The previous and the longer term mixed in 2019, a yr of satisfying comebacks from veteran artists and thrilling breakouts from newer ones. It felt each just like the end result of the last decade that was, and in addition a glimpse of the primary two or three years of the subsequent one — as standard music continues shifting in the direction of an more and more genre-less area, the place hit singles can come from nearly anybody and anyplace (and perhaps any time), and may final till their creators run out of recent methods to maintain them within the headlines. 

Listed here are our employees’s 100 favourite songs of 2019 — songs that both have been launched or peaked on the Billboard charts this yr — a mixture of cultural occasions, private favorites and every thing else that tattooed itself inside our brains within the final 12 months. Learn the record under, with a Spotify playlist of all 100 on the backside. 

100. Blanco Brown, “The Git Up” 

The dance problem has been an integral a part of pop music’s final decade and a half, however music wanted a brand new bona fide line dance, and within the waning moments of the 2010s, Blanco Brown delivered. However “The Git Up” isn’t only a track to bounce to – it’s additionally hellishly catchy, and its fusion of slide guitar with hip-hop beats made it a track listeners with many alternative tastes may “git” right down to. It’s too early to inform if nation rap’s second will proceed into the subsequent decade, however “The Git Up” is a advantageous benchmark even when it doesn’t. — KEVIN RUTHERFORD

99. Lil Peep & iLoveMakonnen feat. Fall Out Boy, “I’ve Been Ready” 

An unlikely mixture of three very completely different alt-leaning acts, “I’ve Been Ready” is much extra seamless than it has any proper to be, discovering frequent floor within the artists’ shared pop sensibilities. Because it toggles between vocals from all three, it is inconceivable to inform the place the verses cease and the refrain begins — it is all hooks, actually, a track the place each half seems like That Half. In a extra simply world, this would’ve been the track to get the late Lil Peep his first Sizzling 100 prime 40 hit. — ANDREW UNTERBERGER

98. Sturgill Simpson, “Make Artwork Not Buddies” 

Sturgill Simpson instructed followers to anticipate one thing “sleazy,” “steamy” and “psychedelic” on his newest album, Sound & Fury, and whereas the 10-song LP is certainly a marked departure from his extra country-leaning music, it’s additionally wry as ever. “Make Artwork Not Buddies” begins with a virtually two-minute trippy instrumental earlier than transitioning to a guitar-and-drum groove whereas everybody’s favourite nation anti-establishmentarian appears “out the window at a world on fireplace.” He’s “bored with the lights,” and there’s just one answer: “Suppose I’m gonna simply keep residence/And make artwork, not associates.” Simpson might need shifted his sound on this one, however the curmudgeonly perspective stays. Now please, get off his garden. — CHRISTINE WERTHMAN

97. Girl Antebellum, “What If I By no means Get Over You”

There are a whole lot of “what ifs” when a relationship ends, however the title of Girl Antebellum’s newest heart-wrenching hit needs to be one of many scariest. The track — which recollects the identical craving tone because the nation trio’s breakout single “Want You Now” — completely captures that worry of the unknown, due to Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley’s hopeless harmonies. Everyone knows the determined feeling of struggling to maneuver on, and all of us ought to know there is a gentle on the finish of the tunnel ultimately… proper? — KATIE ATKINSON

96. Koffee, “Rapture” 

Born Mikayla Simpson, Koffee entered 2019 as a buzzing query mark, and is exiting as essentially the most thrilling reggae crossover artist in years. “Rapture” opens her EP of the identical identify, throwing down the most-low key gauntlet potential. Born two months inside the brand new millennium, the 19-year outdated Jamaican-born singer-songwriter-rapper delivers a quiet confidence that avoids intimidation and as an alternative seems like an invite. — ERIC FRANKENBERG

95. Lewis Capaldi, “Somebody You Cherished” 

Warning: Listening to “Somebody You Cherished” will induce emotions of heartbreak, remind you of your worst breakup and presumably go away you in tears. Nominated for track of the yr on the upcoming 2020 Grammys, the 23-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter effortlessly wrenches our guts on the piano ballad from the brutal first line: “I am going beneath and this time I worry there isn’t any one to avoid wasting me.” The monitor spent three weeks atop the Billboard Sizzling 100, whereas the video shined a light-weight on the significance of organ donation and the charity Dwell Life Give Life — guaranteeing that our bleeding coronary heart is thrashing as soon as once more and stronger than earlier than. — DANICA DANIEL

94. Adam Lambert, “Superpower”

Main off his glorious 2019 EP Velvet: Aspect A, Adam Lambert’s “Superpower” is among the pop/rock powerhouse’s most pure suits but, a modern electro-rock growler that stuns with each power and finesse. Not prefer it actually required a lot of a stretch for a man at present serving because the frontman for Queen to embrace a 21st-century model of stomping, arena-sized glam rock, however it’s nonetheless heartening simply to listen to how a lot Lambert appears to have discovered his musical candy spot. — A.U.

93. Coldplay, “Orphans” 

The lead single off Coldplay’s eighth studio album comprises so most of the parts of a basic Coldplay track. It is bought an upbeat and hopeful melody, Chris Martin’s hovering voice on full show, and a shout-along refrain that contains a full choir — with lyrics that, on first hear, sound pretty celebratory. So it is ironic that the track’s upbeat nature masks the seriousness of the track’s lyrics: The track tells the story of a father and daughter; Syrian refugees who survived the Damascus bombing of 2018. — XANDER ZELLNER

92. James Blake feat. Andre 3000, “The place’s the Catch”

English producer and longtime grasp of ambiance James Blake creates a dually ominous and alluring temper with “The place’s the Catch,” from fourth LP Assume Kind. Blake weaves his eerie falsetto over a manufacturing oscillating between shimmeringly complicated beats and a spare kick drum, whereas flexing his hip-hop bonafides not solely via the stoney, attractive groove, however via a hypnotic verse from rap legend Andre 3000. Each extremely danceable and genuinely cool, “The place’s the Catch” walks the road between digital music and hip-hop with the calm swagger of the actually lifted, a vibe prolonged to any listener. — KATIE BAIN

91. Pronoun, “Keep” 

If you are going to use probably the most well-traveled track titles in pop historical past in your new album’s lead single, you higher discover one thing new so as to add to it. Alyse Vellturo, often known as alt-rocker Pronoun, actually does that on her blistering, emotionally loaded I will Present You Stronger single — not like most of her “Keep” predecessors, the title is not used as a plea however as a proclamation: “For those who’re gonna go, I feel I am gonna keep.” A intelligent twist and a worthy entry to the canon. — A.U.

90. Tove Lo, “Glad He is Gone”

The Swedish star seemingly hails from a bygone period of pop: She reduce her enamel as a songwriter alongside mega-producers Max Martin and Xenomania, then debuted with the form of lustrous electro-bangers her residence nation is known for. However these membership anthems do not fairly rule the way in which they used to, so she switched it up with this pep discuss to a brokenhearted BFF. The skittering beat could possibly be a SoundCloud rapper’s plaything and the freaky vocal samples really feel like a hat-tip to Billie Eilish, however it’s nonetheless 100 p.c Tove Lo due to the raunchy candor (“Did you go down on his birthday?”) followers have come to anticipate from the girl whose breakout single spoke of intercourse golf equipment and Twinkie binges. — NOLAN FEENEY

89. Younger Thug, J. Cole & Travis Scott, “The London”

The radio single Younger Thug appeared to have basically spent his total profession resisting proved well worth the stretch, because the delicately booming T-Minus beat and the slow-and-low Travis Scott-sung hook made it irresistible FM fodder, and Thug’s first prime 5 hit as a lead artist on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. And simply in case it felt too pop for Thug’s cult fanbase, he makes positive to incorporate a minimum of considered one of his most eye-widening couplets so far: “I may cost ’em like a Dodge Hemi Demon/ Obtained your broad within the storage eatin’ semen.” — A.U.

