When talking about so far at Billboard , it's hard to avoid the fact that the chart year has only had 24 editions of the Hot , and Drake has been No. It's the most that any one artist has dominated the listing's top spot in a year's first six months this decade -- though shout-out to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' combined 11 weeks on top in the first half of -- and it essentially leaves the non-Drake part of the field wide open when it comes to discussing the year's best and biggest singles. But that's fine. Beyond the Drakening, has been a year of pleasant surprises on the charts: All-Star teamups we didn't see coming, previously unknown artists coming out with left-field hits, and a handful of big-name comebacks taking us to unexpected new places, all of which made the predictability at pop's highest level forgivable. And besides, those two Drake songs are pretty great too: You'll see them both below as we recount our 50 favorite songs of so far, with a Spotify playlist of all 50 at the bottom. The moment fans have been waiting for since Timberlake and Stapleton collaborated at the CMA Awards finally came in , and it's as special as that instant-classic performance.
Luckily, that also made this one of the most exciting years for singles on the charts and in our own personal playlists in recent memory -- one in which the biggest hits were also some of the most challenging and rewarding, and in which the more conventional pop songs that did break through on a massive scale felt fresher than they have in a long time. From the "Shallow" to "The Middle" to the highest of "High Hopes," music was captivating at all levels in Here are the Billboard staff's favorite songs of the year. An obvious Hot chart topper and delightful fixture on pop radio. Jessie Reyez, "Body Count". Young Fathers, "In My View". Avril Lavigne, "Head Above Water". Death Cab for Cutie, "Gold Rush".
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The track, which spent eight weeks at Number 1 between April and June, takes the top spot on the chart of the year with a combined sales figure of 1. The song, which trailed his fifth album Scorpion, spent nine weeks at the helm between February and April. Drake may have just missed out on the top spot, but he bags two more spots in the Top fellow chart-toppers Nice For What and In My Feelings place at 7 and God's Plan also finishes as the year's most streamed song with m plays. See Drake's full UK Chart history here. In December, a landmark 2 billion audio streams were served in a single week for the first time.
The excellent young New Zealand band take part in the grand power-pop tradition of addictively buoyant songs about crummy romance. The Danish punk boys come on like bastard sons of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, with a smoldering venture into mutant American roots-rock from their excellent fourth album, Beyondless. Guitars sulk and kick like Eighties Def Leppard, while the blocky bass lines are tenacious enough to compete with Atlanta hip-hop; brusque rapping tugs against intricate, swooping singing. And alongside Robyn, it was more proof that American pop acts can learn a lot about emotional depth from their EU peers. This song, which mirrors the sort of mood-swings familiar to many of us in , is an outburst of chiming joy modulated by unshakable clouds. The finale of her warmest LP yet caps a virtual mixtape of ecstatic dance floor melancholy. During her post-teen-pop phase, Hayley Kiyoko has transformed herself into a queer-pop auteur, directing and starring in her own videos for pulsing anthems. Lil Baby and Gunna are the princes who were promised. The Turbo produced song is a tumbling, Western that features Baby and Gunna rapping about dripping and drowning and waves. Pistol Annies have made their name crafting songs about women desperate to break free from their drunk, dejected husbands.