The Caffé Latté
It was the year David Bowie and Prince left this mortal coil; Trump was elected President of America and the planet faced the continuing refugee crisis as terrorists continued to strike in numerous locations. Here are 100 songs that were the favourites on this blog during the past 12 months.
In 2015, Tove Lo took "Timebomb" up to #4 on the Swedish chart. The catchy song, co-written by Lo, deserved to fare better outside of her homeland. Fortunately, the Swede scored hits during 2016 with the tracks "Cool Girl" and "True Disaster".
BLACK EYED PEAS featuring THE WORLD
The Black Eyed Peas revisited its hip hop anthem from 2003 with guest appearances this time from Justin Timberlake, Mary J. Blige, Jamie Foxx, Diddy, Jessie J, Cassie, Usher and Nicole Scherzinger. It raised funds for will.i.am's charity i.am.angel.
PLEASE DON'T GO
Australian singer/ songwriter Joel Adams dropped a strong single in "Please Don't Go". It performed best in Sweden, where his song climbed to #6. He wrote and co-produced the hit.
CHRISTINA AND THE QUEENS
In 2015, a song entitled "Christine" reached #1 in Belgium and peaked at #3 in France for art-pop act Christine and the Queens. An English version re-titled "Tilted" was issued internationally the following year. It made inroads in Australia and New Zealand and went Top 20 in Britain.
Swedish pop singer Wiktoria has a country-pop approach to her songs. She ended up in 4th position in the Swedish selections for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest with "Save Me". The single peaked at #3 on the Swedish chart.
"Perfect Illusion" was the lead single from Lady Gaga's 2016 album release 'Joanne'. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Mark Ronson, Kevin Parker and BloodPop (Michael Tucker). The track reached #1 in some European countries and went Top 20 in America, Britain, Canada and Australia.
LOSING MY MIND
Streisand offered some bonus tracks on the Deluxe Edition of her 2016 album 'Encore: Movie Partners Sing Broadway'. "Losing My Mind" was one of these additional songs. It was penned by Stephen Sondheim for the musical "Follies". Streisand's remake is a solo recording.
LEAVE YOUR LOVER
Although unleashed back in 2014, Sam Smith's 'In The Lonely Hour' album has enjoyed a lengthy presence on the charts around the world. "Leave Your Lover" is a touching ballad included among its tracks.
SOME OTHER SUMMER
"Some Other Summer" was a single lifted off the Roxette album 'Good Karma'. Marie Fredriksson's deteriorating health has led to the end of the duo's touring days. This album proves they can still serve up some fun new material.
Emeli Sandé packs a punch on "Hurts", a single that was first heard on her 'Long Live the Angels' album. The single climbed to #22 in the U.K.