Best of 2016

While 2016 has been fraught with challenges and hardship, locally, nationally, and abroad, San Francisco Bay Area musicians have continued to push forward. Local artists released a ton of great albums this year, with highlights traversing a number of genres, including indie rock, electronic, hip hop, punk, psych, and folk.

We covered the wealth of releases by San Francisco Bay Area bands in over 1,200 articles published on this web site this year. To look back on these local highlights, the playlist below collects songs from over 150 of the LPs, EPs, and singles that local bands released this year.

The playlist is a varied and exciting mix, which reminds us that, for all of the discussion of the "demise of the San Francisco Bay Area music scene" in recent years, there are a great many Bay Area musicians creating amazing works and deserving of support.

As we continue our year-end series of Best of 2016 posts, we're also running our year-end fundraising campaign to support the work of The Bay Bridged into 2017 and beyond. Showcasing the best of the San Francisco Bay Area independent music scene has been our nonprofit's mission for the past ten years, but we can only continue to do this with your support, and donors of $10 or more receive a number of great rewards.

Please donate now to support San Francisco Bay Area independent music and enjoy our 2016 playlist!