These decisions were made based on the whole team’s opinions and are in no particular order. 2016 was a great year for pop music and we’re looking forward to what 2017 has in store.
Gallant – “Weight in Gold”
If you happened to catch Zane Lowe’s first show for Apple’s Beats 1 Radio you would have already heard Gallant. ‘Weight in Gold’ is the Los Angeles native’s latest track and it’s received a lot of love in 2016. The song is a blend of powerful and pretty – distant blues guitar serenades you in the verse leading into punchy synth-backed chords that hit hard for the chorus.
James Bay – “Let It Go”
Mega talented English singer/songwriter and guitarist, James Bay deserves to hold a spot on our “Top 5” songs of 2016. “Let it Go” is off Bay’s debut album, Chaos And The Calm, which released in 2015. Writing about personal experiences with a sense of sincerity, Bay sings with melodic truth and raw emotion. In a society where dating cultural is pretty shitty, this song is very relatable. We will have this song on a continuous loop into 2017.