As 2016 comes to a close many reflect back on the year professionally, personally, and review goals and resolutions that were to be reached by years end. Since music is the soundtrack to many of those significant moments in our lives, let’s take a look back at the top songs that had us moving and grooving the whole year through.
Top charting songs, in this case on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts are chosen by averaging total number of streams, song purchases and radio airplay. While the top 100 charts are made up of songs from a variety of music genres, it is no surprise that so many are top requested songs in dance clubs, on the dance charts, and some even with signature, viral dances of their own.
Songs that dominated 2016 were Justin Beiber’s “Love Yourself” which had the longest run in the top 10 this year at 24 weeks. The Chainsmokers followed with breakout hits “Don’t Let Me Down” and “Closer” with 23 and 21 weeks in the top ten. 10. Drake’s infectious mega hit “One Dance” stayed strong with 20 weeks in the top 10. That along with his other smashes “Summer Sixteen”, “Fake Love” and “Work”, his monster hit with Rihanna, makes Drake the King of the charts, leading the pack along with Beiber, both with five singles in the top 10 in 2016. Selena Gomez, Rihanna, The Chainsmokers and Twenty One Pilots follow closely behind, each with three singles in the top 10 just this year. Artist like The Weekend and Ariana Grande also had a string of hits this year, most of which kept us dancing. And following his mega hit turned anthem Uptown Funk, which dominated just about every list everywhere in 2015, Bruno Mars has done it again, with another catchy dance anthem called “24K Magic”. It’s predecessor “Uptown Funk” was so big that it was featured in First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Get up and move” campaign. Presented at the White House by the First Lady herself, along with all star dancers from TV’s “So You Think You Can Dance”.
Songs like Pink’s “Just Like Fire” and Justin Timberlake’s “Just Can’t Stop the Music” were part of big movie soundtracks, while classic songs like “When Doves Cry” and “Purple Rain” by music legend Prince re-emerged at the top of the charts decades after first appearing due to his untimely passing this year. The same seems to be happening with another 80’s and 90’s pop icon George Michael, who’s shocking passing at the age of 53 this Christmas has generated a resurgence of interest in the pop figure. As streams of his music videos and timeless pop hits make their way back on the charts, they find new appreciation amongst a whole new generation.
Then there are songs like “JuJu on the Beat” (TZ Anthem) by Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall and “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane, whose rise to the top of the charts can be accredited largely to the popular dance crazes that are synonymous with the songs. As these dances went viral they inspired the world to move as one in synchronicity. As the dance crazes made their way from living rooms to locker rooms, from press rooms to worldwide, the songs continued to soar up the charts. Although there were a handful of other viral dance crazes this year, “Juju On That Beat”, with the dance sharing the same name has toped the charts for 12 weeks and is currently at number eight. While “Black Beatles”, the song synonymous with the Mannequin Challenge has dominated the charts for 14 weeks and is still on top at number one going into the new year.
While these songs lifted our spirits and moved our bodies through the year, it will be interesting to see which artists continue to dominate the dance floor and charts, and which new dance trends will emerge along with them to rule 2017. Which songs made your playlist and got you dancing this year?
Top twenty songs that made us move in 2016
1. “Love Yourself” – Justin Bieber
2. “Don’t Let Me Down” – Chainsmokers featuring Daya
3. “Closer” – Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
4. “One Dance” – Drake
5. “This is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris featuring Rihanna
6. “Cheap Thrills” – Sia featuring Sean Paul
7. ” Heathens” – Twenty One Pilots
8. “Designer” – Panda
9. “Let Me Love You” – Justin Bieber
10. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
11. “24K Magic” – Bruno Mars
12. “Work From Home” – Fifth Harmony featuring Ty Dolla Sign
13. “Side to Side” – Ariana Grande featuring Nicki Minaj
14. “Juju on the Beat” – Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall
15. “Broccoli” – D.R.A.M. featuring Lil Yachty
16. “Black Beatles” – Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane
17. “Needed Me” – Rihanna
18. “I Took a Pill in Ibiza” – Mike Posner
19. “Cold Water” – Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber
20. “Same Old Love” – Selena Gomez
21. “Pillow Talk” – Zayn