2016 was a year of extremes, and artists had to make stadium-sized statements to be heard above the nonsense and give us the best songs of the year.

Listen to the best songs of 2016 on Apple Music and Spotify

David Bowie releasing one of his best songs days before his death. Radiohead finally recording a studio version of a live favorite from the 90s. The Knowles sisters (Beyoncé and Solange) proving #BlackGirlMagic is real. Sia turning a broadway musical into a pop sensation. Plus, other bold names like Frank Ocean, Rihanna, Kanye WestLady Gaga, Drake, Ariana Grande, Britney Spears, The Weeknd and Rae Sremmurd having their own way of making a statement.

Talk about intense. And as if all of that wasn’t enough, well what about the elegantly over-the-top Florence & the Machine teaming up with one of the most iconic video game franchises to record a song called, “Too Much Is Never Enough,” complete with a full orchestra.

Here are the best tracks of 2016, in no particular order.

BLOOD ORANGE – “Best of You” (Feat. Empress Of)
BEYONCÉ – “Formation”
THE XX – “On Hold”
FRANK OCEAN – “Nights”
ARIANA GRANDE – “Into You”
KANYE WEST – “Fade”
LADY GAGA – “A-YO”
THE WEEKND – “Starboy” (Feat. Daft Punk)
RIHANNA – “Work” (Feat. Drake)
BRUNO MARS – “24K Magic”
DJ SNAKE – “Let Me Love You” (Feat. Justin Bieber)
TOVE LO – “Cool Girl”
FLUME – “Never Be Like You” (Feat. Kai)
SAMPHA – “Blood on Me”
SYLVAN ESSO – “Radio”
CALVIN HARRIS – “This Is What You Came For” (Feat. Rihanna)
DRAKE – “One Dance” (Feat. Wizkid & Kyla)
BRITNEY SPEARS – “Slumber Party” (Feat. Tinashe)
ZAYN – “Pillowtalk”
FIFTH HARMONY – “Work from Home” (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
RAE SREMMURD – “Black Beatles” (Feat. Gucci Mane)
KEHLANI – “Gangsta”
SIA – “Satisfied” (Feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) from the Hamilton Mixtape
ANOHNI – “Drone Bomb Me”
SOLANGE – “Cranes in the Sky”
SLEIGH BELLS – “I Can Only Stare”
KIIARA – “Gold”
DAVID BOWIE – “Blackstar”
RADIOHEAD – “True Love Waits”
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE – “Too Much Is Never Enough” from the Final Fantasy XV sountrack