DH’s Top 20 of 2016 [20 – 11]:
20. “Tears” – LDN Noise & Pretty Sister
19. “Say It” – Flume ft. Tove Lo
18. “Get Up” – R3hab & Ciara
17. “Amber Light” – Fraser Churchill
16. “Waiting” – Oliver Heldens & Throttle
15. “all of YOU” – JAHKOY
14. “Back On The Wall” – Greyson Chance
13. “Finesse” – Bruno Mars
12. “No Problem” – Chance The Rapper ft. Lil Wayne & 2 Chainz
11. “This Is What You Came For” – Calvin Harris ft. Rihanna
10. “My Way” – Calvin Harris
Checking in with his second cut on this year’s list, Scottish supernova Calvin Harris dropped his thinly veiled T Swift breakup anthem “My Way.” Breaking from his previous release “This Is What You Came For,” Harris once again takes on vocal duties pouring the details of the broken relationship over another trop-lite house groove. But it gets the edge over TIWYCF for the emotional connections and sweeping personal touch felt through the soaring stringed components. If there were to be a third release, I’m sure it’d have a home here too.
9. “Tears” – Clean Bandit ft. Louisa Johnson
Everyone’s favorite violin-dashed EDM act returned this year with a superb club collaboration featuring 2015’s UK X-Factor winner Louisa Johnson. Coincidentally titled the same as one of the countdown’s previous entries, “Tears” is a triumphant house anthem highlighted by the vocal outpouring of Ms. Johnson and previously mentioned string work. It would rank slightly higher if it weren’t for one of the cuts official remixes, but I’ll get into that in just a second.
8. “Tears (99 Souls Remix)” – Clean Bandit ft. Louisa Johnson
A rare occasion where the rework outshines its predecessor, duo 99 Souls’ flip ups the bounce factor and shifts the original into garage-house territory with an expanded tempo. But they keep the focal point of the initial take intact, letting Johnson’s range once again steal the show. It’s hard to go wrong when you’re set up so well from the start.
7. “Angel Zoo” – Phlake
With the likes of 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, and Teen Mom: OG, MTV has been in the proverbial shitter for a while now, but every once and a while they’ll still surprise you. I came across number 7 begrudgingly sitting through a season two episode of Scream, but I’m glad I stuck it out. “Angel Zoo” from Scandi duo Phlake oozes a finessed future R&B accent that immediately resonates and stays with you…which is much more than I can say for Scream the television series.
6. “Can’t Stop The Feeling” – Justin Timberlake
Much like the previously mentioned Calvin Harris, if JT drops a new single you better believe it’ll end up here. “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” his first original music since 2013′ The 20/20 Experience, is a pure pop treat. Spring into Summer’s anthem, the feel-great piece is boosted by an upbeat disco-pop cadence and the naturally friendly vocals of one Mr. Timberlake. And it doesn’t hurt when production legend Max Martin is behind the boards either. This kind of general audience fare might not fit your usual expectations, but it feels right at home here at number 6.