Yesterday we brought you our favorite overlooked projects of 2016. Today, however, we’re switching gears, honing in on the cuts that were simply inescapable in 2016. There’s been no shortage of playlist fodder, something for every head, really. NxWorries, GoldLink and Kaytranada gave us two-step anthems that’ll sho nuff guide us to the dance floor for decades to come. Rae Sremmurd and D.R.A.M. offered seemingly ubiquitous additions to the trap cannon that, while not as timeless as some of these selections, deserve their share of 2016’s bountiful glow. Solange helped us heal, Kanye and Chance showed us just how deep Chicago’s gospel lineage goes and a pair of TDE’s finest gave us vibes galore.
Safe to say the year’s been one of the most potently prolific to date. So we went ahead duked it out over which might be considered the year’s best. Skim through to hear the tracks individually or peep them all in one place in the first playlist from our freshly-launched Spotify channel below. — Zo