100 Best Songs 2016

100. Take Me Down by Gary Clark Jr.
99. Too Good by Drake feat. Rihanna
98. Panda by Desiigner
97. OG Original by G-Nako
96. Sunday Love by Bat for Lashes
95. Wivu by Jux
94. F**k With Myself by Banks
93. Ipo Siku by Goodluck Gozbert
92. Love on The Brain by Rihanna
91. H.O.L.Y. by Florida Georgia Line
90. Into You by Ariana Grande
89. Bado by Harmonize feat. Diamond
88. Malava by Peter Msechu
87. Tiimmy Turner by DESIIGNER
86. In Your Bones by Color Guard
85. Too Deep by dvsn
84. Flesh without Blood/Life in the Vivid Dream by Grimes
83. Don’t Mind by Kent Jones
82. Love Me Now by John Legend
81. Africa by Yemi Alade feat. Sauti Sol
80. Perfect Combo by Joh Makini feat Chidinma
79. Bonfire by The Hunna
78. Soldier by Falz Feat. Simi
77. Reality by Lost Frequencies feat. Janieck Devy
76. Kwa Hela by Linex
75. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
74. How Deep Is Your Love by Calvin Harris & Disciples
73. Palms by Rationale
72. Knives by Matoma & FRENSHIP
71. Home Alone Tonight by Luke Bryan
70. Forever by Ruby
69. NdiNdiNdi by Lady Jaydee
68. Maua Sama by Mahaba Niue
67. This Is What You Came for by Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
66. Walk It Off – Fid Q feat Taz
65. Heartbeat by Carrie Underwood
64. like you lots by LANY
63. Dancing on My Own by Calum Scott
62. Reaper by Sia
61. Sandcastles by Beyonce
60. Infinite High by Panama City
59. Waache Waoane by Chege Feat. Diamond Platnumz
58. Sweet Mangi by Nikki wa Pili feat. Chin Bees
57. Kuliko Jana – Sauti Sol
56. Upside by Allen Stone
55. Lost on You by LP
54. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokersft. Daya
53. Natamani by Cliff Mitindo Feat Mo Music
52. High by Jairemie Alexander
51. Kama Utanipenda by Darassa ft Rich Mavoko
50. CheChe by Heri Muziki
49. Natafuta Kiki by Rayvanny
48. Hymn for The Weekend by Coldplay
47. Come and See Me by PARTYNEXTDOOR feat. Drake
46. Work by Rihanna ft. Drake
45. Zigo Remix by AY feat. Diamond Platnumz
44. Kwetu by Rayvanny
43. Get Through This by Mi Casa feat. Yemi Alade
42. Bone + Tissue by Gallant
41. Arm’s Length by Kacy Hill
40. Malome by Cassper Nyovest ft Mahotela Queens
39. Fast Car by Jonas Blue Feat. Dakota
38. To Have and To Hold by Colin Hay
37. With Me by dvsn
36. Distraction by Kehlani
35. Too Much by Darassa
34. Overdose by Alessia Cara
33. Controlla by Drake
32. American Sweetheart by Elle King
31. Angela by dvsn
30. Kamatia by Navy Kenzo

