The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. The year is almost over, and the lists are abundant. As conceptualized from the outset , TWIP is hyper-focused on the upper reaches of the charts — particularly the Billboard charts, but also Spotify or YouTube or what have you. Besides, those three acts in particular all got plenty of well-deserved love in our general lists. I am including a couple rap songs that surged to the Hot top 10 and a sprinkling of select K-pop and country and urbano hits. This list is by no means exhaustive where those genres are concerned; their representation here is proportionate to how often I cover them in this space. Humans break up all the time, and we keep finding compelling new ways to express our grief over it.
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It was a strange and wonderful year for pop music. The year was, arguably, ruled by a year-old visionary and her older brother, who used unconventional techniques and abrasive, aggressive sounds to create a No. And experimentalists like Dylan Brady and Laura Les — who teamed up to rip a hole through the internet with their gecs album — and Caroline Polachek used pop techniques and sounds to create warped and poignant records. This list tries to make sense of all the chaotic left-turns pop took this year in the form of 25 wildly different but entirely vital tracks. The No.
In , with one killer track, an artist could become a household name, sparking infinite conversations and even more memes. In addition to all the new names, established artists like Lana Del Rey and Vampire Weekend redefined themselves and reset the trajectories of their careers. At the end of one year, and looking ahead to the next decade, here are the tracks we believe will stand the test of time. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist.
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. The past and the future combined in , a year of satisfying comebacks from veteran artists and exciting breakouts from newer ones. Read the list below, with a Spotify playlist of all at the bottom. An unlikely combination of three very different alt-leaning acts, "I've Been Waiting" is far more seamless than it has any right to be, finding common ground in the artists' shared pop sensibilities. As it toggles between vocals from all three, it's impossible to tell where the verses stop and the chorus starts -- it's all hooks, really, a song where every part feels like That Part. In a more just world , this would've been the song to get the late Lil Peep his first Hot top 40 hit. Now please, get off his lawn. There are a lot of "what ifs" when a relationship ends, but the title of Lady Antebellum's latest heart-wrenching hit has to be one of the scariest. The song -- which recalls the same yearning tone as the country trio's breakout single "Need You Now" -- perfectly captures that fear of the unknown, thanks to Hillary Scott and Charles Kelley's hopeless harmonies.