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NPR’s Top 100 Songs of 2016

Mitski at Webster Hall
Mitski (NPR’s #2 pick) at Webster Hall in November (more by Toby Tenenbaum)

Another major end-of-the-year list is here: NPR’s Top 100 Songs of 2016. As always, it covers some of the most popular music in the world and some real under-heard stuff, across several genres. The list has massive pop hits like Rae Sremmurd‘s “Black Beatles,” Fifth Harmony‘s “Work From Home,” Fat Joe & Remy Ma‘s “All The Way Up,” and Calvin Harris & Rihanna‘s “This Is What You Came For.” It’s also got underground metal (Oathbreaker, SubRosa), country (Miranda Lambert, Maren Morris), punk/emo (Joyce Manor), the late David Bowie and Leonard Cohen, other year-end list regulars like Beyonce, Kanye West, Radiohead, Mitski, Angel Olsen, Car Seat Headrest, ANOHNI, Blood Orange, and tons more. You’re bound to discover something you haven’t heard yet. Check out the full list and a playlist of highlights below.

NPR’s Top 100 Songs of 2016
1. Beyoncé – Formation
2. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
3. Kanye West (feat. Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price and Kirk Franklin) – Ultralight Beam
4. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
5. Drive-By Truckers – What It Means
6. Chance the Rapper (feat. Anderson .Paak, BJ The Chicago Kid, Raury and Ty Dolla $ign) – Blessings (Reprise)
7. Rae Sremmurd (feat. Gucci Mane) – Black Beatles
8. Solange – Cranes in the Sky
9. Pinegrove – Old Friends
10. ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me
11. Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) – Work From Home
12. Frank Ocean – Pink + White
13. David Bowie – I Can’t Give Everything Away
14. Maren Morris – Rich
15. Rihanna (feat. Drake) – Work
16. Car Seat Headrest – Vincent
17. Anderson .Paak – Come Down
18. Gregory Porter – Take Me to the Alley
19. Danny Brown (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul and Earl Sweatshirt) – Really Doe
20. Boris Giltburg – Étude-tableaux, Op. 39: No. 3 (Rachmaninoff)
21. Margaret Glaspy -You And I
22. Lizzo – Good As Hell
23. Robert Ellis – California
24. James Blake (feat. Bon Iver) – I Need A Forest Fire
25. Angel Olsen – Sister
26. Ty Dolla $ign (feat. Big TC) – No Justice
27. Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
28. Miranda Lambert – Vice
29. Paul Simon – Wristband
30. Xenia Rubinos – Mexican Chef
31. Desiigner – Panda
32. Bon Iver – 22 (OVER S∞∞N)
33. Maggie Rogers – Alaska
34. A Tribe Called Quest – We The People…
35. Parker Millsap Heaven Sent
36. Leyla McCalla – A Day For The Hunter, A Day for the Prey
37. Blood Orange (feat. Empress Of) – Best To You
38. Pavel Kolesnikov – Mazurka in A minor, Op. 17, No. 4 (Chopin)
39. Lindstrøm – Closing Shot
40. Radiohead – Daydreaming
41. Maxwell – Lake By the Ocean
42. Låpsley – Operator (DJ Koze’s Disco Edit)
43. Allen Toussaint – Mardi Gras In New Orleans
44. Brandy Clark – Since You’ve Gone To Heaven
45. Bombino – Timtar (Memories)
46. Big Thief – Masterpiece
47. Riton (feat. Kah-Lo) – Rinse & Repeat
48. Jeff Parker – Get Dressed
49. Joyce DiDonato – Lascia ch’io pianga (Handel)
50. William Bell – The Three Of Me
51. Swet Shop Boys – T5
52. Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
53. Julianna Barwick – Big Hollow
54. Yola Carter – Fly Away
55. Weezer – California Kids
56. The 1975 – A Change Of Heart
57. Savages – Adore
58. Daniel Wohl – Source
59. Lake Street Dive – Call Off Your Dogs
60. Angelica Garcia – Orange Flower
61. Joyce Manor – Fake I.D.
62. Fat Joe, Remy Ma & Jay Z (feat. French Montana and Infared) – All The Way Up (Remix)
63. Beyoncé (feat. Dixie Chicks) – Daddy Lessons (Remix)
64. Japanese Breakfast – In Heaven
65. case/lang/veirs – Atomic Number
66. Robbie Fulks – South Bend Soldiers On
67. Rolf Lislevand – Caprice de Chaconne (Corbetta)
68. Kelsey Waldon – All By Myself
69. La Yegros (feat. Lindigo) – Sueñitos
70. The xx – On Hold
71. Isaiah Rashad (feat. SZA) – Stuck in the Mud
72. Brent Cobb – Diggin’ Holes
73. Angela Hunte – Mon Bon Ami
74. Miles Mosley – Abraham
75. Dae Dae – Wat U Mean (Aye, Aye, Aye)
76. William Tyler – Highway Anxiety
77. D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty) – Broccoli
78. Vektor – Charging The Void
79. Fea – Tragedias
80. Jambinai – They Keep Silence
81. Heron Oblivion – Beneath Fields
82. SubRosa – Troubled Cells
83. Noura Mint Seymali – Ghlana
84. Jon Bellion – All Time Low
85. Lubomyr Melnyk – Sunset
86. Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna) – This Is What You Came For
87. Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band – High Castle Rock
88. Jacob Collier – Hideaway
89. The Furrow Collective – Chuir M’Athair Mise dhan Taigh Charraideach
90. ¡Aparato! – Aire
91. Beth Orton – Dawnstar
92. Oathbreaker – 10:56 / Second Son of R.
93. ZAYN – PILLOWTALK
94. Adam Torres – Juniper Arms
95. Eighth Blackbird – Pulse (Robert Honstein)
96. Young Thug and Travis Scott (feat. Quavo) – Pick Up the Phone
97. John Paul White – Black Leaf
98. Los Cenzontles – Both Sides Now
99. William Michael Morgan – I Met a Girl
100. Drake (feat. WizKid and Kyla)- One Dance

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