2016 #1s: Come On 2017, Let's Get... Better Songs Than This (WINNER)

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Oh 2016, you unbearable turd of a year. Whether it's the non-stop loss of beloved icons or the troubling triumphs of the far right in many a democratic vote, there's no questioning that's it's been a tough 366 days and one second (because the powers that be decided we hadn't suffered enough.) But if you took the time to shut yourself out from the world and delve into the music scene, you probably found some solace, be it in the Big Pop Girl offerings @RJF is revealing now, or the many smaller acts that have released such high quality albums that no two lists in the Best of 2016 thread look alike. So music hasn't been too bad then, right? RIGHT?

Well if you care about the charts it's still been a bit shit really.

2016 was the year streaming really began showing its impact on the UK charts. People who couldn't be bothered spending just under £1 on their favourite songs were suddenly influencing the charts via Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal (well, maybe not Tidal), and we found out that most of these people have absolutely terrible taste. We also found out they're more than happy to play the same set of songs over and over again for weeks on end, which led to a smaller than expected selection of #1s, clocking in at merely 10 across the whole year (if you don't count 2015 #1s as well). That makes for a fairly small and underwhelming rate, and throwing in the 5 #1s that radio pushed to the top on the other side of the pond doesn't help matters.

Could there be a way to not only increase the number of songs to at least 20, but also throw in some genuinely great songs to shake things up? Your host managed to find a way, in the form of ARIA:

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No not that one.

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Yes that one.

Adding in Australia's #1s takes us to a total of 22 songs, and they range from the brilliant to the ghastly, with a few kiis thrown in. SO LET'S SEE WHAT WE'RE RATING:

Updated List: Fan(adian) Demanded Version

Stitches - Shawn Mendes (UK)
Fast Car - Jonas Blue feat. Dakota (AUS)
Pillowtalk - Zayn (UK/US/AUS/CAN)
Never Be Like You - Flume feat. Kai (AUS)
7 Years - Lukas Graham (UK/AUS/CAN)
Work - Rihanna feat. Drake (US/CAN)
I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner (UK)
I Hate U, I Love U - Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien (AUS)
One Dance - Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla (UK/US/AUS/CAN) - Stream it fat
Just Like Fire - P!nk (AUS)
Panda - Desiigner (US)
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake (US/CAN)
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna (AUS/CAN)
In My Blood - The Veronicas (AUS)
Rise - Katy Perry (AUS)
Cold Water - Major Laser feat. Justin Bieber & MØ (UK/AUS/CAN)
Cheap Thrills - Sia feat Sean Paul (US/CAN)
Closer - The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey (UK/US/AUS/CAN)
Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur (UK/AUS)
Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix (UK)
Rockabye - Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie (UK)
Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane (US)
Starboy - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk (CAN)

The rules are your standard rate rules: rate each song from 0-10, give your favourite song an 11, and PM me your scores by 15th January. Commentary is encouraged, and if you have a lot of feelings about any of these songs and want to serve me some Deathly Hallows realness please write something like this so I can have a good cackle. Two weeks seems like a decent enough time to get it all done, but I'll extend voting if everyone's struggling for time.

Finally, have a good time, enjoy yourself, stock up on some alcohol or other substances for the more challenging songs, and don't fuck it up.
 
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The easy-to-PM song list:

Stitches - Shawn Mendes
Fast Car - Jonas Blue feat. Dakota
Pillowtalk - Zayn
Never Be Like You - Flume feat. Kai
7 Years - Lukas Graham
Work - Rihanna feat. Drake
I Took A Pill In Ibiza - Mike Posner
I Hate U, I Love U - Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien
One Dance - Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla
Just Like Fire - P!nk
Panda - Desiigner
Can’t Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna
In My Blood - The Veronicas
Rise - Katy Perry
Cold Water - Major Laser feat. Justin Bieber & MØ
Cheap Thrills - Sia feat Sean Paul
Closer - The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey
Say You Won’t Let Go - James Arthur
Shout Out To My Ex - Little Mix
Rockabye - Clean Bandit feat. Sean Paul & Anne-Marie
Black Beatles - Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane
Starboy - The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk
 
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23 - 7 Years - 1.810
22 - I Hate U, I Love U - 2.325
21 - Say You Won't Let Go - 2.373
20 - Fast Car - 3.071
19 - Rise - 3.794
18 - Panda - 3.952
17 - Closer - 4.171
16 - Just Like Fire - 4.397
15 - I Took A Pill In Ibiza - 4.746
14 - Can't Stop The Feeling - 4.865
13 - Stitches - 5.833
12 - Black Beatles - 5.905
11 - Cold Water - 6.333
10 - One Dance - 6.413
9 - Never Be Like You - 6.643
8 - This Is What You Came For - 6.778
7 - Shout Out To My Ex - 7.492
6 - Rockabye - 7.714
5 - Cheap Thrills - 7.929
4 - Pillowtalk - 8.167
3 - Starboy - 8.349
 
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