Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Taylor Swift had the biggest album of the period with a surprise indie-folk LP, radio records were broken by The Weeknd sure and 24kGoldn and iann dior more surprising , and Nicki Minaj finally scored the first Hot chart-topper of her decade-plus of superstardom -- only to score a second barely a month later. Imagine trying to explain to folks in that a half-decade later, we'd get Jason Derulo's first No. And then imagine trying to explain how a new video-sharing service called TikTok helped make it all happen. And if you thought TikTok was influential before, that of course proved to be a gentle nudge compared to the full-body impact it flexed once the youth of America had less reason than ever not to spend all day on their phones. But even if proved to be a very strange place for pop music, it was also an undeniably fruitful one.
"Useless" by Omar Apollo
Any given year, new music is what defines our seasons—giving us something to cozy up to in the wintertime, and party to in the summertime. In , though, there was perhaps no greater companion than the music that came out, since—aside from the great new shows we were bingeing to fill our time or the movies we were lucky to catch at home—it was what many used to cope or throw their own dance parties in our living rooms during the pandemic. There may not have been many live events or the typical album rollout for artists, but both pop stars and up-and-comers still delivered hits to keep people jamming or give them a soundtrack to cry to. Below, find the 75 best songs of that managed to bring some excitement, goodness, and support to this unprecedented year. Cook A. That doesn't mean it sounds traditional, though: "Lifeline" wraps up Apple and is a genre-less hodgepodge of pop perfection. Repeating the melodramatic verse "You are my lifeline" in altered vocals over a dark, kinetic beat, the track could easily pass for the remix of a Myspace pop-punk band's hit single. The producer is a master at his craft, and making it weirder and more interesting than the rest in the game. Considering he sounds like a blazing star on the stylish, breezy song, his assessment isn't far off.
"Lifeline," A.G. Cook
The Rolling Stone Top is a song chart that ranks popular songs from today's most popular artists. Songs are ranked by Song Units, a number that combines audio streams and song sales using a custom weighting system. The song chart does not include any passive listening, such as terrestrial or digital radio. The Rolling Stone Top Song chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday. Beta Back to All Charts. Monthly Trend. Song Units Weeks at 1 3. Weeks on Chart 3.
With live music, tours, and festivals on pause, the music scene, like all things, felt different in Still, artists pushed through and kept us thrilled, comforted, and empowered in a dark and isolating year. The music that emerged from this era of separation still made us feel united and gave us something to experience together—whether we were dancing in our rooms instead of crowded clubs to Dua Lipa and Lady Gaga, celebrating the power of our sexuality through Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B, or just riding out the melancholia of the moment with Phoebe Bridgers or Soccer Mommy.