It was a strong year for increased variety in hit pop music. A slice of mainstream pop perfection introduced Canadian singer-songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen to pop fans around the world. Watch Video. What happens when one of the biggest country crossover stars of all time meets Max Martin, one of the world's top pop music alchemists? It's an ultra-catchy song with all the cleverness of Taylor Swift's lyrical genius. This was not exactly the form that most would have thought the K-Pop breakthrough in the US would take. However, "Gangnam Style" is irresistible in melody and the accompanying video charmed the entire world.
113. "Baby" by Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris
112. "Sucker" by the Jonas Brothers
From Rack City to the Gangnam District , pop music was a fun place to visit in So relive the year that was with our list of the Best Songs of —the boy-band songs, the one-hit wonders, the dancefloor anthems and the instant classics that made the year so unforgettable. Mayans, do your worst. And by the way: Check out the rest of our year-end coverage, too! A worthy successor to M83's "Midnight City" as the year's best, most lushly romantic '80s-inspired synth-pop song, with a title and hook that demands emotional urgency in an effectively literal manner.
This Heat's last statement prior to their dissolution, Deceit saw the trio continuing to plot a path that harkened to other sounds of the moment, while remaining thoroughly unique. Bungle re-record their thrash demo, Anaal Nathraak solidify their stature as one of the most extreme black metal acts, Sumac carry on their free rock infestations, and Armoured Saint with Spirit Adrift stand as torchbearers to heavy metal's past and future. With Girls Against God , avant-garde musician Jenny Hval gives us a semi-autobiographical text that, like the metalhead teen she describes, won't abide by any rules. In the process of creating Disco , Kylie Minogue has captured the essence of what has always made her compelling: ignoring expectations and dancing the tears away. Signed to Nettwerk Records after she took her musical pursuits to LA, Boston's Rosie Darling debuts as a singer-songwriter who brings a soothing voice and peace of mind to these turbulent times. There's a lightness to Jennifer Castle's songwriting and performance on Monarch Season.
Subscriber Account active since. Is it something you can listen to over and over without getting tired of it? Is it something you can only listen to sparingly because it makes you feel all the feelings? Did it pioneer a totally unique sound, or does it perfectly harness a musical trend that you already enjoy? There are many beautiful songs that are best heard within the context of an album, when an artist has weaved their tracklist together seamlessly and gracefully. Fiona Apple and Mitski come to mind, for example, as well as two of this year's best albums: "Norman Fing Rockwell! But which songs can be pulled out from an album or discography and still be just as good, if not better? This process becomes even more complicated when you're asking how a song fits into its own era in this case, its decade.