Class of 2016: The Soundtrack

2016-soundtrack

Albums continue to be my format of choice. I think they always will be. Lucky for me, the artists I follow seem to prefer albums as well. That’s not to say there isn’t a place in my life for singles though. Most years are packed with individual tracks that catch my attention…whether because they are really good, extremely awful, or just inescapable. That’s why putting together a yearly soundtrack is so much fun. Not only do I get to hunt for stand-out tracks as I dissect the albums I’ve enjoyed all year, but I also get to dive into the various songs I’ve ignored over the past twelve months. It’s a time of reflection, discovery, and documentation. Of all my year-end lists, it’s The Soundtrack I come back to most often.

The Soundtrack isn’t necessarily comprised of the “best” songs of the year. It’s just a collection of the songs that fit into a compilation outside of the full album format. With the exception of metal, it is a true representation of what the year sounded like. I’ve never been able to extract single tracks from a metal albums. The full album format will always be sacred for that particular genre.

The Class of 2016 Soundtrack consists of 99 tracks, with no more than a pair of song from any single album. YouTube links are embedded below, but I also put together a Spotify playlist for easy access.

000000

“00000 Million” by Bon Iver
(from 22, A Million)

cause the days have no numbers

00000 Million

1000-times

“A 1000 Times” by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
(from I Had A Dream That You Were Mine)

all that I have is this old dream I’ve always had

A 1000 Times

2-phones

“2 Phones” by Kevin Gates
(from Islah)

countin’ money while they ring, ring, ringin’

2 Phones

4-degrees

“4 Degrees” by ANOHNI
(from HOPELESSNESS)

wanna see them burn

4 Degrees

33-god

“33 “GOD”” by Bon Iver
(from 22, A Million)

narrow room where life began

33 “GOD”

adore

“Adore” by Savages
(from Adore Life)

understand the urgency of life

Adore

all-night

“All Night” by Chance The Rapper
(from Coloring Book)

been drinking all night, I been drinking, ay ay

All Night

all-nite

“All Nite” by Clams Casino
(from 32 Levels)

all gas, no brakes, might break your face

All Nite

am-i-wrong

“Am I Wrong” by Anderson .Paak
(from Malibu)

never wanna waste your time, my life

Am I Wrong

atomic-number

“Atomic Number” by case/lang/veirs
(from case/lang/veirs)

latin words across my heart

Atomic Number

audition

“Audition (The Fools Who Dream)” by Emma Stone
(from La La Land Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

here’s to the mess we make

Audition (The Fools Who Dream)

because-im-me

“Because I’m Me” by The Avalanches
(from Wildflower)

come back, shellac black, baby

Because I’m Me

below

“Below” by White Lung
(from Paradise)

means nothing if you go die alone

Below

best-to-you

“Best to You” by Blood Orange
(from Freetown Sound)

feel my bones crack in your arms

Best to You

bird-set-free

“Bird Set Free” by Sia
(from This Is Acting)

and I don’t care if I sing off key

Bird Set Free

black-beatles

“Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd
(from SremmLife 2)

young bull livin’ like an old geezer

Black Beatles

bleeding-heart

“Bleeding Heart” by Regina Spektor
(from Remember Us To Life)

feel their cold minds placing you under arrest

Bleeding Heart

blood-sandwich

“Blood Sandwich” by Aesop Rock
(from The Impossible Kid)

real youth in the palm of your hand

Blood Sandwich

boyfriend

“Boyfriend” by Tegan and Sara
(from Love You to Death)

need to know the rules if you want me to play

Boyfriend

burn-the-witch

“Burn The Witch” by Radiohead
(from A Moon Shaped Pool)

this is a low flying panic attack

Burn The Witch

california

“California” by Robert Ellis
(from Robert Ellis)

a place where the living resides again

California

carolina-ghost

“Carolina Ghost” by Caleb Caudle
(from Carolina Ghost)

the leaves weren’t the only thing falling

Carolina Ghost

change-of-heart

“A Change of Heart” by The 1975
(from I like it when you sleep…)

now you just look like anyone

A Change of Heart

cold-light

“Cold Light” by Operators
(from Blue Wave)

your heart in the hands of the city

Cold Light

cranes-in-the-sky

“Cranes in the Sky” by Solange
(from A Seat at the Table)

thought moving round make me feel better

Cranes in the Sky

dis-generation

“Dis Generation” by A Tribe Called Quest
(from We got it from Here…)

