What even is pop music anymore? Considering rap has overtaken every other genre as the dominate popular music in the country, you could technically argue that it is pop music. And often enough it is! Pop music. Cardi B? Pop music! And you can pretty much attribute popular music to anything on a major label that's dominating the charts.
I consider pop music anything that'll put me in a good mood. When I want to escape the existential dread of our current reality, I go for some Charli XCX, some Robyn—anything that will trigger the pleasure centers of my brain rather than crippling anxiety. Especially in , it takes some pretty incredible musical talent to make anyone happy.
So, practice some escapism with the best pop songs of You can listen to our Best Pop Songs of playlist on Spotify , too. After the gossip sites went nuts with her sudden engagement to Davidson after a few weeks of dating in June, the relationship became the biggest entertainment news story of the summer. While Grande kept to herself after the break-up, Davidson used it as comedy material at appearances and on Saturday Night Live.
In response, Grande released this empowering break-up anthem, which is at once a mature response to the tabloid drama and an affirmation of her own strength. It can heal a broken heart. It can help you forget whatever fresh hell Donald Trump has delivered to us today. CRJ is all we need. Two years ago, Anderson. His sound, along with his dynamic, effervescent live show, made him among the most exciting emerging musicians. Now, as many young stars in his position realize, he must find a balance of the art and the fame.
Thankfully, Kendrick Lamar is the perfect mentor and collaborator for. Together, their vocal styles mesh effortlessly, along with their dedication to the craft, which is never placed above celebrity status. It also marks. This year, on Acrylic , Leikeli47 defined herself as one of the most authentic, vivid young rappers in music. But what makes her equally as impressive is her singing ability, which has some stunning moments on her new album. Robyn has been gone for eight long years, but her music has never been too far away.
Welcome back, Robyn. I'll be the first to admit that the construction of "Shallow" is kind of a mess. They basically took three great hooks from the trailer for A Star Is Born and then copy and pasted those into three and a half minutes. That said, those hooks are goddamn brilliant. When that first A Star Is Born trailer dropped in June, the Internet became enamored with just that moment of the song.
There were memes. There were takes. And that's something no other hook this year has done. For years, Elton John has been an avid fan of Young Thug, having heard the rapper on Beats 1 in Shortly after that, the two started working on a collaboration, and a song featuring Thug and Elton John's vocals from "Rocketman" has been rumored ever since. This year, the two finally made good on that promise, releasing the melodic and thoughtful "High" featuring John's iconic hook.
It's a flawless melding of two generations of pop stars, one that on paper could have been a disaster, but is genius given the talent of both musicians involved. Lana Del Rey seems to exist in her own place and time of pop music. She doesn't lean into trends that dominate the charts, instead she continues to explore a melancholy dreamscape of glamorous L.
She finds her grove inside a moaning and wistful ballad about growing up and giving no fucks, and she stays in it for a surprising 10 minutes. Like her music as a whole, this concept never wears itself out, instead becoming more fascinating as she becomes herself more comfortable in its space.
I'll be honest, there's going to be a lot of Robyn on this list. First teased on an episode of Girls a year and a half ago, "Honey" was the first hint for fans anxiously awaiting a new Robyn album. In late September, the song finally arrived as her second single from her first album in eight years.
And the final version was a little bit different than the one first teased so long ago. This one is a pulsing and boiling club ballad. At five minutes long, it's a patient song that rides a four-to-the-floor beat getting close to erupting but never going full force. And it doesn't need to either. It could be a broken heart; it could be one of the many atrocities on the news. Since the death of Lil Peep late last year, hip-hop has become an open place for artists to discuss their fears and struggles with substance abuse.
On "Coco Chanel," she comes back with fire, making spitting the lines that we remember back from her early days. Backed by Foxy Brown, it feels like Nicki has the energy and artistry of a rapper who never attempted to be a pop star. In just the first verse, they touch on the opioid crisis, systemic racism and fake news. From there they hit Kanye, Trump, and the death of Lil Peep.
These days, a kind of winking hope is the best kind we have. Four years after her deep and pensive debut, Empress Of returns having honed her song craft between the albums. The sound feels at once familiar and timeless, and also has Lorely Rodriguez singing in Spanish. The Carters are pop music. The video places black dancers and the Carters in front of white artwork in the Louvre in Paris. Whether he means to or not, with every new release Drake is able to out-Drake himself. With "God's Plan," he played up his nice guy schtick with a truly touching philanthropic music video.
And since this is Drake, fans took it and packaged the idea into the pervasive God's Plan Starts Playing meme. And plus, this might be the most Drake line of all time: "I only love my bed and my momma, I'm sorry. With a bouncing, buoyant beat, Sophie champions the freedom of gender identification with a scrambled reference to Madonna. It's the perfect example of a modern pop song in —thematically and musically.
Latin music thrived in the summer of , with Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber's "Despacito" being the undisputed king of the season. And the track arrives at the perfect time for the outdoor party season—and as these styles are becoming immensely popular in modern American hip-hop and pop.
Now, with his own album combined with Cardi B collaborations, Balivn is prepared to own Summer Even though his influence and genre can be heard all over mainstream American music, his sound, especially on the buttery "Peligrosa," will make everyone forget about "Despacito.
And this British pop duo brings a sound that is capable of providing some variation to Top 40 radio stations. But the elements are all there: the middle-American lyrical imagery and references, the light slide guitar solo, the banjo, the background acoustic strings. Some often compare her to Taylor Swift as a country artist with major crossover potential. But less a brand than her uber-famous counterpart, Musgraves has more in common with the likes of Sturgill Simpson or Chris Stapleton, who are crossing over based on musical ability alone.
Charli XCX is a genius at producing infectious glittering pop music. She has the power to turn off every nagging thought in the back of your head and just transport you to some euphoric late night party. She's no angel, Charli admits, but she can learn. Hey, acceptance is the first step. Although let's hope Charli doesn't calm down any time too soon, because we need her to fuel those 4 a. Janelle Monae can do anything she wants. She can act in a Best Picture-winning film. She can be a pop star.
She can make Afrofuturist funk. Things are gonna be good. Just keep this track on repeat. United States. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. The 35 Best Comedies on Netflix.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below. Paak feat. Robyn — "Missing U". Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper — "Shallow". Young Thug, Elton John — "High". Lana Del Rey — "Venice Bitch". Robyn — "Honey". Travis Scott — "Stargazing". Nicki Minaj — "Coco Chanel".