Best Songs of 2016

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All songs on this list were released as singles in 2016, or 2015 but didn’t make an impact until 2016.

1. Kiiara – “Gold” – An ingenious production trick wins the top spot. The best music in the world rewires your brain.
2. Beyoncé ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Freedom” – Beyoncé BUSTS out every emotion of the year.
3. Phantogram – “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” – I can feel myself dissolving in the despair.
4. Lady GaGa – “Perfect Illusion” – GaGa’s crying out in beautiful pain.
5. Kanye West – “Fade” – From another dimension.
6. Rag‘n’Bone Man – “Human” – The blues are alive and kicking.
7. Sia – “The Greatest” – Sia’s career is the soundtrack for perseverance.
8. Alessia Cara – “Scars to Your Beautiful” – What could have been an anodyne message piece instead infuses an influx of attitude.
9. Flume ft. Tove Lo – “Say It” – An airy, effervescent blast from 2016’s top DJ.
10. Childish Gambino – “Me and Your Mama” – Where did this burst of neo-P-Funk come from?!
11. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles” – This sounds like nostalgia and the future.
12. Glass Animals – “Life Itself” – Alternative quirk’s top spot of the year.
13. Bishop Briggs – “River” – I need at least one lady rocker belting it out like this per annum.
14. Beyoncé – “Formation” – The production is so much more adventurous and more mature from Queen Bey than ever before.
15. BANKS – “Gemini Feed” – Icy and boopy, with attitude to spare.
16. Leonard Cohen – “You Want It Darker” – I’m vociferously nodding along to every declaration Mr. Cohen makes.
17. Kaleo – “Way Down We Go” – That title is sort of like musical onomatopoeia.
18. Highly Suspect – “My Name is Human” – These guys from Cape Cod ought to be rocking stadiums to their core.
19. Beck – “Wow” – Beck’s gonna keep uncovering these strange corners in the aural landscape.
20. Kongos – “Take It From Me” – These South African rockers are totally in control.
21. Tove Lo – “Cool Girl” – Tove keeps freaking up the airwaves.
22. A Tribe Called Quest – “We the People” – A necessary anthem.
23. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills” – Bounce along when you’re looking for fun.
24. Ariana Grande – “Into You” – Features the year’s most killer opening line
25. Rihanna ft. Drake – “Work” – One of those great songs that defy natural analysis.

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Billboard Hot 20 – Week of November 19, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
5. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
6. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
7. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
8. Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
9. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
10. Drake – “Fake Love”
11. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
12. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
13. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
14. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
15. Sia – “Cheap Thrills”
16. Kiiara – “Gold”
17. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
18. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”
19. Young M.A. – “OOOUUU”
20. Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar – “The Greatest”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. The Greatest
3. OOOUUU
4. Starboy
5. Cheap Thrills
6. Side to Side
7. Cold Water
8. Black Beatles
9. Broccoli
10. Closer
11. 24K Magic
12. i hate u, i love u
13. Starving
14. Heathens
15. Let Me Love You
16. Don’t Let Me Down
17. Fake Love
18. Don’t Wanna Know
19. Treat You Better
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of November 12, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
5. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
6. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
7. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
8. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
9. Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
10. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
11. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
12. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
13. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
14. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”
15. Kiiara – “Gold”
16. Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane – “Black Beatles”
17. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
18. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
19. Sia ft. Kendrick Lamar – “The Greatest”
20. twenty one pilots – “Ride”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. The Greatest
3. Starboy
4. Cheap Thrills
5. Side to Side
6. Cold Water
7. Black Beatles
8. Ride
9. Broccoli
10. Closer
11. 24K Magic
12. i hate u, i love u
13. Starving
14. Let Me Love You
15. Don’t Let Me Down
16. This is What You Came For
17. Don’t Wanna Know
18. Heathens
19. Treat You Better
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of November 5, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
5. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
6. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
7. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
8. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
9. Maroon 5 ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Don’t Wanna Know”
10. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
11. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
12. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
13. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
14. Kiiara – “Gold”
15. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
16. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
17. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
18. Hailee Steinfeld & Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”
19. Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”
20. Tory Lanez – “Luv”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. Starboy
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Side to Side
5. Cold Water
6. Ride
7. Broccoli
8. Closer
9. 24K Magic
10. i hate u, i love u
11. Starving
12. Let Me Love You
13. Don’t Let Me Down
14. Can’t Stop the Feeling!
15. This Is What You Came For
16. Don’t Wanna Know
17. Heathens
18. Luv
19. Treat You Better
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of October 29, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
5. Bruno Mars – “24K Magic”
6. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
7. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
8. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
9. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
10. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
11. Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall – “Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)”
12. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
13. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
14. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
15. Kiiara – “Gold”
16. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
17. Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
18. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
19. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
20. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. Starboy
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Side to Side
5. Needed Me
6. Cold Water
7. Ride
8. Broccoli
9. Closer
10. 24K Magic
11. i hate u, i love u
12. Starving
13. Let Me Love You
14. Don’t Let Me Down
15. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
16. One Dance
17. This Is What You Came For
18. Heathens
19. Treat You Better
20. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of October 22, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
3. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
4. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
5. 5. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
6. D.R.A.M. ft Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
7. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
8. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
9. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
10. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love you”
11. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
12. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
13. Kiiara – “Gold”
14. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
15. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
16. Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
17. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
18. The Chainsmokers ft. Phoebe Ryan – “All We Know”
19. Drake ft. Rihanna – “Too Good”
20. Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft. Zedd – “Starving”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. Starboy
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Side to Side
5. Needed Me
6. Cold Water
7. Ride
8. Broccoli
9. Closer
10. i hate u, i love u
11. Starving
12. Let Me Love You
13. Don’t Let Me Down
14. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
15. Too Good
16. One Dance
17. This Is What You Came For
18. Heathens
19. All We Know
20. Treat You Better

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of October 15, 2016

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality.

Original Version
1. The Chainsmokers ft. Halsey – “Closer”
2. twenty one pilots – “Heathens”
3. The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk – “Starboy”
4. Major Lazer ft. Justin Bieber and MØ – “Cold Water”
5. DJ Snake ft. Justin Bieber – “Let Me Love You”
6. Shawn Mendes – “Treat You Better”
7. Sia ft. Sean Paul – “Cheap Thrills”
8. D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty – “Broccoli”
9. The Chainsmokers ft. Daya – “Don’t Let Me Down”
10. Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna – “This Is What You Came For”
11. Charlie Puth ft. Selena Gomez – “We Don’t Talk Anymore”
12. twenty one pilots – “Ride”
13. gnash ft. Olivia O’Brien – “i hate u, i love u”
14. Drake ft. WizKid and Kyla – “One Dance”
15. Kiiara – “Gold”
16. Adele – “Send My Love (to Your New Lover)”
17. Rihanna – “Needed Me”
18. Drake ft. Rihanna – “Too Good”
19. Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj – “Side to Side”
20. Justin Timberlake – “Can’t Stop the Feeling!”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. Gold
2. Starboy
3. Cheap Thrills
4. Side to Side
5. Needed Me
6. Cold Water
7. Ride
8. Broccoli
9. Closer
10. i hate u, i love u
11. Let Me Love You
12. Don’t Let Me Down
13. Send My Love (to Your New Lover)
14. Too Good
15. One Dance
16. Can’t Stop the Feeling!
17. This Is What You Came For
18. We Don’t Talk Anymore
19. Heathens
20. Treat You Better

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