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.
Last summer, it was City Girls' "Act Up" that took over the summer. This summer it was all about Saweetie's "My Type. Sampling Petey Pablo's early s hit, the Icy Queen whipped up a provocative, sexually explicit anthem meant to be yelled at the top of your lungs no matter the setting. Because sometimes we block our own blessings in an attempt to protect our feelings from being hurt, and end up hurting ourselves in the long-run. Welcome to Princess Nokia's world, where European beauty standards are ignored and beauty pageants are filled with beautiful brown and black women.
It's also a world where Princess Nokia refuses to take "S. T" from anyone. She doesn't know them. In September, Brittany Howard released her first album since gaining success as the lead singer of the Alabama Shakes.
The record is filled with deeply personal gems, including this soulful song that has a breezy, dreamlike quality to it. It feels like a joyful antidote to the hellscape the outside world can be. There's nothing worse than losing a good girl. And you know what happens when you let a good girl get away. From the moment Fifth Harmony announced their hiatus, Normani has been gifting us collabs with fellow crooners Khalid, Sam Smith, and 6lack. Snoh finds a way to make the pain sound so beautiful. One August morning, Americans woke up to news that 31 people died as a result of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Bring out the sad bangers! Latin pop stars J. How confusing. I'd have no time for them, except that they rule. Australian psychedelic rocker Kevin Parker, a.
Is there one that I trust? So what does she do? Recruit her childhood idol to hop on her hit song "Bad Guy. It's easy to forget Goldlink is reminiscing about his rough adolescent years on "Days Like This. Full-length collaboration, please! Kesha's activist banger is a middle finger to the shitstorm of new anti-abortion laws, posing the question: "What if rich, white, straight men didn't rule the world anymore? Kesha, you're doing amazing sweetie. If releasing a brace of viral songs even before your debut album comes out creates pressure, then only the good kind visited year-old lo-fi pop singer Clairo.
That sharp falsetto? That casually sex-drenched guitar? And there's plenty more where this sunshiny funk came from on the year-old's full-length debute, Apollo XXI. Hello, song of the summer! Megan Thee Stallion did not come to play this summer. The rules of the game are simple: Put your hands on your hips, knees, and feet—and twerk. The groovy '90s-inspired feel-good song is just as good a companion on the train during your morning commute. Once again, Carly Rae Jepsen has put feelings and glitter into a blender and whipped up some upbeat pop for the gently fevered.
FKA Twigs took some time out after laparoscopic surgery, and her return heralds a sonic shift for the typically trippy singer. Stripped all the way back to a simple piano line and her eerie voice, "Cellophane" showcases Twigs' obsession with desire, repulsion, and the opaque spaces between two people.
One great tips his hat to another on Anderson. Paak's "King James," which celebrates basketball legend Lebron James—particularly his generosity and community spirit amid ongoing racism and oppression. It also cleared my acne and gave me a healthy glow.
Recruit Billy Ray freaking Cyrus for a remix. So, of course, suddenly you find yourself all smiley and bubbly and twerking. Sorry, but this song is just really good. Harry Potter put a spell on me or something, because I'm totally powerless in the face of this pop comeback. What with its nostalgic boy-band appeal and impeccably catchy swagger not to mention the adorable video starring IRL Jonas partners Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas , "Sucker" does what it says on the package.
You got me, Jonii! Marina's "Handmade Heaven" is a breath of fresh air. Expressing the desire to truly belong, in a time when it's so easy to feel lost and overwhelmed, she tries to navigate her place in the world and it's easy to relate to her honest lyrics. A proper Summer Walker listening session requires Rituals' Goji Berry candle burning, a glass or two, or three of Riesling, and tears—lots of tears.
I guess there's no getting away from the fact that this downbeat single will get under your skin. She's thinking about a dishonest someone who "took my feelings and just threw 'em out the window" and now she's left to pick up the pieces of her broken heart. There's a lot to love about "Dancing With a Stranger. Two soulful, passionate voices harmonizing about an enchanting stranger over a colorful, upbeat rhythm.
You can't help but get up and, well, dance—whether by yourself, with friends, or with the cutie you just swiped right on. Hozier returned at the top of the year with his first song in almost five years, and everything you loved about the singer who gifted us "Take Me to Church" in —his rich, throaty vocals and addictive soul-flavored instrumentals—remains intact. Close collaborator Phoelix joins in for a chorus as smooth as it is sharp. The start of the new year usually finds most people in a contemplative state, and Lana Del Rey's solemn ballad fits right in.
Even though having hope is dangerous, it's not as bad as living without it. Sometimes you just need to scream "I'm goals" to yourself. Even if you're not quite there yet, Lizzo's "Juice" is there to give you the boost you need. The self-love queen sure came out strong in Its first single, "Snowblind," is full of thrumming echoes not dissimilar to flurries of snow; its pretty eeriness is perfect for the winter.
Per the title, don't listen to this one before you go to bed. Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O channels the darkness in this "anti-lullaby," which comes from the forthcoming Amazon Prime series Hanna. That's the feeling driving "Wasted Nun," a kind of primal scream that is terrifyingly relatable.
Wind down all the car windows and get it all out. Five years after she released her last album she went back to college and had a baby in the meantime , Sharon Van Etten follows in the tradition of art devoted to New York City with this bittersweet tribute, which she calls a "love letter" to the city. It's just one of many raw, knowing, and loving tracks from her album Remind Me Tomorrow. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories.
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