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