Its biggest line may be a triple negative – “can’t nobody tell me nothing” – but Old Town Road’s success is nothing but positive. But her contempt ebbs away, replaced by gasping desperation that reveals the damage done by their neglect. BBT, This was the Newcastle outsider folk artist’s poppiest moment by far – and also, in a catalogue full of tender humanity, his most powerfully humane. Even if you're not quite there yet, Lizzo's "Juice" is there to give you the boost you need. What with its nostalgic boy-band appeal and impeccably catchy swagger (not to mention the adorable video starring IRL Jonas partners Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas), "Sucker" does what it says on the package. —Estelle Tang, As a kid, Billie Eilish loved Justin Bieber—like, really loved The Biebz. The groovy '90s-inspired feel-good song is just as good a companion on the train during your morning commute. BBT, Having the freedom not to care is harder to come by for some people than others – and harder to come by at all these days. Luckily, he has a wealth of actual love songs in his discography—sadly, not about me—and “If I Can’t Have You” has not left the “recently played” section in my library. It’s an upbeat tune that feels like the honeymoon phase of a summer romance.
"In another time, in another place/You would be mine," SiR pines on "You Can't Save Me." “Please me, baby / Turn around and just tease me, baby,” Bruno’s velvety voice purrs over a bed of swirling synths, balancing out Cardi’s brash, sex-drenched lyrics about her bedroom skills. Lacing the juddering pulse of adrenaline with her vulnerable vocal delivery, AWtD puts Georgia in the big, Robyn-shaped pop leagues. As with Del Rey’s valedictory ballad, he avoids obvious musical darkness and shoots for a more striking contrast by invoking the vivid, happy sounds of various 20th-century utopias: the pattering hand percussion calls back to hippies sitting in circles during the age of Aquarius; its sweet guitar filigree is straight out of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the show that taught empathy to a generation of American kids. No?
—Estelle Tang, "Bury a Friend" might seem like a sinister directive, but when you find out that 17-year-old Billie Eilish wrote this single "from the perspective of the monster under my bed," that makes it better, right? "Do not sleep / She waits for you to sleep," she sings: very chill, not scary at all. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. —Nerisha Penrose, Sometimes you just need to scream "I'm goals" to yourself. —Nerisha Penrose, Last we heard of Bruno Mars and Cardi B, they had fans doing the old-school wop and Kid 'n Play dance to their '90s-inspired gem “Finesse.” For the duo’s sequel, “Please Me,” Bruno and Cardi leave the House Party and head straight to the bedroom. Stripped all the way back to a simple piano line and her eerie voice, "Cellophane" showcases Twigs' obsession with desire, repulsion, and the opaque spaces between two people. How do you allow yourself to fall in love without burdening your crush/boo/beau/bae with the issues your battling with yourself? —Nerisha Penrose, If releasing a brace of viral songs even before your debut album comes out creates pressure, then only the good kind visited 20-year-old lo-fi pop singer Clairo. —Estelle Tang, Megan Thee Stallion did not come to play this summer. Ahead of our countdown of the resulting 50 best albums of the year, we’re kicking off with a list of the 20 best songs. “Riot” is the haunting slow burner that tells the story of a dying relationship that’s “too routine.” Summer’s lover is content with doing the bare minimum (“And you think of roses and daisies”) but the unhappy singer requires a love more passionate than the typical. It’s a strong comeback for the artist, whose breathy, hushed whisper and sultry productions previously gifted us bops like “2 On” and “Throw a Fit.” But she didn’t go it alone: South London rapper Ms. Banks joins Nashe on her comeback track, as the ladies remind us that life is short and sometimes we just need to “drink, smoke, dance, vibe a little bit.” —Nerisha Penrose, Because sometimes we block our own blessings in an attempt to protect our feelings from being hurt, and end up hurting ourselves in the long-run. Full-length collaboration, please! You can listen to all 593 songs that were voted for in our playlist, Last modified on Wed 12 Aug 2020 11.24 BST. LS. “Can you see me using everything to hold back?” she frets, holding nothing back. I'd have no time for them, except that they rule.
BBT, With two albums in 2019 stuffed full of instantly classic songs – Forgotten Eyes, Cattails, Shoulders, Orange – Brooklyn’s Big Thief are the band of the year. —Nerisha Penrose, Last summer, it was City Girls' "Act Up" that took over the summer. —Estelle Tang, Emotions! —Estelle Tang, Marina's "Handmade Heaven" is a breath of fresh air. The singer's wistful vocals pour over a delicate piano melody; although she battles with her own demons ("Don't ask if I'm happy, you know that I'm not / But at best, I can say I'm not sad"), Del Rey forges ahead towards happiness.
—Nerisha Penrose, 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. Every item on this page was chosen by an ELLE editor. But what if we smooth off the wrong edges, betraying idealism and determination for the sake of an easier ride? The 60 Best Songs of 2019. From the moment I played the album on my commute, “Love Like That” stood out from the bunch. Esto está encendido, indeed. Am I the sun? Bojangles’ Songwriter, Dead at 78, Harry Hudson Discusses Journey With Cancer and How ‘Just Living’ Inspired His New Album, Adele Reveals on ‘SNL’: ‘My Album’s Not Finished’, Tekashi 6ix9ine Transforms Into a ‘Supervillain’ in New Teaser for Showtime, ‘Rolling Stone’ Doc, ‘SNL’: Alec Baldwin’s Trump and Jim Carrey’s Biden Face Off in Final Debate. LS, It’s a misconception that tumultuous political times produce better music, but relative prosperity is certainly responsible for its fair share of drivel. From the moment she dropped Fever, Megan made it be known that Hot Girl Season is in full effect, and “Simon Says” was just the proof she needed. AWtD is a fine teaser for a record that is worth the wait, showing off Georgia’s newfound focus on songcraft and the depth of her references as a producer (the satisfyingly meaningless title is her tribute to the robotic proclamations of Detroit techno forefathers Cybotron). In the video, her athletic choreography and throwback bellybutton piercing evoke the drilled spectacles of millennium-era Britney and Beyoncé. By clicking on an affiliate link, you accept that third-party cookies will be set. But they are rarely this tortured. Moore. That's the feeling driving "Wasted Nun," a kind of primal scream that is terrifyingly relatable.
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