Let’s face it, the music industry saved 2016. In the bizarre year of Harambe, multiple beloved celebrities’ deaths, and a pending Trump presidency, major music releases by our favorite celebrities managed to keep us more grounded than ever. 2016 ushered in new single debuts by some of the top acts in urban music: Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Frank Ocean, Solange, Drake, the Weeknd, and many more. In honor of 2016 being such a great year for music, here are the Top 10 Urban Singles released since January 1 st .
This list was composed using important song considerations: viral-ability, lyrical content of verses, chorus and their catchiness, vocals/rapper flow/delivery, musical production, and a grading point system based off their individual Peak Billboard Hot 100 Positioning.
The Following list revolves around singles released in 2016. Songs like Adele’s “Hello,” Designer’s “Panda,” and Bieber’s “Sorry,” while popular at the top of the year, are excluded.
10. No Problem - Chance the Rapper ft. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne
9. I Got the Keys - DJ Khaled ft. Jay Z, Future
8. Sorry – Beyoncé
7. 24K Magic - Bruno Mars
6. Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall
5. Needed Me – Rihanna
4. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd ft. Gucci
3. Formation - Beyoncé
2. One Dance - Drake
1. Work - Rihanna ft. Drake
'All the Way Up' - Fat Joe, Remy Ma ft. French Montana & Infared
'Broccoli' – D.R.A.M. ft. Lil Yachty
'Side to Side' – Ariana Grande ft. Nicki Minaj