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My second best week of 2016 is distinguished by my first 10 since 2010 (I would retroactively award several 10s though). No question that “We the People” benefitted from November’s slough of despond, but Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Mohammed, Jarobi, and the late Phife Dawg know better that even if the electoral vote total matched the popular vote a considerable portion of America still hates the ways of Muslims and gays and think black folks must go. This makes Miranda Lambert’s sunny plaint more plaintive and the xx’s “On Hold” more static.

Get to listening, y’all, and get to calling Congress.

Click on links for full reviews.

A Tribe Called Quest – We the People… (10)
Miranda Lambert – We Should Be Friends (9)
The xx – On Hold (7)
John Mayer – Love on the Weekend (7)
Blackpink – Playing With Fire (7)
Britney Spears ft. Tinashe – Slumber Party (7)
Common ft. Marsha Ambrosius – Lodestar (7)
Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama (5)
Mickey Singh – Phone (4)
Sofía Reyes ft. Reykon – Llegaste Tú (4)
Stevie Wonder ft. Ariana Grande – Faith (4)
Davido ft. Tinashe – How Long (3)
Kiiara – Feels (3)