I was obsessed with this song back in 2008, it's probably up there as one of my favourite songs of all time, I never get sick of it even after all these years!
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 5:08 pm

^^ I know, right? It feels like a classic already!

king_oxymoron wrote:Be The One is getting re-released here I think? Maybe now, maybe early 17!
Yes, I think so, too, they shot a new video!

Magnus wrote:Rebecca Black actually released a great song this year! :lol:
Yup, she did :lol: :lol: The Queen won't be slaying this chart this time though!
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:57 pm

And after all these years I've wasted
I could wait more, you said I'm crazy
Am I so?



20 Manuel Riva & Eneli - Mhm Mhm




Aww, bless Romania and its generic summery hits! This one's quite atmospheric though.
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:09 pm

Don't say a word while we dance with the devil
You brought a fire to a world so cold



19 Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive




It's mind-boggling that this song didn't repeat the success of Duke's previous singles! Well, at least not in the UK, because in Greece it was literally ubiquitous for months!
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:18 pm


I myrodia tou gida
ine mes sta routhounia mou
ki ime ethismenos



18 Mpelafon feat. Thel & Raf - Mpampalina




I'm wondering myself why I like this song. I love the production for one. Also the fact that it's raw. I'm addicted.
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:27 pm


Дай ми любовта!
Дай ми любовта!
Дай ми любовта!
They will never break us down!



17 Poli Genova - If Love Was A Crime




Ahhhh so uplifting! One of the very best performances in this year's ESC, though not immediately striking.
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Postby Grybop » Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:35 pm

Is it like Nevada?
Hit me harder, again



16 Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love




OK, I know I'm late with this one as well. Just like the majority of the songs on this list, How Deep Is Your Love was drilled deep within me by heavy airlplay (which usually kills the charm of most songs, but not this one as far as I'm concerned). #brainwashed
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Postby NothingFails » Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:09 am

Bruises is good... sucks that Chairlift is splitting though.

Hymn For The Weekend is nice but I much prefer the album version than the remixed one radio plays.

I Took A Pill In Ibiza was a nice, unexpected comeback from an artist we thought for sure we'd heard the last of.
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Postby king_oxymoron » Tue Dec 20, 2016 5:06 am

Yesss, LOVE both Ocean Drive and How Deep Is Your Love.. think both were right within my top 5 of the year last year, love them! And good to hear Ocean Drive was a big hit SOMEWHERE!
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Postby Tansike » Wed Dec 21, 2016 4:09 pm

30 Twenty one pilots - Stressed Out
29 Broods - Free
28 Maître Gims - Est-ce que tu m'aimes?
26 Coldplay - Hymn For The Weekend
24 Era Istrefi - Bonbon
23 Dua Lipa - Be The One
22 Alan Walker - Faded
21 Mike Posner - I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
17 Poli Genova - If Love Was A Crime
16 Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love
Some awesome tunes, with some songs that are some of my faves from 2016 as well :o :D
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:03 pm

NothingFails wrote:
I Took A Pill In Ibiza was a nice, unexpected comeback from an artist we thought for sure we'd heard the last of.
I had no idea what you were on about till I just searched Posner's story. I had no idea he'd already had more top 10 hits, not even mentioning his battle with depression.

Thanks for the comments guys.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:24 pm

You broke the spell and wanted something else
Well, go fuck yourself



15 LP - Other People




This woman is so talented. Great songwriter, strong vocalist and skilled whistler! Dunno why success in US, her home country, still eludes her.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:32 pm

Give me a chance to prove
I'm worthy to be around



14 Playmen ft. Christos Mastoras - Stand By Me Now




Super-popular duo Playmen are top of their game in Greece and this song is here to prove it. I seem to like Stand By Me Now more with every listen and I still haven't got bored of it.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:49 pm


Y tú lo sabes, y tú lo sabes
O tú lo sabes, o no lo sabes
O él lo sabe, o ella lo sabe
O ellos lo saben, o no lo saben



13 Dënver - El fondo del Barro




Random late-2016 Chilean discovery from our FSC contest, a mix of big room anthemic synths with quirky vocals on not having yet been loved. The song literally changes route halfway through and almost forgets the first half, becoming progressively leftfield. The moment heppolo posted it, I checked it out and the following day I already had it spiining in my head. It then became my most played song of the last couple of months and my new ringtone.
It also won the contest.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:01 pm


As if our love
was what it was before.



12 Video Video - Love Beat




Unapologetically 80s to the core, Australian trio Video Video score their second hit on this chart with this synth-drenched opener to their latest album. I like to believe it's about picking up strangers at parks to recover from a break-up. Not that I'd know anything about that.
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Postby Grybop » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:11 pm


Tick tack
Tick tack



11 Konstadinos Koufos - Metro adistrofa (5, 4, 3, 2, 1)




Balkan brass with modern beats. One of the biggest hits in Greece this year.
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