88. Sir Babygirl, “Everybody Is a Unhealthy Pal”

Occupying the area between idiosyncratic art-pop and almost-too-cute C86, Sir Babygirl’s “Everybody Is a Unhealthy Pal” segues from sing-song humble brags (“Everybody I meet takes me on a date”) to equally phrased freakouts (“Everybody I meet I feel is gonna die”) to invigorating banshee wails on the shut. In three minutes, it’s the right encapsulation of the frenetic unpredictability lacking from the lion’s share of right now’s indie rock and alt-pop. — JOE LYNCH

87. Ozuna, Daddy Yankee, J Balvin, Farruko & Anuel AA, “Baila Baila Baila” (Remix) 

Are 5 reggaetón stars higher than one? Within the “Baila, Baila, Baila” remix, Ozuna’s unique uptempo however barely melancholy monitor a few lady who dances to neglect morphs right into a showcase for a number of voices and kinds. With  Ozuna’s distinctive voice singing the refrain because the unifying thread, “Baila Baila Baila” serves as a form of canvas for the kings of reggaetón to improvise on. — LEILA COBO

86. Kehlani feat. Ty Dolla $ign, “Nights Like This” 

A yr after teaming up with Kyle on a bouncy track a few love curiosity taking part in video games (“Playinwitme”), Kehlani offered a extra susceptible method to the sensation of being strung alongside by a lover with “Nights Like This.” The echoing mid-tempo monitor sees Kehlani struggling between lacking that individual and reminding herself that they’ll solely let her down if she lets them again in, with Ty Dolla $ign sharing the identical painfully relatable sentiment in his verse. “Nights Like This” reminded followers of Kehlani’s skill to match uncooked lyrics with a catchy melody, and served as the right lead-in to her newest mixtape, Whereas We Wait. — TAYLOR WEATHERBY

85. Mura Masa feat. Clairo, “I Do not Suppose I Can Do This Once more”

Indie-pop darling Clairo has a penchant for tender, hyper-specific lyrics, and British producer Mura Masa is thought for his futuristic, grungy beats. The 2 make a mismatched however excellent pair on this intelligent snapshot of an on-again, off-again relationship, the place intentional sonic discord echoes emotional turmoil. “Was it actually that way back?” Clairo considers about her final combat with an ex, questioning if “I ought to let go” to the tune of wistful guitar strums. However simply as you start to agree, the candy melody warps right into a pummeling, darkish electro-pop jam, like a wave of dangerous reminiscences flooding again. At the very least it’s a wrestle you’ll be able to dance to. — TATIANA CIRISANO

84. Maxo Kream, “Meet Once more”

Accompanied by a wave of funky synths, Maxo Kream’s dependably robust storytelling chops hit a peak on this Brandon Banks standout. The Houston native bounces his manner via a wave of anecdotes that depict the tough actuality of rising up surrounded by gang violence and a damaged prison justice system, with the 29-year-old getting significantly poignant as he supplies life updates to incarcerated associates: “Let me let you know ‘bout your daughter, yesterday, she tried to stroll… You’ll be able to’t be there like a father and it’s f–king with you mentally.” — JOSH GLICKSMAN

83. Saweetie, “My Kind” 

It’s necessary to ascertain expectations earlier than leaping into any dedication, and Bay Space rapper Saweetie has no drawback setting the bar excessive. With a flip on Petey Pablo’s “Freek-a-Leek” helmed by London on da Monitor, the ICY queen places a contemporary spin on the philandery 2004 membership banger — whereas additionally bringing collectively elite friends like Metropolis Ladies, Jhene Aiko, Becky G, French Montana, Wale & Tiwa Savage for a string of new takes on the track via the summer season. Throw in appearances by fellow Bay Space favorites Kehlani and Kamaiyah within the track’s visible (maybe most well-known for the main woman’s immediately iconic, logic-defying basketball hoop twerk) together with a No. 21 Sizzling 100 peak, and it turns into apparent that what works for her clearly works for everybody else. — BRYAN KRESS

82. Dan + Shay feat. Justin Bieber, “10,000 Hours” 

On its face, “10,000 Hours” looks like a typical “I like my spouse” ballad. However it’s elevated by Dan + Shay’s harmonies and Justin Bieber’s vocals, strolling the advantageous steadiness between pop and nation, match for first dances at weddings in the very best manner. Bieber has spent the previous few years making visitor appearances throughout genres, and though “10,000 Hours” did not obtain the Sizzling 100-topping stage of success that “Despacito” and “I am the One” did, the track proves he’d be proper at residence in Nashville, too. — DENISE WARNER

81. Burna Boy, “Anyone”

Joyful and infectious, Burna Boy’s “Anyone” is danceable virtually to the purpose of crucial. Clean, punchy horns accent the supply: “Anyone, wey no need to soji/ Anyone, wey no dey carry physique/ Nack am one thing, ahh/ Nack am one thing.” The message is evident: begin working, pulling your weight, or danger getting smacked. Burna clearly means what he says — he didn’t hit anybody, however he did truly reprimand a “boring” fan who refused to bounce at considered one of his exhibits in Atlanta. If “Anyone” was taking part in, you can argue the man deserved it. — WILLIAM GOTTSEGEN

80. Camila Cabello, “Liar” 

Oh no, there she goes, making one other catchy, Cuban-inspired bop. Cabello picks up the place she left off together with her breakthrough solo smash “Havana” on Romance lead single “Liar,” realizing she’s mendacity to her seemingly lover (and to herself) about her true emotions, all set to the strains of a punchy Latin horn part. It is slightly bit flamenco, slightly bit reggae, and loads addictive, particularly that remaining 30-second instrumental part that places you proper inside a Miami lounge. — Ok.A.

79. 5 Seconds of Summer time, “Simpler”

Within the yr of the Reznorssance, perhaps the secretly most stunning NIN-quoting hit was 5 Seconds of Summer time’s “Simpler,” which swiped the hissing drum thump (and even a number of the S&M-inspired imagery) from the group’s iconic “Nearer.” The carry offers the Charlie Puth co-write a nervy edge not usually heard on High 40 radio, and completely enhances the nervousness and emotional claustrophobia of the lyrics — delivered by Luke Hemmings in a falsetto’d wail that certainly feels like he may use some assist getting away from himself. — A.U.

78. Ambjaay, “Uno”

True to its identify, “Uno” looks like it’s roughly one minute lengthy (close-ish; add 49 extra seconds), fading out as abruptly because it got here in. Ambjaay has spectacular time administration expertise, although, becoming in a Rihanna shoutout and 4 completely different reprises of the refrain, which features a rhyming of “zapatos” and “nachos,” alongside the way in which. No want to consider this one an excessive amount of; the rudimentary Spanish enhances the track’s playful, unsophisticated beat. — Ok.R.

77. Mabel, “Do not Name Me Up”

Mabel’s household tree is rooted within the trade (she was born to Swedish singer Neneh Cherry and British producer Cameron McVey), and it was solely a matter of time earlier than the dance-pop singer-songwriter made a reputation for herself. “Do not Name Me Up” was simply what she wanted: Peaking at No. Three on the UK Singles Chart and at No. 66 on the Sizzling 100, the “New Guidelines”-esque kiss-off was one of many winter’s most pleasantly sudden bops. Some artists wither beneath the “massive within the U.Ok.” label, however we get the sensation Mabel’s solely getting began over right here. — GAB GINSBERG

76. Unhealthy Bunny & Tainy, “Callaita”

After releasing debut LP X 100pre on the finish of 2018, Unhealthy Bunny teamed up with Puerto Rican producer Tainy in Spring 2019 to drop “Callaita,” a track about an introverted lady who likes to occasion arduous and dwell life to the fullest. The enchanting reggaetón monitor superbly melds the sounds of crashing ocean waves and seagulls, bringing Tainy’s stellar manufacturing to the forefront. “I labored on ‘Callaita’ with the imaginative and prescient I wished to push ahead,” Tainy beforehand instructed Billboard. “It’s the primary monitor off of my upcoming venture and it has a unique sound that I wish to see extra within the trade.” — JESSICA ROIZ

75. Megan Thee Stallion, Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign, “Sizzling Woman Summer time”

After rebranding a complete season, Megan Thee Stallion delivered what everybody was clamoring for: an simple anthem for what we’ve all come to know as Sizzling Woman Summer time. And he or she didn’t do it alone: With help from pal Nicki Minaj and options king Ty Dolla $ign, this monitor is repeat worthy irrespective of how a lot the temperature drops within the coming months. — LYNDSEY HAVENS

74. Charlie Puth, “Mom”

Charlie Puth initially claimed that this narrative about being a wolf-in-boy-next-door clothes was primarily based on a teenage fantasy, then teased a mysterious fact to its inspiration, which he later (kind of) revealed to be a poisonous relationship of his youth. No matter the true story in regards to the track’s origins, although, it is not practically as compelling because the track’s driving groove, which splits the distinction between “The Approach You Make Me Really feel” and “Everyone Desires to Rule the World,” or its falsetto’d refrain, which summarizes the whole track in a single sly, scummy lyric: “In case your mom knew, she’d preserve me so removed from you.” — A.U.

