The top 25 songs of 2016


One reason I know this was a good year for music: My Spotify playlists. I saved dozens of new albums and made several mixes, probably at least twice as many as I have the last two years (and I make A LOT of mixes). There was so much diversity, too: As good of indie-pop as I can remember since 2013, insanely catchy rap songs by young, green artists, star power courtesy especially of Beyonce and Rihanna and, sorry not sorry to the numerous critics who hate the Chainsmokers, the Chainsmokers.

So here they are, the top 25 songs. Spotify playlist here and embedded at the bottom.

25. “Dying to Know,” Tegan and Sara

24. “Say It,” Flume feat. Tove Lo

23. “Store,” Carly Rae Jepsen

22. “Panda,” Desiigner

21. “Wow,” Beck

20. “Love on the Brain,” Rihanna

19. “Famous,” Kanye West

18. “Stop For Nothing,” courtship.

17. “Work From Home,” Fifth Harmony, Ty Dolla Sign

16. “like you lots,” LANY

15. “This is What You Came For,” Rihanna, Calvin Harris

14. “Safe Inside,” Classixx, Passion Pit

13. “Closer,” The Chainsmokers, Halsey

12. “Hang up tha phone,” Kiiara

11. “Let ‘em Say,” Lizzo, Caroline Smith

10. “No Problem,” Chance the Rapper, Lil’ Wayne, 2 Chainz

9. “The Sound,” The 1975

8. “80’s Films,” Jon Bellion

7. “Final Song,” MO

6. “I Want You to Shake,” Francis and the Lights

5. “Broccoli,” D.R.A.M., Lil’ Yachty

4. “Sorry,” Beyonce

3. “Someone That Loves You,” Honne, Izzy Bizu

2. “Moth to the Flame,” Chairlift

1. “Black Beatles,” Rae Sremmurd, Gucci Mane

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