Thanksgiving Tracks - The Songs Of 2016 That We're Thankful For
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 07:07:25
It's fair to say that 2016 has been an unforgettable year. The world has lost a number of iconic and innovative artists, the likes of which we will never see again. Back in January, the loss of David Bowie seemed to signal the end of an era, not only to lifelong fans that had grown up with the man as he released music through the ages, via multiple creative identities, but for the rest of the world that was somehow informed by the man's presence - his evergreen influence that continued to shape and inform artists in every genre.
We have also lost Prince, Sharon Jones, Leonard Cohen and a number of artists that shared little in common but their integrity and authenticity of tone. Each of one of these artists could boast an influence that reached back into the culture that shaped their style and approach to music. The loss of such a high number of notable creatives has certainly colored the worldview of many music fans.
Global politics has been surprising to say the least - and frightening to say the most. Domestic and overseas affairs have given rise to a universal sense of dread in the unknown. Protests, violence, environmental disaster, and apparent corruption have covered our screens and news feeds on a daily basis. And yet…
And yet, here we are - hitting the holiday season, and a day associated to giving thanks. It's true that this year there seems to have been a disproportionate amount of loss, heartbreak and confusion, and it's a historical fact that the Thanksgiving holiday itself is built on a thin fabric of misremembered truths. However, at our core - in our deepest and highest humanity - the place where music is born - there is still much to be grateful for.
This playlist is in by no means comprehensive… we have certainly missed some great tunes from a crazy year… but these are the tracks and the artists that have resonated with the most strength and influence of the landscape of change, uncertainty and sometimes fear. These are the artists that best reflect the hopes and fears of the year, or that have somehow captured audiences in numbers beyond compare. Dance, debate… do whatever you need to do.
Anderson .Paak - "Come Down"
Animal Collective - "Floridada"
Courtney Barnett - "Three packs a day"
Beyonce - "Formation"
Drake - "One Dance"
SIA - "Cheap Thrills"
Calvin Harris - "This is What You Came For"
Rae Sremmurd - "Black Beatles"
YG & Nipsey Hussle "FDT (Fuck Donald Trump)"
The Weeknd - "Starboy"
Mitski, "Your Best American Girl"
David Bowie "I Can't Give Everything Away"
Radiohead, "Burn the Witch"
Kanye West, "Ultralight Beam"
Chance the Rapper - "No Problem"
Bruno Mars - "24K Magic"
The Chainsmokers - "Closer"
Dua Lipa - "Hotter Than Hell"
K. Flay - "Blood in the Cut"
Cherry Glazerr - "Told You I'd Be With The Guys"
DIIV - "Dopamine"
Beck - "Wow"
Die Antwoord - "Banana Brain"
M.I.A. - "Borders"
Whitney - "No Woman"
Iron & Wine - "Time After Time"
Ólafur Arnalds - "Particles" [ft. Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir]
Leonard Cohen - "Hallelujah"
—The ARTISTdirect Staff