Artists come and go. But their music stays forever. Every year, there’s always a song or composition that makes an artist eminent and trendy. This article is an exploration of some of the most popular song artists that found the summit, or continue to be at the summit, of their fame in 2016.
The Lumineers is a folk rock band based in Colorado. Their recent album, Cleopatra, was released in 2016 and it persistently remained in the Billboard charts. Frank and Schultz, the band’s founders, composed the music behind the “The Hanging Tree” song in Mockingjay Part II movie. Their song “Visions of China” is also a soundtrack frequently played in the fourth season of The Walking Dead television series.
Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots is a pop band whose popularity was amplified by interactive connection with their fans through social media. Their music is often a combination of rap and urban pop. The “Stressed Out” and “Ride” were among the top contenders in 2016’s Billboard Hot 100. At the end of the year, the “Heathens”, a soundtrack featured in the Suicide Squad, ranked fourth in the 2016’s top ten singles.
Christ Stapleton was a troubadour whose newly-found fame burgeoned as he released his “Traveler” solo album. Before that year, he was a struggling songwriter and a country musician. Like any other real artists, he never became popular for his works behind the scenes. He did, however, bagged three major CMA awards one night in the autumn of 2015. Afterwards, he received four Grammy nominations and the “Traveler” album reached number one in the Billboard’s country music’s charts.
Rihanna is an international R&B star whose origins are from Barbados. Her hit songs frequently managed to climb the top ten in the Billboard chart history. Her most recent top notches were “Bitch Better Have My Money” and “FourFiveSeconds”. The latter is an acoustic and soul pop rendition which features an almost implausible musical collaboration between Kanye West and Paul McCartney.
Drake smashed the records for simultaneously garnering 20 slots on the Billboard’s Hot 100. He surpassed Justin Bieber’s 2015 record for 17 songs and the Beatles’ 14 songs in 1964. A Canadian songwriter, producer and rapper, he was known as Jimmy Brooks in the movie Degrassi: The Next Generation. In 2006, he began his music career by performing a series of mixtapes and remixes until he became one of the most celebrated hiphop singers in the country.
The Chainsmokers duo consists of Andrew Taggart and Alex Pall whose songs are mostly a blend of dance-infused pop and indie melodies. Their latest song, “Closer”, gradually made it to number one in 2016 and it remained there for about ten weeks. The ten-week stay in that spot was a groundbreaking record which surpassed Drake’s “One Dance”.
Disturbed is a mainstream rock band which was formed sometime in 1997. Their popularity rose again when their album “Immortalized” was released in 2015. Composed of classic heavy metal sounds, this is their fifth album which consecutively hits the top 200 in the Billboard charts. The band’s original lead singer, David Draiman, is a rebel whose antagonism against religious institutions finds its expression in the band’s trouncing tunes. In 2016, they successfully performed at the Live at Red Rocks in Colorado. This band had so many groupies that were great fuck buddies, I’m sure they got their share of black fuckbook girls.
Lindsey Stirling is a new artist whose stardom was sparked by her America Got Talent’s unique performance. Dubbed as the “hiphop violinist”, she danced and played the violin at the same time. After showcasing her talents in the show, she began posting videos of her professional performances in YouTube. One of these videos gained over a hundred million views. In 2012, she released an album of her original compositions and sold over 200,000 copies in the US alone. Her new album, “Brave Enough”, was funded in part by her fans.
Juan Gabriel was a Mexican songwriter and vocalist whose albums still continue to dominate the charts, making him number one in the 2016 Billboard’s top Latin artist. He was nominated in the Grammy Awards six times and had more than one million sales of his works. In 2016, his three entries climbed to the top of the charts, but three weeks later, he succumbed to a heart attack in one of his US tours.
Dwight Yoakam tops the 2016 charts in the Bluegrass genre. He is a country music songwriter-singer who tries to bring country music back to its 1980’s roots. “Swimmin’ Pools” and “Movie Stars”, among others, are reminiscent of old country music tradition. This peculiarity in his music constitutes the bulk of his first bluegrass album. Surprisingly, Dwight Yoakam is one of those unheard-of names in the mainstream media but whose songs always land a spot on the charts.