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.
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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. When talking about so far at Billboard , it's hard to avoid the fact that the chart year has only had 24 editions of the Hot , and Drake has been No. It's the most that any one artist has dominated the listing's top spot in a year's first six months this decade -- though shout-out to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' combined 11 weeks on top in the first half of -- and it essentially leaves the non-Drake part of the field wide open when it comes to discussing the year's best and biggest singles. But that's fine. Beyond the Drakening, has been a year of pleasant surprises on the charts: All-Star teamups we didn't see coming, previously unknown artists coming out with left-field hits, and a handful of big-name comebacks taking us to unexpected new places, all of which made the predictability at pop's highest level forgivable. And besides, those two Drake songs are pretty great too: You'll see them both below as we recount our 50 favorite songs of so far, with a Spotify playlist of all 50 at the bottom.
Let's just get right out in front of this and say this summer has been very much dominated by Drake—whether it's his beef with Pusha T or his 8 billion songs charting at once. He's literally gamed the system in a way to ensure that he's beating even Michael Jackson's historic records. But, that doesn't mean Drake is the undisputed king of the summer. Cardi B has proved she's an unstoppable force, with an unprecedented debut album and a dominant summer. We also can't count out powerhouse releases from The Carters, Childish Gambino, and some surprising newcomers. A Song of the Summer is one that's not only impossible to ignore, but one that will end up defining Summer Can you think of a memory from last summer that wasn't somehow related to "Despacito? It's on you to decide what it's gonna be.
This Heat's last statement prior to their dissolution, Deceit saw the trio continuing to plot a path that harkened to other sounds of the moment, while remaining thoroughly unique. Bungle re-record their thrash demo, Anaal Nathraak solidify their stature as one of the most extreme black metal acts, Sumac carry on their free rock infestations, and Armoured Saint with Spirit Adrift stand as torchbearers to heavy metal's past and future. With Girls Against God , avant-garde musician Jenny Hval gives us a semi-autobiographical text that, like the metalhead teen she describes, won't abide by any rules. In the process of creating Disco , Kylie Minogue has captured the essence of what has always made her compelling: ignoring expectations and dancing the tears away. Signed to Nettwerk Records after she took her musical pursuits to LA, Boston's Rosie Darling debuts as a singer-songwriter who brings a soothing voice and peace of mind to these turbulent times. There's a lightness to Jennifer Castle's songwriting and performance on Monarch Season. She's not lonesome or abandoned; she's simply solitary in her thoughts and feelings. Ariana Grande's Positions is a perfect pop album in a very conservative sense of the term. Now available on digital formats, This Heat made what might have been a casual release into a statement of pure ambition. Classically trained pianist Holly Bowling is releasing her latest recording of Grateful Dead songs in a few weeks.