It’s the final day of the countdown and time to see what song is #1 of the year!
20. Waste A Moment by Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon continues to be one of the most dependable rock bands of the 21st century. You can always count on them to put out excellent music and Waste A Moment is no exception.
19. Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci Mane
You may know it as the theme song for the Mannequin challenge, but Black Beatles is so much more. The party hard duo has shown that their songs have messages beyond their crude messages and Black Beatles is a party hard song with a mellow beat. Fantastic production from Mike Will Made It.
18. Say You Won’t Let Go by James Arthur
James Arthur’s lyrics are an incredible story between a man and his wife. Emotional is an understatement for this song.
17. Ultralight Beam by Kanye West ft. Chance the Rapper, Kirk Franklin, Kelly Price
The opening song to TLOP is incredibly orchestrated. Chance’s verse sets the tone for the rest of the album.
16. Capsize by FRENSHIP ft. Emily Warren
There’s a reason Capsize was one of the most streamed songs on Spotify in 2016. Emily Warren kills it on vocals, and the beat sounds like ripples in the water, indicative of the song’s title.
15. Love On The Brain by Rihanna
Rihanna has an incredible voice, so when she uses it to its fullest capacity, magic happens. It’s due for extended radio play right now and is sure to be a smash hit in 2017.
14. Redbone by Childish Gambino
Who saw this coming from Gambino? No longer a punny rapper, Gambino made a crazy hippie album. Redbone has an infectious bass line and a crazy falsetto.
13. Catching On by Elephante ft. Neeve
As a fan of music, to see how Elephante incorporates classical music structures into his EDM music is quite incredible. Catching On shows just how brilliant Elephante is.
12. The Half by DJ Snake ft. Jeremih, Young Thug & Swizz Beatz
As rap music continues to blend with EDM, there’s no better DJ to be at that forefront than DJ Snake. He’s shown that he’s capable of working with any genre and his orchestration of Jeremih and Young Thug is perfect.
11. Into You by Ariana Grande
Max Martin does it again. The man who’s written more #1s than anyone else, may have written his best with Ariana. Promiscuous is an understatement, Ariana could not be more forward about what she wants, but that’s why it’s so brilliant. Weaving Elvis and Mariah’s lyrics into the same verse “A little less conversation and a little more touch my body,” is all you need to know.
10. Sneakin by Drake ft. 21 Savage
Drake is full of his trademark one-liners in Sneakin’. When he raps, you can never tell when he’s starting the chorus, or if he genuinely is rapping the same phrase again. Drake does it again.
9. I Feel It Coming by The Weeknd
The Weeknd’s second collaboration with Daft Punk is even better than the first (Starboy). Hints of Marvin Gaye are hidden throughout Daft Punk’s beat, fitting that the song is about The Weeknd’s pursuit of a woman.
8. September Song by JP Cooper
September Song is one of those songs you have to listen to a couple times to appreciate how incredible it is. JP Cooper has had a couple hits in 2016, and should definitely be an artist to watch, especially if he can put up music as solid as September Song.
7. Hometown Girl by ZHU
Talk about a heavy subject, ZHU does a ton of self-reflection in Hometown Girl. Just a very powerful song with incredible instrumentals.
6. For Free by DJ Khaled ft. Drake
Yes, DJ Khaled is a moron, but you gotta give credit where credit is due; that man can make beats better than anyone. Drake goes off in his two minute long verse. Here again, when Drake goes into the chorus, it seamlessly fits into the verse.
5. 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
It’s not only the best song Bruno Mars has ever recorded, it’s probably the top R&B song of the last five years. Bruno Mars is sensational.
4. Brace For Impact (Live A Little) by Sturgill Simpson
When Sturgill Simpson had the surprise Grammy nomination for Album of the Year, I couldn’t have been happier. This guy can rock. If the Grammy Awards truly are about recognizing the top of the music industry, Sturgill will win
3. Shed A Light by Robin Schulz & David Guetta ft. Cheat Codes
Take two of the world’s top DJs, give them an incredible vocalist and watch the magic. Shed A Light is incredibly well written, and should show haters of EDM that it’s not just a bunch of noise. This song will dominate 2017.
2. Famous by Kanye West ft. Rihanna
Kanye does what he does best on Famous: starting controversy. Besides exposing Taylor Swift as a liar, the Chance verse that he cut out became public. Even without the controversy, Famous gets Ye back to his roots as a backpack rapper. This song was going to be #1, but then this happened.
1. Living Single by Big Sean ft. Chance The Rapper & Jeremih
So this was leaked earlier in the summer, but because Bounce Back hit the Top 40, Sean dropped the mastered version. Sharp cutting lyrics from Sean are part of the reason why he’s been consistently known as one of the top rappers. Chance doesn’t deliver anything special, but continues with his killer 2016 with a solid voice. Jeremih slays the hook, but would you expect anything else? The song is all about Big Sean, especially given his public relationships. Big Sean’s new album drops early in 2017 and is one of the most anticipated releases of the year.
So that wraps up our Top Songs countdown. We’ll have more interviews and features in 2017, but from us at FireTunes we wish you all a Happy New Year!