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[–]l2t[S,M] [score hidden] stickied comment (7 children)

We've received reports that the formatting in the Best Of post is breaking on many mobile apps. If that's the case for you, try viewing it on the wiki page.

Thank you to /u/EviIAbed and /u/Damoratis for creating Apple Music playlists and Samplers for everyone. Here they all are:

Links to Other Best Of Lists

Please share other noteworthy lists you've found online in the replies to this comment.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 174 points175 points  (15 children)

All tardiness jokes aside, the moderators appreciate everyone waiting patiently while we finalize the list and ensure it matches the standard of quality our subscribers have come to expect. Special thanks go out to /u/gratinne who was key in preparing the post after joining the /r/listentothis team a few months ago.

We have already begun compiling albums for 2017's list and promise you won't have to wait longer than the end of January for future editions. If you'd like to nominate a 2017 release, you may do so in response to this comment using the following formatting:

MainArtistName -- AlbumName [genre 1 / genre 2 / etc.]

We've also taken steps to adequately staff /r/listentothis with moderators but are still looking for new people. If you're interested in joining us, you can submit an application here.

[–]Ayy_2_Brute 103 points104 points  (11 children)

Best mods on reddit. Love you guys

— Carlos

[–]astarkey12moderator 21 points22 points  (5 children)

Come back to us. We miss you. Also you've missed an entire season's worth of opportunities to gloat about Chelsea on slack.

[–]Ayy_2_Brute 13 points14 points  (4 children)

Well I'm waiting to start a new job right now so I'm not exactly busy....

[–]astarkey12moderator 12 points13 points  (2 children)

So you'll come back?

[–]Ayy_2_Brute 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Sure. I'll be mad busy all of June though with the America's Cup

[–]astarkey12moderator 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Just come get on slack. I never deactivated your account. Really strong security policies we have around here.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Do it hombre

[–]K_Lobstah 12 points13 points  (4 children)

hi carlos. don't think I knew your new /u/

just saying hi, I don't have anything else right now.

I'm already regretting this comment before I hit save.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 11 points12 points  (2 children)

I'm already regretting this comment before I hit save.


[–]The_Real_JS 3 points4 points  (1 child)

What...what are you guys doing here? I didn't think you were allowed out of DTG.

[–]Ayy_2_Brute 4 points5 points  (0 children)

omg hi baby

[–]jkure2 15 points16 points  (1 child)

Thanks guys for working so hard. It makes me really happy to see this, not just because of the amazing curation, but because everyone came together and got it done when stuff was tough.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 12 points13 points  (0 children)

The encouragement from subscribers a couple months ago was huge in turning things around. Can't tell you how good it feels to finally release this after such an up and down process. Things are definitely looking up for us now.

[–]larry_b2 74 points75 points  (2 children)

Thank you for doing this.

Seriously, thanks to this sub I discovered some of my current favourite artists, which may be very well-known to some, but that I was genuinely happy to have found. As an older fuck, I don't really have free time to just browse around online magazines, I don't listen to the radio, and most of the new music I've found it's been in this sub. Beach House, Kishi Bashi, and even Lidh became part of my daily playlists thanks to /r/listentothis. I was disappointed by the fact that 2016's top list had been suspended/cancelled, so this really made my day.

Cheers to everyone who worked on this!

[–]evilnightmoderator 20 points21 points  (1 child)

Putting this thing together is always a lot of fun and we get to find the music too. It's the bloody playlists that turn it into a homework assignment. Those take an unbelievable amount of work - weeks for multiple people who love each genre to listen to each album and pick out the tracks, then build the list in multiple music services. Spotify is the only one to make that process fairly painless.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify 79 points80 points  (15 children)

Special shoutout to my favorite album of the year by Thank You Scientist.

Big thank you to our newest mods (especially u/glicketysplit) for their help in getting us across the finish line, as well as the handful of non-mod volunteers that we had unofficially helping us out of pure generosity.

And of course, a HUGE thank you to the community here who rallied us when we had lost motivation and reinvigorated our drive to get this thing completed.

We're excited for you to hear what we've put together, even if it is a little kinda super late. Enjoy!

[–]foxes29 15 points16 points  (6 children)

Just finished listening to the Thank You Scientist album, I've never heard anything like it before! Definitely something I'll be listening to a lot over the next week!

[–]ImUncreativeAndLame 11 points12 points  (1 child)

Their first album is just as good. They also put on a fantastic live show. I've seen them twice, and they've done covers of Eddie Murphy's "Party All the Time" and Tears for Fears' "Head Over Heels", as well as a medley containing the Zelda theme, Baker Street, and the Golden Girls Theme. Easily among the best concerts I've been to

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Their first album is just as good.

Yes... yes it is!

They also put on a fantastic live show.

