2016 Year in Review — The 16 of Trumps (+ Top 100 Songs of 2016, Hottest 100 votes and prediction & Riffs on the Year) — #1 in Films, TV, Albums, Books: Part 16

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Catch-up!

#16s of 2016 + Tweets, Footballers & Exotic Bet Types (Part 1)
#15s of 2016 + Journalism (Part 2)
#14s of 2016 + Gigs (Part 3)
#13s of 2016 + Food (Part 4)
#12s of 2016 + Words (Part 5)
#11s of 2016 + Memes & Emoji (Part 6)
#10s of 2016 + People (Part 7)
#9s of 2016 + Football Moments & Trivia (Part 8)
#8s of 2016 + Extreme Crosswording (Part 9)

#7s of 2016 + Patrick’s Christmas Message (Part 10)
#6s of 2016 + Sport in 2016 & Top 100 Songs of 2016 (Part 11)

#5s of 2016 + Patrick’s Best Tweets & More Great Tweets & More #P100 (Part 12)
#4s of 2016 + In Memoriam & Still More #P100 (Part 13)
#3s of 2016 + News, Food Trends, Advertising & Moar #P100 (Part 14)
#2s of 2016 + Patrick’s Best Days & #P100 moves to 11 (Part 15)

Hello 2017 (almost),

It’s a heavily crowded field but this is definitely the worst idea I have ever had. Writing 16 separate posts for the Year in Review, trying but failing to be funny, insightful, witty and authoritative (in regards to artistic assessment), has taken up a lot of my time and creative juices and has resulted in an embarrassingly low number of Twitter Likes, Facebook Reactions, WordPress Repressing, Instagram Hearts, Tumblr Reblogs, Reddit Upvotes and other neologisms used to qualitatively gauge worthiness.

In today’s final (thankfully) instalment, I will reveal the #1 in Films, TV, Albums and Books for 2016, including a roundup of all the non-winners in those categories; reveal the Top 10 in the Top 100 Songs of 2016, riff on some other things and such and such. There are going to be links throughout to erstwhile Year in Review segments that embody more in-depth discussion of the point in question. In a perfect world, this singular page would act as a sound vector for all 2016 reminiscences but this is not a perfect world, as the phrase president-elect Donald Trump evidenced.

Films…

I saw 75 films at the pictures in 2016. For idiosyncratic reasons I am counting Edge of Seventeen and Allied towards 2017. That leaves 73, of which 9 were rereleases or at least non-current, and they are shown in italics below. For slightly more — ie up to 140 characters — on these films, please visit my iconic Single-Tweet Reviews of Films in 2016 page.

Average and Below Average

The Danish Girl
Eva No Duerme
Star Trek: Beyond
Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates
Suicide Squad (worst film of 2016)
Arrival

Good

Spotlight
Carol
Trumbo
Steve Jobs
Joy
The Lady In The Van
10 Cloverfield Lane
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Microbe Et Gasoil
The Jungle Book
The Nice Guys
Now You See Me 2
The Hunt For The Wilderpeople
Teenage Kicks
Kate Plays Christine
Everybody Wants Some!!
Ghostbusters
Sing Street
High-Rise
Swiss Army Man
Jason Bourne
Sausage Party
Don’t Breathe
Sully
Snowden
Julieta
Cafe Society
Doctor Strange
The Accountant
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Hacksaw Ridge
Office Christmas Party
Rogue One
Predator
Spellbound
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Spartacus
Death Proof

Very Good

Deadpool
Brooklyn
Room
The Hateful Eight
Love & Friendship
Money Monster
Hitchcock/Truffaut
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children
Oasis: Supersonic
Commando
Barry Lyndon
Dr Strangelove or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
Planet Terror

Top 16 Films of 2016

(If you want to know more about any of these titles, click on the corresponding link above. Same goes for TV, Albums and Books.)

16. 45 Years
15. Eye In The Sky
14. The Revenant
13. War Dogs
12. The Big Short
11. Captain Fantastic
10. Demolition
9. Our Kind Of Traitor
8. Weiner
7. The Founder
6. Louder Than Bombs
5. Indignation
4. La La Land
3. Maggie’s Plan
2. Hell Or High Water

and #1 in Films for 2016…

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At the end of Nocturnal Animals I turned to my Mum and declared, “I fucking loved that film”. Fashion designer Tom Ford’s second picture is a complex story-within-in-a-film that transports the viewer on a highly unpleasant journey into the most benthic depths of our psyche. And the characters wear magnificent outfits.

