Best Songs of 2016

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21 One Dance - Drake

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 - milmcgirl

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22 Cold Water - Major Lazer

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! 👍

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23 7 Years - Lukas Graham

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

You're completely incapable of comprehending lyrics to songs. The only things you look for in a song is the beat. How sad, you're just like 90% of the world population. However, some people actually can comprehend lyrics to songs (like me) and understand them. It is beautiful lyrics, jealous boi. - LemonComputer

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 - AlphaQ

Better the most of these other songs

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24 In the Night - The Weeknd

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

If get this above IDWLF. NOW. 6/5 - AlphaQ

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25 Girl Loves Me - David Bowie

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

26 Don't Let Me Down - The Chainsmokers

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

I'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

It's decent I guess - PeeledBanana

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27 Into You - Ariana Grande

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

There is no reason why this song should NOT be any higher. The chorus, the synths, the bridge, and the backing vocals are the best I’ve ever heard.

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28 When We Were Young - Adele
29 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.

Compared to this, David Bowie's song is carp

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30 Lush Life - Zara Larsson

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 - Lunala

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31 You Are My Sunshine - Morgane and Chris Stapleton
32 Folklore - Big Big Train

A lovely song. Give it a chance. - naFrovivuS

33 History - One Direction

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

COOL SONG! 1

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34 Roses - The Chainsmokers

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

This song just makes me feel good - Imaqt

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35 The Ballad of the Costa Concordia - Car Seat Headrest

Seeing this in the top 30 makes me happy. - ProPanda

36 Death of a Bachelor - Panic! at the Disco

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.

This is honestly either my second or third favorite song. Brendon Urie's vocal range in this song is just astonishing.

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37 Nights - Frank Ocean

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

38 Cake by the Ocean - Dnce

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

ITS FROM 2015

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39 Not Today - Imagine Dragons

A truly beautiful song, and a perfect way to end a great movie!

5/5: It gets better every time! - ProPanda

THIS is why I love Imagine Dragons.

40 Nikes - Frank Ocean
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