2016 Top Songs

For the seventh straight year, I am chronicling the songs that I’ve played the most over the past year.  This is NOT a list of the most popular songs in the world, in America or even in my town.  These are the tracks that I played the most in 2016.

There are tracked by last.fm (a site I discovered back in 2005) that keeps track of the songs you play on iPod, computer, iPad, iTunes and streaming sites like Pandora and Spotify etc.  It is simple to connect the service to the other services and then you never have to deal with it again – other than to look at all the glorious data (yes, I’m a nerd.)

Here are Chris Doelle’s 2016 Top Songs:

1. Buy Me A Boat – Chris Janson (29 plays)
2. Animals – Maroon 5 (21 plays)
2. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammar (21 plays)
4. Can’t Hold Us – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (19 plays)
4. Daylight – Maroon 5 (19 plays)
4. Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz (19 plays)
4. Real Life – Jake Owen (19 plays)
4. Wasted Time – Keith Urban (19 plays)
4. Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High – Arctic Monkeys (19 plays)
4. What Kinda Gone? – Chris Cagle (19 plays)
11. Black Betty – Ram Jam (18 plays)
11. Booty Voodoo – Lee Coulter (18 plays)
13. Bang Bang – Jessie J (17 plays)
13. Humble and Kind – Tim McGraw (17 plays)
13. John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16 – Keith Urban (17 plays)
16. The Fighter – Keith Urban (16 plays)
17. Crazy Girl – Eli Young Band (15 plays)
17. Dance All Night – The Dirty Heads (15 plays)
17. Give a Little More – Maroon 5 (15 plays)
17. Stressed Out – Twenty One Pilots (15 plays)
17. Sunday Morning – Maroon 5 (15 plays)
17. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (15 plays)
17. Just the Way You Are – Billy Joel (15 plays)
17. Loser – Beck (15 plays)

Interesting facts from 2016

  • Last year’s #1 track, The Stars Over Your House by Bob Schneider dropped down to #40 this year.
  • Bang Bang – Jesse Jay was #3 with 14 plays dropped down to #13 but had more plays (17)
  • Despite not having a new song, Maroon 5 had 4 songs in the Top 20 (thanks to a greatest hits album that got a lot of play)
  • The 1977 hit Black Betty by Ram Jam was the oldest song in the chart
  • For the first time in five years, Chicken Friend – Zac Brown Band is not in the Top 20.
  • Billy Currington missed the chart for the first time in four years.
  • It took 15 plays to tie for last position this year – last year it took 9
  • There were a total of 4,7— songs played in 2016 (the most since 2012 with 4,903)
  • After two straight years with only 2 Country songs in the top 20, this year there were 9 (including #1)
  • The last time a Country song was #1 in the chart was 2011 (Take a Back Road by Rodney Atkins)
  • 2015 Top Songs
  • 2014 Top Songs
  • 2013 Top Songs
  • 2012 Top Songs
  • 2011 Top Songs
  • 2010 Top Songs

by Chris Doelle

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