2016: the year in singles

Every year I announce I’ve reviewed more singles than ever, and I’m not wrong. I’m also doing more sit-ups than ever. Below are the original scores of every tune I’ve reviewed at The Singles Jukebox. I’ve kept the original grades despite the adjustments that radio listening have demanded I make — not that top fortyContinue reading “2016: the year in singles”

Singles 12/16

Amnesty Week gives Jukeboxers a chance to review singles we may have missed. Here’s the first week’s crop. Click on links for full reviews. Tim McGraw – Humble and Kind (8) Clipping. – Air ‘Em Out (7) Namuel – Maldita Ingenuidad (7) School of Seven Bells – Ablaze (7) The 1975 – Somebody Else (7)Continue reading “Singles 12/16”

Best singles of 2016

I’m gonna make it through this year if it kills me. So many friends have muttered John Darnielle’s line since the the death of David Bowie augured an unusually brutal year, culminating, of course, in the debacle on November 8. Up until that point, I must say, 2016 had been excellent for me: professionally, aesthetically,Continue reading “Best singles of 2016”

Singles 12/2

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 theContinue reading “Singles 12/2”

Singles 11/25

Swede Sabina Ddumba earns my highest score this week in part by showing up every would-be dance track I’ve heard in the last month, including an even worse than I thought Charli XCX track, also reviewed. It’s the sort of week when Keith Urban making like Chris Isaak sounds good over turkey. Click on linksContinue reading “Singles 11/25”

Singles 11/18

Thanks to Latin Grammys and serendipity, this was among the year’s best weeks. I still don’t hear the country overtones in “A-Yo.” Maybe they’re undertones. Click on links for full reviews. Lady Gaga – A-Yo (8) Beyonce ft. Dixie Chicks – Daddy Lessons (7) Ian Ramil – Derivacivilização (7) Mon Laferte – Si Tú MeContinue reading “Singles 11/18”

Singles 10/28

Californian-Chilean electro-pop, insinuating house, a decent Jason Derulo rip, and, at the top, snotty canon-pillaging hip-hip — now that’s a good week. Click on links for full reviews. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles (8) Francisca Valenzuela – Estremecer (7) Kaytranada ft. Syd – You’re the One (7) Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ LikeContinue reading “Singles 10/28”

Singles 10/21

Notes: – “Cranes in the Sky” is our highest rated single of 2016 and highest rated Solange single to date, scoring a full decimal point better than 2012’s “Losing You.” – Two aging pretty boys and one decent boy distinguished Friday. It’s possible that I underrated Niall’s single because it went in — wait forContinue reading “Singles 10/21”