Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Mainland, Christine and the Queens – Doesn’t Matter, Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane). Deny yourself long enough, and existence and escape become inconsequential. Her most popular contribution to this year was a celebration of the past that bested competing nostalgia bait from Anne-Marie and Lauren Alaina. What most ’80s throwbacks don’t understand is that a mere historical reenactment is worthless without the unbridled feeling that surges through “My My My!” When a song is this charged with passion, aesthetics become an afterthought. masterpiece on the level of this catchy, punchy delight, a song that proves formulaic pop doesn’t have to be garbage. The central message is to remember that this is America, where someone got shot by police who mistook his smartphone for a gun: “This a celly / that’s a tool.” Or could the phone be a tool you use yourself, perhaps to document police brutality (as in the video)? Indeed, a central lyric is “get your money, black man”, and so Glover is on one level leveraging the current wild popularity of rap, letting his audience know he is getting paid: given the track’s No 1 success, it was a self-fulfilling prophecy. Keep checking back since this list us often updated with new popular songs. Let’s get back to what I was saying about Charli XCX charting the future of pop. But paired with the heavily ironic minstrel poses he makes in the video, he could also be saying that these are the roles that black people are pushed into in a still-racist culture. An upstart British singer and the artist formerly known as DJ Mustard channeled vibes from Kanye’s “Big Brother” and Jay and Bey’s “Part II (On The Run)” into a retro R&B swoon, swapped out the celebrity mythology for a universal story of head-over-heels infatuation, and had the whole world deep in our feelings. © 2020 Guardian News & Media Limited or its affiliated companies. When Grande released “No Tears Left To Cry” back in April, the idea was that the turbulence was behind her now. Thanks as always for reading and for another great year of discussion, and I’ll see you all back here in January for the State Of Pop Address. It’s not crazy that the best John Mayer song in years came from one of Mayer’s most faithful disciples, but it is crazy that I enjoy it so much. But in terms of musical achievement and the sheer exhilaration that accompanies a perfect pop single, “No Tears Left To Cry” towers over not just “thank u, next” but all of 2018. From the "Shallow" to "The Middle" to the highest of "High Hopes," music was captivating at all levels in 2018. soundtracks instead of cocaine-encrusted ’80s CDs. Instead, “Shallow” is a note-perfect classic rock ballad, from that mournful violin that creeps in when Gaga asks “Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?” to the way everything swells up around her when she launches into the oft-memed “AHHHHHHH HAA AHHHHAHHHHH!”. I can’t decide which is more outrageous: R&B’s perennially underrated gentleman-in-residence sampling D’Angelo’s timeless “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” without faceplanting or the world completely ignoring his feat. You feel for Robyn: what has she lived through to so adeptly transmute pain into song this consistently and effectively? Folling Michael Bublé’s Christmas at #5 is the #6 debut of Ski Mask The Slump God’s Stokeley with 51,000 units and 5,000 sales. What sorcery is this? The rest of the top 10: Kodak Black, Travis Scott, and Offset’s “Zeze” at #8, Lil Baby and Gunna’s “Drip Too Hard” at #9, and Sheck Wes’ “Mo Bamba” at #10. Still, even as she yelped and gasped through her sexual awakening, the music – taut funk buoyed by a synth line later revealed to be a gift from Prince – maintained Monáe’s essential organisational architecture. What’s the best part of this feminist trap-pop ode to miraculous sex: the sinfully catchy melody, the subtly irresistible beat, or the resounding gospel choir that comes in at the end to hammer home the metaphor? Round and round we go. Sunflower (Spiderman into the Spiderverse). It was a relief to hear: Monáe’s output had always always impressive, but sometimes felt hamstrung by her rigid adherence to poise and concept. The double A-side single that gave us this and “No Angel” wasn’t as audaciously forward-thinking as Pop 2, but it sure did sound ahead of its time. My second takeaway is “Tay Keith, fuck these n****s up!!!”. The villain in High Horse is a buzz-killer who thinks they’re cooler than everybody else – too cool to get down with her sumptuous string flourishes, the kind of Bee Gees razzle-dazzle that begs for a synchronised dance routine and a chorus that, astonishingly, lands the phrase “giddy up” with aplomb. By making statements such as this and Thank U, Next part of her public grapple with trauma, Grande is crafting her own bracingly resilient narrative. [, A man posing as Dierks Bentley scammed a woman out of $160K over Twitter. Which 2018 pop songs are your favorites? That’s largely on the strenth of 93.8 million track streams, which surpasses Taylor Swift’s 84.5 million-stream week for “Look What You Made Me Do” to become the biggest weekly total by a female artist. The best 2018 pop songs are fun, catchy, and have an appeal that resonates with a mass audience. And music video of the century while we’re at it. This is UK drill at its most glamorous, high-definition and addictive, Unknown T conveying the claustrophobia of crime-ridden streets even as he delivers withering disparagement of his foes; the sheer resonance of his voice makes the chorus incredibly catchy, linked by a bridge of pure bashment power. There’s sometimes beauty in this, but beauty too in a newcomer appraising their potential spoils like Violet Beauregarde walking into the chocolate factory. Although Halsey’s public persona can be A Lot, she is not-so-quietly becoming one of the most consistently enjoyable singles