The end of the year is always a time of reflection. And BEST OF lists. We love reflection. And lists! As we often do, we thought we would share our lists of our favorite things this year, with a special focus on Music and TV. What did we miss?
Nancy’s Best of 2016 in Music
2106 was a difficult year in so many respects. Musically speaking, we said goodbye to legends – artistic geniuses who challenged our perspectives and made us take notice. RIP David Bowie, Leonard, Cohen, Prince, Sharon Jones, and the other talents we lost. On the other hand, country music goddesses Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton continued to defy expectations, and a 70’s R&B and soul made a comeback with a modern twist through Anderson.Paak, Michael Kiwanuka, BJ the Chicago Kid, Sturgill Simpson, and Cymande. (You are probably surprised by country music mentions, but c’mon – it’s Loretta Lynn and Dolly Parton. I defy you to find a more heartbreakingly beautiful song than Jolene). And, as I often do, I must give a big shout-out to the ladies who made me dance, made me laugh, and made me cry. From Savages to Lucy Dacus, Hinds and the triumphant return Kathleen Hanna in The Julie Ruin, the women killed it this year. Here’s to the ladies!
With that, here are my Top 16 songs of 2016 in no particular order. This, was a difficult list to make as there was so much incredible music this year. So while I present my Top 16 here, you can find the full playlist of all the songs that I had on repeat this year on Google Play and Spotify.
- You Want It Darker: Leonard Cohen (feat. Cantor Gideon Y. Zelermyer)
- Banshee: Santigold
- Chill Town: Hinds
- Angels: Chance the Rapper (feat. Saba)
- Silly Me: Yeasayer
- I Don’t Want to Be Funny Anymore: Lucy Dacus
- Tell me the Truth: Lapsley
- Black Man in a White World: Michael Kiwanuka
- Door: Nice as F**k
- The Dreamer: Anderson.Paak
- River: Bishop Briggs:
- Lazarus: David Bowie
- Calverton: The Julie Ruin
- All Around You: Sturgill Simpson
- Dusty Trails: Lucius
- When in Love: Savages
Sehare’s Best TV Moments of 2016
2016 was another awesome year for TV – we laughed, we cried, we covered our eyes, and, well, the number of times we screamed ‘NO, NO, NO, NO, NO’ at our TV left some of us scarred. My absolute favorite things about TV in 2016 were shows like Master of None and Insecure that made being different so beautifully relatable. So here’s a list of my favorite moments on TV this year in no particular order.
Shoshanna in Girls, Season 5, Episode 9 ‘Love Stories’
Shoshanna has always been my favorite character on Girls. Her transition in Season 5 post her short stint in Japan is refreshing, confident, and fearless. Also, she’s now a branding genius.
Dev in Master of None, Season 1, Episode 2 ‘ Parents’
Aziz Ansari’s portrayal of his parents’ struggle as immigrants strikes a chord with anyone who has rolled their eyes every time their parent shared a story about their youth.
Cersei in Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 10 ‘Winds of Winter’
I mean seriously…the outfit, the music, the final look.
Kate McKinnon in SNL, Season 42, Episode 6
Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – hauntingly beautiful.
Issa in Insecure, Season 1, Episode 1, ‘Insecure as F**k’
Everything about Insecure is amazingly awkward and relatable but Issa’s bathroom/rap scenes are what make the show so addicting. The scene of her changing her personality as she swaps lipstick colors in the first episode is my third favorite scene from the show – the top two are completely inappropriate for this list which means you really have to watch the show!
Negan in The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 1, ‘The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be’
OK – this one was debated. I’m still horrified by the degree of violence in the first episode but can we all agree that Jeffrey Dean Morgan adds an undeniable charisma to Negan’s character?
Broad City in The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, July 28, 2016
The ladies of Broad City haven’t really gotten due credit yet. Their appearance on the Late Show post Hillary’s historic Democratic nomination was the perfect representation of the sentiment shared by many: finally.