1. ‘Rockabye’ – Clean Bandit (feat. Sean Paul & Anna-Marie)
At half a million daily plays, the hit is rocking the charts as this week’s Number 1 on Spotify. With the orchestral fusion of strings and tropical house and a strong rhythmic beat, there is no questioning why it has reigned at the top of the charts for four weeks. Clean Bandit, an English electronic band, is behind the instrumentation of the track and it is the band’s second UK number one after ‘Rather Be’. The song also tops the charts in The Official U.K. Singles Chart.
2. ‘Starboy’ – The Weeknd (ft. Daft Punk)
Alternative R&B artist, The Weeknd, is no stranger to the charts. At one point last year, the US R&B chart’s Top 3 were all singles he had released. Last week, Spotify reported that his new album, also called ‘Starboy’, broke the record of the most single-day streams. The song ‘Starboy’, which currently tops the global Spotify charts, explores celebrity lifestyle and the extravagance it is often associated with. The 80s-style beat accompanied by Daft Punk’s electronic influence is perfected by The Weeknd’s unique vocals. The official music video for the song was nominated for the ‘Best Video’ award at the 2016 MTV EMAs a day before it was even released.
3. ‘Black Beatles’ – Rae Sremmurd (ft. Gucci Mane)
The trap beat, created by American hip-hop duo, Rae Sremmurd, has recently gained much attention since being used as the track played in the background of footage of the recent phenomena and viral internet video trend, ‘The Mannequin Challenge’. Many famous people, including Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres have jumped on the band wagon and taken part in the challenge. The challenge has no doubt helped to boost the popularity of the song that has also led the Billboard 100 at Number 1 for the third week running. It is also Gucci Mane’s first Number 1.
4. ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ – James Arthur
James Arthur has come a long way since winning the X-Factor back in 2012. His single ‘Say You Won’t Let Go’ has not only topped the charts in the UK but also in Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, Singapore, Indonesia and the Republic of Ireland. Lyrically, the song is about a couple meeting and spending the rest of their lives together – how romantic. The stripped back guitar, simple piano chords and occasional splash of strings compose the perfect accompaniments for Arthur’s distinctive vocals.