The 15 Best Lil Yachty Songs

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Let's talk about the best Lil Yachty songs - from his early days with "One Night" to his most recent unreleased leaks. The Atlanta rapper has come such a long way since his debut on SoundCloud and subsequent signing to Quality Control. In no particular order, here's our list of the 15 best Lil Yachty songs.

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15. "Plastic" - Lil Yachty (feat. Icewear Vezzo and Rio Da Yung OG) (2021)

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What better way to start this list off than Lil Yachty's iconic Michigan Boy Boat album from 2021? This banger features the likes of Icewear Vezzo and Rio Da Yung OG, who matched Yachty's energy perfectly. Talk about a Michigan masterpiece: "Plastic" shows off the best elements of the hip-hop sub-genre.

14. "Who Want The Smoke?" - Lil Yachty (feat. Cardi B and Offset) (2018)

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Who can forget the first time they heard "Who Want The Smoke?" with Lil Yachty, Offset, and Cardi B all together on a single song. The energy was absolutely electric, and it's no coincidence why all three of them have continued to thrive in their respective careers to this day.

13. "Split/Whole Time" - Lil Yachty (2020)

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This is arguably one of the hardest Yachty songs ever, I will vouch for that on anything. From the intro to the very last moment of this song, there's something very special about this one. It's so characteristic of Yachty, so it's no surprise why it's become such a popular song.

12. "Minnesota" - Lil Yachty (feat. Quavo, Young Thug, and Skippa Da Flippa) (2016)

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Off his debut album, "Minnesota" is an absolute classic Lil Boat banger. The song shows off all of the best sides of Yachty around the time of his breakout into the music scene. Ahh, the good ol' days of SoundCloud.

11. "Solid" - Lil Yachty (feat. SoFaygo) (2021)

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The beat of this song makes you want to tilt your head back and ascend into the sky. From Yachty's cunning bars to SoFaygo's unmatched vocal approach, they bodied this beat perfectly, and showed exactly how fire a collab between the two of them is.

10. "T.D." - Lil Yachty (feat. Tierra Whack, A$AP Rocky, and Tyler, the Creator) (2020)

Let's not forget Yachty's song with this legendary cast of characters, which sampled the "Tokyo Drift" production, and became a modern classic. Every artist on this song has a reputation for being creative, and they didn't disappoint with this one.

9. "Demon Time" - Lil Yachty (feat. Draft Day) (2020)

Yachty has a knack for putting listeners on to the best underground artists, and that's exactly what he did here with Draft Day. If you're a seasoned Yachty listener, then this feature should've came at no surprise to you.

8. "Get Dripped" - Lil Yachty (feat. Playboi Carti) (2018)

Here's yet another one of the best Lil Yachty songs. Off of Yachty's Nuthin' to Prove album, "Get Dripped" gave fans a rare glance at just how special Yachty and Carti collabs are. The two artists morph their unique Atlanta-based styles together, and create music that literally nobody else in rap could replicate.

7. "66" - Lil Yachty (feat. Trippie Redd) (2018)

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As far as timeless Lil Yachty classics go, this song is one of the top options. Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty both bring an unconventional style to the table, so of course the result of their collaboration is exactly that: unconventional.

6. G.I. Joe - Lil Yachty (feat. Louie Ray) (2021)

Another song from Yachty's Michigan Boy Boat album, "G.I. Joe" was yet another standout. It's great to see the chemistry Yachty has with all of the many features from this project, but there's something especially unique about the energy shared between Boat and Louie Ray.

5. "All of the Opps Is Opp'd" - Lil Yachty (Unreleased)

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While not everyone is probably hip to this song, everybody should be. This Cash Cobain-produced banger samples Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," and turned it into a contemporary drill classic. Thank us later.

4. "Dynamic Duo" - Lil Yachty (feat. Tee Grizzley) (2021)

The name of the song is no lie: Lil Yachty and Tee Grizzley really are a "Dynamic Duo," but you should've known that already, after their prior collabs. To Lil Boat diehards, this was no surprise. On a stacked project, somehow this song managed to be one of the standouts.

3. "Poland" - Lil Yachty (2022)

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Talk about "best Lil Yachty songs." It's impossible to forget the iconic moment Yachty had with the leak of this song. "I took the woOoOoOoOok... to Poland" will never get old, at least to the younger generation. The memes that were generated from this wave will surely never age, that's for sure.

2. "DipSet" - Lil Yachty and Offset (2016)

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Lil Yachty and Offset have connected numerous times on collaborations, yet for some reason, this one never ceases to smack. If you haven't heard it already, here's your chance. Feast your ears upon yet another classic.

1. "Coffin" - Lil Yachty (2020)

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One of the most memorable Lil Yachty releases ever was his 2020 single, "Coffin." From the moment the video teaser dropped, the hype was there. This felt like the start of a new era of Lil Yachty, embracing the most modern landscape of music, as he's always done in true Yachty fashion.

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Top 50 Best Lil Yachty Songs and featured Collaborations

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Lil Yachty, a playfully surreal figure in the hip hop landscape, burst onto the scene with the left-field pop-trap anthem “One Night” and soon solidified his place in the rap game with his distinctive style. Known for his melodic flows, quirky lyrics, and an affinity for bright colors that give off a youthful, carefree vibe, Yachty has been a divisive figure in hip hop. Yet, his influence can’t be denied, from contributing to the rise of SoundCloud rap, to pushing boundaries with his audacious style, and brash dismissal of rap traditionalism.

Across his discography, from ‘Lil Boat’ to ‘Nuthin’ 2 Prove’, Yachty has staked his claim with a medley of tracks that showcase his unorthodox approach to music. His collaborations with artists like Ski Mask the Slump God in “How You Feel?” and Drake and DaBaby in “Oprah’s Bank Account” prove his versatility and adaptability, while tracks like “Pretender” highlight his knack for introspection. This is all underpinned with a latent raucous energy that fully emerges in vibrant tracks like “Go Krazy, Go Stupid Freestyle”.

Even on the more commercial-leaning tracks, such as “iSpy” with KYLE or “Broccoli” with DRAM, Yachty’s buoyant persona shines through. He has proven time and time again that he can hold his own, even when paired with dominant figures like Future and Mike WiLL Made-It on “Pardon Me.”

Whether he’s flexing on “NBAYOUNGBOAT,” or taking it slow on “66,” Yachty continues to navigate his own unique path in the music industry—unafraid to challenge conventions and break from the norm. So let’s get into it. From boundary-pushing numbers to underrated gems, here are the Top 50 Best Lil Yachty Songs of All Time.

50. Go Krazy, Go Stupid Freestyle

He flexes his lyrical dexterity, flipping between flow patterns with the ease of a seasoned emcee. What’s more, Yachty doubles down on his king-of-teens claim, acknowledging the haters but swiftly shrugging them off. There’s a rawness to this track that reminds you of those basement cyphers where the only thing that mattered was how sharp your bars were. This ain’t no Boat album cut, this is that mixtape Yachty reminding us he can spit. Under the bravado though, there’s a glimpse of vulnerability, a little peek into Yachty’s psyche that keeps us invested. Yeah, go stupid, go crazy indeed.

49. Pretender

Now, don’t get it twisted, this ain’t strictly a Yachty track – it’s a Steve Aoki jam with Yachty and AJR on feature duty. But even as a guest, Lil Boat stunts hard with his trademark eccentricity, weaving a narrative about pretentious folks in the industry who ain’t really ’bout that life. His verse is solid, but it doesn’t quite have that punch his best work packs. Aoki’s EDM production is slick, but it doesn’t gel with Yachty’s style as fluidly as, say, a Pierre Bourne beat would. It’s aight, but among a sea of Yachty hits, “Pretender” doesn’t quite stay afloat.

48. YAE ENERGY – Lil Yachty

The beat comes in hard, Yachty’s southern drawl navigating the choppy waters of the percussion with finesse. This track may not appeal to fans who prefer the artist’s more playful, ‘bubblegum trap’ style, but those who appreciate Lil Boat’s ability to switch lanes will value the experimentation demonstrated here. Lyrically, it’s not his strongest showing, and a closer inspection uncovers a lack of substance. But if we’re talking about whatever gives a track its replay power, then “YAE ENERGY” has just enough to justify its three-minute runtime. A testament to Yachty’s versatility, if not to his lyrical prowess.

47. Breathe Deeper

Yachty breathes new life into the song, taking the psychedelic pop masterpiece and giving it a hip hop facelift, sliding in his eccentric verses with a finesse that’s undeniable. Is it as earth-shattering as Tame’s original piece? Nah, but that’s not what Yachty’s aiming for here. He’s dipping his toes into unchartered territory, and for that, props are deserved. It’s a testament to Yachty’s versatility, breaking away from the straight-up trap beats to float on Tame’s surreal soundscapes. It’s intriguing, it’s funky, it’s Yachty in a whole new light. And yo, it’s worth cranking up on your speakers.

