The 2016 Playlist


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Officially titled “JimmyTheGhost’s 2016 Playlist” on Spotify.  

This is how it works 

I listen to music all day, every day.  I particularly enjoy searching for music I've never heard.  When I hear a new song I like, I add it to one playlist.  I do this from January 1st to New Year’s Eve.  At the end of the year, I go through that playlist and choose one song to “represent” each artist.  Then I cut out a few so the playlist is at an even number.  Last year it was 125, this year it is a whopping 300 songs by 300 different artists.  It's organized for "optimal flow," allowing you to listen from start to finish, or simply hit shuffle.

A couple things to note:  Not every song was released during the 2016 calendar year.  I’m guessing 25-40% of the tracks were released within the last 3-5 years.  There’s also a few “classics” from the late 2000s to the early 1950s I just really enjoyed this year, for whatever reason.  When narrowing down the playlist, I gave preferential treatment to songs released in 2016.  All of this is to say, my yearly playlists are not “The Year in Music!” but “This is What Jimmy Was Listening to in 2016!” (which is better, anyway).

Use this list as a jumping off point.  If you find an artist or song you like, go check out them out!  If you do that for all 300 artists, you won't "run out of music" for at least a couple years.



( You can listen to the first 200 songs here. All 300 are on Spotify! )


( You can watch/listen to the first 200 songs here. All 300 are on YouTube! )

Some of my Favorites

My Favorite Music of 2016

My Favorite Albums of the Year

( All of these are gems, so I put them in alphabetical order so I didn't have to rank them. )

The Artwork

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The Whole Damn Thing


In case Spotify, YouTube or even a goddamn downloadable .CSV file doesn't work for you, or if any of those sites go down or the songs get pulled (which happens regularly), here it is, in digital ink, for posterity and future reference. 

Artist "Track" • Album

Kanye West "Famous" • The Life Of Pablo

Snow Tha Product "Not Tonight" • Half Way There...Pt. 1

Toybloïd "Yeah Yeah" • Toybloïd

Rob Zombie "Well, Everybody's Fucking In A U.F.O." • The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser

Kid Cudi / Pharrell Williams "Surfin'" • Surfin'

Five Knives "Rattatat" • Savages

Pom Poms "Betty" • Betty

Ladyhawke "Wonderland" • Wild Things

Sizzy Rocket "Bestie" • Bestie

Diana Vickers "Boy in Paris" • Music to Make Boys Cry

Tyga / Desiigner "Gucci Snakes" • Gucci Snakes

Green Day "Say Goodbye" • Revolution Radio

DJ Khaled / JAY Z / Future "I Got the Keys" • I Got the Keys

The Weeknd / Daft Punk "Starboy" • Starboy

Brazilian Girls "Pussy" • Brazilian Girls

Rowdy Rebel / Bobby Shmurda / French Montana "Right Now" • Shmoney Keeps Calling

Galantis / Hook N Sling "Love On Me" • Love On Me

Gwen Stefani "Baby Don't Lie" • Baby Don't Lie

The Chainsmokers / Phoebe Ryan "All We Know" • All We Know

Phantogram "You Don’t Get Me High Anymore" • You Don't Get Me High Anymore

Tove Lo "Cool Girl" • Cool Girl

Cruel Youth "Diamond Days" • +30mg

Dragonette "Let the Night Fall" • Royal Blues

Run The Jewels "Talk to Me" • Run the Jewels 3

Bobby Shmurda "Hot N*gga" • Hot N*gga

Seth Bogart / Kathleen Hannah "Eating Makeup" • Seth Bogart

Fea "Feminazi" • Fea

Bruno Mars "24K Magic" • 24K Magic

Big Sean "Bounce Back" • Bounce Back

Big Black Delta / Kimbra "Bitten by the Apple" • Trágame Tierra

Mercury Girls "Ariana" • Ariana

Felix Snow / Ro Ransom "Lamb" • Lamb

The Growlers "Graveyard's Full" • Hot Tropics

Richard Swift "Zombie Boogie" • Walt Wolfman

Nekromantix "Glow in the Dark" • Glow in the Dark

The Game "Sauce" • Sauce - Single

blink-182 "Cynical" • California

Jeff Beck "Live In The Dark" • Live In The Dark

B.o.B "Paper Route" • Underground Luxury

Rebel and a Basketcase "Oh Yeah" • Oh Yeah

Roar "Orange Peaches" • La-Di-Da

Spells "All Hail Getting Old" • Double Cassingle

E-40 "Choices (Yup)" • Sharp On All 4 Corners (Deluxe Edition)

