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Emerging artists you should get to know. MTV and all related titles and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc. Pop music’s best wasted no time getting into formation this year, with major releases from a galaxy of our brightest stars cluttering the calendar’s opening months. Desiigner for every Drake, a Kiiara for every Kanye. Note: Songs were considered eligible for this list if they were either released in 2016 or peaked on the Hot 100 during that time — unless they already appeared on our 2015 list. After decades of men singing to women they know “want it” on the dance floor, Meghan Trainor hits the club and K. This fickle minded heart that loves fake shiny things.
It sounds more like your own warped perspective on what the other person in a breakup must be thinking rather than the actual other side of the story, but maybe that’s why so many people liked it, as it became Aussie producer Flume’s first U. If Carly Rae Jepsen hadn’t taken EMOTION SIDE B for her own 2016 release, Shura could have earned the title with her supercharged set of synth-pop fireworks, Nothing’s Real. Legend has it that when Gucci Mane was released from federal prison this May after nearly three years behind bars, it took him just six days to record his comeback album, Everybody Looking, with his two closest producers, Zaytoven and Mike WiLL Made-It. So it makes sense that one of the album’s standout tracks is a co-credit between the two beatmakers, with the rapper dedicating the hook to his friendship with each. Britney Spears, “Do You Wanna Come Over?
A throbbing, soda-popping and unmistakably menacing Pharrell beat puts Britney Spears in Predator Mode on this Glory should-be-single, simultaneously seductive and terrifying as Brit declares “Nobody should be alone if they don’t have to be,” not allowing for a ton of choice in the matter. Lord help us all if your answer’s no. After Kelsea Ballerini’s cutesy-by-comparison breakout single, the country princess showed her more vulnerable side with a ballad telling of her problems with boyfriend immaturity. Undoubtedly the weirdest song to ever anchor a Sprite commercial, Lil Yachty’s original falsetto-laden “Minnesota” was plenty inviting on its own. Breathy, sexy fun, and Selena Gomez’s quivering delivery of the coy lyrics makes you really believe she literally cannot let her hands stay idle. It also contains quite possibly the best throwaway line of the year, where she cleverly undercuts her own oft-repeated chorus insistence: “I mean, I could, but why would I want to? Ramones-esque sun-punk mixes with Cars-like new-wave sheen and Sesame Street-style alphabetics, and the blend is just as elementally irresistible as any of its components.
Just when you think nothing could match Enrique Iglesias’ 2014 smash hit “Bailando,” he and Wisin drop the sultry pop-reggaetón track “Duele el corazón,” which had us hooked from the first listen with its hummable riff and catchy, playful lyrics. Today in pop singles that should have been massive hits: After working with Greg Kurstin for portions of 2013’s Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara Quin team with the producer for 10 shimmering synth-pop gems, including this infectious tale of being in a relationship that’s everything but public, topped off by a towering chorus. Chart-topping fifth album Death of a Bachelor validated Panic! At the Disco’s decision to shed whatever remained of their pop-punk preciousness for the brand of cacophonous turbo-rock they currently sport, and lead single “Victorious” is the LP’s finest showcase of the kind of arena-ready hooks and casually operatic vocals that would make frontman Brendon Urie’s idol Freddie Mercury proud. They are the champions, my friend. Eastern-influenced deep house gem commences with a lurking guitar line and woodwind drones, before sidewinding into an infectious melodic groove midway through.
Afrika Burn, it’s little wonder the eight-minute odyssey arrives playa-ready. Hot 100 peak at a relatively modest no. There’s no time to sleep, living in a dream. The sinewy Michigan rocker Børns, who broke out in 2015 with his re-released glam anthem “Electric Love,” followed that up this year with the seductive “American Money,” a “wonderful pleasure” of a ballad that was remixed, by AWAY, for an even richer experience. Over their three-album history, this Los Angeles quartet built a reputation for heady, hypnotic guitar music. But on this startling single — the lead cut from their 2016 self-tiled album — the women of Warpaint also proved they could be hypnotically catchy, moreso than most of their indie-rock competitors managed to be in 2016. Hard to decide what’s more out of step with 2016: A dance song that eschews drops and trops for analog instrumentation and disco glitz, or one that pretends that dialing operators is still even a thing.
You know that thing where you’re so guilty about your implicit culpability in a military-industrial complex that indiscriminately kills innocent people by remote that you almost wish you yourself were dead? Well, you will after listening to Anohni’s shimmering, gorgeous electro-pop masterpiece, which finds brand-new levels of beauty in socio-political awareness. Built on a sample from Philly soul pillar Dexter Wansel, the song is nevertheless as bright as the Odd Future member’s native L. The world could change its heart. If there’s an album that’s going to revive your interest in indie rock this year, it’s Mitski’s Puberty 2 — largely due to its willingness to smash the tropes that’ve stagnated the genre. This is what hanging out with Kanye West gets you: A fractured piano ballad that sets up a call-and-response between Justin Vernon’s signature ghostly vocals and a malfunctioning robot over blown-speaker beats, in a song whose title may or may not be a reference to Jesus’ age at his death, with lyrics that are inscrutable at best. Why does Kevin Gates have two phones, you may wonder?