New year, new music: is already proving to be one of the biggest years for musical hits. With new songs from some of our favorite artists and those who are making their debut in the new year, there is bound to be multiple standout singles throughout the year. Some of these songs might make you shed a tear, while others will have you running to the dance floor and busting your favorite move. Billie Eilish has been living on cloud nine lately. She finally met her life-long celebrity crush Justin Bieber in person and everyone's been raving about her set at Coachella. Not only that, but her music is also topping charts. In the song, Billie's taunting the guy she's with, calling herself the "bad guy.
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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.
G enre is dead; all hail the new masters of global, category-defying hits from artists old and new. Rendered in minimalist, twanging piano chords and tightly-wound vocals, it swings from breathy devastation to high notes of carefully controlled keening. It also marks her return after nearly three years of absence from music, foreshadowing a new openness in work to come. While California hip-hop has witnessed a fearsome revival over the last few years, its community was struck by tragedy when Nipsey Hussle, one of its titans and fiercest advocates, was shot dead in Crenshaw in March. The song distills reggaeton to its purest composite parts, with Guaynaa locking into an infectious flow and gliding over the complicated syllables with the ease of an Olympic skier. He fanned the flames of an online cowboy craze and boosted his reach with a social media fluency, a cunning sense of humor, and a perfectly-chosen saddle partner in Billy Ray Cyrus.
The fact that The Highwomen even exists is impressive. They make that statement over an unabashedly pretty melody, going in and out of duets and harmonies with seamless, generous sweetness. Carly Rae Jepsen has built a cult following on the power of her brand of pure, heart-on-your-sleeve pop.