In the past few days, 2016 has taken George Michael and Carrie Fisher away from us. I’m ready for it to log the fu*k out. Leave bitch!
If you’ve been paying attention, I’ve already worked my way through my Top 50 Albums Of 2016, Top 20 Music Videos Of 2016 and Top 15 EP’s Of 2016. So now, without any further ado – it’s time for the finale: The Top 50 Singles Of 2016!
This list, specifically, is always a pain in my behind because I feel slightly ridiculous ranking songs that I genuinely love. The truth is: I think all these songs are great. I’ve enjoyed them all throughout the year for all different reasons and there is no real big difference between song #45 and #15. This is me just taking into the consideration what I played the most in 2016 so please bore someone else with your disagreements.
If you’re interested in listening to my Top 50 Singles of 2016 all at once (aside from Beyoncé, because Tidal), subscribe to the playlist on Spotify. As always, let me know what you think and feel free to comment below with your own list!
50. Kanye West – Famous (feat. Rihanna and Swizz Beatz)
49. Travis Scott – Pick Up the Phone (feat. Young Thug & Quavo)
48. Charli XCX – Vroom Vroom
47. Allie X – All The Rage
46. The Chainsmokers – Don’t Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
45. Matoma & Becky Hill – False Alarm
44. Coldplay – Hymn for the Weekend
43. Clean Bandit – Rockabye (feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie)
42. Shakira – Chantaje (feat. Maluma)
41. Tinashe – Company
40. Terror Jr – 3 Strikes
39. DEV – #1 (feat. Nef the Pharaoh)
38. Charlie Puth – We Don’t Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)
37. Kiiara – Gold
36. Foxes – Cruel
35. Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
34. The Aces – Stuck
33. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic
32. AlunaGeorge – I’m In Control (feat. Popcaan)
31. Kaytranada – Lite Spots
30. Christine & The Queens – Titeld
29. Solange – Cranes In The Sky
28. Era Istrefi – Bonbon
27. Tove Lo – Cool Girl
26. KDA – Just Say (feat. Tinashe)
25. LAUV – Breathe
24. Rihanna – Kiss It Better
23. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman
22. Nick Jonas – Close (feat. Tove Lo)
21. Christina Aguilera – Telepathy
20. Lady Gaga – Million Reasons
19. Troye Sivan – Youth
18. Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)
17. Röyksopp – Never Ever (feat. Susanne Sundfor)
16. ZAYN – Pillowtalk
15. Rihanna – Needed Me
14. The Weeknd – Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)
13. Britney Spears – Slumber Party (feat. Tinashe)
12. Sia – Cheap Thrills
11. BANKS – Gemini Feed
10. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna): Five years after first collaborating on their worldwide smash “We Found Love” (which is honestly still everything) off 2011’s Talk That Talk, Calvin Harris and Rihanna teamed up once again on the appropriately titled “This Is What You Came For.” Was it a direct response to all the haters that were mad at RiRi for ditching her pop roots on ANTI? Possibly… Either way, she shut you all up.
The Taylor Swift-penned number saw Rihanna ditching her current bossy ‘tude for full-on disco ecstasy on “This Is What You Came For,” a song that builds and builds to a climax so euphoric that it practically begs you to forget your worries and live in the moment. Magic, folks. Magic!
9. Alicia Keys – In Common: Alicia toned things down and went for a subtle approach on this simple, dancehall-influenced Illangelo-produced masterpiece and it truly paid off. It’s message was everything we needed in 2016, and unsurprisingly, it failed to connect with the mainstream public. GO FIGURE! It’s a damn shame. I am, however, grateful we do have it. “If you could love somebody like me/ You must be messed up too.” GOLD!
8. DJ Snake – Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber): The Biebs basically owned Top 40 with his pack of Purpose singles, and later on his Major Lazer and MØ collaboration “Cold Water” – but it was DJ Snake‘s marriage of Justin‘s inescapable melodies on top of his euphoric, mellow tribal-driven backdrop that truly gave 2016 its proper Bieb finish. The song is an undeniable earworm of the highest order.
7. Drake – One Dance (Feat. Wizkid & Kyla): This one may be a bit predictable, considering it unarguably took the crown for the 2016 Song of the Summer – but who really thought Drake would come through with a massive dancehall smash in 2016? I certainly didn’t, but I also ain’t mad at it for keeping our hips shaking all summer long. The song speaks for itself, clearly.
6. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign): It’s sad that our only hope for U.S-based girl group dominance peaked just as their about to go their separate ways – but it wouldn’t be the first time this has happened anyway. The future is unclear for the Camila-less Fifth Harmony, but at least we’ll always have this Rugrats sex banger. A true achievement in pop.
5. Beyoncé – Formation: When it comes to empowering dance anthems packed with endless catchphrases and daring pride, no one does it quite as good as Queen B. She kicked off one hell of a year with this undeniable smash, and we’re all better for it. Cause she what? She SLAYS!
4. The 1975 – Somebody Else: Frontman Matthew Healy took his heartache and turned into a slow-burning six-minute chameleon coated in dreamy, warm waves of ’80’s synthesizers. It’s an incredibly gorgeous number, worthy of playing on repeat for hours on end, and that is precisely what I did all year long.
3. Dua Lipa – Be The One: This rising English talent completely stole my heart in 2016, and her second offering “Be The One” is quite frankly one of the more perfect songs to ever come from a brand new artist. Technically speaking it was released last year, but it is basically a 2016 single (we got a new video a few weeks ago). I will get married to this song. Dua Lipa for President!
2. Ariana Grande – Into You: From the sleek pulsating verses to its insanely addictive chorus that hits like the ball dropping on New Year’s Eve, “Into You” is without question, a pop masterpiece. Correction: THE POP SONG OF 2016 – a four minute thrill ride that makes you feel like you can conquer the world one runway strut at a time, every damn time.
1. Rihanna – Work (feat. Drake): Call me biased. Call me a stan. Call me whatever. I DON’T CARE. This year, no song caused you to run to the dance floor faster than this genuine, and actual dancehall banger. There are so few records that actually manage to never get old… Once again, Rihanna delivered a SMASH and she didn’t have to provide a flashy video to sell it either. WORK! WORK! WORK!
Honorable Mentions (aka – other songs I really, really liked): Britney Spears – Make Me… (feat. G-Eazy), Rihanna – Love on the Brain, Drake – Too Good (feat. Rihanna), Justin Bieber – Love Yourself, Sia – The Greatest, Tom Aspaul – Never Complaining, Becky G – Sola, Desiigner – Panda, Hailee Steinfeld – Starving, Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault, Gwen Stefani – Make Me Like You, Parson James – Sad Song, FLETCHER – Princess, Birdy – Keeping Your Head Up, Justin Bieber – Company, twenty one pilots – Heathens, OneRepublic – Kids, Florrie – Real Love, MUNA – I Know A Place, Fergie – M.I.L.F. $, and BROODS – Free.