Hits & Misses: DJ Earworm’s Best of 2016 mashup reminds us just how bad things are


Every December or so, DJ Earworm puts together a mashup mega-mix of the biggest hits of the year. We’ve hyped his “United State of Pop” series before, and usually we’re into it.

But we’re just shrugging it off this year, because like everyone else barreling towards the end of this shitbox 2016, it just feels weird raising a glass to pop music. Maybe it’s this weak-ass collection of songs in particular — Bruno Mars, Drake, Bieber, Desiigner, a dastardly hat trick of twenty one pilots, for fuck’s sake — though that’s the charts problem, not Earworm’s.

Or maybe it’s that a more proper mix to close out this unsweet ’16 would be to honor tracks from everyone we lost over the past 12 months. Want to commemorate 2016? Put the Grim Reaper on the cover, not DNCE, and give us a mix with David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen, Phife Dawg. Let us bury this godforsaken feeling at midnight on New Year’s Eve.


That said, drop two tears in a bucket and fuck it — Earworm went to all this trouble, so allow him to jam 25 modern hits into four minutes of your time. As Muse once warned us, it’s certainly running out.

DJ Earworm Mashup – United State of Pop 2016 (Into Pieces)
Bruno Mars, “24K Magic”
Calvin Harris and Rihanna, “This Is What You Came For”
D.R.A.M. and Lil Yachty, “Broccoli”
Desiigner, “Panda”
DJ Snake and Justin Bieber, “Let Me Love You”
DNCE, “Cake By The Ocean”
Drake featuring Wizkid and Kyla, “One Dance”
Fifth Harmony and Ty Dolla $ign, “Work From Home”
Flo Rida, “My House”
Justin Bieber, “Love Yourself”
Justin Timberlake, “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”
Lukas Graham, “7 Years”
Major Lazer featuring Justin Bieber and MØ, “Cold Water”
Mike Posner, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza”
Rae Sremmurd, “Black Beatles”
Rihanna, “Needed Me”
Rihanna and Drake, “Work”
Sia, “Cheap Thrills”
The Chainsmokers and Daya, “Don’t Let Me Down”
The Chainsmokers and Halsey, “Closer”
The Weeknd and Daft Punk, “Starboy”
Twenty One Pilots, “‘Stressed Out”
Twenty One Pilots, “Heathens”
Twenty One Pilots, “Ride”
Zayn, “Pillowtalk”