Counting Down From 60 to 41.

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.

Most of the year-end coverage we’ve seen out there thus far have been of the negative variety, fixating on how many legendary musicians passed away this year, and overall equating 2016 to one big dumpster fire.

Admittedly, we’re guilty of this ourselves.

But that’s only part of the picture. On the more optimistic end of the spectrum, the local music scene has been quite lit these past 12 months. As we’ve begun to show this week through our continuing countdown of the top 100 local songs of the year, yes, things are pretty good on this front.

SEE ALSO:
 The Top 100 Dallas-Area Songs of 2016: 80 to 61.
The Top 100 Dallas-Area Songs of 2016: 100 to 81.
The Top 100 Local Songs of 2015.

To that end, we’re continuing that accentuation of the positive below by dropping another 20 tracks on you. As you’ll notice, the closer we get to the top of the list, the more each of these songs really brings it. From new dance sensations to artists refusing to sophomore slump, this batch of 20 is solid through and through.

Give each and every one of them a spin and remind yourself that there is some good left in the world. — Cory Graves

60. Oh Boy Prince — “Astronaut”

59. EB Rebel — “Colours”

58. Jacob Metcalf — “Cut Your Ties”

57. Danny Cainco — “I Do”

56. Native Fox — “Heart Will Never Change”

55. Rikki Blu — “All In”

54. Serrandon — “Late Night Meltdowns”

53. Becky Middleton — “I’m Still Here”

52. Ish D — “Holding Aces”

51. Power Trip — “Firing Squad”

50. Devy Stonez — “Slow it Down” (feat KissedKilled)

49. Honor System — “Horror Scope”

48. Sad Cops — “Its Eating At Me”

47. Cozy Hawks — “True Pair”

46. Charley Crockett — “Silver Dagger”

45. Takeez — “Stokley Carmichael (feat. Bobby Sessions)”

44. Ishi — “Bring the Thunder”

43. Camp Anawanna — “Cool Shoes”

42. Quaker City Night Hawks — “Mockingbird”

41. Post Malone — “Leave”

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”
60. Oh Boy Prince — “Astronaut”
59. EB Rebel — “Colours”
58. Jacob Metcalf — “Cut Your Ties”
57. Danny Cainco — “I Do”
56. Native Fox — “Heart Will Never Change”
55. Rikki Blu — “All In”
54. Serrandon — “Late Night Meltdowns”
53. Becky Middleton — “I’m Still Here”
52. Ish D — “Holding Aces”
51. Power Trip — “Firing Squad”
50. Devy Stonez — “Slow it Down” (feat KissedKilled)
49. Honor System — “Horror Scope”
48. Sad Cops — “Its Eating At Me”
47. Cozy Hawks — “True Pair”
46. Charley Crockett — “Silver Dagger”
45. Takeez — “Stokley Carmichael (feat. Bobby Sessions)”
44. Ishi — “Bring the Thunder”
43. Camp Anawanna — “Cool Shoes”
42. Quaker City Night Hawks — “Mockingbird”
41. Post Malone — “Leave”
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