Best Songs of 2016

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The Top Ten

1 Starboy - The Weeknd Starboy - The Weeknd

I just love how Abel dominated pop music with his previous record, and now with the whole world on him he goes back to his original style. I don't mean musically, because going from grunge R&B to pop to electronic is a huge switch-up, I mean his lyricism. BBTM had good lyrics and all, but it didn't offer nearly as much as this track does. Rhymes are on point, flow is on point, cleverness is on point, and that cocaine metaphor in the pre-chorus pulled it off more than CFMF wishes it did. Props to Daft Punk, too, for an awesome production. In general, Starboy is a big laugh in the face to everyone who tests him or tries to end him, because no matter if you're a hater or someone who adores him, you make him more famous. Look what you done! 8/10, amazing song, not roughly as beautiful as his trilogy mixtapes are, yet still worthy of a listen, exceptionally if you're a Weeknd fan like me. - yaygiants16

The Weeknd is always good with these songs. Screw anyone who says he sucks - Mcgillacuddy

I feel sad because of the Weeknd's hair. Anyway, great song.

I love this song, the lyrics are so smooth, and it's just like.. The mother of all lords.

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2 Heathens - Twenty One Pilots Heathens - Twenty One Pilots

I'm not a fanboy but I heard this song outta my crazy excitement bout Suicide Squad. And I'm not at all disappointed. This is cracking track worth falling for. - Ark-M

Good song. Twenty One Pilots were one of the few mainstream pop bands I could stomach this year, and this song is a good reason as to why. The mostly minimalist and slightly subtle approach of the verses definitely create a strong atmosphere and provide a good build up to an entertaining chorus, and on the whole is very memorable. - Mrveteran

For me this song is worth much more than first place, because it is inspiring, energizing, positive and all the good a person remembered! So thank Tyler Joseph and Josh Dunn song that was headed for the trailer which is recreated song for "Suicide Squad"! Twenty One Pilot - Heathens remember this song!

Good original song with a heavy and murky baseline and a memorable chorus 9/10

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3 Blackstar - David Bowie Blackstar - David Bowie

Just watch the video. David clearly knew death was coming, and he left us with a dark message about the enslavement of humankind. - PositronWildhawk

Probably the best of the year. The distinct production that mixes electronica, jazz, rock and orchestral elements is a one of a kind and sounds extremely unique, but it's Bowie who truly sells it. The lyrics about death and fame are well written and more poignant after his unfortunate passing, and he gives one of his best and most emotive vocal performances in his history, creating something that is both very sombre and very haunting. One of the best and most unique tracks in some time, this is arguably one of Bowie's finest and definitely one of 2016's finest too. RIP Bowie. - Mrveteran

Wow, this song is amazing. So heavy and haunting. David Bowie could not have given us a better parting gift. Check out the whole album. - Zach808

I had to pick between this, starboy, and hardwired, but this is just a really good song. Any lame teenage girls or stupid a$$ millennials voting for twenty one pilots need to shut up.

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4 Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers

I love this song, but for some reason while I was listening to it I was reading a book, so I always associate the book with the song.

I did not care for it when I first heard it on the radio. The second, third, and fourth time I heard it, I still did not care for it, but the fifth time, I was impressed. Don't Let Me Down is amazing. This song has a beautiful ending. - madoog

I think The Chainsmokers are trying to start fresh and make us forget #selfie ever happened. While I don't think it's going to work, they have proven that they're better than that. This song manages to redeem both of these artists after such terrible first impressions. - Zach808

Heathens is not better than this. Seriously, get this back to #2. - ProPanda

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5 Cheap Thrills - Sia Cheap Thrills - Sia

"Who knew SIA doing mindless pop garbage could work so well? "

- the ignorant me of the past

I've started listening to more Sean Paul, who has a guest verse on this. I once (paraphrasing) described this as a happy disaster, but then I realized that this is the perfect throwback hit. Move over, NO by Meghan Trainor, we have an actual 2000s pop song on our hands.

