The Key's Year-End Mania: Amos Lee's top played songs of 2016
Amos Lee | photo by Michelle Montgomery |

Year-End Mania is the Key’s annual survey of the things below the surface that made 2016 incredible. Today, we bring you Amos Lee’s rundown of songs he played over and over on Spotify.

With this year’s release of Spirit, local favorite Amos Lee grew into his soulful side. Songs like “Running Out of Time” featured gospel-style chorus singers, while “Vaporize” steamed with R&B beats (you can read a track-by-track, first impression review of the record here). We got some insight into the making of Spirit with his World Cafe session in September, but now Lee is pulling the curtain back even further on the album’s inspiration by sharing a playlist of his most-played songs on Spotify this year.

Leading off the list is Aretha Franklin’s reimagining of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” and Mississippi Fred McDowell’s “When You Come Out Of the Wilderness,”  clear markers for the spiritual aspect of Lee’s latest recordings. Later on we hear “Studio” by ScHoolboy Q, an artist that Lee has already said influenced “Vaporize.” Old classics from Al Green, Hall & Oates, and Curtis Mayfield make the list, as do future classics from The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar, and Chance the Rapper.

Listen to Lee’s full playlist of most-played songs below.

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