73. Aldous Harding, “The Barrel”

The lyrics of Aldous Harding’s “The Barrel” symbolize one thing of a Möbius strip, twisting round completely different actions — displaying “the ferret to the egg,” starting “the braiding,” seeing “a hand arch out of the barrel” — and in the end defying which means. But the New Zealand singer-songwriter creates an environment each mild and exploratory, her honeyed voice weaving via piano prospers and not-quite-harmonies, in order that the thematic ambiguity serves as the middle of a hypnotic general hear. — JASON LIPSHUTZ

72. Charli XCX feat. Christine and the Queens, “Gone”

Songs about feeling like an outsider — at a celebration, in a relationship, within the music enterprise — have been as fixed as any all through the historical past of the rock period. However it’s a wrestle to discover a extra direct pop lyric in regards to the topic than “I really feel so unstable/ F–king hate these folks” from Charli XCX and Christine and the Queens’ “Gone.” Aided by A.G. Cook dinner’s nimble manufacturing, the lyric boils down the paranoia and isolation that may make any social scenario really feel claustrophobic, earlier than busting aside with one of many yr’s finest outros, constructing the track’s refrain up till it explodes from the stress. — E.F.

71. Future, “Crushed Up” 

Unleashed within the frigid days of early January, “Crushed Up” wasted no time in proclaiming Future’s new yr agenda: keep prolific, keep on prime of what’s working, keep icy. The Atlanta rapper’s mightiest 2019 single is 2 and a half minutes of easy, jewel-encrusted precision. The beat is an ominous winter wonderland with all its distorted bells, squeals, and sirens, whereas Future Hendrix assures his woozy “diamonds within the face” chorus is lodged within the listener’s thoughts immediately. It was hardly a reinvention from what made Future an undisputed A-lister over the second half of the 2010s, however on this case, no reinvention was essential. — CHRIS PAYNE

70. Sech feat. Darell, Nicky Jam, Ozuna & Anuel AA, “Otro Trago” (Remix)

Panamanian artist Sech took the music world by storm together with his soothing vocals and sensual city fusion melodies when he launched “Otro Trago,” which interprets to “One other Drink,” from his debut studio album, Sueños. The track, which options Puerto Rican artist Darell’s raspy city voice, in addition to star friends Ozuna, Anuel AA, and Nicky Jam on the fiery remix, narrates the story of a woman ingesting and dancing her sorrows away on the membership — completely relatable to these going via heartbreak in 2019. With its infectious R&B-meets-reggaetón beat, the track shortly grew to become successful, nabbing Sech his first No. 1 on the Sizzling Latin Songs chart, and pushing the Panamanian music scene again onto the map in 2019. — J.R.

69. Jenny Lewis, “Pink Bull & Hennessy” 

Just like the components in its title, Lewis’ “Pink Bull & Hennessy” is a high-test musical cocktail constituted of components that evoke two eras: The music, a retro blast of candy, candy ‘70s L.A. rock seduces with Zevon-esque piano, the rhythm-section to Fleetwood Mac’s “Goals” (with Ringo Starr and Jim Keltner on drums), and a guitar sound that recollects John Stewart’s summery “Gold.” However the lyrics are charged with Lewis’ deliciously sly and really up to date candor — “I’m about to get depraved/ You bought me lyin’ on my again/ Hallelu,” she sings — whereas the ecstatic guitar solo closes out the track begins intermittently dropping out, and ends abruptly in what could possibly be interpreted as a heart-stopping second. The suggestion: What Jenny desires, Jenny will get. — FRANK DIGIACOMO

68. Beyoncé feat. Blue Ivy, SAINt JHN & Wizkid, “Brown Pores and skin Woman”

The second single from Beyoncé’s self-curated The Lion King: The Reward additional bolsters the artist’s campaign for cultural pleasure and feminine empowerment. With featured friends SAINt JHN, Wizkid and daughter Blue Ivy, Beyoncé tackles the colorism confronted by darker-complexioned girls. The monitor’s spare, syncopated African rhythms give added focus to driving lyrics (“Brown pores and skin lady / ya pores and skin identical to pearls / Your again towards the world”) amid shout-outs to pioneering brown women equivalent to Naomi Campbell, Lupita Nyong’o, and naturally, Kelly Rowland. — GAIL MITCHELL

67. Tierra Whack, “Solely Baby” 

After releasing 15 one-minute songs on her imaginative 2018 debut album, Whack World, rapper Tierra Whack returned this yr with a handful of full-size tracks, the primary of which was the cutely condescending “Solely Baby.” “You ain’t actually take into consideration no one however your self,” Whack sings to a playful, water-droplet melody, kicking off her armchair evaluation of a person’s egocentric conduct: “You have to be the one little one since you’re so stingy.” Whack sings for many of the track however switches to rapping for the takedown of the second verse. “Spiteful and malicious, hope that different chick bought syphilis,” she says. “Cash over d–k!” Irrespective of what number of minutes she’s working with, Whack is aware of easy methods to preserve all of them fascinating. — C.W.

66. BLACKPINK, “Kill This Love” 

If there have been doorways remaining for BLACKPINK to bust via, they have been evaporated by the primary horn blasts of “Kill This Love,” a track that sounds virtually biblical in its sonic would possibly. The bilingual breakup banger introduced the group to the highest half of the Billboard Sizzling 100 for the primary time, and set new requirements for pre-empting any potential objections from a soon-to-be-ex: when the group screams “LET’S KILL THIS LOVE!” at you on the refrain, your solely potential response is to again away slowly and quietly. — A.U.

65. Maren Morris, “GIRL” 

Maren Morris made the fashionable nation empowerment anthem her calling card the second “My Church,” her breakout solo hit, began successful over followers in 2015. The title monitor off GIRL, her sophomore album, is the stuff of arena-packing goals on this custom. The clear-eyed, full-hearted lyrics of the only serve a number of motivational mantras for any struggling gal: “Child lady, do not you grasp your head low/ Do not you lose your halo/ Everybody’s gonna be okay.” Even the hardest women want comforting reminders that they’re going to get via the drama, and Morris affords that knowledge in a message even essentially the most cynical need to sing alongside to. — HILARY HUGHES

64. Tame Impala, “Endurance”

After a four-year stretch between albums — “Has it been even that lengthy?” Tame Impala mastermind Kevin Parker sings within the opening line — the Aussie psych-rock outfit’s comeback single cries out with an even bigger, extra developed sound from 2015’s Currents. Mixing thick piano chords, synch strings, congas and Tame’s attribute whooshing phaser, the monitor makes you lengthy for a fab poolside home occasion. And Parker’s message is all about seasonal change, rising up “in phases,” and “dwelling life in phases.” — ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO

63. Rosalía, “Aute Cuture”

After wowing the world together with her debut album El Mal Querer the yr prior, Rosalía briefly stepped outdoors her flamenco-trap basis to get wild within the pop realm. The end result? “Aute Cuture,” a cheeky tackle the French phrase for “excessive style,” it’s a buzzing whirlwind of heat handclaps, digital blips and call-outs to the excessive life, stuffed with designer ‘suits and sangria. Clocking in at simply over two minutes, the track can have your head spinning by the point it is over. — BIANCA GRACIE

62. Tegan & Sara, “I will Be Again Sometime”

“I’ll Be Again Sometime” launched Canadian indie duo Tegan and Sara’s Hey, I’m Simply Like You album cycle with its deceptively pleasant melody. Regardless of being in regards to the emotional curler coaster of late-night cellphone calls that was teen love within the 1990s, the lead single showcased the audible pleasure the sisters had transforming songs they wrote in highschool. Because the twins resurrected materials from their childhood for each an album and a memoir, the prophetic title serves as a cheeky reminder that they’ve been producing pop gems for greater than twenty years. — TAYLOR MIMS

61. Sam Smith, “How Do You Sleep”

The yr 2019 was considered one of transformation for pop star Sam Smith, who formally got here out as non-binary and adjusted their pronouns, letting everybody know that they have been completed defining themselves by the phrases that others set for them. “How Do You Sleep?” serves because the anthem for Smith’s yr, as they shifted to a brighter, dance-infused pop sound and embraced themself. Gone have been the heartbroken lyrics that outlined a lot of Smith’s early profession, now changed by a confidence and a presence changing into of an individual able to be reintroduced to the world. — STEPHEN DAW

60. Kygo & Whitney Houston, “Larger Love”

When Whitney Houston starred within the 1996 remake of The Preacher’s Spouse, co-star Denzel Washington referred to as her voice the “Eighth Marvel of the World.” However whereas a few of these wonders have turned to mud, with the summer season drop of “Larger Love,” Houston’s voice lives on right now to encourage a brand new technology of listeners. With a vocal initially recorded in 1990, the late legend soars on the Kygo-produced Steve Winwood remake, which topped Billboard’s Dance Membership Songs chart in August. With the poignancy felt as Houston belts, “Issues look so dangerous all over the place/ On this complete world, what’s honest?” it’s arduous to think about this track wasn’t recorded simply yesterday — however extra importantly, it’ll undoubtedly nonetheless be right here tomorrow. — D.D.