Amy Adams is a successful but listless gallery curator in Los Angeles when she receives the long-awaited manuscript for the debut novel by her ex-husband, played in flashbacks by Jake Gyllenhaal. As she stays up through the night reading Nocturnal Animals, the action is played on screen: JG as the husband, Rose Byrne as his wife and Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the ringleader of a nihilist gang that intercepts and torments them on an isolated and lonely stretch of Texas highway. You shouldn’t particularly care for these fiction-within-fiction characters but you do, oh how you do, and oh the emotional toll that empathy drains from you.

The above is very much a thin torch on the Nocturnal Animals narrative. The less you know the more impactful the film will be. Tom Ford is so meticulous you just know nothing was left to chance or included sans careful consideration. The casting of well-known actors in fleeting non-speaking supporting roles says everything you need to know about his fastidious directorial style.

Box Office-wise, it’s somewhat hard to give a reliable picture of the year that’s been because moneys earned in 2017 count towards 2016 totals for films originally released in 2016, even if only in one cinema for one showing on New Year’s Eve. So, taking into account the upward momentum that is likely to help Rogue One: A Star Wars story eventually settle at #2, here are the Top 10 Box Office earners for 2016 (US):

1. Sequel
2. Threequel
3. Expanded Universe
4. The Secret Life Of Pets
5. Remake
6. Expanded Universe
7. Zootopia
8. Expanded Universe
9. Expanded Universe
10. Expanded Universe

For those keeping score, the highest earning live action original idea was #19 Central Intelligence.

TV…

There is a scene in Infinite Jest when Orin Incandenza opens the door and a wheelchair-bound Québécois separatist posing as a market researcher asks him what he misses. He says network TV schedules. “Why?” asks Le Assassin en Fauteuils Roulants, when there is so much choice using the instantaneous dissemination system from an unlimited reservoir of titles that can be pulsed directly to one’s Teleputer (this book was written in 1995, by the way). Because, and I am paraphrasing the Arizona Cardinals kicker here, when you had to watch TV on TV at a fixed schedule: episodes week-to-week and catch-up limited to when you had the foresight to tape a show or dependent on the capricious replaying habits of the networks, it meant something. There was the anticipation, the enjoyment of watching, the limited competition for your time meant you weren’t anxious about what you weren’t watching and whether that would be more entertaining, and then there was the discussion in the playground the next morning, because everyone was up to the same point in the series. I miss that too. Peak TV is all good and well, and there are lotsa fantastic reasons to plop your iPad on the lap, stay in bed and binge the day away, but there is something distinctly soulless about this. It is breeding a lonely, solicitous generation of people watching for the sake of watching, rather than for sentient consumption. I must sound like a senior citizen right now!

These are the best shows for 2016. I have not bothered including anything below Good standard. There are lotsa shows I didn’t see because these unread bloated missives don’t write themselves! If you think a show should be on this list, feel free to hit me and tell me!

Good TV Shows of 2016 That Didn’t Make The Top 16

Difficult People
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
You’re The Worst
Casual
Family Guy
Survivor: Kaôh Rōng
Easy
Love
Scream (2015)
Westworld
The X-Files
Inside Amy Schumer
The Night Of
Mr Robot
Offsiders
Gruen
Insiders
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Broad City

Top 16 TV of 2016

16. Search Party
15. Game Of Thrones
14. Red Oaks
13. Veep
12. Modern Family
11. South Park
10. Girls
9. Atlanta
8. Silicon Valley
7. The Night Manager
6. Stranger Things
5. Jeopardy!
4. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
3. Survivor: Millennials v Gen X
2. The People vs OJ Simpson: American Crime Story & OJ: Made In America

and #1 in TV for 2016…

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I don’t know what it is about this culturally-aware, pun-heavy, multilayered animated comedy about a depressed and hopeless washed-up acting horse and his entourage of human and anthropomorphic zootopian friends and frenemies that I love so much. No, wait, I do: it’s funny while tackling society’s weightiest issues, it’s got the best set of voice actors and guest stars of any show on TV, it’s writing team never misses an opportunity to play around with form and style, it’s design pack so many gags into every frame it takes the internet’s best forensic examiners to isolate all of them.

