Best Songs of 2016Ark-M
The Top Ten
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
I feel sad because of the Weeknd's hair. Anyway, great song.
The Weeknd is always good with these songs. Screw anyone who says he sucks - Mcgillacuddy
Is goodV 146 Comments
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
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 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
Honestly I don't like this song that much.
All of the songs they make sound the same
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
Amazing song!V 65 Comments
I like how Bruno is switching it up this time. This reminds me very much of Daft Punk with the funk, synths, and vocoders and it's an all around fun song. Better than Uptown Funk in my opinion
With this perfect slice of Uptown Funk-lite chillness, which honestly has better synths than Uptown Funk, color me intrigued for the new album, don't screw it up. 5/5 - WonkeyDude98
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 - kardinaleb
come on!V 43 Comments
This has to be one of the best songs I have ever heard in my entire life! 11/10. - NiktheWiz
True, but with a song this good, I have to give it a score like that. - NiktheWiz
Nick cave still makes music? He hasn't been a movement since the 90's! Good thing to see the REAL goths are back (Please get the hell outta London, Twenty one pilots and fall out boy).
It's #11. Good song by 2010 standards.
"7 years" is above this. You've got to be joking. - DCfnafV 6 Comments
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 amazing. I love how people are listening to 21 Pilots more, now. Amazing band, 10/10 - lovefrombadlandsV 44 Comments
Amazing and inspirational song.
It's Kanye west what do any of us expect from him
Yo this is #4. Can we get this like a lot higher? - ProPanda
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
"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 love Cheap Thrills!V 59 Comments
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
Wow. I can't believe I found a song where Waning Crescent Moon doesn't annoy me. - lovefrombadlandsV 37 Comments
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'm still waiting for the new metallica album to blow this list away. Speaking of which where is Hardwired on this list?
6/5: An emotional song, with a great everything - ProPanda
EDM perfection. Great drop, also Daya doesn't sound bad here. 5/5 - StarlightSpanksV 71 Comments
A very amazing and difficult song. - Feirceraven
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
Mike used to suck, like really bad. Then he released this song, and it sounded whiney and boring. Then, SeeB remixed it, and it became godlike. Congrats to SeeB for making me enjoy a Mike Posner song. 8/10 - spiritofhiphopV 57 Comments
Easily the best song of 2016. I mean, I think this is as high as it's going to get, but for the love of god, can we at least get it above One Dance and This Is What You Came For? - SwagFlicks
I can easily say this is the best song I've heard in 2016
Interesting - madoog
Nice - Stavoren55
It's a decent song, but its overplayed so much. - 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!
BEST SONG EVER! IT MAKES MY DAY AND IT CAN BE OVERPLAYED TO MAKE MY DAY AND IT MAKES ME SMILE! I COULD LISTEN TO THIS ON REPEAT AND REPEAT AND DANCE & SING TO THIS SONG LIKE 200 TIMES! THIS SONG GETS STUCK IN MY HEAD AND I LOVE YOU JUSTIN TIMBERLAKEV 65 Comments
1 million times better than Lukas Graham.
I'm not sure why I don't like this song. Maybe it has something to do with the weird reversed vocals that do actually nothing for the song? Maybe it's the fact that for as much as Radiohead and Thom Yorke would like to convey a rollercoaster of emotions the song never builds to...anything? Actually, probably both of those. 2/5 - WonkeyDude98
Better than Lukas Graham? I should hope so, considering that this is the band that put out OK Computer. The song's good, but they've done way better. - Zach808
Very depressing song. From beginning until the end just straight up sadness.V 9 Comments
Just missed it too. Vote this up if you want the return of quality in mainstream music.
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. - AnimeDrawer
How do I describe the lyrics? Oh yes, genius. - naFrovivuS
This should be number 1 - KartmanV 24 Comments
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
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 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
awesomeV 26 Comments
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.
I think that a good cover should be something that sounds different from the original, because it conveys it in a new way. I thought their rendition was really solid, and overall quite powerful. - MasonOcker
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.
I'm getting kind of sick of music acts manufactured to appeal to angsty teens who think what they listen to is "good" and "real" music. This is perhaps the worst song they've released that isn't original to them in any way, shape or form. Disturbed took what was already a great song complete with the perfect amount of atmosphere and emotion and made it collapse so that they could be able to express the "pain" they were feeling. I'll take the soft vocals sung in the original over the raspy unpleasant ones screamed in this cover. - SwagFlicks
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. - lovefrombadlandsV 23 Comments
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
Beyonce sucks. She always did since the end of Destiny's Child. - keyson
The Lemonade album was fantastic though. If anything, this album is way better than anything she's done with Destiny's Child. - NiktheWiz
Beyonce Spears - GOAT
Why can't I hurt myself? Bitch telling me what to do.V 5 Comments
This is below such crap as panda and most other songs above it?
