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The Strombo Show, December 27, 2016

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It's that wonderful time of year again.

We celebrated 2015 by spinning the finest musical exports of the year as chosen by us on the Strombo Show on our annual two-part special.

From his home, George Stroumboulopoulos dropped the best offerings — from M.I.A. to Majical Cloudz, Kendrick Lamar to Cancer Bats, Braids to David Bowie and so much more — and reflected back on this great year of music.

Also, some friends of the show shared their selections for song of the year: Health, Cadence Weapon, Wade MacNeil, Shamir, Daniel Romano, Cancer Bats, Rich Aucoin, Coeur de pirate, Lindi Ortega, K-Os, Wes of The Darcys and more.

You know the drill: Lock it. Crank it. Join the collective.

100. M.I.A., "Borders"
99. ANTI-FLAG, "Brandenburg Gate (Strombo Session)"
98. Mbongwana Star, "Malukayi"
97. EL VY, "Return To The Moon (Political Song For Didi Bloome To Sing, With Crescendo)"
96. FIDLAR, "40oz. On Repeat"
95. The Flatliners, "Fangs"
94. iskwe, "Nobody Knows"
93. WEAVES, "Tick"
92. Kurt Vile, "Pretty Pimpin"
91. Erykah Badu, "Hello (Ft. Andre 3000)"
90. Sheer Mag, "Button Up"
89. Christine & The Queens, "Jonathan (Ft. Perfume Genius)"
88. HEALTH, "Stonefist"
87. Pictureplane, "Total Confusion (Ft. Antwon)"
86. Hawksley Workman, "We're Not Broken Yet (Strombo Session)"
85. Chromatics, "I Can Never Be Myself When You're Around"
84. Los Poetas, "Slaughter"
83. Bossie, "Tell It All"
82. Skepta, "Shutdown"
81. Born Ruffians, "Yawn Tears"
80. Dan Deacon, "When I Was Done Dying (Strombo Session)"
79. Jazz Cartier, "I Know"
78. Young Galaxy, "We're No Good"
77. Alessia Cara, "Here"
76. A Tribe Called Red, "All Day (Ft. Kool A.D., Chippewa Travelers)"
75. Metric, "Cascades (Strombo Session)"
74. Hayden, "No Happy Birthday"
73. Black Lungs, "For The Love Of Ivy"
72. WAVVES, "Heavy Metal Detox"
71. SEXWITCH, "Helelyos"
70. Northcote, "Your Rock And Roll (Strombo Session)"
69. Shamir, "Call It Off"
68. Fluoride, "Sleep"
67. Daniel Romano, "Strange Faces"
66. Jennifer Castle, "Sailing Away"
65. Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear, "Yellow Taxi (Strombo Session)"
64. David Bowie, "Blackstar"
63. Julia Holter, "Feel You"
62. Cancer Bats, "Through & Through & Through"
61. Superheaven, "Gushin' Blood"
60. Best Coast, "California Nights"
59. Savages, "The Answer"
58. Team Sleep, "Your Skull Is Red (Live Woodstock Sessions)"
57. Kendrick Lamar, "King Kunta"
56. Grey Lands, "Another Lie"
55. Drake, "Know Yourself"
54. Susanne Sundfor, "Fade Away"
53. Coeur de pirate, "Carry On (Strombo Session)"
52.5. Justin Bieber, "Sorry"
52. The Weather Station, "Tapes"
51. Majical Cloudz, "Downtown"
50. Missy Elliott, "WTF? (Where They From?) (Ft. Pharrell Williams)"
49. Vince Staples, "Norf Norf" 
48. Overnight, "Duet"
47. U.S. Girls, "Damn That Valley"
46. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, "S.O.B."
45. Fadimoutou Wallet Inamoud, "Wana Le Nouveau"
44. The Dirty Nil, "Zombie Eyed"
43. Lindi Ortega, "When You Ain't Home (Strombo Session)"
42. Shakey Graves, "Dearly Departed (Ft. Esme Patterson)"
41. Deerhunter, "Snakeskin"
40. Joel Plaskett, "Broke (Strombo Session)"
39. Wolf Alice, "Bros"
38. Unknown Mortal Orchestra, "Can't Keep Checking My Phone"
37. Kanye West, "All Day (Ft. Allan Kingdom, Theophilus London & Paul McCartney)"
36. Peaches, "Dick In The Air (Strombo Session)"
35. Bully, "Trying" 
34. Deafheaven, "Brought To The Water"
33. Taylor Swift, "Bad Blood (Ft. Kendrick Lamar)"
32. K-Os, "Boyz II Men (Ft. Saukrates, Kardinal O, Choclair, King Reign, Shad)"
31. Laura Jane Grace, Joan Jett & Miley Cyrus, "Androgynous"
30. Pussy Riot, "Refugees In"
29. Chance The Rapper & The Social Experiment, "Slip Slide (Ft. B.o.B., Busta Rhymes & Janelle Monae)"
28. Tobias Jesso Jr., "How Could You Babe?"
27. Sleater-Kinney, "Bury Our Friends"
26. METZ, "Acetate"
25. BECK, "Dreams"
24. Chelsea Wolfe, "Carrion Flowers"
23. Miguel, "The Valley"
22. City And Colour, "Lover Come Back (Strombo Session)"
21. Joanna Newsom, "Leaving The City"
20. Raury, "Friends (Ft. Tom Morello)"
19. Borns, "10,000 Emerald Pools"
18. Tame Impala, "Let It Happen"
17. Fetty Wap, "Trap Queen"
16. Kalle Mattson, "Avalanche"
15. Lou Doillon, "Where To Start"
14. Beach House, "Sparks" 
13. D'Angelo, "Sugah Daddy"
12. Courtney Barnett, "Pedestrian At Best"
11. The Weeknd, "Can't Feel My Face"
10. Hot Chip, "Huarache Lights"
09. BRAIDS, "Miniskirt"
08. Father John Misty, "Bored In The USA"
07. Bjork, "Stonemilker"
06. Alabama Shakes, "Sound And Colour"
05. Jamie XX, "I Know There's Gonna Be Good Times (Ft. Young Thug & Popcaan)"
04. Grimes, "REALiTi"
03. Drake, "Hotline Bling"
02. Dilly Dally, "Desire" 
01. Kendrick Lamar, "Alright" 

For further musical exploration with George Stroumboulopoulos, tune in to T
he Strombo Show every Sunday night on CBC Radio 2 or CBC Music from 8 to 11 p.m. for three hours of uninterrupted music for music lovers.