Pop music's best wasted no time getting into formation this year, with major releases from a galaxy of our brightest stars cluttering the calendar's opening months. But even with so many established huge names taking up space on the marquee, what really made the last twelve months in pop special was how they also found room for the lesser-known little guys; a Desiigner for every Drake, a Kiiara for every Kanye. Soundtracking a period of seemingly limitless real-world disagreement and strife, these artists big and small provided us with rare moments of much-needed unity, ones we all would've actually wanted to freeze time on. Here are the pop songs that pulled us closer in
The best-selling and most streamed hits of the year revealed.
There has been a lot to process in from the deaths of the most beloved pop culture icons to the rise of a fundamentally different social and political American landscape. How do we make sense of where we've been, where we are, and where we're heading? As the news blasts screaming talking heads, as social media transforms into a vortex of hate, lies, and half-formed opinions—where can we find some sort of solace? No place, digitally or otherwise, feels comfortable. I'd like to believe that it's by no coincidence that has been one of the best years for music in recent memory.
“Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)”
In , everything felt more intense. The most visible pop music was also some of the most political. The saddest songs came from people who passed away days after releasing them. Debut singles from some of the most anticipated releases sounded broken. One of the best songs of the year received its studio debut 15 years after a live version was released. Insanely catchy, meme-driven hits reached new levels of ubiquity.
Listen to highlights from this playlist on Spotify. Mitski Your Best American Girl. Kanye West feat. Chance the Rapper feat. Rae Sremmurd feat. Gucci Mane Black Beatles.