My favourite music of 2016

I love music. I always have. From down-home country to soaring gospel, cheesy pop to gritty rock, I have time for the joy that music brings.

So it seemed natural for me to put together a list of my favourite songs of 2016. Originally I was aiming for a top ten…but that proved too much of an ask. So here are my top 50 songs of the year. You can also listen to the whole eclectic thing over on Spotify!

One quick note – three BeyoncĂ© songs would have made the cut (Sorry, Formation, and Daddy Issues), but as her music isn’t available on Spotify where I compiled the main list, she’s absent from my rundown. Massive fan of both her and the magic that is Lemonade though, definitely one of the most iconic listens of the year. Viva Queen Bey.

1. My Church – Maren Morris

2. Love Can Go To Hell – Brandy Clark

3. Old Friends – Pinegrove

4. Adore – Savages

5. I Have Been To The Mountain – Kevin Morby

6. No More Parties In LA – Kanye West

7. Cartwheels – Ward Thomas

8. I Can’t Give Everything Away – David Bowie

9. Fill In The Blank – Car Seat Headrest

10. Your Best American Girl – Mitski

11. Black Beatles – Rae Srummerd

12. Cranes In The Sky – Solange

13. Love Yourself – Justin Bieber

14. Better Man – Little Big Town

15. Peter Pan – Kelsea Ballerini

16. Record Year – Eric Church

17. Cheap Thrills – Sia ft. Sean Paul

18. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog) – Sturgill Simpson

19. The Wheel – PJ Harvey

20. Conceptual Romance – Jenny Hval

21. 33 “GOD” – Bon Iver

22. Shut Up Kiss Me – Angel Olsen

23. This Is What You Came For – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna

24. From the Ground Up – Dan + Shay

25. Call To Arms – Sturgill Simpson

26. Die A Happy Man – Thomas Rhett

27. Holdin’ Her – Chris Janson

28. Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott

29. Panda – Desiigner

30. Once Dance – Drake ft. Kyla and Wizkid

31. Don’t Touch My Hair – Solange

32. We The People…. – A Tribe Called Quest

33. Blue Ain’t Your Color – Keith Urban

34. Vice – Miranda Lambert

35. Three Kids No Husband – Brandy Clark

36. Closer – The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey

37. All Night – Chance The Rapper ft. Knox Fortune

38. Nikes – Frank Ocean

39. Work – Rihanna ft. Drake

40. Think of You – Chris Young ft. Cassadee Pope

41. Rich – Maren Morris

42. I’m On – Kamaiyah

43. My Universe – The Shires

44. H.O.L.Y. – Florida Georgis Line

45. In Common – Alicia Keys

46. You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen

47. I Met A Girl – William Michael Morgan

48. untitled 02 06.23.2014 – Kendrick Lamar

49. Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw

50. Hands of Time – Margo Price

So that’s what I’ve been listening to this year – heavy on country, rap and alternative with a smattering of pop. How about you?


  1. Amanda
    19th December 2016 / 10:29 am

    I love how eclectic your list is ! x

    • Claire
      19th December 2016 / 12:56 pm

      Thanks sweetie – I've always been a bit of a musicla magpie – if it's shiny, I like it!

  2. Jodie Whitham
    19th December 2016 / 9:56 pm

    A real mixture of music which i always love 🙂 a lot i've not heard at the moment though! x

  3. Teresa Bowen
    19th December 2016 / 10:12 pm

    At some point I seemed to stop listening to music and I'm not quite sure why. I'm planning to listen more next year and I will start with your Spotify playlist.

  4. Francesca Nelson
    20th December 2016 / 9:30 pm

    What a great collection of music!! I live the genres are all different! Gld to see Sia on the list i thhink she is phenominal and doing something so different in the music world right now!

  5. Estranged
    20th December 2016 / 10:49 pm

    Really great list of songs, some definitely feature on my list too especially Dancing On My Own – Calum Scott xx

  6. Stephanie Merry
    21st December 2016 / 10:58 am

    Great list! I've been listening to a good mix of music as well x

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