The Music Club
The Music Club

The Music Club, 2016

Here’s an eight-hour, 125-song playlist for listening back on the year.

Dec. 29 2016 9:45 AMThe Music Club, 2016Troubling times call for more than angry protest anthems. There’s also power in tenderness.
Dec. 29 2016 5:45 AMThe Music Club, 2016My two favorite albums of the year both came from the same city.
Dec. 28 2016 10:00 AMThe Music Club, 2016The internet isn’t democratizing music the way I’d hoped.
Dec. 28 2016 5:45 AMThe Music Club, 2016The best shows I saw in 2016—and a defense of “best of” lists in a year of worsts.
Dec. 27 2016 10:17 AMThe Music Club, 2016Dance music is still giving too many bros a pass, while marginalizing women and people of color.
Dec. 27 2016 7:02 AMThe Music Club, 2016The biggest mistake I made as a music critic this year.
Dec. 26 2016 9:13 AMThe Music Club, 2016Black women may have ruled the pop conversation, but the charts were dominated by petulant men.
Dec. 26 2016 5:48 AMThe Music Club, 2016The best albums of 2016, a year of constant flux.
Dec. 23 2015 6:08 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 15: This was the year the producers became as big as the pop stars.
Dec. 23 2015 9:30 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 13: Why Future’s DS2 might be the album of the year, whether or not you like Future the person.
Dec. 22 2015 1:38 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 11: It’s raining singing, sensitive, and half-naked men. Hallelujah!
Dec. 21 2015 5:35 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 9: Country music’s move away from “bro country,” and other self-reinventions.
Dec. 21 2015 11:16 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 7: My least favorite song of this year was by Drake.
Dec. 18 2015 10:28 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 5: Let’s talk about the year’s best music on screen—and onstage.
Dec. 17 2015 9:30 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 3: To Pimp a Butterfly captured this year better than any other album.
Dec. 29 2016 7:00 AMThe Music Club, 2016Kanye may support Trump, but Pablo can still inspire us.
Dec. 28 2016 11:30 AMThe Music Club, 2016The many musical strategies employed this year by difficult women.
Dec. 28 2016 9:00 AMThe Music Club, 2016The year’s best music moments from movies and TV.
Dec. 27 2016 12:08 PMThe Music Club, 2016What pop music—and even Drake’s “One Dance”—can do for us in this year of calamities.
Dec. 27 2016 9:06 AMThe Music Club, 2016The Ghost Ship fire shows that we need truly safe spaces.
Dec. 26 2016 11:55 AMThe Music Club, 2016This was a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad year on the pop charts. But streaming gives some hope.
Dec. 26 2016 7:04 AMThe Music Club, 2016Black women ruled music in 2016, whether the country was ready for it or not.
Dec. 24 2015 12:43 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 16: Grimes isn’t the only female producer who had a great year in 2015.
Dec. 23 2015 1:37 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 14: Why it’s not helpful to divide artists into heroes and villains.
Dec. 22 2015 7:37 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 12: Why are so many drug anthems sneaking their way onto the radio? 
Dec. 22 2015 11:06 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 10: The year in comebacks. Plus: The one 2015 song I want to punch in the face.
Dec. 21 2015 1:00 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 8: The squads are all breaking up, and the hits are all sad.
Dec. 18 2015 1:00 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 6: This was the year that #squad died.
Dec. 17 2015 3:10 PMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 4: In 2015, black artists took back the pop charts.
Dec. 16 2015 7:30 AMThe Music Club, 2015Entry 2: This was the year of anti-everything.