Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Taylor Swift had the biggest album of the period with a surprise indie-folk LP, radio records were broken by The Weeknd sure and 24kGoldn and iann dior more surprising , and Nicki Minaj finally scored the first Hot chart-topper of her decade-plus of superstardom -- only to score a second barely a month later. Imagine trying to explain to folks in that a half-decade later, we'd get Jason Derulo's first No. And then imagine trying to explain how a new video-sharing service called TikTok helped make it all happen. And if you thought TikTok was influential before, that of course proved to be a gentle nudge compared to the full-body impact it flexed once the youth of America had less reason than ever not to spend all day on their phones. But even if proved to be a very strange place for pop music, it was also an undeniably fruitful one. The uptempo revival that started to warm up on top 40 at the end of broke into a full-on sprint in early , resulting in some of the best synth-pop and disco-based hits we've heard on the FM dial in ages. Hip-hop's billion dollar Babies ruled the summer with open-hearted hits that reflected unthinkably turbulent times while still sounding massive blaring out of car stereos. And as with all other things , there's one descriptor for the year in pop that, for better and worse, absolutely no one would argue with: unforgettable.
50. ‘Gimme Shelter’ — The Rolling Stones
Best pop songs of all time
Follow Billboard. All rights reserved. Here, we revisit the ranking's biggest hits of all-time. On Aug. Sixty years later, the chart remains the gold-standard ranking of America's top songs each week.
Blige and Florence Welch. It was also the fifth-bestselling song in the U. The song caused a stir among some religious groups, who feared that the Stones were devil-worshippers. However, in a interview with Rolling Stone , Mick Jagger said the song was an idea he got from French writing. However, this ended up being a bonus; he embraced the unique sound and added even more interest by wrapping a piece of wax paper around the strings of his guitar.
Science is such a wondrous thing, isn't it? Stem cell research, antibiotics, sweatpants…these are all miracles of science. And now, another amazing breakthrough has come from researchers doing science-y stuff. What is this incredible new information that will change our lives for the better? OK, we might have oversold this a little bit, but it's still pretty cool how Dr. Mick Grierson, from the University of London was able to figure out which songs are truly iconic, based on certain parameters. Obviously the most iconic song of all time needs to be on those lists of critically loved tunes. What's the difference between "greatest" and "most iconic? Grierson then examined each song's key, the beats per minute, chords and song variance to analyze how the musicians made their song more dynamic and memorable. The late Kurt Cobain would probably hate to know that his song was crowned as iconic enough to promote a vehicle but….