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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 forty radio was all that impressive in 2016.

SINGLES JUKEBOX SCORES 2016

10

A Tribe Called Quest – We the People

9

Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean
Maxwell – 1990X
Miranda Lambert – We Should Be Friends
Maren Morris – 80s Mercedes
Eric Church – Record Year

8

Miranda Lambert – Vice
Lady Gaga – A-Yo
Vince Staples ft. A$AP Rocky – Prima Donna
Danny Brown – When It Rain
Sabina Ddumba – Time
Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – Black Beatles
Bucie ft. Black Motion – Rejoice
Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens – Kill a Word
Martin Solveig ft. Tkay Maidza – Do It Right
Katy B & Chris Lorenzo – I Wanna Be
Alex Anwandter – Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón
Ingrid – Double Pedigree
Utada Hikaru ft. Shiina Ringo – Nijikan Dake no Vacance
Rihanna – Kiss It Better
Tim McGraw – Humble and Kind
Brandy Clark – Girl Next Door
KING – The Greatest
Anohni – Drone Bomb Me
The 1975 – The Sound
BTS – Run
Ngaiire – Diggin’
Corinne Bailey Rae – Been to the Moon

7

Shura – What’s It Gonna Be
Beyonce ft. Dixie Chicks – Daddy Problems
Ian Ramil – Derivacivilização
Mon Laferte – Si Tú Me Quisieras
The Chamanas – Dulce Mal
Garth Brooks – Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance
Twice – TT
Brad Paisley – Today
The xx – On Hold
Kaytranada ft. Syd – You’re the One
Brandy Clark – Love Can Go to Hell
Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
Violeta Castillo – Envuelta
John Mayer – Love on the Weekend
Blackpink – Playing With Fire
Britney Spears ft. Tinashe – Slumber Party
Francisca Valenzuela – Estremecer
Mister Wallace – It Girl
Anna Straker – Serious
Fernanda Abreu – Outro Sim
Beyoncé – Hold Up
Garth Brooks – Baby Let’s Lay Down and Dance
Sevyn Streeter ft. The-Dream – D4L
BTS – Blood Sweat & Tears
Nelly Furtado – Islands of Me
Little Mix – Shout Out to My Ex
Twice – TT
Mary J. Blige – Thick of It
Nadia Rose – Skwod
MØ – Final Song
Lydia Loveless – Longer
Chris Young ft. Vince Gill – Sober Saturday Night
Ahlam – Talqah
Beth Orton – 1973
Tkay Maidza ft. Killer Mike – Carry On
AlunaGeorge – I Remember
Usher ft. Young Thug – No Limit
Aminé – Caroline
Regina Spektor – Bleeding Heart
Kanye West ft. Ty Dolla $ign & Post Malone – Fade
Tiwa Savage ft. Dr. SID – If I Start to Talk
Soobin Hoàng Sơn – Lalala
Tim McGraw – How I’ll Always Be
Tinashe – Superlove
Alex Anwandter – Intentarlo Todo de Nuevo
Sistar – I Like That
Petula Clark – Sacrifice My heart
PARTYNEXTDOOR & Jeremih ft. Lil Wayne – Like Dat
Dënver – El Fondo del Barro
Britney Spears ft. G-Eazy – Make Me…
Kaytranada ft. Anderson .Paak – Glowed Up
Snow Tha Product ft. W. Darling
Usher – Crush
Beth Orton – 1973
Oh My Girl – Windy Day
Jonghyun – She Is
Thalia ft. Maluma – Desde Esa Noche
Luna – Free Somebody
Blake Shelton – Came Here to Forget
Kevin Gates – Really Really
Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop the Feeling!
Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)
Deep Sea Diver – See These Eyes
Jana Hermann – Kults
Temi Dollface – School Your Face
Intocable – Tu Ausencia
Sophie Beem – Skyline
Skepta – Man
Tiffany – I Just Wanna Dance
Garbage – Empty
Azealia Banks – Can’t Do It Like Me
Old Dominion – Snapback
Brad Paisley ft. Demi Lovato – Without a Fight
Jason Derulo – If It Ain’t Love
Case/Lang/Veirs – Atomic Number
Blake Shelton ft. Gwen Stefani – Go Ahead and Break My Heart
Chloe x Halle – Drop
Perfume – Flash
Bonnie Raitt – Gypsy Like Me
TT the Artist & Snappy Jit – Dig
P!nk – Just Like Fire
Grimes – Kill V. Maim
Kendrick Lamar – Untitled 02 06.23.2014.
Tegan and Sara – Boyfriend
Mannie Fresh ft. Juvenile & Tunechi – Hate
Tove Lo – Cool Girl
Blackpink – Whistle
Clare Dunn – Tuxedo
Jordan Fisher – Lookin’ Like That
Isaiah Rashad – Free Lunch
Playa Gótica – Fuego
The Band Perry – Comeback Kid
Mac Miller ft. Anderson .Paak – Dang!
Ladies’ Code – Galaxy
Taemin – Press Your Number
Trace Adkins – Jesus and Jones
Beyonce – Formation
Mamamoo – Taller Than You
Prince Royce – Culpa al Corazón
Riton ft. Kah-lo – Rinse & Repeat
Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids
Chairlift – Crying in Public
Ulises Hadjis ft. Gepe – Movimiento
Mamamoo – Taller Than You
Kevin Gates – 2 Phones
Katie Gately – Tuck
Jeremih – Oui
Erykah Badu – Phone Down
Jason Derulo – Get Ugly
PJ Harvey – The Wheel
Esperanza Spalding – Good Lava
Laura Mvula ft. Nile Rodgers – Overcome
Morning Musume ’15 – Tsumetai Kaze to Kataomoi
Seventeen ft. Ailee – Q&A
J Hus – Lean & Bop
The 1975 – UGH!
Dua Lipa – Be the One
Blink-182 – Bored to Death
Adele – When We Were Young
365 – Selfie
Metronomy – Night Owl
Trentemøller ft. Jehnny Beth – River in Me
Mura Masa ft. Shura – Love For That
Gepe – Punto Final

