Best Songs of 2016

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The Top Ten

1 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

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

I'm a starboy

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2 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

Will live on well beyond Bowie's death because of its depth of meaning. Long after the derivative though well-produced synth pop of Weeknd/Daft Punk.

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3 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!

I had to choose between this and Starboy... I love both Abel and TOP. But seriously, Heathens is amazing.

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4 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.

This song is terrible. Holy crap it's overrated! How the heck is it in the top 3? - NikBrusk

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

The best song in 2016

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5 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

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

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

All I can say is this song is fantastic.

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6 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

Really good can't stop hearing the song

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7 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

It's #11. Good song by 2010 standards.

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).

Really good gem

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8 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.

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

Nice song got it love it

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9 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 lie it

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10 Ultralight Beam - Kanye West

Amazing and inspirational song.

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

Really like the vibes

Really good song

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The Newcomers

? Dong Saya Dae - Bga
? Attention - The Weeknd

Worst Thing On Starboy, But Mediocre - VideoGamefan5

By far the worst song on Starboy. 0/5 - WonkeyDude98

MeH. Not really. I think this is easily the weakest song from Starboy and it's abo-nope Acquainted is weaker. I'd say this is about the same level as The Hills...maybe weaker. 2.5/5 - AlphaQ

The Contenders

11 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

"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!

Love Metallica they were in thug 2 aka tony hawk under ground 2

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12 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

! You have got to be kidding me this music must be at the first place rather than the weekend

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13 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!

Awesome!

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14 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

Beyonce sucks. She always did since the end of Destiny's Child. - keyson

A hidden music gem

Boom! Beyoncé going rock.. ❤

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15 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

Love TOP - Evanescence_01

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16 Burn the Witch - Radiohead

This is below such crap as panda and most other songs above it?

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

This song definitely deserves to be in the top 10. - ThePwoperMuser101

Love this song

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17 24k Magic - Bruno Mars

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

Bruno mars at his best

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18 Roses - The Chainsmokers

This one is the Chainsmokers best song ever.

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

Awesome song - Neonco31

It's a great song boss

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19 Enchantress - Two Steps from Hell

WOO Two steps making an appearance. - NymeriaWaters

20 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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