46. One Of Those Days

The alliance of Lil Yachty and 347aidan is like the tag team of hip hop you didn’t know you needed until you got it. On “One Of Those Days”, they link up with Zack Bia, and the result is an interesting cross-pollination of their respective musical landscapes. It’s not Yachty’s most incendiary performance, his rhymes are far more introspective than fiery, and his signature wordplay is somewhat muted. You get the sense he’s taking a bit of a backseat, allowing 347aidan’s emo-driven rap that resonates with the Gen-Z crowd to take the lead. It’s a laid-back, introspective track that plays to the strengths of its collaborators rather than pushing Yachty to the fore. A cool experiment, but not necessarily peak Lil Boat.

45. sHouLd i B? – Lil Yachty

Though Yachty tends to lean into his more playful, unconventional image, this track finds him in a more contemplative mood, exploring the pressures and expectations that come with fame. This joint ain’t your typical club banger or radio hit, but it’s got a certain vibe that can’t be replicated. Some may deem it too mellow for their taste, but for the true heads who know that hip hop ain’t always about the flashy and grand, “sHouLd i B?” is a real gem. It’s a reminder that Lil Yachty ain’t just a one-note wonder, he’s got depth, versatility. As he questions and self-reflects, we vibe along, nodding our heads with respect.

44. Number 9 (feat. Lil Yachty) – Miguel

Their styles might seem at odds on paper, but Yachty’s playful bars bounce off against Miguel’s velvety hooks and it’s like something just clicks, ya dig? There’s that classic Miguel R&B soul, but with Yachty adding his distinctively laid-back, off-kilter rhymes, the track takes on this hybridity that’s straight up intriguing. It’s not Yachty’s hardest verse, for sure – but that ain’t what this track is about. It’s a showcase of how versatile the Kid can be when he steps out of his comfort zone. Is it top-tier Yachty? Debatable. But it’s a testament to his potential as an artist who ain’t afraid to mix it up.

43. How You Feel?

Part of that potent DJ Scheme concoction, Lil Yachty and Ski Mask the Slump God on the same track? It’s like putting kerosene on a bonfire. Yachty and Ski Mask are two seasoned maestros of the mic, each flexing their unique styles with atomic punchlines and devastating flow switches that make your head spin. Yachty’s playful lyricism is the perfect complement to Ski Mask’s bullet train flow, creating a whirlwind aura that’s unforgettable. This song ain’t just a track, it’s a testament to how diverse and electrifying hip-hop can be when cats who truly understand the game come together.

42. Hit Bout It – Lil Yachty

This cut sees Lil Boat trading hardcore, streetwise bars with none other than Louisiana’s trap king, Kodak Black. It’s a certified banger, showcasing Yachty’s evolution from a mumble rap icon to a versatile emcee – dude can spit with the best of ’em. The production slaps, too, with menacing 808s and icy hi-hats creating a soundscape that’s as tough as the rhymes. One missing piece: a memorable hook, but when Yachty and Kodak spit pure heat, it’s hardly noticed. “Hit Bout It” is a raw, uncut piece of Yachty’s artistry, showing he can roll with the heavyweights in the rap game.

41. Mase in ’97 – Carnage

Yachty got raw on this one, throwing it back to Ma$e’s Harlem World momentum era. This joint dropped in an era where Yachty was still carving out his space in the game – an underdog with too much sauce. “Mase in ’97” demonstrated Yachty’s potential to bring that 90’s gritty rap vibe into the fizzy, candy-colored universe that he was creating. Yachty’s aggressive flow on the Carnage beat makes this a stand out in his discography – a straight switch up from his melodic bubblegum trap offerings. An underrated gem, it’s hip hop nostalgia with a new-age twist.

40. Speed Me Up (with Ty Dolla $ign, Lil Yachty & Sueco the Child) – Wiz Khalifa

Collaborating with heavy hitters like Ty Dolla $ign, Wiz Khalifa, and Sueco the Child, Yachty puts his nimble flow to good use on this track. The song, featured on the ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ soundtrack, sees Boat and company trading verses over a zippy beat that mirrors the high-octane energy of the iconic video game. It’s not traditional hip hop by any stretch of the imagination, but it showcases Yachty’s ability to adapt to any sonic environment. Not his most celebrated joint but like a hidden gem, it’s a must listen for any fan of the self-anointed ‘King of the Youth’.

39. Marmalade (feat. Lil Yachty) – Macklemore

Boat’s flow is melodic, casual and fits the fun, light-hearted vibe of the track. He sprinkles the song with his playful bars, showcasing the signature Yachty charisma we all know and love. Macklemore, on the other hand, delivers an unexpectedly complementary performance, managing to match the youthful, carefree energy of Lil Boat. It’s a collaborative effort that feels fun and bouncy, like a summer day with the top down, cruising through the city. Though it might not be a classic, it certainly shows Yachty’s ability to blend into different styles and his dynamic skill set as a featured artist. A bright, sweet flavor in Yachty’s discography, this one is a charmer.

38. Rocc Climbing (feat. Lil Yachty) – Remble

Now, Yachty ain’t a new jack to the scene, but this joint shows he still packs heat. He applies his signature quirky flow over a structured beat, laying down lines that are pure gold. The buoyant melodic line accentuates Yachty’s unique approach to rhythm, making the track rise above standard trap cuts. It’s a testament to Yachty’s versatility; he’s not just about zany hooks and the oddball aesthetic. His lyrical game hits hard when he wants it to, and “Rocc Climbing” is proof. However, it still falls short of his most iconic tracks, holding down the fort somewhere in the middle of his extensive discography.

37. 66 – Lil Yachty

Featuring Trippie Redd, this cut off Lil Boat 2 is Yachty showin’ love to his day-ones, the ones who been ridin’ since the tide was low. Yachty’s and Redd’s cadences intertwine like the perfect audio form of finger trap, and their lyrics give us a raw insight into the trials they faced on their climb. But don’t get it twisted, this ain’t no sob story. The triumphant, chorus-drenched keys and the trap-happy drums make “66” a victory lap. It’s celebratory, but Yachty keeps it 100 about the struggles it took to get that W. It’s yacht season, and not just anyone can ride this wave.

36. Faking It (feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty) – Calvin Harris

A prime example of Calvin Harris throwing an unexpected curveball with his collaborations. Proving once again that when the UK producer is in his zone, he can make anyone sound hot. This searing, synth-drenched bop sees rising R&B queen Kehlani pouring her heart out in the perfect balance of vulnerability and swagger. Then, right from the dugout, Lil Yachty steps up to spit some of the most coherent bars of his career– proving that even the king of mumble rap can score a home run when it counts. It’s a testament to Harris’ seasoned production prowess that the disparate styles of these two artists mesh in such a seamless, ear-catching way. With “Faking It,” Harris proves that he can bridge the gap between hip hop and electronic music with stylistic flair.

35. Split/Whole Time – Lil Yachty

This banger off his fourth studio album ‘Lil Boat 3′ is proof that the self-dubbed King of Youth can bounce between styles smoother than a DJ on the ones and twos. The joint starts with that classic Boat energy, all upbeat flow and playful metaphors. But halfway through, the track flips like a record on the platter. Suddenly, we’re swimming in a slower, introspective vibe where each lyric lands like it’s got somethin’ to prove. It’s a showcase of Yachty’s experimentation with sound and style, like mixing two paints to create a brand new color. Is it the best Yachty joint out there? Maybe not. But it’s evidence that this cat’s creativity is off the charts.

34. 1v1 (feat. Lil Yachty) – Rio Da Yung Og

This is where that Midwest flow meets Atlanta trap, creating a classic hip hop head-nodder. Yachty is no slouch here, as he goes toe-to-toe with Rio, both firing lyrical bullets back and forth. What’s dope about this track is Yachty stepping outside his usual comfort zone, spitting with a fervor that shows he can hang with the most aggressive spitters. But it ain’t all about aggression, as both artists flaunt their wordplay skills. Yeah, it might not carry that depth of some lyrical miracles, but “1v1″ serves as a testament that Yachty ain’t just about mumble rap. He got bars too, ya heard?”

