We can all pretty much agree that every single person in the world has at least one favorite pop song. No matter if it’s old or new we can’t help but to jump up and dance when we hear it. There has been some pretty awesome pop songs that came out this year. I must say pop music has really changed over the years. With new artists coming out every year comes new competition to snag a spot on the charts.
Music artists struggle and battle with each other to be the best and it can be tough. Pop songs that have been released lately are gaining initial success and climbing their way to the top of Billboard and other popular music charts.
Some you may know and some you may not. That is why we have conducted this list to reveal the best 5 pop songs of 2016 thus far. You might even find one of your favorites. If not, then feel free to sound off in the comments and tell us what your favorite pop songs are of 2016.
Here is the list of 5 Best Pop Songs of 2016
#1. This Is What You Came For
”This Is What You Came For” is a song by producer and DJ Calvin Harris featuring R&B beauty Rihanna. The song came out on April 29th 2016. It debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number two. It also peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at number three which would become Rihanna’s 21st top-five song and Harris’ second. ”This is What You Came For” received mixed reviews from critics; while some praised them for creating a catchy track. This is the third collaboration between Rihanna and Harris. The first was off Rihanna’s sixth studio album Talk That Talk on the song We Found Love and the second being Where Have You Been.
A music video for the song premiered on June 17th 2016 where Rihanna is featured in an open cube with images flashing on the inside walls. The video definitely gives off a party atmosphere that will have you pumped up ready to have a good time before going out with friends on the town.
”This Is What You Came For” sold 123,000 downloads in its first week. This is What You Came For is a midtempo house – influenced song. Gil Kaufman of Billboard stated that the song is a ”chilled – out, joyful club track that nods to classic Chicago house from the late 1980s and early 1990s, but with a modern, poppier flavor”.
#2. Don’t Let Me Down
”Don’t Let Me Down” is by the The Chainsmokers featuring 17 year old recording artist Daya. ”Don’t Let Me Down” became both the Chainsmokers’ and Daya’s top five single on the Billboard Hot 100. It also reached top 10 positions in several countries such as Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden and United Kingdom.
The song was released on February 5th 2016 and the music video was uploaded to YouTube on April 29th 2016. Rolling Stone named the song one of the 30 best songs of 2016 writing ”EDM may not dominate the charts the way it used to be but the Chainsmokers’ swirling, turnt-up love song proves the genre has a little fight left in it. Newcomer Daya goes to battle with the aggro, big room beats, and ends up coming out on top”.
Robbie Daw of Idolater stated ”[Don’t Let Me Down] kicks off with a haunting guitar loop and 17-year-old Daya lamenting that she’s crashing, hit a wall, right now i need a miracle. By the time the chorus sweeps in, the song shifts into full-on top mode. and called it a trappy collaboration”.
#3. Into You
”Into You” is a song recorded by singer Ariana Grande off her third album Dangerous Woman. ”Into You” is a dance pop song, with elements of EDM and it features a thudding disco beat, lurking synths ,and sharp clicks in its instrumentation. Grande has even put out a remix of the song that features Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller.
Commercially the song peaked at number 22 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and 14 on the UK Singles Chart. Lyrically, the song is about Grande dreaming of her love interest male model Don Benjamin to finally make a move and stop the conversation.
The song was highly praised by critics. Jessica Goodman of Entertainment Weekly praised the monstrous hook and chorus that hears Grande hit notes. Sarah Grant of Rolling Stone added that the song ”is primed for dance floor make out sessions” and that ”Grande swaggers with little affect in tight focal range”.
#4. Me Too
”Me too” is a song by pop artist Meghan Trainor. It is off her second studio album Thank You.”Me too” was released May 5th 2016. The ”Me Too” music video premiered on May 10th 2016. The single debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since peaked at number 13 on the Hot 100, becoming her sixth top 20 single, as well as reaching 17 on the Adult Top 40.
The video starts out with Trainor wearing a giraffe onesie and dancing in front of her bathroom mirror while brushing her teeth. Then she is on her way to her photo shoot with her friends where they are trying on several different outfits. In the last part of the video Meghan is seen in a turquoise sequin dress and dancing with two other women in a spotlit room. ”Me Too” has reached over 100 million views on YouTube as of July 2016.
In Australia, the single peaked at number four on the ARIA Charts. In Canada and France, the track peaked at numbers nine and ninety-eight, respectively.
”Formation” is a song recorded by R&B singer Beyonce . It comes from her sixth studio album Lemonade. It served as the album’s lead single and it was released on February 6th 2016 through ParkWood Entertainment. The music critics claimed that it was her most political song. The song’s music video came out the same day as the song through Beyonce’s official YouTube account.
The song was praised by some critics because of its depiction of African Americans not frequently seen in mainstream media. It was released in a similar manner to her 2013 album without any mentions or announcements. Leading its release to be dubbed as ”a surprise release” by media outlets. Throughout 2016, Beyonce launched her The Formation World Tour which was named in reference to the song.
It received mixed responses for its alleged anti-police stance, which the singer denied, in addition to controversy over documentary footage used in the video. In order to promote the song, Beyonce performed it during her guest appearance at the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show show the day after its premier.