[YEAR-END] Best Singles Of 2016

These ten songs each charted extremely well within their respective genres, but also crossed over into new territories (see 2015 list here).

10. Solange’ – Cranes In The Sky
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Solo’s comeback album pushed “Cranes” into a much bigger spotlight than her sister, spawning remixes from the likes of Rick Ross, Common, and Kaytranada.


9. Kiiara – Gold
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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
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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
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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
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Although infuriating to some, Azealia Banks never disappoints when it comes to her music – and “Beat” carries some of her best mainstream bars ever.


5. Ferras (feat. Raja Kumari) – Medicine
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There was no Ferras album released in 2016, but both of his singles (“Medicine” and “Closer”) brought him one step closer to mainstream success.


4. Zayn – Pillowtalk
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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
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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
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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
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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.

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