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  • Monday 16th January

    RTRFM’s Top Played Tracks of 2016

    2016 was a phenomenal year for new music. David Bowie released his final LP, Angel Olsen turned heads with My Woman, Radiohead re-emerged with A Moon Shaped Pool and PJ Harvey returned with The Hope Six Demolition Project. On the local front, we welcomed new releases from Benjamin Witt, Gunns & Nicholas Allbrook – both solo and in collaboration with Rabbit Island. We saw a debut full-length from Koi Child, more singles from Abbe May’s long-awaited Bitchcraft, and new tracks from Childsaint, Ah Trees, Methyl Ethel and The Love Junkies.

    Much like last year, we’ve combed through the data detailing everything that’s been played on RTRFM from January 1 to December 31 in 2016, and narrowed down the top played tracks of the year.

    RTRFM isn’t playlisted – our radio presenters are given full autonomy to program their shows how they wish. What that means is that this list isn’t dictated from the top-down – it represents a bottom-up consensus from our broadcasters of what music they’ve been digging over the course of 2016.

    A number of artists make multiple appearances in the list – Perth outfit Childsaint pop up twice in the top 10, taking out the #1 and #7 spots, as do Dream Rimmy with #4 and #6. Nicholas Allbrook makes the most appearance – twice solo, and once from his Rabbit Island collaboration. David Bowie, Parquet Courts, The Love Junkies, Lucy Peach, PJ Harvey and Split Seconds all make dual appearances too.

    You’ll notice the total number of tracks is 52 – an odd number for a countdown – which is owing to several ties for equal number of plays.

    A quick breakdown of stats:

    • 36 of these 52 tracks (69%)  are from WA artists
    • Just 2 are from artists based in other parts of Australia
    • 22 of these tracks (42%) are from or fronted by female/female-identifying artists

    Stream the full list of tracks at the features page.



    1. Childsaint – Hallelujah Heartache
    2. Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
    3. Benjamin Witt – Dead Fish
    4. Dream Rimmy – Landslide
    4. Dream Rimmy – Waves
    4. Koi Child – 1-5-9
    7. Childsaint – Used Up
    8. Lucy Peach – Bomb
    9. Car Seat Headrest – Drunk Drivers / Killer Whales
    10. Mei Saraswati – Fruits
    11. Ah Trees – Team Sports
    12. Abbe May – Doomsday Clock
    12. Gold Panda – Time Eater
    14. ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me
    14. Joni in the Moon – Tarantella
    14. Abbe May – Are We Flirting?
    17. ANOHNI – 4 Degrees
    18. Rabbit Island & Nicholas Allbrook – The Race
    18. Verge Collection – Postcodes
    20. Em Burrows & The Bearded Rainbow – Paces
    20. Fait – Chasing Youth
    20. Nicholas Allbrook – Advance
    20. Nicholas Allbrook – A Fool There Was
    24. David Bowie – Lazarus
    24. Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry
    24. Spaceman – Grains Of Sand
    27. Jenny Hval – Female Vampire
    27. Lucy Peach – Be So Good
    29. No Zu – Spirit Beat
    29. Parquet Courts– Dust
    31. The Love Junkies – I Had A Party Once
    31. PJ Harvey – The Community Of Hope
    31. Pikelet – Interface Dystopia
    34. Dennis Cometti – Goon And Juice
    34. Gunns – She’s A Rainbow
    34. The Stone Roses – All For One
    34. Tame Impala – Let It Happen
    34. Usurper Of Modern Medicine – Ego War
    39. Heebiejeebies – The Price On Your Head
    39. KUČKA – Unconditional
    39. Radiohead – Daydreaming
    39. Mathas – Bravo Troll
    39. Mt. Mountain – Freida
    39. PJ Harvey – The Wheel
    39. Split Seconds – Any Minute Now
    39. Split Seconds – Relocation Blues
    47. David Bowie – Blackstar
    47. Lone – Vapour Trail
    47. The Love Junkies – Nobody
    47. Lower Spectrum – Masquerade
    47. Methyl Ethel – No. 28
    47. Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet

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    Huge thanks to Benji Ramsay, Gareth Lowe, Adam Christou, Daniel Midgley and Taylah Strano for their help combing through mountains of data and assembling this list.

    Huge thanks to Corey Hines for the header artwork.

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RTRFM's Top 50 Tracks of 2016

17. 4 Degrees


20. Paces

Em Burrows & The Bearded Rainbow

3. Dead Fish

Benjamin Witt

39. Unconditional


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