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Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Taylor Swift had the biggest album of the period with a surprise indie-folk LP, radio records were broken by The Weeknd sure and 24kGoldn and iann dior more surprising , and Nicki Minaj finally scored the first Hot chart-topper of her decade-plus of superstardom -- only to score a second barely a month later. Imagine trying to explain to folks in that a half-decade later, we'd get Jason Derulo's first No. And then imagine trying to explain how a new video-sharing service called TikTok helped make it all happen. And if you thought TikTok was influential before, that of course proved to be a gentle nudge compared to the full-body impact it flexed once the youth of America had less reason than ever not to spend all day on their phones. But even if proved to be a very strange place for pop music, it was also an undeniably fruitful one. The uptempo revival that started to warm up on top 40 at the end of broke into a full-on sprint in early , resulting in some of the best synth-pop and disco-based hits we've heard on the FM dial in ages. Hip-hop's billion dollar Babies ruled the summer with open-hearted hits that reflected unthinkably turbulent times while still sounding massive blaring out of car stereos. And as with all other things , there's one descriptor for the year in pop that, for better and worse, absolutely no one would argue with: unforgettable.