The sheer number of songs released each year has become so staggering, what with all the one-off singles and album tracks, that finding new music has grown increasingly difficult. That's where our list of the the best songs of the year comes in. We scour the output of major and up-and-coming artists and filter it all down to this frequently updated playlist of absolute jams. You know those songs that immediately make your mind "cut to" a sequence of memories or even a daydream of what-could-bes that play like a film reel? Considering he sounds like a blazing star on the stylish, breezy song, his assessment isn't far off. It's not just that the track has a certain swagger that highlights his ability to deliver rhymes that are as witty as they are sexy, it really is a sharp homage to where he's been and where he's going. Referencing Kobe Bryant's death as a reckoning as his own coming-of-age, the fact that he's helping out his mom with rent and played the track through the phone to his friend who's incarcerated, that Woodlaw Park is still a part of him even if he's driving past it in his new fancy car. Venezuelan experimentalist producer Arca 's songs don't always sound like songs. Instead the FKA Twigs, Kanye-approved collaborator makes what can only be described as avant garde sonic bombasts.
The best of the best bangers.
"Me & You Together Song," The 1975
The year might not have started on the strongest note, but at least the music has. With almost the first half of the year down, we already have the likes of Lady Gaga and Bad Bunny making us dance during happy moments and Soccer Mommy and Phoebe Bridgers holding us during melancholy ones. No matter how you're feeling during this confusing time, there just might be a new record out there to match your mood. But continue to watch this space for new additions throughout the year.
“Captain Hook” by Megan Thee Stallion
We're halfway through a year that feels like eternity, but at least we've had an abundance of tunes to keep us occupied. From a bittersweet posthumous release to petty breakup bops, here are the best songs has to offer so far. Rihanna, we're waiting! Listen Now. BRB, crying. Peppy synths, a funky guitar line, and a breakup helped craft this unofficial quarantine anthem. Try not to dance, I dare you. For the first time ever, Dua Lipa lends her soulful rasp to a breezy, upbeat melody that has become synonymous with her co-stars' signature sounds. An intoxicating love is hard to come by, and harder to shake off.
The first half of has posed many questions most of us never thought we'd have to answer in our lifetime, including: "What does pop mean in a world of self-isolation? The answer, of course, is yes. We've found that in times of quarantine and other crises, music is as meaningful as ever, even just as the soundtrack to such menial activities as doing the dishes, taking a walk around the block or just sitting at home and wondering when or if things will feel normal again. As difficult as this period has been, we doubt we could've gotten by without these songs -- and we look forward to making up for lost time with them at whatever point we're finally able to celebrate them publicly. Halsey, "You Should Be Sad". Jessie Reyez feat. Zebra Katz, "In In In". Sada Baby, "Slide".