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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2017

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Before we even have time to second guess our albums of the year list, here are our favorite songs of 2017. While plenty of our old favorites are well repped -- including TOPS, Burial, Shabazz Palaces, SZA, Sufjan, Laurel Halo, et al. -- it was an exceptionally great year for exciting new artists, with Men I Trust, Yaeji, Playboi Carti, Kelly Lee Owens, Aldous Harding, Bernache, and so many more dropping some of the most essential songs of the year. Hit play on that 5+ hour Spotify playlist, and follow along with the list below:

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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:

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2016.5 // our favorite songs of the year (so far)

2016.5 SONGS

Following yesterday's albums of the year post, here are our favorite songs from the first half of 2016. Check the list below, and keep up with our running songs of 2016 spotify playlist, which we're updating just about every week.

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GORILLA VS. BEAR’S SONGS OF 2015

SONGS 2015

Following last week's Albums of 2015 list, here are our favorite songs of the year: we went deeper than ever this time out, and while 111 tracks might seem like a lot to love in any given 12 month span, I feel like the list is a pretty accurate representation of just how unreal 2015 has been for new music. Featuring multiple entries from Grimes, Jamie xx, Young Thug, Kendrick Lamar, Chromatics, Erykah Badu, Beach House, TOPS, and Cindy Lee, and spanning from underground Russian dance music and soaring Norwegian pop to incendiary west coast rap and inspired Texas soul, and just about everywhere in between. Check out the full list below, right after you hit play on that nearly 7-hour-long Spotify playlist:

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2014

GvsB  // SONGS of 2014

Following last week's definitive albums of the year list, we present our favorite songs of 2014. We went deep this year on this one. Disclaimer: some of these aren't technically 2014 releases (notably, a few of the PC Music-affiliated jams) so I guess we're going with the nebulous "year of impact" concept here. Check the list + follow along with a nearly comprehensive 5-hour spotify playlist after the jump, and as always, we'd love to hear your favorites too.

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favorites of 2011.5

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Here are our favorite records + songs from the first half of 2011. If you're into reading, we've written about most of these here and in some other places. We've also enjoyed checking out all of your picks, as always. Please let us know what we missed:
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01 Shabazz Palaces :: Black Up

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02 Peaking Lights :: 936

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03 Panda Bear :: Tomboy

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04 White Denim :: D

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05 Grouper :: A I A


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06 Puro Instinct :: Headbangers in Ecstasy

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07 Washed Out :: Within and Without

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08 Julianna Barwick :: The Magic Place

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09 Ford & Lopatin :: Channel Pressure

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10 Holy Other - With U

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NEXT 10 (alphabetical):

Burial - Street Halo
Cults - Cults
Gang Gang Dance - Eye Contact
John Maus - We Must Become the Pitiless Censors of Ourselves
Cass McCombs - Wit's End
Colin Stetson - New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Tennis - Cape Dory
The Sandwitches - Mrs. Jones' Cookies
Toro y Moi - Underneath the Pine
Young Galaxy - Shapeshifting
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And check our favorite songs of the half-year, in no particular order, after the jump...

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gorilla vs. bear’s songs of 2008

gorilla vs. bear's songs of 2008

As if arbitrarily ranking one's favorite albums of the year isn't an absurd enough task, we leave you for the weekend with our favorite songs of 2008. Check David's list at the bottom of the post...

50. Karl Blau - Mockingbird Diet
49. CFCF - "Invitation to Love"
48. Crystal Stilts "The Dazzled"
47. Ghosthustler - Someone Else's Ride
46. Arch M - "21st Union"
45. Chairlift - "Planet Health"

44. Madlib - Anthenagin
43. Invisible Conga People - Cable Dazed
42. El Guincho - Palmitos Park
41. Black Milk - "Matrix"

40. Blaqstarr - "Bang Hard"
39. Kid Cudi - Day n Nite (Crookers remix)
38. Quiet Village - "Free Rider"
37. Women - Black Rice
36. Music Go Music - Light of Love

35. No Age - Teen Creeps
34. Lykke Li - "Little Bit"
33. Girls - Hellhole Ratrace
32. Bodies of Water - Gold, Tan, Peach, and Grey
31. Friendly Fires - Paris (aeroplane remix feat. au revoir simone)

30. Money Addict - Life, Money, & Drugs (Diplo remix)
29. Hercules & Love Affair - "Blind"
28. Cut Copy - "Strangers in the Wind"
27. M83 - "Kim & Jessie"

26. Deerhunter - "Little Kids"
25. Air France - Collapsing at your Doorstep
24. PVC Street Gang - Cutlass
23. Salem - Sweat
22. Little Joy - "Don't Watch Me Dancing"

21. Esau Mwamwaya - Chalo (demo)
20. Fight Bite - Swissex Lover
19. Santogold - "LES Artistes (xxxchange remix)"
18. Empire Of The Sun - "Walking on a Dream"

17. Vivian Girls - Tell the World

16. PRGz - "Rollin'"
15. WAVVES - So Bored
14. Lil' Wayne - "Lollipop (chopped & screwed by DJ Young Redd)"
13. Beach House - "D.A.R.L.I.N.G."
12. Harlem - South of France
11. Q-Tip - "Move/Renaissance Rap"

10. Amanaz - Khala My Friend
09. Grouper - Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping
08. The Notwist - "Boneless (Panda Bear remix)"
07. Big Boi - "Royal Flush (feat. Raekwon & Andre 3000)"
06. Portishead - "The Rip"

05. Amadou & Mariam - "Sabali"
04. The Walkmen - "In the New Year"
03. Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others (live on KCRW)
02. White Denim - Sitting
01. Erykah Badu - "The Healer"

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Check David's favorite songs of 2008 after the jump...

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