Toppa Top ’16: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2016

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11. Charly Blacks, “Gyal You A Party Animal”
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It’s hard to say which genre Charly Blacks’ “Gyal You A Party Animal” belongs to. The track, on Jamaican producer Kurt Riley’s Jambe An riddim, sits comfortably in soca and dancehall sets, and has infiltrated reggaeton clubs across Latin America, as well as “tropical” playlists worldwide. It’s just as tricky to assign it a year: The Jambe An was made in Jamaica in 2014; “Party Animal” crossed over into markets like Panama, Trinidad and Colombia (where it was recently certified platinum) last year. 2016 saw the track complete its world domination, reaching radio and charts in North America and Europe, giving Jamaica a much-needed mainstream presence at a moment when international interpretations of dancehall of dubious legitimacy are all the rage. — Jesse Serwer