versed in, rehearsed in the soothing of loins

Dis Generation

distant-sky

“Distant Sky” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
(from Skeleton Tree)

they told us our dreams would outlive us

Distant Sky

doing-the-right-thing

“Doing The Right Thing” by Daughter
(from Not To Disappear)

and they’re making children

Doing The Right Thing

dollar-days

“Dollar Days” by David Bowie
(from Blackstar)

don’t believe for just one second I’m forgetting you

Dollar Days

drive-it

“Drive It Like You Stole It” by Sing Street
(from Sing Street Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

this is your life, you can go anywhere

Drive It Like You Stole It

drunk-drivers

“Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales” by Car Seat Headrest
(from Teens Of Denial)

only trying to get home

Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

dvp

“DVP” by PUP
(from The Dream Is Over)

she says I need to grow up

DVP

eh

“Eh” by Death Grips
(from Bottomless Pit)

two letter text, translation: next

Eh

florida

“Florida” by The Range
(from Potential)

[instrumental]

Florida

flowers-and-you

“Flowers and You” by Touché Amoré
(from Stage Four)

keeping up appearances with white lies

Flowers and You

formation

“Formation” by Beyoncé
(from Lemonade)

got hot sauce in my bag, swag

Formation

frankie

“Frankie Sinatra” by The Avalanches
(from Wildflower)

have the perfect voice to sing calypso

Frankie Sinatra

free-lunch

“Free Lunch” by Isaiah Rashad
(from The Sun’s Tirade)

meal ticket, ticket, meal ticket, ticket, comma, uh

Free Lunch

friends

“Friends” by Francis and the Lights
(from Farewell, Starlite!)

put your head on my shoulders

Friends

go

“Go!” by M83
(from Junk)

fe-fe-feels like we-we-we’ll be frozen, frozen

Go!

hands-of-time

“Hands of Time” by Margo Price
(from Midwest Farmer’s Daughter)

thought I’d found a friend but I only found a thief

Hands of Time

hands-up

“Hands Up” by Parker Millsap
(from The Very Last Day)

hate to be the one to pour the salt down in your cut

Hands Up

how-does-it-feel

“How Does It Feel” by Kamaiyah
(from A Good Night in the Ghetto)

‘losin’ friends, people change when they grow’

How Does It Feel

i-bet

“I Bet on Losing Dogs” by Mitski
(from Puberty 2)

looking in their eyes when they’re down

I Bet on Losing Dogs

i-need-you

“I Need You” by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
(from Skeleton Tree)

nothing really matters when the one you love is gone

I Need You

i-took-a-pill

“I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)” by Mike Posner
(from At Night, Alone.)

when I finally got sober, felt 10 years older

I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)

im-not-the-devil

“I’m not the Devil” by Cody Jinks
(from I’m not the Devil)

ain’t no excuse but I’m just a man

I’m not the Devil

if-i-knew

“If I Knew” by Bat For Lashes
(from The Bride)

and where I was going took time’

If I Knew

into-you

“Into You” by Ariana Grande
(from Dangerous Woman)

tell me what you came here for

Into You

it-hurts

“It Hurts Until It Doesn’t” by Mothers
(from When You Walk A Long Distance You Are Tired)

as if I could ever keep a promise

It Hurts Until It Doesn’t

ivy

“Ivy” by Frank Ocean
(from Blonde)

we’ll never be those kids again

kanye-west

“Kanye West” by Young Thug
(from JEFFERY)

she peacock wit the colors

Kanye West

kiss-it-better

“Kiss It Better” by Rihanna
(from ANTI)

who cares, when it feels like crack?

Kiss It Better

lazarus

“Lazarus” by David Bowie
(from Blackstar)

look up here, I’m in heaven

Lazarus

learning

“Learning” by Anderson East
(from Southern Family)

it takes man to teach a man

Learning

lotta-years

“Lotta Years” by Aesop Rock
(from The Impossible Kid)

the future is amazing, I feel so fucking old

Lotta Years

love-can

“Love Can Go to Hell” by Brandy Clark
(from Big Day in a Small Town)

like roses in a vase of whiskey

Love Can Go to Hell

masterpiece

“Masterpiece” by Big Thief
(from Masterpiece)

only know the recipe to roam

Masterpiece

mexican-chef

“Mexican Chef” by Xenia Rubinos
(from Black Terry Cat)

we build the ghettos and we tear them down

Mexican Chef

million-reasons

“Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga
(from Joanne)

stopped breathing, but completely aware

Million Reasons

miserable

“Miserable America” by Kevin Abstract
(from American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story)

these days just don’t make sense

Miserable America

my-church

“My Church” by Maren Morris
(from HERO)

Hank brings the sermon and Cash leads the choir

My Church

nights

“Nights” by Frank Ocean
(from Blonde)

every night shit, every day shit

no-problem

“No Problem” by Chance The Rapper
(from Coloring Book)

school of hard knocks, I took night classes

No Problem

old-friends

“Old Friends” by Pinegrove
(from Cardinal)

how come every outcome’s such a comedown?

