Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#1!)

First I just want to say how big 2016 was for the Unearthed platform. Sooooooooooo0oooo many great artists – Tash Sultana is set to take the whole bloody world by storm this year, Amy Shark will top the Hottest 100 if Instagram hashtags are anything to go by, and Hannahband were doing their bit to help Burn It Down.

I want to give some honourable mentions:

  • Alex the Astronaut, who I found out about way too late in the game (apologies) but who is an amazing artist. ‘Already Home’ is amazing.
  • Lostkeyz, a young hip hop artist whose track ‘Horror Stories’ made me think there are going to big things coming from his corner in 2017.
  • nyck – who made the most amazing duet of the year. ‘Decision’ still gives me the chills every time.
  • Confidence Man, whose track ‘Boyfriend’ made me laugh so much and also made an appearance in some IKEA ads. Well done guys!
  • jacob – what can I say but you’re so cool
  • Elli Schoen, who belted out some amazing tracks like ‘Mumma’ and ‘Hard Heart’
  • Azura – ‘Midnight’ is absolutely superb.
  • Georgia Mae – ‘Time With You’ made my top ten list for the Hottest 100. (I know it wasn’t the top ten here, but that’s because I’m being cheeky and sharing the love)
  • The Tapes – ‘You Know It’s Real’ is great ‘un
  • Nussy – I love groovin’ to ‘Just Just’
  • I’ve probably missed out on more of my faves this year but these mentions alone show how hard it was for me to pick a top 10.

Now for my number one pick this year. She’s the wonderful, the up and coming, the Unearthed High winner who’s already been recording new music in the US and wowing concert-goers at her live shows. Yes, it’s Gretta! #TeamGretta

#1 Drive – Gretta Ray

I was instantly taken aback by this song when I heard it being played on triple j. I still remember I was sweating away at the gym and thinking, ‘Shit, this track is amazing’. Gretta Ray has gone from heights to greater heights this year. Her Elsewhere EP was released in February, then she went on to win Unearthed High, and from there recorded another stunning track ‘Unwind’. It’s a new year and don’t think anything will be stopping her rise now. All the best for 2017, Gretta! Your music is nothing short of bliss.


Top Ten Picks of 2016 (#2)

I’ll take you for a drive.

#2 Glades – Drive

Kiss me on the corner with your hands in mine.


This track undoubtedly has made a huge impact on the Australian musicscape since it was released in January. The Sydney outfit must have known they were onto a good thing when they made this one.

Drive is an earworm that I could listen to all day. And I’m sure it is going to feature highly in the Hottest 100 come January 26. And they damn deserve it!

Tomorrow on New Year’s Day I’ll be announcing my #1 pick, so see you then!

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#3)

Time for the top three and my next pick is from a Melbourne artist who recently won an Unearthed comp to perform at the 2016 Beyond the Valley. There’s also been much love for her tracks ‘Daggers & Knives’ and ‘The Thaw’ this year. But I’m here to give my top three place to another track. That’s right, she’s Woodes and the track is…

#3 Rise – Woodes

This song never fails to captivate me. Elle Graham’s vocals take centre stage with an amazing choral support. And it’s so uplifting.

A lot as been said about the icy Melbourne artist, but clearly Woodes has a fiery side to her too. This year has seen her thaw, and out of the fire, Rise.

That’s why Woodes, and particularly her track ‘Rise’ has made my top three tracks of the year. All the best for 2017!

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#4)

Picking my top ten tracks is hard work. I would sooner pick 100 tracks, there were that many good ones released this year. Well as it happens, fellow SuperUser Dave McCarthy has put together his top 100 tracks for 2016 for you to all enjoy. Check it out here!

Now to my next pick…

#4 Adore – Amy Shark

When I think top ten Hottest 100, I think Adore by Amy Shark. But it’s not its popularity that has made it so high on my favourites of 2016. This track blew me away as soon as I heard it and many are having the same reaction. Queue this one for high rotation on the commercial radio stations in 2017, once they all realise what a banger it is.

Amy is lovely too. She dropped by the triple j studios to perform for Like A Version and her acoustic version of Adore is absolutely stunning.

That’s why Adore has made my top #10, indeed top #5 tracks of 2016. Stay tuned tomorrow for my #3 pick.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#5)

Already past the halfway mark and the year is nearly over. I will be revealing my #1 on New Year’s Day to kick off the hopefully successful year of [Just In] Australia. But now for my fifth pick…

#5 Flower St. – Zen Haircuts

This track had my music senses tingling and I immediately went searching for more of their stuff. Zen Haircuts will be releasing their Zen Haircuts EP in early 2017, so keep your eyes peeled and your ears clean.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#6)

Oh my god.

This one came out of the blue for me. It’s typically harder for songs released in the later part of the year to make favourite lists, but this one was immediate for me.

#6 Oh My God – Owen Rabbit

Owen Rabbit just finished touring his debut EP in Europe, and is touring Australia very soon. Check out the dates on his Facebook or at


Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#7)

Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird!

What a band name and what a year it has been for the abbreviated CTBNF. ‘Melbourne Bitter’ started it off and then the Melbourne band continued with the good stuff with ‘Make It’ and ‘Cool Parties’.

#7 Melbourne Bitter – Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird

This one still occupies a soft spot. Whenever it comes on the radio it only takes a second before you know you’re in for four minutes of blissful CTBNF. That’s why this makes #7 for me this year.

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Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#8)

Continuing to countdown the top 10 tracks of 2016, we’re moving on to Number Eight.

#8 Inside Voices – Mallrat

Mallrat’s ‘Inside Voices’ is firmly inside my top ten Unearthed tracks of 2016. The Brisbane artist has produced something undeniably relatable with this one. Who doesn’t get that sinking feeling that everyone’s politeness is just a mask for what they really think of you? Just me? Oh. Well I’ll just sit by myself in silence.

Top Ten Tracks of 2016 (#9)

Continuing to countdown the top 10 tracks of 2016, we’re moving on to Number Nine.

#9 Thankful – Feki

2014 and 2015 saw Feki receive some radio play love but I believe 2016 was the year the Brisbane producer really shone through.

From the fade in ‘Thankful’ is full of so many positive vibes. In a year many have seen as full of negativity we should remember that so much good has come from it too. That’s the feeling Feki’s ‘Thankful’ gives me and that’s why it’s made my top ten this year.

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2017 COUNTDOWN (#10)


As the countdown to 2017 I’m celebrating by posting my ten favourite tracks for 2016.

These are my personal favourites, and believe me, it was so hard to pick these from all the great tracks that were released this year.

#10 Ngerraberrakernama – Emily Wurramara

Emily Wurramara has had a massive 2016, releasing her debut EP Black Smoke. Both ‘Black Smoke’ and ‘Ngerraberrakernama’ received lots of love from triple j and triple j Unearthed. While I love both of these tracks, ‘Ngerraberrrakernama’ wins it out for me purely by how catchy it is.

If you’re a lucky Queenslander you can see her play at the Woodford Folk Festival on December 27. She’s also heading off to the US in early 2017 to spread her beautiful music there.

Wishing Emily the best of luck with 2017! You’ve more than earned your place as one of the best catches from Unearthed in 2016.

Stay tuned tomorrow when I introduce #9 on the list!

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