Welcome to the Top Song of 2016. If you're not sure of what this whole thing is, here are a few links to competitions of previous years:

2015: "Run Away With Me" by Carly Rae Jepsen
2014: "Chandelier" by Sia
2013: "Work" by Iggy Azalea
2012: "Pyramids" by Frank Ocean
2011: "Midnight City" by M83
2010: "What's My Name (feat. Drake)" by Rihanna
2009: "Sweet Disposition" by the Temper Trap
2008: "Womanizer" by Britney Spears

We'll begin with a Top 200 of the year, hand-picked through the following methods:

- Any song that has appeared in the Top 15 of the UK single charts at any point from January 1 2016 to December 30 2016 (the last chart date of the year).

- Because streaming has effectively strangled the idea of anything new hitting the charts for a brief fling, I've had to also include anything that made the top 5 in Australia's ARIA 50 and top 10 in the Billboard Hot 100, but then this isn't just a site for Britons so that's not a problem really.

- Even then, that only leaves 98 songs D:

- Of those, songs originally released prior to January 1 - either as a single, or on an album released before July 2015 - have been removed.

- Also, songs that have appeared in previous editions of this game cannot count.

- And finally, re-releases of songs don't count (sorry, Mariah Carey).

- I've shoved in a handful of songs that did well in critics' "end of the year" lists from the likes of the Guardian, NME, Rolling Stone, Popjustice and Pitchfork too. I have bolded these. Within reason, mind, I mean Popjustice are going to try and make things like 'Christie and the Dream Beats' happen and that's just silly because no one on here has heard of them.

- To save the list from becoming too repetitive, artists are restricted to just their 3 highest-charting songs. In the event of songs charting at the same place, only the song that charted first chronologically was included. This rule has only affected Little Mix, Shawn Mendes, Drake and Ariana Grande.

So here's how it will work..

PRELIMINARY ROUND I've compiled a list of 125 songs below, picked from singles that made the top 15 of the UK charts / other charts this year and songs that did well in critics' end-of-year lists (bolded)
QUALIFYING ROUND 75 songs are required to be voted into the game by the forum. EVERYONE can submit 5 songs to be supported by other members, and every member has 10 support votes. This'll be kept tally of in the OP, and will be edited into the main list in blue

REMEMBER: all songs submitted must be released in 2016, and there can only be 3 songs per (main) artist in the competition. If Drake features on a song, for example, that can still be submitted, but nothing that was released by himself as the main act.

TO COME: Round 1: Out of the top 200, each member can choose their favourite TWENTY songs. The songs that get any votes will move onto Round 2.



Adele - Send My Love (To Your New Lover)

Alan Walker - Faded (feat. Iselin Solheim)

Alessia Cara - Scars to Your Beautiful
AlunaGeorge - I'm In Control (feat. Popcaan)

Amine - Caroline
Angel Olsen - Shut Up Kiss Me (#8 in Pitchfork's list)
ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me (#6 in Pitchfork's list)

Ariana Grande - Dangerous Woman

Ariana Grande - Into You

Ariana Grande - Side to Side (feat. Nicki Minaj)
Azealia Banks - The Big Big Beat

Bastille - Good Grief

Beyoncé - Formation

Beyoncé - Hold Up
Birdy - Keeping Your Head Up
Blood Orange - Best to You (feat. Empress Of) (#15 in Pitchfork's list)
Britney Spears - Do You Wanna Come Over?

Britney Spears - Make Me (Oooh) [feat. G-Eazy]

Bruno Mars - 24K Magic

Calum Scott - Dancing On My Own

Calvin Harris - My Way

Calvin Harris - This is What You Came For (feat. Rihanna)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cry

The Chainsmokers - Closer (feat. Halsey)

The Chainsmokers - Don't Let Me Down (feat. Daya)
Chance the Rapper - All Night (feat. Knox Fortune) (#3 in NME's list)
Chance the Rapper - No Problem (feat. 2 Chainz & Lil Wayne) (#12 in Pitchfork's list)
Charli XCX - After the Afterparty (feat. Lil Yachty) (#10 on NME's list) (somehow)

Charlie Puth - We Don't Talk Anymore (feat. Selena Gomez)

Cheat Codes x Kriss Kross Amsterdam - Sex
Christine and the Queens - Tilted (#5 in NME's list)

Clean Bandit - Rockabye (feat. Anne-Marie & Sean Paul)

Clean Bandit - Tears (feat. Louisa Johnson)

Coldplay - Hymn for the Weekend (feat. Beyonce)

Craig David x Big Narstie - When the Bassline Drops
CupcaKKe - LGBT
David Bowie - Lazarus (#5 in Pitchfork's list)
Dawn Richard - Not Above That (#3 in TIME's list)

Desiigner - Panda

DJ Snake - Let Me Love You (feat. Justin Bieber)

