Unlike the best movies and TV shows of the year, where the release of genuinely good entertainment feels finite, the amount of great, new music in a given year feels endless. It's just about finding it. So, after deep-diving across release platforms, scouring the charts, looking into the most interesting, emerging names, and returning to classic, fan-favorite artists, we bring you the best songs of , starting with a ranked top 10 and then 90 more gems that you should know about. These tracks are the ones we put on repeat all year because of just how good their beats are, the ones we had some good cries too, and those that somehow sounded unlike anything we had ever heard. Check them out below, and then head to our best albums of the year list to do a full deep-dive into all of the good music that came out in Tyler, the Creator has steadily risen from alt-rap collective Odd Future's elusive leader to a bona fide, game-changing creative. On the record, he takes on a persona to ease the pain of a break up, while simultaneously feeling most joyously himself as he explains he knows you can find love again. He sings that he thinks he's found love, and there's nothing in the song to lead you to believe otherwise.
Songs by Lewis Capaldi, Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish were among the biggest of 2019.
Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place. As for who reigned supreme? Time will tell. You can listen to the full Songs of Summer playlist on our Spotify, too. That is called art. Released at the beginning of August, the song shot to number 11 on the Billboard charts and even managed to nab an MTV Video Music award, proving that Megan Thee Stallion is not concerned with running out of time.
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.
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