ADAM’S TOP 100 OF 2016: Part One, 100-51

All the top tunes from the year that was.

All the top tunes from the year that was.

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s time for the annual Top 100 of the year! Whether you were listening to tropical house or Cam’s “Burning House”, music made a big impact on all of us this year. Chances are you were probably streaming your favorite hits rather than purchasing them in 2016, though we still spin some on the turntable now and then. This year, the deaths of David Bowie, Glenn Frey, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White and Prince, among many other musicians, were overwhelming at times. A healthy dose of music likely got you through the political season, regardless of who you voted for. (It’s okay, I didn’t vote him either, but I did vote for plenty of top artists and songs this year.) Music will always be there, and so will numbers, and thus, I shall marry the two again, but without the vows and the cake, etc.

What was the “Sound” of 2016? Look no further than chart songs by Alabama Shakes, Disturbed, Shawn Hook and The 1975. There was a whole lot to “Like” about top ten hits from Captain Cuts/Nateur, Gwen Stefani, Jordan Fisher, P!nk and ZAYN. I traveled to a “Goldmine” and an “Oasis”, courtesy of Colbie Caillat and A Great Big World, respectively, and turned a “Hello” to Adele into a “Hell No” to Ingrid Michaelson. It was a “Brand New” year, Ben Rector would agree, and there was much new music to love. So, let’s start the countdown and find out where my favorite songs of the year rank…

The 2016 chart year encompasses the period of 52 charts from the list dated December 6, 2015 to the list dated November 27, 2016. Peaks provided reflect the highest position reached by the final chart of the survey year. For any ties in points, a song with a higher peak is listed first, and further ties are broken by the weeks stayed in the top 40. 168 songs in total had at least one point qualify towards the year-end chart, an increase from the 165 that did so in 2015.

100. DAUGHTRY, “Torches”
Album: It’s Not Over… The Hits So Far
Label: RCA
Peak: #19

99. ANDRA DAY, “Rise Up”
Album: Cheers To The Fall
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #21

98. MAROON 5, “Don’t Wanna Know”
Album: TBA
Label: 222/Interscope
Peak: #10

97. TAYLOR SWIFT, “Wildest Dreams”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #2 (2015)

96. MELANIE MARTINEZ, “Pity Party”
Album: Cry Baby
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #19

95. TAKE THAT, “Hey Boy”
Album: III
Label: Polydor (U.K.)
Peak: #13

94. THE SCORE, “Oh My Love”
Album: Where Do You Run (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #17

93. CALUM SCOTT, “Dancing On My Own”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #9+

92. FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE, “H.O.L.Y.”
Album: Dig Your Roots
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #17

91. THE STRUMBELLAS, “We Don’t Know”
Album: Hope
Label: Glassnote
Peak: #13

90. MIIKE SNOW, “Genghis Khan”
Album: iii
Label: Jackalope/Atlantic
Peak: #17

89. ROB THOMAS, “Hold On Forever”
Album: The Great Unknown
Label: Atlantic
Peak: #9

88. PARACHUTE, “Without You”
Album: Wide Awake
Label: Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #19

87. CAM, “Burning House”
Album: Untamed
Label: Arista/RCA
Peak: #19

86. THAT POPPY, “Lowlife”
Album: Bubblebath (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #16

85. ANDY GRAMMER, “Fresh Eyes”
Album: TBA
Label: S-Curve/Hollywood
Peak: #17

84. CODY FRY, “Go”
Album: TBA
Label: Independent
Peak: #18

83. TORI KELLY, “Hollow”
Album: Unbreakable
Label: Capitol
Peak: #15

82. NICK FRADIANI, “Get You Home”
Album: Hurricane
Label: Dot/BMLG/Republic
Peak: #14

81. DAGNY, “Backbeat”
Album: Ultraviolet (EP)
Label: Republic
Peak: #14

80. ELLIE GOULDING, “Still Falling For You”
Album: Bridget Jones’s Baby (Soundtrack)
Label: Interscope
Peak: #14

79. GOO GOO DOLLS, “So Alive”
Album: Boxes
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #16

78. TRAIN, “Play That Song”
Album: A Girl, A Bottle, A Boat
Label: Sunken Forest/Columbia
Peak: #6+

77. KUNGS vs. COOKIN’ ON 3 BURNERS, “This Girl”
Album: Layers
Label: Casablanca/Republic
Peak: #12

76. ONE DIRECTION, “History”
Album: Made In The A.M.
Label: Syco/Columbia
Peak: #12

75. KATY PERRY, “Rise”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #10

74. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “High Dive”
Album: Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #1 for two weeks

73. STING, “I Can’t Stop Thinking About You”
Album: 57th & 9th
Label: A&M/Interscope
Peak: #5+

72. NIALL HORAN, “This Town”
Album: TBA
Label: Capitol
Peak: #3+

71. THE 1975, “Love Me”
Album: I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It
Label: Dirty Hit/Interscope
Peak: #6

70. SECRET WEAPONS, “Something New”
Album: Secret Weapons (EP)
Label: Epic
Peak: #12

69. GROUPLOVE, “Welcome To Your Life”
Album: Big Mess
Label: Canvasback/Atlantic
Peak: #12

68. JORDAN FISHER, “Lookin’ Like That”
Album: Jordan Fisher (EP)
Label: Hollywood
Peak: #10

67. THE GRISWOLDS, “Out Of My Head”
Album: High Times For Low Lives
Label: Wind-up/Concord
Peak: #12

66. ST. LUCIA, “Dancing On Glass”
Album: Matter
Label: Columbia
Peak: #14

65. BON JOVI, “This House Is Not For Sale”
Album: This House Is Not For Sale
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

64. LUKAS GRAHAM, “7 Years”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #13

63. ANDREW MCMAHON IN THE WILDERNESS, “Fire Escape”
Album: Zombies On Broadway
Label: Crush/Vanguard/Concord
Peak: #4

62. KELLY CLARKSON, “Piece By Piece”
Album: Piece By Piece
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

61. ZAYN, “Like I Would”
Album: Mind Of Mine
Label: RCA
Peak: #10

60. BAHARI, “Dancing On The Sun”
Album: Dancing On The Sun (EP)
Label: Bahari Beach/Interscope
Peak: #10

59. BRITNEY SPEARS, “Make Me…”
Album: Glory
Label: RCA
Peak: #8

58. ELLIE GOULDING, “On My Mind”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #2 (2015/2016)

57. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “What We Live For”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #9

56. BANNERS, “Shine A Light”
Album: BANNERS (EP)
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #4

55. EMELI SANDÉ, “Hurts”
Album: Long Live The Angels
Label: Capitol
Peak: #2

54. LUKAS GRAHAM, “Mama Said”
Album: Lukas Graham
Label: Warner Bros.
Peak: #9

53. TAYLOR SWIFT, “New Romantics”
Album: 1989
Label: BMLG/Republic
Peak: #7

52. ELLIE GOULDING, “Something In The Way You Move”
Album: Delirium
Label: Interscope
Peak: #10

51. AMERICAN AUTHORS, “Pride”
Album: What We Live For
Label: Island/Republic
Peak: #10

Stay tuned for more of the Top 100 of 2016 tomorrow…

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