It’s an animated talking horse, his agent is a cat with relationship troubles, his rival is a dog in a tux, his best friend is a pot-smoking human who just might be the first asexual man on TV (well, your streaming machine). None of this should add up to televisual excellence, but of course it does because series creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg is a genius.

The highlight of BoJack Horseman’s third season is Fish Out Of Water. A submarine riff on Lost In Translation almost completely free of dialogue, this episode sees BJ travel to a deepsea film festival to flog his Secretariat biopic, just as he is on the cusp of reentering Hollywoo’s elite, desperately trying to make a connection, to anyone, even if it’s only an orphaned seahorse.

Westworld is a silly show and Media Watch went even further backwards in 2016.

In Memoriam

My heartfelt and touching poem dedicated to those we’ve lost through the year past was incorporated into Part 13 of the Year in Review but this is 2016 so naturally it requires updating. So here it is again!

2016 what hath ye wrought!
So many farms celebrities bought!
So much so it has become a cliché
To emote when another passes away
(FYI
That is one of my triggers
Please say ‘die’
When at the gravediggers)
First things first: Vera Rubin
Fidel Castro was a tyrannical Cuban
Frank Sinatra Junior was chairboy of the board
Glenn Frey was an Eagle who soared
Carrie Fisher had an aeroplane heart attack
Rob Ford smoked his last crack
Debbie Reynolds now Singin’ In The Grave
Donald Henderson stopped the Small Pox wave
Gene Wilder had Alzheimer’s
Antonin Scalia now in hell-ya!
Rick Parfitt’s status: no
Cancelled: Garry Shandling’s show
Muhammad Ali to the end overrated
George Michael permanently sedated
Phife Dawg now fronts A Tribe Called Rest
While mincing in heaven with David Gest
John Glenn didn’t quite reach the moon
Reg Grundy developed Wheel of Fortune
Goin’: Leonard Cohen
Ragged: Merle Haggard
Significantly calmer is Arnold Palmer
Well past sick is Alan Thicke
Black is the shade for White, Maurice
Everybody grieves for Roberts, Doris
Zsa Zsa Gabor was famous for being famous
Bob Ellis liked to defame us
Richard Adams went down with the watership
Prince filled his last prescript
Gwen Ifill’s newsdesk is now vacated
And Gordie Howe is here to keep the Canadians placated
Anton Yelchin has boldly gone where bold men go
And I thought George Kennedy died 25 years ago
Harper Lee gave us Boo Radley
Nancy Reagan’s demise I took gladly
Jon English: long hair, no longer there
Max Walker: Legs tangled, life strangled
Florence Henderson: dead lady Brady
Alan Rickman: expired character actor
Capping a bad year for the showy
Was the apotheosis of David Bowie
But celebrate and rejoice because a new year is nigh
And come 2017 no celebrity again will ever die.

Albums…

Bit like 2015, there were no real gamechangers or new voices begging out to be heard and acclaimed. It was a year when a lot of leadout singles and second singles promised everything and then the eventual album felt like a bit of a letdown. Comebacks from the Chili Peppers, Blink-182 and Radiohead were all great from a 90s nostalgia perspective, but none really sustained the momentum by touring or delivering a string of hits. There were a tonne of slightly above average albums, especially from Australian acts, like Violent Soho, Flume, Avalanches, Ball Park Music, Sticky Fingers and Urthboy, yet none really pushed the boundaries and challenged the eardrums. It was great to see a number of solo Australian female artists like Montaigne, Thelma Plum, Ngaiire, Emma Louise, Vera Blue, Ali Barter and Amy Shark breakthrough with new albums/EPs/singles. Montaigne especially is very good.

In the world of pop music, the trap beat has gone too far! It was fun while only a few practitioners were employing it sparingly, but now that its downcast, minor key elements have completely permeated all elements of chart music, I am becoming more and more divorced from that realm. Something about the trap sound makes me feel anxious, perhaps because it’s been overproduced to so much in order to sound underproduced. Witness the cracking success of Weeknd’s unashamed retro disco pop sound as evidence that I’m not the only one gamming for uptempo major key sonics.

Closer by Chainsmokers & Halsey is ghastly.

