The Best Singles of 2016, #10


10. Alessia Cara, “Wild Things”

It’s funny where and when a song will click. When it comes to Alessia Cara’s anthemic “Wild Things”, it captured my attention when I was taking a taxi to my hotel in Montreal. “No mistakin’, we make our breaks, if you don’t like our 808s”: what a line! It kept grabbing me, and even at 46, well 45 then, I couldn’t help but get sucked into the song’s youthful energy. I Shazammed the track, and that was it. With its blend of pop, dance, and Caribbean sounds, it’s a perfect summer song about young rebellion. Based on the shimmering brilliance of this track, this young artist is one to watch.