1. Bear's Den - Auld Wives
But I swam across the ocean to find your memory,
A trace of all you've left behind.
And the Auld Wives swore that you were born to die
Without a child for to call out your name
And so, The Metaphorical Boat's Top Song of 2016 is "Auld Wives", by London based duo Bear's Den. "Auld Wives" takes its name from a group of rocks found in Scotland (funnily enough, quite close to the town of Bearsden), and lyrically the song is about band member Andrew Davie's grandfather, who suffered from Alzheimer's.
Musically, the song combines the modern folk style that marked the band's debut album with a surprising 80s style synth-pop sound, and despite the genres being quite disparate, it works incredible effectively on this track.
So congratulations to Bear's Den, hit "play" on the video below, and enjoy 2016's best song -