Found Sound's founder, Kyle Henson, has a definitive taste and a passion for finding the latest, greatest songs out there. When we asked him to think of his Top 10 favorite songs of the past year, he had a list created in less than an hour. He's a man that knows what he likes. Here's what got Kyle excited in 2016.
1. "Radio" - Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso's most radio-friendly song to date is about being forced to make radio songs. Unconventional melodies and Nick Sanborn's expert mixing make this track a stand-out. Before the last chorus when the real drums come in = best drop I've ever heard.
2. "Packed Power" - Blind Pilot
Phenomenal lyrics in Blind Pilot's signature layered, complex and heartfelt style
3. "No Matter Where We Go" - Whitney
All the good stuff about 1950s America with none of the bad stuff. Catchy, riffy, summery.
4. "Left Handed Kisses" - Andrew Bird ft. Fionna Apple
"Left Handed Kisses" is an eccentric duet about what it's like to be in your own head.
5. "Oh Hold" - The XX
"On Hold" is influenced by Jamie's time away from the group. I love me a good Hall & Oates sample.
6. "Astonished Man" - Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
This is an amazingly heartfelt track. Thao Nguyen is thinking about where her dad might be now. He left the family when she was very young and she hasn't seen him since.
7. "Bad Decisions" - Two Door Cinema Club
Since when did Two Door Cinema Club pick up where Earth, Wind & Fire left off?
8. "White Flag" - Joseph
Everyone needs a good "fuck you" anthem. These three harmonious sisters have created the year's most vindictive masterpiece.
9. "Swim" - Dan Croll
Is this song happy or sad? In this case, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. This is how to do pop in 2016.
10. "Watching the Waiting" - Wye Oak
This song somehow feels like it's a brand new style of contribution to a well-established genre from a well-established band.
BONUS! Best Video: "Friends" - Francis & the Lights ft. Bon Iver and Kanye West
Francis can dance. Justin Vernon can sing. They make a great song together. Oh look! Kanye!
BONUS! Best Album: 22, A Million - Bon Iver
While none of the songs on 22, A Million made the list, the album as a whole is a wonderful, cohesive return from Bon Iver that's surprisingly humble after years of anticipation.