DJ Snake - Middle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)

DNCE - Cake by the Ocean

D.R.A.M. - Broccoli (feat. Lil Yachty)

Drake - One Dance (feat. Wizkid & Kyla)

Drake - Summer Sixteen

Drake - Too Good (feat. Rihanna)
Dua Lipa - Blow Your Mind (Mwah)

Dua Lipa - Hotter Than Hell
Ellie Goulding - Army

Ellie Goulding - Still Falling for You
Emeli Sande - HURTS

Fifth Harmony - All in my Head (Flex) [feat. Fetty Wap]

Fifth Harmony - That's My Girl

Fifth Harmony - Work from Home (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
Florrie - Real Love

Flume - Never Be Like You (feat. Kai)

Flume - Say It (feat. Tove Lo)
Frank Ocean - Ivy (#4 in Pitchfork's list)
Frank Ocean - Pink and White (#13 in Pitchfork's list)

G-Eazy x Bebe Rexha - Me, Myself & I

Galantis - No Money

gnash - i hate u, i love u (feat. Olivia O'Brien)

Hailee Steinfeld & Grey - Starving (feat. Zedd)
Iggy Azalea - Team
Iggy Pop - Gardenia (#4 in NME's list)

James Arthur - Say You Won't Let Go

Jonas Blue - By Your Side (feat. RAYE)

Jonas Blue - Fast Car (feat. Dakota)

Jonas Blue - Perfect Strangers (feat. JP Cooper)

Justin Timberlake - Can't Stop the Feeling
Kanye West - Famous (#6 in the Guardian's list)
Kanye West - Real Friends (#14 in Pitchfork's list)
Kanye West - Ultralight Beam (feat. Chance the Rapper, The-Dream, Kelly Price and Kirk Franklin) (#1 in Pitchfork's list)

Katy Perry - Rise
KDA - Just Say (feat. Tinashe) (#4 on Popjustice's list)

Kent Jones - Don't Mind

Kungs vs. Cookin' on 3 Burners - This Girl

Lady GaGa - Perfect Illusion
Lady Leshurr - Where Are You Now? (#9 on NME's list)
Leona Lewis - (We Are All) Looking for Home

Lil Wayne - Sucker for Pain (feat. Wiz Khalifa, Imagine Dragons, X Ambassadors, Ty Dolla $ign & Logic)

Little Mix - Hair (feat. Sean Paul)

Little Mix - Secret Love Song (feat. Jason Derulo)

Little Mix - Shout Out to My Ex

Louis Tomlinson & Steve Aoki - Just Hold On

Louisa Johnson - So Good

Lukas Graham - 7 Years

Machine Gun Kelly & Camila Cabello - Bad Things

Major Lazer - Cold Water (feat. Justin Bieber & MØ)

Major Lazer - Light It Up (feat. Fuse ODG & Nyla)

Maroon 5 - Don't Wanna Know (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha - In the Name of Love
Matoma & Becky Hill - False Alarm (#6 on Popjustice's list)

Matt Terry - When Christmas Comes Around

Meghan Trainor - No
Meghan Trainor - Me Too

Mike Posner - I Took a Pill in Ibiza
Mitski - Your Best American Girl (#4 in the Guardian's list)

MØ - Final Song

NEIKID - Sensual

Nevada - The Mack (feat. Mark Morrison & Fetty Wap)

Niall Horan - This Town
The 1975 - Somebody Else (#3 on Popjustice's list)
The 1975 - The Sound (#2 on TIME's list)

Olly Murs - You Don't Know Love

P!nk - Just Like Fire
Petite Meller - The Flute

Radiohead - Burn the Witch
Radiohead - True Love Waits (#9 in Pitchfork's list)

Rae Sremmurd - Black Beatles (feat. Gucci Mane)

Rag 'N' Bone Man - Human
Rihanna - Kiss It Better

Rihanna - Needed Me

Rihanna - Work (feat. Drake)

Riton - Rinse & Repeat (feat. Kah-Lo)

Selena Gomez - Hands to Myself

Selena Gomez - Same Old Love

Shawn Mendes - Mercy

Shawn Mendes - Stitches

Shawn Mendes - Treat You Better
Shura - What's It Gonna Be? (#1 on Popjustice's list)

Sia - Cheap Thrills (feat. Sean Paul)

Sia - The Greatest (feat. Kendrick Lamar)

Sigala - Give Me Your Love (feat. John Newman & Nile Rodgers)

Sigala - Say You Do (feat. Imani & DJ Fresh)
Skepta - Man (#8 on NME's list)
Solange - Cranes in the Sky (#3 in Pitchfork's list)

The Stone Roses - All for One

TIEKS - Sunshine (feat. Dan Harkna)

