There you are, with access to something like million hours of music and it's so difficult to choose just one song. We live in a time where our incredible access to music is both a blessing and a curse. How does one curate the thousands upon thousands of songs that will be released this year alone? Thankfully, we're pretty much tethered to our headphones most waking hours listening to all the latest tracks from the best and least known artists of today. Here, we've curated the best songs of so far. Listen to our Best of playlist on Spotify. Not Yola. The singer soars above the backing with her warm, flexible, undeniable instrument. Where that check at?
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The final year of the decade saw A-list superstars relatively quiet on the singles front; instead we saw newcomers shine, and more established artists revived, re-energised and reinvented. Here are the tracks that topped our playlist, setting the scene for an exciting decade to come. You can listen to all 20 tracks here Warning: Contains some language that may offend. The meme that turned into a movement; the song was an unapologetic call to have a good time and not give a flying flamingo about what anybody thinks. The guitar solo, or more accurately a guitar roar, is worthy of Neil Young at his peak. FKA twigs, Cellophane. Solange, Almeda The sound of black pride in Playboi Carti and The-Dream joined the celebration, adding weight and joy to the mood. A snarling, pessimistic portrait of Britain from the street — covering Brexit, class warfare, and widening inequality — but told with bluntness, wit and wordplay. One of its most stunning and human moments came on Frontier.
From pop comebacks to international acts finding crossover success to gorgeous ballads and irresistible dancefloor bait, was quite the year. Here are the songs we couldn't stop playing this year. Think the vulnerable voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic about the ills of millennial dating. 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.
You can listen to all songs that were voted for in our playlist. M ore than 50 Guardian music writers were polled for their favourite albums and tracks of the year, and a bewilderingly complex spreadsheet was created to tally their votes. For the Serf s Up! Her incitement to cunnilingus is admirably casual, but Missy Elliott steals the show with her menagerie of purrs and trills. Even as Lykke Li catalogues the torments doled out by her would-be lover, the distant steel pan chime, sparkling disco chorus and sugar-spun melodies maintain the glimmering mirage of possibility.