Top 100 songs of 2016 (tracks 50-41)

Alone by Pretenders 
Rock. A patchy album some fans consider not to be proper Pretenders because of who is involved. Chrissie Hynde has a sense of humor. The title track is funny and relatable for introverts.

Lazarus by David Bowie
Art Rock. Using your impending death as inspiration to look back on your life. A dark, powerful swan song.

Kiss It Better by Rihanna
Pop. That opening guitar riff is stunning. 

Murder One by Metallica
Heavy Metal. A homage to Lemmy of Motörhead. The best animated music video in a long time. Scattered Ashes by Minor Victories is a close second for the giant cat among the skyscrapers.

Ultralight Beam by Kanye West
Hip Hop/Gospel. About Kanye’s faith in God, and there’s a surprising sample from Natalie is Great’s Instagram. He is backed by a church/gospel choir.

Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
Indie Rock. Catchy and well-written ("that voice in your head, giving you shit again"). Generally the lyrics are good(take note of The Ballad of the Costa Concordia). There are some good ideas on the record, but I didn't like the noisy guitars and harsh sound of most of the songs. Cosmic Hero is my 2nd favorite.

The One by Carly Rae Jepsen
Synthpop. Easily digestible retro 80s pop.

Fever by Carly Rae Jepsen

Bear by The Wedding Present
Indie Rock. An overlooked gem by a band considered past their prime. We all need someone who catches us when we fall.

Alt-Country.  Another animated video."Go and live a little".

Find anything you liked? Already know some of these? Which are your favorites from these albums? As always, comments are welcome. Tracks 40-31 coming soon!


  1. I love that Pretenders song. Considered buying the album for it. Not got around to it.

    1. @Rol: I can vouch for the song, a late career gem from Chrissie Hynde. I’ll look out for your thoughts on new Pretenders. Did receive favorable reviews from critics.

  2. The Pretenders really have found some late career form.

    1. @The Swede: Pretenders song I shared does feel timeless


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