artists in the game. Thank you the 1975, very cool! right hand. I’ve been writing this weekly pop column for five whole years now. The former pop-punk pinups responsible for the timeless hook “She looks so perfect standing there in my American Apparel underwear” emerge from their chrysalis, anthem-slinging abilities intact, to foist fist-pumping adult contemporary fare upon an unsuspecting world. [, Trippie Redd dropped off the Travis Scott tour. The jury was out on the Guardian music desk as to whether this song was about emotional nourishment or cunnilingus. Neither the music nor the writing about the music has always been top-shelf, but my, have the highs been high. Former rivals Meek Mill and Drake’s “Going Bad” debuts at #6, one of 15 songs from Meek’s Championships album to land on the Hot 100 this week. The Number Ones: Phil Collins & Marilyn Martin’s “Separate Lives”, basically every song Jessie Reyez dropped this year, Here’s a snippet of Ariana Grande’s “Imagine,” out tonight. I realize it’s a mess, but what a glorious mess it is. Sensuality is certainly invoked by the production, which is techno at its most ambient and pulsating: the bass a warm throb, the kick drum like a velvet-gloved finger tapping a glass table. Instead, she once again seized tragedy by the collar and made something beautiful. It’s possible that I will look back on this period of my life with such deep regret, and yet I keep mainlining these 1975 singles. It’s one of those multi-part prog epics that seems too unwieldy to be a hit until it worms its way into your consciousness and you can no longer remember when it sounded like anything but instant-classic pop music. She got cosmic on her fourth album, Golden Hour, yet her effortlessly pop songwriting remained grounded. The album earned 66,000 units and 48,000 in sales, making it the bestselling album of the week. If you don’t like this exquisite exercise in heartbroken R&B balladry… allow me to show you the door. The top 100 songs of 2018. But any pretense of a storybook ending evaporated in September when her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an overdose. It’s rare to witness a band so shamelessly striving for transcendence and succeeding. 92.8 million, “God’s Plan,” Drake, March 10, 2018 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, by Ben Beaumont-Thomas and Laura Snapes, Mon 3 Dec 2018 06.00 GMT • Tracks by Black Midi, Eris Drew and Pusha T featured in our top 100 but didn’t feature on all streaming services, and so have been replaced on the top 100 playlists with the next most popular tracks. List RulesVote up the best pop songs of 2018. But this Melbourne quintet show that jangling guitars will never, ever stop being a joy, no matter how much tastes change. Top 100 songs for the year 2018 from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts. After 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy at #3 comes the #4 debut of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by the 1975. Hooks on falsetto hooks over an impeccably funky rolling bassline, with inspirational lyrics and effervescent ’80s fizz to boot. Last week’s #1, Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” slides back to #2 despite gaining in sales, streaming, and airplay. But this screamingly delightful ode to Lizzo’s voracious sexual appetite (encompassing “big boys, itty-bitty boys, Mississippi boys, inner-city boys” and more besides) is no mannered pastiche, and rights the coercive wrongs of Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s infamous single by insisting on pleasure for all involved. It’s a perfect come-up track: its salsa, trap and boogaloo sound paying tribute to Cardi’s roots while she tries on her new life for size and relishes the fit. When too much turns out to be just enough. Meek Mill is not just free, he’s back on top of the world. The best line in this year’s song of the summer is: “I like those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks,” conveying Cardi’s novel purchasing power and sending up some frankly silly shoes in the process. Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Selena Gomez are just a few of the biggest names of 2018 pop music.. Each year, a variety of unique songs and sounds make their way onto the Billboard pop charts. 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. For now, we can’t be in that state of mind all the time. Panic! Despite using mostly classic ingredients, “No Tears Left To Cry” resembled the future, or maybe just a fantasy — some glorious imagined moment when every tear might actually be wiped away for good. The best new artists, albums, and hits for your 2020 playlists, ranked by over 1 million votes. All rights reserved. The witty genius of this song, Grande’s first release following the horror of the Manchester arena attack, is that it enacts its tale of moving on through the music itself. It also extends Drake’s record for most top 10s in a single year to 13 — and that doesn’t even include “Sicko Mode,” on which he’s heavily featured despite the lack of an official credit. Crushing the patriarchy: 100 points. 101.7 million, “God’s Plan,” Drake, March 3, 2018 She’d bounced back from the 2017 bombing at her Manchester arena show and, unbeknownst to the public at the time, was moving on from a relationship she described as “toxic” to one that exemplified full-blown puppy love. While all these songs are great, only one can be the best pop song of the year. So if I want to put media darlings Kacey Musgraves and the 1975 on here alongside the stars that actually dominated pop in 2018, you better believe I will (and did). Best of all, it had full-fledged anthems “All The Stars” and “Pray For Me,” songs humongous and cinematic enough to live up to a film that felt like a true Pop Culture Moment. 2019; 2018; 2017; 2016; 2015; 2014; 2013; 2012; 2011; 2010; 2009; 2008; 2007; 2006; See More Year-End Charts.
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