Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/07/16)


Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/07/16)


It's that time of the year! In this week's episode I discuss the "Top 40 Songs of 2016." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on iTunes or Soundcloud.


Top 40 Songs of 2016

This is one of my favorite parts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. While the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country, my list is much more of a journey. Focusing solely on hip-hop and R&B, this list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2016. After making it through this list, I guarantee you will be abreast of the hottest songs from this year. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 40.

Apple Music Playlist: Link

Spotify Playlist: Link

  1. “Formation”- Beyoncé, Lemonade

  2. “Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance The Rapper, Kelly Price, The-Dream & Kirk Franklin)”- Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

  3. “Work (feat. Drake)”- Rihanna, Anti

  4. “One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)”- Drake, Views

  5. “No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne)”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  6. “Rushes To”- Frank Ocean, Endless

  7. “untitled 07 | 2014-2016 (Levitate)”- Kendrick Lamar, untitled unmastered.

  8. “Cranes In the Sky”- Solange, A Seat at the Table

  9. “Sorry”- Beyoncé, Lemonade

  10. “The Space Program”- A Tribe Called Quest, We got it from Here...Thank You 4 Your service

  11. “Everybody Dies” & “False Prophets”- J. Cole

  12. “Nights”- Frank Ocean, Blonde

  13. “Weston Road Flows”- Drake, Views

  14. “Same Drugs”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  15. “True Colors”- The Weeknd, Starboy

  16. “Finesse”- Bruno Mars, 24K Magic

  17. “Self Control”- Frank Ocean, Blonde

  18. “Needed Me”- Rihanna, Anti

  19. “Pick Up the Phone (feat. Young Thug & Quavo)”- Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

  20. “Don’t Do It For You No More”- PARTYNEXTDOOR

  21. “Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 (feat. Kid Cudi)” & “Pt. 2”- Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

  22. “Bone + Tissue”- Gallant, Ology

  23. “Goosebumps (feat. Kendrick Lamar)”- Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

  24. “Choose Me”- James Blake, The Colour in Anything

  25. “Nas Album Done (feat. Nas)”- DJ Khaled, Major Key

  26. “WiFi (feat. Erykah Badu)”- D.R.A.M., Big Baby D.R.A.M.

  27. “In The Morning”- Nao, For All We Know

  28. “LSD (feat. Chance The Rapper)”- Jamila Woods, HEAVN

  29. “Don’t Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)”- Solange, A Seat at the Table

  30. “Smoke Break (feat. Future)”- Chance The Rapper, Coloring Book

  31. “Reality Check (feat. Eryn Allen Kane & Akenya)”- Noname, Telefone

  32. “Love On the Brain”- Rihanna, Anti

  33. “The Bird”- Anderson .Paak, Malibu

  34. “C’est La Vie”- Tinashe, Nightride

  35. “Close to You (feat. T-Pain)”- Dreezy, No Hard Feelings

  36. “No Justice (feat. Big TC)”- Ty Dolla $ign, Campaign

  37. “Already Knew That”- Ro James, ELDORADO

  38. “Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)”- D.R.A.M., Big Baby D.R.A.M.

  39. “Come & See Me (feat. Drake)- PARTYNEXTDOOR, PARTYNEXTDOOR 3

  40. “THat Part (feat. Kanye West)”- ScHoolboy Q, Blank Face LP

  • Honorable Mentions: “New Level (feat. Future)”- A$AP Ferg, Always Strive and Prosper | “Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)”- Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife 2 | “Speculate”- Xavier Omär, The Everlasting Wave | “Overload (feat. Miguel)”- John Legend, Darkness and Light | “Déjà Vu”- TWENTY88, TWENTY88

See you next week!

-AO