The year is young, but that doesn't mean there haven't been impressive, original, and essential new songs dropping in the last few weeks. It can be hard to keep up with all the mixtapes, records, and " visual albums " in any given year, but is shaping up to be a particularly busy year. Just in the month of January, there were weeks when it was hard to know what to focus on -- and there wasn't even a new Rihanna album out like last year. Things will only continue to heat up, so why not take a break and decompress with these seven records that deserve all your attention. Close your eyes, put down your phone, and let them take you away for a few hours. The world will still be here when you're done. Technically, the latest collection of rib-bruising agitprop from hip-hop lifers Killer Mike and El-P came out at the end of They dropped it a little early on Christmas Eve. But these guys can't be contained by a concept as antiquated as a calendar year. For the follow-up to 's Run The Jewels 2 , which saw them teaming up with aggro stalwarts like Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha and Three 6 Mafia's Gangsta Boo, the duo continues to pulverize fascism with the precision of a well-placed roundhouse kick to the head.
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And of course, if there was a week in which sales and streams or just general excitement seemed to be lagging, the pop machine reverted to a tried-and-true formula established as a sure shot back in ' Just throw Justin Bieber on it. Here are our 50 favorite songs of so far -- the biggest hits, the songs that fell through the cracks, and everything in between. Note: Songs were considered eligible for this list if they were either released in or peaked on the Hot during that time — unless they already appeared on our list. Logic feat. Chris Stapleton, "Second One to Know". You knew Chris could rock, too, right? Lana Del Rey, "Love".
If you're not diligent, music can pass you by. That's true now more than ever. Artists have the tools to create and release new music at any moment with the push of a button. This means any newcomer—any passionate or lonely kid in a room with a song in his or her head—can have as much power as any established artist with a SoundCloud. In many ways the streaming age has become the great equalizer. Lil Peep, a largely unknown emo rapper, can amass internet fame and help direct the future of a new hybrid genre. Yet music this year was defined by outrage, by progress, by passion and escapism. Listen to our Spotify playlist here or at the bottom of the page.
Subscriber Account active since. Others were received terribly by critics, but are still adored by people today. All together, we've formed a definitive list of the songs everyone should listen to in their lifetime. This song holds the number two spot on Billboard's greatest adult pop songs of all time list. This classical tune is a movie favorite. It's been featured in "Twilight," "Giant," and "Ocean's Eleven" to name a few.