Pop music certainly had a year to remember. New albums from Taylor Swift and Kesha took off while Katy Perry’s latest effort fell flat. The dance genre was far more consistent in 2017. The Chainsmokers and The Weeknd helped transition dance music into a promising future. Here is a look at some of the best dance songs of the year.
Black Beatles (Rae Sremmurd)
What an odd but terrific song this was. Most music fans will forever tie this tune to the Mannequin Challenge fad that spread across the internet. Black Beatles shot up to number one in the U.S. – a first for both Sremmurd and Gucci Manne. The song is so distinctive that is hard to find any pop/rap song that’s comparable.
Something Just Like This (The Chainsmokers And Coldplay)
Chris Martin’s voice generally sounds good paired with anything. But with backing provided by The Chainsmokers, this song became a smash-hit. It reached number three in the United States and sold more than 1.2 million copies. The song was nominated for Best Pop Duo/Group Performance at the upcoming Grammys.
Sorry Not Sorry (Demi Lovato)
Demi Lovato has been no stranger to showing off her swagger – she once famously asked, “what’s wrong with being confident?” Sorry Not Sorry burst onto the mainstream back in July and never looked back. The first single released off her sixth album became one of her biggest hits to date.
Wild Thoughts (DJ Khaled And Rihanna)
When you pair one of the game’s top producers with one of the best voices in pop music, lightning will certainly strike. Lightning struck in June for both DJ Khaled and Rihanna. The 29-year-old singer has created hits in the dance genre before; most notably with We Found Love and Don’t Stop The Music. Her latest dabble in the genre resulted in Wild Thoughts, which took home BET and Soul Train Awards.