The 12 months is nearly over, and the lists are considerable. This one known as The Prime 40 Pop Songs Of 2019, which is a double entendre, see?

Right here is the context you want for understanding what you’re about to see: The checklist is meant as a fruits of my column The Week In Pop, which seems right here each Thursday (and is now going into hibernation till 2020). As conceptualized from the outset, TWIP is hyper-focused on the higher reaches of the charts — notably the Billboard charts, but additionally Spotify or YouTube or what have you ever. It’s a column about music expressly designed to scan as pop, and about music that turns into pop by advantage of ubiquity. I generally write about rap, R&B, nation, urbano, and different well-liked genres, however solely insofar as they cross over into the mainstream as outlined by components just like the Billboard Sizzling 100 and Prime 40 radio. You get it: It’s an inventory of pop songs to cap off the sixth(!) 12 months of a weekly pop column.

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With that focus in thoughts, I’m not together with the likes of Lana Del Rey, FKA twigs, and Haim, all of whom are undoubtedly making pop music of a kind however scent extra like “indie” artists to me. It’s subjective, however hey, just like the very idea of “pop,” all lists are subjective — particularly this one, which was personally chosen by me and lives someplace within the blurry area between finest and favourite. (Moreover, these three acts specifically all bought loads of well-deserved love in our normal lists.)

I’m together with a pair rap songs that surged to the Sizzling 100 high 10 and a sprinkling of choose Okay-pop and nation and urbano hits. This checklist is not at all exhaustive the place these genres are involved; their illustration right here is proportionate to how usually I cowl them on this area. There are additionally a handful of tracks right here that had been launched earlier than this 12 months however dominated 2019, and one or two that may have you ever screaming “BUT YOU SAID NO INDIE!” Principally it’s a heaping mound of sonic product that sparkled as arduous as meant: just a few hidden gems, however primarily songs and (possibly) love.

40. Halsey – “Nightmare”

Halsey’s nu-metal section could have solely amounted to a one-off single, but it surely was good (or moderately, nasty) whereas it lasted.

39. Summer time Walker – “Come Via” (Feat. Usher)

So what if probably the most infectious tune from 2019’s fastest-rising R&B star is a literal retread of probably the most infectious tune from 1997’s fastest-rising R&B star, that includes Mr. 1997 himself?

38. Ava Max – “Candy However Psycho”

I as soon as described Ava Max as Weight loss plan Woman Gaga, however the extra time I’ve spent with this tune, the extra it jogs my memory of immortal plastic cheese like “Everytime We Contact” and “Higher Off Alone” and “Dragostea Din Tei.”

37. Shawn Mendes – “If I Can’t Have You”

If not for “Previous City Highway,” this full of life sunburst would have been Shawn Mendes’ first #1 hit. As a substitute, it was the catchy however totally bland “Señorita.” Destiny is merciless and twisted!

36. Kim Petras – “Readability”

All of Readability gleams with trendy precision, and its title observe — as sleek and seamless a hybrid of entice and pop as you’ll discover — could shine brightest of all.

35. Clairo – “Baggage”

People break up on a regular basis, and we maintain discovering compelling new methods to specific our grief over it. Paired with exoskeleton-reinforced acoustic strums and a wobbling piano pattern that appears to disintegrate on affect, the sound of Claire Cottrill’s inside life as her ex packs up and leaves is gorgeous.

34. Carly Rae Jepsen – “Now That I’ve Discovered You”

I’ve been instructed that “No Drug Like Me” or “Need You In My Room” is the one from Devoted, however solely “Now That I’ve Discovered You” sends my pulse racing each time.

33. Jonas Brothers – “Sucker”

The JoBros reintroduced themselves as grownups with “Really feel It Nonetheless” vibes and a refrain that merely wouldn’t relent.

32. The Weeknd – “Blinding Lights”

The ’80s will really by no means die — or, a minimum of, the glamorous neon ’80s of our collective creativeness.