29. Rise Up by Andra Day

28. Cheap Thrills by Sia feat. Sean Paul

27. Love Yourself by Justin Bieber

26. You Should Be Here by Cole Swindell

25. Moyo Mashine by Ben Paul

24. Unconditionally Bae by Sauti Sol and Alikiba

23. Woju by Kiss Daniel feat. Davido, Tiwa Savage

22. Chacun Pour Soi by Papa Wemba feat. Diamond Platnumz

21. Obianuju by Flavour

20. Pana by Tecno

19. What If I Go? by Mura Masa

18. Burning House by Cam
16. Looking for Your Name by Armin van Buuren feat. Gavin DeGraw

15. In2 by WSTRN
13. Salome by Diamond Platnumz feat. Rayvanny

12. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez

11. Do It Well by dvsn

10. Try Everything by Shakira

9. Salama by Angel Benard

8. 7 Years by Lukas Graham

7. Muziki by Darassa ft Ben Pol

6. One Dance by Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla

5. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Remix) by Mike Posner

4. Bourbon by Gallant

3. Closer by Majik

2. Wasn’t Expecting That by Jamie Lawson

1. Na Gode by Yemi Alade

100 Best Songs 2015

100. Matches by Letts
99. Desiree by David Nail
98. Nani Kama Mama by Christian Bella Feat. Ommy Dimpoz
97. Break Up In A Small Town by Sam Hunt
96. Remedy by Zac Brown Band
95. All Hands On Deck (Remix) by Tinashe Feat. Iggy Azalea
94. Bittersweet by Zac Brown Band
93. Uma Thurman by Fall Out Boy
92. Everything by Scaletta
91. Ryda by The Game Feat. Dej Loaf
90. Don’t Bother by Joh Makini ft. AKA
89. Wise Man, Wiseman by Frank Ocean
88. Locked Away by R. City Feat. Adam Levine
87. FourFiveSeconds by Rihanna & Kanye West & Paul McCartney
86. Duro by Tekno
85. Shikorobo by Shetta Feat. Kcee
84. It Was Always You by Maroon 5
83. Shauri Zao by Belle 9
82. Million Years Ago by Adele
81. Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd
80. There I Said It by Adam Lambert
79. Kookoo by Elani
78. Dandelion by Kacey Musgraves
77. Post To Be by Omarion
76. Never Would’ve Made It by Marvin Sapp
75. How Are You Supposed To Know by Don Brownrigg
74. Forever by Lady Jay Dee
73. Always On My Mind by Nosa
72. Waiting by Aquilo
71. Ghost by Ella Henderson
70. Isabella by Sauti Sol
69. River by Leon Bridges
68. Wish Me Well by Timi Dakolo
67. Mother Like Mine by The Band Perry
66. Far Away by Hemed PHD
65. Nikuite Nani by Jux
64. In Dreams by Roy Orbison
63. Nothing by Jah Cure
62. Never Should Have by Ashanti
61. Love Was My Alibi by Kristoffer Fogelmark
60. Classic Man by Jidenna
59. Real Love by Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne
58. Beautiful Me by Dappy
57. Empire by Ella Henderson
56. Loved By You by Alicios Theluji
55. Here With Me by Susie Suh & Robot Koch
54. Water Under the Bridge by Adele
53. Remedy by Adele
52. Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake
51. King by Years & Years
50. Never Been Loved by Maurice Kirya
49. Amazing by Alaine
48. Game by Navy Kenzo ft. Vanessa Mdee
47. Ama-Rulah by Roberto
46. Right Now by Seyi Shay
45. All Eyes on Me by AKA ft. Burna Boy, Da L.E.S
44. Masada by Alpha Blondy
43. Matrimony by Wale Ft. Usher
42. Keep It To Yourself by Kacey Musgraves
41. Nashindwa by Christian Bella
40. Flashlight by Jessie J
39. I Do (Cherish You) by Mark Wills
38. Love Me Like You Do by Ellie Goulding
37. Taste My Own Tears by Paloma Faith
36. Merry Go Around by Kacey Musgraves
35. Hold Back The River by James Bay
34. Canção do Mar by Dulce Pontes
33. Honey, I’m Good by Andy Grammer
32. Hotline Bling by Drake
31. Wait In Line by James Bay
30. Postcards by James Blunt
29. Destiny by Zahara
28. I’m Keeper by The Band Perry
27. Yours by Ella Henderson
26. All I Ask by Adele
25. Nobody But Me by Vannesa Mdee ft. K.O

