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'It Feels Like Our World Is Fracturing': DJ Earworm Breaks Down His 2016 Mashup

Every year since 2007, the mashup artist has woven the top 25 pop hits of the year into a single track that captures the essence of the year. The title of this year's mashup? "Into Pieces."

Halo Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori
Covenant Dance Martin O'Donnell & Michael Salvatori
Kissing a Fool George Michael

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In China's Tiny Catholic Community, Hopes Rise For Beijing-Vatican Ties

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Yo Chavez Yussef Kamaal
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Careless Whisper George Michael
Neama Roya
Fi Hulal Al Afrah Tarek Yamani
Faith George Michael
Bridges Koresma
Far Away Coast Koresma

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At Last, Harriet Tubman Strides Onto Our Screens

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'It Feels Like Our World Is Fracturing': DJ Earworm Breaks Down His 2016 Mashup

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Into Pieces DJ Earworm
Sorry Justin Bieber

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George Michael, Singer Of 'Freedom '90,' 'Faith,' 'Last Christmas,' Dies At 53

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Last Christmas Wham!, George Michael et. al.
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I'm Your Man Wham!
Iyat Ninhay / Jaguar (A Great Desert I Saw) Bombino
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A Dying Man's Wish To Donate His Organs Gets Complicated

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Heart of Nowhere Noah and the Whale
Club Tropicana Wham!
True Sorry Ibrahim Maalouf
Conspiracy Generation Ibrahim Maalouf
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I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me) Aretha Franklin and George Michael
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Oklahoma Sky Miranda Lambert
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Roots and Wings Miranda Lambert
Deep Sleep Devo

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