These ten songs each charted extremely well within their respective genres, but also crossed over into new territories (see 2015 list here).
9. Kiiara – Gold
After breaking into mainstream radio during the summer of 2016, the momentum behind Kiiara’s breakout hit has earned the Illinois singer-songwriter a Lil’ Wayne endorsement and feature.
8. Fat Joe and Remy Ma (feat. French Montana) – All The Way Up
Fat Joe has been making music for over twenty years, but assisting in Remy Ma’s post-incarceration comeback has been his most profitable move to date.
7. Sevyn Streeter (feat. Gucci Mane) – Prolly
Despite releasing four singles this year for her upcoming album ‘Girl Disrupted’, the trap-infused “Prolly” had her highest debut in Billboard Hot 100 history.
6. Azealia Banks – The Big Big Beat
Although infuriating to some, Azealia Banks never disappoints when it comes to her music – and “Beat” carries some of her best mainstream bars ever.
4. Zayn – Pillowtalk
The super-sexy, debut single from Zayn’s first project not only pushed him into R&B/hip-hop territories, but it also helped progress the genre into new formats.
3. MØ – Final Song
MØ, Nonnie Bao, and MNEK collaborated on their first song together this year, leading to her highest charting solo single to date.
2. Rihanna – Needed Me
After a long-awaited album release, the third single from Rihanna’s ‘ANTI’ was packaged with an incontestable medley and equally impressive video.
1. Zara Larsson – Ain’t My Fault
Standing as the second song written and produced by MNEK on TUA’s year-end list and similar to all of her previous singles, Zara’s “Fault” is an undeniably epic club-banger that will continue to dominate radio for months to come.