KREAM / Clara Mae "Taped Up Heart" • Taped Up Heart

Raye "Shhh" • SECOND

Mr Little Jeans "Fevers" • F E V E R S

The Frightnrs "Trouble in Here" • Nothing More to Say

Slowdance "Boyfriend" • Boyfriend / Airports

Tegan and Sara "Stop Desire" • Love You to Death

Heartsrevolution "KISS" • Ride or Die

Kitten "Church" • Heaven or Somewhere in Between

Azealia Banks "The Big Big Beat" • The Big Big Beat

of Montreal "it's different for girls" • Innocence Reaches

American Culture "Just Driving Around" • Pure American Gum

Justice "Safe and Sound" • Safe and Sound

Oscar "Sometimes" • Cut and Paste

DNCE "Cake By The Ocean" • SWAAY

Wheelchair Sports Camp / Felix Fast4ward "Mary Had a Little Band" • No Big Deal

Desiigner "Panda" • New English

Pitbull "Freedom" • Freedom

Beck "Wow" • Wow

The Shins "Dead Alive" • Dead Alive

Gogol Bordello "John The Conqueror (Truth Is Always The Same)" • Pura Vida Conspiracy

The Dandy Warhols "The Last High Welcome" • To The Monkey House

Tech N9ne / Wrekonize / Snow Tha Product / Twisted Insane "So Dope (They Wanna)" • Something Else

Fre$hJay "T.G.I.F." • Winners Club

Dame D.O.L.L.A / Lil Wayne "Loyal to the Soil" • The Letter O

N.A.S.A. / Fatlip / Kate Boy "We Takin'Over" • We Takin' Over

Son Lux Lorde "Easy (Switch Screens)" • Alternate Worlds

The Cool Kids "Black Mags" • The Bake Sale

Drake / WizKid / Kyla "One Dance" • Views

Hive Riot "Kiss My Lips You Fool" • Kiss My Lips You Fool

Meghan Trainor "Me Too" • Thank You (Deluxe)

Moon Hooch "Red Sky" • Red Sky

Deap Vally "Post Funk" • Femejism

Ana Tijoux "1977" • 1977

Alright Alright "Swan Song" • Far Away

Neko Case / k.d. lang / Laura Veirs "Delirium" • case/lang/veirs

Charles Bradley / LaRose Jackson "Luv Jones" • Daptone Gold II

The Ronettes "Walking In the Rain" • Be My Baby: The Very Best of The Ronettes

Rich White Ladies "No Bad Vibez" • Rich White Ladies

Lady Wray "It's Been a Long Time" • Queen Alone

No Frills Twins "Cyclic Cowboy" • Cyclic Cowboy

Shakira "She Wolf" • She Wolf (Deluxe Version)

Selena Gomez "Hands To Myself" • Revival

Death Team "Kids" • Death Team Loves You

Anderson .Paak "Come Down" • Malibu

Santigold "Rendezvous Girl" • 99 Cents

Nytrix / Neon Hitch "When Will I See You Again?" • When Will I See You Again?

Eels "Love Of The Loveless" • Meet The EELS: Essential EELS 1996-2006 Vol. 1

Janelle Monáe / Big Boi "Tightrope" • The ArchAndroid

Falling In Reverse "Coming Home" • Coming Home

Shiftee / TT The Artist "Dope Girls" • Dope Girls

Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve "Iron Age" • The Soft Bounce

Toro y Moi "Empty Nesters" • What For?