The beat is based around one melody that is very light and bubbly, which fits with Sean Paul's voice, and SIA actually sounds good over it (mind you she's the same person who did the heavy-hitting Chandelier and Elastic Heart). SIA's harmonizations, while they have nothing on, say, early Destiny's Child, they still fit within the song, and Sean Paul's verse is definitely complementing that. 5/5 - WonkeyDude98

This song is amazing. Should be higher. - TheAlbinoWolf

Sia writing this song surprised me because I thought writers gonna do it instead of her but I stand corrected. 5/5 - Everything is perfect, the beat and the tempo is correct to fit in the song and also Sia's vocals are good enough to do a better pop song than Katy Perry. - Erinaliese

I seriously loved this so much! It's quite a fun, relaxing song, and n my opinion, should be higher.
- Spark Strike

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6 I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner I Took a Pill in Ibiza - Mike Posner

This song just keeps getting better every time I listen to it. The original is horrible, just saying. But the SeeB remix is incredible. A dance remix that's more depressing, who knew? And also they took out the horrid third verse.

Apart from the mediocre drop, everything about this song is great. Mike Posner is relying more on his diaphragm to sing than before, the lyrics detailing how horrid it is being a one-hit wonder make me feel even more sorry for Posner than before (and I already felt bad for him; he's a loser), and he doesn't run over the line of respectability. 5/5 - WonkeyDude98

Ibiza is the best island ever... This song reminds me of it!

Would you believe there are some people that don't like this song? How could you not? - Spark_Of_Life

I didn't know this was the song?! really! I LOVE This song, I listened to the original and thought it sucked! Then I listen to the sample and I couldn't believe myself

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7 Hardwired - Metallica Hardwired - Metallica

Fantastic. Admittedly, it does come up very short in comparison to their earlier stuff, but on its own, this is a brilliant metal song. The intense production helps to create some of the best thrash metal the music scene has seen in years, and the vocals are very good. Despite some of the cringey lyrics, this is a great tune and one of the best of the year. It's also nice to know Metallica were one of the few established bands not to suck this year. - Mrveteran

NEEDS TO BE #1 IMMEDIATELY! Way better than stupid timberlake and twenty one pilots.

Why are all these stupid pop songs ahead of metallica, metallica should always be number one

Spit out the Bone is a better song than Hardwired. - MorbidCannibalSlayer

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8 Sucker for Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons Sucker for Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons

Lil Wayne sounds the best he has in years. Also, Logic, everybody. Finally, it took forever for this guy to get on the hot 100.

Lil Wayne kills it in this song, his verse is not profane for a soundtrack song, and doesn't distance himself from his roots by staying with that Hip-Hop style. Wayne absolutely delivered an astonishing performance in this song, nobody can doubt that, & Dan Reynolds vocal performance was great, alongside the acts like TY$ & Logic who both also had great verses. The only exception I make with this song is how garbage Wiz Khalifa's verse was.

The Suicide squad album was amazing, as matter of fact some may say the soundtrack was the best part about the whole movie, and in my opinion it was. However this song is one of my favorites from the album (beside Eminem) all there parts were well done, but in my opinion I could do without Lil Wayne's part, but it is indeed some of his better work. all in all I say this is the best song of whatever genre it is (because I have no idea what to group it in) and in my review, I'd give it 4.5 out of 5

A fellow trump supporter makes a good rap jam.

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9 Spit Out the Bone - Metallica Spit Out the Bone - Metallica

It may not be a popular single, but that doesn't mean a song is bad or doesn't deserve praise. This is without a doubt the best song of 2016. - NikBrusk

Funny, Nik can say this is the best song of the year, while I can't say this isn't even the best song on the album. Also, I'm not disrespecting his opinion, I'm disagreeing with it. You can do that, you know. - SwagFlicks

This is by far the best song of the year. The Weekend and Adele are not good music. Metallica is. - MorbidCannibalSlayer

This song is even better than Hardwired

This song puts the word "best" in the best songs of 2016

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10 Ride - Twenty One Pilots Ride - Twenty One Pilots

So many songs that are popular right now sound very similar to one another. I think people need to branch out and improve lyrics, as well as change musical and melodic trends. This song isn't one I love, but I think Twenty One Pilots doesn't fit themselves into the box this current time in music forces artists to go into. This song sounds different while still maintaining popularity, whether it be sung by ten-year-olds or teenagers.

