Ariana's love anthems. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper making surprisingly sweet music together. Cardi B dominating the charts. If you can say one good thing about , it's that the songs were fire. Here are the 26 best of the year so far. On the surface, Maroon 5's "Girls Like You" is a simple, cute bop you can sway to and sing in the mirror. Have you ever had one of those pinch-me-I'm-dreaming love moments? Yeah, me neither. But Ella Mai's "Boo'd Up," the song you couldn't escape this summer, perfectly captures what happens when you meet a guy who you fall head over heels for.
1. Childish Gambino – This Is America
When Drake dropped two new songs in the middle of the night back in January, we suddenly had a glimmer of hope that would be the year we all needed. That pipe dream quickly faded, but at least we had some great music! From the bangers to the sad songs to the pop hits in-between, we've rounded up the best music this year had to offer.
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There is no single song that defines We live in an age in which music is more accessible and easier to make than ever before. A kid with a computer could become the most popular artist in the country over night. This is a time when Spotify averages 13, new songs every month. Instead, we bring you 55 songs from —unranked—that provide a cross section of the music that commanded the charts, pushed the boundaries of genre, and captured the political and cultural zeitgeist of You can also listen to the playlist on Spotify. That album marked the moment when the young Odd Future-affiliated rapper started to find his own identity. He had already defined himself as a brilliant, versatile lyricist, but his sound was still something majorly in the works. Earl is very much back. And while it might seem bizarre for a young rapper to focus on a dying medium, Staples seems to be commenting for the most part on how we consume pop music.