Best Songs of 2016

The Top Ten
1 Starboy - The Weeknd Starboy - The Weeknd Cover Art

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.

To knock the easy stuff out of the way, the production is awesome and the Weeknd is the most charismatic I have ever heard on this track. The harder area is in the lyrical department, but he actually has a bigger point here. Yes, this is a huge bragging track, but the key point is in the chorus. He is bragging at the expense of the listener, saying that they made him be able to brag like this, regardless of whether or not you like the Weeknd. Best song of the year by far (although False Alarm is a very close second).

Not discouraging Blackstar, which is a phenomenal track, but if any song deserves #1 on this list, it's this one. The beat produced by Daft Punk is easily the best that Abel has sung over, the lyrics are among the best a hit song has had this year, Abel sings extremely well, and that bridge is among the greatest pop moments of the entire decade. It's not my favorite song on this list, or of the entire year, but it is one of my favorites, and deserves #1.

Seriously, check this song out, you will not regret it.

Good song. Not the best of 2016, but still perfectly serviceable dance-pop. Daft Punk's production is very good even if a little less distinct than their previous outings, and The Weeknd's voice is great and brings a lot of energy to the track. Even if the lyrics he's delivering are mundane in how self-congratulatory they are, he at least sells them well. Not my favourite of 2016, but still good.

2 Blackstar - David Bowie Blackstar - David Bowie Cover Art

Bowie was always creating masterpieces and even in the face of death, he could move you to tears with his music.

David was an inspiration to so many people out there including me. He was a masterpiece himself, if he could create this music even when he knew he could be gone at any time, but he kept going for his fans, superfans and even people who didn't know him at all. He was truly blessed to have such talent. In this song, he could pull off the high notes of his early 70s Ziggy and the low notes of his 80s self. He could work with multiple genres at once to make beautiful music, but his singing seals the deal. All of his music was beautiful but this truly deserves #2.

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.

This songs is totally one of David bowie's best songs yet. So heavy and haunting and the distinct production that mixes all sorts of genres such as rock, electronica, jazz and orchestral elements is totally one of a kind and sounds awesome and unique. The lyrics about his death and fame are well written, emotional and more poignant after his unfortunate passing out and is remarkably one of his best and most emotional vocal performances in history of all time. It also left us a dark message about the enslavement of humankind. RIP. David Bowie-2016 :'(

David Bowie will always be one of the most influential artists of all time. This song is chilling and haunting and makes you feel a little uneasy. But that's the point. It's an amazing, hard-hitting song. R.I.P. David Bowie. This song will live on.

3 Heathens - Twenty One Pilots Heathens - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

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.

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!

I don't know..at first I didn't really liked it..but then I couldn't stop singing it in my head. I think its really catchy and a great song. I love it so much. Best of twenty one pilots. I don't know why I enjoyed so much. Its just so good. Yes it might be overrated but its overrated for a good reason. This song gives you the feels. For my personal opinion 10/10.

I HATE THIS SONG! It's SO ANNOYING! Ugh let me explain I hate Twenty One Pilots their music is trash. It's the same low tempo and rhythm and their lyrics are so bland. I don't care how much hate I get Twenty One Pilots is a trashy song that is poorly thought out.

4 24k Magic - Bruno Mars 24k Magic - Bruno Mars Cover Art

I'm sorry y'all but I can't stand this. Bruno has made songs I like but this is not one of them. It's got an interesting beat but that's about it. It's no "UpTown Funk! " for sure, it doesn't have the bassline to keep you moving. And seriously, what... is with that autotune/vocoder intro thingy? This song is not awful but not great, and certainly not to my personal taste. I've never done the rating thing before but why not? 2/5.

Love this song! This is the best song of 2016! We needed more music like this. Especially love the 80's vibe. In fact his whole album had that 80's feel to it. Much better than the disgrace that Uptown Light my ears on fire was! This song proves that you don't need a crappy modern beat to make a hit song.

This song is audio perfection, I don't care what people say, literally evrything about this song is amazing. The beat brings back those 80s vibes, bruno is an utter joy to listen too, and the chorus is so catchy I find myself humming it hours later

Ooh this song is one of my favorite songs. I also like just like fire and heathens and can't stop the feeling but this song is AMAZING! Bruno has some other good songs too. But this is my favorite. It makes me feel good.

