Your list is completely and brilliantly littered with Alt Pop gems... the exact kind of music I love! This is a very good list so far. The only difference, is I perhaps have a little more commercial presence within my countdown scattered throughout the indie pop. However, this is just 50 of 200 so I’m keen to see more!
“You, you love it how I move you. You love it how I touch you. When all is said and done, you’ll believe God is a woman.”
What to say about this song? It gets just about everything it aims for pretty much perfect: big, powerful vocals, gospel moments, and, most of all, just an overarching sultry vibe. All in all, the song is just a massive bop. Last edited:
This song marks (at the moment) Avicii’s last single release before his tragic suicide in April 2018. I like it more for the reason that it is Avicii’s last song, but I still really enjoy this song. Rita Ora’s presence is quite welcome here, and I’m glad this gave her another Top 50 hit; she truly is an underrated artist. In the words of the Herald Sun’s Cameron Adams it does “try a little too hard to sound radio-friendly”, but it is still an epic dance banger which satisfies me every time I hear it. Last edited:
“It don’t matter the cost, ‘cos everybody wants to be famous”
Superorganism have got to be one of the weirdest bands going around. They all hail from different countries and came together through social media to record this song. Some epic synths, a joyous hook, and a strange-yet-interesting vocal delivery all equate to an absolute banger of a song. It’s definitely a song I wished mainstream radio had cottoned on to in 2018, but oh well Last edited:
97. Don’t Leave Me Alone – David Guetta feat. Anne-Maree
“I don’t know if I would be alive today, with or without you like night and day, read and repeat every conversation.”
This cute, upbeat track has Anne-Maree pleading with her partner to not leave her as she is afraid of being by herself. One of the things I love so much about this song is the pre-chorus; in which Anne-Maree half-sings, half-raps the lyrics – not a lot of artists can pull off that effectively, but Anne-Maree does. With an interesting storyline, Anne-Maree’s perfect vocals, and a trademark David Guetta radio-friendly beat, you can’t really go wrong with this song, can you?
“Out here dripping in finesse, it all make no sense.”
Bruno croons the above lyric many times in the song, but still makes it sounds cool each and every time. Cardi B adds more energy to an already energetic track. The ‘90s influence, the water drip sound effects, the way the song starts with Cardi B’s rap. Funky, fresh, and fancy, this song pretty much guaranteed Bruno Mars another Top 10 hit upon its’ release in early January last year, and extended the dominance of the 24K Magic era into another year.
95. Supercut (El-P Remix) – Lorde feat. Run The Jewels
“In my head, I play a supercut of us. All the magic we gave up.”
Released ahead of her North American tour with Run The Jewels, this remix corrects all of the (minor) problems with the album cut of this song. Whilst the original is okay in it’s own right, the remix elevates it to a new level. Well-written and endlessly danceable, this is easily one of the best releases from Melodrama.
“I’m a mess, I’m a loser. I’m a hater, I’m a user.”
Playful and honest, “I’m A Mess” sees Bebe Rexha addressing all her insecurities and self-loathing’s in a fun, open way. Danceable and relatable, this song is miles above “Meant To Be” and “I Got You”; which I’d admit is a bold call, considering they’re probably her most well-known songs as a lead artist. “I’m A Mess” successfully merges an interesting RnB sound, understated synths, a Meredith Brooks sample, and a catchy electro-pop beat. Critics of Bebe Rexha’s apparent “lack of vocal talent” are definitely proved wrong here. Her vocal delivery is unsophisticated and minimalist, but that’s what makes the song. Definitely my favourite release from Bebe. Last edited:
Euphoric. That’s about the only word I need to describe this. This is Broods at their absolute best. (I’m not a massive fan of the distorted “I’m high and I’m low, but everything’s looking peach now” bit in the chorus, but that aside it’s very, very enjoyable.)
Short, empowering, and feel-good, this should’ve been the song that put Ava Max on the map (I’m looking at you, Sweet But Psycho). In this song, Ava tells the listener how she’s living her life HER way. Infectious and groovy, one listen and I guarantee it’ll be stuck in your head for days.