2016 Review; The Best EDM Songs
As 2016 comes to a close, EDM has set the bar higher than the black holes in outer space and continues to grow as one of the most popular music genres in the world.
There was not a moment where an EDM hit was in the popular radio station’s rotation, and many commercials on television (Apple, Nike, Dodge) used EDM tracks as background music and it has become more relevant onto the big screen.
This brings up the question: What were the most popular hits?
According to edmhunteres.com, the top five songs voted in 2016 are:
- “Closer” by The Chainsmokers, Halsey.
- “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers, Daya.
- “Alone” by Marshmello
- “Faded” by Alan Walker
- “In the Name of Love” by Martin Garrix, Bebe Rexha.
The top ten had a total of three songs by The Chainsmokers, and two by Marshmello and Alan Walker. It was also a historic year when it came to streaming music as it has become the number one source to accessing and enjoying music. The number one streaming EDM song according to edmhunters.com was “Don’t Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)” by The Chainsmokers. Providing a little contrast in a number one spot was the song “Theif (Original Mix)” by Ookay in the most free downloads category.
Taking a look at billboards.com, it was also dominated by The Chainsmokers with “Closer” making historic records. It has spent 21 weeks on the charts spending 11 of those weeks at the number one spot in the Pop category. In the Billboard chart’s 24-year history, that ties for the second longest reign at the number one spot and it is the first EDM song to have that much mainstream success. It is currently spending its 20th week in the Hot 100 at number three (which is impressive considering this song was released July 29th) and is still number one on the Hot Dance/Electric Songs.
It is evident that The Chainsmokers dominated this year and their songs have become a major force when it comes to the EDM evolution. All signs are indicating that 2017 will be the biggest year for EDM.
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