2019 was a year full of an eclectic mix of music. There were plenty of traditional pop hits and an equal number of what many people consider to be “anti-pop.” There were rap songs released that kept up with the trap influence of the past few years, tied in some old school beats and cadences, and even crossed over to the country genre. Overall 2019 was a year of the exploration of the future and reflection of the past sounds, making it an exciting year for fans of all music genres. Here we will recap the most popular songs of 2019.
20. Better by Khalid
Better was released as a single on Khalid’s album “Suncity.” The song’s mellow and laid back beat paired with Khalid’s smooth voice earned it a slow rise to the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.
19. Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper
Shallow is featured on the soundtrack of the movie A Star is Born, starred by both Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper. The powerful ballad touched the hearts of millions, and when listened to it is easy to see why.
18. Going Bad by Meek Mill featuring Drake
Going Bad was the lead single on Meek Mill’s album Championships, and was seen as a public notice that the beef between Drake and Meek Mill had ended.
17. Eastside by benny blanco, Halsey, and Khalid
Eastside is benny blanco’s debut single, and a beautiful blend of three different unique voices. Halsey’s light and airy voice juxtaposed with both Khalid and benny blanco’s makes this an unforgettable pop tune.
16. I Don’t Care by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber
This song was released as the lead single for Ed Sheeran’s album No. 6 Collaborations Project. It’s upbeat dancehall-inspired instrumentation and happy melody was welcomed by fans, placing it at number one on charts in 26 countries.
15. Senorita by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
Senorita was the second collaboration between Mendes and Cabello. The lightweight melody carried by Cabello combined with Mendes’ signature voice helped this song rise to the number one spot on the US charts.
14. Dancing with a Stranger by Sam Smith and Normani
Sam Smith and Normani joined forces to create this silky smooth R&B/pop collaboration. It finished the year on 6 of the US Top charts.
13. Truth Hurts by Lizzo
Truth Hurts is an undeniably uplifting pop/R&B anthem by Lizzo. Her soulful voice and catchy punchlines make it the perfect song to get up and sing (or scream) along to.
12. Thank U, Next by Ariana Grande
Thank U, Next was released in the wake of Grande’s breakup with ex-fiance Pete Davidson along with a Mean Girls-Inspired music video. The melody paired with Ariana Grande’s unique voice made this single an instant hit.
11. High Hopes by Panic! At the Disco
High Hopes was released as the second single of the American pop-rock band’s album Pray for the Wicked. It went on to become the band’s highest-charting song to date.
10. Sucker by Jonas Brothers
Sucker was the pop-rock group Jonas Brothers’ first single in six years. The upbeat song was released with a music video that included all of the brothers’ wives.
9. SICKO MODE by Travis Scott
Sicko Mode was Travis Scott’s first number one song on the US Billboard Hot 100, and the first hip hop song to ever last 30 weeks in the chart’s top ten region.
8. Talk by Khalid
Talk, a light mix of R&B and electronic music, is Khalid’s fifth top ten hit. It reached its peak at number three on the Billboard Hot 100.
7. 7 rings by Ariana Grande
As one of the breakout singles of Grande’s album Thank U, Next, 7 rings takes inspiration from “My Favorite Things” among other songs. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
6. Happier by Marshmello and Bastille
Happier, an upbeat dance-pop tune, became both Marshmello and Bastille’s highest-charting single.
Top Five Songs of 2019
5. Wow. by Post Malone
4. Bad Guy by Billie Eilish
3. Without Me by Halsey
2. Sunflower by Post Malone and Swae Lee
1. Old Town Road by Lil Nas X featuring Billy Ray Cyrus
All of the songs on this list impacted the year of 2019 in a different way. Among them are unexpected collaborations, genre-bending singles, and up-and-coming breakout artists. Although no two of these songs are the same, they all share the same ambition and passion for continuing to allow music to evolve over time.