The only way I could do this list is if I looked at my 'most played list', I mean, there's a reason why I had them on repeat. Are these the most critically acclaimed tracks from 2016? Nope. But I loved them, and that's all that really matters.
Sit back and enjoy this glimpse into the tracks that I connected to the most this year and couldn't stop playing.
10 – ScHoolboy Q – 'Dope Dealer' (ft. E-40)
The production for this track is crazy. ScHoolboy Q and E-40 are good too, but it's all about Southside and Metro Boomin.
9 - Travis Scott – 'Coordinate' (ft. Blac Youngsta)
When I first listened to Travis' album Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, I hated it. When I saw him live, I finally started to get it. However, I still think it's average at best. Thought the album could have been better, there's some great cuts from it. For some reason 'Coordinate' resonated with me, I found myself really connected to this track on an emotional level.
The thing I love most about what Travis Scott does (especially in 'Coordinate'), is he creates this intriguing paradox between music that makes you want to rage and music that's emotional and make you want to zone out to. It's bizarre, but I dig it.
8 – Future – 'Low Life' (ft. The Weeknd)
I'm going to be honest, it took me a good half hour to decide whether I wanted to add 'Low Life' or their other collab 'Six Feet Under', both are very similar and were produced by Metro Boomin.
I settled with 'Low Life', only because I remember when I first heard it in February, I couldn't stop playing it for a few months. 'Six Feet Under' is 'Low Life''s shiny new sibling.
7 – Belly – 'Re Up' (ft. NAV)
I had a weird year in 2016. I had a little problem with prescription medication (for depression), and I found myself drawn to moody songs like this as they made me feel like I wasn't alone. Music is powerful like that.
6 – Rae Sremmurd – 'Swang'
SremmLIfe 2 was a surprise, I didn't expect Rae Sremmurd to come out with something as mature as this. 'Swang' shows off a lot of experimentation, including Swae Lee's use of singing, intricate melodies, detailed composition.
5 – Young Thug & Travis Scott - 'Pick Up the Phone' (ft. Quavo)
I love everything about this song. I can't find one single week point. I love it even more then when I first heard it in June.
Also, this was the first time I truly became aware of who Quavo was, and in the space of 6 months, i've become Migos biggest fan, no joke.
4 – 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - 'No Heart'
When I said that my list wasn't exactly 'critically acclaimed', I was kinda referring to this song. 21 Savage isn't the best rapper, we all know that, but for some reason I like him. I played this song 308 times this year. That's right, 308 times.
3 - GLADES – 'Speechless'
This song gives me so many feels.
2 – Beck – 'Wow'
Beck is a god. 'Wow' has tonnes of energy and the production is crazy. He mixes so many sounds from sugary synths, a bit of trap, and a heavy bass. More importantly, 'Wow' sees me unleash my greatest dance moves. If I had to choose a song to be my backing track, this is the winner.
1 – Young Thug – 'Harambe'
I had to make this #1 for the culture. Young Thug is the culture.
Not only that, the song is great too. I swear the guy turns into a gorilla on this track, especially with them ape shit vocals (pun totally intended there), 'Harambe' is his best vocal performance ever. There's so much depth and texture in his voice, I didn't think he was physically capable of creating something like this.
Other tracks that were 🔥🔥🔥 in 2016:
Amine – 'Caroline'
Belly – 'Outkast' (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
Big Sean – 'Bounce Back'
Chance the Rapper – 'Mixtape' (ft. Young Thug & Lil Yachty)
D.R.A.M. – 'Broccoli' (ft. Lil Yachty)
Frank Ocean – 'Pink + White'
Gucci Mane – 'Aggressive'
Gucci Mane – 'Pussy Print' (ft. Kanye West)
Kid Cudi – 'Surfin''
Lil Uzi Vert & A$AP Ant – 'Runner'
Lil Yachty – Minnesota (ft. Quavo, Young Thug, Skippa da Flippa)
MadeinTYO – 'Uber Everywhere' (ft. Travis Scott)
Migos – 'Bad & Boujee (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
Migos – 'WOA'
ScHoolboy Q – 'THat Part' (ft. Kanye West)
The Weeknd – 'Six Feet Under' (ft. Future)
Ty Dolla $ign – '??? (Where)' (ft. Quavo and Takeoff from Migos)
Vince Staples – 'Big Time'
Written by Amy Smolcic