5 Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers Cover Art

I love this song. I'm a huge fan of dubstep, and the instrumental part after the buildup chorus had a dubstep-py vibe to it. It brings me back to memories where a good dubstep song comes up in my recommended page, I click on it, and dance like nobody's watching. Another reason why this song's so great is Daya's vocals. She did a great job with this song. I'm kinda glad it was overplayed on the radio.

Huge step up over the awful mess that was 'Roses', and is honestly one of the best songs on pop radio right now. It's upbeat, not whiny, and catchy. The lyrics aren't anything special, as most pop music generally is, but it's not bad either! Beats the atrocious 7 Years.

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.

How is this even remotely good? All it is is some idiot saying don't let me down over and over again to some random noises that were thrown into a blender in the background, and yet...

I'ts at number 4 on this list.

Please, god save us.

6 Cheap Thrills - Sia Cheap Thrills - Sia Cover Art

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.

Probably the best dance pop song of this decade so far. This song started the trend of reggae influenced ropical pop dance hit songs (Mind you Rockabye, Shape of You, Chained to the Rhythm..etc). Sia is a pop genius and a horribly underrated artist no matter how much success her songs have, because her albums are kinda undervalued.

This song is incredibly bland. It isn't some avant-garde dance masterpiece, and the "I don't need money to have fun" narrative has been done multiple times before and all of them were better than this.

This song is amazing. Should be higher.

7 Hardwired - Metallica Hardwired - Metallica Cover Art

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.

It's time to realize songs won't turn good just because they are by Metallica. While this song might be refreshing after radio pop hits of the same year, it doesn't change the fact that it isn't any different from any generic thrash or hardcore song out there. Sorry but you can hardly find good music this decade without searching. These bandwagoning voters write "Metallica sucks after the 1980s, they sold out" about this song on the list of best Metallica song but praise it here

After 8 years (Or two-and-a-half decades for a total thrasher), Metallica is finally going to destroy this crapfest of a year (The year in general when it comes to politics and entertainment). You'd better not let us down this time.

This song, though it's not some of their best music, contains more creativity than any other pop song above it. Every single pop and rap song on this list is BORING.

8 Daydreaming - Radiohead Daydreaming - Radiohead Cover Art

This song,Jesus on a boat snorting coke with hookers, this song is incredible,when I listened to Radiohead's new album,I wasn't expecting that much,but when day dreaming came on it took me away to another place and it was weird very much so. I feel in love with it and it sent me to a weird spacey star laced dream world and I didn't even have to take drugs

Very depressing song. From beginning until the end just straight up sadness.

1 million times better than Lukas Graham.

This was my pick for #1... it makes me happy to see this song this high on the list

9 Sucker for Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons Sucker for Pain - Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa & Imagine Dragons Cover Art

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

It was good until lil Wayne decided to throw 4 cuss words in when there wasn't cuss words ANYWHERE else in the song. Some songs are fit for bad words and have them done well. But I don't feel that way about this song

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.

10 Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake Can't Stop the Feeling - Justin Timberlake Cover Art

It's catchy and fun to dance to but it doesn't bring anything new. Then again, who ever wanted something new in a catchy summer jam?

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

Another generic dance pop song, but Timberlake is good, and I do have that feeling the song describes. However, it just misses living up to the title... 6/10

I also really love this song! It's catchy and makes you dance and happy. It should be higher, along with Just Like Fire.

The Contenders
11 Ride - Twenty One Pilots Ride - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

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.

I dislike 21 pilots, but they have a few good songs:

Ride: made in 2015, great reggae jam.

Car radio: 2011, An alternative jam similar to A song by public image limited.

Guns for hands: 2011, anti-terrorist jam, deeper and less popular than the others.

Heathens: 2016, grossly overrated, but a good emo jam.

Anyone voting for this and Stressed out are stupid, it was made in 2015 and stressed out is trash.

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.

I listen to a lot of music but I had no idea who made this song. I thought it was one of those one time bands. Turns out, it's Twenty One Pilots. Anyways, LOVE this song!

12 Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Cover Art
13 7 Years - Lukas Graham 7 Years - Lukas Graham Cover Art

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.

