), extending his record for most among solo males. But in terms of musical achievement and the sheer exhilaration that accompanies a perfect pop single, “No Tears Left To Cry” towers over not just “thank u, next” but all of 2018. Former rivals Meek Mill and Drake’s “Going Bad” debuts at #6, one of 15 songs from Meek’s Championships album to land on the Hot 100 this week. It’s one of those multi-part prog epics that seems too unwieldy to be a hit until it worms its way into your consciousness and you can no longer remember when it sounded like anything but instant-classic pop music. Over on the Hot 100, Ariana Grande’s “thank u, next” returns to #1 for a fourth nonconsecutive week as expected. Sunflower (Spiderman into the Spiderverse). Muffled deep house organ chords are topped by chiming bells, with a little ribbon of acid wriggling between them; Gou’s own Korean vocals are a beautiful combination of naivety, boredom and earnestness. Experimental oddities like “Black Panther” and “Opps” that somehow sounded like the most natural superhero blockbuster music ever. Best of all, it had full-fledged anthems “All The Stars” and “Pray For Me,” songs humongous and cinematic enough to live up to a film that felt like a true Pop Culture Moment. Last week’s #1, Travis Scott’s “Sicko Mode,” slides back to #2 despite gaining in sales, streaming, and airplay. Here’s the top 10: 116.1 million, “In My Feelings,” Drake, July 28, 2018 The arch-android who could explain every element of her immaculate pop on her previous albums professed to be lost for words on Make Me Feel, her brain scrambled by lust. [, Robin Thicke is back with a new song, “Testimony. The sheer invention and daring of the song and video seem to contradict that. Yes, Boys’ sassy chimes and vintage funk licks bring to mind Blurred Lines and Uptown Funk. After 6ix9ine’s Dummy Boy at #3 comes the #4 debut of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships by the 1975. Read about the top 20 below, and hear the whole top 100 in playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. By making it danceable, meanwhile, she hands you a tequila shot, pointing a route out of pain through hedonism. UPDATED: Check out the best new pop songs of 2019!. There are only two bands in this top 20, showing how the cultural dial (at least among Guardian critics) has continued to drift away from indie and rock. Thanks as always for reading and for another great year of discussion, and I’ll see you all back here in January for the State Of Pop Address. Top 100 songs for the year 2018 from the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 charts. But any pretense of a storybook ending evaporated in September when her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller died of an overdose. The most important stories and least important memes, every Friday. It’s Meek’s first top 10 hit and Drake’s 33rd(! This dazed float down the river of dreams represents Post Malone’s world-conquering sing-song post-hip-hop at its best — narcotic, amniotic, and not really psychotic in the slightest. Neither the music nor the writing about the music has always been top-shelf, but my, have the highs been high. [, Eminem gets stabbed by Jessie Reyez in his new video for “Good Guy.” [, Zayn released another new song, “There You Are,” from his new album out tonight. The hard-rocking “Wasted On Each Other” and the Strokes-worshipping “Pink Lemonade” are at least as good as the post-Bon Iver new wave gospel ballad “Wild Love,” but “Wild Love” is the one that actually fits on a list of pop songs, so. There is an argument to be made that “thank u, next,” with its tabloid-baiting, meme-inspiring lyrics and hyper-referential music video, is pop’s defining song this year. But this Melbourne quintet show that jangling guitars will never, ever stop being a joy, no matter how much tastes change. Malamente is about defying a bad omen, but even if you can’t understand a word of Spanish star Rosalía’s lyrics – thrillingly rapped, trilled and whispered – the song’s dangerous air of seduction makes her proposition perfectly clear. If you want to think of pop in terms of cultural anthropology or celebrity-driven narrative, sure. Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake, and Selena Gomez are just a few of the biggest names of 2018 pop music. 