Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Luckily, that also made this one of the most exciting years for singles on the charts and in our own personal playlists in recent memory -- one in which the biggest hits were also some of the most challenging and rewarding, and in which the more conventional pop songs that did break through on a massive scale felt fresher than they have in a long time. From the "Shallow" to "The Middle" to the highest of "High Hopes," music was captivating at all levels in Here are the Billboard staff's favorite songs of the year. An obvious Hot chart topper and delightful fixture on pop radio. Jessie Reyez, "Body Count". Young Fathers, "In My View". Avril Lavigne, "Head Above Water". Death Cab for Cutie, "Gold Rush".
1. Childish Gambino – This Is America
Guardian music writers have picked their favourite songs of the year — from UK drill breakthroughs to pure pop anthems — and put them all on a giant playlist. Mon 3 Dec K icking off our roundups of the best music of , polled from votes by more than 50 Guardian music writers, we count down our favourite tracks of the year — topped by a man who managed to unpick US racial politics, launch a thousand thinkpieces and reach No 1 in the US charts, all with a single track. Read about the top 20 below, and hear the whole top in playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. There are only two bands in this top 20, showing how the cultural dial at least among Guardian critics has continued to drift away from indie and rock. But this Melbourne quintet show that jangling guitars will never, ever stop being a joy, no matter how much tastes change. Mainland has a scrappy garage chug, tempered with the sweet breeziness of chillwave indie like Real Estate, and vocal harmonies that cock an ear to Teenage Fanclub — plus bags and bags of melody. She got cosmic on her fourth album, Golden Hour, yet her effortlessly pop songwriting remained grounded. More fool them. She brought electronic minimalism to flamenco and coupled it with a ravishing aesthetic more complete than that of many cinematic auteurs: a star was born.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. When talking about so far at Billboard , it's hard to avoid the fact that the chart year has only had 24 editions of the Hot , and Drake has been No.
From pop machine princess Ariana Grande to country queen Kacey Musgraves, pop music had the opportunity to flourish into something bigger and better. Former boybander Zayn Malik had been M. Crooning about wanting to be in love and better himself for his significant other, Zayn shows off a gentler side to his usual broody persona. The artist is well-versed in personifying what it means to be a true synth-pop musician. Grace Shaw, aka Mallrat, is an Australian powerhouse pop machine.