I am dying to see them live. The last time they came through town for me, though, I didn't find out until too late and had already bought tickets for a different show the same night. They will be priority number one for me the next time they're here.

[–]bucketbots 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You might be interested in The Dear Hunter. "A Night on the Town" has a similar style.

[–]tyj 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They reminded me of 'The Mars Volta' quite a bit. Definitely give them a try if you haven't already.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Glad you enjoyed it! That's exactly why I like it so much too!

[–]Vespart 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Omg, it is so good, glad to discover this one, thanks! If someone know more music like this one, PLEASE PM ME <3

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you liked Thank You Scientist, there's a really good chance you'll like a good bit of the Progressive & Related (Set #3) playlist we put together!

[–]Kakuz 3 points4 points  (1 child)

It was difficult for me to choose between TYS and Haken for AOTY, but TYS was just so complete. Love it.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah! That Haken album is incredible. If they hadn't blown up in popularity/play counts last year, they'd definitely be on the Progressive & Related playlist too. I'm glad they're getting to be too popular for r/listentothis though!

[–]Ellsming 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Hot damn these guys are good! I just looked them up on Spotify and the first two related artists are Haken and Native Construct, who are both incredible bands I also discovered this year, so I am amazed I've not even heard of these until now. Thank you!

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Really glad you enjoyed it! Those other two are also incredible bands. I imagine you'll find some things you like on Set #3 too. Happy listening!

[–]the_comatorium 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Best thread I ever started.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator[M] 25 points26 points  (9 children)

Now I'm guessing at least somewhere out there, there's a dude or dudette who opens this post, sees "Punk and Related", flips on Abendrot by You Blew It! and promptly says "What the fuck? This isn't punk!", and they'd be damn right. The idea with "Punk and Related" is to try to showcase a bunch of different sounds that either come under the Punk umbrella, or were inspired by it. As such, there's something of a flow to the sounds, which should look a little like this:

  • Emo Revival
  • Pop-Punk
  • Indie-Punk
  • Punk-rock/Punk
  • Hardcore and similar

I hope that clears up any confusion or disappointment some punk fans may have felt when they first opened this section. That being said, we did slim down the playlist a little and took out some tracks that either didn't fit, or overloaded the section to make it a little too poppy. I'll list those tracks in this comment in a little while. In the mean time, we can't be everywhere and catch everything, so please feel free to share your favourite Punk tracks from 2016 with us!

Edit: Artists we ended up cutting from Punk and Related for either overloading with the poppy side, lack of representation across platforms, or just messed up the flow:

They're still bangers though. Just hard to fit everything in sometimes. :)

[–]HammyDaHamster 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Good call w mom jeans.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 5 points6 points  (4 children)

It's a great album and I've played it waaaaaaay too much already this year.

[–]trexIII 4 points5 points  (3 children)

happy birthday btw, /u/NorseFenrir!

edit: forgot to tag you so you see it! we will follow you to the ends of the earth, guardian!

[–]Luka467 7 points8 points  (1 child)

I just discovered Problem Daughter - punk/orgcore/Dyingscene-core/post-pop-punk (whatever the proper name for it is), sound like a mix of The Flatliners' earlier stuff, Banner Pilot and Dead To Me, but with raspier vocals.

Problem Daughter - Like A Dog

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Good find. I see what you mean about the sound.

[–]NotAnotherHellHole[🍰] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

No punk playlist is complete without direct hit!


[–]SnarkyPuppey 25 points26 points  (1 child)

Hey mods I'd like to thank you for the amount of effort you put into this. Opening the subreddit's Best of lists feels like opening a Christmas present.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Merry Christmay!

[–]Trumpeachment 41 points42 points  (12 children)

Any other deep music appreciators out there get overwhelmed by all of this music that's better than everything in mainstream and are unable to get time to listen to it all in depth and that upsets them?

[–]kaptain_carboncurator[M] 82 points83 points  (4 children)

The key is to never listen to anything and pretend you are better than everything.

[–]Trumpeachment 9 points10 points  (3 children)


[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 18 points19 points  (4 children)

Imagine that feeling, times 100, when trying to go through all of the music to make the lists. It's daunting!

Hope you enjoy it!

[–]TeHokioi 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I bought like four albums within an hour of first looking at the prelim list

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Nice!! Mind sharing which ones?

[–]TeHokioi 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A couple by Eli Paperboy Reed, Gulfstream, and The Wonderful Shapes of Backdoor Keys are the ones I remember off the top of my head. Had to stop before I spent too much more

[–]Trumpeachment 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That too. How you put yourself in a position to make those calls must be a lot of work and dedication.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

And even worse, you don't get a full year to parse through it all before the next one comes out.

[–]Trumpeachment 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Lol... easy

[–]stabbinUtastemaker[M] 19 points20 points  (5 children)

Best of 2016.5! We finally did it.

