It is time for the Top 20 Songs of 2016. My previous post, if you missed it, was the Top 20 Rock Songs of 2016. Go check it out by clicking on the link. These 20 songs are all other genres other than rock. Some were popular and chart toppers and others were not. They are my favorites, that touched me in some way.
If you missed the Top Rock Albums of 2016 or the Top Albums of 2016 (that were not Rock), just click on the link and go check them out.
Let’s get started…
20. “24K Magic” by Bruno Mars off the album ’24K Magic’: Ok, I love this song. There is something about Bruno that I enjoy. It is what you come to expect from Bruno and that isn’t a bad thing. Very catchy and makes you want to dance.
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The year is almost over so it is time to look back at what was awesome in music during the year. I have already looked back at the Top Rock Albums of 2016 (click to read). This list will cover all other genres that I listened to over the year including Pop, R&B, Christian and whatever other genre you want classify these albums. Rock is my favorite genre that is why it gets it’s own list, but that doesn’t take away from any of these choices as I think they are great on their own.
Note: These albums were my favorites and not necessarily the most played on the radio (which I hate the radio) or even the biggest sellers. These are just what I came across during the year and connected with me in some way. So, we might as well get started…
The #1 Album of 2016
Lady Gaga – Joanne (Interscope Records): This was an easy pick for me. The album was such a pleasant surprise and a departure from her last album. It had a little bit of everything from Pop to Country to Rock to Folk. It was such a great mixture of songs that gave us one cohesive album. The title track, “John Wayne”, “A Million Reasons” and “Perfect Illusion” were all great songs. Even the Deluxe Edition was great with “Grigio Girls”. All around classic album for Lady Gaga. Check out my review here.
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Last week I had the pleasure and the honor to sit down with one of the nicest and most talented guys I know, Carey Durham. Carey is a violinist, singer and a songwriter. His style is a cross between hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, Pop and big band crooning. I had the chance to review his album ‘Mr Music’ back in July and once I was finished I knew I wanted to interview him and get to know more about him and his music. We were finally able to make our schedules work and sit down for an hour and chat.
Below is that conversation. I will admit it is very long so I hope you have time. If not, break it up in pieces and come back to finish. When you are done, I hope you will discover what a great person he is and go out and support him and his music.
2Loud2OldMusic (2L2OM): Welcome. Thank you for taking the time to sit with me. Your album, I loved it as you can tell from my review. But for most of my audience, which has gotten bigger since then by the way (he laughed), tell them who Carey Durham is personally, musically or however.
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I used to work with Carey in Atlanta until I moved up to our corporate offices in Charlotte. About 2-3 weeks ago, I ran into Carey in our Charlotte office not realizing he had moved up here a few months earlier (he is working in a different building than I am which is why I hadn’t seen him earlier). I also came to find out that he had released his first full length album back in April 2016.
Now I knew Carey was an extremely talented violinist, as he has performed at company events, but the extent of his talent I had no idea. He was kind enough to supply me with a copy of his album and I told him I would give it a listen. Let me tell you that I am so glad I did. I was blown away by the musicianship, the vocals and the production of the album.
How would I describe his album ‘Mr. Music’? I would say it is a blend of hip-hop, jazz, R&B and a little blues. A total fusion of many different types of music. The flow of the album is exceptional and it will really put you in a great mood. What I also like about the album is its broad appeal to audiences. My wife and I both loved it and both of daughters as well. I think that speaks to the fact that really good music can impact anyone and everyone.
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