Anyone that knows me, knows that I am quite eccentric. I seem to like a little bit of everything, and have no barrier in saying what I don’t like (which is quite a bit). As I have said a million times in the past, I am a Non-Discriminatory “Blank” Guru. Whether that’s craft beers, cigars, video games, coffee, etc. I know what I like, but I’m not really vocal against their competitors, and am certainly willing to try it all. I’m the type of guy you’ll see at a craft brewery ordering a Coors, because that’s just what type of mood I am in; or ask to use a game controller at a PC LAN marathon.
This mentality has helped me grow to appreciate many different opinions/options/etc. My taste in music is no different. Whether it’s country to rap, classical to classic rock, to pop to punk, I love a little bit of it all. So, rather than to end my year with the top games of 2016, I decided to mix it up, and share 12 songs that made an impact on me in 2016. Some are old, some are new, some are popular, and others are unknown. Hopefully, each reader can find one song that makes an impact on them, or at least added to their Spotify playlist.
Without further ado, here are the top 12 songs of my 2016, each choreographed with a month that plays no relevance in the month I started listening to it.
January: Dirty Heads – Cabin By The Sea
Absolutely love this band. A mix of Sublime and Jimmy Buffett (sort-of). It’s a great feel-good, beach-loving, summer song.
First, I love The Talking Heads (pretty much all 80’s bands), second I love The Lumineers. So, this was a no-brainer for me. Plus, they are fantastic live.
Love the rhythm and the lyrics. Plus their voices blend very well together.
A local band I heard about a little while ago. Hits home (from Michigan). Great lyrics, just a happy teenage band traveling the country, living out their dreams.
May: Bastille – Fake It
I’ve always liked Bastille, seems like the music is always accompanied by odd music videos. However, this one features a man who looks like Biff from Back to the Future. So that’s a perk.
June: alt-J – Breezeblocks
It’s an odd song when you really listen to it. But, it’s also super addicting and will get stuck in your head for months. Plus you’ll randomly attempt to sing the lyrics out of nowhere.
Love Of Monsters and Men, this one was featured on the movie Walter Mitty, which I highly suggest. In fact I suggest that entire soundtrack, and if you can find the vinyl (affordably) with David Bowie’s cover, send me a message because I want it.
August: Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin
Great music video, very chill. You can tell Mr. Vile enjoys performing.
September: Old Crow Medicine Show – Wagon Wheel
I loved the original; however, I think I prefer this more. The video is terrific and reminds me of my country-living youth.
October: BEGINNERS – Who Knows
Not going to lie, I heard about this song after watching an episode of New Girl. Since then, the band has grown on me incredibly fast.
November: Thrice – Black Honey
I love alternative rock like this. It reminds me of the days of Chevelle, Hoobastank, and Trapt still featured on the radio.
December: Kaleo – Way Down We Go
One of my favorite bands, their albums are essentially similar to old Three Days Grace albums where every song on the album is spectacular.
a-ha – Take On Me – This has and always will be my favorite song and music video. This will play at my funeral and I will be jamming out wherever I am at. No list is complete without a-ha.
Ghinzu – The Dragster Wave – Couldn’t find the best recording (turn it down just a tad); however, they remind me of Muse. Also, this song is featured on pretty much every action movie trailer in the early 2000’s.
DREAMERS – Sweet Disaster – The lyrics blend with the beats like magic.
XTC – Dear God – The climax at 2:47 is remarkable, do your ears and favor and listen to this classic.
Miike Snow – Genghis Khan – If you’re a fan of classic James Bond flicks, you’ll enjoy this music video.
George Ezra – Budapest – Mr. Ezra’s voice does not match up with his appearance… thank the Lord for that.
Tears For Fears – Everybody Wants To Rule The World – This song made me dream of living in the 80’s (not being born in the 80’s).
*** I do not own any of these videos, thus why they are linked out. Each band is linked to their own respective page where I HIGHLY encourage you to support them by purchasing their music. They are each a work of art and deserve it. I do not know any of these bands personally, but Lord I wish I did.***