My shortlist of favorites:

Moth Equals - One Tusk Trip-Hop BC SP YT
Flamingosis - Bright Moments Electro / Instrumental Funk / Soul BC SP YT
Covet - Audiotree Live BC SP YT
White Lung - Paradise Post-Punk BC SP YT

[–]Werner__Herzogmod undercover 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Moth Equals - One Tusk

Are you sure this album didn't come out on December 31st, 2015 instead of January 1st, 2016? 😜

[–]stabbinUtastemaker 7 points8 points  (0 children)

No!! Definitely not sure!

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The Covet Audiotree sessions were soooooo good.

[–]DFullz 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Just as good live too :) Catch Covet coming around with Chon and other insane, similar acts Tera Melos and Little Tybee!

Dates and info

[–]NcV7 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I love that Moth Equals was included! I adore his music and try and recommend this particular album whenever possible. I believe he's wrapping up his next project, which I'm very excited for.

[–]kaptain_carboncurator[M] 33 points34 points  (7 children)

Greetings from r/metal!

The metal portion of this list was pulled from our annual Top 10 but also geared to reflect a variety of styles as well as major narratives of contemporary heavy metal. There were some bands that were too popular but the majority of our top 10 is within the limits. If you have any personal complaints about what is featured or not, feel free to leave them here and Ill personally judge your trueness.

Thanks to the mods for letting me be a basement dwelling dork while making this list.

EDIt: IF you were wondering what subgenres each of these fall into allow this to guide you.

  • Chthe'ilist - Le Dernier Crépuscule [Death]
  • Oranssi Pazuzu - Värähtelijä [Psychedlic Black]
  • Zhrine - Unortheta [Death/Black]
  • Death Fortress - Deathless March Of The Unyielding [Black]
  • Vektor - Terminal Redux [Thrash/Progressive]
  • Inter Arma - Paradise Gallows [Sludge / Post Metal]
  • Ripper - Experiment of Existence [Death / Thrash]
  • Khemmis - Hunted [Doom]
  • Oathbreaker - Rheia [Post Black]
  • Blood Incantation - Starspawn [Death]
  • Mare Cognitum - Luminiferous Aether [Atmospehric Black]
  • Ravensire - The Cycle Never Ends [Heavy]
  • Cobalt - Slow Forever [Sludge / Black]
  • Sumerlands - Sumerlands [Heavy]
  • Hellbringer - Awakened From Abyss [Thrash / Speed]
  • Cultes De Ghoules - Coven [Black]
  • Tarot - Reflections [Heavy / Psych]

[–]herpalurphttp://www.last.fm/user/Herpalurp 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Missing Demon Bitch - Hellfriends! What have you done!

I'm looking forward to my true rating.

[–]kaptain_carboncurator 5 points6 points  (2 children)

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I think getting away with three traditional heavy metal bands in one list is pretty good. Sumerlands and Eternal Champion were the heavy hitters but I think it would be too dorky to include Demon Bitch and things like Angelsword. My goodness, Tarot even got on there.

[–]herpalurphttp://www.last.fm/user/Herpalurp 2 points3 points  (1 child)

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So, how does it look, then? Do I get the loan or not?

Don't get me wrong, songs like Lightning Runners and Break the Chains are great, but Demon Bitch is on another level compared to Angel Sword.

I get why you'd throw Sumerlands and Eternal Champion on the list over Demon Bitch. There was obviously more coverage given to them and more buzz around them during the year. I personally had Demon Bitch over all of them and as my general album of the year.

[–]TheLostLittleCamera 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The fuck! This shit rocks!!

[–]Starving_Autist 6 points7 points  (2 children)

While I enjoy a lot of the content from r/metal, the consensus taste there neglects highlights of trailblazing ingenuity that subscribers of r/listentothis may find of interest. I think I was the only one that cast a vote for


In the year end list. I believe their release from last year will be one of my favorites from this decade, but is not fare most of r/metal would take a shining to (as evidenced that no one else cast a vote for them).

If Thergothon and Angelo Badalamenti had a love child who they​ shipped off to a monastery to be raised by Gregorian chanting monks, Wyrding plays post-whatever genre that kid invented. It's bloody brilliant stuff.

[–]kaptain_carboncurator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I think it is going to come down to a split then between ingenuity and traditionalism, that Wyrding maybe more forward thinking and interesting to r/listentothis than lets say Hellripper. If I were making a list of weird avant forward thinking metal that didn't fit into any genre and was at the cutting edge of sound, Wyrding would certainly be there.

[–]autoclismo 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Thank you, great work! This must take a ton of time and patience so we really appreciate it.

Small suggestion. In the YouTube lists, sometimes an official and non-restricted video is available, but an audio-only geo-restricted link was included instead. This is the case for instance for "Marta Pereira da Costa - Terra" and "Fabia Rebordao - Morri por Hoje". May I suggest these links to their official videos instead?

