Top 100 Songs of 2016 (80-61)

Day 2 of the Countdown is here, let’s get to it!

80. High and Low by Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun came back from a hiatus with a really good album; this song is the pick of the bunch.

79. Are You Sure by Kriss Kross Amsterdam & Conor Maynard ft. Ty Dolla $ign

Any song with a Ty Dolla $ign feature is going to do well, and this electro pop song also benefits from a cool drop.

78. UGH! by The 1975

The 1975 are just catchy. Their riffs are so good that you can’t turn off their music. No longer just a boy band, The 1975’s stock is trending.

77. Kiss it Better by Rihanna

Just like every Rihanna album, Anti is completely different from the rest of her records. Her power ballad approach to most of the album has varying results, but Kiss it Better is certainly a highlight.

76. Raging by Kygo ft. Kodaline

In an era where EDM stars rarely release albums, Kygo’s Cloud Nine stars as the top EDM album of the year. Kygo abandons a lot of his signature sounds on this song, but they return for the drop.

75. The Mack by Nevada ft. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap

Take a classic hit from the 1990’s, throw a fresh beat on it, and let Fetty Wap croon over the whole song. Seems to work for this one!

74. Can’t Fight It by Quintino & Cheat Codes

Cheat Codes have been putting out incredible songs all year long. To hear what they have to say be sure to check out my interview with them here!

73. Fake Love by Drake

Drake does what he does best in this one; make the catchiest, easiest to sing chorus possible so it gets stuck in everyone’s head.

72. Be Alright by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande looked like she was all done. Between the donut eating scandal, and the lack of success with Focus, she needed some luck. Out of nowhere, her album Dangerous Woman was chock full of really solid music; Be Alright is a particular highlight.

71. Whole Lotta Lovin by DJ Mustard ft. Travi$ Scott

It seems like with each passing week Rap and EDM are combining styles, most notably Vic Mensa’s entire songbook. This combo from Travi$ Scott and DJ Mustard is definitely one of the better ones.

70. Some Other Dude by Everywhere

We’ve mentioned a couple catchy songs in the countdown already, but this one could take the cake. The British group Everywhere is picking up lots of traction and are definitely a group to watch.

69. Give It To Me Twice by Sean Kingston, Rich The Kid & Party Favor

Insert LL Cool J’s “Don’t Call it a Comeback” quote here because Sean Kingston is back! While it’s not the fun loving reggae that we once had, it’s an awesome song with one of my favorite drops of the year.

68. PILLOWTALK by Zayn

PILLOWTALK challenges Closer for the most overplayed song of 2016, but not without reason. Zayn’s tender words and the driving beat are just awesome.

67. Summer Nights by Tiesto ft. John Legend

As a DJ, it really helps to have John Legend be your vocalist in your song. Legend kills the vocals and Tiesto continues to show that age does not matter in the EDM scene.

66. Ain’t A Thing by Oliver Nelson ft. Kaleem Taylor

Oliver Nelson is bringing disco back! To read more about this song check out my interview with Oliver here!

65. Kiss The Sky by The Knocks ft. Wyclef Jean

The Knocks finally released their full length album earlier this year, and Kiss The Sky is the pick of the litter. Wyclef Jean steals the show on the vocals.

64. Plans by Elephante ft. Brandyn Burnette

Elephante started his career as very much a really hard hitting artist, but took a new approach with his latest EP. Plans is very mellow, but the bridge of the song rocks!

63. Summer Sixteen by Drake

If only Views was better… Drake foreshadows to a killer summer, which he achieved with One Dance.

62. Tears by Clean Bandit ft. Louisa Johnson

There are just so many moving parts to this song that it’s tough not to appreciate the song. The double time drop is the clear highlight of the song.

61. Summer Friends by Chance the Rapper ft. Jeremih & Francis and the Lights

I’ll go on the record saying I was not a huge fan of Coloring Book. However, you can’t deny how awesome this song is. Chance’s flow is locked in on this one. Chance’s best work is when he’s with Jeremih (listen to their Christmas album if you disagree).

That’s it for today, stay tuned in this week to see who gets #1!

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