100 Greatest Songs From 2016

Criteria: These songs released in the year 2016 were chosen and ranked based on their initial popularity, U.S. and international music sales charts, averaged critics reviews, and digitaldreamdoor members advice. ("Lasting popularity" may be considered in the future and may affect the ranking.)

Note: Yearly song lists go by earliest 'release date' (Single, Album, or Country of first release). Not necessarily the year a song peaked in the U.S. charts.

1. Starboy
The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk)
2. One Dance
Drake (feat. Wizkid and Kyla)
3. Closer
Chainsmokers (feat. Halsey)
4. That's What I Like
Bruno Mars
5. Heathens
Twenty One Pilots
6. Work
Rihanna (feat. Drake)
7. Cheap Thrills
Sia (feat. Sean Paul)
8. Pillowtalk
9. 24K Magic
Bruno Mars
10. Human
Rag'n'Bone Man
11. Redbone
Childish Gambino
12. Say You Won't Let Go
James Arthur
13. Bad and Boujee
Migos (feat. Lil Uzi Vert)
14. In The Name Of Love
Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha
15. Cold Water
Major Lazer (feat. Justin Bieber and MØ)
16. Don't Let Me Down
The Chainsmokers (feat. Daya)
17. Black Beatles
Rae Sremmurd (feat. Gucci Mane)
18. Too Good
Drake (feat. Rihanna)
19. I Feel It Coming
The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk)
20. Can't Stop the Feeling!
Justin Timberlake
21. Don't Wanna Know
Maroon 5 (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
22. Rockabye
Clean Bandit (feat. Sean Paul and Anne-Marie)
23. This Is What You Came For
Calvin Harris (feat. Rihanna)
24. Just Like Fire
25. Into You
Ariana Grande
26. The Greatest
Sia (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
27. I Don't Wanna Live Forever
Zayn (with Taylor Swift)
28. Million Reasons
Lady Gaga
29. Side to Side
Ariana Grande (feat. Nicki Minaj)
30. Work from Home
Fifth Harmony (feat. Ty Dolla Sign)
31. My Way
Calvin Harris
32. Treat You Better
Shawn Mendes
33. We Don't Talk Anymore
Charlie Puth (feat. Selena Gomez)
34. No
Meghan Trainor
35. Let Me Love You
DJ Snake (feat. Justin Bieber)
36. Low Life
Future (feat. The Weeknd)
37. Close
Nick Jonas (feat. Tove Lo)
38. iSpy
Kyle (feat. Lil Yachty)
39. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
Shawn Mendes
40. I Hate U, I Love U
Gnash (feat. Olivia O'Brien)
41. Famous
Kanye West
42. Ophelia
The Lumineers
43. Sucker for Pain
Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, Logic, Ty Dolla Sign, X Ambassadors
44. Way Down We Go
45. Mercy
Shawn Mendes
46. On Hold
The xx
47. This Town
Niall Horan
48. Pick Up the Phone
Young Thug and Travis Scott (feat. Quavo)
49. Hardwired
50. Dance Off
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (feat. Idris Elba, Anderson .Paak)

51. The Sound
The 1975
52. Perfect Illusion
Lady Gaga
53. Bad Things
Machine Gun Kelly and Camila Cabello
54. Pop Style
Drake (feat. The Throne)
55. Bang Bang
Green Day
56. Really Doe
Danny Brown (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul, Earl Sweatshirt)
57. Broccoli
D.R.A.M. (feat. Lil Yachty)
58. For Free
DJ Khaled (feat. Drake)
59. No Problem
Chance the Rapper
60. Shut Up Kiss Me
Angel Olsen
61. Formation
62. Make Me Like You
Gwen Stefani
63. THat Part
Schoolboy Q (feat. Kanye West)
64. Never Be Like You
Flume (feat. Kai)
65. Daydreaming
66. How Far I'll Go
Alessia Cara
67. Bounce Back
Big Sean
68. Keeping Your Head Up
69. Me and Your Mama
Childish Gambino
70. We the People....
A Tribe Called Quest
71. I Can't Give Everything Away
David Bowie
72. Drone Bomb Me
73. Burn the Witch
74. Needed Me
75. Like I Would
76. untitled 07 | levitate
Kendrick Lamar
77. Misery
Gwen Stefani
78. Sorry
79. Frankie Sinatra
The Avalanchesv
80. Tiimmy Turner
81. Bake Sale
Wiz Khalifa (feat. Travi$ Scott)
82. Ain't My Fault
Zara Larsson
83. Dangerous Woman
Ariana Grande
84. In the Dark
3 Doors Down
85. Atlas, Rise!
86. Do It, Try It
87. In Common
Alicia Keys
88. Still Breathing
Green Day
89. Why You Always Hatin?
YG (feat. Drake and Kamaiyah)
90. I Can't Stop Thinking About You
91. Cranes in the Sky
92. Goosebumps
Travis Scott (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
93. Juju on That Beat (TZ Anthem)
Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
94. Down
Marian Hill
95. Conqueror
96. Aquasun
97. Cleopatra
The Lumineers
98. Your Best American Girl
99. Brace for Impact (Live a Little)
Sturgill Simpson
100. Go!
M83 (feat. May Lan)
20 more worth mentioning.
101. When It Rain
Danny Brown
102. Make Me...
Britney Spears (feat. G-Eazy)
103. Nikes
Frank Ocean
104. All Time Low
Jon Bellion
105. Legend Has It
Run the Jewels
106. Berlin Got Blurry
Parquet Courts
107. Somebody Else
The 1975
108. Who Am I
Katy B (feat. Major Lazer & Craig David)
109. When the Tequila Runs Out
110. Vertigo Flowers
111. 33 "GOD"
Bon Iver
112. Prayers/Triangles
113. Older and Taller
Regina Spektor
114. Below
White Lung
115. Love & Hate
Michael Kiwanuka
116. Help Me Run Away
St. Lucia
117. Go Off
118. Cruel
119. Say It
Flume (feat. Tove Lo)
120. You Want It Darker
Leonard Cohen
DigitalDreamDoor Editor Picks for 2016
An unheralded great record from 2016
Lew's choice:
Hot Blood
Brett's choice:
Ain't That A Lot Of Love
Paul Young
Ryan's choice:
Carly Rae Jepsen
Bruce's choice:
Just Your Fool
Rolling Stones
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Last Updated: 2018-01-05