Marta Pereira da Costa - Terra

Fabia Rebordao - Morri por Hoje


[–]tppatterson223 15 points16 points  (3 children)

As a Google Music subscriber, I really have to thank you for including them in the mix. This sub really does have the best mods.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 10 points11 points  (1 child)

We realized how high the demand for Google was after the 2015 post and made sure to accommodate those folks this year. The UI for the Google web player is horrendously inefficient though - every single change made to a playlist refreshes and sends you back to the top of the page. It's nuts.

[–]tppatterson223 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well that makes me appreciate you all even more! If it wasn't for the included ad-free YouTube, I would have probably dumped it for Spotify by now.

[–]Werner__Herzogmod undercover 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Sometimes I have nightmares about making Google Music playlists.

[–]FeeFiFoFUNK 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Just want to hop in and say thanks to all who contributed to getting this across the finish line. I know from personal experience how things can get away from us, but it's always better late than never. I appreciate the hard work all the mods put in to this community, one of my favorites on reddit!

[–]dxdtraptor 9 points10 points  (1 child)

YES! Thank you mods, doesn't matter if it's a couple of days late <3.

Best subreddit by far.

[–]Flashynuffmoderator 6 points7 points  (0 children)

i wish it was a couple of days... try a couple months lmfao

[–]nickinkorea 8 points9 points  (3 children)

River Whyless - We All The Light
Vektor - Terminal Redux

Should be considered classics.

RemindMe! 10 years

[–]Flucks 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Got to see River Whyless when they were Do it to Julia back in 2009 in Clemson SC. They were playing at a shitty little college bar with like 10 people in it. My buddy and I walked by and heard the violin and walked in at watched the entire show. Talented group.

[–]astarkey12moderator 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Even though 2009 was 8 years ago, they're still playing shows in front of 50-75 people when outside of North Carolina. I saw em last month in LA at a very intimate venue with a small crowd thanks to /u/AFistfulOfVinylKXLU inviting me to come help record their sound check performance. They deserve a lot more attention and are truly something special. Such thoughtful people too.

[–]AFistfulOfVinylKXLUhttps://www.facebook.com/AFistfulOfVinyl 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't believe that story happened. Is there video evidence?

[–]zeke11 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Damn, lists like this always knock me down a peg or two. I thought I had a decent handle on music out there in the world, but I have a lot of homework to do. This is overwhelming/exciting/anxiety fuel.

[–]take_5 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's intimidating. I feel the same way, but even as I look through, I'm like, "Hmm, I only recognize a few of these."


[–]flagamuffin 6 points7 points  (0 children)


[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (1 child)

This is a great list, thanks. I expected a repeat of all the albums I frequently see on "underrated" lists and that kind of thing, but these are almost all really new to me.

Also giving a shoutout to residentadvisor, for anyone who is trying to get into more electronic music: http://www.albumoftheyear.org/ratings/27-resident-advisor-highest-rated/2016/1

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's what we were going for! With so many "best of" lists out there, there's bound to be some crossover... but we tried our best to be original while still finding some really great music.

Would love to hear what you think when you get a chance to listen!

[–]AFistfulOfVinylKXLUhttps://www.facebook.com/AFistfulOfVinyl 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Yay it finally happened!

[–]astarkey12moderator 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I meant to message you that this was coming out today. Of course River Whyless and Y La Bamba made it on there.

[–]AFistfulOfVinylKXLUhttps://www.facebook.com/AFistfulOfVinyl 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Hahah can't imagine where you got that idea.

[–]A_sweet_boy 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Very cool to see Swain on this list. They're friends and their new album is really amazing.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That's freaking sweet dude. The run-up for this Best Of was actually my first time encountering them, even before the name change, and immediately I knew they had to make the cut for the little Hardcore section. Absolutely fantastic stuff.

[–]JuiceboxCA 6 points7 points  (1 child)

First off, love this sub. Appreciate everything the mods do.

Secondly, STOKED for Rare Futures. Was so happy everyone enjoyed when I posted The Pressure's video. If you get the chance, see 'em live - the best live band I've seen.

Finally, can we get a little more info as to how these albums were selected? Maybe I'm just tired, but I didn't fully understand the process.


[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Rare Futures was one of my favorite discoveries throughout this process. What a great album!

We take our own favorite "unknown" or obscure albums from the year and supplement those with albums from a couple of other sources -- things that do well in the sub itself, as well as suggestions from users from this and other subs. We go through all of those recommendations (which we have in one big spreadsheet), and we binge listen to it all trying to decide what deserves to be on the list, filtering out anything that's too popular already, eventually whittling it down to what you see today. We try to find as much consensus as possible among the mods that have an interest in each genre, while also trying to make sure that all different styles of music are represented fairly.