Albums That Didn’t Make The Top 16 But Are Good Nonetheless

WACO – Violent Soho
Westway (The Glitter & The Slums) – Sticky Fingers
Glorious Heights – Montaigne
The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat – Urthboy
Hills End – DMAs
This Is Our Vice – Cub Sport
Light Upon The Lake – Whitney
A Moon Shaped Pool – Radiohead
Hopelessness – Anohni

16. Lemonade – Beyonce
15. Conscious – Broods
14. Views – Drake
13. Starboy – Weeknd
12. Skin – Flume
11. Two Vines – Empire Of The Sun
10. Self Talk – Olympia
9.This Unruly Mess I’ve Made – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8. Wildflower – Avalanches
7. Internal – SAFIA
6. The Colour In Anything – James Blake
5. The Ride – Catfish and the Bottlemen
4. WALLS – Kings Of Leon
3. I Love It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It – 1975
2. How To Be A Human Being – Glass Animals

and #1 in Albums for 2016…

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(Australia #9, US #83, UK #1)

I’m now calcifying on my POÄNG having eaten an imperial shitload of Chicken Kapitan, Sang Choy Bow and Special Fried Rice from Dai’s Golden Crown. I also invested in premium brand Italian sparkling mineral water. It was glorious entry into my prandial collection and as a result the last thing I feel like doing is soldiering on with this unread drivel. The Last Shadow Puppets second album is everything you’ve come to expect from Alex Turner, Sheffield’s patron saint of modern British music, and Miles Kane, who I must admit to not being completely across till now.

A lighter, bluesier, earthier sound compared with Arctic Monkeys, Everything You’ve Come To Expect bristles with crooning jams so heavily influenced by the American Deep South that you can taste bourbon in your mouth while listening to smooth but never sickly songs like Miracle Aligner, Dracula Teeth and the title track. Bad Habits and She Does The Woods introduce a faster and clangier sound, like a glass of Coca-Cola to cleanse the palette.

The Element of Surprise carries Turner’s trademark wit: “Thought they were kisses but apparently not, do you end all your letters with an X marks the spot?”. But unlike the Monkeys there are no sprawling lyrical narratives and the subject matters are more traditionally close to the heart.

Fix yourself a stiff drink and luxuriate.

Sport…

The 2016 Sportsperson of the Year is Steve Waugh. For more on Sport, and other Year in Review staples like Food, Memes, Words, News and Journalism, please visit the relevant webpage indicated above!

Moar Patrick?

If you’re gobbling down this retrospective and thinking to yourself, “I like what I’m reading and I want more!” then I can recommend a good psychologist, or psychiatrist if you just want to get a script for Xanex. I can also point you in the direction of my look back at the past 25 years of pop culture through the prism of Radiohead never having an Australian #1 album and my insanely long exegesis covering my on-again off-again relationship with Coldplay. Test yourself against friends and family with my Star Wars quiz and follow me for a week of trivia in This Week Is Trivia Week Part II. I wrote a poem to support Hillary Clinton (that went well) and celebrated Bob Dylan’s contribution to 60s culture (that went better). Over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend I counted down the Top 200 Songs of the 2000s, each entry adorned with a pithy comment, and you can start that journey at #200. Finally, make sure you stay tuned to my Single-Tweet Reviews of Films in 2017 to see if I can make it to 100!

Books…

I read 29 books in 2016 — 13,206 pages at 36 (and change) pages per day — plus I started The Secret In Their Eyes and gave up after like 40 pages and am maybe 80 pages into Hag-Seed and really liking it. An asterisk indicates a reread…

A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara (5)
Carol – Patricia Highsmith
Room – Emma Donoghue (11)
Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close – Jonathan Safran Foer (13)
The White Tiger – Aravind Adiga (15)
The Fall Of Icarus – Ovid
Girl With Curious Hair- David Foster Wallace (=1)
A Confederacy Of Dunces – John Kennedy O’Toole (9)
Oryx And Crake – Margaret Atwood (10)
Freedom – Jonathan Franzen (=2)
Purity – Jonathan Franzen (=2)
The Twenty-Seventh City – Jonathan Franzen (=2)
The Broom Of The System – David Foster Wallace (=1)
The Pale King – David Foster Wallace (=1)
The Luminaries – Eleanor Catton (4)
Gravity’s Rainbow – Thomas Pynchon (6)
The Humbling – Philip Roth (8)
Indignation – Philip Roth (8)
High-Rise – JG Ballard (14)
Slash – Slash & Anthony Bozza
The Finkler Question – Howard Jacobson (7)
American Pastoral – Philip Roth (8)
Infinite Jest* – David Foster Wallace (=1)
Fight Like A Girl – Clementine Ford (12)
11.22.63 – Stephen King (16)
Brief Interviews With Hideous Men – David Foster Wallace (=1)
Consider The Lobster – David Foster Wallace (=1)
Everyone Brave Is Forgiven – Chris Cleave (3)
Catch-22* – Joseph Heller

Rather than ranking books, which wouldn’t make much sense considering so few actually released in 2016, I have been ranking and riffing on reading experiences, and you can use the 15 numbers above and the links way, way above to read more if you are a glutton for punishment.

