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The Janky New Year Top 10 SONGS of 2016 Rated by Contributors

Eaddy shot by Taylor Wong
Featured Image: Taylor Wong
Red Fang at Teragram Ballroom- Josh Allen

Red Fang at Teragram Ballroom- Josh Allen

We don’t care what people say about you, 2016; Janky Smooth loves you.  Sure, you skull fucked the country with a culturally divisive presidential election that scrambled our brains, pitted us against each other and made propaganda the norm. Yes, we were able to normalize the images of police gunning down unarmed civilians in the street and forced us to redefine the word “justified”.   Granted, almost half of our country believes that global warming is either a hoax or overstated as the polar ice caps and ancient sea shelf melts and breaks off into the ocean at a rate more rapid than anyone could’ve dreamed or climate scientists had calculated.  Sure, you took a massive amount of musicians, actors, artists, leaders and athletes that basically everyone on the planet loves the most. But you know what?  At least you gave us some of the best independent hip hop, metal, electronic, punk and straight forward rock songs than any of your younger brother and sister centuries have sounded in quite some time.  So we forgive you but now, We The People of Janky Smooth have to make some decisions on our favorites from the best songs of 2016.  We’re up for the challenge.

Chicano Batman minus the tuxedos at SXSW by Taylor Wong

Chicano Batman minus the tuxedos at SXSW by Taylor Wong

Top 10 Songs of 2016

Danny Baraz, Publisher at Janky Smooth

  1. Blazing Eye- Lonely Corpse
  2. Chicano Batman– Friendship (is a small boat in a storm)
  3. Death Valley Girls- I’m a Man Too
  4. Run The Jewels- Call Ticketron
  5. Black Mountain- Children of the Sun
  6. Red Fang- Flies
  7. Heron Oblivion- Your Hollows
  8. Sampha- Blood On Me
  9. Metallica- Hardwired
  10. White Fang- Bong Rip
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Brent Smith, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. Ty Segall- W.U.O.T.W.S.
  2. Death Valley Girls- Love Spell
  3. Ho99o9- Blood Waves
  4. Feels- Birds Eye
  5. L.A. Witch- Ain’t Comin Home
  6. Le Butcherettes- My Mother Holds My Only Lifeline
  7. Rearranged Face- Invaders from Another Sun
  8. Sunshine Mind- Synchronize
  9. GØGGS- Glendale Junkyard
  10. John Carpenter- Assault on Precinct 13
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Paige Vreede, author at Janky Smooth

  1. Leonard Cohen- You Want it Darker
  2. Courtney Barnett- 3 Packs a Day
  3. Blood Orange- Best to You
  4. The Jesus and Mary Chain- Amputation
  5. Surfer Blood- Six Flags in F and G
  6. Veronica Bianqui- Sunday Cup
  7. The Lovely Bad Things- Teenage Grownups
  8. Against Me!- Provision L-3
  9. The Orwell’s- Double Feature
  10. Kera and The Lesbians- Witch’s Tit
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Taylor Wong, Author/Party Boy at Janky Smooth

  1. Run The Jewels – Legend Has It
  2. Plague Vendor – Credentials
  3. Plague Vendor – Jezebel
  4. Ab-Soul – Huey Knew THEN (feat. Da$h)
  5. Run The Jewels – Hey Kids (feat. Danny Brown)
  6. David Bowie – Lazarus
  7. A Tribe Called Quest – We The People…
  8. Childish Gambino – Boogie Man
  9. Mrs. Magician – Jessica Slaughter
  10. Radkey – Teen Titans Theme

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Rob Shepyer, Author at Janky Smooth

  1. The Obsessed – Sodden Jackal
  2. Warthog – Culture
  3. Warthog – Functioning World
  4. Frank Ocean – Solo
  5. Nails – Savage Intolerance
  6. Iggy Pop – American Valhalla
  7. Turnstile – Come Back for More
  8. Cobalt – Hunt the Buffalo
  9. Trash Talk – Disconnected
  10. James Chance and the Contortions – Melt Yourself Down

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Jessica Moncrief photographer/author at Janky Smooth

  1. Iggy Pop- Chocolate Drops
  2. David Bowie- Girl Loves Me
  3. Leonard Cohen- You Want It Darker
  4. Iggy Pop- Sunday Afternoon
  5. Run The Jewels- Stay Gold
  6. Isaiah Rashad- Wats Wrong
  7. A Tribe Called Quest- Mobius
  8. Tigercide- Suicide by Tiger
  9. Against Me!- Norse Truth
  10. David Bowie- Lazarus

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Aria Silva-Espinosa author at Janky Smooth

  1. The Strokes- OBLIVIUS
  2. Frank Ocean- White Ferrari 
  3. Erykah Badu- I Been Going Thru it All
  4. Gap Dream- Greater Find
  5. Allah-Las- Could Be You
  6. Webster X- Everything
  7. Tidus- Powers
  8. The Growlers- Rubber & Bone
  9. The Garden- California Here We Go
  10. Hodgy Beats- No Hook
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