Toppa Top ’16: The Best Dancehall Singles of 2016

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December 15, 2016

11. Charly Blacks, โ€œGyal You A Party Animalโ€

Itโ€™s hard to say which genre Charly Blacksโ€™ โ€œGyal You A Party Animalโ€ belongs to. The track, on Jamaican producer Kurt Rileyโ€™s Jambe An riddim, sits comfortably in soca and dancehall sets, and has infiltrated reggaeton clubs across Latin America, as well as โ€œtropicalโ€ playlists worldwide. Itโ€™s just as tricky to assign it a year: The Jambe An was made in Jamaica in 2014; โ€œParty Animalโ€ 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. โ€” Jesse Serwer