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Readers’ Poll: 10 Best Songs of 2016

See which song beat Beyonce’s “Formation” and David Bowie’s “Lazarus”

Readers' Poll: 10 Best Songs of 2016

We asked our readers to vote for their favorite song of 2016. Here are the results.

While albums made a strong comeback amidst worries that singles would make full bodies of work irrelevant in coming years, many artists still delivered with reflective, personal or insanely catching tracks that took over radio airplay and playlists. From speaking out against systemic racism to offering a final good-bye before a shocking death, here are the best songs of 2016, as voted on by our readers.


Radiohead, “Burn the Witch”

"Burn the Witch" was the first taste of Radiohead's semi-surprise 2016 album, A Moon Shaped Pool. The track was a product of nearly two decades of work, having been first created during sessions for 2000s Kid A


David Bowie, “Lazarus”

Bowie said good-bye with his haunting, excellent final album Blackstar, and its single "Lazarus" is the most bone-chilling of them all. Released as his final single, the melancholic jazz-rock tune opens with the ominous line "Look up here, I'm in heaven." In the video, he performs blindfolded in a hospital bed before retreating to a dark wardrobe and drawing the Tree of Life.


The Monkees, “Me and Magdalena”

Off Good Times!, the Monkees' first album in 20 years, "Me and Magdalena" is a gentle, folk-y ballad that lets Mickey Dolenz and Michael Nesmith's tender harmonies shine. Ben Gibbard wrote the track, and the album itself features writing contributions from artists like Rivers Cuomo, Carole King, Neil Diamond, Noel Gallagher and more. 


David Bowie, “Blackstar”

Experimental and ominous, "Blackstar" is the cryptic lead single from Bowie's final album of the same name. The song is fragmented and creepy, setting the dark tone for an album seen as his final good-bye before his sudden death two days after its release. 

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