Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place. As for who reigned supreme? Time will tell. You can listen to the full Songs of Summer playlist on our Spotify, too. That is called art. Released at the beginning of August, the song shot to number 11 on the Billboard charts and even managed to nab an MTV Video Music award, proving that Megan Thee Stallion is not concerned with running out of time. With a doot-doo melody, a jazzy lean, and feather light production, the sweetest song of the summer arrived as July faded.
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From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. Following in the footsteps of international kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema's crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer joy. Sex sells, but Rapsody has never been one to conform to hip-hop's misogynistic views of women. Angel Olsen's lush, throaty voice connects with an eerie, '80s-leaning production to create a musical masterpiece. One of the most ubiquitous songs of came from pop's newest power couple. Hate it or love it, Shawn and Camila make magic together. DaBaby covers common rap tropes, yes, but it's his signature breathless, rapid-fire flow matching the high-energy beats he cruises on that sets hi, apart from his contemporaries.
The final year of the decade saw A-list superstars relatively quiet on the singles front; instead we saw newcomers shine, and more established artists revived, re-energised and reinvented. Here are the tracks that topped our playlist, setting the scene for an exciting decade to come. You can listen to all 20 tracks here Warning: Contains some language that may offend. The meme that turned into a movement; the song was an unapologetic call to have a good time and not give a flying flamingo about what anybody thinks. The guitar solo, or more accurately a guitar roar, is worthy of Neil Young at his peak. FKA twigs, Cellophane. Solange, Almeda The sound of black pride in
The past and the future combined in , a year of satisfying comebacks from veteran artists and exciting breakouts from newer ones. Read the list below, with a Spotify playlist of all at the bottom. An unlikely combination of three very different alt-leaning acts, "I've Been Waiting" is far more seamless than it has any right to be, finding common ground in the artists' shared pop sensibilities. As it toggles between vocals from all three, it's impossible to tell where the verses stop and the chorus starts -- it's all hooks, really, a song where every part feels like That Part. In a more just world , this would've been the song to get the late Lil Peep his first Hot top 40 hit. Now please, get off his lawn. There are a lot of "what ifs" when a relationship ends, but the title of Lady Antebellum's latest heart-wrenching hit has to be one of the scariest. The song -- which recalls the same yearning tone as the country trio's breakout single "Need You Now" -- perfectly captures that fear of the unknown, thanks to Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley's hopeless harmonies. We all know the desperate feeling of struggling to move on, and we all should know there's a light at the end of the tunnel eventually