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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". Nicki Minaj, "Barbie Dreams". The song was inspired by the Notorious B.
As much as confirmed us to be living in a streaming-dominated, sales-declining universe, the event album still reigned as paramount: Whether it was the G. Call a time of death on the LP format if you want to, but then don't also call us to complain about all the big-ticket releases you still have to catch up on before the year's end -- some of which might even be yet to drop. In lesser hands the album could feel claustrophobic, but nobody knows how to let the top down for some ventilation like Swae Lee and Slim Jxmmi. Whether reminding us he's still randy at 76 with "Come On to Me" or painting a timely portrait of a loud-mouthed, myopic leader on the seven-minute omnibus "Despite Repeated Warnings," Sir Paul is as affable, effortlessly melodic and rewarding as ever. On what's undoubtedly his most ambitious project to date, J. Music series, it seemed destined to get buried under the prior month-plus of new Kanye West-produced mini-LPs. It all makes for one of the rare pop albums that, in the age of cherry-picked playlists, demands a true start-to-finish listen. The music might sound like disaffected s slouch rock, but Allison trades the distancing cynicism typically associated with that style for words that reveal straightforward feeling, both tender and ferocious. That's 18 tracks, by the way -- nine of which entered the top
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. It's the most that any one artist has dominated the listing's top spot in a year's first six months this decade -- though shout-out to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' combined 11 weeks on top in the first half of -- and it essentially leaves the non-Drake part of the field wide open when it comes to discussing the year's best and biggest singles. But that's fine.