Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place.
"Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande
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Subscriber Account active since. The Billboard Hot is roundly recognized as the music industry's most reliable measure of song popularity. To score a No. Mariah Carey added to that historic number when her classic holiday single, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," topped the chart for the first time since its release in Moreover, thanks to smash hits like Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" and Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" — both of which dominated radio play and streaming numbers for an unprecedented stretch of weeks — only 17 songs claimed the chart's top spot this year. They're listed in chronological order below. It had already been No.
June brought us slow-burners and sad bangers, noise-rock showstoppers and big-name collaborators. Keep scrolling to read about all our favorites, and listen to a Spotify playlist with all these songs and more right here. Within mere seconds of hitting play on their debut album, Geordie Greep and Matt Kwasniewski-Kelvin of black midi make their case as two of our most inventive contemporary guitarists, all while you try your hardest to keep time with a beat that will still elude you after 10 listens. Listen here. Taylor Vick, the voice behind the Oakland-based indie-country outfit Boy Scouts, just wants you to be alright. The return of Buddy and Julie Miller has been one of the best unexpected treats of A rolling cymbal and a shaker give a sense of motion appropriate for a song about driving, golden wheat whipping by on either side. Over staccato guitar riffs, Chura shouts at an unnamed figure, revealing feelings of loneliness and anger; with a crunchy bass line and chomping drums, the song is a delight, effortlessly moving from one verse to its subdued guitar solo bridge, to its crescendoing finale.