Top Soul Music of 2016

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A look at the top soul music of 2016. Featuring artists like Chance the Rapper, Anderson .Paak, and D’Angelo.


Are you a big fan of soul music? For fans of this genre, 2016 was a great year. With so many new and exciting artists emerging onto the scene, it was hard to keep up with all the new music that was being released. If you’re looking for a way to catch up on all the best soul music of 2016, look no further than this list. We’ve compiled some of the most popular and critically-acclaimed soul albums of the year, so you can be sure that you’re getting only the best of the best.

Al Green- “Love and Happiness”

Al Green’s voice is as smooth as melted chocolate, and “Love and Happiness” is one of the most perfect soul songs ever recorded. It’s a simple song about finding joy in the simple things in life, and it never fails to put a smile on my face.

Mavis Staples- “Ain’t No Doubt”

Mavis Staples’ timely album Livin’ on a High Note features tracks written for her by contemporary artists including Ben Harper, Neko Case, and Tune-Yards. “Ain’t No Doubt” is one of the album’s highlights, a strutting soul anthem with a classic Motown sound.

Charles Bradley- “Changes”

The late Charles Bradley’s “Changes” is one of the most beautiful and stunning pieces of music released this year. The song is a perfectly crafted soul ballad that Bradley sings with passion and conviction. The lyrics are simple and honest, and they express Bradley’s dedication to making positive change in his life. The production is understated and tasteful, allowing Bradley’s voice to shine through. “Changes” is a gorgeous, moving song that deserves to be heard by as many people as possible.

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings- “I’m Still Here”

Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings’ final album is a victory lap, a joyous and triumphant record that celebrates the life and career of the late, great soul singer. “I’m Still Here” is the perfect send-off for an artist who left us far too soon, but left behind a rich musical legacy.


In conclusion, these are some of the top soul songs of 2016. This list is by no means exhaustive, but it does provide a snapshot of the best that soul music had to offer last year. We hope you enjoy these tunes and that they help to get your groove on in the new year!

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