2016 – Top 20 Singles


For some reason I seem to have got a lot more singles, in one form or another, than normal this year.

I’ll concede that the definition of ‘single’ is more flexible than in the days of 7″s and albums but think the following list makes a pretty diverse (and great) playlist for 2016.

Often I’m struggling to list 10 singles that are worthy of your attention but this year restricting it to 10 just wasn’t good enough.

As for the winner, well, it’s ‘Steps’ by Malcolm Middleton, perhaps his finest pop moment (to date).

‘Steps’ strikes me as the epitome of the perfect pop single – a song which demands repeated plays with hooks a-plenty and an accessible, shiny production.

Not quite sure why Malcolm’s album this year hasn’t achieved wider recognition – but more of that in the albums list.

Anyhow, here’s the Top 20 singles list:

1 Malcolm Middleton Steps
2 Mogwai Ether
3 Thula Borah The Psychopath Test
4 Birdhead Custom Muscle
5 Bob Mould Voices In My Head
6 The Blue Aeroplanes Dead Tree! Dead Tree!
7 Brix and the Extricated Something To Lose
8 Those Unfortunates The Servant
9 STOOR Witchfinder General
10 Kid Canaveral First We Take Dumbarton
11 Book Group Kickstart
12 The Van Ts 35mm
13 Lazy Day Disappear
14 Bruising I Don’t Mind
15 ULTRAS Napoleon
16 Bettie Serveert feat Peter de Bos Love Sick
17 Vladimir I Try
18 Randolph’s Leap Under The Sun (promo)
19 Bob Mould The End of Things
20 Eleanor Friedberger Sweetest Girl

And the videos for (four of) the top 5:

Unfortunately there’s no video yet of Thula Borah’s ‘The Psychopath Test’