The Top 25 Songs of 2016 – by DJ Marti Gras

Ambient DJ Service continues its 2016 musical recaps with this playlist submitted by Martin Valcin, aka “DJ Marti Gras” whose moniker is “Mixing Gone Wild”  Below, Martin has submitted his Top 25 party jams of 2016 as well as an incredible “Pop Reggae Fusion” Dance Mix.  Here are his listening notes:

This year saw the steep rise of reggae fusion or pop-based dancehall-style tracks from artists such as Drake, Tory Lanez, Ariana Grande, and Rihanna. As a person of Caribbean descent, this was music to my ears. Other “tropical” sounds continued to make waves in the 105 BPM area with the entry of a lot of old school remakes. EDM and dance-pop made a strong imprint on the charts, whether slow or fast. Here are my favorite 25 songs of the year.

The Top 25 Songs of 2016 – by DJ Marti Gras

1.     This is What You Came For- Rihanna
2.     Run Away With Me (Velvet Sunrise Remix)- Carlie Rae Jepsen
3.     Love is The Name (Reggaeton Remix)- Sofia Carson ft. J. Balvin
4.     Work (Mr. Collipark Remix)- Rihanna
5.     Controlla- Drake
6.     Oljuelegba- Wizkid ft. Skepta & Drake
7.     Way Down We Go – Kaleo
8.     Starving- Hailee Steinfeld and Grey ft. Zedd
9.     Luv- Tory Lanez
10. Panda- Designer
11. Starboy- The Weeknd ft. Daft Punk
12. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars
13. In Common (Kenny Dope Remix)- Alicia Keys
14. Work From Home- Fifth Harmony
15. Bonbon- Era Istrefi
16. Do You Mind- DJ Khaled ft. Nicki Minaj, August Alsina
17. Closer- Chainsmokers ft. Halsey
18. Hula Hoop- OMI
19. Bailar- Deorro ft. Elvis Crespo
20. Pillow Talk- Zayn
21. Gold- Kiara
22. Your Number – Ayo Jay
23. I Took a Pill in Ibiza (Seeb Club Mix)- Mike Posner
24. Come Down- Anderson Paak

25. Side to Side- Ariana Grande

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To read DJ Gregg Ambient’s Top 25 songs of 2016, click here.

The Top 25 Songs of 2016 – Selected by DJ Gregg Ambient

It’s an annual tradition – my Top 25 song countdown!  First, let’s recap 2015’s top songs:

(1) Shut Up and Dance – Walk The Moon, (2) Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson w/ Bruno Mars, (3) Cheerleader – OMI, (4) Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) – Silento, (5) Trap Queen – Fetty Wap.

2016 Was Not a Great Year for Dance Music.  Innovation was lacking overall.  Importantly, there was no summer smash hit like “Uptown Funk” or “Blurred Lines” of years past.  We, as mobile DJs, kept waiting for this epic record to drop, but it never arrived!  Instead we got recycled tracks like Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”  Nor were there powerful new sounds or genres created in 2016.  It was more of the same.

On the urban dance front, Drake continued to pump out hits, but at dreary tempos.  Catchy tracks like Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” (Mannequin Challenge), Desiigner’s “Panda” and Young M.A.’s “Ouuu” became embedded in many a DJ’s cranium.

And of course music lovers mourned the loss of icons Prince, David Bowie, George Michael and DJ David Mancuso – among others.

Selecting a top track for 2016 was no easy task.  However, my selection for the #1 reflects a belief that this track’s full power will be seen in 2017!  Behold the Top 25 playlist, listed in countdown fashion: (note: you can listen to all of the songs in the Spotify player found later in this blog.  Also at the bottom of this blog, check out my New Years Eve party mix that includes many of these tracks along with tributes to the fallen musical heroes of 2016).

