We’ve handpicked collaborations that we had been compulsively listening to last year. I’m sure you have been too.
If you are like us and live for chartbusters that make you move your feet relentlessly, especially if more than one artist was involved on the track, then we have an awesomesauce playlist for you.
1.The Weeknd Ft. Daft Punk – Starboy
After eight weeks of staying at the No. 2 spot, ‘Starboy’ finally reached the pinnacle of Billboard’s Hot 100 and defeated Rae Sremmurd’s ‘Black Beatles’. Also, with Starboy, Daft Punk got their first Billboard No. 1 hit! We cannot talk enough about this absolutely catchy music. We listen to it everyday, really.
2. DJ Snake Ft. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You
We let Justin Bieber and DJ Snake love us just enough because of this infectious song which climbed up the Billboard’s Digital Songs Chart. Billboard ranked “Let Me Love You” at #41 on their “100 Best Pop Songs of 2016” list and it has since been certified platinum in the UK. As if his collaboration with Diplo and Major Lazer for “Cold Water” was just not enough!
3. Rihanna Ft. Drake – Work
“Work” pretty much reigned the first half of 2016. Right out of Rihanna’s album ‘Anti’, it featured Canadian rapper Drake and topped the Billboard Hot 100 earlier last year. The song is so catchy that nobody could stop singing it and twerkin’ to it, if I may say.
4. Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift – I Don’t Want To Live Forever
This one is fairly new as compared to the others on the list. The beautiful falsetto track is the new single by Zayn Malik and Taylor Swift from the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack. It came out in December and is already pacing up the charts. This collaboration has certainly left us feeling super elated and hyped up for the movie.
5. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love
Martin Garrix, the prodigy of electronic dance music, became the youngest No. 1 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs annual poll this year. In another news, he collaborated with the fierce Bebe Rexha and gave us this rave-worthy song with equally awesome vocals and lyrics! What more could we ask for ?
6. The Chainsmokers Ft. Halsey – Closer
A playlist of the 2016 songs could not be complete without mentioning this absolute gem ‘Closer’ that had us all spellbound with the entertaining music videos, trippy music and the chemistry between the collaborators The Chainsmokers and Halsey! Apart from this, The Chainsmokers gave us more collaborations like “Don’t Let Me Down” with Daya and “All We Know” with Phoebe Ryan. What a year !
7. Sia Ft. Kendrick Lamar – The Greatest
Kendrick Lamar made this massively upbeat song catchier than ever and we love every second of it! Sia never fails to prove her mettle to us. “The Greatest” reached the top five in several countries and the collaboration is just one of the best of the year!
8. Maroon 5 Ft. Kendrick Lamar – Don’t Wanna Know
Hands down, this is just one of the best collaborations Kendrick Lamar did last year! “Don’t Wanna Know” is a gold certified song by Maroon 5 and Kendrick Lamar about drinking and dancing to forget the pain of a heartbreak. That’s the way to go about it, isn’t it?
9. Calvin Harris Ft. Rihanna – This Is What We Came For
Calvin Harris’s ‘This Is What You Came For’ featuring Rihanna is easily the catchiest song of last year and we know you would all agree to that. The song got into its own set of controversies with Taylor Swift but who cares as long as it’s a delight to listen to.
10. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick – Can’t Stop The Feeling
‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake from the soundtrack of DreamWorks Animation’s movie ‘Trolls’ is so adorable that we just can’t stop dancing to it! So, just “dance, dance, dance“! This uptempo disco-pop debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100 in its first week and later became the best-selling song of 2016 in the US. As of now, it is also nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song and Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media this year.
11. DJ Khaled Ft. Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future and Rick Ross – Do You Mind
Was 2016 a competition to fit the highest number of collaborators into one song, because we obviously didn’t mind it at all! ‘Do You Mind’ is a collaboration of DJ Khaled’s groovy beats with Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, August Alsina, Jeremih, Future and Rick Ross and unless you hear it, you will not know why you need these many kickass artists on one track.
12. Far East Movement x Marshmello Ft. Tinashe and Chanyeol – Freal Luv
Far East Movement collaborated with many new artists last year, including some top stars from the Korean Pop industry like Chanyeol from the KPop group EXO. Together with DJ Marshmello and Tinashe, the track just makes us wish they continue to keep collaborating like this. This is one song we highly recommend. Just check the diversity of the artists!
13. Louis Tomlinson Ft. Steve Aoki – Just Hold On
Louis Tomlinson of One Direction went solo but collaborated with our favourite electro house music producer Steve Aoki and nothing went wrong. This song will make you stand up once more if you are feeling too tired to dance.
14. Skrillex and Rick Ross – Purple Lamborghini
‘Suicide Squad’ may have not done too well with the audiences but Skrillex and Rick Ross did everything right with ‘Purple Lamborghini’, a single from the motion picture. The song was recently nominated for a Grammy Award and we don’t think you need any more reasons to listen to this!
15. Drake Ft. Kyla & Wizkid – One Dance
The artists Drake, Kyla and WizKid co-wrote this dancehall and afrobeat song ‘One Dance’ and it was the Billboard’s “Song of the Summer 2016” list, overtaking Major Lazer and DJ Snake’s ‘Lean On’. It was also the most played song on Spotify. But if you have not been living under a rock, you know it already!
2017 has a lot to keep up with.