Counting Down From 100 to 81.

This time of year, it’s become a bit of a tradition around 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.

SEE ALSO:
The Top 100 Local Songs of 2015.
The Top 100 Local Songs of 2014.
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The Top 50 Local Songs of 2013.
The Top 50 Local Songs of 2012.

But make no mistake, the 100 acts that made the list are far from the only ones that killed the game this year. Our initial list of favorite songs we put together just to consider for the final cut included over 230 tracks, each one wholly worthy of inclusion in a list like this.

We really did have a tougher time paring the list down this year than we did any of the last four years. There were several tough calls, and more than a few of the more well-established acts around town didn’t even make the cut at all. It really was rough going, putting this collection together. But, in the end, this list is quite representative of the banner year that the North Texas music scene just had.

And so, with that, we’ll quit stalling and get to it with tracks 100-81. Subsequent portions of the list will be unveiled in chunks in the coming days to give you some time to really take in each track.

Give today’s selections a listen below.  — Cory Graves

 

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”

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