The Number One Hits of 2016

November 14, 2015 – January 22, 2016
The ballad Hello, co-written by Adele and Greg Kurstin, has been praised for its raw emotion and powerful vocals.
January 23, 2016 – February 12, 2017
Justin Bieber
The dance-pop track Sorry, produced by Skrillex and BloodPop, showcases a more vulnerable side of Justin Bieber, as he apologizes for past mistakes.
February 13, 2016 – March 4, 2016
Love Yourself
Justin Bieber
Love Yourself, co-written by Ed Sheeran, is an acoustic ballad with a minimalist production, featuring only a guitar and a trumpet in its instrumentation.
March 5, 2016 – May 6, 2016
Rihanna featuring Drake
Boi-1da produced the dancehall-infused track Work and features a catchy hook sung by Rihanna in Barbadian Creole.
May 7, 2016 – May 20, 2016
Brooklyn rapper Desiigner’s debut single Panda features a heavy trap beat and has been compared to the style of fellow rapper Future.
May 21, 2016 – May 27, 2016
One Dance
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
One Dance, influenced by UK funky and dancehall music, samples the 2008 Do You Mind song by Kyla and Paleface.
May 28, 2016 – June 3, 2016
Can’t Stop The Feeling!
Justin Timberlake
Can’t Stop The Feeling! was written and produced by Justin Timberlake, Max Martin, and Shellback for the animated film “Trolls.”
June 4, 2016 – August 5, 2016
One Dance
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla
One Dance’s lyrics touch upon themes of relationships and commitment. The song became Drake’s first number one single as a lead artist in the United States.
August 6, 2016 – September 2, 2016
Cheap Thrills
Sia featuring Sean Paul
Originally written for Rihanna, Cheap Thrills is an upbeat, reggae-tinged pop song with a catchy chorus that focuses on the simple joys of life.
September 3, 2016 – November 25, 2016
Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
Closer, an electropop song with a catchy synth riff, is a duet between Chainsmokers’ member Andrew Taggart and singer Halsey, narrating a past love story.
November 26, 2016 – January 6, 2017
Black Beatles
Rae Sremmurd featuring Gucci Mane
Black Beatles, produced by Mike WiLL Made-It, became the unofficial anthem of the Mannequin Challenge, a viral internet video trend where people imitate mannequins and freeze in place.
The Biggest Pop Artists of 2016 include:
Adele, Alessia Cara, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Bryson Tiller, The Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Chris Brown, Daya, DJ Snake, DNCE, Drake, Elle King, Ellie Goulding, Fetty Wap, Fifthe Harmony, Flo Rida, G-Eazy, Jeremih, Justin Bieber, Kevin Gates, Lukas Graham, Meghan Trainor, Post Malone, Prince, Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Shawn Mendes, Taylor Swift, Thomas Rhett, Tori Lanez, twenty one pilots, The Weeknd, Yo Gotti, Zara Larsson, and Zayn.
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