Best singles of 2016 — first half

When a singer of average voice create or stumbles over a moment that cracks the porcelain of mildness, it can move me more than six Martina McBrides singing “Breakfast in Bed.” I expect few to love Chilean performer Alex Anwandter’s “Siempre es Viernes en Mi Corazon” as much as I; perhaps it takes a lapsed Catholic to appreciate the thunderclap of pain that rumbles through the line, la iglesia me mandó al infierno. As the Chilean electro popper repeats the hook, it’s clear he means it as affirmation, not prayer; this was a guy known in his country for his queer activism as much as for his music. Love and desire, juiced by the beats. Pet Shop Boys, also on this list, would know.

1. Alex Anwandter – Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón
2. Ingrid – Double Pedigree
3. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
4. Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
5. BTS – Run
6. Corinne Bailey Rae – Been to the Moon
7. Eric Church – Record Year
8. Martin Solveig ft. Tkay Maidza – Do It Right
9. Jason Derulo – If It Ain’t Love
10. Katy B & Chris Lorenzo – I Wanna Be
11. TT the Artist & Snappy Jit – Dig
12. Grimes – Kill V. Maim
13. Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 02 06.23.2014.
14. Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
15. Mannie Fresh ft. Juvenile & Tunechi – Hate
16. Clare Dunn – Tuxedo
17. Ladies’ Code – Galaxy
18. Taemin – Press Your Number
19. Mamamoo – Taller Than You
20. Prince Royce – Culpa al Corazón
21. Riton ft. Kah-lo – Rinse & Repeat
22. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
23. Ulises Hadjis ft. Gepe – Movimiento
24. Mamamoo – Taller Than You
25. Kevin Gates – 2 Phones
26. Jeremih – Oui
27. Erykah Badu – Phone Down
28. Esperanza Spalding – Good Lava
29. Morning Musume ’15 – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
30. Chloe x Halle – Drop
31. Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door
32. Ngaiire – Diggin’
33. Kaytranada ft. Anderson .Paak – Glowed Up
34. Usher – Crush
35. Oh My Girl – Windy Day
36. Jonghyun – She Is
37. Skepta – Man
38. Tiffany – I Just Wanna Dance
39. Garbage – Empty
40. Old Dominion – Snapback

Spotify link: https://open.spotify.com/user/alfredsoto/playlist/1uxrmNP4RkajuYtbeIw2MO

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