Best of 2016: Billboard Charts Recap

December 15, 2016

2016 has certainly been an interesting year in terms of music. The songs that topped the Billboard charts rightfully did so. We’ve all heard them on the radio every time we got in the car, sang them at the top of our lungs at parties, and danced along to them with our friends (…or in alone in our bedrooms).

Billboard has complied a list of the top 100 songs of the year. Their website claims the songs, ranging across all genres, are “ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen Music, sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music and streaming activity data provided by online music sources.”

It’s no secret that Adele is a force to be reckoned with. Adele, though hesitant at first to allow her album 25 to be streamed on Spotify, did not struggle to take over the charts and come out as the top female artist. 25 claims Billboard’s title for number one album of the year, with songs like “Hello” reaching listeners everywhere.


Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” reigned victorious, appearing in the top 10 for 24 weeks, which only 18 other songs in history have managed to do. After making his comeback last year, Bieber has been unstoppable, releasing hit single after hit single and completely taking over the radio. Though his album Purpose is over a year old, the hype over the songs has yet to die down. Both “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” were also ranked.



Drake’s “One Dance,” featuring WizKid and Kyla, was literally everywhere. The song, which has ended up third on Billboard’s end of the year rankings, was considered the song of the summer. According to Gary Trust of Billboard’s article Drake’s ‘One Dance’ Is the No. 1 Song of the Summer, it was “the most-heard song on U.S. airwaves during the chart’s tracking period, accumulating a monstrous 2 billion in radio audience in that span, according to Nielsen Music.” In addition, Drake was featured on Rihanna’s song “Work,” which also dominated the charts and placed fourth.



Twenty One Pilots’s “Stressed Out” came out at No. 5, and their songs “Heavens” and “Ride” are both also found further down on the list. Other notable songs like Desiigner’s “Panda” left a mark on the music industry this year.



With music from all genres competing for spots on the charts and bringing joy into our daily lives, 2016 was a year to remember. As it comes to an end, it is interesting to look back at what had our fists pumping, fingers wagging, and hips swaying.

Click here to see Billboard’s entire Top 100 Songs list.

-Nisa Ayral (@nisaayral)

Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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