Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Stars of ten years ago, like the Jonas Brothers and Lady Gaga, have been rubbing elbows not only with modern-day marquee names like Ariana Grande and Post Malone, but with breakout artists like Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X, who may end up setting the pace for pop's next decade. It's all combined to make this final year of the s one of the least-predictable pre-summer seasons we've had in a long time. Check out our 50 favorites from so far below. The members of K-pop's reigning girl group don't just transcend language barriers with their highest-charting U.
But when a song comes out with this many guns blazing -- literally, their choreography involves a move that resembles a bazooka firing -- how could they take the energy any higher? Snow, "Con Calma" Remix. Koffee, "Rapture". She may be a rising reggae star, but the year-old performs with a fervor that even some veterans would be jealous of.
KH, "Only Human". KH, a. It's poppy, it's pink, it's frothy. Regardless, Swift's joy and Urie's game presence infuse a playful excitement not seen in a Taylor single since "Shake It Off. Mabel, "Don't Call Me Up". She's moved on and she's up in the club -- hopefully dancing to a song as good as this one.
Strip-club music for the shared workspace, both calming and electric. After a releasing a deluge of music throughout , the members of Migos reconvened to open with a single, undeniable smash. Teamed with one of the most reliable producers of s radio rap, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff come out swinging, trading lines about Master P and varying states of H2O over a Mustard beat that'll have you subconsciously queuing "Turn Down For What" up next.
Zara Larsson, "Ruin My Life". Maxo Kream, "Meet Again". Adam Lambert, "New Eyes". If you still haven't gotten over how goddamn good Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" sounded on radio and everywhere else a couple years back, here comes Adam Lambert to do that song's blues-pop strut one better. Asking eight versions of the same question, Twigs wrestles with a public romance and the one-sided effort to contain and preserve the relationship.
The song pushes her voice into rare full-throated territory, as we watch the plastic wrap stretch beyond repair. Tierra Whack, "Only Child".
James Blake feat. Meanwhile, feathery vocals from Blake lend the song a holy sheen. DaBaby, "Suge". Two years later, that same man has a top-ten smash; perhaps the most ferocious rap hit of The beating would feel bad even if the man delivering the blows wore an adult diaper.
Tame Impala, "Patience". Khalid, "Talk". Khalid's unclear status is matched by Disclosure's fuzzy production, with the distorted intro setting listeners up for the all-important DTR discussion. Lizzo, "Juice". The resulting Peep tribute is a veritable emo-rap summit: three artists gifted in moody melodics trading hooks like they're out to prove their musical worlds were never really that far apart. It was the top 10 hit Sam Smith needed -- a change from the heavy, serious tone of such classic ballad hits as "Stay with Me" and "Too Good at Goodbyes.
Tyler the Creator, "I Think". Ed Sheeran feat. Justin Bieber, "I Don't Care". Maggie Rogers, "Burning". Fletcher, "Undrunk". Ariana Grande, "Ghostin". It's no surprise that this electrifying stand-alone single burst onto the Hot at No.
Kehlani feat. Kehlani is one of the most self-assured artists of her generation. Billie Eilish, "Bury a Friend". In any other year, hearing the words "step on the glass, staple your tongue" on mainstream pop radio might have been cause for alarm. If ever there was a track for J. With Top 40 and Spotify playlists dominated by mid-tempo minor key melancholia, Max's breakthrough channels the dopamine rush of late-'00s dancefloor glam we've scarcely seen since the early days of Katy Perry, Kesha, and Lady Gaga. Listening to "Thotiana" barely a half year after Blueface became a national concern, it already feels ridiculous that his off-beat rapping style was ever a matter of considerable public debate.
From J. Gee thanks, just bought it. The rapper quickly fed off his growing hype with a brilliant chess move: adding none other than Billy Ray Cyrus to the remix. The unexpected collaboration, which gifted us with the hardest Cyrus verse to date, gave Lil Nas X the extra push to officially eclipse any remaining naysayers. And why even bother?
But with a No. Search term. Billboard Pro Subscribe Sign In. Top Artists. Top Charts. Hot Songs. Billboard Top Videos. Top Articles. By Billboard Staff. Copied to clipboard. Click to copy. Taylor Swift feat. Brendon Urie, "ME! Adam Lambert, "New Eyes" If you still haven't gotten over how goddamn good Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" sounded on radio and everywhere else a couple years back, here comes Adam Lambert to do that song's blues-pop strut one better.
FKA Twigs, "Cellophane". BTS feat. Halsey, "Boy With Luv". Billie Eilish, "Bury a Friend" In any other year, hearing the words "step on the glass, staple your tongue" on mainstream pop radio might have been cause for alarm.
Ava Max, "Sweet But Psycho". Halsey, "Nightmare". Blueface, "Thotiana". Ariana Grande, "7 Rings". Vampire Weekend, "Harmony Hall". Lil Nas X feat. Billie Eilish, "Bad Guy". Jonas Brothers, "Sucker".