In the s, technology made creating, distributing, and listening to music easier than at any previous point in history. A million modes of distribution meant you could hear those songs milliseconds after they were born. Artists started releasing music at an unprecedentedly rapid pace. The infinite scroll of social media made listeners insatiable.
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In , with one killer track, an artist could become a household name, sparking infinite conversations and even more memes. In addition to all the new names, established artists like Lana Del Rey and Vampire Weekend redefined themselves and reset the trajectories of their careers. At the end of one year, and looking ahead to the next decade, here are the tracks we believe will stand the test of time. Listen to selections from this list on our Spotify playlist and Apple Music playlist. Shawn Mendes seems beamed in from a pop era before face tattoos and pink hair and cursing: Last year, when the Canadian heartthrob revealed he liked to— gasp! On paper, Mendes is pining after the girl who got away with the obsessiveness of an Instagram stalker—and yet his effervescent delivery, and shameless cheesing in the video , make it clear that this winning rom-com of a song has a happy ending. The titular vocal sample, chopped into oblivion, is a suitable mantra: Nate returned to footwork while recovering from an injury that left him temporarily paralyzed from the waist down, a particularly cruel irony in a scene defined by movement. What emerges is a strangled, melodic hook offset by unsettling vocal effects and chords that spiral upwards in a nervous twist of energy. The exhilarating track from her seventh studio album, Beauty Marks , follows the singer in the throes of infatuation, with a throwback disco beat that mimics her joy. The heartbreaker and the heartbroken—aka the villain and the victim—are often the stock characters in songs about failing relationships.
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Who else could pull it off? Who else would even try? Cole Rachel. But Cox was the one whose interviews made headlines , whose unpredictable onstage behavior became the cornerstone of band lore, whose photo of poo wound up on the internet. Deerhunter: "Desire Lines". On one hand, it's the simplest song on the album, its beat mostly just those unforgettable, doorbell-like nine notes and a thunderous bass drum courtesy of Hit-Boy and all it does is hit, boy. Rap's two kings might have had other things to attend to, it said, but they could crank out the best, catchiest music in the world and make it feel effortless.
The Shangri-Las perfected pop melodrama, and their best songs feel like a synthesis of Douglas Sirk, Beatlemania, Hells Angels, and a support group for middle-aged manic depressives. Yes, the group addressed the most lurid elements of s suburbia, from rape and death to skull-smashing bikers and abused dropouts. Surrounded by siren-like howls and orchestral plinks, the girls rue their own appeal and repent for sanitizing their bad-boy beaus. Where did this come from? Drugs, you say? Well, sure… Timothy Leary was involved, as he so often was in those days. LSD had come to the boys a year earlier and Lennon had imbibed and things were changing fast. Never had pop swirled quite like this—the seagulls, the sitar drone, the sped-up orchestral bits.