We didn’t see this year coming, but we heard it from all sides. In Signal & Noise 2016, you’ll find the way we made sense out of all of that sound.
2016 was a brilliant year for music. Chance the Rapper made you nostalgic for Blockbuster! Anohni made a club banger about drone strikes! Fifth Harmony changed the way we view construction sites! The MTV News staff has compiled a few of our favorite songs into a playlist for you — and by “a few,” we mean literally 100 songs, which comes out to almost seven hours. Here you’ll find superstars (Solange, Frank Ocean, David Bowie) and rising talents worth a look (have you ugly-cried to Mitski yet?).
We recommend you keep this on a loop.
Check out more from the year in music, culture, politics, and style in Signal & Noise 2016.