The year of 2016 was a tough one for the music industry and the fans alike. Our hearts are still heavy and are trying to process the fact that we lost so many legendary musicians in one year. Nonetheless, 2016 gave us a lot of moments to be happy about! Like when Queen Beyonce dropped her Lemonade in April or when we got a chance to enjoy more incredible material from the beloved David Bowie. It feels like the past year was filled with a celebration of life, good music, dancing, and new discoveries! Do you agree with us? Here are our top ten tracks of 2016.
10. One Dance by Drake
The smash track from the summer of 2016 hit us hard and we do not want to let it go. Drake has come a long way since his days on Degrassi: The Next Generation. This Canadian rapper is making all the headlines while producing some quality music – a perfect combo!
9. This Girl by Kungs vs Cookin’ on 3 Burners
Now, if you are not dancing already just by reading this title – listen to this hit ASAP! The song is a remix of an original funk song with some drop dead beat and unforgettable trumpet parts. This Girl went Gold in the United States, Platinum in the UK, and double Platinum in Sweden.
8. Starboy by The Weeknd ft Daft Punk
Ah, The Weeknd is always keeping us entertained. His creation Starboy hit the charts September 2016. The song is a dark take on two sides of celebrity life. Shortly after the release, the public was made aware of an upcoming album which was scheduled for November of the same year and it did not disappoint.
7. Lost on You by LP
Thank you 2016 for amazing LP and her great hit song Lost on You!
6. Cheap Thrills by Sia
Thank you 2016 for bringing us another killer album from Sia! This synthpop party anthem got us all dancing and singing along and was definitely one of the best in ’16. This was the first single for Sia that got to be a number one on the Billboard Hot 100!
5. This is What you Came For by Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
Released shortly after Calvin and Taylor Swift broke up, the track had a lot of fuss around it. And rightfully so – as we had a pleasure of finding out later the song was actually written by Swift and not by an ‘Anonymous contributor’.
4. Work by Rihanna ft Drake
Yes, ladies and gents, 2016 was the year we finally got an album from Rihanna and it was worth the wait. The fact that the song featured Ri-ri’s then boyfriend, made it even better. The dancehall track had critics divided in opinions but while they were arguing we were dancing our nights away!
3. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
The world will never be able to repay Justin for the greatness that he brings with his music. Seriously, sometimes it feels like everything that Timberlake touches is a smash hit. This disco soundtrack to the movie Trolls is groovy and we just can’t stop listening to it!
2. Closer by The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
Well, it was a great year for The Chainsmokers, that’s for sure. This EDM hit was on the top of the charts for 12 weeks and went double Platinum in the United States. The song sold 5 million copies in the US, thus being the third best-selling song of the year! Not too bad for starters, huh?
1. Fade (Explicit) by Kanye West
Meet our winner – the one and only Kanye West!