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Sixteen Great Songs You Missed in 2016 - but you must listen to now!

This is djrobblog's annual recap of the best songs you missed from the year just ended. These are tunes that either missed the Billboard pop charts altogether, or they never escaped the lower reaches of them.

The chart that serves as the barometer of these songs' lack of success is the Billboard Hot 100. If a song charted higher than #50 at any time during 2016, then it is ineligible for this list.

I gave dozens and dozens of low-charting or no-charting singles a listen to come up with this list, and narrowed it down to what I considered the sixteen best.

Without further ado, here they are in no particular order...


"Bang Bang" - Green Day

These first-ballot Rock and Roll Hall of Famers reminded us how they got there with this rollicking and somewhat disturbing 2016 release. It was punk rock at its 21st-Century finest by one of the best punk bands to ever do it. "Bang Bang" had all the musical elements of the band's '90s jams, plus the lyrical genius of their 2000's stuff (think 2005's "Holiday"). The song, which is written from the perspective of a mass shooter (with a refrain of "Daddy's little psycho and Mommy's little soldier), immediately topped Billboard's rock charts, but failed to even make the Hot 100, which is why it's on this "missed" list.

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