There are two types of people when it comes to listening to music: people who respectfully and methodically listen to full albums, and people who pick their very favorite song from an album after a somewhat careless initial skim, and then listen to that song over and over again until they are finally ready to find a new favorite.
I fall into the latter camp… so this list of songs, calculated by the fancy people who run Spotify, is pretty all over the place:
- The Girl You Think I Am, Carrie Underwood
- I Just Want You, Sara Bareilles
- Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery, Matt Boswell
- Cleopatra, The Lumineers
- Eponine, Penny and Sparrow
- Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding, Sandra McCracken
- Each to Each, Penny and Sparrow
- One Last Time, Hamilton
- Ophelia, The Lumineers
- Let Me Love You, DJ Snake (it’s a Justin Beiber song, let’s be honest)
- Thy Will, Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
- Blossom, Noah Gundersen
- Gold, Penny and Sparrow
- Oh! Great is our God! The Sing Team
- We Will Feast in the House of Zion, Sandra McCracken
- Song for Zula, Phosphorescent
- Burn, Hamilton
- History Has it’s Eyes on You, Hamilton
- In Your Atmosphere, John Mayer
- When We Were Young, Adele
Are we surprised that a Carrie Underwood song is my number one song of 2016? We are. I am not a big country fan and typically need most country music in small doses. BUT THIS SONG. When I first heard it, I put in on repeat, and then didn’t stop listening to it for a week. I think it’s because it’s a song about having a great Dad and I have a great Dad (and I’m glad Carrie does too).
I categorize my Spotify playlists based on how I want to feel when I am listening to them (and/or how I want the music I am listening to to reinforce what I am currently feeling). My music style has been classically sad soulful music that you might have heard underscoring a dramatic scene on your favorite CW show, but as I have gotten older, I have tended towards happier music (Justin Beiber just gets me, you know?) as well as gospel music. Sandra McCracken has gotten me through some really rough mornings. However, from this list, it would seem that I have stayed true to my love of ‘still not over it’ break up songs (Blossom, Song for Zula, In Your Atmosphere) unrequited loves (Eponine, When We Were Young), and ill-fated relationships that lead to major life ish (Cleopatra, Ophelia, Gold).
I would like to give a big shout-out to Hamilton for making learning about the history of America great again. I haven’t enjoyed listening to an entire anthology of a musical this much since I was introduced to Les Mis at the age of 11, and it has brought me such joy to be able to talk about musicals to people in normal conversation. Thank you, Hillary, for being one of my most trusted musical dealers and making me start listening!
What were your favorite songs in 2016?