33. the ride- – Lil Yachty

This track finds Boat drifting down memory lane, reminiscent of earlier times when the rap game was just a dream scribbled in his notebook. His flow is a bit more subdued than his usual bouncy cadence, giving his words gravity. Lyrically, Yachty shows growth, holding a mirror to his own triumphs and trials, meditating on his journey to stardom. The beat is a smooth, melodic production that adds depth to Boat’s reflections. On “the ride-“, Lil Yachty proves he got the range not just to spit bars but to tell compelling stories, offering a different breed of vulnerability often overlooked in mainstream rap discourse. This joint is proof that Yachty has more to deliver than just catchy hooks and playful rhymes.

32. running out of time – Lil Yachty

This ain’t the bubblegum trap Boat we once knew—nah, homie is showing some major maturity. On this melodic gem, he trades mumble rap for introspective bars. Emotionally charged lyrics juxtapose with the shimmering synth-driven beat, speaking to the urgency of time slipping away. Yachty’s vulnerability is the truest form of hip hop, as he confesses his fears and anxieties. This ain’t just about losing an hour when the clock strikes midnight, it’s about life’s fleeting moments and the pressure to make it big. It’s the unfiltered Yachty who veers from his usual braggadocio flows—man’s got depth and ain’t afraid to show it. “Running Out Of Time” is a testament to Yachty’s growth as an artist and his ability to experiment outside his comfort zone.

31. Menace – Quality Control

Yachty’s flow on this track is pure water, free-flowing with a chilled cadence that’s more often associated with cloud rap. Lyrically, he’s a rebel without a cause, a self-proclaimed menace to the streets and the industry. He ain’t playin’ by the rules, bro, he’s setting his own. And you gotta respect that, because hip hop was born out of rebellion, right? While “Menace” might not be a charts-topper, it’s a testament to Yachty’s determination to express his individuality. It’s braggadocio, it’s playful, it’s Yachty at his finest. It’s moments like these that remind you that this kid from Atlanta is more than just a mumble rapper move over.

30. No Clue (feat. Lil Yachty) – Young Nudy

This team-up creates an atmosphere that’s uncompromisingly grimy. Yachty’s verse here is pure menace, diving deep into the underbelly of Atlanta’s trap scene, mirroring Nudy’s rugged approach. While the Boat doesn’t entirely shed his vibrant color, the infusion of Nudy’s gritty essence elevates the song into an intriguing exploration of street realities. However, it’s essential to acknowledge that Yachty, in sidestepping his comfort zone, loses the whimsical charm that made him a standout in the saturated trap scene. A commendable experiment, but far from his best work.

29. pRETTy – Lil Yachty

It’s a track where minimalism meets hype, stripped back beats providing a bare stage for Yachty to demonstrate his vocal versatility. He moves into trap-soul territory here, the lyrics all reflective introspection. Mortality, fame, and trust issues are all tackled with a sincerity that can take you by surprise. The magic, though, is how it all fits into the party vibe without killing the buzz. A testament to Lil Yachty’s ability to diversify without losing his identity. “pRETTy” is a track that defies categorization, just like Lil Boat himself. It’s a joint that’s unapologetically Yachty, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of what that even means. So don’t sleep on it.

28. Oprah’s Bank Account (Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. Drake) – Lil Yachty

It’s a testament to Yachty’s chameleon-like ability to adapt his flow to suit those he spits alongside. Drake brings his signature groovy, laid-back style, interspersing his verse with witty one-liners, while DaBaby flips the script with his rapid-fire delivery, giving the track that extra edge. Yachty steers the ship with his off-beat creativity, his bars dripping with the ambition that’s a cornerstone of his artistry. This track is a throwdown, a show of clout, demonstrating the far reach of Yachty’s influence in the hip hop community—you gotta respect it.

27. Get Dripped (feat. Playboi Carti) – Lil Yachty

Recorded for Boat’s 2018 album “Nuthin’ 2 Prove”, this joint is all about the drip. Yachty spits a catchy, autotuned chorus that’s all about stuntin’ on those who once slept on him, while Carti contributes a verse that’s as stylishly nonchalant as his fashion choices. But the real star might be the slappin’ production, cooked up with a heavy trap beat that takes no prisoners. While some might dismiss this as shallow mumble rap, I’d argue it’s a vital chronicle of hip hop’s current bling era. Just don’t sleep on the lyrical nuances beneath the icy veneer of the drip.

26. Gucci Flip Flops (feat. Lil Yachty) – Bhad Bhabie

Certainly, we can appreciate a good party tune, and Yachty knows how to throw down and get crowds moving. However, the joint effort appeared more like a case of riding trends, rather than carving new paths within the hip-hop landscape. For one, Bhad Bhabie’s career inception via her meme-able debut already casts a shadow on her artistic output. Then, Yachty’s verse, while delivered with his trademark buoyant enthusiasm, teeters around the same subject matter he tends to tread in other tracks. They throw down about designer gear and living grand, which ain’t exactly groundbreaking. Bottom line, “Gucci Flip Flops” showcased entertaining hip-hop artists, yet didn’t elevate their outpourings into something unique or memorable.

25. the BLACK seminole. – Lil Yachty

This Lil Yachty joint showcases the rapper’s sublime ability to weave intricate stories with wordplay and metaphors that hit different. Distinguished by its ethereal, cloudy rap instrumental that flirts with lo-fi elements, Yachty’s flow is melodic and hypnotic. His lyrics are reflective, a journey into the depths of his mind showcasing the struggle and resilience of the Black experience – a nod to the Seminole people, a Native American tribe known for their resistance against colonial forces. It’s a less traversed territory for Lil Boat, but he navigates it with impressive candor. A standout cut that proves Yachty’s versatility and his quiet, underappreciated ability to observe and articulate the life around him with poetic flair.

24. Greed (feat. Lil Yachty) – LUCKI

Now, I ain’t gonna front, Yachty’s verse on this joint took it to another level. This ain’t your mainstream, radio jiggy jam, nah, this is that underground, lo-fi hip hop that takes you back to the basement parties when True School was still a seedling. Yachty came in slinging that confessional style of rhyming that keeps it 100, crafting a narrative focused on the allure of money and the struggle against temptation, letting his bars play out like a confession booth monologue. LUCKI and Yachty’s chemistry on this track is undeniable, their styles blending like a late night cipher on the corner. This ain’t the Lil Boat show y’all might be used to, but it proves he can hang with the best of ’em.

23. Half Doin Dope (with BabyTron feat. Lil Yachty) – JID

Roguishly playful and mirrors an interesting partnership between these artists that we didn’t know we needed! Yachty flips his flow and matches BabyTron’s relentless energy with a swagger of his own. Yachty’s verse drips with drug-talk references, which are delivered with a youthful and carefree aura that’s magnetic. Yes, it’s still Yachty, the king of the teens, but he’s leveled up, showing he can tussle with unabashed lyricists without losing his cool. Overall, “Half Doin Dope” is evidence that when Yachty goes hard, he goes really hard, no half stepping.

22. Pretty Boy (feat. Lil Yachty) – Joji

This track is a gem, no cap. Trust, it’s not your typical Yachty flow, it’s more low-key and introspective. The beat might remind you of old school hip hop, but the lyrics got that modern flavor that’s pure Yachty. Joji provides the perfect backdrop with his melancholic, lo-fi style, creating a moody atmosphere that draws attention to Yachty’s bars. I gotta say, this collaboration ain’t just a dope track, it’s a masterclass in bridging hip hop’s sonic evolution. All in all, “Pretty Boy” lets Yachty flex his versatility, proving he ain’t just a one-trick pony in the rap game. Give it a spin, no doubt you’ll be vibin’.

21. One Night – Lil Yachty

We talkin’ “One Night,” one of Lil Yachty’s breakout hits. Now, this is the song that really blew up Yachty’s status, and it was a Flavor Flav clock moment for the rap game because this song signaled time for a change. The vibe was different. The energy was different. Lil Yachty came through with a melodic flow, something between singing and rapping, a deal seldom heard in 2016. The beat was a syrupy slow drip, minimalist and hypnotic, with a robotic nursery rhyme feel. Critics barked at its simplicity, but yo, the simplicity was the magic of it. “One Night” was a manifesto, asserting Yachty’s nonchalant attitude towards fleeting relationships, outlined with his distinctive raw, teenage emotion. This joint was a curveball that Hip Hop wasn’t expecting, but the game has been better for it.

20. Taylor Port Junkie (feat. Lil Yachty) – Rylo Rodriguez

Yachty’s verse drops like a squad of B-boys, breakdancing on a cardboard mat laid out on the tough, gritty streets of hip hop. But it’s not all twisty-turny razzle-dazzle. Nah, Yachty’s got this skill for laying down bars that both stun with their vocabulary and resonate with raw emotion. This feature stands as another testament to the Boat’s versatility, straddling the divide between mainstream acceptance and street authenticity. Rylo’s own verses compliment Yachty’s, supplementing the track with a rousing narrative that feels right at home amidst Yachty’s poetic resonance. “Taylor Port Junkie” ain’t just a song; it’s a head nod to the streets, a salute to the struggle, and a celebration of the hustle.