Old Friends

on-hold

“On Hold” by The xx
(single)

think you’re too soon to call us old

On Hold

once-they-banned

“Once They Banned Imagine” by Drive-By Truckers
(from American Band)

bullet abuse regarding anything browner than tan

Once They Banned Imagine

one-acre

“One Acre Of Land” by Sean McConnell
(from Sean McConnell)

‘watch our dreams from where we stand’

One Acre of Land

one-dance

“One Dance” by Drake
(from Views)

higher powers taking a hold on me

One Dance

orange-flower

“Orange Flower” by Angelica Garcia
(from Medicine for Birds)

maybe we won’t catch that ride

Orange Flower

pick-up-the-phone

“Pick Up the Phone” by Young Thug and Travis Scott
(from Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight)

I know you’re home, baby

Pick Up the Phone

real-friends

“Real Friends” by Kanye West
(from The Life Of Pablo)

guess I get what I deserve, don’t I?

Real Friends

reaper

“Reaper” by Sia
(from This Is Acting)

saw you out the corner of my eye

Reaper

runnin

“Runnin’ Just in Case” by Miranda Lambert
(from The Weight of These Wings)

nobody ever taught me how to stay

Runnin’ Just in Case

send-my-love

“Send My Love (To Your New Lover)” by Adele
(from 25)

gotta let go of all of our ghosts

Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

shine

“Shine On Rainy Day” by Brent Cobb
(from Shine On Rainy Day)

a little thunder makes a man start to wonder

Shine On Rainy Day

shut-up

“Shut Up Kiss Me” by Angel Olsen
(from MY WOMAN)

could end all this pain right here

Shut Up Kiss Me

since-youve-gone

“Since You’ve Gone to Heaven” by Brandy Clark
(from Big Day in a Small Town)

the whole world’s gone to Hell

Since You’ve Gone to Heaven

Sister

“Sister” by Angel Olsen
(from MY WOMAN)

all my life I thought I’d change

Sister

sorry

“Sorry” by Beyoncé
(from Lemonade)

better call Becky with the good hair

Sorry

stranger-things

“Stranger Things (Extended)” by Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
(from Stranger Things, Vol. 2)

[instrumental]

Stranger Things (Extended)

tabitha

“Tabitha Tuder’s Mama” by Elizabeth Cook
(from Exodus of Venus)

she’s pretty but the world hardly looks up

Tabitha Tuder’s Mama

that-part

“THat Part” by ScHoolboy Q
(from Blank Face LP)

me no conversate with the fake, that part

THat Part

thursday

“Thursday in the Danger Room” by Run the Jewels
(from Run the Jewels 3)

the truth is, I see you now

Thursday in the Danger Room

ultralight-beam

“Ultralight Beam” by Kanye West
(from The Life Of Pablo)

this is my part, nobody else speak

Ultralight Beam

untitled

“untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.” by Kendrick Lamar
(from untitled. unmastered.)

borderline between insanity is father time

untitled 05 | 09.21.2014.

untitled

“untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.” by Kendrick Lamar
(from untitled. unmastered.)

hit the bank today and told them color me bad

untitled 08 | 09.06.2014.

vampires

“Vampires” by Cody Jinks
(from I’m not the Devil)

who told who to take the dreams out back to die

Vampires

vice

“Vice” by Miranda Lambert
(from The Weight of These Wings)

stay as a needle dropping on a vinyl

Vice

we-the-people

“We The People…” by A Tribe Called Quest
(from We got it from Here…)

all you bad folks, you must go

We The People…

welcome

“Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)” by Sturgill Simpson
(from A Sailor’s Guide to Earth)

hearing you cry makes me cry

Welcome To Earth (Pollywog)

what-it-means

“What It Means” by Drive-By Truckers
(from American Band)

we’re standing on the precipice

What It Means

when-it-rain

“When It Rain” by Danny Brown
(from Atrocity Exhibition)

doomed from the time we emerged from the womb

When It Rain

whos-gonna

“Who’s Gonna Miss Me?” by Loretta Lynn
(from Full Circle)

it won’t be all in vain

Who’s Gonna Miss Me?