This song definitely deserves to be in the top 10. - ThePwoperMuser101
Not even the best one from this album- that has to go to daydreaming, but this song should still be above all the others above it - VaticanCameos
Wish this were higher. - Blackzelot101V 8 Comments
This one is the Chainsmokers best song ever.
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.
It was made in 2015 but it's still awesome! - pcn
Take it slow but this song's not typical, it's way better than the other songs. - lovefrombadlandsV 6 Comments
Are you kidding me. This song sucks!
Amazing! 11/10. It would be nice if the song that means so much to me since it's release didn't get so much hate but I guess that's how the world works. I'm sorry Closer. - lovefrombadlands
Yikes! Looks like another typical love song! -1/5 - naFrovivuS
You could literally replace either of the artists in this song. - spiritofhiphopV 19 Comments
Only at 100? This is the best song I've heard all year! Really catchy chorus, energetic vocals, punchy beat, and an all-around happy and joyful vibe! Why Work and One Dance are above this, I don't know.
How does one dislike this? - ProPanda
This is a good song...9/10? That seems about right. - lovefrombadlands
This song got the best music
WOO Two steps making an appearance. - NymeriaWaters
This song sounds somewhat bland. - madoog
This coming from the person who liked Needed Me, Anaconda, and other terrible mainstream songs. - Hotheart123
I love this song but this is totally not what song I expected sorry but I kinda like it yeah
I wasn't really a fan when I first heard it, but it grew on me. - JustAnotherAccount
I usually like Katy Perry's songs. This one to me sounds boring. - lovefrombadlandsV 20 Comments
Why does the music industry continue to pump out garbage? - madoog
I just heard this yesterday, and I'VE BEEN SICK OF IT SINCE YESTERDAY. - WonkeyDude98
Best think Major Lazer has ever made - JoDBoss
Seriously I'm in love with this song its wow! 👍V 3 Comments
Why on earth the song isn't on the Top 20? I mean, it has an awesome beat, great vocals and good lyrics. Why people are paying her dust? It should be higher. Same with Dangerous Woman (song)
I can't stop listening to this song. The melody, the vocals, it's so catchy. Certainly the best song of the year so far
This song is really good. I like it
THIS SHOULD BE TOP 10V 17 Comments
I have absolutely no idea why this site hates this song so much. It's completely fantastic. - WonkeyDude98
5/5: Great production and deep story - ProPanda
HUH? I expected this to be a lot higher. Not like drunk high you know what I'm talking bout. Well #774 is kinda low since Everyone I know likes this song. I also like it as well and it was brought out pretty well. Not tryna be bias to The Weeknd but his songs are always great. 5/5 - AlphaQ
I love it so much, good beat and lyrics so 10/10! - lovefrombadlandsV 7 Comments
Even though I liked Emperor's New Clothes a lot, it wasn't near my favorite from the album. This song is. The production of this song is amazing, and Brendon just sells it full force. Never before has a song about no longer being single sounded so rich yet fun. - Zach808
This song is DEFINITELY the best one all year. Its Brendon Urie at his best and amazing. This song should be at number one, and all the other ones on this album should be on here too!
While not my favorite from the album (Crazy = Genius all the way), it's still good and much better than stuff like NO, or 7 years, etc.
I really don't like panic at the disco, but this is a nice song. I would listen to this song, 6/10. - lovefrombadlandsV 17 Comments
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. - ArigatoKawaii
Love it... It's the best
Nice comeback Lady Gaga, better than most other songs of 2016... - Moorefamval
So underrated!V 7 Comments
This is one of the most insufferable things to hit the radio this year. I hear it come on and my ears start ringing just to block out the noise. "Hotline Bling" at least had a catchy beat even with the nonsense lyrics. This has absolutely nothing going for it. I can't even decipher what he's saying and I'd rather not find out. I honestly hate this song more than "Let It Go" and I didn't think that was possible. 0/5 - theOpinionatedOne
One of Drake's best to be honest. He actually has some life in his voice and the beat is pretty good.
This isn't an OK song but it was a bit dull.
Besides it doesn't F swerve to be #1 for 10 bloody weeks! If a #1 hit song that should have stayed long it's Panda. It was only there for 2 weeks. Honestly why is Panda bad? It's great.
Yea and besides if anyone here thinks the #1 hits aren't so excellent this year I kinda agree. Some were good like Panda and Black Beatles and some were bad like Closer and maybe Love Yourself.