19. Slide – Lil Yachty

A track that’s all about vibin’ and livin’ free. The beat? Oozing with summer feels. Yachty’s flow – light, yet hard-hitting. This joint be having you dreaming of sunshine and palm trees real quick. Yachty spits game, flexing his racks and swag. He ain’t shy about his wins. This track’s got Yachty’s signature playful wordplay, but don’t sleep on the depth either. “Slide” is unapologetic – it’s about enjoying the moments and the moolah. In the pantheon of Yachty’s hits, this one won’t top the list, but it’s a feel-good joint that’ll have you swaying. It’s smooth sailing with this track, no cap.

18. Broccoli – DRAM

This wasn’t some salad bar filler; it was a main course. The two artists vibe together seamlessly, delivering playful bars over a piano-driven beat that’s as infectious as it is unexpected. D.R.A.M.’s sing-song delivery meshed perfectly with Lil Boat’s mellow hooks but let’s keep it a buck; it was Yachty’s verse that stole the show. With lines about his nonexistent baby mama drama and paper chasin’, Yachty added that extra bit of flavor that turned “Broccoli” into a hip hop head’s favorite side dish. A catchy and carefree anthem that still slaps to this day.

17. Van Gogh (feat. Lil Yachty) – JID

Showcasing JID’s lyrical prowess spiced up by our main man Lil Yachty’s blend of mumble and trap rap. This collab paints a canvas where East Coast and Dirty South hip-hop meet, makin’ a sonic masterpiece worthy of its name. Yachty’s flow channels ‘Van Gogh’, not merely to play with the idea of being an artist but also to dish out clever lines about his position in the rap game. While the track may not have the complexity of a Van Gogh painting, it definitely has the vibrancy. Lil Boat’s verse ain’t his deepest but his off-kilter delivery and charisma offer an interesting contrast to JID’s intricate wordplay. This joint ain’t just a song, it’s an artistic statement. No doubt.

16. Pardon Me (Lil Yachty feat. Future & Mike WiLL Made-It) – Lil Yachty

Yachty treads over Mike WiLL’s bouncing beat with an ease that reveals his growing comfort on the mic. His lyrics hit harder, a testament to the evolution of his pen game since the “Lil Boat” days. And when Future slides in, he adds an extra layer of gravitas, his deeper tone a perfect counter to Yachty’s light-hearted delivery. It’s a standout joint that showcases Yachty’s ability to navigate the more street-oriented style of hip hop without losing his unique boat boy charm. Is it Yachty’s best work? Nah, but it underscores his willingness to step out of his comfort zone, always a commendable trait in an artist.

15. The Secret Recipe – Lil Yachty

The track showcases Boat’s underrated ability to weave a narrative, painting vivid imagery of his come-up story. Yet, it’s Yachty’s ability to balance his gratitude for success with a sharp critique of the fast life that resonates. A standout moment? That chorus, with Yachty’s promise to never reveal his “secret recipe” for success. It’s a clever nod towards the secretive nature of hip hop, where styles are fiercely protected. The track is a fine showing of Lil Yachty’s lyrical skills beyond the braggadocious bravado, underscoring his versatility in a genre that’s always evolving.

14. TESLA – Lil Yachty

Ain’t no need for a chorus when Yachty’s delivering bars so wild that Teslas crash into space, man. The beat’s this menacing thump, it walks up on you like a debt collector. Guest verses from 9lokknine provide a sharp edge, no doubt. But it’s Yachty’s punchy, playfully arrogant flow that steals the show. Despite some criticism, this track proves Lil Yachty ain’t no one trick pony; he’s got depth, style, and enough energy to charge a whole fleet of electric cars.

13. Yacht Club (feat. Juice WRLD) – Lil Yachty

The two young guns playing off each other’s energy like Harden and Westbrook during an all-star face-off. Now, peep this – Juice out here flexin’ his rapid-fire flow, throwing down bars about fame, fortune, and flexin’ in typical Juice fashion. Yachty, on the other hand, bouncing back with a laid-back verse, letting that lazy, melodic flow of his do all the talking. What you got here is a heady mix of styles, both rappers going hand in hand like a pair of Aces on a poker table. It’s tragic we won’t see this dynamic duo anymore, but at least we got this banger to remember Juice by.

12. Poland – Lil Yachty

While some heads might’ve wanted him to keep spitting over that bubblegum trap, this track stood as a testament to Yachty’s versatility. On “Poland,” Yachty traded the bouncing beats of Atlanta for the more somber, atmospheric vibes often associated with Europe’s underground scene. But don’t get it twisted, the boy kept his bars tight, delivering a raw, unfiltered look into his life and mindset. The result was one of the realest tracks in his discography, and a bold reminder that Lil Yachty ain’t just about that mumble rap game. Always remember: hip hop is about pushing boundaries, and Yachty does just that with “Poland.”

11. NBAYOUNGBOAT – Lil Yachty

Lil Yachty went hard on this cut, dropping off a bass-thumping track that calls you back to the roots of Atlanta trap music. Teaming up with NBA YoungBoy, the Boat brought his A-game, weaving in his signature melodic hooks amidst gritty trap beats. YoungBoy’s gritty verses blend cohesively with Yachty’s playful flow, reinforcing the track’s assertion of their undeniable hustle and loyalty to the streets. Sure, it ain’t conscious rap, but it ain’t trying to be either. It’s heavy-hitting, ground-shaking hip hop that don’t need no cosign. This joint is pure hot sauce, leaving you grooving and asking for more. No cap, this collab was a match made in hip hop heaven.

10. From The D To The A (feat. Lil Yachty) – Tee Grizzley

Tee Grizzley and Lil Yachty come together like the Avengers of hip hop, each flexing their unique styles in this motor city-dirty south alliance. Yachty’s verse is a masterclass in offbeat flow, his delivery casually commanding and hypnotic. Grizzley’s verse is aspirational, energetic, and maintains the gritty authenticity he’s known for. However, it ain’t all bombast and braggadocio – there’s depth beneath the surface. The song’s essence lies in the unity of two distinctly different hip hop scenes, Detroit and Atlanta, a testament to hip hop’s enduring ability to bring folks together like no other genre. ‘From The D To The A’ is the embodiment of hip hop’s regional diversity and shared spirit.

It’s one of Lil Boat’s most streamed features, showcasing his wavy, unhurried flow against a summery beat that’s pure sunshine vibes. KYLE brings his own quirky charm, but we all know it’s Yachty’s verse that makes the track bounce – that man didn’t pull any punches with his whimsical wordplay that caught everybody’s ears. This ain’t about rap warlords or the streets, it’s a feel-good anthem that unabashedly celebrates youthful exuberance and innocence. This isn’t just a song, fam, it’s a time capsule back to 2017 – a testament to simpler times, where the game was fun and players played. Yachty wasn’t just featured, he was instrumental, and for that, “iSpy” holds a special place in the Lil Boat discography.

Lil Boat’s lyrical prowess here is like a maestro conducting an aggressive symphony. His flow? Cold as ice, punctuated with raw emotions that resonate even in the deepest recesses of one’s subconscious. His bars are as sharp as a street hustler’s switchblade. Yachty’s signature playful cadence is laced with a certain dark undertone in this one, making “Coffin” a hauntingly beautiful piece of art. It’s not your everyday Yachty song, but when the beat drops and his voice pierces through, you’re reminded why the kid from Atlanta managed to flip the hip-hop game on its head.

This track showcases Yachty’s ability to flip styles like a seasoned veteran, maneuvering through the beat with an electrifying flow. You can feel the energy surge as he bobs and weaves with his lyrics — a testament to his improvisational prowess. This joint is a reminder of why Lil Boat is one of the most intriguing figures in the hip hop game. The beat, supplied by DJ Scheme, only amplifies Yachty’s vocal finesse, creating a soundscape that’s both audacious and alluring. While it might not be Yachty’s biggest chart topper, “E-ER” is an essential addition to any hip hop aficionado’s playlist.


Now, this joint right here isn’t necessarily Yachty’s most mainstream hit, but it’s a track that emphasizes his versatility. The beat hits different, filled with that low-fi vibe it takes you back to those early days of hip hop, kind of a liquid swords type energy. Yachty’s delivery is relaxed, yet assertive. This is one of those tracks where you can feel the essence of Yachty’s individuality. It’s not without its shortcomings, though. The production could’ve used a little extra polish, and the song doesn’t quite stick the landing. But it speaks volumes about Yachty’s ability to adapt and flow with different styles. It’s a testament to his talent that he can go from bubblegum trap to a bare-bones hip hop groove without skipping a beat.

