The Caffé Latté
It was the year David Bowie and Prince left this mortal coil; Trump was elected President of America and the planet faced the continuing refugee crisis as terrorists continued to strike in numerous locations. Here are 100 songs that were the favourites on this blog during the past 12 months.
Dance pop duo Broods hail from New Zealand. "Couldn't Believe" is a track included on the 'Conscious' album which was issued during 2016 and topped the Kiwi chart as well as peaking at #2 in Australia.
"Hey Girl" features a guest vocal from Florence Welch (Florence & The Machine). She and Lady Gaga co-wrote the track with Mark Ronson. It was included on Gaga's 'Joanne' album.
The brilliant 1978 hit "Fantasy" from Earth, Wind and Fire was covered by Australian entertainer Anthony Callea. His interpretation is a stripped back remake in the tradition of the 1990 Black Box version. Callea's take is featured on his Australian #1 album 'Backbone'. It was 1 of 2 EW&F songs that were released during the year in which the group's founder and principal songwriter / producer Maurice White passed away on February 4. He was aged 74.
THE WEEKND featuring DAFT PUNK
The title track from The Weeknd's 2016 album 'Starboy' is a collaboration with Daft Punk. The song was a global hit, topping charts in Canada, parts of Europe, Israel and New Zealand. It reached #2 in America and the U.K. Later follow-up track "I Feel It Coming" will feature among the Top 100 of 2017.
CASE / LANG/ VIERS
The all-female collaborative project brought together Neko Case, K.D. Lang and Laura Veirs. "Delirium" is a track from their 2016 eponymous album.
In 2015, Australian alternative band The Rubens reached #2 in Australia with the album 'Hoops'. Its title track was voted #1 on radio station Triple J's annual voter poll which is made up of the previous year's music. The song peaked at #9 on the Australian pop chart.
I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS NIGHT
Donny Montell represented Lithuania at Eurovision in May 2016 with the upbeat "I've Been Waiting For this Night". This was his 2nd appearance and the singer finished impressively at #9.
TIL IT HAPPENS TO YOU
Lady Gaga tackled the serious issue of campus rape with the moving "Til It Happens To You". She wrote the song with Diane Warren. It was featured in the film 'The Hunting Ground' and nominated for an Academy Award.
BARBRA STREISAND with JAMES BROLIN
The December 2016 edition of W Magazine features a sultry photo of Barbra Streisand. Not bad for a film and music veteran aged 74! She enlisted husband James Brolin on "Fifty Percent" a track on which she portrays 'the other woman' in a love triangle. It is included on her #1 album 'Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway'.
ALL THAT SHE WANTS
ACE OF BASE
Ace Of Base enjoyed worldwide success with the 1992 single "All That She Wants". A Mowlo remix of the hit was released in 2016.