The "Must Listen" lists are our absolute favorites from the year, so we call those out specifically on their own list to give them a little bit more recognition.

[–]tubeyes 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Better late than never, great fucken work fellas.

[–]astarkey12moderator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thanks for mentioning Best Of in your /r/music post! Saw that earlier while modding the thread.

[–]Rezorblade 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thirsty of some new sound. This Playlist is excellent. Thanks for introducing me to Drakkar Nowhere

[–]fox_on_the_rockslast.fm/user/ramza1316 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Saw that Shabaka and Ryley Walker made the list so I knew there would be good stuff in here. Opened up the first sampler list and I'm hooked. You guys really outdid yourselves this year, THANK YOU!

[–]astarkey12moderator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks for the kind words. That Ryley Walker album is pretty fantastic. I got it on vinyl for my brother's birthday last month.

[–]ZacharyPattspotify 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Just started out with this list, was waiting for this for the past months! Unfortunately a lot of YT links are unavailable, but I'm glad Thank You Scientist's album wasn't; been loving it surprisingly!

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Yeah, this was a concern for us. A lot of times, those "Topic" playlists on YouTube are the only option that isn't something ripped or stolen where the artist won't get credit for the plays... I would strongly recommend Spotify if it's available to you, or maybe give the Bandcamp links a shot. You won't be able to listen to our playlists on Bandcamp, but you can pick and choose which band you'd like to listen to that way and they should be available everywhere!

All of that being said... if you were going to listen to one album, that's the one I'd want you to go with (it being my favorite one out of all 174)! Glad you like it!

[–]tewing170 5 points6 points  (13 children)

Does anyone have these playlists converted over for Apple Music as well? That would be sweet!!

If you know of a converter too (Spotify to Apple) that would also help.

[–]EviIAbed 11 points12 points  (12 children)

Here are the must-listens on Apple Music. Let me know if that link works. If so, I'll post the rest as soon as I finish putting them together.

Edit: I'll keep adding as I get the chance. Again, if another apple music user could let me know if these links work that'd be great--I haven't tried sharing playlists before.

Rock, Pop & Blues

Progressive & Related

Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop & Instrumentals

Punk & Related

Electronic & Related


Jazz, Soul, Funk & Related

Afrobeat, World & Classical

Americana & Related

A handful of albums are missing for lack of availability.

[–]evilnightmoderator 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Definitely share any lists you create here, we'll even edit them into the wiki and the top of the sticky comment so everyone can find them.

[–]EviIAbed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Will do.

[–]tewing170 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Worked for me! Thanks for doing that!!

[–]Damoratis 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Wait what albums were missing? I just spent the past two hours making playlists for these on Apple Music based off the sampler playlists and found everything. We're there a few albums not on the samplers?

Edit: Pilotpriest's album is the only one I couldn't find

[–]astarkey12moderator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That PILOTPRIEST album is really elusive. Our resident bandcamp aficionado, /u/GnomeSlice, nominated it.

[–]EviIAbed 1 point2 points  (0 children)

When I get the chance, go back and check what might be missing and I'll get back to you. These are just full album playlists--If you've put together the samplers, you should definitely share them!

[–]Izlandimoderator[🍰] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Thank you for the playlists - have some gold for your trouble!

[–]EviIAbed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks so much! It really wasn't much trouble, but I appreciate it.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Are these all full album playlists? I don't have Apple Music and can't tell. Did you recreate the sampler playlists? If you decide to go the extra mile, you could copy the album playlists you've already created then just whittle them down to include only the sampler tracks. We've edited the ones you have into our sticky comment - thanks for doing this!

[–]EviIAbed 2 points3 points  (0 children)

These are just full albums, yes. Looks like u/Damoratis may have already put together sampler playlists? If not I can work on that when I get the chance. No trouble at all! Thank you guys for all the work you put into this!

[–]rebel_wo_a_clause 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Holy shit, Tonedeff is literally the only artist I recognize.

frantically puts headphones on and hits play

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That Tonedeff album was probably the most debated inclusion on the list. Should it be Electronic? Should it be Hip-hop? Should it be included at all because it has a some old material mixed in with new? Is it overproduced and actually terrible?


[–]SarcasmOrgasm 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much, mods! I always look forward to these lists. I don't have as much time to listen to tons of different stuff, so this shines light on some really cool music I would probably miss otherwise.

[–]s0faking 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is my first saved thread of 2017! Thanks for all of the hard work y'all :D

[–]Lack_of_intellect 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much for the fantastic work.

[–]my_dogs_tits 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Commenting to come back to later :)

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Smash that Save button!

[–]my_dogs_tits 2 points3 points  (0 children)

What is this sorcery?!

[–]ElVichoPerro 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Beautiful. Thanks so much. This is my favorite part of this sub.

[–]ashleyandsasha 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Already discovered a new band I love! (Mom Jeans.)