Good song, though it's not from 2016. I don't think people realize how many songs that are currently popular took quite a while to do so, and were actually released last year. I mean, this song is only just getting poplular, and it was released like May of 2015, well over a year ago. - uofmfan1221

Memorized the rap part id die for you that's easy to say we have a list of people that we would take I can't type it all though

This song is so lit Too bad it doesn't play on the radio anymore :( well not as much as it used too

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The Newcomers

? Desperado - Rihanna Desperado - Rihanna

Screw you for never releasing this as a single. No wonder you have such an awful reputation even by pop music standards. I would tell you how every second of this is masterful, but you need to hear it for yourself. 6/5 - WonkeyDude98

? Unlove You - Jennifer Nettles Unlove You - Jennifer Nettles

The Contenders

11 Sound of Silence - Disturbed Sound of Silence - Disturbed

It may sound cool on first listen, but go an listen to the original and you'll see this cover is ridiculous, and not in a good way. The bombast with which this is sung is completely unnecessary. These are already some of the greatest lyrics ever written, so why sing it like you need to make it big and awesome when it achieves this by just being sung in a much more simple way? Simon and Garfunkel sing this in a soft and subtle way that is much more characteristic of the actual meaning of the song. In this cover, the songs best lyrics, "the words of the prophets are written on the subway walls and tenement halls," are screamed at the top of the singer's lungs! This cover is the equivalent of walking up to someone and screaming "YOU SHOULD ACTUALLY EXPRESS YOUR THOUGHTS INSTEAD OF KEEPING QUIET AND WATCHING THE NEWS! ALSO READ THE GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS! " No subtly whatsoever. So yeah, this cover is god awful.

Not one comment? Wow, people really don't know good music anymore. Even though this song is a cover, Disturbed sets a perfect mood for this song and backs it up with incredible monotone vocals. This is one of the best songs of 2016. Should be in the top ten.

Awesome song. One of the best songs of 2016. One of the only rock songs to last more then two weeks on the hot 100. Very sad. I honestly question the mainstream public's tastes in 2016 for that.

Completely destroyed what made the original Simon and Garfunkel song great.

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12 7 Years - Lukas Graham

Just further shows that people are too narrow minded to listen to anything that isn't on the radio every 5 seconds. This song sounds exactly like every other pop song right now: slow, boring, and attempting to be insightful. And is it just me or do the lyrics in this song make no sense? Nobody's looking for a wife at age 11. This isn't Game of Thrones. And I know people like to argue that "this song is sad" and "he went through hard times," but honestly, it's a bit old at this point. I get he had a hard life, but it's the same damn story we've heard 200 times from tons of other singers. If you like this song, awesome. You've done something I couldn't do to save my life. I'm just saying that this song doesn't really offer anything new, and that it definitely isn't the best song of 2016. - AngryByrd

How am I the only one who finds this song atrocious? This song makes me want to go to Lukas, and slap him in the face. This song is just bad. The lyrics, which are not about his father (seriously look up the lyrics, it only mentions his father like 3 times) are bad. The instrumentation is decent but boring. Also Lukas sounds whiny and pretentious. This song does make want to cry...at how lousy pop music has become.

No, Lots of people on the top tens hate it now because it's not wise to smoke and drink at 11 - AlphaQ

People need to learn that just because something is overplayed doesn't mean it's a bad song. I am usually quite critical of modern music but I have nothing but praise to give for 7 years. This song is excellent and you can really find meaning if you look into the lyrics. Please be more open minded when listening to music, as anyone can tell that the hate this song is receiving is completely biased and without reason. - GrimmShady

Lukas in this song very openly describes the stages of one's life in this song at the age of 7... then 13... then 19... and he ends up at 60... beautifully drafted and penned by Lukas... great song...

