Best of 2016: Top 20 songs

For those who can’t get enough of self important #bestof2016 lists, here is my top 20 songs of last year, in no particular order…

Pull My Arm – Flowers
London-based low-fi indie pop trio


Lush Life – Zara Larsson
Perky Swedish pop proving that Scandinavia isn’t all hygge and crime fiction


Beautiful Thing – Stone Roses
After the disappointment of the woeful comeback single All For One, it was a relief more than anything when this arrived, full of classic Roses-isms


Out of Control – Lush
Lush returned in 2016 with an EP as good as anything they did at their 90s peak. Then, infuriatingly, they split again


Alexander All Alone – Andy Shauf
A cheery tale about someone who collapses and dies at a party. Not as bleak as you might imagine


Very Good Lock – Pete Astor
Indie royalty (ex of The Loft/Weather Prophets) returned with a lovely new album of guitar pop


I Can’t Give Her What She Wants – Suede
In a year of comebacks Suede’s Night Thoughts album, which included this track, topped the lot. Their best since Dog Man Star


Love is The Devil – M. Craft
This was recorded in a cabin in Joshua Tree in the California desert, but thankfully sounds nothing like U2


Go! – M83
Glossy electronic pop with an 80s feel


Can’t Stop The Feeling – Justin Timberlake
Annoyingly catchy


Promise I Do – Whyte Horses
The standout track on this Manchester psychedelic pop band’s debut album, packed with all sorts of influences


Nothing But Love – James
It was a great year for James, topped by a triumphant arena gig in Liverpool with the Charlatans. This was a highlight


Hold On – Teenage Fanclub
They’re back! Back!! BACK!!! And for that we are truly grateful


Teddy I’m Ready – Ezra Furman
Hey, rock n roll!


No Care – Daughter
An unusually upbeat number from the 4AD album Not To Disappear


Fading Lines – Amber Arcades
Title track from the debut album of Dutch singer songwriter Annelotte de Graaf


Hands of Time – Margo Price
Painfully autobiographical slab of traditional country, with a soulful twist


Real Love Baby – Father John Misty
In between playing dates on a seemingly endless world tour and winding people up, the “homeless Chris Isaak” released this one-off single ahead of his eagerly anticipated third album


Don’t Let The Kids Win – Julia Jacklin
Sparse indie pop with a country tinge from a new Australian singer songwriter


Kismet Kill – Haley Bonar
A fuzzy guitar romp about getting older and the transitory nature of beauty (I think)


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