31. Hayley Kiyoko – “I Want”

Lesbian Jesus’ complete three-track I’m Too Delicate For This Shit EP is rad, and its closing observe is the raddest of all. “I Want” shimmers with swagger, just like the Max Martin model of a rippling Mike Will Made-It manufacturing. The gear-shift into the refrain is simply devastatingly stunning.

30. Lizzo – “Juice”

In Lizzo’s breakout 12 months, her singles from earlier this decade finally got here to overshadow her 2019 output, however to me this Bruno-Mars-worthy pastiche remains to be the most effective factor she’s achieved.

29. NCT 127 – “Superhuman”

That is what a boy band tune ought to sound like in our trendy period.

28. Tove Lo – “Glad He’s Gone”

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Perhaps the kindest, prettiest tune ever from one of many raunchiest skills within the recreation.

27. Harry Types – “Lights Up”

After I attain the a part of this smooth, subtly booming soft-rock shapeshifter the place the whole lot drops out, a piano loosely twinkles by means of the silence, after which all of it comes surging again replete with gospel choir, I’m like, “OK boomer,” however in a great way.

26. Lil Tecca – “Ran$om”

“Ran$om” is a rap tune; its chintzy singsong stylings are the style’s lingua franca today. But that is self-evidently pop music too, so brilliant and catchy that it turned a four-eyed high-schooler with braces right into a viral star and peaked all the way in which up at #4 on the Sizzling 100.

25. Lewis Capaldi – “Somebody You Liked”

For those who reside for Adele’s powerhouse sentimental schlock, you might flip right into a puddle upon listening to Lewis Capaldi roar, “I used to be getting kinda used to being somebody you really liked.”

24. King Princess – “Low cost Queen”

I’ll by no means get bored with the way in which Mikaela Straus’ voice curlicues and harmonizes atop this observe’s always morphing mattress of comfy sonic linens. (By the way in which, within the music video under, that’s a unique, additionally good King Princess tune enjoying till “Low cost Queen” begins 55 seconds in.)

23. Unhealthy Bunny – “200 MPH” (Feat. Diplo)

There are seemingly infinite Unhealthy Bunny songs to honor this 12 months — really, who can maintain observe — however I saved coming again to the one the place he unleashed his melancholy baritone sponge-howl over Diplo manufacturing that appears like a hologram Tokyo drifting.

22. Mark Ronson – “Discover U Once more” (Feat. Camila Cabello)

Camila Cabello’s album about falling in love was first rate, however she was at her finest this 12 months slinging heartbreak alongside Mark Ronson.

21. Maren Morris – “The Bones”

After correctly crossing over to Prime 40 radio with “The Center,” Maren Morris climbed the Sizzling 100 this 12 months with some precise nation songs that also confirmed off her pop mastery. Different tracks from GIRL had been weightier and extra well timed — “GIRL” and “Frequent” included — however the one I couldn’t cease listening to was a few love so sturdy it could possibly climate something.

20. MUNA – “Quantity One Fan”

My greatest remorse about The Week In Pop this 12 months was not devoting a column to MUNA’s Save The World. That is its finest tune. Katie Gavin delivers the opening strains with a droll confidence: “So I heard the dangerous information/ No person likes me and I’m gonna die alone/ In my bed room/ strangers on my phone.” The musical accompaniment is simply nearly as good, a powerfully understated tackle that glowing E•MO•TION sound.

19. Ariana Grande – “NASA”

Would’ve ranked even greater if Ari pronounced “NASA” accurately.

18. Rosalía – “Milionària”

Rosalía made her title on a blinding replace of flamenco, infusing it with forward-thinking R&B and digital pop. Though she spent a lot of 2019 venturing out into the broader urbano universe, her return to conventional Spanish music proved it may translate not simply into darkish, high-drama maneuvers like her 2018 masterpiece El Mal Querer but additionally rainbow-splattered jubilance like this. Say it with me now: “Fuckin’ cash, man!”

17. Katy Perry – “By no means Actually Over”

With this and “Small Discuss,” Katy Perry spent 2019 changing into the queen of wistful breakup laments disguised as uptempo MOR jams.