5. Magic In The Hamptons

Social House snatched Lil Yachty up for this joint and ain’t no denying, the Boat took it to another level. He bodies that beat with his off-the-cuff bars that give life to that joyous backdrop. The track, with its fun-loving lyrics and catchy melody, pulls you into a world filled with beach house parties and cool breezes. It’s a departure from Yachty’s usual trap-heavy sound, but that’s his genius – dude can switch lanes and still out-race the pack. Don’t sleep on this one though, the magic ain’t just in the Hamptons, it’s in every verse dropped by Yachty. Our good kid, m.A.A.d respect for trying something different, and nailing it.

4. drive ME crazy!

Don’t get it twisted: this ain’t just about the hooks. Yachty’s lyricism on this track be sliding through like a diligent student of the rap game. Peep the playful braggadocio as he flexes on his haters, showcasing a youthful swagger that’s become a staple in his discography. In talking up the best of Lil Yachty, “drive ME crazy!” is a straight up necessity. It’s that special mix of eccentricity and earworm rap that embodies the Boat persona.

3. Strike (Holster)

This track is a testament to Yachty’s commitment to pushing boundaries and experimenting with sound, and it’s nothing short of poignant. The playful, off-beat melody is a little like dipping into an audio fun-house, twisted with Yachty’s signature carefree, yet assertive, rhymes. Every beat is an opportunity for Yachty to flex his lyrical prowess, and he makes full use of it. It’s where the Boat meets the road, where creativity meets control, an intoxicating fusion that is unmistakably Yachty. This ain’t your grandpa’s hip hop, but it’s proof that Yachty embodies the future-forward thinking that drives the genre. “Strike (Holster)” is Yachty staking his claim, loud and clear. Pure ethos in eargasm form, Yachty devotees know what’s up.

Released in 2020, it’s an absolute flex anthem where every verse is a testament to the wealth and status of its performers. But, let’s keep it a buck, Yachty ain’t just riding coattails here. Nah, he consistently holds his own amidst his superstar collaborators, and his flow is as smooth as butter on the beat. However, this track ain’t about complex lyricism or introspective lines; it’s about commanding a vibe and Yachty does this with utmost finesse. If it’s a hyped-up atmosphere you’re after, you just can’t skip “Flex Up.” In the spectrum of Yachty’s discography, this one’s an undeniable standout.

1. Another Late Night

An intriguing display of stylistic contrast and alignment with Drake’s introspective lyricism and subdued delivery to form a fascinating counterpoint to Lil Yachty’s trademark energy and charisma. Packed with emo-trap sentimentality, this cut juggles between Drake’s dark Toronto vibes and Yachty’s ATL bravado, creating a unique hip hop blend that leaves the listener wanting more. Its commercial success not surprising; two powerhouse artists from different hip hop regions, bridging the gap. Not the most groundbreaking joint for either artist, it’s a cool reminder of the genre’s vast spectrum, y’know what I’m saying? However, one can’t shake off the feeling that Yachty could’ve tapped deeper into his playful, experimental style, and graced us with that Boat energy we love. In summary, solid track, but not peak Yachty or Drizzy.

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Let's talk about the best Lil Yachty songs - from his early days with "One Night" to his most recent unreleased leaks. The Atlanta rapper has come such a long way since his debut on SoundCloud and subsequent signing to Quality Control. In no particular order, here's our list of the 15 best Lil Yachty songs.

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15. "Plastic" - Lil Yachty (feat. Icewear Vezzo and Rio Da Yung OG) (2021)

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What better way to start this list off than Lil Yachty's iconic Michigan Boy Boat album from 2021? This banger features the likes of Icewear Vezzo and Rio Da Yung OG, who matched Yachty's energy perfectly. Talk about a Michigan masterpiece: "Plastic" shows off the best elements of the hip-hop sub-genre.

14. "Who Want The Smoke?" - Lil Yachty (feat. Cardi B and Offset) (2018)

Who can forget the first time they heard "Who Want The Smoke?" with Lil Yachty, Offset, and Cardi B all together on a single song. The energy was absolutely electric, and it's no coincidence why all three of them have continued to thrive in their respective careers to this day.

13. "Split/Whole Time" - Lil Yachty (2020)

This is arguably one of the hardest Yachty songs ever, I will vouch for that on anything. From the intro to the very last moment of this song, there's something very special about this one. It's so characteristic of Yachty, so it's no surprise why it's become such a popular song.

12. "Minnesota" - Lil Yachty (feat. Quavo, Young Thug, and Skippa Da Flippa) (2016)

Off his debut album, "Minnesota" is an absolute classic Lil Boat banger. The song shows off all of the best sides of Yachty around the time of his breakout into the music scene. Ahh, the good ol' days of SoundCloud.

11. "Solid" - Lil Yachty (feat. SoFaygo) (2021)

The beat of this song makes you want to tilt your head back and ascend into the sky. From Yachty's cunning bars to SoFaygo's unmatched vocal approach, they bodied this beat perfectly, and showed exactly how fire a collab between the two of them is.

10. "T.D." - Lil Yachty (feat. Tierra Whack, A$AP Rocky, and Tyler, the Creator) (2020)

Let's not forget Yachty's song with this legendary cast of characters, which sampled the "Tokyo Drift" production, and became a modern classic. Every artist on this song has a reputation for being creative, and they didn't disappoint with this one.

9. "Demon Time" - Lil Yachty (feat. Draft Day) (2020)

Yachty has a knack for putting listeners on to the best underground artists, and that's exactly what he did here with Draft Day. If you're a seasoned Yachty listener, then this feature should've came at no surprise to you.

8. "Get Dripped" - Lil Yachty (feat. Playboi Carti) (2018)

Here's yet another one of the best Lil Yachty songs. Off of Yachty's Nuthin' to Prove album, "Get Dripped" gave fans a rare glance at just how special Yachty and Carti collabs are. The two artists morph their unique Atlanta-based styles together, and create music that literally nobody else in rap could replicate.

7. "66" - Lil Yachty (feat. Trippie Redd) (2018)

As far as timeless Lil Yachty classics go, this song is one of the top options. Trippie Redd and Lil Yachty both bring an unconventional style to the table, so of course the result of their collaboration is exactly that: unconventional.

6. G.I. Joe - Lil Yachty (feat. Louie Ray) (2021)

Another song from Yachty's Michigan Boy Boat album, "G.I. Joe" was yet another standout. It's great to see the chemistry Yachty has with all of the many features from this project, but there's something especially unique about the energy shared between Boat and Louie Ray.

5. "All of the Opps Is Opp'd" - Lil Yachty (Unreleased)

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While not everyone is probably hip to this song, everybody should be. This Cash Cobain-produced banger samples Roy Ayers' "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," and turned it into a contemporary drill classic. Thank us later.

4. "Dynamic Duo" - Lil Yachty (feat. Tee Grizzley) (2021)

The name of the song is no lie: Lil Yachty and Tee Grizzley really are a "Dynamic Duo," but you should've known that already, after their prior collabs. To Lil Boat diehards, this was no surprise. On a stacked project, somehow this song managed to be one of the standouts.

3. "Poland" - Lil Yachty (2022)

Talk about "best Lil Yachty songs." It's impossible to forget the iconic moment Yachty had with the leak of this song. "I took the woOoOoOoOok... to Poland" will never get old, at least to the younger generation. The memes that were generated from this wave will surely never age, that's for sure.

2. "DipSet" - Lil Yachty and Offset (2016)

Lil Yachty and Offset have connected numerous times on collaborations, yet for some reason, this one never ceases to smack. If you haven't heard it already, here's your chance. Feast your ears upon yet another classic.

1. "Coffin" - Lil Yachty (2020)

One of the most memorable Lil Yachty releases ever was his 2020 single, "Coffin." From the moment the video teaser dropped, the hype was there. This felt like the start of a new era of Lil Yachty, embracing the most modern landscape of music, as he's always done in true Yachty fashion.

