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Aimsel Ponti

Aimsel Ponti is a Content Producer at and a music writer for and the Portland Press Herald. She has been obsessed with - and inspired by - music since she listened to Monkees records borrowed from the town library when she was six years old. She bought her first Rolling Stones record at a flea market when she was in 7th grade and discovered David Bowie a year later. She's a HUGE fan of the local music scene and covers it along with national musical happenings in her "Face the Music" column and with artist interviews that appear in print in the Portland Press Herald and online at You'll also find her out and about absorbing live music like a sponge and roaming around local record shops and flea markets. Aimsel is also the host of Music from 207 on 98.9 WCLZ and appears monthly on the News Center Maine TV show “207” to talk of course.

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Posted: December 2, 2016

The 14 Best Songs of 2016 from the desk of Aimsel Ponti

Written by: Aimsel Ponti

If I had all the time in the world this list would be longer. It might include Lady Gaga and Norah Jones, because they put out fantastic albums this years with songs I love. It might include a TON of other acts both local and nationally known. But 14 is also just the right number because it’s an honest list, these truly are my favorite songs of 2016. Some of these acts I got to see live, others I just adored from the comfort of my headphones and car.

I chose these songs for a number of reasons but mostly because they’re the ones I just plain loved the most this year and are the ones I listened to the most and are the ones that struck my heart and soul the most.  The first two songs are in first and second place on my list, the other are in a 12-way tie for third place. I love them all and hope you do too. But I also hope you think about what some of your favorite ones of the past year are.  Life can be so hard sometimes. I find solace, hope, inspiration, humanity and love in music. Few things are more important. Happy listening.

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