HULLABALOO // Favorite Songs of 2016

2016 has been a big year.

I finally found a natural deodorant that works for me, for instance. There’s also been some other, really terrible stuff – some of it deeply personal, some widely televised – and a lot of timely, wrenching music to help us through it.

Words often fail when trying to describe the connection I feel to my favorite songs and I find myself using too many of them to compensate for the inadequacy of language in the face of raw love. The result is neither articulate nor especially enjoyable.

This year I saved us all the trouble and limited myself to 17 syllables per song.

Disclaimers: I’m not super good at following rules and the rigid structure of haiku poetry (5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables) is not *always* adhered to here. Take it up with my English teacher. 

Big Thief // Paul

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depthless velvet like
whiskey at 2am and
certain types of anguish

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Frank Ocean // Nights

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because we’re people
in different stages of not
knowing each other.

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Bon Iver – 8 (circle)

 

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too hot too small there’s
static on the line again
so close to the sun

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Gallant // Episode

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soaring falsetto
in direct proportion to
the world’s heaviness

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Francis And The Lights //
May I Have This Dance

 

farewell

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high into low like
icarus, like sisyphus
like sun to starlite

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Hiss Golden Messenger //
Heart Like a Levee

 

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i still don’t know what
a levee is but i’m
pretty sure it can break

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Maren Morris // How It’s Done

 

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a long time coming–
the sound of new nashville &
the touch of a hand

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The Season / Carry Me // Anderson .Paak

 

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this song is about
love and mothers, fear and
yearning and Jordans

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D.D Dumbo // Walrus

 

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did you know that
primordial soup is an
onomatopoeia?

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Bibi Bourelly // Fool

 

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poor little fuck bois
foolish enough to mess with
bibi bourelly

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Body Clocks // Dusk

 

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hello little song
i’ve been brooding for you
since darkside disbanded

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Ali Beletic // Stone Fox

 

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written in burnt rubber,
you can almost smell the fumes
in the desert wind

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Les Gordon – Atlas

 

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she’s the tune living
in a flutter and speaking
only altitudes

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Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan // Ever Fallen In Love
(The Buzzcocks cover)

 

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love is like the god
damned terminator.
might as well sing about it.

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Jean Tonique feat. DiRTY RADiO // Lit Up

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is it too late to
admit that i still don’t know
wtf lit means

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Jesse Boykins III // Mean Girls feat. Nico Segal & J* Davey

 

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we need more sad boys
with safety pins in their ears
who play the trumpet

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DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels // Nobody Speak

 

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rtj3 like
killer mike patron saint of
come the fuck at me

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Kaleo // All The Pretty Girls

 

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every year needs its
skinny love but to what god do
we owe so many

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Sango feat. Xavier Omar // The Motive Used To Be The Melody

 

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kissed softly all of the
parts i don’t always love like
for instance, all of me

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Bishop Briggs // River

 

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you can hear how much
bigger she can get and that’s
really saying something

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Imarhan // Imarhan

 

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what “world music” they
laugh – yes tell us more about
your fucking boxes

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Coldplay // Hymn For The Weekend (Ash Remix)

 

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only remix ever
to make me wonder if coldplay
might be my favorite band

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The Boxer Rebellion // Weapon

 

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this song goes out to
all the real ones making
sure i hear the music

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Sasha // View2

 

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huhnfvphlifluh. huhnphli
pheh. huhfhifleh. huhnfvphlifleh.
hahfliphleh. hunhphlih.

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James Vincent McMorrow // Evil

 

 

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you don’t think coping
is the finish line until
it starts running away

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Roosevelt // Fever

 

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ever wondered what
cosmic purpose the eighties served?
well, this is it.

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Manast LL’ // Sookah

 

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cold, like lips blue, like
there’s hardly any air left
to write songs about

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Dawn Richard // Love Under Lights

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spun sugar bass line
warm, electrically sweet, and
made to melt away

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The Geek x Vrv // Origami

 

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just an average
tuesday night at low end theory
losing all my shit

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Frankie Cosmos // Fool

 

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you drove me home and
i never even texted
but i hope you’re well.

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Whitney // No Woman

 

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sometimes you don’t need
to reinvent the wheel to
make a good thing great

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Weval // Years To Build

 

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“about the journey”
he says knowingly, as if
he is not afraid

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Bon Iver // 715 – CR∑∑KS

 

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carefully watch the
negative space for flickers
of something bigger

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dvsn // The Line

 

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i believe in love
songs because they never ask
me to say it back

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Islands // No Milk No Sugar

 

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nothing about this
album cover doesn’t make
me think about sex

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Jim James // Here In Spirit

 

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there’s a moment that
almost approaches dubstep.
i really love that.

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Beyoncé // Sorry

 

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“BOY BYE.” and we meant it.
clear eyes and clean tears running
down the female spine

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Gordi // So Here We Are

 

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can’t stop crying
because god forbid you might
forget to be sad

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Songhoy Blues // Sekou Oumarou (Timbuktu Remix)

 

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try to tell me that
music doesn’t save lives. no,
seriously just try

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Vince Staples // Prima Donna

 

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vince raps like it’s a
thing he’d stop doing if he
could but he can’t so

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How To Dress Well // Can’t You Tell

 

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dear men this is what
is meant by pleasure centric
are you taking notes

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Childish Gambino // Redbone

 

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twenty sixteen was
the year childish gave us a
soul album amen

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Parcels // Anotherclock

 

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for when there’s no time
for anything more than the
sexiest whisper

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Topaz Jones // Howlin’ To The Moon

 

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“hey u wanna come
over tonite n have sex
just as friends tho k?”

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Gap Dream // Greater Find

 

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november 8th i
thought it might be over so i
listened to music

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