work

“Work” by Rihanna
(from ANTI)

took my heart on my sleeve for decoration

Work

wreck-you

“Wreck You” by Lori McKenna
(from The Bird & The Rifle)

don’t know what the hell you want from me

Wreck You

you-are-my-sunshine

“You Are My Sunshine” by Morgane and Chris Stapleton
(from Southern Family)

you have shattered all of my dreams

You Are My Sunshine

you-want-it-darker

“You Want It Darker” by Leonard Cohen
(from You Want It Darker)

I’m ready, my Lord

You Want It Darker

Your Best

“Your Best American Girl” by Mitski
(from Puberty 2)

don’t wait for me, I can’t come

Your Best American Girl

The Soundtrack to 2016:
00000 Million by Bon Iver
A 1000 Times by Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam
2 Phones by Kevin Gates
4 Degrees by ANOHNI
33 “GOD” by Bon Iver
Adore by Savages
All Night by Chance The Rapper
All Nite by Clams Casino
Am I Wrong by Anderson .Paak
Atomic Number by case/lang/veirs
Audition (The Fools Who Dream) by Emma Stone
Because I’m Me by The Avalanches
Below by White Lung
Best to You by Blood Orange
Bird Set Free by Sia
Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd
Bleeding Heart by Regina Spektor
Blood Sandwich by Aesop Rock
Boyfriend by Tegan and Sara
Burn The Witch by Radiohead
California by Robert Ellis
Carolina Ghost by Caleb Caudle
A Change of Heart by The 1975
Cold Light by Operators
Cranes in the Sky by Solange
Dis Generation by A Tribe Called Quest
Distant Sky by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Doing The Right Thing by Daughter
Dollar Days by David Bowie
Drive It Like You Stole It by Sing Street
Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales by Car Seat Headrest
DVP by PUP
Eh by Death Grips
Florida by The Range
Flowers and You by Touché Amoré
Formation by Beyoncé
Frankie Sinatra by The Avalanches
Free Lunch by Isaiah Rashad
Friends by Francis and the Lights
Go! by M83
Hands of Time by Margo Price
Hands Up by Parker Millsap
How Does It Feel by Kamaiyah
I Bet on Losing Dogs by Mitski
I Need You by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix) by Mike Posner
I’m not the Devil by Cody Jinks
If I Knew by Bat For Lashes
Into You by Ariana Grande
It Hurts Until It Doesn’t by Mothers
Ivy by Frank Ocean
Kanye West by Young Thug
Kiss It Better by Rihanna
Lazarus by David Bowie
Learning by Anderson East
Lotta Years by Aesop Rock
Love Can Go to Hell by Brandy Clark
Masterpiece by Big Thief
Mexican Chef by Xenia Rubinos
Million Reasons by Lady Gaga
Miserable America by Kevin Abstract
My Church by Maren Morris
Nights by Frank Ocean
No Problem by Chance The Rapper
Old Friends by Pinegrove
On Hold by The xx
Once They Banned Imagine by Drive-By Truckers
One Acre Of Land by Sean McConnell
One Dance by Drake
Orange Flower by Angelica Garcia
Pick Up the Phone by Young Thug and Travis Scott
Real Friends by Kanye West
Reaper by Sia
Runnin’ Just in Case by Miranda Lambert
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) by Adele
Shine On Rainy Day by Brent Cobb
Shut Up Kiss Me by Angel Olsen
Since You’ve Gone to Heaven by Brandy Clark
Sister by Angel Olsen
Sorry by Beyoncé
Stranger Things (Extended) By Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein
Tabitha Tuder’s Mama by Elizabeth Cook
THat Part by ScHoolboy Q
Thursday in the Danger Room by Run the Jewels
Ultralight Beam by Kanye West
untitled 05 | 09.21.2014. by Kendrick Lamar
untitled 08 | 09.06.2014. by Kendrick Lamar
Vampires by Cody Jinks
Vice by Miranda Lambert
We The People… by A Tribe Called Quest
Welcome To Earth (Pollywog) by Sturgill Simpson
What It Means by Drive-By Truckers
When It Rain by Danny Brown
Who’s Gonna Miss Me? by Loretta Lynn
Work by Rihanna
Wreck You by Lori McKenna
You Are My Sunshine by Morgane and Chris Stapleton
You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen
Your Best American Girl by Mitski

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