All thanks to some pretty unfathomable political, social, economic and psychic shitstorms, 2016 has provided the almost perfect milieu for some serious sonic escapism over the last eleven and a bit months. And, of course, there were good times, too – many of which featured some of the finest feature-length and one-off soundtracks imaginable. So, ahead of unveiling our annual top 100 Irish tracks of the year in four installments over the next week or so, check out our Top 50 Tracks of 2016 – featuring everyone from Suuns, The Avalanches, Margaret Glaspy and Leonard Cohen to Gnod, Frank Ocean, Car Seat Headrest and King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard – via Spotify below.
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