Music That We Just Couldn’t Let Go Of

The top songs from 2016 going into 2017 that seemed to be stuck on repeat.

Jassmen King, Co-Editor-In Chief and Managing Editor

Most would agree that 2016 was a very interesting year that pretty much put everyone’s life to the test, i.e. 2016 was a horrid year of finals, self revelations, confusion, messy presidential debates, the death of icons and so so many other things. But, one thing we can agree on is that whether 2016 for you was about difficult moments or new beginnings, music thrived to speak the words we wish we could say; even if we didn’t know it at the time until that epic beat drop or the vocals of our favorite musicians blared through our speakers. Nonetheless through all the amazing songs, some tracks seemed to speak more to our complicated souls than others – breaking through the charts of Billboard and RollingStone, to come on top time and time again. So, if you don’t know which ones these are (or may have been living under a soundproof rock for the past year) here’s a list to catch you up on what’s been rocking the music platform.

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  • Pop Songs:
    • Beyoncé ~ “Sorry”
    • D.R.A.M. feat. Lil Yachty ~ “Broccoli”
    • The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk ~ “Starboy” 
    • Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj ~ “Side To Side”
    • ZAYN ~ “PillowTalk”
    • Alessia Cara ~ “Scars To Your Beautiful”
    • The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey ~ “Closer”
    • Rihanna ~ “Love On The Brain”
    • Shawn Mendes ~ “Mercy”
  • Rap/ Hip Hop Songs:
    • Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane ~ “Black Beatles”
    • Migos feat. Lil Uzi Vert ~ “Bad and Boujee”
    • Machine Gun Kelly feat. Camila Cabello ~ “Bad Things”
    • Aminé ~ “Caroline”
    • Big Sean ~ “Bounce Back”
    • Drake ~ “Fake Love”
    • Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall ~ “Juju On That Beat (TZ AQnthem)”
    • Fat Joe feat Remy Ma ~ “ All The Way Up”
    • Drake ~ “One Dance”
  • Rock Songs:
    • Twenty One Pilots ~ “Heathens”
    • X Ambassadors ~ “Unsteady”
    • Imagine Dragons feat Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, & X Ambassadors
    • Kaleo ~ “Way Down We Go”
    • The Lumineers ~ “Ophelia”
    • Alex Da Kid feat. X Ambassadors, Elle King, and Wiz Khalifa ~ “Not Easy”

While of course there are dozens of other songs that have made their way to the top of the charts and stuck in the heads of music lovers everywhere, with all things considered and the amount of songs that actually came out in 2016, starting with the chart toppers is great to start you off with. Now look up some tunes, plug in your headphones, zone out and let the strong instrumentals, beat drops, and soaring vocals take you on a journey .