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By Maura Johnston
June 30, 2016

Though the biggest hits are often saved for the second half of the year, the front end of 2016 has seen more than its share of exceptional pop tunes, from left-field tracks that streamed their way to the top to the always-unpredictable antics of Kanye West. Here are 10 singles that rose above the pack.

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