59. MUNA, “Quantity One Fan”

You will not discover a higher opening to a 2019 track than this: “So I heard the dangerous information/ No one likes me and I am gonna die alone in my bed room.” However the members of MUNA do not wallow for lengthy — how may they, with a galloping neon bassline that turns wherever you are standing into your individual private discotheque? As an alternative, the trio skips the would-be pity occasion and confronts their interior saboteurs, utilizing the lingo of pop fan armies to cheer themselves on and remind themselves (and the world) of 1 massive glittery fact: You is perhaps your worst critic, however you’re additionally your individual secret weapon. — N.F.

58. Blake Shelton, “God’s Nation”

Shelton returned to nation airwaves in an enormous manner with the attention-grabbing, Southern rock-inflected “God’s Nation.” From the track’s opening riff, Shelton instantly captivates. His highly effective vocal supply solely provides to the memorable ode to the South alongside hand-clapped rhythms and dusty guitars. The most important streaming hit of Shelton’s profession, “God’s Nation” additionally hit No. 1 on Billboard’s Nation Airplay chart and went on to garner the singer a CMA Award for single of the yr — his first CMA trophy in 5 years — in addition to a Grammy nomination. — A.R.

57. Daddy Yankee & Katy Perry feat. Snow, “Con Calma” (Remix)

A part of the success of the unique “Con Calma” — by which Daddy Yankee invitations ’90s reggae fusion artist Snow to reprise a model of his as soon as pop-conquering “Informer” hook — was that addictive video. That includes the now-famous Daddy Yankee meme, the clip showcased choreography carried out by various teams of dancers representing each form and stripe. However the Katy Perry model, which helped propel the track to No. 1 on Sizzling Latin Songs, solely expands on the inclusiveness from the opening verse: “I do know we don’t communicate the identical language, however I’m going to let my physique discuss for me.” In spite of everything, isn’t that what reggaetón is all about? — L.C.

56. Huge Thief, “Not” 

Although it’s loud, cracked, and epic in scope, “Not” is as intimate as something Huge Thief singer/songwriter Adrienne Lenker has ever written. The lyrics are usually naturalistic — clouds reel, planets spin, and fireplace laps up the creek — however it’s near the physique, too. Lenker sings about hair, about blood, “the meat of your thigh” and “your backbone tattoo.” The guitar is ragged and uncooked, the kick drum a beating coronary heart. Burning via that three-minute solo, Lenker attracts power from the expertise of nearness, each to others and to the earth. — W.G.

55. Lil Tecca, “Ransom”

Who knew a braces-wearing teenager was able to piledriving the rap sport earlier than his 18th birthday? Lil Tecca’s summer season reign not solely consisted of him usurping the throne because the premier SoundCloud king, however netting a prime 5 hit on the Billboard Sizzling 100 with “Ransom.” The buzzy file finds Tecca stiff-arming thirsty followers creeping in his DMs, whereas pledging to wipe out the competitors together with his “twin glocks.” The Web Cash-produced monitor even obtained the remix therapy from the late Juice WRLD, who injected his flavorful croon to the saucy tune, making it the final word “began from the underside” anthem for late-’10s youngsters. — CARL LAMARRE

54. Miley Cyrus, “Slide Away” 

The tender-but-rueful breakup ballad “Slide Away” so completely captures a selected second in time, very like what Ariana Grande did first on Sweetener and afterward Thank U, Subsequent. It has all of the makings of a headline-inspired hit; commentary on a (very!) lately ended marriage, a proof of desires and even some slight dissing of mentioned former associate that in flip, resulted in much more headlines. In a time the place every thing is public, Cyrus managed the narrative in one of the simplest ways she knew how. — L.H.

53. Sharon Van Etten, “Seventeen”

“’Seventeen’ simply seems like my New York track,” Sharon Van Etten instructed Billboard again in January. “That is speaking about dwelling someplace lengthy sufficient to see the adjustments that I’ve.” Van Etten’s rapid earworm embraces Springsteenian progressions and classic synths, and manages to faucet into youthful euphoria and bittersweet nostalgia one daring main chord change at a time. It is becoming, as she’s roughly singing to the model of herself that reduce her enamel in a scene of New York golf equipment and bars which can be now not round. When she sang the track for NPR Music’s Tiny Desk in October, she roared her love letter to her youthful self, and her disappearing metropolis, via tears: it is considered one of her rawest performances caught on movie, and an ideal snapshot of the track’s energy in motion. — H.H.

52. Frank Ocean, “In My Room”

There’s hesitation in calling “In My Room” (and fellow one-off launch “DHL,” which preceded it by every week) a correct comeback for Frank Ocean, an artist who has been concurrently elusive, enigmatic, and prolific throughout the 2010s. The monitor is low-key when it comes to lyrical content material and literal quantity, however when you’re paying consideration, he nonetheless supplies a number of the cryptic clues into his private life that bubbled over all through Blonde and Limitless. Alternating between materials flexes, rejection of the music trade correct, and questioning the intentions of these round him over a beautiful mattress of glowing synths and clicking drums, Ocean’s quiet songwriting stays a relentless as his life continues to swirl. — E.F.

51. Shaed, “Trampoline”

Shaed’s been having goals, and in 2019, lots of them got here true. The trio’s breakout hit “Trampoline,” a lush alt-pop head-nodder with a snapping beat and an impressed whistle break, initially gained traction due to an Apple advert, and ultimately obtained a remix from Zayn. Topping the Different Songs chart and peaking at No. 13 on the Sizzling 100, “Trampoline” sure Shaed as much as new heights they nonetheless have not come down from. — G.G.

50. Ariana Grande, “Ghostin”

“Ghostin” is a track that you just kinda really feel responsible for listening to. It might be arduous sufficient to abdomen its brutal narrative of a brand new relationship haunted (virtually actually) by a previous love if we did not know her IRL story properly sufficient to make an informed guess at placing names to its pronouns. However with that real-life verisimilitude, the gorgeous-but-queasy ballad turns into virtually overwhelming, an emotional swell as head-swimming as its woozy synths and weeping strings. You will not discover many songs on albums by indie singer-songwriters this decade that really feel this uncooked, this confessional, this personal — not to mention on one of many yr’s greatest pop blockbusters. — A.U.

49. Doja Cat feat. Tyga, “Juicy” 

Doja Cat’s hypnotic, raunchy hit initially appeared in March on the deluxe model of her 2018 album Amala, however bought its legs in August when it added Tyga and served because the lead single for her November full-length, Sizzling Pink. She doesn’t waste time lingering on any single bar except she’s hanging on to the tip of it, bouncing its remaining syllable round simply lengthy sufficient to depart the listener reaching for it because it dissipates. However such is the attract: even on the Tyga remix, Doja is in full management. — J.G.

48. Clairo, “Baggage”

Clairo’s glorious debut album Immunity riffs on pop and R&B tropes with a streaming-age sensibility, however “Baggage,” an indie-rock synthesis that’s extra achieved than most trendy Pitchfork-approved bands, has unwittingly develop into a profession spotlight — and, natch, drew big cheers when Clairo performed it on the Pitchfork Music Competition in July. The tender interpretation of romantic dissolution juxtaposes the fragility of Clairo’s scenes (“Strolling out the door together with your baggage,” she murmurs many times) with the regular, inevitable guitar chug. — J. Lipshutz

47. Ed Sheeran feat. Justin Bieber, “I Do not Care”

With two years handed since Ed Sheeran’s Divide and practically 4 since Justin Bieber’s Function, each Sheerios and Beliebers have been extremely keen for brand new music from each stars earlier this yr. So the 2 determined to appease each fan bases in a single monitor, and naturally, it’s a ridiculously catchy smash. “I Don’t Care” is a tune about that one one who makes every thing higher (on this case, a awful occasion), and combines Bieber’s dance-derived Function manufacturing with Sheeran’s cleverly romantic lyricism. The track’s snappy beat and the fellows’ lighthearted supply make “I Don’t Care” a blast, and judging by its wacky inexperienced screen-driven video, Bieber and Sheeran had maybe essentially the most enjoyable of anybody. — T.W.

