The Best Singles of 2016, #7


7. Ghost, “Square Hammer”

Coming on the heels of the superb 2015 album Meliora, which cemented Ghost’s status as one of the best heavy metal bands in the world right now,the Swedes continued that positive momentum with Popestar, a very fun five-track EP featuring four creative covers and an inspired original track called “Square Hammer”. Arguably the hookiest song they’ve put out to date, the way heavy guitars and keyboard melodies interweave echoes Blue Öyster Cult, and especially in the chorus, which gets in your head immediately and stays there. It’s so great to have a metal band who knows their way around a good melody like these guys do. It’s a dying skill in heavy music, but Ghost are masters.