After much anticipation, Nicki released her fourth studio album Queen this summer. Yes, it has a semi-upbeat mix, but don't let that distract you from the heartbreaking lyrics like, "You said 'I love you' too fast / So much for that, girl, summer just started / And we're already done." But she be acting like she don’t want me to come over sometimes and I be like, 'Damn,'" Syd said of the song. Aug 8, 2018 Getty Images. We live in an age in which music is more accessible and easier to make than ever before. It’s at once baffling and nimble, switching between a twangy yodel, a scratchy shriek, a natural coo, and an intimate whisper. And it’s another essential piece of Glover’s catalogue. I think that life is beautiful.”. Charli XCX is a genius at producing infectious glittering pop music. Not only can her musical influence be heard throughout hits from pop stars like Charli XCX, but her tracks have remained mainstays at clubs, with the likes of “Dancing On My Own” still absolutely holding up. Every product was carefully curated by an Esquire editor. In a year in which pop music—from Robyn to Ariana Grande—was making a powerful statement, singer Héloïse Letissier, who performs as Christine and the Queens, arrived from France to continue the conversation about gender and identity on Chris. 10. The highlight of that release comes on "Rose in Harlem" a song that acts as a biography of her making it out of her home neighborhood. And here are the top 10 most beautiful songs from the list, as voted on by nearly 20,000 social media users. You'll see what I mean. Sometimes being in love means bettering yourself for someone else. In the end it gave me some good perspective." This song itself has a haunting vocal aspect to it, like half-forgotten memories are worming their way into your subconscious. Welcome back, Robyn. It’s a massive dump of 24 songs, which indicates that they could have maybe used some discretion while pairing down that final album. "No Angel" exists as some sort of club identity crisis, where Charli comes to terms with some of her more party girl behavior. Very sad, but in the best of ways. "There’s a girl in L.A. That’s my homegirl. A decade-long beef sizzling in the subtext of hip-hop, exploded into the most vicious diss track in years with Pusha T's "The Story of Adidon." It’s wise beyond its years both in terms of self-aware analysis and song construction. “If you press logout, you get forgotten / What's a post, but a reminder just how boring our lives ar-ar-ar-are / Look at how much fun I'm havin' / Ain't' no beauty in the absence, of broadcastin' to your followers.” In hindsight, that seems like such an insightful statement given what Chicago’s most prominent rapper did in late April. “My My My!” is the first single from his upcoming sophomore album, which hints at what could be his first mainstream success. Since the death of Lil Peep late last year, hip-hop has become an open place for artists to discuss their fears and struggles with substance abuse. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, The 10 Best Episodes of Television of 2018, Christine and the Queens – “Doesn’t Matter”, The Internet — “It Gets Better (With Time)”. Question number one: Why am I crying in the club? The video places black dancers and the Carters in front of white artwork in the Louvre in Paris. And on “Pristine,” she shows her masterful grasp of composition, crafting a charming and unforgettable ode to teen frustration and angst. If you played someone “High Horse,” it might take a few guesses before they identified it as a country song. He's been around for a few years now and is so incredibly talented, and "Who Hurt You?" Rachel Epstein is the associate editor at Marie Claire, where she covers culture, lifestyle, and politics. If you don't know Dean Lewis from his 2017 hit song, "Waves," allow us to introduce you to the Aussie dreamboat and his newest single, "Be Alright." The 23-year-old British R&B singer released her biggest single, "Boo'd Up," in 2017 and this year Nicki Minaj and Quavo joined the young artist to make a sultry remix of it. And that's what Yo La Tengo offers in four simple verses. Starting as a playful hip-hop moniker, Glover’s Childish Gambino persona has evolved into something completely unexpected with his Grammy-winning third album, Awaken, My Love. He at once admits his own mistakes that landed him in legal trouble, while also pointing out how the system is designed to keep him in prison rapping on the song, "In a world where black is wrong and white right, it's like a combat / We go to war for our freedom, they say we equal.". It immediately sets the album up as one you’d listen to driving home late at night. is his first single of the year after his highly-praised Freudian album debut in 2017. This is a song that reaches the full spectrum of music fans—a crossover between country, Americana, and pop that is a perfect musical recipe. On its surface, it sounds like a track ready for mass consumption, although Staples layers it with his own dark and poignant realism, weaving in lines like, “My black is beautiful but I’ll still shoot at you, dawg.”