But this song is kinda boring now so it doesn't deserve a 5/5 or 4/5
I would give it a 3/5 - AlphaQ
Kill me already.0/10 - milmcgirlV 20 Comments
Seeing this in the top 30 makes me happy. - ProPanda
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.
Timberlake is awesome even though can't the feeling isn't the best - MrQuaz680
I've been pretty cynical towards Metallica (I blame that entirely on this site's terrible userbase), but between this and Moth Into Flame, I'm really looking forward to their next album, because I really like both of these songs. - WonkeyDude98
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This is a pretty great song, honestly. Zara Larsson has this endless charm that combines with her amazing voice to make anything she makes instantly enjoyable. Compared to her other big song Never Forget You, however, this is pretty lacking. The beat is a mix of catchy and relaxing. It's comfortable is where I'm getting at. Lyrically, this song is pretty weak. You can pretty much call this song verse-less, which makes it feel like the same phrase repeated over and over. The writing seems to detail a young love that crashed and burned, but the final few lines seem to frame it like a love-and-leave scenario. It's like a more bitter version of Carly Rae Jepsen's work. Still solid, I give it a 4/5, but Never Forget You is much better. - WonkeyDude98
I thought that she was a reggae black singer when I first heard this! Despite whatever race she is, she is an AMAZING singer and has a perfect voice. She's a pop girl, only better! - toptenqueen
Can't stand this song. I hated Never Forget You and this is just as bad. What's good about this song? All it really is just Zara Larsson trying to be both Rihanna and Alessia Cara and she does not sound good at all on this song. I didn't care about the lyrics but what I have heard was awful, and the production is worse than Never Forget You and some of the worst I have heard in the apocalypse of pop music that is 2016. If anyone has not heard this son, I would not recommend it.
Catchy - LunalaV 6 Comments
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.
Compared to this, David Bowie's song is carpV 16 Comments
A lovely song. Give it a chance. - naFrovivuS
"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.
The ULTIMATE song of the year!
It's a good song it just doesn't get as much recognition because it's not "mainstream" friendly.
I didn't like Metallica's new album that much (I've got something special planned for that), but this is where I have to disagree with SwagFlicks, because this was easily the best song here. - WonkeyDude98V 5 Comments
With this song being a catchy pop song with Joe Jonas on vocals and me being the outspoken metalhead that I am, you'd assume I'd hate this song and would have only bad things to say about it. I figured that would be the case, but the honest truth is, I actually like this song. It's catchy, it has a nice beat, and the chorus is not that bad. My only two problems with this song are that A: It's got the dumbest title known to man and B: the lyrics are less than pleasing, but honestly, it's not that bad. It's certainly better than that terrible song Nick Jonas put out last year. - AngryByrd
I'll give it a measly 6/10. It has nothing to do with cake! - Catacorn
This is from 2015, and it's somewhat crappy. - Powerfulgirl10
It is catchy but I don’t like the meaningV 10 Comments
For a final single from these guys, this is actually pretty good. Has a great nostalgic feel to it. - Zach808
I love one direction but at the end when they do a hug I always cry harry is so cute/hot
I love one direction but louis tomlinson is most handsomest
Eww. Sorry, I do not like this song. Bad beat, annoying, terrible voices. 0/10. - lovefrombadlandsV 8 Comments
There is something about this song. - madoog
I'm allowed to prefer Disturbed and David Bowie over Ariana Grande and 5 Seconds of Summer. Yeah, I just said it.
Really only the chorus is good, but sadly, this year that's all its taking to be good.
Only the chorus? What about her vocals? The production and instrumentation? This song is so so good. - Johnny1248
Should be a bit higher, since it is very good! - zoocksycootseranaV 3 Comments
There are very few songs that I will call pop perfection. This is one of them. - SwagFlicks
It's a great song, definitely. But top 20? I think it shouldn't be that high, especially above I Feel It Coming and Nikes. - Satire
Why Is This Trash So High? , Besides Its From 2017 - VideoGamefan5
Before I heard this song I thought taylor retired. She was supposed to release an album this fall. She didn't. At least she has this song - helloitsme
I got bored of this song real quick but Zayn is better than the entire 1D combined - LightningBlade
0/10. Zayn, you bad voiced singer, you ruined Taylor's lovely voice in a still bad song for me :( - lovefrombadlandsV 5 Comments
*giggles* I really shouldn't love this song as much as I do! - WonkeyDude98
I hate this song good thing it's on #57. What is this song doing here? They should move it to #100, if there's any number of that. Sucker. Ha ha.
I like this song, it should be higher - lovefrombadlands
It's kinda catchyV 8 Comments
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