Here are the songs that I used to get me through long nights of work, the commute to the school and the occasional workout. See my 2015 list here.
There are ancient tracks (from 2011) that I did not know from Rusko called Everyday. and plenty of more modern tracks.
- Duke Dumont’s songs with video story telling like Won’t Look Back (about pogo stick jewelry store robbers), The Giver (about a Jesus figure granting wishes to people’s detriment. Or Need U (100%) which has a miserable Duke Dumont with an old school tape deck in his abdomen.
- Major Lazer continued to blow up for me. Including Jet Blue Jet and the Bieber-powered Cold Water.
- How did I miss AVICII and their anthems like Broken Arrows and Waiting for Love which made me find 2011’s Levels.
- Speaking of five years ago, I somehow missed Rudimental and their tracks like Waiting All Night, Feel the Love, and Not Giving In.
- More recent tracks from the group Chainsmokers include Closer and Don’t Let Me Down.
- Marshmello is one of my standouts of the year. His tracks Alone, Keep it Mello, and Summer (in the order I discovered them) gave me hope for the future of new artists.
- Somehow I missed Twentyone Pilots’ Heathens until after Suicide Squad was on DVD.
But there were two artists that made my 2016.
- Elliphant who I discovered throught YouTube’s randomness. First with Only Getting Younger and then Spoon Me. Step Down, Purple Light, Revolusion, and Could it be, which eventually lead me to…
- Mo and Elliphant’s track One More which made me search, find and eventually get hooked on Mo’s other works like XXX 88, Waste of Time, Walk this Way, or the landmark track Kamikaze.
Just a few more one-off (so far) artists.