FEATURE: The December Playlist: 'The Best and the Rest'



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The December Playlist: 'The Best and the Rest'


I have resisted the temptation to launch into...

Image result for laura mvula a full-blown Christmas selection. True, there are a couple of Christmas covers in the list but the idea was to lay out the new tracks – either from new albums or standalone – and the best songs of 2016. I have unified the songs that, for me, were the best from this year; those that have had a particularly profound effect. I am looking ahead to next year but there is still plenty of opportunities for great music to arrive. It is hard to say what the next couple of weeks hold but there are sure to be some fantastic tracks. Keep your eyes peeled and be aware of that. For now, it is time to look at the best songs from this week and those that have defined this year in music.



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Katie Melua – Oh Holy Night

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-cbbiIidFE&w=560&h=315]

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Billie MartenWhite Christmas


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Reggie N BollieLink Up

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjC0xeZDlZ8&w=560&h=315]

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Circa WavesWake Up

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wk6ALqQLits&w=560&h=315]

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Dec 99thTall Sleeves

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-eUUYASs0Y&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8b2mekAWWI&w=560&h=315]

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Hodgy Barbell

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZb2Gw01tp4&w=560&h=315]

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Crystal Fairy Chiseler


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Tom OdellSilhouette

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIDPPzCT4Ew&w=560&h=315]

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G-EazyVengeance on My Mind

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S3p6GQxnspw&w=560&h=315]

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At the Drive-InGoverned by Contagions

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-NYWzd7JW8&w=560&h=315]

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J. ColeFalse Prophets

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvFDXV0VBg4&w=560&h=315]

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Jax Jones (ft. RAYE) - You Don't Know Me

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKB4cioGs98&w=560&h=315]

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Neil YoungIndian Givers

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CM-NkM-dIDA&w=560&h=315]

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Laura MvulaReady or Not

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PICk3EvKZBc&w=560&h=315]

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Rebecca FergusonSuperwoman

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMoU5W5YDXY&w=560&h=315]

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Afrojack (ft. Ty Dolla $ign) - Gone

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_on54HMZswI&w=560&h=315]

Kyla La Grange Justify

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBkJAzzLB4A&w=560&h=315]

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MahaliaIndependence Day #DiaryofMe

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJrTkAPRy5Y&w=560&h=315]

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Jamie T Tescoland

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAOORzCqRa4&w=560&h=315]

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Post MaloneStoney

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKnnxbciA1I&w=560&h=315]

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Sara HartmanFrom the Other Side of the World

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV1RGpeZhww&w=560&h=315]

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DJ Fresh vs. Diplo (ft. R City, Selah Sure and Craig David)Like a Star

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pF2YgLEso10&w=560&h=315]

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G.R.L.Are We Good?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LDfxkqwr1I&w=560&h=315]

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Izzy BizuTalking to You

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1tYtNlcBOY&w=560&h=315]

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Little CubMy Nature

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6Vc6UfsJ9U&w=560&h=315]

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Liam BaileyLove My Neighbour

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkNJfEUO4bQ&w=560&h=315]

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Nadia Rose (ft. Red Rat)Tight Up




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Julia Jacklin Coming of Age

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkF_d3f2MJo&w=560&h=315]

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Radiohead Burn the Witch

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI2oS2hoL0k&w=560&h=315]

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Billie Marten Emily


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Warpaint  - New Song

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_PhAMlJDMeI&w=560&h=315]

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M83 (ft. Mai Lan) Go!