The #1 in Books (= reading experiences) are my times perusing the six DFW books, represented by this sole Instagram pic…

Brunswick Heads cafe crawl…

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It’s hard to beat a piping hot espresso, toasted bagel and crunchy peanut butter, especially not when enjoyed alongside a 548-page incomplete novel about tax accountancy in the mid-1980s. “Just so boring” is how Bret Easton Ellis described David Foster Wallace.

Reading The Pale King at Splendour and its far north coast surrounds was like Chinese food at home on New Year’s Eve: unbeatable. Naturally it raised eyebrows and triggered some mirthful questioning from fellow revellers but there is a lot of downtime at a music festival and I tend to rise with the sun so it’s nice to have an engrossing book to read so you are not reliant on other people to provide boredom relief and conversational succour.

In September I spent plenty of time hanging around cafes in London, Paris and Amsterdam reading Infinite Jest, DFM magnum opus about loneliness, experialism, addiction, entertainment and tennis. It’s by far the best book I have ever read. The font in this 1079 page housebrick is small enough already but just to mix things up, the final 150 pages are printed in half size, you know, to keep things interesting.

Consider The Lobster is a collection of Wallace’s long form journalism pieces, including a visit to a Maine lobster festival, time on the John McCain campaign trail in 2000 and a profile on a right wing talk radio star in the Los Angeles media market (which, interestingly, touches on the fake news phenomenon ca 2006).

Girl With Curious Hair is a short story collection and Brief Interviews With Hideous Men collates DFW’s microstories. Both are brimming with memorable vignettes and despicable characters, not least of all the up-and-coming young Republican lawyer that enjoys setting people on fire.

Finally there is Wallace’s debut novel, The Broom Of The System. Comfortably my fave novel about efforts to create a blacksand desert in Ohio and its connection to the mysterious disappearance of a grandmother that requires constantly hot ambient room temperature in order to survive. I was nervous before reading this in case it didn’t live up to expectation post Infinite Jest. It does and more.

Unfortunately the great man died in 2008 and I am running out of his words to read.

#P100

Here be the Top 100 Songs of 2016. My fave music video is carried by #20. You can relive the countdown, sans a few spoilsports, on Spotify and Deezer and this YouTube playlist…