6

Against Me! – 333
Cathy Davey – The Pattern
Years & Years – Meteorite
Blood Orange – Augustine
HyunA – How’s This?
RaeLynn – Love Triangle
Ravyn Lenae ft. Appleby – Free Room
Joss Favela – Cuando Fuimos Nada
Sophia Abrahão – Sou Fatal
Manuel Medrano – Una y Otra Vez
Joey Bada$$ – Devastated
Butterfly – Sorry for the Wait
Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color
Letters to Cleo – Can’t Say
Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
William Michael Morgan – I Met a Girl
Emeli Sandé – Hurts
Skrillex & Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini
A Tribe Called Red ft. Yasiin Bey, Narcy & Black Bear – R.E.D.
Nice as Fuck – Door
Justice – Safe and Sound
Agust D – Agust D
M.O. – What Do You Thi
JoJo ft. Wiz Khalifa – Fuck Apologies nk of Love?
Bat For Lashes – Sunday love
Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Didrick ft. Amanda Fondell – Smoke
Aommy – Shake
Maluma – Sin Contrato
Anderson .Paak ft. Schoolboy Q – Am I Wrong
Dreezy ft. Jeremih – Body
Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
Swet Shop Boys – T5
Espinoza Paz – Que Mal Te Ves Sin Mí
Kent – Egoist
Yuna ft. Usher – Crush
Lil Uzi Vert – Money Longer
Ayumi Hamasaki – Mad World  
Desiigner – Tiimmy Turne
PARTYNEXTDOOR & Jeremih ft. Lil Wayne – Like Dat
Pitbull ft. Enrique Iglesias – Messin’ Around
Kristin Kontrol – X-Communicate
Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo – Close
Suzy & Baekhyun – Dream
Alicia Keys – In Common
Paul Simon – Wristband
Radiofish – Perfect Human
Twice – Cheer Up
Adele – Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
The Corrs – I Do What I Like
Kiiara – Gold
E-Girls – Dance With Me Now!
Mitski – Your Best American Girl
Jamala – 1944
Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You
Loretta Lynn – Who’s Gonna Miss Me?
Carlos Vives – Las Cosas de la Vida
Kelsea Ballerini – Peter Pan
Panic! at the Disco – Emperor’s New Clothe
Cam – Mayday
Dessa – Quinine
VIXX – Dynamite
Primal Scream & Sky Ferreira – Where the Light Gets In
Chvrches – Clearest Blue
Lush – Out of Contro
Aubrie Sellers – Sit Here and Cry
Ella Mai ft. Ty Dolla $ign – She Don’t
Stellar – Sting
Francisca Valenzuela – Catedral
Vince Gill ft. Little Big Town – Take Me Down
Carrie Underwood – Heartbeat
Frances – Borrowed Time
Stormzy – Shut Up
Tegan and Sara – BWU
Unnies ft. You Hee Yeol – Shut Up
Rat Boy – Fake ID
Mabel – My Boy My Town
Lali – Boomerang
Beyoncé – Hold Up
Snakehips ft. Anderson .Paak – Money on Me

