1. Abra Cadabra ft Krept and Konan - Robbery
When the original song appeared on Abra Cadabra’s mixtape ‘Ounto Nation’ many knew it would be a defining moment in his career. However, when Krept and Konan featured on the remix ensured the song was heard by many. It quickly passed the original in views and continued to win both a MOBO and Rated award for best single.
2. AJ Tracey ft Dave - Thiago Silva
The beat produced by Ruff Sqwad’s Pied Piper will fail to age. When two of the newest comers to the Grime scene, AJ Tracey and Dave, walked onto the track fans were definitely not disappointed!
3. 67 ft Giggs - Let’s Lurk
Recent nominees of the best newcomer MOBO award, 67 collaborated with Giggs to create something unforgettable. Receiving over seven million views ‘Let’s Lurk’ was one of the most recognised songs of the previous year.
4. Giggs - Whippin’ Excursion
Giggs’ recent album release last year, ‘The Landlord’ saw the birth of ‘Whippin’ Excursion’ - a song that satisfied the needs of his fans.
5. Skepta ft Wiley - Corn on the Curb
Skepta returned last year with another banger from his album ‘Konnichiwa’. The artist is known as one of the major contenders in the Grime scene and this song is another reason why.
6. Giggs ft Donae’o - Lock Doh
This song from Gigg’s album ‘The Landlord’, was dropped alongside a video that reached over four million views in four months.
7. Skepta - Man
Winning the Mercury award wasn’t the only highlight if Skepta’s year. Prior to the release of his highly anticipated album ‘Konnichiwa’, Skepta released the visuals for ‘Man’ to give his fans a teaser of what was awaited to come.
8. P Money ft Blacks, AJ Tracey, PK, Capo Lee, Saf One, Coco, Jammz and Discards - 10/10 Remix
On the remix to P Money’s ‘10/10’ ,there was an extraordinary line-up featuring some of the most influential artists of 2016. With artists representing both London and Birmingham on the track, it accurately displays the genre as a nationwide phenomenon, as opposed to something London-centric.
9. Section Boyz - Nosey Neighbours
After an eventful summer of festivals and gig appearances, including having Drake guest perform at one of their shows, Section Boyz definitely didn’t disrupt the workflow, as they continued to release ingenious new music, including the release of Nosey Neighbours.
10. Section Boyz ft Skepta - Worst
Two of the biggest names in the UK music scene brought together to create a huge track. Not only is the song high quality, but the visuals to accompany it from the music video, are an excellent representation of the themes of the track.
11. Bonkaz ft Stormzy - And Dat
Bonkaz and Stormzy teamed up on this song to reflect on their similar childhoods growing up in London, over a nostalgic beat.
12. Wretch 32 - Fire In The Booth Part 3
As the only ‘Fire in the Booth’ to make the list, it’s clear to see that Wretch 32 has not only outdone himself by setting new standards for other artists yet to come, but he’s definitively set fire to the booth with this track.
13. Stormzy - One Take Freestyle
Stormzy has taken a hiatus towards the end of the last year, and was not as active as his breakthrough in 2015. There are rumors that he has taken a break, in order to create an album that will be able to set the bar for every other artist. However, he did have time to create a freestyle to Ghetts’ One Take which exhibited just how valuable he is to the progression of the Grime scene.
14. Ghetts - One Take
Ghetts, one of the most familiar faces of Grime, began the year with a song full of energy and passion. Little did he know he would instigate a string of unbelievable remixes.
15. Kano - This is England
This song is featured on Kano’s album ‘Made in the Manor’. It’s an in depth reflection of the life that working class youth experienced in the past, and the tough reality that many had to face. Kano expresses these experiences, as a realistic representation of what the genre is truly about.
16. AJ Tracey - Luke Cage
Upcoming MC, AJ Tracey, sprays fire on this new track taken directly from EP ‘Lil’ Tracey’. The song, inspired by the Marvel’s Television show of the same name, is chock full of clever wordplay - relating to the show, as well as his real life experiences.