There’s so much music out there, it’s hard to keep up! We’re halfway through this, the year of our Lord Beyoncé’s 2016, and thousands of albums have been released already. Several major stars put out chart-topping records, and a bunch of smaller names produced totally uncelebrated greatness. It’s really not safe to head into October without catching up. We already gave you our top 25 songs for January through March AND our top 25 songs for April through June. For the third quarter of the year, our selections are dominated by women and people of color. Female performers may be vastly underrepresented on Billboard’s Top 40 charts, but they comprise 52% of our list. Here are the 25 songs we loved the most from July through September: 1. “Don’t Touch My Hair” by Solange Knowles In the back of Solange Knowles’s “Don’t Touch My Hair” is a heartbeat—both a thumping drum on every other beat, and the genuine blood pumping of a strong black woman. This song has the depth not only of Solange’s plummeting vocal octaves, but the depth of an activist movement working in the single hairs on a black woman’s head. It’s beautiful, emotional, and undeniably groovy. Plus, only Solange Knowles… Read full this story
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