Top 10 Songs Of 2016
Tue, 27 Dec 2016 08:14:55
2016 wasn't the easiest year in music, but nonetheless artists pushed through creating some incredible songs. Whether it was Rihanna "Work, work, work, work," working, or Frank Ocean remembering a recently ended relationship, material from some of the biggest artists on the planet and tracks from a few newcomers left us stunned.
Anderson .Paak stepped out of Dr. Dre's shadow dropping hits on his own, and with new colleague Knxwledge. Tove Lo pushed the limits of cool girls even further. And Chance the Rapper finally got the attention he deserved. With so many standout tracks, we did our best to put together a list that brought together the best of the popular and the should-be-heard. So without further ado, here are our Top 10 Songs of 2016.
10. Tove Lo - "Cool Girl"
Tove Lo sophomore LP, Lady Wood, reached number 11 on the Billboard 200, but it was the record's first single "Cool Girl" that could be heard in almost every club worldwide. It was written by Lo, Jakob Jerlström, and Ludvig Söderberg and produced by The Struts.
9. Frank Ocean - "Ivy"
"Ivy" may yet to receive a proper single release, but it's still the most discussed track from Frank Ocean's acclaimed sophomore LP Blond. With production work from none other than ex-Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij, the heartbreaking ode to a relationship past stood as a standout on one of the most-loved records of the year.
8. The Chainsmokers - "Closer" [ft. Halsey]
It was just a matter of time until The Chainsmokers hit number one, but it was "Closer" [ft. Halsey] that finally got them over the hump. With only two EPs to their name, including their November release, Collage EP, the only question is what's next for the duo of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall.
7. Bayonne - "Waves"
Bayonne might not be on too many people's radar at this point, but his stunning 2016 album Primitives certainly had some talking. "Waves" was the record's clear standout and invoked a rawness of emotions rarely heard since since early 2000s Radiohead.
6. Rae Sremmurd - "Black Beatles" [ft. Gucci Mane]
"Black Beatles" created the kind of internet hysteria we haven't seen since "Harlem Shake" or even the Ice Bucket Challenge. It also didn't hurt that the hardest working rapper of 2016, Gucci Mane, was featured on the track and all-star producer Mike Will Made It reached new new heights with his work.
5. NxWorries - "Suede"
It's difficult to take the term "B****" and turn it positive, but in the smooth voice of Anderson .Paak, anything is possible, and that's just what he did on "Suede". The song from NxWorries, was originally released in 2015, and helped jump start Paak's career. The track got him six features on Dre's Compton, and he's only been climbing higher since.
4. Sia - "Cheap Thrills"
It's amazing to think that "Cheap Thrills" was Sia's first single to reach number one on the Billboard Hot 100, but those are the facts. In total, the track reached number one in 18 countries.
3. Anderson .Paak - "Come Down"
Mark 2016 as the year Anderson .Paak went from featured artist to the next big thing, and for good reason. "Come Down" was the kind of track that could be played just about anywhere. Even on an album filled with standouts, "Come Down" was a track everyone could agree on.
2. Rihanna - "Work" [ft. Drake]
Before rekindling their romance, Rihanna and Drake put in work, creating the hottest track from the immensely popular Anti. The song stayed atop the Billboard charts for nine weeks and became Rihanna 14th number one single, putting her behind only The Beatles, Elvis Presley, and Mariah Carey.
1. Kanye West - "Ultralight Beam" [ft. ft. Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price, and Kirk Franklin
"Ultralight Beam" became the coming out party for a year that in many ways belonged to Chance the Rapper. It's also the best song from the most-discussed record of the first quarter of 2016, and the most talked about figure in music.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff