“Closer” is a song by American DJ duo The Chainsmokers, featuring American singer Halsey. Andrew Taggart also provides his vocals in the song. It was released on July 29, 2016 by Disruptor and Columbia Records. It peaked at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. Outside the United States, “Closer” topped the charts in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Ireland, making it both The Chainsmokers’ and Halsey’s first number-one single in all six countries.
“Cheap Thrills” is a song recorded by Australian recording artist Sia for her seventh studio album, This Is Acting (2016). It was written by Sia and Greg Kurstin, while solely produced by Kurstin. An official remix version of “Cheap Thrills” features vocals by Jamaican performer Sean Paul, it was made available for digital download on 11 February 2016 as the record’s second single. The song is a “bouncy”, “reggae-tinged” synthpop song that incorporates “a constant tropical beat and electropop-style synth layers”.
In the United Kingdom, “Cheap Thrills” reached number two on the UK Singles Chart, marking Sia’s highest peak as a lead artist in the region. In the United States, the song became her first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and Paul’s first since “Temperature” in 2006.
“Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Justin Timberlake for the soundtrack to the upcoming film Trolls, for which he serves as the executive music producer. It was written and produced by Timberlake, Max Martin and Shellback. Musically, it is an uptempo disco-pop, soul-pop number with funk influences. The song was released as a single on May 6, 2016, and reached contemporary hit radio on May 10, 2016. Timberlake gave his first televised performance of “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” during the interval act of the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 grand final. Directed by Mark Romanek, its music video was released on May 16, 2016, and follows Timberlake on a tour to everyday places as he dances through what a typical day might be—it was followed by a number of fan-made videos.
The single debuted atop the US Billboard Hot 100, opening with 379,000 downloads in its first week, marking Timberlake’s fifth No. 1 single in the country, and making it the 26th song on the Hot 100 history to start at the summit of the chart. Additionally, it became the second song to spend its first 10 weeks atop the Digital Songs chart, joining The Black Eyed Peas’ “Boom Boom Pow” (2009), and marked his fifth No. 1 single on the Radio Songs chart and eighth on the Mainstream Top 40. It topped the charts in Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland, and the top-five in most of Europe. Spotify named it the fifth most-streamed song of the summer. In the US it was the best selling song of the summer, while being listed at 2 on the Billboard seasonal ranking.
“One Dance” is a song by Canadian hip hop recording artist Drake from his fourth studio album, Views (2016). It features guest vocals from Nigerian Afrobeat artist Wizkid and British singer Kyla. The single samples Crazy Cousinz and Kyla’s 2008 UK funky song “Do You Mind?”. “One Dance” was produced by Nineteen85, DJ Maphorisa, 40 and Wizkid. and written by Drake, Nineteen85, DJ Maphorisa, Noah Shebib, Ayodeji Balogun, Kyla Smith, Errol Reid and Luke Reid. It was released for digital download on April 5, 2016 and was serviced to US urban, rhythmic, and contemporary hit radio on April 12, 2016.
“One Dance” was released shortly after the release date for Views was announced, alongside “Pop Style”. “One Dance” became an international success, reaching number one in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States, becoming Drake’s first number-one single in all ten countries as the lead artist. The song had its most success in the United Kingdom, where it topped the UK Singles Chart for 15 consecutive weeks, making it the joint-second longest consecutive number one in the country.
“Panda” is the debut single by American rapper Desiigner. The song premiered on December 15, 2015, and was released for digital download on the iTunes Store as a single, before being re-released on February 23, 2016. The song was written by Desiigner and its producer Menace. “Panda” was heavily sampled by Desiigner’s fellow G.O.O.D. Music label-mate and founder Kanye West, for “Pt. 2”, a song on West’s seventh studio album The Life of Pablo, and inspired a number of remixes. The single topped the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of April 2016. An official video was released on May 10, 2016. It was nominated for best hip-hop video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Work” is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her eighth studio album, Anti (2016), featuring Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the lead single from Anti on January 27, 2016 through Westbury Road and Roc Nation. The song was written by PartyNextDoor, Drake, Rihanna, Monte Moir, Rupert “Sevn” Thomas, Allen Ritter and Matthew Samuels, and was produced by Boi-1da, Sevn Thomas, Ritter, Kuk Harrell and Noah “40” Shebib. The dancehall, reggae-pop song, contains an interpolation of “If You Were Here Tonight” (1985) performed by Alexander O’Neal. Lyrically, the song incorporates themes of working for money, as well as discussing fragile relationships. The song uses Jamaican Patois and Creole.
“Work” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rihanna’s fourteenth number one single and Drake’s second, and remained at the top for nine weeks. The song also saw success elsewhere peaking at number one in Canada, Denmark, France, Spain, South Africa, Belgium and the Netherlands and peaking within the top five of the charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Germany.
The song was accompanied by two music videos, which both premiered on February 22, 2016. The first of the two versions was directed by Director X, while the second was directed by Tim Erem. The song was further promoted with a live performance at the 2016 BRIT Awards which featured guest appearances from Drake and SZA. “Work” was praised as a song which has brought the genre of dancehall to the forefront of American music, becoming the first dancehall song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since Sean Paul’s “Temperature” (2006).
“Pillowtalk” is a song recorded by English singer and songwriter Zayn, for his debut solo studio album Mind of Mine. It was written by Zayn Malik, Anthony Hannides, Michael Hannides, Levi Lennox and Joe Garrett, while the production was handled by Lennox. The song was released as the lead single from the album on 29 January 2016, along with its accompanying music video.
After signing a recording deal with RCA Records, Zayn gave several interviews with music magazines, such as The Fader and Billboard, to talk about his debut record. He stated “life experiences have been the influences for the album and just stuff that I’ve been through, especially in the last five years.” He said the record will musically lean towards R&B, but will also have some tunes leaning towards R&B-rock or reggae. Zayn’s solo debut album Mind of Mine is due to release on 25 March 2016. On 24 January 2016, Zayn revealed the release date and promotional cover-art of the lead single “Pillowtalk” through Twitter. It is Zayn’s debut solo single after he left One Direction in 2015. Zayn wrote the song shortly after leaving the group, in collaboration with co-writers Mike and Anthony Hannides. Speaking about his new single with The Sunday Times, Zayn said that “Pillowtalk” was written about sex, which he described as “so pure, so dirty and raw,” adding, “everybody has sex, and it’s something people wanna hear about. It’s part of everybody’s life, a very big part of life. And you don’t want to sweep it under the carpet.” Subsequently “Pillowtalk” was made available for digital download in most countries worldwide via the iTunes Store on 29 January 2016.
An acoustic version of the track, “Pillowtalk”, was released on 3 February 2016. On Snapchat, Zayn revealed a snippet of a “Pillowtalk” remix featuring American rapper Lil Wayne, which was later released as “Pillowtalk (Lil Wayne Remix)” for digital download on 25 February 2016; it is a hip hop remix with rapping by Lil Wayne along with rapping and rap-singing by Zayn. The original version of “Pillowtalk” has been included in the compilation album Now That’s What I Call Music! 93.
“Love Yourself” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album Purpose (2015). The song was released first as a promotional single on November 9, 2015, and later was released as the album’s third single. It was written by Ed Sheeran, Benny Blanco and Bieber, and produced by Blanco. An acoustic pop song, “Love Yourself” features an electric guitar and a brief flurry of trumpets as its main instrumentation. During the song, Bieber uses a husky tone in the lower registers. Lyrically, the song is a kiss-off to a narcissistic ex-lover who did the protagonist wrong.
“Love Yourself” reached number one in fifteen countries. On the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart, the song became Bieber’s third consecutive number-one, where in the United States it spent 23 consecutive weeks (24 non consecutive weeks in total) in the top-ten and was also Justin Bieber’s first number one on the Adult Contemporary chart, while in the United Kingdom it spent six weeks at the top. “Love Yourself” also topped the charts in Australia, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Sweden.
The music video for the song was released along with the Purpose: The Movement project on November 14, 2015. It features a couple doing an interpretative dance on their house. Bieber promoted the song with performances on TV shows, as well as awards shows throughout 2015-2016, while adding it on the setlist of his Purpose World Tour.
“Sorry” is a song recorded by Canadian singer Justin Bieber for his fourth studio album, Purpose (2015). Written by Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Sonny Moore, Michael Tucker and Bieber; the song was produced by Skrillex and Blood. It was released on October 23, 2015, as the second single from the album. A dancehall-pop and tropical house song, “Sorry” contains in its instrumentation “brassy horn bleats”, warm island rhythms and a dembow riddim beat. Lyrically, “Sorry” is a plea for a chance to apologize to a lover, with Bieber asking forgiveness and a second chance to redeem himself.
Commercially, the song topped the charts of thirteen countries. It spent 7 weeks at number one on the Canadian Hot 100 and 3 weeks at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100; “Sorry” was replaced by third single “Love Yourself” on the chart dated February 13, 2016, making Bieber the 12th act in the Hot 100’s history to succeed himself at number one. He also accomplished the same feat in the United Kingdom, becoming the third act ever to self-replace at the top of the UK Singles Chart.
“Hello” is a song by English singer Adele. It was released on October 22, 2015 XL Recordings as the lead single from her third studio album, 25 (2015). Adele co-wrote the song with his producer, Greg Kurstin. “Hello” is a piano ballad with soul influences and lyrics that deal with themes such as nostalgia and regret. Upon release, the song was well received by music critics, who compared it favorably to Adele’s previous work and praised the lyrics and Adele song. It was recorded in London.
“Hello” reached international commercial success, reaching number one in almost every country the maps in, including Britain, where it became her second UK number one single, after “someone like you”, and has the biggest opening week sales in three years. In the United States, “Hello” debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Adele became the fourth number one on the chart and breaking several records, including becoming the first song to sell over one million digital copies in one week. At the end of 2015 it had sold 12.3 million units globally (combined sales and tracks the corresponding currents) and was the year’s seventh biggest selling single. 
The accompanying music video directed by Xavier Dolan and co-stars Adele and Tristan Wilds. The music video for the song broke Vevo record by achieving over 27,700,000 views within a 24-hour span was held previously by Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood”, which collected 20.1 million views in this time frame. It also broke the record for the shortest time to reach 100 million Vevo views, which were previously held by Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”, as well as the shortest time to reach 1 billion YouTube views (88 days). The clip received seven nominations at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Best Female Video.  Adele promoted the song with a live performance on BBC One hour long special, titled Adele at the BBC.