Carte Blanche Top 2016

Is there a better way to introduce myself and this new music blog than via a year-end chart? Last year in my Carte Blanche radio show I played over 800 new tracks, all of which you can find in this 2016 container playlist (subject to availability). Only 100 of them made it to the Carte Blanche Top 2016.

Some random statistics:

  • After the usual suspects – Great-Britain (34) and United States (19) – the Netherlands deliver most entries (9), followed by Sweden (8), Belgium (6), Australia (5), Norway and France (4 each)
  • 42% of all lead vocals are sung by women, which is unique compared to other radio stations
  • There are more rock tracks in (the upper regions of) the Carte Blanche Top 2016 than in your average year-end chart
  • The same goes for acts that were already successful 10, 20, even 30 years ago, proving they are still relevant today

If you want, you can listen to my radio show (in Dutch) containing the Top 30 of my year-end chart. Meanwhile you can browse through the complete list below. Enjoy!

  1. Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Mwah) (W)
  2. Don Broco – Everybody (W)
  3. Dagny – Backbeat (W)
  4. Pixies – Talent (W)
  5. Primal Scream (feat. Haim) – 100% Or Nothing (W)
  6. Rat Boy – Get Over It (W)
  7. M83 feat. Mai Lan (& Steve Vai) – Go! (Album Edit) (W)
  8. Get Well Soon – It’s Love (Radio Edit) (W)
  9. Makola – This Is London (W)
  10. Noémie Wolfs – Lost In Love (W)
  11. Vant – Fly-By Alien (W)
  12. Heidi Maree – Caterpillar Shoes (W)
  13. Artificial Pleasure – I’ll Make It Worth Your While (W)
  14. The Griswolds feat. Lizzo – YDLM (*) (W)
  15. The Brahms – Backseat (W)
  16. Mylène Farmer – City Of Love (Radio Edit) (W)
  17. Admiral Freebee – Kim Basinger
  18. Liv – Wings Of Love (W)
  19. Model Depose – Particles (New Mix) (W)
  20. Estrons – Drop
  21. Zak Abel – Everybody Needs Love (W)
  22. Röyksopp feat. Susanne Sundfør – Never Ever (Radio Edit)
  23. Smoove & Turrell – Given It All (*) (W)
  24. Nelou – Echo
  25. Tegan & Sara – U-Turn
  26. Moddi – A Matter Of Habit
  27. Bent van Looy – My Escape (Radio Version)
  28. Rita Zipora – Tik De Box (W)
  29. Pitbull feat. Robin Thicke, Joe Perry & Travis Barker – Bad Man (W)
  30. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Go Robot (W)
  31. Hooverphonic – You
  32. Yello – Limbo (W)
  33. Zucchero ‘Sugar’ Fornaciari – 13 Buone Ragioni (W)
  34. Alma – Karma (W)
  35. Fripps & Fripps – Get Your End Wet (Werner Edit) (W)
  36. Noonie Bao – Sorry Not Sorry
  37. The Divine Comedy – Catherine The Great (W)
  38. Pussy Riot – Make America Great Again
  39. Shinedown – How Did You Love
  40. Zuco 103 – Yara
  41. Royal Republic – Uh-Huh
  42. Charli XCX – Explode
  43. The 1975 – She’s American (W)
  44. Skott – Amelia (RS)
  45. Robbie Williams – Heavy Entertainment Show (*) (W)
  46. Black Honey – Hello Today
  47. Chvrches feat. Hayley Williams – Bury It (Single Version) (W)
  48. Pop Cult – Sunday Mourning
  49. Britney Spears – Do You Wanna Come Over?
  50. Sting – I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
  51. OK Go feat. Perfume – I Don’t Understand You
  52. Sunset Sons – On The Road (W)
  53. Halsey – Castle (The Huntsman: Winter’s War Version) (W)
  54. Moby & The Void Pacific Choir – Are You Lost In The World Like Me?
  55. Death Team – Gold (RS)
  56. Nothing But Thieves – Excuse Me (Edit) (W)
  57. Álvaro Soler (feat. Paty Cantú) – Libre
  58. Delv!s – Come My Way (Edit)
  59. Saint Motel – Move
  60. Maggie Rogers – Alaska (W)
  61. Art Felixx – High On Love
  62. Scarlett Johansson – Set It All Free
  63. Carnival Youth – Seagulls On Bicycles
  64. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Wild Forever (Radio Edit)
  65. Tom Odell – Here I Am
  66. Stevie Wonder feat. Ariana Grande – Faith
  67. Black M – Je Suis Chez Moi (Album Edit)
  68. Andrew Bird – Roma Fade
  69. The Last Shadow Puppets – Aviation (W)
  70. Pet Shop Boys – Say It To Me (New Radio Mix)
  71. Miike Snow – My Trigger
  72. Olsson (feat. Mapei) – Hold On
  73. Kings Of Leon – Find Me
  74. Bells Of Youth – Running (Radio Edit)
  75. Guy Garvey – Open The Door (Werner Edit) (W)
  76. twenty | one | pilots – Stressed Out
  77. Suede – Like Kids
  78. The Pretty Reckless – Take Me Down
  79. Peter, Björn & John – What You Talking About?
  80. Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed (Edit) (W)
  81. Ariana Grande – Jason’s Song (Gave It Away)
  82. Temples – Certainty
  83. Lossy – You Who’s Guiding Me
  84. Johnossi – Air Is Free
  85. Pixie Geldof – Sweet Thing
  86. Sundara Karma – She Said
  87. Twin Atlantic – The Chaser
  88. Tokyo Police Club – Not My Girl
  89. Matt & Kim – Let’s Run Away
  90. Sløtface – Take Me Dancing
  91. Puggy – Soul
  92. Lush – Out Of Control
  93. Fil Bo Riva – Franzis
  94. Hannah Grace – Mustang
  95. De Staat – Make The Call, Leave It All (W)
  96. Sväva – Only U (W)
  97. MiAmigo – What I Want (W)
  98. Izzy Bizu – White Tiger (Single Version)
  99. Sigma feat. Birdy – Find Me (Radio Edit)
  100. Tosso – Baby

(W) = ex Wildcard
(*) = album track

Further listening:
Carte Blanche Top 2015
Carte Blanche Top 2014
Carte Blanche Top 2013
Carte Blanche Top 2012
Carte Blanche Top 2011
Carte Blanche Top 2010

Music industry watcher and journalist. Worked at a cd club, a record store chain and was editor in chief of an entertainment trade magazine. Has been in the radio business since 1987, producing and presenting shows. Was music director of several stations. Also, he developed the European Border Breakers Charts.

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