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

A greeeeeeat choice. Good album too. Plus they just released a split with another band, and the Mom Jeans. tracks are ace.

[–]rosareven 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I feel so much love from this. I'm already finding some fantastic new favourites from this list. Thank you so much for putting this together, and here's to another great year of r/listentothis.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This makes us so happy to hear. Would love to know what you did and didn't like as you make your way through it!

[–]Izlandimoderator[🍰] 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Everybody go listen to Folamour's EP! It's only on wax and thus only in full on YouTube online, but it's some amazing proper deep house. The French are bass masters, none of that shit EDM house here, eh!

Also recommended TRP [lofi house/techno], Librarian [deep house], Moomin [deep house], Ansome [bangin industrial techno] and Thomas Ragsdale [ambient]. Oh and Willow's incredible EP in the must listens-section.

Happy listening!

/your one true techno mod

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I really, really loved the Thomas Ragsdale album. Thank you for introducing me to that one!

[–]UnicornsAsLeaders 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thank you so much.

[–]TopographyDog 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Awesome list!! Thank you so much.

[–]toastdeliver 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Been waiting so long for this :) so happy its here Thank you <3

[–]gtwilliamswashu 4 points5 points  (0 children)

You have got to be kidding me. Amazing surprise! Thanks guys!

[–]bwossy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Saving for later

[–]PM_Me_An_Ekans 4 points5 points  (2 children)

This isn't truly a best of collection until "Shouted, Written down, & Quoted" by Greensky Bluegrass is on here.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Awesome album, but they're too popular for a list like this. You have great taste though!

[–]PM_Me_An_Ekans 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I retract my statement then. This list is actually pretty dang good!

[–]Elevated_Dongers 3 points4 points  (4 children)

Why can't I see this post on reddit sync

[–]evilnightmoderator 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Just looked into that for you. Seems like some of the apps don't render markdown tables properly/very well. Alienblue and the IOS app are working, sync not so much. We'll put a link in the sticky comment that goes to the wiki page of this bestof, hopefully that will work better on those devices. That would be this link.


Sorry about that. Next year we'll see about not using tables. Actually, god only knows what will happen next year since by then CSS will probably be gone and everything will be different. /shrug

[–]Elevated_Dongers 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I saw somewhere in the comments that this sub has the best mods, and now I see why. Thank you for your service sir

[–]evilnightmoderator 3 points4 points  (0 children)

No problem. Enjoy the tunes. ;)

[–]Flashynuffmoderator[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sorry about that, it appears that all the formatting in the post is breaking on a lot of mobile clients. Try viewing the wiki page instead.

[–]Dictionary_Goat 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The prophecy has come true! It has arrived!

[–]pleasesir1more 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]Gumballguy34 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Upvote for Bootsy!!

[–]BotchedBenzos 3 points4 points  (0 children)


[–]evilada 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This is amazing, thank you so much

[–]Tropicalbeaverzspotify 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Very well done! Thanks!

[–]Bischnu 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Wouhou! So nice, it makes my day, thank you so much to those who have been working on it, good work, now I am out listening to it for some time :-)

[–]blerkterk 3 points4 points  (5 children)

Thank you so much for doing this! I appreciate the effort and am looking forward to the many hours of good music. Much of the stuff from last years list is still on my regular go-to.

Thanks again!

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (4 children)

You're very welcome! Out of curiosity, what stood out from last year that you still listen to? And if anything really jumps at you from this year's list as you listen through it, we'd love to hear about that too :)

[–]blerkterk 1 point2 points  (3 children)

The winner for me last year was "Phil Cook - Southland Mission" and "tricot - A N D". That Phil Cook album has risen to be one of my favorite albums. ANd "Ben Caplan - Birds with Broken Wings"

[–]astarkey12moderator 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I still frequently listen to Southland Mission, and it's one of my favorite road trip albums. /u/piggywidit gets credit for that find.

[–]PiggyWiditwhat.cd 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just thank Phil for making great music :)

[–]blerkterk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I saw him live last year. His intricate playing and singing works so well

[–]vitaminssk 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

[–]hydraulic2spotify 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Wow!! You guys are the best! Thank you for providing this amazing service

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Would love to hear what you did and didn't like as you make your way through it!

[–]krayzeek 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I would DEFINITELY check out Injury Reserve - Floss if you're a hip hop fan, such a shame that there aren't many people who have heard it before. One of my favorite albums from 2016.

[–]astarkey12moderator 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Couldn't agree more. I built most of the hip-hop playlist, and Injury Reserve has been one of my favorites since Live From The Dentist Office. Hopefully, their music keeps garnering attention because they deserve it.

[–]Araaf 2 points3 points  (1 child)

The Google Sampler link for Set 5 doesn't work for me, all the others are fine.

