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GORILLA VS. BEAR’s SONGS OF 2016

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Today we follow up our albums of 2016 list with the much more interesting list of our 101 favorite songs of the year. Featuring a couple of inventive flips of Shangaan Electro and Tropicália samples in the top 3, the powerful opening missive from A Tribe Called Quest‘s first album in nearly 20 years, an old Radiohead love song, multiple jams each from Frank Ocean, Danny Brown, and Carly Rae, undeniable breakthrough singles from Whitney, Mitski, Maggie Rogers, and The Homie, another strong showing from TX’s own S U R V I V E boys (whose massive year culminated this morning in 2 Grammy noms in the same category), and many more incredible and essential tracks that helped us all make it through this pathetic excuse for a year. Hit play on that 6 hour spotify playlist + check the full list below:


101 LÅPSLEY | Operator (DJ Koze’s disco edit)
100 LUH | Future Blues
99 CAFE LANAI | Here 4 U
98 A.K. PAUL | Landcruisin’
97 DÆVA | Dream
96 BALTRA | Tears Drop
95 THE TRACKS | Go Out Tonight
94 TIFFANY | I Just Wanna Dance
93 GHETTO VANESSA | Yuh Live Nice
92 ANNA OF THE NORTH | Baby
91 BEVERLY | Victoria

90 SCRAPS | Touch Blue
89 SOPHIA LOIZOU | Genesis 92: The Awakening
88 TERROR JR | Trippin
87 CRYING | Children of the Wind
86 MALL GRAB x YAEJI | Mountain
85 HAERTS | Eva
84 MERELY | Limestone Corridor
83 CROSS RECORD | The Depths
82 HUNDRED WATERS | Forgive Me for Giving Up
81 FELIX SNOW x SZA | Lies

80 KATIE DEY | Fear o’ the Light
79 PARTS | Pieces
78 FOG LAKE | Rattlesnake
77 BLEACHED | Wednesday Night Melody
76 ERYKAH BADU | Trill Friends
75 CASS MCCOMBS | Bum Bum Bum
74 ABRA | Crybaby
73 DJ TAYE | Burnin Ya Boa
72 HELENA DELAND | Baby
71 DENT MAY | Face Down in the Gutter of Your Love

70 JAMES BLAKE | Always
69 JIM-E STACK | Deadstream
68 EXIT SOMEONE | Sydney, the List Goes On
67 CHROMATICS | Dear Tommy
66 MAMIFFER | Mara
65 NEWMAN WOLF | Please Keep Talking
64 MARISSA NADLER | Janie in Love
63 NV | Kata
62 ANGEL OLSEN | Sister
61 MARIA USBECK | Uno De Tus Ojos

60 FRANK OCEAN | Solo (reprise feat. Andre 3000)
59 MORLY | The Choir
58 ZOEE | Betcha
57 BONNIE BANANE | Statue
56 CHARLIE HILTON | Funny Anyway
55 KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH | Existence in the Unfurling
54 HAMILTON LEITHAUSER + ROSTAM | In a Black Out
53 KATIE GATELY | Tuck
52 LEON VYNEHALL | Blush
51 HOOPS | Gemini

50 KRISTIN KONTROL | x-communicate
49 WHITE LUNG | Below
48 CHARLI XCX | Paradise (feat. Hannah Diamond)
47 S U R V I V E | Copter
46 JULIANNA BARWICK | Nebula
45 FORT ROMEAU | Secrets & Lies
44 TROLLER | Storm Maker
43 ANDY SHAUF | Quite Like You
42 ANTWON | 100K
41 JENN CHAMPION | No One

40 KERO KERO BONITO | Lipslap
39 MERCHANDISE | Lonesome Sound
38 DRUGDEALER | Suddenly (feat. Weyes Blood)
37 NICOLAS JAAR | Wildflowers
36 SKEPTA | Lyrics
35 BOYBOY | Boy
34 VESUVIO SOLO | Flakes
33 NITE JEWEL | Boo Hoo
32 DANNY L HARLE x CARLY RAE JEPSEN | Supernatural
31 YUMI ZOUMA | Short Truth

30 DJDS | You Don’t Have To Be Alone (Charlie Wilson version)
29 BURIAL | Young Death
28 KENDRICK LAMAR | Untitled 06
27 WHITE DENIM | Take It Easy (Ever After Lasting Love)
26 DANNY BROWN | Really Doe




25 KEDR LIVANSKIY | Razrushitelniy Krug (Destructive Cycle)

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24 KORNÉL KOVÁCS | The Bells

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23 DIANA | Moment of Silence
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22 FUTURE | Inside the Mattress

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21 JAPANESE BREAKFAST | The Woman That Loves You

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20 NICE AS FUCK | Door

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19 FRANK OCEAN | Ivy

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18 FEAR OF MEN | Sane

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17 BEYONCÉ | All Night

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16 JENNY HVAL | Conceptual Romance

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15 KANYE WEST | Ultralight Beam

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14 CARLY RAE JEPSEN | Higher

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13 DANNY BROWN | Ain’t It Funny

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12 RAE SREMMURD | Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)

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11 KYLE DIXON + MICHAEL STEIN | Stranger Things theme

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10 MAGGIE ROGERS | Alaska

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09 THE HOMIE | Too Late

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08 ARIANA GRANDE | Into You

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07 VINCE STAPLES | War Ready

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06 RADIOHEAD | True Love Waits

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05 MITSKI | Your Best American Girl

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04 WHITNEY | No Woman

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03 KAYTRANADA | Lite Spots

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02 A TRIBE CALLED QUEST | The Space Program

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01 JESSY LANZA | It Means I Love You

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