Joy was elusive in , in everything from politics to Hollywood to the isolated cultural bubbles where most Americans now look for shelter. The one exception? Pop music. In , pop established a true counter-narrative: cross-pollinating, democratic, and often as buoyantly unbothered as it has ever has been. Genres melded and sometimes combusted completely. This year in pop can ultimately be boiled down to one emblematic moment, when a stripper-turned-Instagram-star-turned-reality-star-turned-hip-hop princess dethroned the biggest major label superstar of her generation at No. Just to recap: our heroine gets paid to party, her nether regions are gold-plated, and bank tellers are completely exhausted by her frequent deposits.
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Featuring eleven Number 1s, including Dua Lipa, Calvin Harris and Clean Bandit.
And of course, if there was a week in which sales and streams or just general excitement seemed to be lagging, the pop machine reverted to a tried-and-true formula established as a sure shot back in ' Just throw Justin Bieber on it. Here are our 50 favorite songs of so far -- the biggest hits, the songs that fell through the cracks, and everything in between. Note: Songs were considered eligible for this list if they were either released in or peaked on the Hot during that time — unless they already appeared on our list. Logic feat. Chris Stapleton, "Second One to Know". You knew Chris could rock, too, right? Lana Del Rey, "Love". To be young and in love…. While the song itself may not be one of Arjona's chart-toppers, its poignant and defying lyrics and growling, Stones-y guitar-and-cowbell groove make the thought-provoking song a perfect anthem for confident and independent women.
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The Billboard Hot is a chart that ranks the best-performing singles of the United States. Its data, published by Billboard magazine and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan , is based collectively on each single's weekly physical and digital sales, as well as airplay and streaming. At the end of a year, Billboard will publish an annual list of the most successful songs throughout that year on the Hot chart based on the information. For , the list was published on December 11, calculated with data from December 3, to November 25, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Retrieved December 11, Retrieved December 12,
If albums had something of a soft landing on the pop landscape in , then songs more than picked up the headline-grabbing slack. The Man and Sam Hunt did so domestically. And even with all this, it was still a year where the very best singles might not have been the very biggest. Lady Gaga, "The Cure". Following her rootsy, personal Joanne LP, "The Cure" comes across like Gaga's concession to radio's now waning love affair with trop-pop.