Edit: Neither does the Google Albums link for 5.

Edit #2: Here are working links if anyone is having the problem.

Google Sampler & Google Albums

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Ah, you're right! Not working for me either. We'll fix them shortly. Thanks for the heads up!

EDIT: Should be fixed now!

[–]Eyebleedorange 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So glad to see Zhrine on there. Buddy of mine saw them at Deathfest and told me about them, such a dark feel with crushing sound.

[–]IlRestoDelCarlone 2 points3 points  (8 children)

Could you make Tidal playlists too?

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Tidal is geared towards popular music and has very poor coverage of artists who typically appear in our Best Of lists, so it's unlikely we'll ever include Tidal playlists unless something changes drastically. If anything, we'll do Apple Music playlists next year since the demand is there and coverage of artists is comprehensive, but even that might be outsourced to subscribers since we're already paying for Spotify and Google premium accounts out of our own pockets.

[–]IlRestoDelCarlone 2 points3 points  (6 children)

Well, I disagree on one point, since I usually listen to the songs from this subreddit using Tidal. The coverage on small bands is quite good. It is true that the editorial line points towards pop and other horrible stuff, but a good listener knows to skip entirely the suggested options and the main page. If someone of your mods has the Tidal account it would be super easy to sync spotify playlists using Soundiiz.


I would do it myself, but this service allows only to sync created content, not subscribed playlists, so to sync you must own the source account and have the playlist created by you. Also if a song is not listed in the destination's portfolio it will be simply skipped, so no need to edit anything. Anyway, thanks for the answer. Keep going with your great job.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 1 point2 points  (5 children)

Well hey, I'm more than willing to admit I don't know what I'm talking about since I've been on Tidal maybe 3 times, ha. Would you mind doing a spot check of the Must Listen artists/albums just to give me an idea of the coverage Tidal has with them? That would be super helpful.

[–]IlRestoDelCarlone 5 points6 points  (2 children)

I did a fast check. I have 155 songs of 162 of your top 2016 list. I admit, lot less than i tought I'd find. Here is the link.


[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

155/162 (96%) is still really good and only negligibly worse than the others. Certainly blew my expectations out of the water. Thanks for doing this!

[–]IlRestoDelCarlone 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Sure thing! I will do it ASAP.

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Honestly if you have a little free time, we'd love to edit in some Tidal playlists to our sticky comment like we did with the user who created Apple Music playlists. No pressure though.

[–]Adog311 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Nice strikethrough formatting there.

[–]nuncle_ned 2 points3 points  (3 children)

Commenting to save as I slowly work through all of this.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Let us know your favorites! Or your least favorites too!

[–]nuncle_ned 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Based off the recommendations I took a listen to the Thank You Scientist. It's outside of what I normally listen to but it's undeniable how talented they are and I enjoyed it a lot. It probably won't be included in my daily rotation but man they can play the heck out of those instruments.

[–]NorseFenrirSmooth Moderator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Fantastic choice. I was introduced to Thank You Scientist by one of other Mods and they're top notch.

[–]alfredoduenasjr 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Thanks to the mods for putting this together!! Some good stuff!

[–]Abraxas514 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I'm in Canada and the majority of these youtube playlists are set to private or unavailable. It's pretty sad, you would imagine less-known bands would want to be discovered...

[–]TorqueMaster 4 points5 points  (4 children)

Where's muh vulfpeck

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Waaaaaay too popular for these lists. Their top ten songs on Spotify are all over our limits, with several over 4M plays.

[–]TorqueMaster 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I did not read the description, apologies

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

No worries!

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 5 points6 points  (0 children)

They made our Best Of from a few years ago but have garnered a lot of popularity since then, and that's what we hope to see from these artists. We want them to become too popular for /r/listentothis because it means they're getting the attention we think they deserve. It's a bittersweet feeling though.

[–]dawg66 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Jeff Rosenstock tho

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Unfortunately, between his solo and non-solo stuff, he's already too popular for these lists.

[–]CaskironPanspewtewfy 1 point2 points  (2 children)

It would be helpful to me, if no one else if you guys included the direct spotify playlist links, as those can be used in the spotify client, but not really a big deal.

I think you guys did that in the past, any reason for the change to google shortened urls?

Edit: I'm talking about the links under the set headings, not the master curated playlist, if that wasn't clear.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Wish we could, but unfortunately we can't. Reddit imposes a character limit for posts, which we would blow past with full Spotify links.

I would recommend navigating to the Spotify profile and following the playlists that way: https://open.spotify.com/user/redditlistentothis or spotify:user:redditlistentothis

[–]CaskironPanspewtewfy 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Wish we could, but unfortunately we can't. Reddit imposes a character limit for posts, which we would blow past with full Spotify links.

OH, gotcha. Makes a lot more sense now. I forgot Spotify links were so long.

