Dancehall-pop song of the year: 'Work' or 'One Dance'? | The Tylt
Rihanna and Drake released hits that perfectly mixed both pop and hip-hop with dancehall and reggae in 2016. Drake was only a featured artist on RiRi's super catchy ear-worm "Work." And RiRi has been successfully mixing her Caribbean roots and culture with pop music for years. But Drake arguably led dancehall-pop in 2016 with his #1 hit "One Dance." Both songs are literally among Billboard's top 5 songs of 2016, but which is better? Read more and vote below! 🎶
Dancehall-pop song of the year: 'Work' or 'One Dance'?
It's the end of the year! And throughout December, we're facing-off the best songs, albums, movies, TV shows, comic books, video games, sports, pro athletes and entertainers of 2016. The "Best of 2016" is chosen by a combination of popularity, impact, acclaim, rankings and/or amount sold. But ultimately, we want you to let us know who and what from 2016 won the year in each category.
Relationship rumors aside, RiRi and Drizzy have had quite the year. "Anti" and "Views" are among the top-selling albums of 2016. Although dancehall and reggae have been in the mainstream for years, both musicians mastered the art of dancehall-pop in 2016. Drake might have the advantage for being featured on "Work" and being the lead artist on "One Dance." So he's technically does not lose either way. But RiRi is the queen of eclectic pop music. There's no genre she can't touch, and if anyone has been successfully mixing dancehall, reggae, hip-hop and pop—it's Rihanna!
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While Drake is featured on "Work," it's really Rihanna's hit. She has led Drake to #1 pop hits as a featured artist before. Drake might be nominated twice in this category, but RiRi is the real winner for always reeling in Drake. "Work" is a super catchy hit, the kind of song that when you hear it—there's no way to avoid it from automatically getting stuck in your head. "Work" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for nine consecutive weeks. The track definitely wins the ear-worm award of 2016!
Who hasn't been grooving to "One Dance" all year?! Who? Point them out.
Drake scored his first #1 pop hit as a lead artist with this jam featuring Wizkid and Kyla. The hit spent 10 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Drake's "Views" mastered mixing hip-hop/rap with R&B, dancehall, reggae and afrobeat. "One Dance" is the perfect example of this. Billboard's end-of the-year top hot 100 songs chart ranks "One Dance" at #3. "Work" is ranked at #4 on the list. This means that Drake technically had two of the top 5 songs of 2016. Hence, if anyone should win dancehall-pop song of the year—it's Drake for "One Dance."
Watch the music video for "Work" below.
Watch Drake's SNL performance of "One Dance" below.