Pearl and the Beard "You" • Beast

The Raveonettes "Won't You Leave Me Alone" • Won't You Leave Me Alone

Steele "Follow" • Follow

Saint HB "Holly" • Holly

Kera & the Lesbians "November" • Kera & the Lesbians

Tanerélle "Siren" • Siren

MAI LAN "Technique" • Technique • Single

RAYE "Like Nobody Else Like Nobody Else" • Single

RAC / Pink Feathers "Dangerous" • Fair Trade

Ralph "Trouble" • Trouble

Ducky "Work" • Work

Moons of Mars "Psycho Lover" • Psycho Lover

Tessa Rae "Dreamland" • Dreamland

Decorations "Girls" • Girls

Alessia Cara "Outlaws" • Know-It-All (Deluxe)

"Final Song" • Final Song

Bryan Ferry "Avonmore" • Avonmore

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart "Heart in Your Heartbreak" • Belong

Adia Victoria "Head Rot" • Beyond The Bloodhounds

Those Dancing Days "Help Me Close My Eyes" • Daydreams and Nightmares

Wax Tailor "No Regret (feat. Shana Halligan)" • Dusty Rainbow From The Dark

Kate Tempest "Lonely Daze" • Everybody Down

The Still Tide "Closer Apart" • Half Empty Rooms

Javelin "Light Out" • Hi Beams

SHEL "You Could Be My Baby" • Just Crazy Enough

Haley Bonar "Kismet Kill" • Kismet Kill

Sleater-Kinney "No Cities To Love" • No Cities to Love

The Head and the Heart "Summertime" • Let's Be Still

The Belles "Melvin" • The Shangri-Las & The '60s Girl Group Garage Sound

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down "Meticulous Bird" • A Man Alive

Man Man "Loot My Body" • On Oni Pond

Animal Collective "Summertime Clothes" • Summertime Clothes

Calder's Revolvers "I Gotta Know" • Sunday Morning

Tinashe "Superlove" • Superlove

Clean Bandit / Anne-Marie / Sean Paul "Rockabye" • Rockabye

Noun "Loveblood" • Throw Your Body On The Gears And Stop The Machine With Your Blood

Clare Maguire "The Valley" • The Valley

Iska Dhaaf "Invisible Cities" • The Wanting Creature

Esmé Patterson "Feel Right" • We Were Wild

Prince Rama "Your Life In The End" • Your Life In The End

EMA "Active Shooter" • Active Shooter

The Asteroids Galaxy Tour "Around the Bend" • Around the Bend

Grimes "Flesh without Blood" • Art Angels

Skating Polly "Nothing More Than a Body" • The Big Fit

LEON "Chasing Demons" • Chasing Demons - Single

Iamamiwhoami "chasing kites - Live" • CONCERT IN BLUE

Cults "Go Outside" • Cults

Jessica Lowndes "Deja Vu (Remix)" • Deja Vu (Remix)