46. Lizzo, “Juice”

Comfortably using atop a funk wave that appears to reverberate throughout the photo voltaic system, Lizzo sing-spits a joyous ode to braggadocious self-love on “Juice.” As quickly because it broke massive, so did the questions: Is it pop or hip-hop? Is she an outsider making mainstream inroads, or an underground expertise tweaking their sound to slot in on High 40? Is the juice she speaks of orange, or apple?! In the end, when the result’s as irresistibly rapid and durably relistenable as this, who cares about any of that? — J. Lynch

45. Jay Som, “Superbike”

A fierce, fuzzy spotlight from do-everything indie rocker Jay Som’s glorious sophomore album Anak Ko, “Superbike” is among the many yr’s most instantly imagistic songs. It’s sundown and heat wind, closure and catharsis. It’s “going 80 within the evening” with out worrying in regards to the vacation spot. The singer-songwriter born Melina Duterte flexes her manufacturing chops in heady waves of guitar and percussion, superbly entangled, like constellations streaming by. An ideal dream of the open highway. — W.G.

44. Harry Types, “Watermelon Sugar”

Followers are determined to dissect the which means behind this sticky-sweet track — Types has neither confirmed nor denied that it is, properly, carnally charged — however why learn too far into what’s only a easy pleasure to take heed to? The track lyrically and sonically paints an image of an ideal summer season night, and it makes whole sense that Types determined to debut it on Saturday Night time Dwell, because the dwell horns drive residence its straightforward appeal. — Ok.A.

43. Carly Rae Jepsen, “Now That I Discovered You”

Nobody can compete with Carly Rae Jepsen in the case of making upbeat music about stuff that makes you really feel good. For the skeptic reader, we current “Now That I Discovered You”: an ideal pop track in regards to the early honeymoon interval of a relationship, and the extreme optimism you’re feeling when it is simply beginning out. Just like the title suggests, Jepsen croons about all of the ideas swirling round her thoughts as she begins a gradual fling: “I feel I am coming alive with you.” It is the form of high-energy track that deserves to solely be performed at full quantity. — X.Z.

42. Lana Del Rey, “Hope Is a Harmful Factor For a Girl Like Me to Have – However I Have It”

Few artists in pop historical past have gone via as wild a first-decade profession arc as Lana Del Rey, from weblog buzz to backlash to pop stardom to cult fandom to, on the very finish of all of it, crucial acclaim. “Hope” looks like the showstopping closing quantity to Lana’s first act, that includes her not simply tougher and wiser, however funnier and extra self-aware than ever (“Calling from past the grave, I simply wanna say, ‘Hello, Dad'”). On the finish of all of it, she would not declare victory, however does discover a form of triumph in survival — “”Do not ask if I am blissful, you realize that I am not/ However at finest, I can say I am not unhappy” — and you may’t assist however share her gratitude that she’s caught round this lengthy. — A.U.

41. Dua Lipa, “Do not Begin Now” 

Dua (correctly) reunited with the crew behind her breakout single “New Guidelines” to introduce her new Future Nostalgia period, and so they made one other danceable kiss-off — however this time, as an alternative of instructing listeners easy methods to go away their booty calls behind, she’s straight addressing the ex who can not seem to go away her behind. There are a whole lot of snappy strains in right here to match the crisp nu-disco beat, and among the finest (and most easy) needs to be “Stroll away, you understand how.” Ouch. — Ok.A.

40. Jonas Brothers, “Solely Human”

The JoBros’ comeback hit “Sucker” endures, sure, however within the meantime, a slinkier jam has slid into the zeitgeist: “Solely Human.” The only’s sunny reggae-flavored beat is simply pleasant, and its current No. 18 peak on the Sizzling 100 signifies that we’ll most likely be “drunk to an ’80s groove” well beyond the New Yr. In the meantime, the Jonas Brothers will most likely proceed to carry out it at each awards present till the tip of time — not that we thoughts one bit. Dance, dance, dance, dance! — G.G.

39. Summer time Walker feat. Drake, “Ladies Want Love” (Remix)

Summer time Walker boastfully broke into the R&B sphere final summer season with a singular line — “I simply want some d–k” — with not one of the fluffy metaphors or prettily laced vocals usually anticipated from feminine crooners in sight. Walker’s uncooked pleas ignited the interior savage of girls all over the place, as “Ladies Want Love” captioned numerous Instagram photographs and tweets. It wasn’t lengthy till Drake, pop and hip-hop’s final Emo Boy, hopped on the remix in February. His added dose of ardour helped the monitor peak at No. 37 on the Sizzling 100, giving Walker her well-deserved chart breakthrough. — B.G.

38. Sam Smith & Normani, “Dancing With a Stranger”

Smith and Normani teamed up for one of many greatest pop songs of the yr with “Dancing With a Stranger.” The attractive earworm contains a standout vocal supply by the pair, with Smith’s seductive falsetto accompanied by Normani’s smoky counterpart. Along with gorgeous harmonies, the infectious dance-pop beat mesmerizes. A serious hit for the 2 on the FM airwaves, “Dancing With a Stranger” ranked No. 5 for the yr on each the Radio Songs and Pop Songs airplay charts. — A.R.

37. BTS feat. Halsey, “Boy With Luv” 

This modern, shimmering boy-band gem is considered one of BTS’ purest pop confections but, although two hip-hop interludes additionally give the track a tougher, extra up to date edge. Halsey is alongside for the journey, however even together with her appreciable U.S. pop stardom, she’s blissful to play an clearly supporting function right here. The track put BTS within the prime 10 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 for the primary time, however likely not the final, as hundreds of thousands of American youngsters are actually utterly smitten with the group from half a world away. — PAUL GREIN

36. The Highwomen, “Redesigning Ladies”

The Highwomen’s first single “Redesigning Ladies” celebrates the selfless feminine spirit of “Full-time dwelling on a half-time schedule” whereas “all the time tryna make everyone really feel particular.” Tackling the competing interior dialogues of self-care and self-doubt, the monitor is sung in tandem by the supergroup’s Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Maren Morris, and Amanda Shires, with a cheerful temper and resilient lyrics paying homage to Dolly Parton’s “9 to five” — however modernized for a maturing millennial viewers closing in on motherhood. Drawing inspiration from the sleeves-up, “We Can Do It” perspective of Rosie the Riveter, “Redesigning Ladies” pays homage to the endless balancing act of household, ambition and “Working arduous to look good ’til we die.” — DAVE BROOKS

35. Polo G feat. Lil Tjay, “Pop Out”

Like virtually every thing on Polo G’s debut full-length, Die a Legend, “Pop Out” is uncommonly reflective. “We come from poverty, man, we ain’t have a factor,” sings Polo over piano-forward manufacturing. His reward for easy melodies and chopping, emotional lyrics is on full show right here, even because the drums preserve issues upbeat, and together with the singalong refrain, makes it club-ready. Galvanized by his previous, Polo strides confidently into the longer term. — W.G.

34. Ava Max, “Candy However Psycho”

The deliciously sticky refrain on Ava Max’s breakout hit took a bit longer to tempt the candy tooth of stateside listeners — the August 2018 launch notched a No. 1 slot in properly over a dozen international locations earlier than actually catching within the U.S. — however as soon as it did, American was hooked, sending the pop confection to the Sizzling 100’s prime 10. With its pulsing electro pop beat, glitzy synths and stretchy ma-ma-ma’s, it’s arduous for Max to dodge early Girl Gaga comparisons, however given the apparent reverence on show — and the truth that the latter scored two No. 1 hits with that basic formulation a decade earlier — the previous seemingly isn’t too upset in regards to the reference level. — J.G.

33. J Balvin & Unhealthy Bunny, “Cuidao por Ahí”

If Unhealthy Bunny is the “dangerous man” in Oasis, the collaborative album between Bunny and J Balvin. “Cuidao por Ahí” is a job reversal. Right here, Balvin takes on the opening strains, chanting and singing in a register far decrease than standard earlier than Unhealthy Bunny picks up in the next voice. It’s a musical swap whose success underscores how seamlessly these two work collectively. Set solely over a menacing, typically disturbing beat, “Cuidao por Ahí” is as addictive as it’s unsettling. — L.C.

