Counting Down From 80 to 61.

This time of year, it’s become a bit of a tradition around here for us to not only count down the last few pages on the calendar, but also the best songs to come out of North Texas in the past 12 months. As I think we’ve shown in years past, the results are pretty much always diverse, with a few seemingly out-of-left-field choices in some pretty high-ranking slots. This year, in a countdown that will be unveiled in chunks day by day for the rest of the year, you’ll find some Grammy nominees alongside brand new bands that just started up this year, as well as some high school acts and, well, everything else in between. The one thing they have in common? They all put out fire in 2016.

I don’t know if you noticed, but just yesterday, we kicked off our annual countdown of this year’s 100 best songs to come out of North Texas this year.

And I hope you’ve had sufficient time to wrap your head around that first 20-song chunk, because we’re about to hit you with 20 more selections below.

SEE ALSO:
The Top 100 Dallas-Area Songs of 2016: 100-81.
The Top 100 Local Songs of 2015.

So, heads up: You better get to streaming them ASAP, because — spoiler alert! — we’re dropping another 20 more songs tomorrow, and then another 20-song batch on Thursday. From there, things will start to get a little easier on you, as we’ll only hit you with 10 songs on Friday, and then just one song per day after that.

But that’s then, and this is now.

Below you’ll find streams of the next 20 songs in our countdown, representing slots 80 through 61.  — Cory Graves

80. Court Hoang — “(I Should Have Done This) A Long Time Ago”

79. Cosmicide — “Everything’s Under Waves”

78. Starbass Laboratories — “Digital Age”

77. Rei Clone — “Ready to Die”

76. Joshua Dylan Balis — “Modern Gospel”

75. Grey Matter — “Scared Man” (feat. Alsace Carcione)

74. Kevin England — “I’m Stuck with this Commercial Rock (Put This Song In Your Business’ Next Commercial!)”

73. Medicine Man — “You Are Safe”

72. 88 Killa — “Boomerang”

71. Ari Roar — “Dove”

70. War Party — “Jellyfish”

69. Danny Diamonds — “Rachel”

68. Fat Pimp –- “Moves to Make” (feat. Lil Ronny MothaF)

67. Maren Morris — “80s Mercedes”

66. Party Static — “Wasted Waster”

65. The Longshots — “Fire Gospel”

64. Drakulas –- “Neon Town”

63. Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey — “The Meek”

62. Corner Suns — “Borrowed Time”

61. School of Seven Bells — “On My Heart”

100. Unlikely Candidates – “Ringer”
99. Hextape – “Candy”
98. FXXXY – “20 Taliband”
97. Ronnie Heart – “Smoovie”
96. Mimisiku – “I Can’t Sleep”
95. Sarah Jaffe – “Did David Feel Like This?”
94. Essay EyE – “Ultra Super Saiyan II”
93. Matt Tedder – “Down the Road”
92. Picnic Lightning – “American Ruin”
91. Joe Savage – “Your Drinkin'”
90. Snarky Puppy – “Tarova”
89. Sur Duda – “Fort Night”
88. KissedKilled – “Come Home With Me”
87. Giant of the Mountain – “Crawl”
86. Saint Clair – “Cookin'”
85. Cut Throat Finches – “Moon Beast”
84. Kino Kimino & Son of Stan – “Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover”
83. Siberian Traps – “New Friend in Town”
82. Tony Ferraro – “The God of Homosexuals”
81. Vanesa Jessie – “Who I Am”
80. Court Hoang — “(I Should Have Done This) A Long Time Ago”
79. Cosmicide — “Everything’s Under Waves”
78. Starbass Laboratories — “Digital Age”
77. Rei Clone — “Ready to Die”
76. Joshua Dylan Balis — “Modern Gospel”
75. Grey Matter — “Scared Man” (feat. Alsace Carcione)
74. Kevin England — “I’m Stuck with this Commercial Rock (Put This Song In Your Business’ Next Commercial!)”
73. Medicine Man — “You Are Safe”
72. 88 Killa — “Boomerang”
71. Ari Roar — “Dove”
70. War Party — “Jellyfish”
69. Danny Diamonds — “Rachel”
68. Fat Pimp –- “Moves to Make” (feat. Lil Ronny MothaF)
67. Maren Morris — “80s Mercedes”
66. Party Static — “Wasted Waster”
65. The Longshots — “Fire Gospel”
64. Drakulas –- “Neon Town”
63. Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey — “The Meek”
62. Corner Suns — “Borrowed Time”
61. School of Seven Bells — “On My Heart”
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Cover photo of Joshua Dylan Balis, courtesy of the artist’s SoundCloud page.

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