16. Billie Eilish – “bury a buddy”

Seems Yeezus would have been acquired as pop music if Kanye had simply whispered the whole lot?

15. Caroline Polachek – “So Sizzling You’re Hurting My Emotions”

In line with its subject material, this tune fucking sizzles. [Extremely Caroline Polachek voice] Can’t deal!

14. Mark Ronson – “Items Of Us” (Feat. King Princess)

There have been more-hyped songs on Mark Ronson’s Late Evening Emotions, and more-hyped King Princess songs, however this popping, snapping, effervescent ’80s-vintage breakup lament was the Precise Greatest Factor both of them launched in 2019 (and each had extraordinarily fruitful years).

13. Mura Masa & Clairo – “I Don’t Assume I Can Do This Once more”

Extra festival-ready Spotify-core tracks ought to simply randomly remodel into “The place’s Your Head At.”

12. Taylor Swift – “Merciless Summer time”

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I prefer to think about a world the place this shimmering, surging, St. Vincent-assisted synth-pop anthem was Lover’s lead single. She could have achieved Peak Taylor Swift when the bridge reached its screaming climax: “I LOVE YOU AIN’T THAT THE WORST THING YOU’VE EVER HEARD!”

11. Charli XCX – “Gone” (Feat. Christine And The Queens)

Charli XCX has spent a lot of her profession finding a particularly mechanical but deeply human candy spot. This tune nails it.

10. Normani – “Motivation”

Don’t let the video’s basketball theatrics distract you from the truth that “Motivation” is an astounding musical achievement. It executes that Bush-era R&B-pop sound so nicely it deserves point out alongside Amerie’s “1 Factor,” a bumper crop of early Beyoncé hits, and different classics from the period.

9. DaBaby – “Suge”

DaBaby started the 12 months an virtually fully nameless road rapper, and he ended it doing Broadway choreography on SNL. The winsomely snarling “Suge,” a #7 hit on the Sizzling 100, was an enormous motive why. The zest he dropped at the whole lot he rapped on in 2019 was out in full drive right here.

8. Publish Malone & Swae Lee – “Sunflower”

“Sunflower” was launched 14 months in the past however hit #1 in January and continued to linger within the high 10 for months. And for good motive: It’s such an ideal showcase for these sing-rappers’ miasmic melodic experience that it’s no marvel the child from Into The Spider-Verse performed it in his headphones a lot.

7. Ariana Grande – “break up together with your girlfriend, i’m bored”

The title observe appeared like such an ideal conclusion for thank u, subsequent that I used to be initially aggravated that Ariana Grande tacked yet one more tune on the top. Not anymore.

6. Taylor Swift – “The Archer”

In a 12 months when Chromatics lastly launched a brand new album, Taylor Swift by some means launched the most effective Chromatics tune. It additionally occurred to be the 12 months’s finest Taylor Swift tune, imbued with the romantic spirit, relational politics, and piercing melody which have lengthy been her specialty.

5. Sigrid – “Don’t Really feel Like Crying”

Sigrid’s Sucker Punch is stuffed with contagiously buoyant, casually impeccable songs like this one.

4. Dua Lipa – “Don’t Begin Now”

Basic in type and trendy in execution, each be aware, texture, and nuance of “Don’t Begin Now” is ideal. Disco bangers don’t get rather more immaculate than this.

3. Lil Nas X & Billy Ray Cyrus – “Previous City Highway (Remix)”

What’s left to be stated concerning the absurdly charming country-rap lark that took 2019 by storm and rewrote Billboard’s report books within the course of? And in case you nonetheless haven’t succumbed to it, why do you hate enjoyable a lot?