Margaret Glaspy "You And I" • Emotions And Math

Raven Felix "Girl" • Girl - Single

Good Graeff "I Want That" • I Want That

Miike Snow / Charli XCX "For U" • iii

Wolfside "Chaos" • Lobo II

Svrcina "No Matter What They Say" • Lover. Fighter

Tom Vek "Sherman (Animals in the Jungle)" • Luck

Clairy Browne "Vanity Fair" • Pool

Cardiknox "Supermodel" • Portrait

Lowell / Icona Pop "Ride" • Ride

Flint Eastwood "Monster" • Small Victories

Barf Troop "Garbage Pail Princess" • Summerslime

School Of Seven Bells "Ablaze" • SVIIB

Huxlee "Aftertaste" • Teammate

Baauer / M.I.A. / G-DRAGON "Temple" • Temple

The Go! Team "Bottle Rocket" • Thunder, Lightning, Strike

GIRLI "Too Much Fun" • Too Much Fun


The Knocks / Matthew Koma "I Wish (My Taylor Swift)" • 55

XYLØ "Bang Bang" • America EP

Willow "Wait a Minute!" • ARDIPITHECUS

The Boxer Rebellion "Big Ideas" • Big Ideas

Jay Reatard "Nightmares" • Blood Visions

The So So Glos "Diss Town" • Blowout

Phantoms / Nicholas Braun "Voyeur" • Broken Halo

MOTHXR "Stranger" • Centerfold

The Spectors "Clyde & Bonnie" • Clyde & Bonnie

Allie X "Prime" • COLLXTION I

The Kills "Doing It To Death" • Doing It To Death

Kylaido "Ebb + Flow" • Ebb + Flow - Single

Annie "Dadaday" • Endless Vacation


Qyeendom "I'm a Star" • I'm a Star

Eliot Sumner "Halfway To Hell" • Information

Terry Malts "Something About You" • Killing Time

Beware Of Darkness "Muthafucka" • Muthafucka

Treasure Fingers / BOSCO "MYNE" • MYNE

The Babies "Mess Me Around" • Our House on the Hill

Ryan Lott "The Detroitiest Part of Orlando" • Paper Towns

CLAIRE "Stay With You" • Raseiniai

Shiny Toy Guns "Ricochet!" • Season Of Poison


Frances Cone "Wait Right Here" • Wait Right Here

The Wrecks "Favorite Liar" • We Are the Wrecks

Little Boots "Real Girl" • Working Girl

The Good Natured "Your Body Is A Machine - Original" • Your Body Is A Machine

Adele "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" • Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Celestina "Boomtion" • Boomtion

Disclosure / Lorde "Magnets" • Caracal (Deluxe)

FRANKIE "Gold" • Dreamstate

Nova Rockafeller "Problem" • Problem

Madness and the Film "SAVIOUR" • Saviour

Mas Ysa / Love Thy Brother "Arrows - Love Thy Brother Remix" Arrows

Computer Magic "Secret" • Davos

Alexx Mack "Bad" • Like We're Famous

LIGHTS "Running With The Boys" • Little Machines

M.I.A. "Swords" • AIM

Class Actress "More Than You - Madeaux Remix" • Movies (Remixes)

Kate Boy "Midnight Sun" • One

Kill J "Propaganda" • Propaganda

Elohim "She Talks Too Much (Become Remix)" • She Talks Too Much

Nola Wren "Venom" • Venom

Sia "Cheap Thrills" • This Is Acting

DonMonique "Pilates" • Pilates

Hailee Steinfeld / DNCE "Rock Bottom" • HAIZ

Icona Pop "Someone Who Can Dance" • Someone Who Can Dance

Phoebe Ryan "Chronic" • Chronic

The Falcon "If Dave Did It" • Gather Up The Chaps

Iggy Azalea "Team" • Team

Mereki "Blue Lake" • Blue Lake

Vinyl Pinups "Boys + Girls" • Boys + Girls

Myzica "Ready or Not" • Myzica

The Derevolutions "Order and Progress" • Order and Progress

Anya Marina / Eric Hutchinson "Ordinary Dude" • Paper Plane

Blondfire "Pleasure" • Pleasure

Au Revoir Simone "Red Rabbit" • Red Rabbit

Femme "S.O.S" • S.O.S

Sam Bruno / Kazy Lambist "Search Party - Remix" • Search Party (Remixes)

Sharon Needles "Dead Dandelion" • Taxidermy

KLOE "Touch" • Touch

Mates of State "Staring Contest" • You're Going To Make It

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis / X-Perience "Brad Pitt's Cousin" • This Unruly Mess I've Made

Olivver the Kid "Lucy (Hurt People Hurt People)" • Freak

Foxes "Talking to Ghosts" • Glorious (Deluxe)

Imperial Mammoth "Little Earthquakes" • Gold Confetti

Colleen Green "Deeper Than Love" • I Want to Grow Up

Icky Blossoms "Sex to the Devil" • Icky Blossoms [Deluxe Edition]

