My 2016 top played songs on spotify

I scanned through my 100 top played songs on Spotify. Here are some of the highlights.

First the old songs that made the list.

Old Stuff

1, 4, 9, 14 Lodi, Born on The Bayou, Have You Ever Seen the Rain, Susie Q by Creedence Clearwater Revival

There are four CCR songs on my list becasue I played in a CCR cover band this past March. You gotta listen to the songs a lot to be able to play them on guitar!

3. Anyday by Derek & The Dominos

This was probably my favorite song (Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs) from my favorite album Eric Clapton has made, which I just started listening to this year.

Here are a few examples of some of my favorite lyrics from the album which are sang with so much emotion.

Bellbottom Blues

Do you want to see me crawl across the floor to you?
Do you want to hear me beg you to take me back?

Have You Ever Loved A Women makes it plain as day what all these songs are about: Clapton’s love for his best friend’s (George Harrison) wife Patty.

But you just love that woman
So much it’s a shame and a sin.
You just love that woman
So much it’s a shame and a sin.
But all the time you know
She belongs to your very best friend.

6. I’d Have You Anytime by George Harrison

Speaking of George, here he is with my favorite of his solo songs. I’d only really dug into his solo stuff this year, specifically songs on his first solo album “All Things Must Pass”.

This song reminds me a lot of Something off of Abby Road. Signature guitar lick, slinky guitar in the verse, power solo.


New Stuff

2. Chinatown by Girlpool

Dreamy guitar, vocal harmonies, and excellent lyrics in 3 minutes, what’s not to love?

And if I told you I loved you, would you take it the wrong way?
I am nervous for tomorrow and today

5. New Friends by Pinegrove

This band blew up this year appearing on NPR’s Tiny Desk and their album Cardinal was including on plenty of best album lists.

“New Friends” is my favorite song from this album. Great vocal, catchy guitar, big energetic outro.

The lyrics also capture the fear of making new friends:

Is there anyone here I know
I look around the room
Whatever I let it go
Steve’s in Germany, that’s it
I try to think of anyone else
No, yeah, that’s it
I resolve to make new friends
I liked my old ones
But I fucked up so I’ll start again
What’s the worst that could happen

I even met the singer Evan when I saw them live

This is my favorite version of the song.

8. Endless Bummer by Weezer

Weezer made another new album (and another self-titled album) that is even better than there previous record. The whole album is classic Weezer and this song is just the best. This song is a bit of a sister-song to Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” with the bummed out attitude toward Summer.

Great vocal harmonies in the verses. A simple acoustic guitar for the majority. Then it builds to a big rock outro that finishes off the album.

10. Through & Through & Through by Joel Plaskett

I don’t really know what this song is about, but it makes me happy and melencholy all at the same time.

Plaskett joins the presdigious list of Canadian artist that I love, which includes Sloan and Carly Rae Jepson.

Here’s a great live acoustic version:

41. Emotions & Math by Margaret Glasby

Glasby’s album Emotions & Math is excellent and her title track is a good tonesetter for the entire album.

Punchy, to the point, minimalist instrumental with Glasby’s unique, soulful, raspy vocal over the top make this song a joy to listen to.

Memory Street and You Don’t Want Me are two of my other favorites.

Honorable Mention: Angel Olsen

I just started listening to Angel Olsen’s new album My Women a few weeks ago. Given more time several of the songs on the album would be in my top 100.

There are so many things a love about her songs. The first thing I noticed is her angelic voice that is on full display in the last minute and 30 seconds of Heart Shaped Face. She repeats the lyric “heartache ends”.

Same thing on the song “Intern”. The last 1:30 has a stunning vocal. As well as “Those Were the Days.”

My favorite song from the record though is “Sister”. The song at just under 8 minutes is a slow burn that actually leaves you wanting more.

This song has the most interesting instrumental. I love the layered guitars as well as the big guitar solo at the climax of the song.

Olsen ends the song repeating a lyric I can relate to:

All my life I thought I’d change
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