Friday Top: 15 Greatest Things That Happened in Music in 2016

As voted by UG community.

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Friday Top: 15 Greatest Things That Happened in Music in 2016

This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw the people of UG community discussing the musical events of the current year and jotting down the top things we've had the pleasure of witnessing.

We've decided to mostly NOT filter this one at all, and include the funny stuff in the same batch as the more serious stuff to reflect you folks in a way that's as raw and wild as you rascals.

The one we did have to discard, though, was "each member of Big 4 releases an album in the same year," since Slayer has released "Repentless" in 2015. Therefore, 1988 still remains the last year in which we saw Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax releasing a new record.

Anyhow, the goods await below.

15. Dave Mustaine kept his opinions to himself

Apart from saying that UG is awesome (which is a fact and not an opinion), that new Metallica album is good stuff, that nu-metal guitarists suck, explaining what's wrong with beer today and calling that dude at Megadeth concert an "asshole turd pile of shit" - yes, yes he did.

14. Ronnie James Dio, Lemmy Kilmister, Randy Rhoads to be inducted into 'Hall of Heavy Metal History'

If the Rock Hall doesn't want 'em, then fuck the Rock Hall. More info on the Metal Hall here.

13. The Desert Trip Festival

It's not every day you see a festival that features The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters, and The Who. This was a 6-day event that took place on October 7–9 and 14–16 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA.

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12. Axl/DC

Definitely one of the trending stories of the rock world this year, the Axl/DC stint kept Mr. Rose in the limelight of the music world for yet another year.

11. Buckethead returning to live performance

The trek kicked off in April and was wrapped up a few months later, marking Mr. Bucket's first live shows in 4 years. Since the tour ended, he's already released 8 new albums.

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10. UG's new layout

Yes, we gave the guy who posted this nomination and everyone who upvoted him $1,000,000.

9. Canadians Celebrate The Tragically Hip on August 20

This marked the final show of the band's final tour, which was announced after frontman Gord Downie had been diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor. In total, 11.7 million people saw the concert.

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8. A Tribe Called Quest makes a comeback

Following the death of Phife Dawg, the boys have returned with "We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service."

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7. A lot of albums

Metallica, Gojira, A7X, Radiohead, consult the Reviews section for more.

6. Congress banning bots from buying concert tickets

As you folks agreed, this is "a prety big win for fans of all types of music." You can read about it here.


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4. Guns N' Roses reunion tour

Started strong in earlier this year, kept going strong in 2016, will go strong in 2017 too.

3. 'Ennio Morricone finally got his fucking academy award!!!!'

So he did!

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2. Bob Dylan getting the Nobel Prize for Literature

According to you folks, this sets a major precedent and opens the doors for other songwriters to be acknowledged on such a level.

1. Mozart beating Kanye in sold CDs

So he did!

37 comments sorted by best / new / date

    Actual #1.....Rock is still alive.
    Absolutely, Nothing More is making sure thats heard
    Screw that one downvote, I agree with you, even if you were being sarcastic. If you wanted to get specific about their genre, it'd probably be post-hardcore, but no matter what you want to call them, they're putting out good music.
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    That Star Wars lip reading is fuckin wicked awesome. Then "Bushes Of Love" in the related video. The best the best the best the best
    Where's Jon Sudano?! I, for one, don't know how I've lived without "All Star" being sung across various songs.
    2016 wasn't so bad after all. Either way you look at it, 2016 will be a year that will be looked back on as historic. Glad to share it with all of y'all.
    Gray Lensman
    Yes, it was a pretty good year. But we lost David Bowie, Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Keith Emerson, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and more. Just tryin' to keep things in perspective. Long Live Rock n' Roll!
    Good to see Dylan on the list twice. The nobel prize really has been an amazing story and bob handled it great, he really is the greatest personality in music. Even when you hear about him first arriving in New York telling stories about how he grew up in new mexico, the mystery surrounding the bike crass in 66 and stories that went around for the following 8 years, Christianity, being written off in the 80s, strange lung infections, the neverending tour, underwear adverts, and everything else. He has never changed he just keeps keeping on.
    That Tragically Hip concert was so heart-wrenching. Glad it made the list even though so few people know of The Hip.
    I submitted UG's new layout and got nothing
    I know right. Haven't seen my million either. So disappointed, seems ilke UG is just a bunch of liars. How can I really trust any news articles or reviews or even tabs on here after this?
    The hateful eight was fucking stupid. I don't even remember the ost for it. I guess congrats anyway though
    You ever seen The Ridiculous 6? Now THAT was fucking stupid.
    That was stupid too but putting a big name such as Tarantino or morricone behind a stupid movie doesn't make it less stupid. I hated both movies but more power to you if you liked the hateful eight.
    How is Mozart beating Kanye in sold CDs a good thing?
    An overexposed egomaniac getting beaten at his own game by an extremely deceased person? What's not to like? That's some quality entertainment right there.
    Enough of this. How about the next question? What do you want to see happen in 2017??? Please, no Tool comments.
    It was hard as hell to come up with a list of 5 things that was great about 2016, let alone 10...FUCK 2016! A Perfect Circle announcing tour dates for 2017 was pretty damn nice though.
    Also UG's new layout was greater than Axl/DC or The Desert Trip Fest? Dumb.
    Dio's Hologram? David Bowie's Black Star? Mustaine's opinions better than Dystopia?