The Ghost 101 Countdown of 2016: 101-81

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Pictured above: BRYCE

The Ghost has a love-hate relationship with year-end lists. In reality, it falls mostly on the love side. There’s something exciting about reading a person’s (or publication’s) choice of best songs, albums, etc. Sometimes the lists align with one’s personal perspective, and other times, not so much. Either way, these lists serve as a time capsule of sorts to remind one of the defining releases of that year.

Yes, there’s a lot to love about reading such lists. Creating your own, however, creates more than a few challenges. Deciding which song is better than another can often be challenging, even under the best of circumstances. When pitting two songs against each other that have little to nothing in common, the task borders on excruciating. Still, The Ghost has done his best to compile the best songs of this year.

One notable change this year: for the first time, songs from outside the DFW metroplex area are being permitted into the countdown. Also, as the overwhelming majority of the tracks I’ve liked this year are available on Spotify, I’m making the countdown exclusively of songs available on the service. At a later date, The Ghost will create a list of the “best of the rest”, if you will. In the meantime, enjoy the start of the countdown.

  1. John Earle Mainord, “The Dam Gon’ Break”
  2. Sarah Sellers, “Gone Through Hell”
  3. Northern National, “Addiction”
  4. Svenny Baby!, “Crystalline”
  5. A Giant Dog, “Sex & Drugs”
  6. Picnic, Lightning, “American Ruin”
  7. Sad Cops, “Liam Murphy Holt”
  8. Mary Walker, “Cure”
  9. Ellen Once Again, “Feel Again”
  10. BRYCE, “High Tops”
  11. Cole Risner, “No Good in This Goodbye”
  12. The Lash Outs, “State of Excess”
  13. The Suffers, “Peanuts”
  14. Rei Clone, “Ready to Die”
  15. Girl Blue, “Fire Under Water”
  16. Hella Zealous, “Cool Enough”
  17. The Nightowls, “Right Around the Corner”
  18. Exit Glaciers (feat. Scott Danbom), “Silence Has Left”
  19. Joe Savage, “Your Drinkin'”
  20. Wall of Orange, “Sweetest Blue”
  21. The Deathray Davies, “Valentine”

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