This Friday, Entertainment Weekly’s annual round up of the Best and Worst in Entertainment will hit newsstands, and as always, it includes a list of the best and worst music of 2016. You won’t be surprised to find out that Beyonce‘s “Formation” has been named the Best Song of 2016, but some other songs on the list may surprise you.
EW says of “Formation,” “No one piece of music could ever claim to be all things to all people but [it] lands pretty damn close.’” Also on EW‘s list of the Best Songs of 2016: Fifth Harmony‘s “Work from Home,” which the mag calls “the year’s most deliriously fun ride,” and Sia‘s “Reaper,” co-written by Kanye West, which EW calls “joyful and defiant.”
Speaking of Kanye, his song “Ultralight Beam” is #4 on EW’s list. Other entries include “Cranes in the Sky,” by Beyonce’s sister Solange, and “Boyfriend” by Tegan & Sara. Number 10 is a tie between two songs that were written or co-written by Taylor Swift: her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris‘ “This Is What You Came For” and “Better Man” by country group Little Big Town.
“Taylor Swift released no solo material in 2016 but she still dominated as a songwriter,” EW writes. “And while both these songs are wildly different…both cement her as one of her generation’s finest songsmiths.”
As for EW‘s Worst Songs of the Year, they include Lil Yachty‘s “One Night,” “Two Birds, One Stone” by Drake, “Private Show” by Britney Spears, the remake of the Ghostbusters theme by Fall Out Boy and Missy Elliott and, surprisingly, the top-10 hit “i hate u i love you” by Gnash and Olivia O’Brien.
“The uninspired melody and blase rhymes only inspire one emotion in us,” EW writes. “And it’s not good.”
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