- 1. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
- 2. Selena Gomez – Kill Em With Kindness
- 3. Phyno – Fada Fada
- 4. Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion
- 5. Lil Kesh – Is It Because I Love You
- 6. Kid Cudi – Surfin
- 7. Justin Bieber – Sorry
- 8. Rihanna feat. Drake – Work
- 9. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy
- 10. Burna Boy – Pree Me
- 11. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
- 12. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again
- 13. Sia – Cheap Thrills
- 14. Chance the Rapper feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – No Problem
- 15. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
No matter how unpredictable and volatile 2016 was, music is one of the things that helped us get through this memorable year. When you look at the most popular songs of the year, you realize that top songs 2016 belong to every genre you can imagine. There are huge hits by Nigerian artists and chart toppers from international singers. Find out which 15 songs of 2016 made the cut!
1. Bruno Mars – That’s What I Like
Bruno Mars is one of the brightest stars of R’n’B music of the last five years, which is why it’s not surprising that a single from his latest album is one of the most fun yet soulful tracks of the year.
2. Selena Gomez – Kill Em With Kindness
Selena Gomez is one of the brightest stars to come out of child television, and her music career is full of hits that achieved worldwide success, just like Kill Em With Kindness did in 2016.
3. Phyno – Fada Fada
Phyno’s career spans over a decade, but 2016 became a year when hist music could be heard from every radio station and TV channel. Fada Fada, recorded together with Olamide, is also remarkable for its video, which was shot in Lagos.
4. Lady Gaga – Perfect Illusion
In 2016 Lady Gaga gathered a team of the leading music producers to release one of the mot anticipated records of the year. Perfect Illusion became the first single and the best way to remind people what a talented artist she is.
5. Lil Kesh – Is It Because I Love You
Lil Kesh is only 21 years old, but it doesn’t prevent him from being one of the favorite artists in Nigeria of 2016, producing one hit song after another, often in collaborations with other artists.
6. Kid Cudi – Surfin
Kid Cudi is known for not conforming to the standards of rap and constantly reinventing this style, which can be clearly seen in this record. Surfin was produced by Pharrell, which you can tell already from the first notes.
7. Justin Bieber – Sorry
Things haven’t always been smooth for Justin Bieber this year, but at least his music was still there and still topping charts. Sorry became his number one hit of 2016, and you will know why after just one listen to the song.
8. Rihanna feat. Drake – Work
Rihanna has made dozens of songs together with Drake but none of them were as influential as Work, a dancehall tune with fun lyrics and an even more fun video. Let’s hope 2017 brings even more hits from this duo!
9. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy
The Weeknd rose to fame a couple of years ago, while Daft Punk have been around for decades. Together they produced a chart-topping hit Starboy, a song that became the lead single from The Weeknd’s newest album.
10. Burna Boy – Pree Me
Burna Boy hasn’t been known for expressing his feelings in his songs, but Pree Me showed another side of Burna Boy, the one that isn’t afraid to challenge his competitors, ex-friends, and anyone who didn’t believe in him.
11. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For
Calvin Harris has worked with nearly every famous artist in the music industry, and his hit with Rihanna, co-written by his then-girlfriend Taylor Swift, became a top club song of the year and a true earworm.
12. Wiz Khalifa – See You Again
See You Again not only became Wiz Khalifa’s top hit of 2016, but also a soundtrack to Furious 7, another addition to the famous movie franchise. The sentimental video adds to the emotional impact of Wiz Khalifa’s track.
13. Sia – Cheap Thrills
The Australian artist Sia was mostly known as a songwriter for other artists until recently, when she started releasing hit after hit. Cheap Thrills, recorded with Sean Paul, took its rightful place in the list of best songs of 2016.
14. Chance the Rapper feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne – No Problem
Chance the Rapper is one of the artists from the generation who achieved fame through Internet streaming, which is why it’s no wonder that this track first became a huge hit online and then moved on to conquering the charts.
15. Fifth Harmony – Work From Home
Everyone thought the era of super successful girl groups was over until Fifth Harmony came out with Work From Home, a song that already generated over a billion views on Youtube and helped the group gain millions of new fans.