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