2016 has been an amazing year for new, fresh and different music, with multiple successful collaborations as well as the comeback of a few artists. We have, as a whole, grown to love rap music as well as classic pop as well as remixes of songs that were never on any of our radars. I think we have all enjoyed watching the music industry change itself and develop as the music has developed. Improvements in technology have enabled artists to explore more genres and further developments of music from the past.
Records are made every year, growing more and more impressive, leading to more pressure on artists to deliver the goods. Everyone is a music critic in their own right, but this year there’s been so much variation that we have all lost track of which music is which and what genre we are listening to. With music being released with twists of old school reggae mixed with club and house music of today we have definitely made a statement in 2016. The creative contrasts of this year has opened our eyes to the potential developments in the future.
Here, we have listed our selection of 21 songs which really made an impression in 2016. All of them have been in the charts and remained there for a number of weeks before slowly creeping down the list. So here we are, to wrap up music in 2016, here’s our 21 top songs from this year!
This song was the number on in 10 countries across the globe! Drake managed to hang onto the top spot for a grand total of 15 weeks!!! That’s some good going! It’s a brilliant song about two peoples connection when they meet in a club. This song was loved by the nation, or sung by those that hated it anyway, because it was just so catchy! (Unfortunately, the original song/music video is not on YouTube so this is the closest we could find!)
Well, this song touched the hearts of Britain as Lukas Graham sung about a young child growing up and highlighted the lessons he learnt from his parents. The song itself is written in a ballad style with piano loops and a gradual addition of a percussion backbeat. This song lasted 5 weeks at number one, but remained in the top 40 for 25 weeks!
American singer, Mike Posner has been performing since 2008, but made his name with this song. The singer writes his music and remixes are created and released, this being one of them! The song title says it all really… but this song was a summer anthem for the UK as it held the top spot for 4 weeks.
James Arthur recently made his comeback into the music industry after joining a new record label. This song has been a massive hit, and just what he needed to get back into the game. It’s 100% set to be the wedding song of 2017! With a total of 3 weeks at number one, this song has set him up to release more singles from his brand new album.
Labelled reggae-tinged and electro-pop, this song has been played all year, since its release in February! Originally written to be sung by Rihanna, this song was Sia’s 5th major hit in the UK charts, and certified double platinum! Sung with marmite Jamaican rapper Sean Paul, it was a catchy song in the charts, but I think we have heard it a too few many times!
Released in April by Scottish DJ, Calvin Harris, this house music/pop crossover was extremely popular, peaking at number two in the UK charts. With two other successful collaborations under their belt, the pair had no need to fret over the success of this tune! (Other collaborations were; We Found Love and Where Have You Been)
Swedish pop star Zara Larsson released this summer tune in June 2015 in Sweden and then a remix featuring Tinie Tempah meant it was released worldwide in February this year. Only 19 years old, she has released her first studio album “1” with songs such as this one, a single from her second album, due to be released in January next year!
Rihanna is known for her controversial songs and music videos, with this song being no exception. A cleverly produced song, it is catchy and annoying but gets stuck in your head, even though you mumble the words to it, because no one can master Rihanna’s American/Barbadian accent to sing the lyrics. Nevertheless it still peaked at number 2 in the UK Charts.
2016 has been Justin Bieber’s year! With his amazing fourth studio album released in 2015, he kept bringing out the singles and they all stormed up the charts. This song in particular has been covered by thousands of singers on YouTube, and is one of the most popular songs to be covered this year!
Considering he is just 18 years old, his two studio albums have be exceptionally well received! He has also collaborated and toured with amazing world wide super stars such as Taylor Swift. This song was loved by all, especially his predominantly female fan base. He started out as a singer on a social media network called Vine, and in just three years has made a massive name for himself in the industry.
A cover of the forever loved song by Tracey Chapman, Jonas Blue created a tropical house version of this heart felt tune. Written about two lovers trying to escape life and go on an adventure, this song has only really come to the worlds attention. It was originally released in 1988, so this cover opened up everyones eyes to this beautiful song.
Another hit song, released in February 2016, came from power girl band, Fifth Harmony. The girl group’s single was released as their lead single from new album 7/27, reaching the top 10 of the charts in 22 different countries worldwide. The song was their biggest hit in the UK receiving a platinum certification.
This is the feel good tune of the year! The catchy chorus and easy beat creates the perfect pop hit. This song was written for the DreamWorks animation film TROLLS, so the song had to be a hit with the kids and a hit for the charts! And, that’s exactly what happened. Everyone knows that any song that starts off a hand click within the first 5 seconds… it’s going to make you want to move!
Justin’s apology to an ex girlfriend went down well with the British public, which reflected in the charts. It remained in the top 5 for 14 weeks which was only overtaken by Adele’s Hello! Only three weeks later, 3 Justin Bieber songs were holding spots in the top 5; Sorry at number 1, Love Yourself at number 3 and What Do You Mean at number 5. By January the 8th 2016 he had all three songs consecutively holding the top 3 spots, meaning he was holding a new world record.
Released in July 2016 by American duo, this EDM retro style single was an easy to learn and catchy tune. Supposedly inspired by Blink-182’s song “I Miss You” it had a great reception with music listeners around the country. Holding the top spot in the charts for 4 weeks and then remaining in the top 5 for a further 6 weeks, it was played over and over on the radio and we all know the words back to front now!
Calum was known for being on Britain’s Got Talent, but this year he released his official cover of Robyn’s 2010 disco anthem, Dancing On My Own. The song picks out, and emphasises the meaningful lyrics and creates a completely contrasting song to the original. It unfortunately only reached number 2 in the charts, but remained in the top 40 for 32 weeks!
This song was written for his debut solo album, as he aimed and succeeded to pursue a solo career after leaving the globally recognised boy band One Direction in March 2015. The song features some very explicit lyrics which had to be cut out of a lot of radio versions of the song, but the song was said to be written in a “raw and pure” manor in a R&B/reggae pop style.
Coldplay are considered one of the largest globally recognised bands. They are known for their distinctive sound (or more, Chris Martins voice) and their piano based summer anthems, this being one of them! The lyrics of most of their songs are somewhat difficult to decipher, with lots of deep thoughts and metaphors being thrown around, but nevertheless, we love their songs all the same!
The American band DNCE, fronted by Joe Jonas, reached the top 10 in countries such as Australia, Canada, USA and the UK. As the lead single from their first studio album, it sent them straight into the spotlight and set them up with an audience for their album release.
Extremely popular girl power group Little Mix found fame on the X Factor in 2011 when they won the competition. With a total of 4 number one’s in the UK charts and 4 studio albums, they have become some of pop music’s best girl role models. This song says it all in a very sarcastic tone.
Bruno Mars. Need I say more? He has the skill and style to make anything cool! His most recent hit 24K Magic has got the nation moving and grooving again. This is the lead single from his third studio album which was released in November this year. With a similar style and production to his previous number one hit, Uptown Funk, this anthem is one you’ve got to learn the words to. You don’t want to be the only one of your friends not to be singing this at a party!
So, there we have it! What an amazing year 2016 was for music!