2016 is moving fast. We've had too many triumphs and tragedies to count in these past six months, and sometimes it feels like we've been swept up in the current.
Then we hear songs like the ones produced by the artists on this list—songs that snap us out of the daily reverie with something undeniably fresh, new, and progressive. They remind us why we listen to music at all, and what it can do on emotional and social levels.
From viral sensations like Desiigner and Lil Yachty to mysterious up-and-comers like 24hrs, 2016 has already produced an incredible crop of new artists. Here are some of our favorites.