32. FKA twigs, “Cellophane”

FKA twigs describes the suffocating results of public scrutiny, alluding to her called-off engagement to Robert Pattinson, on the quietly devastating “cellophane,” which grew to become her first single in three years when it arrived in April. A sparse backdrop of burbling keys and a beat-boxed rhythm leaves her strained, inconceivable vocal vary on full show, every lyric as clear and sharp as a shard of glass. “If you’re gone, I’ve nobody to inform,” she near-whispers in a single significantly harrowing verse, whereas the very picture of cellophane conveys one thing delicate to be packaged, preserved and guarded. — T.C.

31. Ariana Grande, “7 Rings”

Final yr’s Sweetener gave us the playful monitor “Profitable,” a style of Ariana Grande, the flexer. Then in 2019 got here alongside its bolder and badder massive sis, “7 Rings,” on which the pop star casually states that if she desires it, she’s positive getting it. Besides, maybe, full songwriting credit score: Rodgers & Hammerstein — who initially wrote “My Favourite Issues,” which Grande’s monitor interpolates — management 90% of the monitor’s songwriting royalties. Doubtless value it for Grande, although: “7 Rings” grew to become her second Sizzling 100 No. 1 (coming in shortly after she topped the chart for the primary time with “Thank U, Subsequent”) and longest ruling so far. — L.H.

30. Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBaby, “Money S–t”

An exquisite factor occurs within the opening minute of Megan Thee Stallion’s “Money S–t”: On two separate events within the Houston rapper’s opening verse, she interrupts herself and jumps again just a few bars to repeat her punchlines — and ensure the listener understands the efficiency of her phrases. “Money S–t” fires on all cylinders: as a coming-out occasion for each Megan and her macho man co-star DaBaby, as a sonic increase of a beat from LilJuMadeDaBeat, as a presentation of the 2 MC’s top-notch ad-libs. However that pitch-perfect rewind on the prime of the track units the assured tone, and actually burns itself into your mind. — J. Lipshutz

29. Khalid, “Speak”

After leaning into being “Younger, Dumb and Broke” on debut album American Teen, midtempo relationship lament “Speak” demonstrated that sophomore LP Free Spirit would showcase a extra grown-sounding Khalid. Aided by the electro-pop stylings of dance duo Disclosure, the No. 3-peaking Sizzling 100 hit is clean and sluggish, and makes you need to wrap your self within the one you like to guarantee your self that every thing is okay. The mixing of Disclosure’s glowing synths with Khalid’s velvety voice makes for a compelling mixture, and even after a number of spins, it leaves you wanting extra. — D.W.

28. Ashley O, “On a Roll”

Who knew Miley Cyrus-as-Ashley O could be among the finest pop treats of 2019? “Hey, yeah, whoa-ho, I am on a roll” took over Twitter — and membership dance flooring — after the subversive reimagination of 9 Inch Nails’ “Head Like a Gap” was first heard within the Black Mirror episode “Rachel, Jack and Ashley Too,” leaving Hannah Montana shaking in her glitter boots. (In all seriousness, shout-out to Cyrus, who’s made glorious pop music beneath her personal identify plus two alter egos in the span of a mere decade.) All collectively now: I’m such an enormous fan. — G.G.

27. Normani, “Motivation”

Britney and Rihanna have been quiet, Beyoncé has been experimenting, and Gaga has shapeshifted past the confines of the outré-pop that outlined her turn-of-the-decade popping out occasion. So it’s been some time since a brand new, totally fashioned pop star delivered a superbly choreographed, hook-laden, danceable banger as well-executed as Normani did together with her first sans-feature solo single, “Motivation.” The monitor throws again to rhythmic pop of the early 2000s — as does its shortly viral music video — however by no means will get too far-off from Normani’s charisma and management, bringing the form of exact, catchy pop music that outlined the sooner years of the 21st century proper to the middle of 2019. — E.F.

26. Blueface, “Thotiana”

Since Blueface first broke via into the hip-hop world, a lot has been made about his tendency to rap off beat, with “Thotiana” usually used as the principle instance of his offense. However to the track’s supporters, it’s not a flaw a lot as an endearing quirk for the L.A. MC, whose breakout hit dominated a lot of the hip-hop dialog in early 2019. The very fact is, on-beat or not, “Thotiana” was simply one of many catchiest songs of the yr, and its irresistible hook was worthy of shaking issues up in a style that has all the time celebrated those that break the principles, anyway. — DAN RYS

25. Katy Perry, “By no means Actually Over”

Anybody who claimed that Katy Perry had misplaced it bought to eat their phrases in 2019, when the star unleashed “By no means Actually Over.” The sugar-sweet pop jam gave the impression of a long-lost reduce off of the 2012 Full Confection version of her Teenage Dream album, full with clear synths, a snare beat worthy of a marching band, and a relentless refrain that actively burrowed its manner into the deepest recesses of your mind. On the subject of comebacks, Perry proved as soon as and for all that justbecauseitsoverdoesntmeanitsreallyover. — S.D.

24. Luke Combs, “Beer By no means Broke My Coronary heart”

Life is usually a quagmire of broken-down vehicles, dangerous bosses, heartbreaking playoff losses, and plain outdated heartbreak. Luke Combs is aware of this all to properly, and fortunate for us, the affable bar stool bard distilled all of it right down to a country-rock rager in regards to the one factor that by no means let him down. Would Combs make a terrific beer pong associate? In all probability, however once you’re out late and life all of the sudden will get caught in your craw, the second finest pick-me-up has bought to be this Nation Airplay chart-topper booming from the occasion audio system. — C.P.

23. Selena Gomez, “Lose You to Love Me”

When life offers you lemons, flip them right into a No. 1 track. That’s what Selena Gomez did when she and her dream crew of co-writers, together with Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, chronicled what even informal spectators deduced was a mirrored image on the demise of her years-long, on-off relationship with Justin Bieber, within the heart-rending ballad “Lose You To Love Me.” Easy and sparse, the track begins with Gomez delicately singing, “You promised the world and I fell for it/ I put you first and also you adored it,” over naked piano chords. The track swells — with strings and layered vocals — however by no means goes for a budget pop explosion, after which it closes as quietly because it started, making it a daring first style of Gomez’s upcoming album, SG2. — C.W.

22. Swae Lee & Submit Malone, “Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)” 

Submit Malone’s triumphant run in 2019 started in late 2018 when he fleshed out the summery bop “Sunflower,” alongside Rae Sremmurd breakout star Swae Lee. The sunkissed single beamed with heat and buoyancy, as Posty and Swae proved to be resilient romantics: Although their lovers are “fearful of the unknown,” each males present ample safety to be security nets of their relationships. The Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse soundtrack hit went No. 1 on the Sizzling 100 in January this yr, and in November, was nominated for file of the yr and finest pop/duo efficiency for the upcoming Grammys. — C.L.

21. Taylor Swift, “Lover”

On the title monitor for her seventh album, Taylor Swift charms with a easy, unabashedly romantic track in regards to the timeless love of a dedicated relationship, asking the thing of her affection, “Have I recognized you twenty seconds or twenty years?” With its timeless theme and dreamy tempo, “Lover” encapsulates the endearing reminiscences of 1’s final first kiss, and speaks loudest in its whispers and lyrical mastery. At its coronary heart, “Lover” is an unabashedly idealistic ballad, revealing vulnerabilities of the center whereas celebrating the within jokes and mundane moments that make up relationships — as soon as once more demonstrating that when its involves creating artwork from life’s experiences, Taylor Swift is in a category of her personal. — D.B.

20. Mustard & Migos, “Pure Water”

Hit producer and 10 Summers label head Mustard scored his first main hit as a lead artist this yr with the primary single from his third album, Excellent Ten. The monitor marked Mustard’s solo return after three years, and his first collaboration with the trio, leading to a enjoyable, melodic West-meets-South membership romp that innovatively melds Mustard’s minimalist, self-described “ratchet music” fashion with Migos’ signature entice/triplet rhyming expertise. The tongue-in-cheek ode to fame, wealth and the ladies these trappings entice resulted in a double-Platinum-certified hip-hop smash. — G.M.