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Rapper Lil Yachty - born Miles McCollum in Mableton, Georgia on August 23, 1997 - started his career in 2015 after moving to New York City. Shortly after his relocation, a comedy clip that used his song "One Night" went viral and his reputation began to grow through social media. As well as releasing mixtapes, he also pursued a modeling career working with rapper and fashion designer Kanye West. Lil Yachty's debut album Teenage Emotions was released in 2017 and contained a somewhat chaotic selection of 21 tracks, each using a different producer. McCollum's rap style falls outside hardcore rap conventions and presents a catchier, pop-orientated style to the record-buying public using samples from sources such as Charlie Brown, Mario Bros., and even the theme from the children's television show Rugrats . Later that year, Lil Yachty kicked off his Birthday Mix EP series, followed by the albums Lil Boat 2 and Nuthin' to Prove in 2018. Featuring cameos by Drake, Lil Keed, Young Thug, and Future, among others, his fourth studio album Lil Boat 3 saw the light in 2020, with a deluxe edition titled Lil Boat 3.5 hitting retail a few months later. Michigan Boy Boat, Lil Yachty's tribute to the Detroit rap scene, appeared in 2021. Eight years into his rapping career, Lil Yachty scored his biggest hit on the pop charts after "One Night" with the infectious "Poland," which went viral on social media and reached Number 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2023, Lil Yachty released the album Let’s Start Here , which was an experimental musical detour that embraced psychedelic music. The album featured production from SadPony, Patrick Wimberly, Jam City, Magdalena Bay, Baby K, and others. Lil Yachty has been nominated for many awards over the course of his career including nods from the Grammy Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards, the MTV Europe Music Awards, and others.

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Rapper/singer whose lackadaisical irreverence fueled the 2016 hit "One Night" and led to the Top Five full-lengths Teenage Emotions and Lil Boat 2.

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The Best Songs Ft. Lil Yachty

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These are the best songs featuring Lil Yachty. As a solo artist, Lil Yachty has won awards, released top ten singles ("One Night," "Peek a Boo"), and sold multi platinum albums, including his  latest album, Lil Boat 2 , so it’s not surprising to see Lil Yachty features top music charts. What are the best Lil Yachty collabs?

Including songs like “Broccoli” and “iSpy,” this list of songs featuring Lil Yachty as guest artist consists of radio hits, number ones, and less popular tracks. Fans can decide how to rank Lil Yachty’s collaborations with D.R.A.M., Kyle, Charli XCX, and more. 

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Last year, Lil Yachty launched his new label CONCRETE BOYS under Quality Control. He's already gotten to work on filling out the roster with impressive young talent and has a new compilation on the way to help show off their talents. Last year the label dropped "MO JAMS" which came with the announcement of the upcoming compilation tape, even though the song isn't expected to appear on it. But now were finally getting a taste of some of Yachty's artists.

Lil Yachty himself is joined by CAMO and KARRAHBOOO on the absolute banger of a new song "FAMILY BUSINESS." The track also comes with an accompanying music video that is heavily stylized. It featured the various label members in matching baggy red shirts and big jeans in a variety of locations like a living room and outside a gas station. The description for the song also includes a link to pre-order the upcoming full label compilation, which also won't include this new song. It officially confirms that the album will drop pretty soon, hitting streaming on April 5.

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The 100 Best Songs of 2022: Staff List

The hits that defined the year, and our favorites found in between.

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It was a refrain heard throughout the Billboard offices in the first half of 2022: Where are the hits? The slow start for new entries really impacting the Billboard Hot 100 had us all looking left and looking right for the sort of songs we usually take for granted — the kind that slowly (or not-so-slowly) spread to all corners of the culture, connecting every kind of music fan and becoming unavoidable parts of a given year’s experience. With 2021’s biggest singles refusing to go away and this year’s listenership seemingly too spread out to elect new consensus hits to replace the incumbents, it was starting to look like we might go the whole calendar subsisting on nothing but reruns.

Luckily for us, the hits showed: first from some of pop’s biggest returning heroes, then from some artists taking the next step towards stardom, some longtime hitmakers we hadn’t heard from in a bit, and some new names we hope to be hearing a lot more from in the years to come. And of course, it wasn’t just the big songs that enraptured us in 2022; we found plenty of smaller favorites to save to our streaming playlists and inspire our vinyl orders in between those. But the year just wouldn’t have felt complete without those late-arriving, chart-crashing smashes, particularly since we ended up getting a handful who proved more than worthy of their position.

Here are our 100 favorite songs of 2022, a year that once again proved that no matter the time or context, pop music always finds a way. (Songs were considered eligible for the list if they either came out in 2022, were first released as an official single in 2022, or peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2022 — though sorry, Stranger Things heads, we still couldn’t quite justify including “Running Up That Hill” or “Master of Puppets.”)

Tariq, The Gregory Brothers & Recess Therapy, "It's Corn"

Tariq & The Gregory Brothers, "It's Corn"

Before this summer, Tariq was just like any other seven-year-old in Brooklyn, hanging out at the park with his grandmother and sister. But then he openly declared his love of corn to YouTuber Julian Shapiro-Barnum, and his squeaky-voiced ode to the grain was flipped into one of the catchiest hooks in recent memory by Michael Gregory, and the most wholesome meme song of the year was born. There may be many hits on this list that are forgotten as time rolls by, but years from now the refrain from this track will still pop into your head from out of nowhere and bring a smile to your face. After all, it has the juice. — DAN RYS

Grupo Firme & Camilo, "Alaska"

It’s hard to tell what’s more winning about “Alaska” : its witty lyrics or its upbeat sound. Both are important in making the song so effective and catchy, but in the end it’s the fact that it’s a huapango (Mexican music style) that just makes you want to get on your feet and dance. Plus, you add lyrics that are fun to sing along to because of their play on words (staying true to Camilo and songwriting partner Edgar Barrera’s style), and Camilo and Grupo Firme struck gold with “Alaska.”  — GRISELDA FLORES

Blondshell, "Olympus"

“I’d still kill for you / I’d die to spend the night at your belonging,” sings Sabrina Teitelbaum, a.k.a. Blondshell, in the opening of her debut single “Olympus.” It’s a telling introduction to one of the industry’s most talked-about new indie rock talents, and received instant-enough acclaim to lead to her inking a deal with Partisan Records. Like her singles that proceeded it, “Olympus” is brazen and cutting – depicting the collision of love and addiction — and full of lyrical barbs that will stick with you long after the song is over. Teitelbaum has released high-quality music before, first as the feminist indie-pop artist BAUM, but now, as Blondshell, Teitelbaum’s identity as a songwriter has never been mightier. — KRISTIN ROBINSON

Nicky Youre & dazy, "Sunroof"

Sunshine pop lives! This song about a new crush doubles as an ode to the timeless youthful joy of cruising around your neighborhood in a convertible – or as close as you can come to one – with your favorite music at full blast. The beyond-catchy song, which reached the top five on the Billboard Hot 100, has a modern pop sheen, but really could have been a hit at any point in the last 50+ years. – PAUL GREIN 


The first moments of the beat on “POSE” climb in decibels, drawing in the listener like they’re opening the door to a party and making their way to the dancefloor. From there, MICHELLE’s track thumps like a quickening heartbeat. The slick single off the collective’s stellar After Dinner We Talk Dreams album queues “the fog machine to run real slow,” and would sync perfectly over a montage of poses from the underground ballroom documentary  Paris is Burning , showcasing the New York group’s appreciation for queer culture. — TAYLOR MIMS

d4vd, "Romantic Homicide"

d4vd Romantic Homicide

One of the more unexpected trends of early ’20s popular music — gauzy indie balladry scoring a number of Tik-Tok-accelerated breakout hits — finally crossed over to the Hot 100’s top 40 with d4vd’s “Romantic Homicide,” a beautiful and violent daydream of a pop song. The straight-faced contrast between its murderously nonplussed lyrics (“In the back of my mind, you died/ And I didn’t even cry”) and the swooning guitar melodies made it an easy sell for viral success, and the fact that the teenage d4vd already has a follow-up hit makes it clear “Homicide” is merely his first offense, and won’t be his lifetime sentence. — ANDREW UNTERBERGER

Kaytranada & Anderson .Paak, "Twin Flame"

“Attempting to correct the vibe” could have easily been 2022’s mission statement — and if it was, Kaytranada & Anderson .Paak’s glorious “Twin Flame” would have made a fitting theme song. The grooving single serves as a testament to Kaytranada’s flexibility as a star producer — the looping piano lines blend seamlessly into the four-on-the-floor beat patter, giving way to .Paak’s liquidized flow and perfectly restrained voice. — STEPHEN DAW

Central Cee, "Doja"

Full of bold one-liners, Central Cee’s July hit “Doja”  puts a flawless U.K. drill spin on Eve and Gwen Stefani’s 2001 classic “Let Me Blow Ya Mind.” The West London rapper samples the all-star team-up and expresses his admiration for the titular pop star, rapping, “Somebody tell Doja Cat, that I’m tryna indulge in that,” for the chorus. Cench’s one-off single also earned him some social media buzz, and he continued to flex his wordplay forte with an impressive  L.A. Leakers freestyle  explaining U.K. slang, which went viral not too long after. — CYDNEY LEE

Rauw Alejandro, "Dime Quién ????"

