Friday, December 30, 2016
All that's to say, I'm still making these for myself, but I hope that the readers who browse through them enjoy doing so and that you find a song or two that you might not have heard but wind up liking. The playlist itself is still to come, but here's the final section of this bloated list...
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Let's try getting one of these out during daylight hours, shall we? This is the penultimate chapter of the annual year-end list, and I'm hoping not to have anymore moments of sudden correction between today and tomorrow. In the meantime, I continue to seat the newcomers next to the veterans, the bubblegum next to electronic discord and distorted guitars, the questionable next to the obvious.
Here we go. Part III. Late additions first.
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
As noted, a complete playlist will be made available at the conclusion of the list. We're pushing through this before we figure out how best to assemble music scattered across a dozen platforms, basically.
In a moment where everyone I know is struggling with anxieties and shaking themselves out of a constant cycle of existential crises, I have decided - selfishly, maybe, though it's almost more work for me - to extend the year-end music round up in an unconventional way. As someone who uses music in part as a means of regulating their brain chemicals, I'm of the opinion that we just need more songs this year, so, why not expand?
So it is that this will be a song list, but not the usual collection of 100, and not always as concretely oriented as in past years. There are a couple major changes here.
First: there will be points that feel like "cheating" or inflation because multiple songs by an artist will be listed under a single number. You can hate on this if you want, but in a year marked by so many major artists releasing album or concept-centric works, the fluidity of these individual songs is sometimes bettered via a pairing or clustering of their kin. Deal with it.
Second: In past years I had made a separate "Pop Capsule" for the pure pop songs that I loved - at times guiltily - but didn't feel warranted a place on the official chart. We're done with that. The purest pop has been integrated in here, and while there are certainly tons of honorable mentions in all categories, I stand by its value. Pop music is healthy for you, people. Get over your weird pretensions and embrace the power of the earworms.
Without further ado, let us begin with getting the heavy-hitters out of the way. This part may seem a little homogeneous and boring at first, but so it is, presented in no particular order and with minimal commentary, Part I of the 125 tracks of 2016.
At the list's conclusion I will include a playlist with as many of these songs as possible.