The five day countdown is back! 2016 was a whirlwind year in music with famous artists like Prince, David Bowie and George Michael passing away. New stars like Lil Yachty, Cheat Codes and Sturgill Simpson burst onto the scene. To kick things off on the countdown we have…
100. False Prophets by J.Cole
False Prophets was not even included on 4 Your Eyez Only, and that’s a shame because the album was an overall disappointment. J.Cole goes hard on this one though, with his killer wordplay that we’ve come to expect from him.
99. Leave by Post Malone
Post Malone’s instrumentation in this song is crazy! The strings coupled with the folk percussion give this song a super cool sound.
98. Used To This by Future ft. Drake
If you’re not used to this duo by now, you should be. It seems like both of these rappers feed off each other’s energy for their best work.
97. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
24K Magic has to go down as one of the albums of the year. No longer do we have the emotional Bruno Mars, but instead he’s gone full Drake (bragging about everything).
96. Waves by Kanye West ft. Chris Brown
The jarring synth, the rough autotune provide a stark contrast to Chris Brown’s smooth vocals. Kanye takes a back seat on this one probably because Chris Brown absolutely kills it.
95. Rockin’ by The Weeknd
The Weeknd may have cut his signature hair, but his sound is better than ever! Rockin’ has the uptempo vibe of Can’t Feel My Face, but just has so much more going on in the song.
94. Ole by John Newman (and Calvin Harris)
2016 was a year to forget from Taylor Swift. Between the Kanye drama (we’ll get into that later) and this Calvin Harris diss track, Taylor better come out swinging in 2017. Calvin, enlisting the help of his good friend John Newman, wrote some of the best lyrics he’s ever written on this song.
93. Overnight by Jake Miller
Jake Miller! Starting out his career as a party rapper that had middle-school girls head over heels, he’s slowly molding a respectable career for himself. With elements of EDM, this song has given Miller tons of legitimacy to his music.
92. Talk by DJ Snake ft. George Maple
DJ Snake’s 2016 album “Encore” is full of incredible music (you’ll see more later in this countdown). This was his second single from the album, and George Maple’s vocals haunt over the electric piano.
91. Now and Later by Sage the Gemini
Sage the Gemini is showing diversity in the types of rap songs he’s putting out. This playful beat is overshadowed by Sage’s verses.
90. Blow Your Mind (Mwah) by Dua Lipa
This British singer came out of nowhere with two smash hits, but Blow Your Mind is the one making the countdown. A very powerful voice, similar to Adele’s, Dua Lipa has a great vibe in her music.
89. Conscious Club by Vulfpeck
Vulfpeck has been putting out incredible music for the last few years. Their surprise album release brings us Conscious Club that can’t help you stop shaking your hips.
88. iT’s YoU by Zayn
Zayn, free from the One Direction bounds, put out an incredibly powerful album. iT’s YoU is hauntingly beautiful as he lingers over each note.
87. Champions by Kanye West ft. Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Quavo, Travi$ Scott & Yo Gotti
Kanye West may have assembled the crew, but Big Sean steals the show. His verse could be the best verse he’s put out there (or is it? you’ll see later).
86. On My Way by Cardiknox
Cardiknox are slowly getting more and more popular and this song in particular picked up a lot of internet traffic. Big things are going to come from this group.
85. The Gun by Cash Cash ft. Trinidad James, Chrish, & Dev
The middle eastern infused EDM banger gets some assistance from Trinidad James. His verse is definitely his best since All Gold Everything.
84. iSpy by Kyle ft. Lil Yachty
Kyle and Lil Yachty combine to make a banger. Yachty’s heavy autotune and Kyle’s sharp lyrics take the playful concept of I Spy to a whole new level.
83. Something To Believe In by Young the Giant
Just an awesome rock song. For those of you who think rock is dying, take a listen to Young the Giant.
82. One Hell of a Song by Mike Posner
Fresh off his comeback, his album At Night, Alone has Mike telling stories about his career. This one is one of his most poignant, hinting at his fall from grace.
81. Ain’t My Fault by Zara Larsson
Zara Larsson has become one of the most famous female pop stars off of Lush Life and Never Forget You. Her latest single sees her delve into the EDM world with an interesting drop and provocative lyrics. The 2016 Swedish Britney? She might just be.