100. Untitled 08 09.06.2014. – Kendrick Lamar
99. Glad That You’re Gone – Hard Aches
98. Lost (Season One) – Camp Cope
97. Me, Myself & I – G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha
96. The Boys – Lisa Mitchell
95. Roses – Chainsmokers & Rozes
94. Simulation – Tkay Maidza
93. Gimme The Love – Jake Bugg
92. Thresher – Hellions
91. Good To Be Alone – Matt Corby
90. I Know A Girl – Preatures
89. Do It, Try It – M83
88. Faded – Milwaukee Banks
87. 1000x – Jarryd James & Broods
86. Stranger Things Theme – Luke Million
85. Cocoon – Milky Chance
84. No Chill – Vic Mensa & Skrillex
83. I Know What You Did Last Summer – Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello
82. Idiot Oracle – Paul Dempsey
81. Cake By The Ocean – DNCE
80. How To Taste – Violent Soho
79. Colours – Avalanches
78. Edge Of Town – Middle Kids
77. Cruel – Snakehips & Zayn
76. Satan – DD Dumbo
75. Over You – SAFIA
74. Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind – Modern Baseball
73. Ivy League – Alex Lahey
72. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane
71. 1993 (No Chill) – Paces & Jess Kent
70. Stepkids – Avalanches
69. Oblivius – Strokes
68. Adore – Savages
67. Choose Me – James Blake
66. Weatherman – Panics
65. Rollling Dice – Just A Gent, Ella Vos & Joey Chavez
64. Scott Green – Dune Rats
63. Till It Kills Me – Montaigne
62. Light Tunnels – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis & Mike Slap
61. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots
60. You Know – Flume & Allan Kingdom & Raekwon
59. Panda – Desiigner
58. 1955 – Hilltop Hoods, Montaigne & Tom Thum
57. Burn The Witch – Radiohead
56. Hold Up – Beyonce
55. Sad Songs – Sticky Fingers
54. No 28 – Methyl Ethel
53. Palo Alto – Jack River
52. Together, Locked Safely – SAFIA
51. Muchacho – Kings Of Leon
50. 4 Degrees – Anohni
49. Blown Away – DMAs
48. The Colour In Anything – James Blake
47. Good Grief – Bastille
46. The Element Of Surprise – Last Shadow Puppets
45. I Feel It Coming – Weeknd & Daft Punk
44. Starboy – Weeknd & Daft Punk
43. Waste A Moment – Kings Of Leon
42. Rising Water – James Vincent McMorrow
41. Smoke Signals – Olympia
40. Somebody Else – 1975
39. One Dance – Drake, Wizkid & Kyla
38. Heathens – Twenty One Pilots
37. Outcast At Last – Sticky Fingers
36. Bad Decisions – Two Door Cinema Club
35. Conversation Piece – Kings Of Leon
34. Girlie Bits – Ali Barter
33. Are We Ready (Wreck) – Two Door Cinema Club
32. Adore – Amy Shark
31. The Sound – 1975
30. Aviation – Last Shadow Puppets
29. Strange Diseases – Gang Of Youths
28. Aquasun – Basement
27. Two Vines – Empire Of The Sun
26. Sleep In The Heat – PUP
25. The Opposite Of Us – Big Scary
24. 7 Years – Lukas Graham
23. Couldn’t Believe – Broods
22. Radio Silence – James Blake
21. Soundcheck – Catfish And The Bottlemen
20. Genghis Khan – Miike Snow
19. Walls – Kings Of Leon
18. Pillowtalk – Zayn
17. Your Love – Middle Kids
16. Miracle Aligner – Last Shadow Puppets
15. Never Be Like You – Flume & Kai
14. Pop Style – Drake & Throne
13. Native Tongue – Gang Of Youths
12. Free – Broods
11. On Hold – xx
10. St Ides – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
9. Because I Love You – Montaigne
8. Frankie Sinatra – Avalanches
7. Youth – Glass Animals
6. Stop Me (Stop You) – Nick Murphy
5. Turn Your Love – Half Moon Run
4. 7 – Catfish And The Bottlemen
3. Heartlines – Broods
2. A Change Of Heart – 1975
1. Life Itself – Glass Animals

Hottest 100

Following the precedent I set last year, I am once again only voting for songs featuring female vocalists, and this time I have not accidentally voted for a dude singing falsetto. It’s a small gesture but it is a rare moment of sincerity drowning in an ocean of gallows humour and undeserved self-aggrandisement.

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And if you haven’t voted yet, do it now so you can whinge with some authority come 26 January 2017!

My Top 10 prediction:

1. Never Be Like You – Flume & Kai
2. Adore – Amy Shark
3. Starboy – Weeknd & Daft Punk
4. Papercuts – Illy & Vera Blue
5. 1955 – Hilltop Hoods, Montaigne & Tom Thum
6. One Dance – Drake, Wizkid & Kyla
7. Stranger – Peking Duk & Elliphant
8. The Opposite Of Us – Big Scary
9. Say It – Flume & Tove Lo
10. Because I Love You – Montaigne

That’s it from me. Thanks to all the superfans who made it this far. I hope you have savoured every drop the 2016 Year in Review as I am definitely never doing this again. I’m up to 37,633 words — most of it coherent and legible — so I have essentially written a short novel about 2016. I guess I enjoyed the process but not that much.

It wasn’t my best year, it wasn’t my worst. They all seem to merge into one another as you get older. My plan for 2017 is see more films, read more books, do more crosswords, win more trivia, make more friends. Thanks for reading.

Daddy was dumb — said that I’d be something special — brought me up tough but I was a gentle human,

Patrick

2 thoughts on “2016 Year in Review — The 16 of Trumps (+ Top 100 Songs of 2016, Hottest 100 votes and prediction & Riffs on the Year) — #1 in Films, TV, Albums, Books: Part 16

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