Tinie Tempah - Girls Like (feat. Zara Larsson)
A Tribe Called Quest - We The People... (#11 in Pitchfork's list)

twenty one pilots - Heathens

twenty one pilots - Stressed Out

The Veronicas - In My Blood

Viola Beach - Swings and Waterslides

The Weeknd - I Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)

The Weeknd - Starboy (feat. Daft Punk)
Whitney - No Woman (#7 on TIME's list)
will.i.am. - Boys & Girls (feat. Pia Mia)

Zara Larsson - Ain't My Fault

Zara Larsson - I Would Like

Zay Hilfigerrr & Zayion McCall - Juju on that Beat (TZ Anthem)

ZAYN - Pillowtalk

Zayn & Taylor Swift - I Don't Wanna Live Forever


Songs Submitted (In Need of a support vote)

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - I Need You (Shaun)
Kaytranada & Anderson .Paak - Glowed Up (Shaun)
The Avalanches - Frankie Sinatra (feat. MF Doom & Danny Brown) (Shaun)
Saint Motel - Move (y.winter)
Glass Animals - Youth (y.winter)
M83 - Go (y.winter)
Miike Snow - My Trigger (y.winter)
Demi Lovato - Body Say (Pete.)
Lady Gaga - John Wayne (Pete.)
Alicia Keys - In Common (EspeonBB)
Beyonce - 6 Inch (EspeonBB)
The Weeknd - Party Monster (EspeonBB)
Beyoncé - Don't Hurt Yourself (ft. Jack White) (Hayden)
Sia - Unstoppable (DouglasS)
Emeli Sande - Breathing Under Water (DouglasS)
Adele - Water Under the Bridge (DouglasS)
Sigala - Find Me (feat. Birdy) (Amy Jade)
Erika Jayne - How Many F••ks (Amy Jade)
Britney Spears - Invitation (Riley)
Lana Del Rey - Freak (Riley)
5 Seconds Of Summer - Girls Talk Boys (Mitchell)
Matoma & The Vamps - All Night (Mitchell)
Troye Sivan - Talk Me Down (Mitchell)
Anne-Marie - Alarm (Mitchell)
Britney Spears feat Tinashe - Slumber Party (reece(: )
Era Istrefi - Bonbon (reece(: )
Shakira - Chantaje (reece(: )
JoJo feat. Remy Ma - FAB (reece(: )
Hayley Kiyoko - Gravel to Tempo (reece(: )
Maggie Lindemann - Pretty Girl (Amy Jade)

Songs Qualified (Received a Support vote)

Azealia Banks - The Big Big Beat (Jordan., Shaun)
AlunaGeorge - I'm In Control (feat. Popcaan) (Jordan., Shaun)
Petite Meller - The Flute (Black Dagger, Shaun)
Birdy - Keeping Your Head Up (y.winter, Black Dagger)
Rihanna - Kiss It Better (Shaun, Pete.)
Iggy Azalea - Team (Pete., Jordan)
Meghan Trainor - Me Too (Pete., Jordan)
Radiohead - Burn The Witch (EspeonBB, Shaun)
CupcakKe - LGBT (Hayden, Riley)
Fifth Harmony - That's My Girl (Hayden, Riley)

Ellie Goulding - Army (DouglasS, Riley)
Florrie - Real Love (Shaun, Amy Jade)
Leona Lewis - (We Are All) Looking For Home (Amy Jade, Mitchell)
Carly Rae Jepsen - Cry (Riley, Mitchell)
Britney Spears - Do You Wanna Come Over? (Pete., Mitchell)
will.i.am. - Boys & Girls (ft. Pia Mia) (Hayden, Mitchell)
Emeli Sande - Hurts (DouglasS, Mitchell)
Dua Lipa - Blow Your Mind (Mwah) (Mitchell, Ross.)
Fifth Harmony - All in my Head (Flex) (Jordan., Daniel.)
Sean Paul - No Lie (feat. Dua Lipa) (Ross., Mitchell)

Support Votes remaining

Shaun - 6
Jordan. - 8
y.winter - 10
Black Dagger - 9
Pete. - 9
EspeonBB - 10
Hayden - 10
DouglasS - 10
Amy Jade - 9
Riley. - 7
Mitchell - 4
Ross. - 9
Daniel. - 9

Submissions remaining

Shaun - 0
Jordan. - 2
y.winter - 0
Black Dagger - 4
Pete. - 0
EspeonBB - 1
Hayden - 1
DouglasS - 0
Amy Jade - 1
Riley. - 2
Mitchell - 0
reece(: - 0
Ross. - 4

Songs needed to qualify: 55

NO LONGER ACCEPTING SONGS BY: Ariana Grande, Drake, Fifth Harmony, Jonas Blue, Kanye West, Little Mix, Rihanna or Shawn Mendes

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