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Best of 2016: Reviewing the year in review, from albums to songs to concerts

Beyonce, shown performing at Raymond James Stadium in April, made our best-of list in three categories: Album, song and concert.

Jay Cridlin

Beyonce, shown performing at Raymond James Stadium in April, made our best-of list in three categories: Album, song and concert.

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December

Wow, 2016. What a great year, huh?

Actually, no, it was an unbearable dirge of angst and loss that stretched for 12 solid months. We lost some amazing musical talents, including some Tampa Bay favorites, and pondered our own mortality in the process. It's time for a fresh start. Bring on 2017!

But before we do that, let's look back at Soundcheck's year in review, one last time, with feeling.

ALBUMS

David Bowie's Blackstar reigned supreme as the No. 1 album of 2016, but it had plenty of competition from artists like Beyonce, Rihanna, Radiohead, Maren Morris and more. Click here for our top 10.

SONGS

Any way you slice it, Beyonce's Formation was the best song of the year, a single that upstaged the Super Bowl and set a tone for the entire year. But we also loved tracks by Sia, the 1975, Rae Sremmurd, Chance the Rapper, Sturgill Simpson and others. Click here for our top 25 (and playlist).

LOCAL MUSIC

It was a busy year in the Tampa Bay music scene, too. Instead of a best-albums list, we rounded up 14 things we loved about local music in 2016, including Underoath, Merchandise, Polyenso, the Hip Abduction and more. Click here.

CONCERTS

Jay Cridlin: Carly Rae Jepsen; Underoath; Chicago/Earth, Wind and Fire; Pearl Jam; St. Lucia; Drake; Steven Tyler; Kanye West, Dolly Parton, Tall Heights

Brittany Volk: Patty Griffin/Sara Watkins/Anais Mitchell, Chris Stapleton, Miranda Lambert/Brothers Osborne, Dolly Parton, Carly Rae Jepsen, Alabama Shakes, Florence and the Machine, St. Lucia, Stevie Nicks/Pretenders, Barbra Streisand

Jimmy Geurts: Protomartyr, Pity Sex/PWR BTTM, Boris, Clipping, Julien Baker

Stephanie Bolling: Clearwater Sea-Blues Fest, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Leon Bridges, Dead Prez

Tara McCarty: Ben Folds, Beyonce, Rihanna, Kesha, Sia

Finally, let's look ahead to 2017. What concerts are we looking foward to in the months to come? Here are 12 picks, including Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Bruno Mars, the Weeknd, Usher, Van Morrison and more.

See you in the new year!

-- Jay Cridlin

[Last modified: Friday, December 30, 2016 10:38am]

    

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