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50 Best Songs of 2016

Beyoncé owned our world, Drake lit up the dance floor, and Rae Sremmurd got their John Lennon on

Top 50 Singles of 2016, Drake, Fifth Harmony, Rae Sremmurd

Fifth Harmony, Drake and Rae Sremmurd made some of the best songs of the year.

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All corners of the music world kept booming in 2016 – even when everything else about our world looked like it was on the verge of blowing apart. From rock & roll legends to rap upstarts, from future-shock R&B visionaries to rootsy country story-tellers, from teen-pop smoothies to leather guitar heroes, from the dance floor to the mosh pit, great songs seemed to keep coming out of nowhere. Some became worldwide hits; others were lurking in the shadows. But these were the songs that hit hardest and rang truest all year long.

Top 50 Singles of 2016, Drake, Fifth Harmony, Rae Sremmurd
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Lady Gaga, “Perfect Illusion”

Gaga fuses her neo-folkie Lilith-hippie mode with her disco roots in this Mark Ronson-produced dance-floor confession from Joanne, with a clever nod to Madonna in the "Papa Don't Preach"-flipping chorus.