Choosing our favorite 16 Boston songs of the year is like choosing your favorite child -- if you were the Duggars or some other family with a few hundred kids. While mainstream pop continued to die a slow painful death, it was another bang-up year of music coming out of the isolated Boston music scene. What we have in our region are legions of musicians making music on their terms and their own way, and the result is a fantastically eclectic batch of new tunes that proved this year was one of the best around town. The selections below, listen alphabetically, aren't any sort of ultimate Best Of, though they do reflect what we've enjoyed the most, what we've hyped on these digital pages, and what we had spun on VanyaRadio. If you read this website on the regular, you should be quite familiar; if not, then dive in and hear something new and exciting.
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Party Bois, “True Confessional”
Look, we like Party Bois. A lot. Last year, it was the freestyle R&B joint “Being In U” that soundtracked our year, and in 2016, it was “True Confessional.” We don’t know how they do it, but hey, here we are. A sleek, sexy party anthem about kissing your lover in the dark, watching him or her try on all their new clothes, and exchanging deep, dark secrets, “True Confessional” is Party Bois’ very own “La Isla Bonita,” a tropical synth-pop shake and bake that tattoos its “Wha oh oh ohhh!” refrain on the inside of your lips. “It’s all about summer romance,” Party Bois frontman J-Boi told us, ‘True Confessional’ is the starry night song.” We’ve been praying to a new god, and that new god is Party Bois. Deal with it.