5

MNEK – At Night (I Think About You)
Future – Wicked
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – JuJu on Dat Beat
Childish Gambino – Me and Your Mama
Rihanna ft. Drake – Work
Kehlani – CRZY
The Hiatus – Bonfire
Valesca Popozuda – Boy Magia
Ward Thomas – Guilty Flowers
Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
Hana – Underwater
Brave Girls – Deepened
Starlit – Kita Berbeda
Raveena – Johnny It’s the Last Time
Hana – Underwater
The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – Starboy
Rae Sremmurd – Look Alive
Calvin Harris – My Way
Kideko & George Kwali ft. Nadia Rose & Sweetie Irie – Crank It (Woah!)
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – JuJu on Dat Beat
Puer Kim – Pearls
Röyksopp ft. Susanne Sundfør – Never Ever
Charli XCX ft. Lil Yachty – After the Afterparty
Victoria Kimani – My Money
The Strokes – Oblivius
Tinie Tempah ft. Wizkid – Mamacita
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons w/ Logic & Ty Dolla $ign ft. X Ambassadors – Sucker for Pain
Frenship ft. Emily Warren – Capsize
Kari Faux – Fantasy
M.I.A. ft. Zayn – Freedun
Radwimps – Zen Zen Zense
Dragonette – Lonely Heart
The Strokes – Oblivius
DJ Khaled ft. Drake – For Free
Tinie Tempah ft. Wizkid – Mamacita
Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – No Problem
Bump of Chicken – Butterfly
Frank Ocean – Nikes
Fabio Rovazzi – Andiamo a Comandare
Nite Jewel – Kiss the Screen
Keith Urban – Wasted Time
Calibre 50 – Préstamela a Mí
Daya – Sit Still, Look Pretty
Anitta ft. Maluma – Sim Ou Não
Sigur Rós – Óveður
Little Big Town – One of Those Days
The Record Company – Off the Ground
Desiigner – Panda
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dark Necessities
Elle King – America’s Sweetheart
Snuper – Platonic Love
Julieta Venegas – Tu Calor
Troye Sivan – Youth
MNEK – At Night (I Think About You)
Zhu – In the Morning
Lush – Out of Control
Renaud – Toujours Debout
Green Day – Bang Bang
Snakehips ft. Zayn – Cruel
Ellie Goulding – Something in the Way You Move
The Joy Formidable – The Last Thing on My Mind
Dierks Bentley – Somewhere on a Beach
Fnaïre – Chayeb
Flume ft. Vince Staples & Kučka – Smoke & Retribution
David Bowie – Blackstar
The Rubens – Hoops
Jessy Lanza – It Means I Love You
Tara Thompson – Someone to Take Your Place
M83 – Do It, Try It
I.O.I – Crush
Chris Stapleton – Nobody to Blame
Puff Daddy & the Family ft. Ty Dolla $ign – You Could Be My Lover
Ashley Campbell – Remembering
Turbo ft. Yoo Jae-suk – Again
Miriam Bryant – Black Car
Frenship ft. Emily Warren – Capsize
Amine Aminux – #Makayen_Ma
Volbeat – The Devil’s Bleeding Crown
Renaud – Toujours Debout
YG ft. Drake & Kamaiyah – Why You Always Hatin’?
Jeezy ft. Janelle Monáe – Sweet Life
Justin Bieber – Love Yourself
Wale – My PYT
Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out
Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed
One Direction – History Colonel Loud ft. T.I., Young Dolph & Ricco Barrino – California
Colonel Loud ft. T.I., Young Dolph & Ricco Barrino – California
Cole Swindell – You Should Be Here
Rostam – Gravity Don’t Pull Me
Hooverphonic – Badaboum
Tinie Tempah ft. Zara Larsson – Girls Like

