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20. “Nothing Personal” by Night Riots
This song is quite literally a banger. It’s impossible not to bob your head along as Travis Hawley belts out the empowered lyrics.
19. “Beggars” by Mainland
This single dropped back in June, a time when I definitely needed the message it gives. “Don’t stop, don’t give up.”
18. “Really Wanna Call” by Viola Beach
This song is very fun, despite the fact that it was released posthumously. This song is one of many that give the world a glimpse of how far Viola Beach could have gone. Rest in peace.
17. “Daft Pretty Boys” by Bad Suns
“Got no time to waste on another pretty face.” Bad Suns deliver a message of personality over looks with this catchy tune.
16. “Piece By Piece” by The Hunna
This song is always one of my favorites when it comes around on shuffle. It’s one of those songs that sounds bright and happy but has a deeper meaning if you listen closely to the lyrics.
15. “Out Of My Head” by the Griswolds
This song was a bit of an anthem for me in 2016. Sometimes a relationship just goes wrong, so wrong that you don’t even want to think about it or that person ever again. This song embodies that feeling perfectly, and it’s something I think everyone can relate to.
14. “You & I” by Colony House
I’m new to the Colony House fandom thanks to this song. It’s sure to make any day brighter.
13. “Addicted To You” by Joe Dolman
Folk music isn’t usually in my wheelhouse, but Joe Dolman is one obvious exception to that rule. His newest single, “Addicted To You” details a relationship gone wrong but still one that will be missed.
12. “Even In My Dreams, I Can’t Win” by Bad Suns
The title says it all. If you’ve ever felt like no matter what you do nothing ever goes your way, this is the song for you.
11. “Call You Up” by Viola Beach
Another posthumous release from British band Viola Beach, “Call You Up” is certainly a sad one. It’s impossible for me to listen to it without tearing up.
10. “No Good” by Kaleo
This single from Icelandic band Kaleo is one of my favorites of theirs to see live. It’s full of killer guitar riffs and foot-stomping beats.
9. “Alive” by The Hunna
This track has it all. Amazing vocals, relatable lyrics and a stellar guitar solo.
8. “Talk Too Much” by COIN
This song is nothing short of an earworm. With just one listen it’ll get stuck in your head. But who said that’s a bad thing?
7. “See How” by Coasts
This song is an emotional one for me. I’ve only ever seen it live once, thanks to an electrical mishap during Coasts’ set one night during which they filled the awkward silence with a stripped down version of this track. The lyrics paint a beautiful yet saddening picture, accompanied by tropical percussion and even an organ.
6. “Night” by Mulàn
Mulàn made their mysterious debut back in September with this intriguing track. The intro alone is enough to pull you in. It might be their only song as of yet, but it certainly shows the potential for a bright future. Let’s hope they don’t remain shrouded in mystery for too much longer.
5. “Swings And Waterslides” by Viola Beach
This is probably Viola Beach’s most well-known song, and for good reason. This is the perfect song to blast while you’re driving around with the windows down. It never fails to put a smile on my face.
4. “You & Me” by The Hunna
One night on a tour bus far away from home, I heard some of the lyrics to this song belted out very badly by a drummer who loves them. I got curious and looked it up, and it made me fall in love with them, too. It’s infectious.
3. “Washed Up Together” by Knox Hamilton
There’s nothing quite like finally getting your hands on a studio version of a song that you’ve heard live countless times. This song used to get stuck in my head all the time, and I wanted nothing more than to be able to listen to it. I was so excited when it was finally released. It’s still my ringtone to this day.
2. “Wallow” by Coasts
When think of this song, the word “anticipation” comes to mind. Every time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Coasts live, they’ve opened with this song, using the fade-in to build anticipation for their set. When the song would hit full force, Chris Caines would finally take the stage, and you knew that Coasts had arrived. There’s nothing quite like that moment for me. I get goosebumps just thinking about it. I hope they never open with anything else.
1. “You Settle Me” by Pixel Fix
This song is very bittersweet for me. Released back in January, it instantly became my favorite song. Little did I know it was going to be the last release from Pixel Fix. I was completely gutted when they announced their breakup in July. One of my biggest regrets in life is never getting to see this song live. Marcus Yates is my favorite vocalist, and his sultry vocals shine on this track. Despite my sadness at their breakup, “You Settle Me” will always be my favorite song, and to me it is the best track of 2016.