I'm fine with the song, but I will give an honest critique.

1. The song is a little repetitive, as about 50% of the lyrics are either "Or you'll be lonely" or "Once I was *insert number* years old".

2. Lukas Graham sounds like he's crying. Someone should give him a tissue.

3. Life isn't all about making friends and getting a girlfriend really early. If you try too hard, then you'll be seen as "clingy". I'd rather worry about getting to a good college, my little siblings, and finances first. Love requires patience and commitment, and mutual trust. It's not something you can just go out and get at the local grocery store. And friends don't last forever, but family does.

My rating: 5/10

You don't get it. Yeah everyone been through tough times, but not everyone have been through it growing up in freetown Christiania, that's what makes it special. He started drinking and smoking all that when he was 12, but it has all something to do with Christiania. Can't you see it? That's what he's trying to show everyone, where he grew up. You need to go deeper to understand it, he has and amazing story.

People only hate this song because they're incapable of comprehending and understanding lyrics to songs and they only judge songs by their beat.. Or they're jealous because a non-famous singer has a song that is doing better than most famous people's songs. Get over it, butthurt eejits! Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift get enough attention already!

14 Sound of Silence - Disturbed Sound of Silence - Disturbed Cover Art

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.

Ok, I don't like the original. Then a horrible voice made it worse. The worst part? Everyone I know loves it! I hear it so much and it gets worse every time. Can I just skip whatever we're doing and go listen to Halsey and TOP? I don't like this song at all. 0/10.

This is really awesome. This is how I found it
Dad: It's disturbing that you like Justin Beiber
Me: No! I hate him! I'd rather listen to DIsturbed than that disturbing artist
Dad: Hey they made a cover of sound of silence
mw: *Thinks back to when I had the original*
Me: Those were some good days.

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.

15 Just Like Fire - P!nk Just Like Fire - P!nk Cover Art

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.

What a perfect song for a good movie. Hopefully Alice Through The Looking Glass becomes a cult classic, but this song was a hit from the beginning. I wish they would release White Rabbit from Pink but damn was this such a fun song.

This song will be in my head for the rest of forever. In the best way possible. Needs to be top ten. Whenever I try to sing this I wind up sounding like an idiot. Only P! NK can sing this song correctly, and that is ok.

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

16 Spit Out the Bone - Metallica Spit Out the Bone - Metallica Cover Art

How Just Like Fire and many other shmuck are above this modern masterpiece is beyond me. This song is awesome and Metallica's newest album is just terrific. This is the best song of 2016 and one of my favorites of the decade.

"Come unto me, and you will feel perfection" - This song's lyric sums up the awesomeness of this song! Listen to this one, and you will hear just how good it is. Anyways, this should be back on the top 10, being number 6 or 5.

It's a good song it just doesn't get as much recognition because it's not "mainstream" friendly.

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

17 Bang Bang - Green Day Bang Bang - Green Day Cover Art

I got addicted to this song, it is so good. Green Day came back with a very awesome song. This song is about the Orlando shooting.

For some reason I love this song, but I have to admit the version of ariana grande and jesie j is what I like better. But Green Day is my fave band. My fave song is twenty one guns

Energetinc, meaningful, catchy, and FUN! And this won't even make my list of Top Ten Green Day songs, 8/5 I'm so glad this band cashed back in!

Green day is awesome. I regained faith in humanity when my 11-year-old friend told me she liked this album.

18 Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga Perfect Illusion - Lady Gaga Cover Art

This song isn't a perfect illusion, it's a perfect comeback (if you don't count Mike Posner's I Took A Pill In Ibiza).

The guitar riff at the start tells you right away that this song is going to be amazing. Add that with the disco feel to this song, and we get a sound that is unique to 2016, which is full of sad ballads (that usually don't work).

And there is Lady Gaga's voice. I'll tell you now that this is possibly her second best vocal performance, only being beaten by Til It Happens To You. The power in her voice, along with the emotion and raw energy Gaga brings out is just pure, and thankfully, no autotune.

10/10

All the hype around Lady Gaga's newest song gave me excitement and it was worth it.
All the so called Little Monsters who were bashing on the new songs must not heard You and I. Lady Gaga is reforming to a clean side in her own growing to same to singers such as Kesha, Katy Perry and Beyonce (in a sort of way, during the Sasha Fierce area of her side). The guitar riff is weakly acclaimed in a 3/5 area in my point. Gaga's vocals are that supposed to be so great. Let us now support her for Joanne.