4

Francis and the Lights ft. Bon Iver – Friends
Natalia Lafourcade – Mi Lugar Favorito
LP – Lost on You
Sofía Reyes ft. Reykon – Llegaste Tú
Olly Murs – You Don’t Know Love
Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side
Kent Jones – Alright
Simone – Heart-shaped Hole
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – JuJu on Dat Beat
Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Human
Mickey Singh – Phone
Sofía Reyes ft. Reykon – Llegaste Tú
Stevie Wonder ft. Ariana Grande – Faith
Mickey Guyton – Heartbreak Song
Little Big Town – Better Man
Ingrid Michaelson – Hell No
Kenny Chesney ft. P!nk – Setting the World on Fire
Oh My Girl ft. Skull & Haha – A-ing
Simone – Heart Shaped Hole
Busu – 116 RIP
Sleigh Bells – Hyper Dark
Norah Jones – Carry On
Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
Happy Meals – If You Want Me Now
Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King – Different For Girls
Schoolboy Q ft. Kanye West – That Part
Drake ft. Rihanna – Too Good
Kano – This is England
Dua Lipa – Hotter Than Hell
Kanye West – Famous
Miles Davis, Robert Glasper & Bilal – Ghetto Walkin’
Tokyo Police Club – Not My Girl
Nothing But Thieves – Trip Switch
Justin Bieber – Company
CL – Lifted
Ariana Grande – Into You
Carrie Underwood – Church Bells
Martina McBride – Reckless
Jake Owen – American Country Love Song
Kelly Clarkson, Chloe & Halle, Missy Elliott, Jadagrace, Lea Michele, Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland & Zendaya – This is for My Girls
Mike Posner – I Took a Pill in Ibiza (SeeB remix)
Snakehips ft. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – All My Friends
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Something Tamed Something Wild
Young Thug – Best Friend
Nu’est – Love Paint
GFriend – Rough
Drake – Summer Sixteen
Yandel – Encantadora
Kira Isabella – I’m So Over Getting Over You
Flo Rida – My House
FKA Twigs – Good to Love
Massive Attack ft. Tricky & 3D – Take It There
Zayn – Pillowtalk
AlunaGeorge ft. Popcaan – I’m in Control
Matt Simons – Catch & Release (Deepend remix)
Selena Gomez – Hands to Myself
Bonnie McKee – Wasted Youth
DJ Mustard ft. Travis Scott – Whole Lotta Lovin’
Jack Garratt – Breathe Life
Dierks Bentley ft. Elle King – Different For Girls
Happy Meals – If You Want Me Now
Schoolboy Q ft. Kanye West – That Part
Drake ft. Rihanna – Too Good
Jonas Blue ft. JP Cooper – Perfect Strangers
Section Boyz – Do the Road
Psy ft. CL – Daddy
Nick Jonas ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Bacon
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Something Tamed Something Wild
BØRNS – Electric Love
Martin Garrix and Bebe Rexha – In the Name of Love
Ronnie Dunn ft. Kix Brooks – Damn Drunk
Hank Solo – Söpö
Bon Iver – 33 “GOD”
Danielle Bradbery – Friend Zone
Izzy Bizu – White Tiger
Kiss Daniel – Mama
Jessica ft. Fabolous – Fly
Laura Mvula – Phenomenal Woman
Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know

