FEATURE // Top Ten Songs – 2016

Top ten songs of 2016

It was the best of times, it was the blurst of times. 2016 had its ups and downs in the music world too. We probably could have done without Justin Timberlake’s barrel-scraping ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling‘ and most of Meghan Trainor’s releases. But with every low, there’s a high, and these are our focus for today. What were our top ten songs of 2016?

Drake – One Dance feat. Ft. Wizkid/Kyla
Jane: This is one delicious tuna sandwich and you can’t deny it. Send your complaints directly to my spam folder. Spotify’s most-streamed song ever can’t be wrong.

Maggie Rogers – Alaska
Huggett: I can’t quite put my finger on why this song is perfect but it is. The balance of instruments create an electronic folk sound and Maggie’s vocals tie it off.

Paces – Keeping Score feat. Guy Sebastian {triple j Like A Version}
Jane: While not usually the biggest fan of including Like A Versions in my top ten, I have to make an exception here. Actually, I had three Like A Versions vying for a place in my shortlist, including The Rubens and DMA’s. But this one truly blew me away with the unlikely partnering of Paces and Guy Sebastian and Sebastian’s spectacularly explosive vocal range.

Gretta Ray – Drive
Huggett: Best voice I’ve ever heard from a teenager, hands down. It’s pretty rare that a 5+ minute song doesn’t feel too long yet Gretta Ray manages to leave me wanting more.

Catfish And The Bottlemen – 7
Jane: These guys can’t seem to set a foot wrong. The lyrics are poignant and the guitars are true.

Hilltop Hoods – 1955 feat. Montaigne & Tom Thum
Huggett: Been my lock in for number one since February and never wavered. I haven’t voted for a hip hop song before but the combination of Hilltop, Montaigne, and Tom Thum is just flawless.

Camp Cope – Lost: Season One
Jane: One of the best breakthrough acts of the year. It was hard to choose just one from Camp Cope but this one will have to be the flag bearer for the rest.

Montaigne – What You Mean To Me
Huggett: Picking my favourite song from this album is tough. With this one, I’m invested from the opening line “This is new, I am not used to happy love”.

The xx – On Hold
Jane: A warm welcome back to The xx with some extra special magic courtesy of Jamie xx‘s production.

Tigertown – Lonely Cities
Huggett: First time I heard this song, it didn’t even make my yearly playlist (finishing up at 451 songs). A second listen and my mind was changed. A third and it was instantly one of my favourites – so catchy and so much fun!


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