DJ Gregg Ambient’s Top 25 Tracks of 2016

25. Feel – Mahmut Orhan w/ Sena Sener (take a trip to a Middle Eastern bazaar.  While the song didn’t hit critical acclaim, it was a personal favorite)

24. Be Here – Duke Dumont (Dumont channels early 90s house music.  Another personal fave)

23. Broccoli – D.R.A.M. w/ Lil Yachty (fun song, even if they’re rapping about a different kind of broccoli)

22. Give It Up – Nathan Sykes f/ G-Eazy (Sykes breaks away from British Boy Band The Wanted to drop this huge, soulful performance)

21. Juju On That Beat (TZ Anthem) – Zay Hilfigerrr and Zayion McCall (feel energy levels explode when playing this track in a gymnasium packed full of teenagers)

20. I Took a Pill in Ibiza – Mike Posner (a super cool song that showcases Posner’s silky smooth voice)

19. Fade – Kanye West (this song has a deep dance groove and gives a nod to Master at Work’s “Deep Inside” – check out the souped up Freejak dance remix)

18.  I Feel it Coming – The Weeknd w/ Daft Punk.  (This dreamy collaboration delivers with Daft Punk’s production magic and the Weeknd sounding amazingly like Michael Jackson)

17. Black Beatles – Rae Sremmurd w/ Gucci Mane (this song became synonymous with 2016’s mania, “The Mannequin Challenge”)

16. BOSS – Disclosure.  (what Top 25 playlist would be complete with a track from Disclosure?)

15. Millionaire – Cash Cash w/ Digital Farm Animals, f/ Nelly (raise the energy with this feel good party track.  Cash Cash performed this song live at the 2016 DJ Expo!)

14. My Boo – Ghost Town DJs (this song from 1996 was resurrected when it came to be associated with dance craze “The Running Man” Challenge)

13. All the Way Up – Fat Joe, Remy Ma w/ French Montana (sounds like that real hip hop that’s been in short supply these days)

12. Ginza – J. Balvin (Colombian artist J. Balvin produced this sleek reggaeton track.  Honorable mention goes to J. Balvin’s “Safari”)

11. Gyal You a Party Animal – Charly Black (a joyous Soca/Calypso track to jump start your Caribbean set!)

10. My House – Flo Rida (Flo Rida continues to apply his winning formula of rapping with swag over hot dance beats)

9. Cake by the Ocean – DNCE (a song about cake enjoyed at the ocean?  Who would have thought it possible? A fun party track reminiscent of 80s new wave)

8. Feel Like I Do – Disclosure w/ Revd. Al Green (soup up your wedding sets with a R&B love song over Disclosure’s groovy beats)

7. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake (one of the most requested songs of 2016.  Great to jump start a party!)

6. This Girl – Kungs vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners (an infectiously fun track that makes you want to get out of your seat and start dancing)

5. One Dance – Drake w/ Wizkid and Kyla (the dance floor power of Drake cannot be denied.  One Dance was his biggest floor filler of 2016).

4. Cheap Thrills – Sia w/ Sean Paul (dancers consistently enjoyed this song.  I recommend raising the 90 BPM tempo by 7-10% for more energy)

3. Let Me Love You – DJ Snake w/ Justin Bieber  (DJ Snake has the hot electronic sound, and JB’s vocals take this track to the next level and make you want to sing along.  Honorable mention for JB’s 2016 hits “Sorry” and “Cold Water”)

2. Closer – The Chainsmokers (the nonsensical lyrics of this track did not prevent it from becoming a huge peak hour track!  Listening to this song repeatedly is much safer than chainsmoking)

1.  24K Magic – Bruno Mars (this song – the title track off Bruno Mars’ new October 2016 album is all about the party! The track sounds timeless and pays homage to vintage funk.  Look for 24K Magic to wield its full power in 2017.  And don’t forget to “PUT YOUR…. PINKY FINGERS… TO THE MOON”

Listen to the Top 25 on Spotify

New Years Eve 2017 Party Mix