3

Kat DeLuna ft. Jeremih – What a Night
Danny L Harle ft. Carly Rae Jepsen – Super Natural
Idina Menzel – Queen of Swords
The Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan – All We Know
Local Natives – Fountain of Youth
The Avett Brothers – Ain’t No Man t
E-40 ft. Kamaiyah – Petty
Louisa Johnson – So Good (3)
Andy Grammer – Fresh Eyes
John Legend – Love Me Now
Davido ft. Tinashe – How Long
Kiiara – Feels
Florida Georgia Line ft. Tim McGraw – May We All
Rick Astley – Keep Singing
Tyler Glenn – Trash
Fetty Wap – Wake Up
Katy Perry – Rise
Mike Perry ft. Shy Martin – The Ocean
Jon Pardi – Head Over Boots
Demi Lovato – Body Say
Beast – Butterfly
Cassius ft. Ryan Tedder & Jaw – The Missing
Mura Masa ft. Bonzai – What If I
The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra Go?
OneRepublic – Wherever I Go
Fergie – M.I.L.F. $
Tom Odell – Magnetised
Drake ft. Popcaan – Controlla
Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – We Don’t Talk Anymore
The Avalanches – Frankie Sinatra
Céline Dion ft. Lindsey Stirling – The Show Must Go On
Chase & Status ft. Slaves – Control
Bibi Bourelly – Ego
Dustin Lynch – Mind Reader
Galantis – No Money
Robbie Williams – Party Like a Russian
Alan Walker – Sing Me to Sleep
Kent Jones – Don’t Mind
Bebe Rexha ft. Nicki Minaj – No Broken Hearts
Drake ft. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance
Lady Gaga – Til It Happens to You
Meghan Trainor – No
Fifth Harmony ft. Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home
The Lumineers – Ophelia J
Bat for Lashes – I Do
Chris Young ft. Cassadee Pope – Think of You
Valentino Khan – Deep Down Low
Ridenna – Knickers
Kanye West, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Yo Gotti, Quavo & Desiigner – Champions
Kent Jones – Alright
iKON – What’s Wrong?
Diana Gordon – Woman
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
LoCash – I Love This Life
Hailee Steinfeld – You’re Such A
DJ Snake ft. Bipolar Sunshine – Middl
Zendaya ft. Chris Brown – Something New
Lucinda Williams – The Ghosts of Highway 20
Enrique Iglesias ft. Wisin – Duele el Corazón
Alan Walker – Faded
Lauren Alaina – Road Less Travelled
Tucker Beathard – Rock On
Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar – The Greates
Lali – Único
Andra Day – Rise Up
Billie Marten – Bird
Morat – Cómo Te Atreves
Neiked ft. Dyo – Sexual

2

Brett Eldredge – Drunk on Your Love
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – I Need You
Joel Adams – Please Don’t Go
Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me
Zion & Lennox ft. J. Balvin – Otra Vez
Fifth Harmony ft. Fetty Wap – All in My Head (Flex)
DNCE – Toothbrush
Bon Jovi – This House is Not for Sale
Future ft. The Weeknd – Low Life
Zion & Lennox ft. J. Balvin – Otra Vez
Twenty88 ft. K-Ci & JoJo & Detail – 2 Minute Warning
The Strumbellas – Spirits
Grouplove – Welcome to Your Life
Michael Bublé – Nobody But Me
Gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – I Hate U, I Love U
Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott – Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)
Florida Georgia Line – H.O.L.Y.
Twenty One Pilots – Heathens
D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – Broccoli
Fall Out Boy ft. Missy Elliott – Ghostbusters (I’m Not Afraid)
Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down
Twenty88 ft. K-Ci & JoJo & Detail – 2 Minute Warning
Demi Lovato – Stone Cold
Alle Farben ft. Younotus – Please Tell Rosie
DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
Cher Lloyd – Activated
DJ Mustard ft. Nicki Minaj & Jeremih – Don’t Hurt Me
DLOW – Bet You Can’t Do It Like Me
J. Cole – No Role Modelz
Sia ft. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills
James Bay – Let It Go
The Veronicas – In My Blood
James Arthur – Say You Won’t Let Go
Post Malone ft. Justin Bieber – Deja Vu

1

Wolfgang Gartner ft. Wiley & Trina – Turn Up
Timeflies – Once in a While
Tiësto ft John Legend – Summer Nights
The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – Closer
You Me At Six – Night People
Porter Robinson & Madeon – Shelter
Marshmello – Alone
RedOne ft. Enrique Iglesias, R. City, Serayah & Shaggy – Don’t You Need Somebody
Ruth B – Lost Boy
Catfish and the Bottlemen – Soundcheck
Tiësto & Oliver Heldens ft. Natalie La Rose – The Right Song
Meghan Trainor – Me Too
The Stone Roses – All for One
Calum Scott – Dancing On My Own
Cash Cash ft. Sofia Reyes – How to Love

0

David Guetta ft. Zara Larsson – This One’s for You
Twenty One Pilots – Ride
Cash Cash & Digital Farm Animals ft. Nelly – Millionaire

Singles 12/23

For the last Singles Jukebox week of 2016, we finished our amnesty period, during which staff proffered tunes we’d missed. The highlights are a punky jam by a quartet from County Durham and an electronic slow burn by one of the Fuck Buttons. Thanks for reading.

