The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. This list is the finale of my weekly pop column, The Week In Pop , which means the picks are mine and mine alone, not something the Stereogum staff voted on together. And as always, some of these songs were technically released in , but their impact on was massive. Like the parameters of pop itself, the ranking system was difficult to define but intuitive enough.
Just watch. But if Steinfeld insists on it, she might as well do it with a titanic chorus as blunt and effective as its masturbation metaphors. The chorus absolutely soars. Being a basic bastard has never sounded so good. An introverted soul instant classic. Kendrick Lamar feels the same way. What a time to be alive.
Kelly was shoehorned into just about every televised awards show this year, and although she might not be actually-popular enough to merit such treatment, her charmingly straightforward pop is better than 90 percent of the sonic refuse that made it on stage at the VMAs, AMAs, or whichever MAs you happened to be hate-watching on a given evening. I will fight you about this. That once-ubiquitous Mustardwave production suddenly sounds almost as dated as the Whitney Houston classic Jeremih liberally interpolates here.
So what? Everything about the production here is impeccable, especially that sonic twinkle that ghosts in and out of the mix. Forget about the Tinder stunt and just focus on this brisk, whistling beauty. Who would have ever predicted crunchy dubstep drop purveyor Skrillex breaking into pop radio by turning dancehall riddims into soda-can fizz?
That shift from minor-key darkness on the verses to major-key reverie on the chorus is flawless. The novelty dance song to end all novelty dance songs. In one sense, Silento will be forever ensconced in , a fossil in amber; in another sense, he will be with us always, joining us at weddings and bar mitzvahs for the duration of eternity. By the end of the year, Future had reclaimed the upper hand in the post-breakup musical sweepstakes, but this expert throwback to the days of Brandy and Monica was a painfully gorgeous reminder of which half of the former couple retains the moral high ground.
The last line is the killer. This was a late release, but it rightly ruled urban radio throughout the early months of We still need an official version of this song without J. When I polled the staff on which CRJ songs to include here, I got about 10 different suggestions, and while any of them would have made sense here, including all 10 of them would not.
So consider this pick representative of the whole album. Whereas indecisiveness is what drives Bieber mad here, that push and pull between poles is what renders this song such a gorgeous glide. When Tove Lo sings about fucking around, she does not fuck around. Shout out to the Kendrick remix. See you next year, Internet. How do you transform an EDM banger into a ballad? Turn it inside out. When all was said and done, even Taylor Swift was in the kitchen cooking pies.
But these two tracks will always be linked in my mind, calling back to a breathless anticipation that never quite panned out. What kind of weirdness did Rihanna and Kanye have in store? The all-conquering force that is Adele re-emerged late in the year to conquer all. Seven weeks later, it has yet to relinquish its place atop the Hot And holy hell did this song deserve it.
It flaunts its sexiness and owns its freakiness. It feels utterly, ebulliently effortless, but as Ronson explained to the late, great Grantland R.
It nearly self-destructed, like, 18 times because, you know, you get the seed of something that seems so magical and every time you go in to try and finish it or write the second verse, it never feels genuine or like the way it worked when you were doing it the first time. Having risen to 5.
But 21 was released in January and had all year to accumulate those sales, whereas 25 seems primed to surpass that 6 million in less than two months on the market. Only 50 Cent and the Beatles managed the same statistical feat in multiple weeks, though we should note that the Beatles did it eight times throughout including one week — April 4, — in which Beatles songs comprised the entire top 5.
Also continuing to pull off impressive chart feats is the Weeknd. But this rendition strikes me as surprisingly lifeless, even when the beat drops. Phil Spector Dead At The 50 Best Pop Songs Of Jeremih That once-ubiquitous Mustardwave production suddenly sounds almost as dated as the Whitney Houston classic Jeremih liberally interpolates here. Cole We still need an official version of this song without J. Roman GianArthur Shout out to the Kendrick remix.
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