Toppa Top ’16: 16 Caribbean-Inspired Pop Songs That Were Everywhere in 2016

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Words by Sajae Elder

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Whether you loved or hated the trend, pop tunes inspired by the genres we know and love were huge in 2016. From hip-hop to EDM, some of the biggest artists and producers in the world tried their hand at songs backed with reggae, dancehall and soca fusion sounds ย โ€” with varying degrees of success and authenticity. This isnโ€™t the first time pop music has looked to the Caribbean for reference points, and there has been plenty of discussion and valid critique of the trend. But it canโ€™t be denied that this development spawned some of the yearโ€™s best songs, including many that fit equally well at a dance or in a fete as they did on the Billboard charts.

Here’s 16 Caribbean-inspired pop songs that were everywhere in 2016.

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