What a year. It bears repeating that while music was good, many other things were not. Britain broke bad, America broke bad, then Syria broke bad… Bowie died, then Prince died, then Ali died — and that’s me being brief.
But to sum up 2016 in music, below is a playlist of 50 of my favorite or otherwise notable tracks from 2016 (as I also compiled in 2015, 2014, and 2013). At the top are the top 10 tracks in my estimation (again, a combination of popular success and blatant favoritism which sometimes overlaps), and the 40 more are just 40 tracks from 40 more albums/EPs that are worth checking out — the hard part is picking only 1 track to represent such great and varied projects. Good on shuffle or start to finish, give it a follow.
Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, and KAYTRANADA feature most heavily (and Lemonade is notably not on Spotify or “Hold Up” would be included). But the one Chance song I still wish I could tack on would be his tribute to Muhammad Ali, which he wrote, produced, and performed for the 2016 ESPY Awards. Linked here, embedded below.