The Music Room #26: Best Songs Of 2016


2016 has come and gone and now that we’re in 2017, let’s take one last look back at the best songs that we’ve gotten to hear in 2016. Like with the past few years, we’re not gonna rank these, they aren’t in any particular order, these are some of the best songs from the last year so….on we go:

The Chainsmokers & Halsey – Closer

A very nice upbeat song with these two great performers working off each other nicely with the duet and also a cold hard truth about the troubles of relationships also thrown in there as well.

The Weeknd – Starboy

Easily the best song of the whole year, not only is this another great song by The Weeknd, it’s also helped by the always excellent Daft Punk providing a nice stylistic look for the song itself and the music video itself.

Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling

Once again, for the second year in a row, a November release from Fox in some form has a song that’s actually much better than the actual movie itself, Sam Smith’s Writing’s On The Wall from Spectre from last year and now, this song from 2016. Given to us a good 6 months before the film was even released, the song is still pretty catchy as all hell.

Sia & Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills

Another excellent Sia song, maybe even better than Chandelier was.

Bruno Mars – 24 Karat Magic

Probably my second favorite song of the year next to The Weeknd’s Starboy, I mean if we haven’t established Bruno Mars as our generation’s Michael Jackson yet, then this song is definitely the one to do. Such a great hip upbeat song that’s on the level of Uptown Funk and Treasure and continues this great roster of Bruno Mars songs we’ve been getting over the last few years.

Pink – Just Like Fire

Leave it to a shitty movie like Alice Through The Looking Glass to actually have something redeemable about it, this song, not only does it fit with the madcap insanity of the Alice movies but it fits a lot into Pink’s style of music very well.

Katy Perry – Rise

Joining the ranks of Whitney Houston’s One Moment In Time and Matiyashu’s One Day as great Olympics theme songs, Katy Perry’s one for the Rio Olympics made the song much more enjoyable than the actual Olympics themselves.

Alessia Cara – Scars To Your Beautiful

If Alessia Cara isn’t on anybody’s radar for one of the best singers out there right now, that’s a shame because she is. With Here, this song, and her great rendition of How Far I’ll Go from Moana, she’s on her way to becoming one of 2017’s big breakout stars in music.

Adele – Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Add another classic song to Adele’s long list, this is yet another song that just works because of the good melody, good lyrics, and the great singing of Adele.

Train – Play That Song

Using a melody from the classic song Heart & Soul, this song is just so catchy, it’s just such a nicely written and sung song that just puts you in a good mood once you’ve listened to it.

Any song of the Moana soundtrack

Yeah, I’m cheating here but screw it, it’s my list. Anything off the Moana soundtrack should be considered on the list, the soundtrack is filled with so many great new songs such as How Far I’ll Go, You’re Welcome, Shiny, We Know The Way, it’s a great soundtrack and features many of the best songs for 2016.

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