Our top 10 favourite international songs of 2016

2016-12-07 05:01

Cape Town – From hit single to hit single, it’s been quite a year for music.

And as 2016 comes to an end, we decided to take a look at our top 10 favourite international songs that dropped in this year.

Here they are in no particular order:

1. Bruno Mars - 24K Magic
We waited four years for Bruno’s new album, and man, was it worth the wait! Bruno Mars has achieved the highest selling debut of his career with first-week album sales equivalents for 24K Magic exceeding 231 000…need we say more?

2. Rihanna – Work ft Drake
Even though there was some skepticism with regards to the song's potential as a comeback for Rihanna, the decision to release Work as the lead single for her album Anti, obviously paid off! Who doesn’t recognise this song when it starts playing?!

3. The Lumineers - Cleopatra
Our favourite indie rockers released their second studio album, titled Clepoatra, earlier this year. The title track’s beautiful melody and mournful vibe makes us miss people we’ve never even met and we just love it!

4. Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles ft Gucci Mane
While this song was made famous by the #MannequinChallenge, few people know that it had already entered the top 20 of the US Billboard charts before the challenge went viral. When a song is catchy, it is catchy…

5. Drake - Once Dance
Not only did Drake shoot the music video for One Dance in South Africa (it’s still to be released), but in October it became the most played song on Spotify with over 950 million individual streams! Now that’s a lot!

6. Beyoncé – Formation
A surprise release by Queen Bey, Formation dropped as the lead single for her new visual album Lemonade in February this year. Hailed as one of the most powerful songs of 2016, Formation is also the highest-debuting single of her career. #Slay! 

7. Sia – Cheap Thrills
This song became Sia’s very first number-one single in the US, and we’re pretty sure Rihanna is regretting the decision to reject this song for her album Anti right about now! A catchy earworm indeed, this song will definitely be playing at every party this summer.

8. Mumford & Sons, Baaba Maal, The Very Best and Beatenberg – Wona
The story of how this song came about is what makes this song so awesome! (You can read all about it here) And of course proudly South African! Need we say more?

9. Kanye West – Fade
While Kanye has been making news headlines for all the wrong reasons this year, Fade is one musical gem produced by the rapper that is worth a mention. It was released as the third single from his new album, The Life Of Pablo.

10. Kings of Leon – Waste A Moment
Their last album came out in 2013, and after quite a wait, we’ve never been happier than when Kings of Leon released their 7th studio album Walls in October this year. For the lead single, Waste A Moment, they return to their roots with a sound that makes us want to party all night long!

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