19. Kacey Musgraves, “Rainbow”

Pay attention, typically life is tough. And unhappy. And complicated. And typically you simply want somebody particular to let you know every thing goes to be okay. This yr Kacey Musgraves provided the world this metaphorical hug with “Rainbow,” a sweetly affirmative lullaby about the way you too are good and powerful and worthy, even once you really feel like digging a gap within the floor and going to dwell there endlessly. The closing monitor to her 2018 LP Golden Hour, “Rainbow” was launched as a single in 2019, hitting the Sizzling 100 in February, aiding Musgrave’s place as a rustic radio contender, and serving to flip frowns the wrong way up. — Ok.B.

18. Camila Cabello & Shawn Mendes, “Señorita”

Arguably the yr’s steamiest track, the second collaboration by the younger pop star duo is a fantasy romp that conjures up a sweaty and memorable encounter in South Seashore. The mid-tempo Latin monitor is light-weight however a grown-up evolution for each Mendes, a former Vine star, and Cabello, the previous Fifth Concord belter. With eight writers sharing credit score, it might look like it needs to be just a few too many cooks, however they nonetheless conjure a spicy dish: Who can neglect strains like Cabello’s, “You say we’re simply associates, however associates don’t know how you style”? — A.B.

17. Halsey, “Nightmare”

Halsey has threaded messages of feminine empowerment in her music since her debut, however “Nightmare” discovered the singer teetering on the sting of sanity as she grew extra pissed off with society’s injustices. Ever an unapologetic open guide (she’s beforehand mentioned bouts with endometriosis, miscarriage and assault), she dug deep into her emo roots and remodeled that rage into her most biting tune so far. The video added much more gas, with Halsey angrily spitting into the digicam, throwing herself into mosh pits and baring her bloodied enamel. To prime it off, feminist rock icon Debbie Harry makes an look, supporting Halsey’s center finger to the patriarchy. — B.G.

16. Billie Eilish, “Bury a Pal”

“Step on the glass, staple your tongue, AAAAaahhh.” These lyrics shouldn’t make sense inside the context of a pop track that just about crashed the highest 10 of the Sizzling 100 chart, however Billie Eilish spent 2019 refashioning pop into one thing darkish and defiant, and sells the road together with the remainder of the twitchy, macabre “Bury a Pal.” A precursor to the radio crossover that was “Unhealthy Man,” “Bury a Pal” laid the blueprint for When We All Fall Asleep, The place Do We Go? forward of its launch — daring perspective, deep bass, conventional track constructions with some twisted prospers, and Eilish’s voice, rising and falling with a mixture of vulnerability and conviction that made her imaginative and prescient so unshakable all yr. “Bury a Pal” was a warning shot to everybody who wasn’t but taking note of Eilish, and it nonetheless pierces via. — J. Lipshutz

15. HAIM, “Summer time Woman” 

The HAIM sisters pour out anxieties and fears in essentially the most spontaneous manner in “Summer time Woman,” a track that was written whereas the siblings have been on tour and vocalist Danielle’s associate (and HAIM producer) Ariel Rechtshaid was identified with testicular most cancers. Carried by a melody that strikes via refined bass chords, an ethereal saxophone and an informal drum beat, the track warmly evokes Lou Reed’s ’70s solo basic “Stroll on the Wild Aspect.” Co-produced by former Vampire Weekend member Rostam Batmanglij (additionally on sax) and Rechtshaid, the somber setting is painted in footage of optimism and discarded cold-weather clothes layers within the Paul Thomas Anderson-directed video, whereas the lyrics confront despair with consolation: “You stroll beside me, not behind me. Really feel my unconditional love…” — PAMELA BUSTIOS

14. Tyler, the Creator, “EARFQUAKE” 

Love has actually shaken one thing unfastened in Tyler, The Creator. As an artist of many hats and personas, the shapeshifting producer and vocalist reintroduces himself within the IGOR period with the intense, pop-leaning first single “EARFQUAKE” that positions him nearer to the likes of Justin Bieber and Rihanna — who each notably handed on an early reduce of the track — as he pushes additional into the mainstream together with his highest-charting Sizzling 100 entry but. Tyler totally commits to the lead singer function, whereas relinquishing rap duties to an equally left-field function from Playboi Carti, however essentially the most welcome shock is the sympathetic and honest vulnerability that Tyler usually hides inside his deep cuts. — B.Ok.

13. Maggie Rogers, “Mild On” 

This track has been described by Maggie Rogers herself as a love letter to her followers, and the mega-hook’s plea (“For those who go away the gentle on/ Then I’ll go away the gentle on”) actually conveys that message. However the track’s two verses are the place the emotional weight of this track packs the largest punch, for his or her universality greater than their specificity. Taken collectively, they inform the story of an individual whose life has modified in a single day, who isn’t positive they’re prepared for what’s about to come back subsequent, who is sort of drowning in self-doubt simply as their household and associates are patting them on the again (“With everybody round me saying/ ‘Try to be so blissful now’”) earlier than powering via with the assistance of their assist system. It’s a vivid description of a kind of edge-of-a-cliff moments, these occasions when folks start to grasp the place the phrase “my coronary heart is in my throat” actually comes from. It’s sensible. — D.R.

12. DaBaby, “Suge” 

As a career-making hit, “Suge” is pretty unassuming: A beat that is not far more than ticking drums and croaking synth-bass, and a refrain whose thought of an enormous hook is a “yeah, yeah” interjection. However that is what separates the true stars within the pop galaxy: They’ll take such rudimentary components and whip them into one thing spectacular, with out even seeming like they’re actually making an attempt. Such is the planet-sized charisma of DaBaby, and “Suge” is the right illustration of his strengths: He rides a beat like he is on everlasting cruise management, he advert libs like his unconscious is his personal very excited hype man, he raps quicker than most different rappers and nonetheless sounds calmer than all of them, and when he says “I’m going the place I would like,” you’re taking his phrase for it. — A.U.

11. Lana Del Rey, “The Biggest” 

Nothing’s hitting the identical today, even for Lana Del Rey. The pioneer of the non-public model trades her pop fantasies for traditional rock nostalgia and mundane on a regular basis routines on this guitar-backed slow-burner. With the track’s velvety chords and sweeping choruses, it’s solely the cultural references (and phrases like “lit”!) that snap the track firmly within the now: “The Biggest” isn’t a lot the most effective track of 2019 because it simply is 2019. Lana concludes with an unnerving verse that references, so as, Hawaii’s current brush with a meteor, the California wildfires, Kanye West, David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” and social media livestreams. The entire thing feels and feels like a dream, however it’s solely as surreal because the world we’re dwelling in. — T.C.

10. Taylor Swift, “Merciless Summer time”

Did Taylor Swift have Kanye West in thoughts when she determined to name the track that paperwork the messiness that was her 2016 summer season after his 2012 GOOD Music compilation album?! Unclear — however what’s clear is that Swift had greater than that occurring at the moment anyway, particularly a blossoming romance together with her now-boyfriend, Joe Alwyn, the suspected “dangerous, dangerous boy” of the track. Swift wrote this Lover spotlight with producer Jack Antonoff and Annie Clark (a.okay.a. St. Vincent), and that braintrust managed to raise the synth-pop of 1989 into one thing quirkier and with extra depth, with quite a lot of synthesizers that squiggle and sparkle and wash the entire thing in a dreamy heat. The phrases unspool an ecstatic, determined celebration of a nasty resolution which may find yourself being a very good one, and the drama is expectedly excessive: “And I scream, ‘For no matter it’s value/ I like you, ain’t that the worst factor you ever heard?’” For those who say you’re not excited to scream, “He appears up, grinning like a satan,” together with Swift when she sings this dwell, examine your pulse. — C.W.

9. Ariana Grande, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I am Bored”

A skittering, minimalist monitor about ennui-induced hookups, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend” exemplifies the genius of Ariana Grande’s lyrical method as of late. Whereas less-savvy divas are nonetheless portray dishonest in broad strokes — it’s both cartoonishly seductive or Anna Karenina-level excessive drama — Grande places it alongside every thing else in our lives: Inside the endless smartphone scroll. Her motivation for inducing infidelity (boredom) is as half-hearted as her tone; like a late-night “u up?” textual content, you don’t get the sense Ari cares a lot how this seems. What issues is the low-key thrill you get from the illicit ask, and the prospect that simply perhaps, this would be the uncommon digital olive department that bears fruit. And if not, properly, there’s all the time “thank u subsequent” memes to revisit. — J. Lynch

8. Vampire Weekend, “Concord Corridor”

It’s a testomony to the expertise of VW’s Ezra Koenig that he can write a political track about anti-Semitism within the Trump period — presumably the vandalizing of a Jewish professor’s workplace door with swastikas at Koenig’s alma mater, Columbia College –that’s sunny sufficient to be the soundtrack to a Accommodations.com business. The track’s acoustic guitar arpeggios, ‘70s disco piano and breezy “ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, oohs” make it very straightforward to miss lyrics like, “Anyone with a fearful thoughts may by no means forgive the sight/ Of depraved snakes inside a spot you thought was dignified.” You possibly can say the identical for Creedence’s “Lucky Son,” Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” and Springsteen’s “Born in the usA.” — transcendent songs that endure and encourage lengthy after the administrations that provoked them have pale. — F.D.

