Best Songs of 2016

The Top Ten

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.

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

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).

Blackstar - David Bowie Blackstar - David Bowie Cover Art

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

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 :'(

A truly haunting song. It not only captures what Bowie has done, but the legacy he plans to leave behind as he goes into stardom. What makes the song even more beautiful is the fact Bowie wrote it knowing he was going to die.

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

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.

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.

As a fan of them, this is not at all like any of their songs. It's not very good compared to their older stuff. Please check out something like Ruby or Before You Start Your Day or Trees or something like that. They are amazing compared to this.

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

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

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

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.

Totally an improvement from Uptown Funk. The beat of 24K Magic is cooler than Uptown Funk, even though it's kind of old-fashioned. But I guess Bruno has his unique ways which actually make most of his songs better.

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

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.

6/5: An emotional song, with a great everything

Look... I seriosuly, SERIOUSLY hate to be that guy but... is this a joke? The drop literally sounds like a high pitched fart, I can take Closer getting this spot but... This? Seriously?

I'm still waiting for the new metallica album to blow this list away. Speaking of which where is Hardwired on this list?

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

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

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.

Cheap Thrills - Sia Cheap Thrills - Sia Cover Art

This song is amazing. Should be higher.

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.

Such. A. Cute. Song. I love it so much!

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.

Daydreaming - Radiohead Daydreaming - Radiohead Cover Art

1 million times better than Lukas Graham.

They've done way better but this is better than anything on this list except maybe Burn The Witch

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

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

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

It's alright. 6/10.

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

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

Sorry but I can't find this song good, it's really overplayed and overrated

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

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.

The Contenders

Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Distant Sky - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Cover Art
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.

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.

The same thing happened with Stressed Out, which came out in April 2015 and only started becoming popular around February/March 2016 from what I can remember. - allamassal

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

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!

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

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.

How do I describe the lyrics? Oh yes, genius.

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

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.

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

This is just boring and the lyrics are STUPID. Drinking and smoking at 11 is WRONG Lukas. I never did that stuff and I'm 14. I didn't Think this was the best and thought It was one of the worst. 1/5. It's just plain bad

This song is really deep and good, I DON'T CARE IF YOU GUYS SAY THIS IS WORST SONG! If you listen carefully that was his memory song with her father and he always listen what a father says to him. Who care with liquor and herb, he just tell the truth, maybe father just joke to him. Like my father always make it fun to marry me at 5 years old... and Why so serious? that was not happened at all lol.. and overall this song about depression losing her father and thinking all of memory.

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

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.

beautiful, I don't care about the year it came out, this song is beautiful

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

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

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.

I actually liked this song, except for that "We came here to RALEIGH" part (I don't actually know what she says but that's what I hear). This is better than What About Us to be honest. 7/10

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.

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

"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.

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.

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.

Ain't It Funny - Danny Brown Ain't It Funny - Danny Brown Cover Art

I was glad to see it here

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

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

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.

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

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

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?

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

Rise - Katy Perry Rise - Katy Perry Cover Art

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

This song sounds somewhat bland.

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.

Dystopia - Megadeth

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

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.

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.

Roses - The Chainsmokers Roses - The Chainsmokers Cover Art

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!

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

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.

Truly terrible song.

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.

When talking about Zayn Malik, I'm just confuse with my feelings. Sometimes I like him,sometimes I hate him. You know what, he is Islam, but he's not behave that way. He got a tattoos, drinking, and he's not supposed to be that way of course. I'm just giving my opinion, I'm sorry to all Zayn's fans.

The Sound - The 1975 The Sound - The 1975 Cover Art

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?

This is a good song...9/10? That seems about right.

This song got the best music

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