Category Archives: 2016

Nashville Scene 2016: ballot

Today, Pazz & Jop is out. Tomorrow, the Nashville Scene Country Music Critics Poll gets released. (The results are embargoed until 5am Thursday.) In anticipation, here’s my ballot, which I haven’t previously shared. TOP TEN COUNTRY ALBUMS OF 2016: Big Day in a … Continue reading

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Top 40 singles of 2016: the list

1 “Vice,” Miranda Lambert 2 “Someone to Take Your Place,” Tara Thompson 3 “The Greatest,” KING 4 “24K Magic,” Bruno Mars 5 “‘80s Mercedes,” Maren Morris 6 “The Pop Kids,” Pet Shop Boys 7 “Gypsy in Me,” Bonnie Raitt 8 … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #1

5 months on from the release of “Vice,” over a month since The Weight of These Wings came out, I could write plenty more, different words about the song that’s been my single of 2016 pretty much from first listen. But … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #2

My #2 single of the year has the lyrical cleverness of a Shane McAnally co-write with the likes of Brandy Clark and/or Kacey Musgraves, but Thompson’s attitude harkens to Gretchen Wilson. This is witty, sassy, and super sing-a-long-able. She only … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #3

TSJ: KING make cool, distinctive R&B with a Sade edge, a group whose influences span decades. They look like an updated version of SWV, around-the-way girls who knows what’s up, but their sound has more in common with ’80s Brit-cool soul … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #4

TSJ: Wherein Bruno Mars decides that “Uptown Funk!” was far too subtle. He’s rocking levels of braggadocious swagger unseen since Mystikal’s reign, pulls in a guy who goes by the name Mr. TalkBox (most recently heard on TobyMac’s Christian #1 “Feel … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #5

TSJ: “Turnin’ every head, hell I ain’t even tryin’” — that’s because Maren Morris is that good, that natural, she really doesn’t have to try. I know she’s talking about cruising in her ’80s Mercedes, but the lyric applies to her talent … Continue reading

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