Time was, when physical formats reigned, if a song didn't take off on first release, it was either consigned to history for ever or, if it was lucky, given another chance with a rerelease. In the digital era, however, a song can afford to be a slow-burner — if it doesn't work out first time, all is not lost. Good songs never die!
1969: "Sugar, Sugar" — The Archies
All of the above? Well, we're right there with you. Ease yourself into this revelation by indulging your airwaves with some of the biggest hits that '97 so kindly gifted us
1968: "Hey Jude" — The Beatles
The sheer number of songs released each year has become so staggering, what with all the one-off singles and album tracks, that finding new music has grown increasingly difficult. That's where our list of the the best songs of the year comes in. We scour the output of major and up-and-coming artists and filter it all down to this frequently updated playlist of absolute jams. You know those songs that immediately make your mind "cut to" a sequence of memories or even a daydream of what-could-bes that play like a film reel? Considering he sounds like a blazing star on the stylish, breezy song, his assessment isn't far off. It's not just that the track has a certain swagger that highlights his ability to deliver rhymes that are as witty as they are sexy, it really is a sharp homage to where he's been and where he's going. Referencing Kobe Bryant's death as a reckoning as his own coming-of-age, the fact that he's helping out his mom with rent and played the track through the phone to his friend who's incarcerated, that Woodlaw Park is still a part of him even if he's driving past it in his new fancy car. Venezuelan experimentalist producer Arca 's songs don't always sound like songs.
Subscriber Account active since. Every year, the Billboard chooses the best performing pop song from the previous year, based on units sold and chart performance. Some of these songs never even hit No.