Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. 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".
Anticipated Future Releases
Genre lines continued to blur and the definition of album shifted further in another year of upheaval in pop music. Her asymmetrical songs are still trying to make sense of lust, love, life as a performer and countless contradictory impulses. But she has grown ever bolder musically, moving well beyond the confines of indie rock and chamber pop to try synthesizers, disco beats, country and more, while savoring the sweep of her voice. On her larger canvas, her dilemmas just sound more immediate. Intimate confidences grow dizzying and titanic in the songs of Josiah Wise, who records as serpentwithfeet.
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All dates are for U. Release dates are subject to change, and often do. These albums do not yet have a firm release date, but are in various stages of development. If an artist appears multiple times, that means multiple albums by that artist are forthcoming. Essential Links. January Releases.
Some of 's zeitgeist-grabbing, conversation-driving pop music moments occurred completely outside the boundaries of the conventional album -- or even the song. Or the incurable excitement for snippets of Lady Gaga's now Grammy-winning " Shallow " first heard in the highly meme-able trailer for A Star is Born? Or the joy and terror of watching a guy on Instagram dance to Drake's "In My Feelings" in oncoming traffic? These ephemeral trends, digital events that linger in the mind, don't end up on lists like this. Still, the album is resilient. For musicians across genres, the format remains an effective, flexible, and absorbing way to capture a mood, a feeling, or an idea.