24. Ololufe by Flavour ft. Chidinma

23. Kubali by Future Jnl

22. Pioneer by The Band Perry

21. Godwin by Korede Bello

20. See You Again by Wiz Khalifa Feat. Charlie Puth

19. Soul Provider by Romain Virgo

18. Let It Go by James Bay

17. I’m Looking for You by Jux ft. Joh Makini

16. Simati Niya by Cynthia Morgan

15. Only Love Can Hurt Like This by Paloma Faith

14. Na Yule by Ruby

13. One Day by Zac Brown Band

12. Let Her Go by Passenger

11. What Is Love by V Bozeman

10. Hello by Adele

9. Bebi Bebi by Atemi

8. Hard Work by Ella Henderson

7. Jika by Mi Casa

6. Ojuelegba by Wizkid

5. Milele by Elani

4. Take Your Time by Sam Hunt

3. Better Today by Coffey

2. Gentle On My Mind by The Band Perry

1. Until Forever Ends by Millian

100 Best Songs 2014

100. Songs Like This – Carrie Underwood
99. Guts Over Fear – Eminem
98. Pompeii – Bastille
97. Good Directions by Billy Currington
96. Wouldn’t Be Gone by Blake Shelton
95. County Stars – OneRepublic
94. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
93. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
92. Woods – Bon Iver
91. Someone Else Calling You Baby – Luke Bryan
90. Speed the Collapse – Metric
89. Barefoot Blue Jean Night – Jake Owen
88. Take Me To Church – Hozier
87. Mwana – Ali Kiba
86. Aye – Davido
85. My Number One – Diamond
84. Something More – Sugarland
83. Hold On We’re Going Home – Drake
82. Maps – Maroon 5
81. Tupogo – Ommy Dimpoz
80. The Monster – Eminem
79. Bloodstream – Ed Sheeran
78. Place With No Name – Michael Jackson
77. Boom Clap – Charli XCX
76. Raging Fire – Phillip Phillips
75. Come Back Song – Darius Rucker
74. Fairground Lyrics – Simply Red
73. I’m Not The Only One – Sam Smith
72. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
71. Who You Love – John Mayer
70. Supernova – Ray LaMontagne
69. Love Never Felt So Good – Michael Jackson ft Justin Timberlake
68. Say A Prayer – Tracy Lawrence
67. Rude – MAGIC!
66. Warwick Avenue -Duffy
65. India Waale – Vishal Dadlani, Shankar Mahadevan, Neeti Mohan
64. Happy – Pharrell Williams
63. Photograph – Ed Sheeran
62. Ain’t It Fun – Paramore
61. Suds In The Bucket – Sara Evans
60. The Scientist – Willie Nelson
59. Skye Boat Song – Bear McCreary, featuring Raya Yarbrough
58. Feel This Moment – Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera
57. Remind Me – Brad Paisley
56. Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay
55. All Of Me – John Legend
54. Drunk Last Night – Eli Young Band
53. Shoulder To Shoulder – Rebecca Ferguson
52. Burn – Ellie Goulding
51. Shake It Off – Taylor Swift
50. Habits (Stay High) – Tove Lo
49. Welcome Home -Radical Face
48. Uncharted – Sara Bareilles
47. Poor Man’s Son – Noah Gundersen
46. A Long Time Ago by Waylon Jennings
45. Barcelona – George Ezra
44. Magico – Mika Mendes
43. Why You Wanna – Jana Kramer
42. Monalisa – Mono T
41. Magic – Coldplay
40. Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not – Thompson Square
39. Don’t Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
38. How I Got to Memphis – Bobby Bare
37. Dear Marie – John Mayer
36. Blame It on Me – George Ezra
35. Chandelier – Sia
34. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
33. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz
32. Wake Me Up – Avicii, Aloe Blacc
31. Bright Lights – Placebo
30. Falling – Kate Rusby
29. Hero – Family of the Year
28. Drunk in Love – Beyonce
27. Alibis – Tracy Lawrence
26. Carolina – Eric Church
25. Looking Too Closely – Fink
24. All Alright – Zac Brown Band
23. Mapenzi Yana Run Dunia – Ali Kiba
22. Cheerleader – MIO
21. Shenandoah – Sissel
20. To Build a Home – The Cinematic Orchestra

19. Latch – Natalie Taylor

18. One – Ed Sheeran

17. The Rock – Tracy Lawrence

16. Still The One – Sauti Sol

15. Basi Nenda – Mo Music

14. He Wants It All – Forever Jones

13. I Choose You – Ryan Leslie

12. I Need You – Steel Magnolia

11. Say Something – A Great Big World

10. You’ll Always Be My Baby – Sara Evans

9. Long Time Traveller – The Wailin’ Jennys

8. Main Kya Karoon – Nikhil Paul George

7. Let It Go – Idina Menzel

6. Afire Love – Ed Sheeran

5. XO – Beyonce

4. Say Now – Zonke

3. How Long Will I Love You – Ellie Goulding

2. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles

1. Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran

Intimations of Immortality

Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be…

Somewhere Between Life and Death

She sits alone,
Nestled in her favorite chair,
Somewhere between faded memories
And the spark of a dream
That reminds her she’s alive.

Maybe the neighbor will visit today,
Somewhere between the dishes and the dusting,
Before darkness comes to vacuum up the hours
Of another lonely day.

The children will call from their sparkling houses
Somewhere between manicured lawns and chlorinated pools,
Five rushed minutes between hello and goodbye,
Increasing her longing
For muddy footprints and scattered toys.

She sets her sandwich–ham and mayo on wheat–
On a chipped plate at a table
Surrounded by 6 chairs.
Today she will sit in her late husband’s spot
Somewhere between her eldest son and youngest daughter
Trying to savor the crumbs of her life.

By Patricia M. Striner