Lenachka "Go Slow" • Lenachka

The Echo-Friendly "Same Mistakes" • Love Panic

Kreayshawn "Left Ey3" • Somethin 'Bout Kreay

Meg Myers "Make A Shadow" • Sorry

Lolawolf "Summertime" • Summertime

Strange Names "Ricochet" • Use Your Time Wisely

LIZ "When I Rule the World" • When I Rule the World

Wild Ones "Dim The Lights" • Dim The Lights

Lewis Del Mar "Malt Liquor" • EP

Kalle Mattson "Hotline Bling" • Hotline Bling

Florence + The Machine "What Kind Of Man" • How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful (Deluxe)

Dear Rouge "Thinking About You" • Kids Wanna Know

Colours "Monster" • Monster

Night Beats "No Cops" • No Cops

Oliver North Boy Choir "You & Me Against the World" • Shadows

Hayley Kiyoko "Girls Like Girls" • This Side of Paradise - EP

Cage The Elephant "Trouble" • Trouble

VHS Collection "Lean" • VHS Collection

MUNA "Winterbreak" • Winterbreak

Faded Paper Figures "San Narciso" • The Matter

CRUISR "All Over" • All Over

Babes "ATMO" • Babes

Deluka "The Only Ones" • Bonds

Hesta Prynn "Recall" Can We Go Wrong? - EP

Viv and the Revival "I Want It" • The Introduction

Robert DeLong / Sean Glass "Long Way Down" • Long Way Down (Sean Glass Remix)

Lily Allen "L8 CMMR" • Sheezus

Tkay Maidza "U-Huh" • U-Huh

IAMX "Walk With The Noise" • The Unified Field

LOLO "Weapon For Saturday" • Weapon For Saturday

Rihanna "Love On The Brain" • ANTI (Deluxe)

Clairity "Velcro" • Alienation

The Hotdamns "Gimme Some of That" • The Hot Damns


Claire Guerreso "Burning Like Fire" • Burning Like Fire

Cappa / Almighty Chief "Killin' it" • Cappa

The Ninjas "Cara Delevingne" • Cara Delevingne

Adham Shaikh "Water Prayer Rasta mix ( Matt the Alien Remix )" • Refractions Vol1

The Veronicas "Did You Miss Me (I'm a Veronica)" • The Veronicas

Sleep Machine "Wild for You" • Wild for You

David Guetta / Fetty Wap / Sia "Bang My Head (feat. Sia & Fetty Wap)" • Listen Again

Zara Larsson "Lush Life" • Lush Life

Keep Shelly In Athens "Recollection" • At Home

Austra "Beat And The Pulse" • Beat And The Pulse

Great Good Fine Ok "Not Going Home" • Body Diamond

Oh Land "Half Hero" • Earth Sick

Manila Luzon "Eternal Queen" • Eternal Queen

Demrick / Brevi "Runway Walk" • #HeadsUP

Holly Miranda "All I Want Is to Be Your Girl" • Holly Miranda

Is Tropical "Dancing Anymore" • I'm Leaving

Sohodolls "Mayday" • Mayday

Bad Royale / Dominique / Young Unique "POP" • Move Like

ZZ Ward / Paul Oakenfold "Move Like U Stole It" • Move Like U Stole It

Merely "Forever" • Nirvana

Dena Deadly "Raise Your Glass" • Raise Your Glass

Allison Weiss "Making It Up" • Say What You Mean

Jenny Lewis "Head Underwater" • The Voyager

Arum Rae "Something's Happening to Me" • Warranted Queen

Novi "Make a Scene" • Make a Scene

VASSY "Desire" • We Are Young

Tristen "No One's Gonna Know" • Caves

Janine the Machine "Animal" • Boys Boys Boys

Sunflower Bean "Easier Said" • Easier Said

Tiny Deaths "Let Me In" • Tiny Deaths

Lizzo Caroline Smith "Let 'em Say" • Let 'em Say

Diamond Rings "Runaway Love" • Free Dimensional

Farmdale "Get on Our Level" • Yeah Yeah Yeah

Skylar Grey "Wreak Havoc" • Suicide Squad: The Album

The Prettiots "10/10 Would Chill Again" • Funs Cool

Charli XCX / Lil Yachty "After The Afterparty" • After The Afterparty

See ya next year!