20 – Sorry by Beyonce
There is no doubt in my mind that “Lemonade” is the best album of 2016, and proof of that is her fifth entry on this list. Here she is, scarred and hurt, turning all of that energy into an angry, brutal and honest confession. After hearing “Sorry”, even I am afraid to cheat on Beyonce.
19 – Work from Home by Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla $ign
Besides Brexit, Trump and Duterte, 2016 also marked the last year Fifth Harmony would be five-strong. Before Camila’s departure, they released one of the catchiest hooks of 2016 care of “Work From Home”. I personally hate working from home. If you want to get something done, the environment is not conducive and the song reaffirms my belief.
18 – Perfect Strangers by Jonas Blue featuring JP Cooper
The part where the beat goes full swing sounds like a noontime variety show segment making girl groups dance in skimpy clothing. Nevertheless, it’s enjoyable if you do not overthink it, much like the song’s perspective on relationships and its fleeting nature.
17 – Self Control by Frank Ocean
“I’ll be your boyfriend in your wet dreams tonight.” – Am I too blinded (or pretentious) that even as Frank Ocean sings this line, it comes off romantic and not sexual? In any case, Frank Ocean leverages off technology in his latest album but the soul in his voice and the raw and honest writing still cuts through. “Self Control” is heartbreaking, depressing and touching but undoubtedly a masterpiece.
16 – Versace on the Floor by Bruno Mars
If I had a Versace, no matter how hot the encounter was, I’d probably not drop it on the floor. Instead, I’ll carefully hang it or place it on the couch. Needless to say, we tend not to imagine how things play out in the real world as we are suckers for romance deep inside. I contemplated a lot if “Versace on the Floor” should make the cut this year or the next. But I believe that if you feel strongly about something, you should fight for it and that includes making this track #16.
15 – This is What You Came for by Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
Even today, I cannot hear Taylor Swift’s voice in the track. I first rationalized in my head that it was there when the Twitter reveal was made. But upon closer listen, I still could not find it. To be honest, the lyrics didn’t do it for me. It was Rihanna’s haunting voice and Calvin Harris’ evolving beats. The music video about video making backstage was postmodern and cool I guess. It has generated more than one billion views in Vevo and has won the “Best Male Video” award from MTV. I don’t get it really.
14 – Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake
I have not watched “Trolls” but I can imagine that “Can’t Stop the Feeling” is the best thing to come out of it. Unlike other soundtrack singles, this one doesn’t feel like a leftover and got the right treatment and promotion it deserves from its record label. It’s hard not to feel upbeat after giving it a listen. In fact, the song screams happiness and it’s impossible for it not to spread like wildfire.
13 – Hands to Myself by Selena Gomez
Some would argue that Selena’s vocal ability is limited. They maybe right. Should I care about that if this is one of the most seductive songs released in 2016? As she puts it, I mean I could but why would I want to?
12 – Wild Things by Alessia Cara
This will sound like a lot of bull but I am grateful for songs like “Wild Things”. It continues to remind me that we define our own persona and should not mind how others expect us to. Personally, music like this fuels me to continue pursuing my passion of One Man Anthem.
11 – I Took a Pill in Ibiza by Mike Posner (Seeb Remix)
It’s a pleasant surprise that “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” got a Grammy nomination for Song of the Year. It surely deserves it but I thought the recording academy would be more traditional and less open to a record intended for the clubs. I’ve never taken a pill nor have I been to Ibiza but the Seeb remix surely makes you feel like it.
100 to 91: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/17/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-100-to-91/
90 to 81: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/18/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-90-to-81/
80 to 71: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/20/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-80-to-71/
70 to 61: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/23/top-100-songs-of-2016-70-to-61/
60 to 51: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/25/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-60-to-51/
50 to 41: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/26/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-50-to-41/
40 to 31: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/27/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-40-to-31/
30 to 21: https://onemananthem.com/2016/12/30/my-top-100-songs-of-2016-30-to-21/