[–]MaciiNyan 1 point2 points  (1 child)

whisper I''d love to see Death Grips' "Bottomless Pit " on the hip hop list, but I mean hey you can't have everything in life :x

[–]astarkey12moderator[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Too popular for /r/listentothis unfortunately, but maybe you'll find other hip-hop you like in previous editions of Best Of.

[–]roflbbq 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Not including The Dead South was an oversight. Maybe it just got missed, so here's the original post from 22 Dec


I have no idea what the most successful song is that's been featured on this subreddit is, but this one is closing in on 10 million views 4 months after it was here. If you view the daily video stats you can actually see the bump from us


[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

but this one is closing in on 10 million views

You just answered your own question about why it wasn't included :)

[–]roflbbq 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I guess I still don't get it? It's the "Best of 2016 list". Because it has acquired millions of views since then it's disqualified? If that's the case it's not really a best of 2016 list, and more "best of 2016 that still has <50,000 views" or whatever the subreddit uses. It's not highlighting an actual best of.

Not that I'm not glad the list is finally out. I've gone over it a few times already, and this is probably my favorite music sub. So don't take my criticism as ungrateful or anything.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

"best of 2016 that still has <50,000 views" or whatever the subreddit uses.

You're exactly right. We've tried to stick to the spirit of the sub by only including those that are still under-the-radar using our sub's rules as a guideline. Here's what the description up top says:

There are no ratings, no judgments, and no opinions - only obscure music ... This list is meant to complement other best of lists on the internet, many of which are linked in the sticky comment below for further discovery.

No offense taken at all. We're happy to clarify and explain where necessary. Hope that helps! Glad you're enjoying the tunes!

[–]xxxdarkhorsexxx 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Not to be "that guy" but why is country music so often overlooked? There are good artists there putting out quality music too, ie. Cody jinks (heavy metal background, went country), Margo Price, etc. There's such a huge link between country and metal music I'm surprised it's not more accepted.

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Cody Jinks is really great, but he's way over our popularity limits. So are non-mainstream (ish, I guess) acts like Chris Stapleton (pre-Justin Timberlake performance), Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, etc. At least for me, as someone who listened to country growing up and still listens sometimes for the nostalgia (and really likes the above acts too), it's really, really hard for me to sit through the bad obscure country to find the diamond in the rough.

That, and we received exactly zero country recommendations when we did our roundup last year. Even though a lot of us have diverse tastes as mods, if the community isn't suggesting it, it's tough for us to find it. I'd encourage you to keep an eye out for our roundup threads later this year and throw out some country artists for us to take a look at. And submit some to the sub!

All of that being said, I think there's a decent chance you'll find something you'd like in the Americana, Rock/Blues, and Must-Listen sets.

[–]xxxdarkhorsexxx 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Where do you base your popularity limits? These guys are basically no names in Canada. Southern states, most definitely. I can't stand most of the modern country sound. I'm new here but I'll try to contribute when i come across something good. The more artists like Cody, Margo, Jamey Johnson, whitey Morgan, etc get exposure the better for the country music community as a whole. Hell Marty Stuart just put out a new album that gets no exposure and it's quality music. Rodney Crowell the same. I'll browse the lists, my taste is quite broad

[–]gratinnemoderator / spotify[M] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If an artist has more than three songs over 500K plays on Spotify or YouTube, we consider them to be too popular for this sub. Whitey, Jamey, and Marty would all be over too -- Whitey because of his work with the 78s, Jamey because he was big on the radio five ish years ago, and Marty just barely even though he was big (ish) in the 90s.

Essentially, we're looking for really obscure artists, not just artists that may be kind of unknown or only popular regionally. I know that can be frustrating at times, because obviously all of those artists you've mentioned would be new to a lot of people, but we're looking for the artists that would be universally new to almost everyone.

The great thing, though, is discussions like this can happen in the comments of an obscure artist where similar artists can be highlighted... like right now, because I'm going to go queue up Marty Stuart and Travis Tritt for a hit of nostalgia, and then find that new Marty Stuart album and give it a listen too.

[–]TunaSandvich 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This list is magnificent and the dedication of the mods to the goals of this sub is mind blowing. Thank you very much!

[–]bachtoccata 1 point2 points  (1 child)

So glad to see so many great artists on here! #TheSuffers they're a MUST LISTEN in everyone's life. So much life and joy to listen to! :D

[–]PeenTang 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Saw William Tyler open for Jeff Mangum back in 2011.

Excited that he seems to be making more of a buzz for himself.

[–]judasAint 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This stuff literally just broke my frustrating writer's block! Thank you so much for this.

[–]JFKinator 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Thank You! The "best of" is always a go to place to find gems year after year. Again thank you, your doing gods work.

[–]the16bitwonderDance! Dance! Dance! 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's here! YAAAAAAYYYYY!!!