2. Rosalía & J Balvin – “Con Altura” (Feat. El Guincho)

Rosalía’s pivot to Latin-American urbano stylings this 12 months was controversial. Some noticed it as a European imperialist partaking in cultural appropriation; others merely missed the flamenco-infused future-pop of El Mal Querer. (For what it’s value, El Mal Querer attracted related critiques from Andalusia’s Roma inhabitants.) We are able to debate about whether or not this Catalonian pop star belongs on a reggaeton tune, however “Con Altura” is proof constructive she is aware of what to do as soon as she’s there. Alongside urbano celebrity J Balvin and manufacturing accomplice El Guincho, Rosalía delivered one among 2019’s most vibrant musical choices, a observe that soared as excessive as its title implied even whereas tethered to the earth by its resounding low-end thump.

1. Billie Eilish – “dangerous man”

Duh.

Take pleasure in a playlist of all 40 tracks at Spotify.

CHART WATCH

The Weeknd has his fourth #1 single this week. “Heartless,” which debuted at #32 final week after simply two days of streaming stats, rises to the highest of the Sizzling 100 in its first full body of monitoring. It follows earlier chart-toppers “Can’t Really feel My Face,” “The Hills,” and “Starboy.” It’s his ninth top-10 hit, and in line with Billboard it surpasses Kanye West’s observe of the identical title to grow to be the highest-charting single titled “Heartless.” “Blinding Lights,” launched two days later, debuts at #11 and will likely be promoted to Prime 40 radio, so don’t be shocked if that one climbs to the highest finally too.

As for albums: I figured the Frozen 2 soundtrack would rise to #1 someday over the vacations, when main releases decelerate however kids proceed to ask their dad and mom to stream Disney music incessantly. (Or is that simply my kids?) However I didn’t anticipate it occurring so quickly. In its third week, the album has risen to the highest of the Billboard 200 with, per Billboard, 80,000 equal album models and 37,000 in gross sales. Frankly, higher than a lot of the albums to hit #1 this 12 months. It’s solely the third soundtrack album to hit #1 this 12 months following A Star Is Born and Kanye West’s Jesus Is King, which is technically the soundtrack to the movie of the identical title.

The one debut within the high 10 belongs to Fabolous and Pentatonix. The previous enters at #7 with 44,000 models for Summertime Shootout 3: Coldest Summer time Ever. Additionally, the yearly inflow of Christmas music extends to the album chart: Michael Bublé’s Christmas and Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas are again as much as #6 and #9, respectively, whereas Pentatonix’s The Greatest Of Pentatonix Christmas reaches a brand new #8 peak. Additionally within the high 10: Publish Malone, Trippie Redd, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, and Summer time Walker.

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NEWS IN BRIEF

  • Selena Gomez introduced her new album Uncommon is out 1/10 with a trailer that includes tracks from the album. [YouTube]
  • An advert from Republic Information within the LA Instances tells Grammy voters to vote for “Lover” by Taylor Swift “as a result of this decade’s most prolific songwriter has by no means received Grammy’s tune of the 12 months.” [Twitter]
  • Swift sang “Christmas Tree Farm” reside for the primary time at Capital FM’s Jingle Bell Ball. [YouTube]
  • Yet one more Taylor Swift merchandise: She shared her favourite British slang in a British Vogue video. [YouTube]
  • Lizzo clapped again at individuals who criticized her for twerking in a thong on the Lakers jumbotron. [CNN]
  • Justin Bieber bought one other neck tattoo. [Instagram]
  • Eminem is feuding with Nick Cannon. [CNN]
  • Kacey Musgraves sang Christmas songs with James Corden. [YouTube]
  • Maroon 5, DJ Khaled, DaBaby, and Weapons N’ Roses will carry out at Bud Gentle Tremendous Bowl Music Fest throughout Tremendous Bowl week in Miami. [ABC]
  • Somebody shot and killed Luke Bryan’s pink stag from the highway close to his property exterior of Nashville. [Tennesseean]
  • Charlie Puth was a visitor on The Tonight Present. [YouTube]
  • The 1975 are suspending their European tour with a view to end Notes On A Conditional Kind. [Instagram]
  • Ariana Grande introduced a reside album. [Twitter]
  • Meghan Trainor has a brand new single referred to as “Evil Twin” out tomorrow. [Twitter]
  • Alec Benjamin launched a brand new tune, “Thoughts Is A Jail.” [Facebook]

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