The Best Singles of 2016, #5


White Lung, “Below”

Vancouver band White Lung hit their stride in 2016, and in so doing put out the best rock single of the year. Much like the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps”, it’s an unusual moment of confession and emotional vulnerability from a very outspoken and confrontational singer atop some ingeniously atmospheric guitar work. To the band’s great credit, they don’t so much cynically copy that formula as use it to bring out their own distinct personalities. At the heart of it is singer Mish Barber-Way, who sings about feminism’s need to appreciate glamour, doing so with honesty and tenderness.