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Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks

34. Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”

A muted, beatless breakup ballad whose general saltiness guarantees it’s now definitely too late for Justin Bieber to say sorry, “Love Yourself” became the year’s biggest Hot 100 hit on the strength of classic I’m-not-obsessing-you’re-obsessing lyrics like “I didn’t wanna write a song/ ‘Coz I didn’t want anyone thinking I still care/ I don’t.” But rather than come off as the gentleman protesting too much, the song’s impressively relaxed vibe ensures that it’s just enough — Bieb and buddy Ed Sheeran simply stating the facts, while the trumpet solo takes care of the rest. — A.U.

41. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”

Quite possibly the sweetest, most romantic EDM hit of the decade, with DJ Snake’s lush production providing the perfect foundation for Justin Bieber’s pleading lyrics. We got a taste of what Bieber could do over a dance beat last year,  and his work with Snake and Major Lazer in 2016 made his status as a fixture in the electronic world official. – K.A.

56. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber and Mø, “Cold Water”

Capitalizing on their Grammy success with “Where Are U Now,” the dream team of Justin Bieber and Diplo reunited to crash the top 10 again with this much-gentler EDM hit. It doesn’t pack the wallop of their Jack U drop, but between Bieber and Mø’s smooth vocals and Diplo’s synth-horn breakdowns, there’s no denying this is still a total banger. — T.W.

Source: Billboard

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Billboard's 100 Best Pop Songs of 2016: Critics' Picks

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