16 Favorite Songs of 2016: #2 “Chariots” – Paper Route


It was as close to a toss-up as you can imagine for whether “Chariots” or the yet-to-be-named song was going to be number one, but the fact that THIS particular Paper Route song was in the running surprises even me. With synth-pop-rock bands, I tend to gravitate towards the slow, moody numbers. For example, “Untitled” was initially my favorite track from Paper Route’s 2016 album, Real Emotion
It’s not easy for me to pinpoint exactly what it is about “Chariots” that love so much. I guess it’s a combination of that killer drum beat and ridiculously catchy chorus, plus the fact that this is the kind of song you can listen to a hundred times in a row and still want to play it again the next day. These kinds of songs are rare, they need to be hook-y without getting stale after several listens. They need to be musically ambitious without being suffocating. They need to be enjoyable whether I’m riding with the windows down on a summer afternoon or freezing my butt off on a snowy winter night. “Chariots” is that rare song. Put it on now and love it regardless of where you are or what you’re doing.

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