Throughout  Saturno , the Puerto Rican space cadet finds a sweet spot between new wave coolness and ‘80s freestyle momentum. On “Dime Quién????,” El Fókin Zorro continues to bring his insatiable vigor and howling vocals to the spotlight, while he pleads to know who the  sancho  is. But the high-energy banger gets you on your feet in an instant (think Michael Sembello’s “Maniac”), accentuated by analog synth-pop and a thumping bass that harkens back to 1984’s  Footloose  — to match with Alejandro’s footwork, as seen in its accompanying video . The chameleonic singer further proves his genre-hopping prowess while never losing his sly emo edge. — ISABELA RAYGOZA

BLACKPINK, "Shut Down"

BLACKPINK may have kicked off their sophomore album Born Pink with a taste of “Pink Venom,” but the K-pop girl group elevates their latest era to even greater heights with the swagger and savvy of second single “Shut Down.” Melding bouncing hip-hop with a sample of Niccolò Paganini’s 1826 violin concerto “La Campanella” proves ingenious as Rosé, Jisoo, Lisa and Jennie assert their status as the biggest girl group in the world. Now catch ‘em when you hear their Lamborghini go vroom, vroom, vroom, vroom… – GLENN ROWLEY

Eliza Rose & Interplanetary Criminal, "B.O.T.A. (Baddest of Them All)"

Eliza Rose’s "B.O.T.A (Baddest Of Them All)"

A London-born triple-threat (DJ, producer, singer), Rose made her mark in the house underground in 2021, injecting tracks like “Moves” and “Another Love” with airy, carefree charm. She charged into the mainstream this year with “B.O.T.A.,” which merges cheerful club come-ons (“do you wanna dance baby?”) with memorable sloganeering (“she’s the baddest of them all”). The pelting beat, courtesy of Manchester producer Interplanetary Criminal, gallops at 137 beats per minute, considerably faster than your average house track, like it’s hoping to win the Preakness. “B.O.T.A.” performed well in a different sort of competition, rising to No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles chart. — ELIAS LEIGHT

Anitta, "Envolver"

Beyond the steamy booty-ography from the song’s music video or the viral TikTok dance challenge that first put it on the map, “Envolver” is the undeniable worldwide hit (topping the Billboard Global Excl. U.S. chart) that the Brazilian superstar had been building toward, thanks to its saucy lyrics and hypnotic beat. The no-strings-attached reggaetón romp cemented such a pop profile for Anitta, in fact, that she’s up for best new artist at the 2023 Grammys. –  KATIE ATKINSON

Doechii & SZA, "Persuasive"

You don’t need to talk Doechii into having a good time. The buttery “Persuasive” tracks the rapper’s loving relationship with weed, as she croons her way through a particularly effective smoke session over a jolting beat. The song was already a stellar kickback before it invited along a mind-altering guest verse from R&B paragon SZA — with her inclusion, it becomes a performance worthy of the hype surrounding the acclaimed artists at its center. — S.D.

Kelela, "Happy Ending"

The finest of several excellent singles Kelela released this year in advance of her 2023 album Raven — her first since 2017 debut LP Take Me Apart — “Happy Ending” reminds us of the alt-R&B singer-songwriter’s unique blend of accessibility and mystery. It feels like club music, and its ’90s rave-looking video certainly shows it being at home in that element, but its energy is more confounding than cathartic, with puzzle pieces of song lyrics and a woozy, synth-blanketed drum n’ bass beat that never quite slides them into place. “It’s deeper than fantasy,” Kelela insists, and we have to take her word for it. — A.U.

HitKidd & GloRilla, "F.N.F."

GloRilla bulldozed her way into the rap game when she and Memphis producer HitKidd dropped “F.N.F.” ahead of summer. “F.N.F.” became a rallying cry for single women embracing freedom and drama-free lives admonishing half-assed relationships and trifling men with her gruff delivery (“I’m F-R-E-E, f–k n—a free,”). The single detonated Big Glo’s career, as she landed a deal with Yo Gotti’s indomitable CMG Empire, and it also notched her a Grammy nomination last month for best rap song. — CARL LAMARRE

FLO, "Cardboard Box"

FLO, "Cardboard Box"

From the opening notes of their debut single, British trio FLO makes it clear they’re channeling the spirit — and chill-inducing harmonies — of late ‘90s/early ‘00s R&B. Taking inspiration in equal measures from the likes of 702, Blaque and Destiny’s Child, “Cardboard Box” is something of a little sister to Beyoncé’s classic 2006 kiss-off “Irreplaceable.” By the time the threesome finish kicking a cheating beau to the curb, they’ve proved they might just have the charisma and vocal chops to be crowned those girl groups’ latest heir apparents. — G.R.

beabadoobee, "Talk"

Much of beabadoobee’s sophomore album,  Beatopia , floats by in a dreamy soft focus, but lead single “Talk” was built to stand out. A swirl of guitar and drum starts the song, but seven seconds in, it vanishes as Bea Laus drops in to give a snapshot of her favorite day of the week for going out: “Call you up on a Tuesday.” Gritty electric guitars balance Laus’s whimsical voice, as she considers the temptation of a weeknight escapade. But that hesitation lasts for only a fraction of a second before she makes good on a “bad decision,” one that leaves partying on a weekend seem painfully lame by comparison. — CHRISTINE WERTHMAN

Lil Uzi Vert, "Just Wanna Rock"

“Lil Uzi Vert makes a Jersey Club hit” may not have been on your 2022 bingo card, but in hindsight, the hyperactive bounce of the Newark-born sound makes perfect sense as a sonic avenue for the elastic-voiced rapper to explore. At barely over two minutes and with one clipped verse, “Just Wanna Rock” bashes the listener between the eyes and sees itself out; we’re left dizzied, adjusting to Uzi’s new lane, and eager to absorb that sound again. — JASON LIPSHUTZ

Carly Rae Jepsen feat. Rufus Wainwright, "The Loneliest Time"

Kiki and Elton. Dolly and Kenny. Well, now add Carly and Rufus to the canon of iconic pop duet partners. It feels a little like destiny that these two Canadians — both experts at deploying sticky pop melodies saturated with deeply-felt emotions, albeit usually against very different musical backdrops — should unite on a song blending drama, camp and danceability. Few artists could sell an over four-minute track with a spoken interlude with the charm that these two do. And speaking of that interlude, don’t underestimate the catchiness of its refrain: it’s coming back to (your head), baby. — REBECCA MILZOFF

Lil Nas X, "Thats What I Want"

As he often does throughout 2021 debut album  Montero , Lil Nas X waits but a few seconds before launching into its third single , a top 10 Hot 100 hit in 2022. The controlled chaos of its yearning yet frustrated lyrics and feverish backing guitar all feel a bit like the thrill of a fast-paced roller coaster; it zooms around in a blink, and before you know it, you’re in the thick of a chorus reminiscent of the ride’s most exhilarating slope. And even if you can’t catch your breath until it’s over, it’s only a matter of time before you’re in line for another go. — JOSH GLICKSMAN

Cody Johnson, "'Til You Can't"

Cody Johnson

There’s no shortage of country songs that espouse seizing the moment, whether it’s Garth Brooks’ “If Tomorrow Never Comes” or Tim McGraw’s “Live Like You Were Dying,” but few have the urgency of Johnson’s chugging, mid-tempo missive “Til You Can’t.” Through vivid imagery and an increasingly driving melody, Johnson runs through several quotidian, non-urgent scenarios (whether it’s “taking the phone call from your mama” or “fixing up that Pontiac” with your granddad or even just following your dreams) before encouraging the listener to “take it while you got a chance” — because, unfortunately, there will be a day when the opportunity is no longer there. — MELINDA NEWMAN

Elton John & Britney Spears, "Hold Me Closer"

The otherworldly piano and guitar riffs of “Hold Me Closer” sound as if they have been bouncing around the cosmos since, say, 1971. The origin of this entrancing track, of course, is actually pure Pandemic Era, an outtake from Elton John’s album of remotely recorded collaborations,  The Lockdown Sessions .  Tapping another of his classics, “The One,” for the song’s opening lyrics and borrowing the “WHOO HOO!” exclamation from his Hot 100-topping “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” Elton warmly led Britney back to the pop world — and also to her first No. 1 hit in five years, as “Hold Me Closer” topped both the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs and Adult Pop Airplay charts, and hit No. 6 on the Hot 100. — THOM DUFFY

Chappell Roan, "Casual"

Long before her latest single went viral on TikTok, Chappell Roan was making hypnotic, derisive songs about fraught relationships. But with “Casual,” her fiery ode to a lover refusing to commit, the singer let her pen run wild. The lyrics, co-written with pop auteur Dan Nigro — who knows a thing or two about  bitter   love   songs  — causticly bemoan the pitfalls of the supposedly less-than-serious entanglement, while the production lays the snark on thick with its bedroom-pop dreaminess. If the war on situationships has begun, then Roan stands on the front lines with this rousing battle-cry. — S.D.

