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The Current's Brian Oake shares his top songs of 2016.
The Current's Brian Oake shares his top songs of 2016.MPR graphic

by Brian Oake

December 06, 2016

Top 10 Songs of 2016

1. David Bowie – "Lazarus"
2. Lissie – "Don't You Give Up on Me"
3. Car Seat Headrest – "Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales"
4. Margaret Glaspy – "You and I"
5. Marian Hill – "I Want You"
6. Black Mountain – "Florian Saucer Attack"*
7. Holy White Hounds – "Switchblade"
8. Haley Bonar – "Kismet Kill"
9. Michael Kiwanuka – "Rule This World"
10. Anderson .Paak feat. The Game and Sonya Elise – "Room in Here"

The great crime of a top 10 list is that there are only 10 slots. In a just (and mathematically fluid) universe, this list would also include songs from:

Polica
Bob Mould
Frank Ocean
case/lang/viers
Grandaddy
Fraea
Phantogram
Catfish and The Bottlemen
Joseph
ZULUZULUU
Bishop Briggs
Fort Wilson Riot
NAF
Ty Segall
Beck
Farewell Milwaukee and/or Ben Lubeck
Warpaint
etc.
etc.
etc...

*For what it's worth, this video from Black Mountain is easily my favorite of the year.

The Current Hosts' and Staffers' Top 89 of 2016

Brett BaldwinBill DeVilleJay GablerLeah GaraasJadeCecilia JohnsonLindsay KimballMary LuciaJim McGuinnSean McPhersonShelley MillerDan NassMike NovitzkiMatt PerkinsBrian OakeJill RileyJake RudhNate RyanDavid SafarDerrick StevensAndrea SwenssonLuke TaylorAnna ReedMark WheatMac Wilson