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13 Jesus Alone - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Jesus Alone - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

This has to be one of the best songs I have ever heard in my entire life! 11/10. - NiktheWiz

Great song, but top 10? I think that's way too high. - Satire

Great in any way... Great lyrics.. Mesmerising tune and beautiful, one of the most emotional vocals u will ever hear... U can literally feel the pain in his voice with every cell of your body...

Of course this would fall out of the top 10, this site has no taste.

Let's see what's above it...Don't Let Me Down, Cheap Thrills, 7 Years, and Can't Stop The Feeling. K. - WonkeyDude98

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14 Ultralight Beam - Kanye West

Amazing and inspirational song.

It's Kanye west what do any of us expect from him

I love how Kanye switched it up this time with gospel vibes and threw in killer vocals and Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin... hot damn Kanye did a fantastic job with this track.
6/5 - Mcgillacuddy

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15 Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake

It's a decent song, not too shabby. - Catacorn

This song got stuck in my head. I believe that this is going to be the song of the summer. - ethanmeinster

18?! Come on! Put this higher! This and "Just Like Fire" are the best of 2016!

This song is so awesome I love it so much.

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16 All My Friends - Snakehips All My Friends - Snakehips

This and so many other non top 40 songs on this list are actually very excellent. In some cases fresh and damn good as some one has stated below. Does anyone really listen to the samples and then go find the entire songs and listen. Most are great and I end up liking them better than the mainstream top 40 stuff. Do some justice and listen to other songs you might find one you like that's not overheard.

You wanna know what's worse. This could have been a Billboard Hit, it barely missed the hot 100 with a #6 peak on Bubbling Under. Why didn't it chart? Cause the week this was closest, DRAKE decided to have his garbage album take over the charts blocking better songs like Colors, Pity Party, and this from being hits. - ProPanda

Considering chance the rapper just released a new album, I'm really hoping this song will get the boost it needs to reach the hot 100 because this song is amazing. One of the best of the year. The best part is the chorus. 9/10. Please America, let this be a hit instead of crap like NO, Work from home, and 7 years.

I'm gonna show you some snake hips - FesterBeevus

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17 Roses - The Chainsmokers Roses - The Chainsmokers

This one is the Chainsmokers best song ever.

It was made in 2015 but it's still awesome! - pcn

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18 Just Like Fire - P!NK Just Like Fire - P!NK

One of my favorites, all in all an awesome song! Pink's voice is so powerful and everything is absolutely perfect. Although I'm not to keen on the Alice franchise, I'm in love with this song

Worst song from this year. The pre chorus as well as the 'rap' or whatever you can call the bridge make it evident that pink is trying to sound cool and have a similar musical style to most modern day artists. Pink needs to accept that she isn't as popular as she once was. This song is an embarrassment to her. - jaspyboy

This song is perfect, quite uplifting, and remarkable. I love the guitar. I like that song title --- Just Like Fire. It is nice to hear a confident song. - madoog

This is one of my favorite song in 2016 - lovingicecreams

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19 Don't Hurt Yourself - Beyonce Don't Hurt Yourself - Beyonce

My favorite song on the album. Beyonce sounds so righteously pissed here, and she just lets loose like I've never heard her before. Also helping is Jack White's production. That organ and guitar gives the song a smoky, angry texture to it that I just love. Finally, that ending note is awesome. - Zach808

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20 Dystopia - Megadeth

I mean, Megadeth is a great band, but that's like almost 90% of this list. - SirSkeletorThe3rd

The riff in the beginning is to die for, and so is the entire song. I am also so glad that metal finally where it belongs: the top of the charts. - LostDream258

Seems like Megadeath fans got here first

This song is lame. The beat is so lame, even "Panda" has a better beat, and the lyrics are nonsense. Megadeth is lame.

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