I absolutely love this song! While Million Reasons receives my vote, this song is great in different reasons. It is upbeat and very fun!

This song is awesome and Lady Gaga is still excellent as always.

19 Ain't It Funny - Danny Brown Ain't It Funny - Danny Brown Cover Art
20 Pillowtalk - Zayn Pillowtalk - Zayn Cover Art

For a song that tries to be sexy, it couldn't be further. I've listened to enough Nine Inch Nails and Stabbing Westward to know what sexy sounds like, and this isn't it. First off Zayn, you're a former member of a talentless group of British pretty boys whose fan base consists entirely of brain-dead menstrual teenage girls. Trying to sound sexy is beyond you. Second, even if you were to ignore your history, this song is so generic it's not even funny. Maybe if you were to come out and say that this whole solo career is just a joke, and that you're trying to make fun of the abundance of other pop stars who have done the same thing as you, I would have tons of respect for you. But as it stands, you're a sellout, leaving a sellout band to make sellout songs under a sellout image.

Zayn Malik made a good choice when he left One Direction, so he could make this sexy song that's not afraid to cross the boundary. The lyrics hit you on a spiritual level, as he describes "the pain and the pleasure" of his sex life. But there's one thing that makes this whole song up as a whole: the beat. Pillowtalk could not function without that amazing beat. Vocal ability? Check. Lovely lyrics? Check. Awesome instrumental? Check. Take one listen to this, and you will know the "dirty and raw" truth about Zayn Malik.

Are you kidding me? Oh yeah it's a great song it has a great message, sex! Yeah it sounds nice but it's pretty dayum stupid that people think a song about sex is so amazing. Oh I will do anything to f you baby and now I will make an overrated overplayed song. Most people probably just like it because they've been comparing it with the worst one direction songs rather than comparing it to a so g with a great meaning.

I don't like 1D at all but Zayn has pretty much improved from his old self.

In 1D he had a weak voice with no power or energy but in this song, especially the chorus, his voice booms with a tremendous amount of power and energy which gives the song a nice texture. The beat is also really excellent and calming. That doesn't excuse it from the crappy lyrics though but good job Zayn. 4.5/5

21 Rise - Katy Perry Rise - Katy Perry Cover Art

What the hell? This song should be on top 10. Lyrics are so beautiful and meaningful- don't doubt it, don't doubt it. Victory is in your viens.

RISE is one of the most empowering songs ever created! Takes a few listens to really get the song but once you do, it's pure KP gold!

I will always be a Little Monster, but this song is so powerful! I sang it for my school's talent show!

I usually like Katy Perry's songs. This one to me sounds boring.

22 Ultralight Beam - Kanye West Ultralight Beam - Kanye West Cover Art

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

Yo this is #4. Can we get this like a lot higher?

Amazing and inspirational song.

I didn't really like this song.

23 Dystopia - Megadeth

Great song! Metal has managed to survive throughout the years despite never getting mainstream attention. This song is a testament to what Megadeth can do.

Dystopia was a good, if not even a great album, definitely better than Super Collider. This song easily beats any pop song from last year, at least in my book.

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.

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

24 Roses - The Chainsmokers Roses - The Chainsmokers Cover Art

It's undeniable, this song is played on almost radio station I know and its one of the songs that put the Chainsmokers on the map. That's my opinion.

Take it slow but this song's not typical, it's way better than the other songs.

This one is the Chainsmokers best song ever.

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

25 Panda - Desiigner Panda - Desiigner Cover Art

This song is so dumb, it's actually kind of hilarious. Hilariously awful, if you will. It's so bad, I laugh every time I see some white kid dancing to it because my god, do they look so stupid.

Just goes to show that too many people on this site are dickriding rock and metal. I'm not saying that I hate metal, matter of fact I love metal, but give it a rest guys. This song is great

This song has a nice catchy beat. Lyrics are not THAT good but rhymes are pretty decent. 4/5 (would be 5/5 if I could understand him better)

This song was over hyped when I was in sixth grade because kids in school loved it while I hate it.

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