The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. It seems like just yesterday that I published the inaugural installment explaining why The Week In Pop would be a good addition to the Stereogum portfolio. Neither the music nor the writing about the music has always been top-shelf, but my, have the highs been high. Before we do this together, let me specify my parameters for inclusion.
1. Childish Gambino – This Is America
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. 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.
Billboard Critics Pick 2018's 100 Best Songs | Billboard News
What even is pop music anymore? Considering rap has overtaken every other genre as the dominate popular music in the country, you could technically argue that it is pop music. And often enough it is! Pop music. Cardi B? Pop music! And you can pretty much attribute popular music to anything on a major label that's dominating the charts. I consider pop music anything that'll put me in a good mood. When I want to escape the existential dread of our current reality, I go for some Charli XCX, some Robyn—anything that will trigger the pleasure centers of my brain rather than crippling anxiety.
The Billboard Hot is a chart that ranks the best-performing singles of the United States. Its data, published by Billboard magazine and compiled by Nielsen SoundScan , is based collectively on each single's weekly physical and digital sales, as well as airplay and streaming. At the end of a year, Billboard will publish an annual list of the most successful songs throughout that year on the Hot chart based on the information. For , the list was published on December 4, calculated with data from December 2, to November 17, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.