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3YZTYXftzg&w=560&h=315]

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The Stone RosesAll for One

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dAPUfAKpBwI&w=560&h=315]

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Bat for Lashes Sunday Love

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBfZooPrmfo&w=560&h=315]

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Beyoncé Formation

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xjiwRbAABso&w=560&h=315]

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David Bowie Blackstar

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kszLwBaC4Sw&w=560&h=315]

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Anohni Drone Bomb Me

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUEoic7ro_o&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOhxPhqzMwg&w=560&h=315]

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Christine and the Queens Tilted

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RBzsjga73s&w=560&h=315]

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Slaves (ft. Mike D) Consume or Be Consumed

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05Q5akU8d7g&w=560&h=315]

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Charli XCX (feat. Lil Yachty) - After the Afterparty

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM33anTtEVE&w=560&h=315]

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Jamie T Tinfoil Boy

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TElBPcFIk0E&w=560&h=315]

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Liv Dawson Tapestry

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tklMdjQU7qk&w=560&h=315]

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Laura Marling Soothing

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCS4OTgaHeM&w=560&h=315]

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Rihanna (ft. Drake) Work

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL1UzIK-flA&w=560&h=315]

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Michael KiwanukaLove & Hate

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZzA2Ne0HSo&w=560&h=315]

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Sia Alive

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t2NgsJrrAyM&w=560&h=315]

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Kanye West Famous

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7FCgw_GlWc&w=560&h=315]

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M.I.A. Borders

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-Nw7HbaeWY&w=560&h=315]

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The Wytches C-Side

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_BixyTrY7o&w=560&h=315]

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Dua Lipa Hotter Than Hell

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEOyePhElr4&w=560&h=315]

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Underworld I Exhale

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4izZYfo58-E&w=560&h=315]

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Car Seat Headrest - Drunk Drivers/Killer Whales

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ccztRby3FAk&w=560&h=315]

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Paul SimonWristband

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lJHVpH5v8Q&w=560&h=315]

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Tegan and SaraBoyfriend

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJOHoiPGpac&w=560&h=315]

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Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0nmHymgM7Y&w=560&h=315]

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Emeli SandéHurts

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TqUlGyWSEk&w=560&h=315]

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Frank Ocean Pink + White


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James BlakeRadio Silence

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTglDb7qjvQ&w=560&h=315]

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Bon Iver33 “God”

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6C5sB6AqJkM&w=560&h=315]

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A Tribe Called QuestWe the People…

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vO2Su3erRIA&w=560&h=315]

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Angel OlsenShut Up Kiss Me

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nleRCBhLr3k&w=560&h=315]

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Jenny HvalFemale Vampire

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVaWc00aZ30&w=560&h=315]

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The Avalanches Subways

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPIMfOIuEe4&w=560&h=315]

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PJ HarveyThe Orange Monkey

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw1dj7tPvhc&w=560&h=315]

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KanoNew Banger

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mdto_hFIXAs&w=560&h=315]

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Kate TempestDon’t Fall In

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aRxIWgFLpA&w=560&h=315]

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SolangeCranes in the Sky

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S0qrinhNnOM&w=560&h=315]

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Iggy Pop Gardenia

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m8TmlS20ZA&w=560&h=315]

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Nick Cave and the Bad SeedsJesus Alone

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iGxoJnygW8&w=560&h=315]

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Fifth Harmony (ft. Ty Dolla $ign) Work from Home

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GL9JoH4Sws&w=560&h=315]

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Chemical Brothers C-h-e-m-i-c-a-l

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yiVDrX6vG0&w=560&h=315]

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Justice (ft. Morgan Phalen of Diamond Nights) Randy

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hw3d9KTYHIE&w=560&h=315]

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Glass Animals Youth

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ZdsmLgCVdU&w=560&h=315]

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[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyCkhPTU13w&w=560&h=315]

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It is a great time of year not only to look back but look forwards. These last days of 2016 provide us a time to reflect on some wonderful music but predict what 2017 has in store. It is inevitable there’s going to be some cheesy songs making their way into the final Playlist from this year – you have to surrender at some point! Until rationale gives way fully – although there are some wonderful Christmas songs, for sure – it is only right to give this year’s best and brightest fair due. I am sure next year will continue in the same vein this one has ended: strong, determined and hugely exciting.