101.7 million, “God’s Plan,” Drake, March 3, 2018 That’s largely on the strenth of 93.8 million track streams, which surpasses Taylor Swift’s 84.5 million-stream week for “Look What You Made Me Do” to become the biggest weekly total by a female artist. With 229,000 equivalent album units and 42,000 in sales, Championships debuts atop the Billboard 200. Me after me eat cookie: https://t.co/hLyensxQX8, — Cookie Monster (@MeCookieMonster) December 11, 2018, Ticketmaster Plans To Check COVID Vaccine Status For Concerts, CMAs Wanted “No Drama” Tonight But There Is Already So Much Drama, Hear Pauline Anna Strom’s “Marking Time” From First New Album In 30 Years, Marilyn Manson Hangs Up On Interviewer When Asked About Evan Rachel Wood’s Abuse Allegations, Blackpink Anger China By Improperly Handling Baby Panda While Wearing Too Much Makeup. Drake balances a beautifully simple, keening top line with the chaotic big dick energy of late rapper Magnolia Shorty, whose sampled exhortations to “clap that ass” were duly followed on dancefloors across the globe. It’s possible that I will look back on this period of my life with such deep regret, and yet I keep mainlining these 1975 singles. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – Mainland, Christine and the Queens – Doesn’t Matter, Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane). Cast your vote below for the best songs of 2018 in the pop category. An upstart British singer and the artist formerly known as DJ Mustard channeled vibes from Kanye’s “Big Brother” and Jay and Bey’s “Part II (On The Run)” into a retro R&B swoon, swapped out the celebrity mythology for a universal story of head-over-heels infatuation, and had the whole world deep in our feelings. “I’d love it if we made it,” Healy sings, in one of the year’s simplest yet most affecting lyrics. Crushing the patriarchy: 100 points. Grande and writer-producer Max Martin, who teamed up for my favorite pop songs of 2014 and 2016, have done it again here. Imagine the pools of saliva that would be forming under critics’ mouths if this song was by the 1975. The central message is to remember that this is America, where someone got shot by police who mistook his smartphone for a gun: “This a celly / that’s a tool.” Or could the phone be a tool you use yourself, perhaps to document police brutality (as in the video)? What sorcery is this? The double A-side single that gave us this and “No Angel” wasn’t as audaciously forward-thinking as Pop 2, but it sure did sound ahead of its time. Well, perhaps it can be both: how sex can be spiritually restorative, or self-care its own kind of eroticism. It’s his second #1 album following 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money. By the time Sweetener dropped in August, the narrative of Ariana Grande the joyful resilient conquerer was solidified. Kicking off our roundups of the best music of 2018, polled from votes by more than 50 Guardian music writers, we count down our favourite tracks of the year – topped by a man who managed to unpick US racial politics, launch a thousand thinkpieces and reach No 1 in the US charts, all with a single track. Grande’s song acknowledged that, and her year proved it. The east London rapper certainly shares his deep-throated authority on this breakthrough track that threw down a marker like a banger on a pavement. 97.6 million, “Harlem Shake,” Baauer, March 9, 2013 If there are any recent pop songs that are missing, feel free to add them. Panic! Life is strange. “Remember when i was like hey i have no tears left to cry and the universe was like HAAAAAAAAA bitch u thought.” So tweeted Ariana Grande about a month ago, still reeling from the death of an ex, the end of a hasty engagement, and all the public scrutiny that accompanied her bumpy yet triumphant 2018. Y’all wanna hear something crazy? According to Billboard it’s the seventh best streaming week of all-time. And music video of the century while we’re at it. She’d bounced back from the 2017 bombing at her Manchester arena show and, unbeknownst to the public at the time, was moving on from a relationship she described as “toxic” to one that exemplified full-blown puppy love. Last modified on Mon 15 Apr 2019 11.26 BST. What this sonic pick-me-up both argued and demonstrated is that when your life is shattered, you can put it back together again. Everyone who jumped out of a moving car for the #InMyFeelingsChallenge was way more devoted to a bit than Drake is to any of the women he name-checked here. [, Here’s rare glimpse at what is apparently a giant owl tattooed on Drake’s chest. It is a desperately sad song: bass lurching like an oil spill that tapers to a calligraphic point, a stark Hey Mickey drumbeat that’s almost mockingly peppy. Believe it or not, the Cardi-infused remix that made this song a hit came out this year. The scene in A Star Is Born when Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s characters perform this together for the first time is a legitimate spine-tingler. Basically, like The Week In Pop as a franchise, this list focuses on mainstream pop — music that rules the streaming, sales, and radio charts that feed into Billboard’s Hot 100, and music that aims for that kind of ubiquity — but in practice I define it however I want. This is exactly as a song about sex in a new relationship should be: as his coy, sultry verses give way to irrepressible pop euphoria in the chorus, he preserves the awe in ecstasy.
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