From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. Following in the footsteps of international kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema's crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer joy. Sex sells, but Rapsody has never been one to conform to hip-hop's misogynistic views of women. Angel Olsen's lush, throaty voice connects with an eerie, '80s-leaning production to create a musical masterpiece. One of the most ubiquitous songs of came from pop's newest power couple. Hate it or love it, Shawn and Camila make magic together.
Look alive, people! Lover or hate her ha Stream Now. Yeah, the finale left us on about two million cliff-hangers, but this new Zendaya single is so good that it was all worth it in the end. This new Sam Smith song is so catchy, it will probably be stuck in your head until He truly proved that he can turn a sad song into a full-on dance bop, and we will never be able to repay him for his services. Uh, this belongs on this list for the relationship rumors it has sparked alone. It will cure you. Yes, Game of Thrones is probably going to rip all our hearts out by killing off all our favorite characters, but at least it gave us this song!
You can listen to all songs that were voted for in our playlist. Mon 2 Dec M ore than 50 Guardian music writers were polled for their favourite albums and tracks of the year, and a bewilderingly complex spreadsheet was created to tally their votes. For the Serf s Up! Her incitement to cunnilingus is admirably casual, but Missy Elliott steals the show with her menagerie of purrs and trills. Even as Lykke Li catalogues the torments doled out by her would-be lover, the distant steel pan chime, sparkling disco chorus and sugar-spun melodies maintain the glimmering mirage of possibility. Motivation is the pop equivalent of an Olympics-winning gymnastics routine: Normani serves take-it-or-leave-it cool, effortless vocal workouts and nonchalant cheerleader authority on the Ariana Grande co-write. The former Fifth Harmony member swiftly establishes her own brand of excellence, and demands that lovers and fans alike recognise her game.
Thank god for that because didn't shape up to be any easier than , and we needed all the great music we could get. Throughout the year, we listened to and judged every new tune and collected the ones we love the most. The video? A work of art.