. Matt is the Culture Editor at Esquire where he covers music, movies, books, and TV—with an emphasis on all things Star Wars, Marvel, and Game of Thrones. The one who breaks hearts, the one who got stoned, the one who was so effortlessly cool and was the envy of everyone in school. The Chainsmokers had themselves a year, releasing hit singles like "Somebody," "Everybody Hates Me," and "This Feeling" (and performed the latter at the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show). Taking the phrase from classic American mafia, Takeoff casually brags in his first verse, “Not Toby, but we slave for it / No Kunta Kinte, but we slave for it / I waited some days for it” in a brilliant Roots reference. No wonder the album immediately skyrocketed to Number One on the charts. That’s precisely why there are a number of forgettable tracks, along with some truly great ones. The Carters are pop music. ", Let's be honest: Love can best be boiled down to the free sexual energy of Janelle Monae's "Make Me Feel.". And once you find that song that touches you, it can spur you to action like few things can. Hey, acceptance is the first step. Most Hauntingly Beautiful and Sad Songs Title is quite self explanatory. sings in the chorus, "I remember late nights all alone / I remember long talks with my cousin through her phone / RIP all of my niggas dead and gone / Give it all to bring you back and to bring my niggas home." ("This world can hurt you / It cuts you deep and leaves a scar.") Shortly after that, the two started working on a collaboration, and a song featuring Thug and Elton John's vocals from "Rocketman" has been rumored ever since. They personify the emotion as a beach on an ocean, symbolizing the ebb and flow of relationships and the washing of sins. Here, producing team Finatic N Zac, Dean Blunt, and Rocky mix into Ocean's formula a sample of Lauryn Hill's "I Gotta Find a Peace of Mind." One of his are musical contributions since Blonde, Frank Ocean appears in the closing track of A$AP Rocky's Testing to bring the album to a pensive conclusion. Though he’s described his album FM as an album with "[n]o concepts, no elaborate schemes, just music,” Vince Staples’s latest release weaves his own narrative into the antiquated FM radio format. Ocean has always had his own helpless love-at-first-sight romantic view of the world, which can best be described in this song with his lyrics: "One blink and I'm precummin' / That could turn every no one into someone.". It essentially sums up Cardi B’s entire message of female empowerment that she established throughout the album. It’s like a winking scrambling of genres that creates a sound entirely Musgraves’ own. ", I’ll be the first to admit that JPEGMAFIA might not be for everyone. There’s a reason Noname has been called one of the greatest rappers alive. It’s the story of insecurity and obsession that transcends the teen drama of Soccer Mommy’s “Cool.” And, in a way, it’s comforting to know that you’re not alone in silently judging and coveting someone’s life. With her silky smooth vocals, Syd imagines a life with this person where they just do couple things like watch TV in bed. From there they hit Kanye, Trump, and the death of Lil Peep. This is a time when Spotify averages 13,000 new songs every month. How many times have we heard this phrase over the last year? the music duo you didn't know you needed). In this second-half track from The Internet’s excellent Hive Mind, we don’t know who or what Syd is addressing. The music video features 25 badass women, but let us not forget he's really singing the song to his wife, Behati Prinsloo. While Grande kept to herself after the break-up, Davidson used it as comedy material at appearances and on Saturday Night Live. Yes, this was written in 1984, but the first original studio recording of Prince's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" is, 34 years later, the best love song of the year. All the TV Shows We're Watching This Year. We may earn a commission from these links. On April 25, Meek Mill was released from prison, where he was sentenced two to four years for parole violations. We learned two things from Drake when he dropped his new album, Scorpion, on June 29: 1) He's officially a #daddy and 2) "Summer Games" is one of the best songs on his 25-track album. She can make Afrofuturist funk. In 2016, Dev Hynes’ album Freetown Sound made a bold statement about what it means to be a black person at that time in America. Question number two: How did Post Malone go from "White Iverson" to "Stay?" Here are the 20 most inspirational songs of all time. He’s rooted in the classics, but he’s capable of transporting that to present day. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at, Behold: A Sex Playlist That Won't Make You Cringe, Listen to These Sad Songs If You Need a Good Cry, Justin, Selena, & More Artists Giving Us the Feels, Beach Music to Get You Excited for Warm Weather. This heartbreaking song about betrayal and moving on will give you the good cry you need.