CBC's 100 essential songs of 2016

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2016 will likely be remembered for the great artists we lost, but lest we forget there was some truly fantastic music that came out this year. As we approach 2017, we here at CBC Music along with our colleagues at Radio 2 and q were tasked to pare down this year in recorded music, distilling the highlights till we found what we believe are 2016’s essential songs.

Before we begin, a few notes about the methodology: These are songs that were in high rotation on Radio 2 that were then ranked by their performance in digital sales, national airplay and peak chart position on the Radio 2 Top 20. Representatives from q, CBC Music editorial and Radio 2 were then asked to determine songs that were editorially significant. These songs were then ranked alongside the Radio 2 list on sales and spins, and voila, we had a list of 100 songs that were sorted purely based on math.

So, without further ado, here are CBC Music's essential songs of 2016.

Radio 2 Top 20, Dec 1

 Radio 2 Top 20 for the Week of December 1, 2016

1. BROS, "Tell Me" (2nd week in a row!)
2. Dylan Menzie, "Talk To Me" (most votes!)
3. Blue Rodeo, "I Can't Hide This Anymore"
4. Sam Roberts Band, "FIEND"
5. Rag'N'Bone Man, "Human"
6. Banners, "Into The Storm"
7. Scenic Route To Alaska, "Love Keeps"
8. The Tourist Company, "Pedestals"
9. The Tragically Hip, "Machine"
10. Jain, "Come"
11. Kirty, "Letting You Down"
12. St. Paul and The Broken Bones, "Flow With It"
13. Hannah Georgas, "Evelyn"
14. Ria Mae ft. Classified, "Thoughts on Fire"
15. Michael Kiwanuka, "Love and Hate"
16. Jahkoy, "No Regrets" (new)
17. Julian Taylor Band, "Fever"
18. Tor Miller, "Surrender" (new)
19. Passenger, "Anywhere"
20. case/lang/veirs, "Best Kept Secret" (new)

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If Vance Joy, Mumford and Sons, Lord Huron and The Lumineers poured their sound into one artist, you would get Dylan Menzie. His music has a gentle, bright mood—the sort of music you would hear playing in a quaint coffee shop. Menzie’s music feels like sunlight peeking through the trees, making everything glow just right.

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Radio 2 Top 20, Oct. 21: Dylan Menzie joins the party with the most votes

Radio 2 Top 20 for the Week of October 21, 2016

One To Watch: 
Dylan Menzie is new to the chart with "Talk To Me" and this week's highest number of votes. Vote for this week's countdown HERE

1. Bobby Bazini, "C'est La Vie" (#1, second time in a row)

2. Tami Neilson, "Holy Moses"

3. Kings of Leon, "Waste a Moment"

4. Banners, "Into The Storm"

5. Charlotte Cardin, "Big Boy"

6. Scenic Route To Alaska, "Love Keeps" (new entry)

7. Wintersleep, "Spirit"

8. Blackie and The Rodeo Kings feat City & Colour, "Beautiful Scars"

9. BROS, "Tell Me"

10. Joseph, "SOS"

11. Begonia, "Juniper"(most votes)

12. Regina Spektor, "Bleeding Heart"

13. Jamestown Revival, "Love Is A Burden" (re-entry)

14. Tafari Anthony, "Know Better"

15. Basia Bulat, "La La Lie"

16. Nuela Charles, "Crumbling Down"

17. The Pretenders, "Holy Commotion"

18. Dylan Menzie, "Talk To Me" (new entry)

19. Timothy Bloom, "Work It Out" (re-entry)

20. Jesse Mac Cormack, "Never Enough"

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