Martha – Ice Cream and Sunscreen (7)
Blanck Mass – D7-D5 (7)
Kelsey Lu – Dreams (6)
Infinite – The Eye (6)
A.B. Original – January 26 (6)
El Komander – El Mexico Americano (6)
Dagny – Backbeat (5)
Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom (5)
Adult Jazz – Earrings Off! (5)
Dami Im – Sound of Silence (4)

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)
Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat) (7)
Bob the Drag Queen ft. DJ Mitch Ferrino – Purse First (6)
Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore (6)
The 1975 – A Change of Heart (5)
Gain – Carnival (The Last Day) (5)
Guordan Banks – Keep You in Mind (4)
Cubicolor – Falling (3)

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, sexually. I watched more movies, read more books, and listened to more music than ever, to the point that Wallace Stevens’ poem about a clear day and no memories addressed a longing too soon suppressed.

I kept returning to an electro-pop single reviewed last spring by a Chilean singer-songwriter who like so many predecessors found liberation in letting the music play, thump for thump. Threatened by hellfire, alienated from family, Alex Anwandter closes his eyes and wishes for Friday every day; the wish is all he he’s got, for Fridays end. They always do. After the Pulse shootings in Orlando, 2016’s most personal gut wrencher, I can’t have enough songs about dancing for dancing. And I cling to what I wrote then: “The opposite of fiction isn’t “reality” — it’s “falsehood.” Fiction refreshes life.” By last weekend Anohni’s “Drone Bomb Me” and Martin Solveig and Tkay Maidza’s “Do It Right” seemed prophetic, Maxwell’s “Lake by the Ocean” and Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky” soothing, and Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind” a faded reminder, like a shopping list used as a bookmark.

Thanks for reading.

1. Alex Anwandter – Siempre Es Viernes En Mi Corazón
2. Beyonce – Sorry
3. Shura – What’s It Gonna Be
4. Sabina Ddumba – Time
5. Bucie ft. Black Motion – Rejoice
6. Eric Church ft. Rhiannon Giddens – Kill a Word
7. Martin Solveig ft. Tkay Maidza – Do It Right
8. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
9. Anohni – Drone Bomb Me
10. Kevin Gates – 2 Phones
11. Solange – Cranes in the Sky
12. BTS – Run
13. Tim McGraw – Humble and Kind
14. The 1975 – The Sound
15. Lady Gaga – A-Yo
16. Ngaiire – Diggin’
17. The xx – On Hold
18. Francisca Valenzuela – Estremecer
19. Mister Wallace – It Girl
20. Katy B & Chris Lorenzo – I Wanna Be
21. Ingrid – Double Pedigree
22. Utada Hikaru ft. Shiina Ringo – Nijikan Dake no Vacance
23. Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean
24. RaeLynn – Love Triangle
25. Mon Laferte – Si Tú Me Quisieras
26. Nadia Rose – Skwod
27. Kaytranada ft. Anderson .Paak – Glowed Up
28. Usher – Crash
29. Jason Derulo – If It Ain’t Love
30. Pet Shop Boys – The Pop Kids

SPOTIFY playlis: https://open.spotify.com/user/alfredsoto/playlist/6YINJqgGD2H4kB3Kwvz9S7

Singles 12/9

It’s a bold, bright Reader’s Week!

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Mister Wallace – It Girl (7)
Anna Straker – Serious (7)
Fernanda Abreu – Outro Sim (7)
Katie Gately – Tuck (7)
Swet Shop Boys – T5 (6)
Espinoza Paz – Que Mal Te Ves Sin Mí (6)
Hana – Underwater (5)
Brave Girls – Deepened (5)
Starlit – Kita Berbeda (5)
Raveena – Johnny It’s the Last Time (5)
Simone – Heart Shaped Hole (4)
Busu – 116 RIP (4)

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 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.

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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)

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.

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Sabina Ddumba – Time (8)
Keith Urban – Blue Ain’t Your Color (6)
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