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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Field Day, “Finished With You”
Another standout jam from the ’16 Rumble, Field Day’s sparkplug of a rocker featured sunny, throwback melodies with a modern theme: The song was written by singer/guitarist Joan Anderman after a jerk from her past tried to re-connect via social media. “The guy was strung out on coke and screwed me over financially when we were in our early 20s, and then he disappeared,” Anderman told us in April. “Then, like 25 years later, I got a friend request from him. Ha! I’m not easily appalled, but I was totally appalled. I’m happy to say the story has a happy ending, though, because writing ‘Finished With You’ was incredibly cathartic. It’s like I finally got to have my say. And it’s the last word.” We’re not sure if the guy in question has actually contributed anything positive to society, but we have him to thank for this full-frontal-awesome indie-pop jam.