It may seem strange to be so sentimental about what was essentially a month ago, but 2016 sure was a solid year. Forget the pessimistic media that intentionally casts shade over the past 12 months for a number of reasons…2016’s pop culture blunders have nothing on the sheer entertainment produced within the music industry over the same time frame.

After an unbelievable 2015, 2016 was the year that “couldn’t possibly top it” according to most students of the stereo. Lucky for us, the Kanyes, Beyonces, Frank Oceans, Chance The Rappers, and Bruno Mars’s of the world would prove otherwise for hit music station fanatics, while the remaining genres kicked ass in a more humbled and matchless fashion. Simply put, it was a year filled with surprises. There was a brilliant showing of conscious, instrumentally driven hip-hop; numerous beautifully tweaked covers; and even some scattered yet noticeable attempts at a funk revival. Newly divergent solo acts brought nothing but production skills, vocal talent, and the occasional single instrument with them on stage, while folk rock bands successfully leached off of country’s stagnant inability to make logical progressions away from the same old song and dance. To everyone’s pleasure, the musical cog within the beastly machine known as the entertainment industry functioned smoothly, effectively, and without tire.

I feel bad masking these songs wordy and ostentatious writing, so as they say, let’s get on with the damn thing. The entire list can also be found in order on this Spotify playlist, but keep in mind that shuffling may provide a completely different experience than listening linearly. Either the music video or the Spotify link is connected to each song title in the itemized list below if you prefer to take that path instead. Remember, if you like what you hear, you can like, comment, and follow the page for frequent updates on the latest and greatest tunes that this world has to offer.

  1. Angela by The Lumineers
  2. We Choose/Good Night (Live) by Her
  3. Gravity Don’t Pull Me by Rostam
  4. Pink + White by Frank Ocean
  5. Part Two – In My Own Way by Ray LaMontagne
  6. Rivers by The Tallest Man On Earth
  7. Blessings by Chance The Rapper
  8. Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka
  9. A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke Cover Recorded live at Studio Ferber) by Her
  10. In A Black Out by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
  11. Rule The World by Michael Kiwanuka
  12. Father’s Child by Michael Kiwanuka
  13. My Eyes by The Lumineers
  14. Am I Wrong by Anderson .Paak (feat. Schoolboy Q)
  15. Because I’m Me by The Avalanches
  16. Ophelia by The Lumineers
  17. Mistakes by Lake Street Dive
  18. Monday by Matt Corby
  19. Daydream by Medasin (feat. JOBA)
  20. Morning by William Wild
  21. Pasadena by Young Mister
  22. Studio 6 by Matt Maltese
  23. New Hampshire by PWR BTTM
  24. California by The Lagoons
  25. The Magician by Andy Shauf
  26. Is It Me by St. Paul and The Broken Bones
  27. Nobody Speak by DJ Shadow (feat. Run The Jewels)
  28. Get You by Daniel Caesar (feat. Kali Uchis)
  29. Time Of The Blue by The Tallest Man On Earth
  30. Dang! by Mac Miller (feat. Anderson .Paak)
  31. Crazy Dream by Tom Misch
  32. The City Nowadays by L.A. Salami
  33. Look At What The Light Did Now by Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White
  34. Sleep On The Floor by The Lumineers
  35. Here In My Arms by Leon Bridges
  36. Someone That Loves You by HONNE, Izzy Bizu
  37. Set The Fire by Swimming Tapes
  38. West Coast (Under The Covers) by Max Jury
  39. Soothsayer by Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird
  40. Watch Me Dance by Tom Misch
  41. Melt by JONES
  42. Patience by The Lumineers
  43. Flowers by Palmas
  44. Dear To Me by Electric Guest
  45. Elegy by Leif Vollebeck
  46. Here In Spirit by Jim James
  47. Miss You (Honne Remix) by James Hersey
  48. Get Low by James Vincent McMorrow
  49. Tides by Swimming Tapes
  50. Hoops by The Rubens
  51. Self Control by Frank Ocean
  52. Friends by Francis and the Lights (feat. Bon Iver)
  53. Old Friends by Pinegrove
  54. Nikes by Frank Ocean
  55. Put It Together by Langhorne Slim
  56. My Instincts Are The Enemy by American Football
  57. Stuck by The Aces
  58. In A New Bed by Matt Maltese
  59. Easily by Bruno Major
  60. Montana by Mesita
  61. White Lie by The Lumineers
  62. Coins by Local Natives
  63. Sheila by Minden
  64. Cleopatra by The Lumineers
  65. Polymorphing by Chairlift
  66. Slow Down by VOKES
  67. Cautionary Tale by Dylan LeBlanc
  68. Castles by Appleby (feat. Elias Abid)
  69. To You by Andy Shauf
  70. Same Drugs by Chance The Rapper
  71. Time In A Circle by Proxima Parada
  72. & Bird by L.A. Salami
  73. Day to Day (for 6 days a week) by L.A. Salami
  74. Runnin’ by Free n Losh (feat. Busty And The Bass)
  75. Answer by Phantogram
  76. Check Please by Trash Panda
  77. In The Light by The Lumineers
  78. Everything Has Its Place by Young Mister
  79. Somebody Else by The 1975
  80. The Final Frame by Michael Kiwanuka
  81. Let’s Just Forget It by Jerry Williams
  82. 25.22 by Allan Rayman
  83. Get Out by Frightened Rabbit
  84. Love Keeps by Scenic Route To Alaska
  85. Little River by Loamlands
  86. C’est Toi by Cameron Avery
  87. Daisy May by Leon Bridges
  88. Hostage by Klangstof
  89. Solo by Frank Ocean
  90. Epiphany by James Vickery
  91. Didn’t I by Max Pope
  92. Coming Back by Scenic Route To Alaska
  93. You Don’t Get Me High Anymore by Phantogram
  94. Off by Trash Panda
  95. yea, babe, no way by LANY
  96. Follow by Tom Misch
  97. The Right Song by Free n Losh (feat. Terrell Morris)
  98. An Able Beast by Feelds (feat. Ariela Jacobs)
  99. Something To Believe In (Live Acoustic) by Young The Giant
  100. Stealing by Ty Dolla $ign

100 songs just doesn’t seem like enough, does it? Luckily dissatisfaction leads to inspiration, as there’s much more on the way. From the top 10 albums of the year, to the top 10 music videos of the year, to the next 100 songs that barely missed the cut, the posts in the upcoming weeks are sure to be too hot to handle. Additionally, be on the lookout for some major FeenyFresh branding changes in the upcoming weeks!