7. Submit Malone, “Circles” 

To name “Circles” the track that Submit Malone’s total profession has been resulting in would most likely be short-sighted, contemplating the issues he is already achieved with prior hits. Nonetheless, it feels just like the end result of one thing: his sluggish evolution from rap star to pop star, maybe, or perhaps extra simply his shedding of the trimmings of any particular style or period in favor of simple songwriting that might work, with a pair tweaks, in nearly any format at any time. That is “Circles,” actually: With its bouncy, melancholy melody, its mild acoustic groove and its obligatory singalong refrain, it reminds of about eight completely different pop/rock moments without delay, and but would not actually have all that a lot in frequent with any considered one of ’em. It is a scary time to not be a Submit Malone fan: He is already conquered the rap and pop charts, and now he is coming for rock, grownup up to date and even dance — nation’s about all that is left, and you may guess that is on the way in which. Excellent news is: Thanks to songs like “Circles,” the ranks of Submit Malone haters are dwindling by the day. — A.U.

6. 21 Savage feat. J. Cole, “A Lot”

Main off his second solo album I Am > I Was — boldly launched on the tail-end of 2018 — Atlanta rapper 21 Savage makes use of “A Lot” to cap one yr and set the stage for the subsequent, with an all-encompassing imaginative and prescient that operates like a Hip-Hop State of the Union deal with. Whereas Savage measures simply how a lot he’s endured and the way far he’s come, the unbeatable visitor verse ringer J. Cole speaks straight on the doubtful machinations of the music trade, the justice system, media spin and his personal place within the bigger narrative. The soul-sampled slow-burner isn’t normally primed to make a run up the charts, and but the No. 12 peak for “A Lot” on the Sizzling 100 proved that there was a thirst for the heady, sincere lyricism that provides the track its timeless attraction. 

The track discovered new which means in February when the visible dropped with an extra verse, which included the road “Been via some issues, however I could not think about my youngsters caught on the border.” It was a passing shot on the controversial immigration coverage that suspiciously preceded Savage’s personal arrest and detainment for dwelling within the US on an expired British visa. Now a galvanizing anthem that elicits an unblinking resolve towards opposing circumstances, “A Lot” could very properly endure as 21 Savage’s defining second. — B.Ok.

5. Rosalía feat. J Balvin & El Guincho, “Con Altura”

In late March, Spanish singer Rosalía dropped the impossibly catchy “Con Altura” in collaboration with J Balvin and El Guincho. The contemporary single, launched after her breakthrough 2018 set El Mal Querer, pays tribute to old-school reggaetón, fusing trendy flamenco and Center Japanese sounds. Including her personal up to date twist and fierce flamenco-pop dance strikes, Rosalía demonstrates her admiration and respect for the Latin city style. “Con Altura” peaked at No. 12 on the Sizzling Latin Songs chart in June, and its fabulous-party-in-a private-jet music video, filmed by Director X, entered YouTube’s Billion View Membership in October — placing the highlight on the worldwide attraction of “Con Altura” in 2019. — J.R.

4. Lil Nas X feat. Billy Ray Cyrus, “Outdated City Highway” (Remix)

The unique model of Lil Nas X’s “Outdated City Highway” actually didn’t stumble out of the gates, even topping the Sizzling 100 in its solo incarnation. However man, did it gallop previous the competitors a plot-thickening Billy Ray Cyrus remix later. Few songs in current reminiscence have achieved such cultural ubiquity — or impressed as many highly-anticipated remixes — because the nation entice, 9 Inch Nails-sampling powerhouse. Main festivals and pupil assemblies alike grew to become pure pandemonium upon shock Lil Nas X arrivals. The accolades got here pouring in, too: along with breaking the all-time file for weeks atop the Sizzling 100, he picked up six Grammy nominations, together with a nod for file of the yr. In a yr stuffed with genre-bending hits and breakout stars, Lil Nas X often is the chief of the pack for each. — J.G.

3. Jonas Brothers, “Sucker”

After greater than a six-year hiatus, there have been questions if the Jonas Brothers would ever truly reunite once more. The famous person trio took an extended break to get a style of solo fame (Nick), discover funky new genres (Joe’s spunky pop group DNCE) and deal with fatherhood (Kevin). However a eager for their stage dynamic and a have to restore their bond sparked a pseudo-Future Fulfilled second, the place the three members all took the person strengths they’ve discovered over the half-decade to come back again even stronger. And boy did they return with a bang. 

Dotted with yummy falsettos and that sensible staccato pre-chorus, “Sucker” is a dangerously catchy ode from the Brothers to their beloved main women. As soon as the only landed, it didn’t take lengthy for the JoBros to stumble out of bars and onto the Sizzling 100 for his or her first-ever No. 1 smash — whereas concurrently changing into the primary boy band to safe that place since B2K in 2003, albeit now in a way more grownup mode. “They’ve had celeb,” Monte Lipman, founder/CEO of Republic Data, beforehand instructed Billboard. “However what’s taking place on this chapter of their profession is the credibility within the music area.” — B.G.

2. Lizzo, “Fact Hurts”

At a time when feminine artists are extra outspoken than ever, Lizzo lastly bought her time to shine after talking her thoughts for years — and “Fact Hurts” is the epitome of that. Although it was launched in 2017, the monitor match completely into right now’s panorama, as its intelligent, empowered lyrics additionally allowed for a number of the most meme-able strains of 2019, significantly its daring first verse: “I simply took a DNA check, seems I’m 100% that b–ch” was utilized in a preferred meme on TikTok in April, and that was the tipping level for the world to comprehend that “Fact Hurts” was a phenomenon ready to occur.

However the track shortly grew to become a lot greater than a 30-second viral clip, serving as a belt-along anthem for anybody who’s had relationship points — or, who merely desires to really feel like a “dangerous b–ch.” Lizzo’s hyper-confident (and infectious) persona each within the track and in actual life helped carry “Fact Hurts” to the highest of the Billboard Sizzling 100 for seven weeks, solidifying her place as considered one of music’s brightest new stars. And the trade agrees: Not solely did “Fact Hurts” obtain track and file of the yr nominations for the 2020 Grammys, Lizzo is subsequent yr’s most-nominated artist. — T.W.

1. Billie Eilish, “Unhealthy Man”

In 2019, Billie Eilish grew from hotly hyped alt-radio weirdo to pop’s final tastemaker. She launched her debut album, just about broke Coachella, unseated the longest-running No. 1 in Sizzling 100 historical past, earned Grammy noms in every of the Huge 4 classes, then noticed her album prime the year-end Billboard 200. Per week from right now, Billie Eilish turns 18. 

Main label advertising and a savvy administration crew have been instrumental, however the home-schooled Los Angeleno wouldn’t have assumed her undisputed King of the Teenagers standing with out an uncanny connection to younger folks. The proliferation of her saggy, adrogynous ensembles and sk8er swag (lady or boi, who cares) communicate for that, however even the track that launched her to superstardom this yr was birthed from strange teenage time passing. Eilish first composed “Unhealthy Man” — particularly the interlude that will develop into its ghostly 40-second outro — two years in the past whereas tinkering alone in her bed room, audio system balanced precariously on some open shelf area. 

Even the ultimate model is hardly High 40-friendly: the beat is skeletal and spooky, the lyrics are half-whispered, and Eilish and her co-writer/producer brother Finneas didn’t even hassle to place vocals on the catchiest a part of the track. When she does sing, she tip-toes across the admittedly taboo “dangerous man” persona; “It’s a bizarre factor to listen to popping out of a woman’s mouth she instructed Billboard. “In any film or kids’s guide, there’s all the time a nasty man. Even when it’s a woman, the title is the dangerous man. I wanna be that.”

In summing up the attraction of “Unhealthy Man,” nobody places it higher than Eilish’s muse, Michael Scott: “Would I slightly be feared or beloved? Straightforward. Each. I would like folks to be afraid of how a lot they love me.” — C.P.

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