This is a compilation of Usually Just A T-Shirt’s best 50 tracks of the last musical year…and a crippling realization that “2 Phones” in fact came out as a single in 2015, and thus cannot be considered for this prestigious compilation two years in a row. Thank you for reading and listening to the Spotify playlist that has been conveniently put together for your listening pleasure. The top 50 records of 2016 will soon follow.
50. The Weeknd – Starboy
49. Chris Farren – Say U Want Me
48. Joyce Manor – Angel In The Snow
47. Trentemoller – Circuits
46. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
45. Desiigner – Panda
Broads in Atlanta, a new series by Donald Glover…new episodes Monday, only on FX
44. Tegan and Sara – U-Turn
Pop perfection…every T&S has at least one song that fits the bill
43. David Bowie – Sue (Or In A Season of Crime)
That breakdown is Joga-esque
42. Avion Roe – Jettison Tears
41. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation
Alex Turner is very overrated, except for when he’s not
40. Midnight Faces – Blue Haze
39. The Tallest Man on Earth – Time of the Blue
Singles from KM to curb my enthusiasm
38. Gloss Coats – Through Hardship to the Stars
37. Dan Lissvik – M
36. Anderson .Paak – Comedown
NBA bump music to bump to
35. Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles
34. Oathbreaker – Second Son of R.
33. Touche Amore – Skyscraper
Hospice for hardcore kids
32. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Magneto
One more time with feeling
31. Drowners – Don’t Be Like That
30. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
Indie-rock one-two drum beat
29. Kevin Morby – Dorothy
28. Foster Body – Touching and Moving
27. Japanese Breakfast – The Woman That Loves You
26. Eliot Sumner – Information
25. HONNE – Good Together
24. The 1975 – She’s American
23. Warpaint – Today Dear
22. Trevor Sensor – Texas Girls and Jesus Christ
21. The Black Queen – Maybe We Should / Non-Consent
Depeche Mode meets Nine Inch Nails
20. clipping – Shooter
Hamilton, but the other guy
19. FEWS – Drinking Games
Riffs that get stuck in your head
18. The Jezabels – Unnatural
17. Kanye West – Feedback
Name one genius that ain’t crazy
16. Drugdealer – Easy to Forget
15. Body of Light – Comedown
14. Andrew Bird – Capsized
13. Danny Brown – When It Rain
Bleep n’ bloop samples
12. Rihanna – Work
Now with TWO music videos
11. Kishi Bashi – Flame on Flame (A Slow Dirge)
Carry On Phenomenon pt. 2, Electic Boogaloo
10. SILENT – Self
The male counterpoint to Savages, “Self” is equally as intense, and forever inviting to the raw emotion that pervades A Century of Abuse.
9. Frank Ocean – Self Control
An immediate highlight on Blonde, the multi-part Frank harmonies at the end of “Self Control” are a thing of beauty.
8. Whitney – Golden Days
My personal Summer playlist, Whitney churned out one feel good, sunny weather anthem after another on Light Upon The Lake.
7. Preoccupations – Stimulation
If there was anything redeeming about Preoccupations’ follow up to last year’s Viet Cong, it was the progressive darkness that made “Stimulation”, still a product of an endless list of post-punk influence.
6. Atlanter – Light
An indie-rock gem of guitars, reverb, and electronics, reminiscent of bands like Grizzly Bear, just with a European flavor.
5. The Hotelier – Soft Animal
More desperate screams of angst from one Christian Holden make for possibly The Hotelier’s best song yet. Certainly better than the naked people on their album cover.
4. Mild High Club – Skiptracing
Infinitely chill, “Skiptracing” is a lesson in slide guitar solos, but also for sitting back and relaxing with a cold one.
3. Radiohead – Daydreaming
Radiohead’s evolution into classical influences reigns true on “Daydreaming”, complete with enough conspiracy to keep superfans on the edge of their seats interpreting every little detail of the lyricism and music video.
2. Bon Iver – #29 Strafford APTS
Justin Vernon’s complete anthology of vocoder adventures churn out a winner, both for it’s beautiful songwriting, but also for being one of the easier songs to spell out from 22, A Million.
1. Lobby Boxer – Shine Like Fire
Proggy pop-punk sounds pretentious enough to work. For Lobby Boxer, that means sending off Big Bucks with a grand slam of a song in the anthemic “Shine Like Fire”.
Peace and Love,