Orville Peck, "C'mon Baby, Cry"

On latest album  Bronco , Orville Peck evokes the attitude of outlaw and the rich soundscapes of countrypolitan. The masked mysterian run laps around his vocal contemporaries on this lush, Orbison-esque album highlight, flaunting a silky baritone and a tremulous tear in his voice, while urging the smile-while-your-heart-is-breaking types to drop the façade and “C’Mon Baby, Cry.” — JOE LYNCH

Florence + the Machine, "King"

With a lush garden of mystic instrumentation, corralled by producer Jack Antonoff, and a spiritual commitment to honoring everyday feminine divinity, Florence Welch’s comeback single is an absolute stunner from start to finish. Everything about this ballad – its gothic feel and occult aesthetics, the sparking electricity of her quietly powerful voice – is a reminder that Welch is one of our most singular artists, operating on her own terms to serve her muses alone. — HANNAH DAILEY

Lizzo, "2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)"

Lizzo "2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)"

More than just about any other celebrity, Lizzo freely lets us see her faults and imperfections. In this follow-up to “About Damn Time,” Lizzo quips “I did ‘the work’/ It didn’t work.” Later, she has an aha moment, posing a question that might take someone years of therapy to formulate – “How am I supposed to love somebody else when I don’t like myself?” That’s pretty profound for what is for the most part a feel-good pop song. As for the question Lizzo poses in the parenthetical part of the song title, Lizzo, you were born ready. — P.G.

Vince Staples & Mustard, "Magic"

First teased in a Beats Fit Pro commercial, “Magic” became the first single off of Vince Staples’s highly anticipated fifth album,  Ramona Park Broke My Heart . The Long Beach rapper joined forces with Grammy award-winning L.A. producer Mustard for the feel-good, G-funk-inspired track, which sees Staples rapping about his childhood antics, growing up in the Ramona Park section of Long Beach and ultimately making it out of his city. “When you get two n—as from different sides of the city to do something like this, I guess you could call that magic,” Mustard says on the outro. He’s not wrong. — C. Lee

Tove Lo, "No One Dies From Love"

While Tove Lo songs often rely more on hook construction than bravura vocal takes, the strength of the post-breakup synth-pop fantasia “No One Dies From Love,” which preceded her  Dirt Femme  album, rests in her performance of the couplet “No one dies from love/ Guess I’ll be the first.” Her voice collapses in resignation, the final syllable elongated to demonstrate a level of sadness that, in her mind, is biologically unprecedented. It’s one of the best pop moments of the year, within a gem of a lead single. — J. Lipshutz

Wizkid, "Bad to Me"

P2J helped produce Wizkid’s biggest hit, “Essence,” so it’s no surprise that the two continue their fruitful partnership with “Bad to Me.” But where “Essence” was feather-light, like a contented sigh, “Bad to Me” is more rugged, with meandering guitar giving way to jabbing bass. Wizkid is a multi-tasking master: He flirts charismatically, boasts convincingly, and keeps an eye on his friends all at once, demanding “Casamigos/For my amigos.” — E.L.

Ice Spice, "Munch (Feelin' U)"

This year signaled the rise of a stunning variety of women rappers, from Latto and GloRilla to Flo Milli and Doechii. Now jot down another name: Ice Spice. With a smooth flow riding on stuttering drill beats, the Bronx rapper went viral with this tough-talking track that unflinchingly dismisses a would-be suitor, a.k.a. “munch.”  “Bitch, I’m a baddie, I get what I want, like / You thought I was feelin’ you?  … / That n—a a munch,” raps Ice Spice. The catchy hook made Ice Spice an instant sensation and simultaneously introduced a new noun to 2022’s vernacular. — GAIL MITCHELL

Grupo Frontera, "No Se Va"

Grupo Frontera, "No se va"

Many thought this was an original song by norteño band Grupo Frontera, but it’s actually a satisfying blast from the past. Breathing fresh air into Morat’s 2019 pop ballad “No Se Va,” Frontera’s version is a nice cumbia-norteña version that exploded on TikTok and put the group from McAllen, Texas on the map. The cover became only the fifth regional Mexican song to hit the Hot 100 in the chart’s 64-year history, reaching a No. 57 high after entering the chart in November. — GRISELDA FLORES

Taylor Swift, "Lavender Haze"

When Taylor Swift first announced at the  2022 VMAs  she’d be dropping her 10 th  studio album this year, she told us, “Meet me at midnight.” We the Swifties came running, and that phrase went on to become the opening line off  Midnights’  opening track, “Lavender Haze.” Her gauzy vocals soar atop whirring synthesizers and backing vocals from Zoë Kravitz (among others), while the lyrics encapsulate Swift’s desire to wholeheartedly reject “the 1950s s—t they want from me,” focusing her energy on her relationship. Sounds like she’s still working on that part — but crafting irresistible nocturnal pop bangers, she’s got that down. — DANIELLE PASCUAL

Rina Sawayama, "This Hell"

Showing the difference between writing a great Lady Gaga tribute and a straight-up great Lady Gaga single, Rina Sawayama’s “This Hell” was born this way, baby, and deliciously proud of it. The song’s stomping synth-rock groove burns a hole in the road from here to the afterlife, making all the right decisions along the way as it flips the bird to the gatekeepers of the great beyond and makes plans to party down below deck instead. By the time it hits the “Pass the wine, b–ch/ We’re going straight to Hell” bridge, you can practically see Mother Monster throwing up the devil sign in the front row. — A.U.

Kendrick Lamar feat. Blxst and Amanda Reifer, "Die Hard"

Though Kendrick Lamar’s  Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers  lacked the same commercial appeal that made  DAMN  a mainstream thriller, K. Dot didn’t leave fans who were looking for big new singles empty-handed. On “Die Hard,” Lamar dials back the lyrical intensity, but his message remains poignant as he nosedives into his past relationship trauma (“I got some regrets/ But my past won’t keep me from my best.”). With singers Blxst and Amanda Reifer on deck, the embattled MC aims to right his wrongs for the sake of his family and become the man he always dreamed of being. — C. Lamarre

GAYLE, "abcdefu"

Nashville-based singer-songwriter GAYLE unleashed an unescapable hit this year with an alphabetic hook, a singalong melody and a cathartic cataloging of all of her ex’s shortcomings. From the “F you” that starts the very first verse of this musical middle finger, GAYLE wastes no time disparaging an ex-lover and basically everyone in their orbit (except the dog, of course), right down to that “Craigslist couch and the way your voice sounds.” Written by GAYLE with Sara Davis and David Pittenger, “abcdefu” became a viral TikTok sensation-turned-No. 1 hit on Billboard’s Global 200 chart for four weeks, and earned a song of the year nod at the upcoming 2023 Grammys. — JESSICA NICHOLSON

HARDY feat. Lainey Wilson, "Wait in the Truck"

HARDY ft. Lainey Wilson "wait in the truck"

An ominous, slow-building murder ballad (are there any other?) from the stylistically unpredictable HARDY, “wait in the truck” is a harrowing dual-perspective tale of abuse, vigilante justice, imprisonment and redemption. The songwriter-turned-solo artist’s voice is as uncompromising and potent as an unfiltered Marlboro on this gospel-flavored country odyssey, while a shotgun-riding Lainey Wilson fills up “truck” with a fragility and resilience that give it a haunting emotional core. — J. Lynch

Megan Thee Stallion, "Plan B"

“Plan B” marked a palpable career shift for Megan Thee Stallion, who first debuted the scorching track during her set at Coachella this year. The Houston rapper had long proved in her previous work that she can deliver sexy and self-assured, but over a sizzling sample of the remix to Jodeci’s 1995 hit “Freek’n You,” she asserted high-heeled dominance in a different category, which would later become one of the core themes of her sophomore album  Traumazine : female wrath. — H.D.

Charlie Puth, "Light Switch"

In this frantically paced  Charlie  single, Puth learns the hard way that just as quickly as his love interest can turn him on, she can also shut the whole thing down with a titular flip. “Why you always wanna act like lovers, but you never wanna be each other’s?” he asks. While Charlie picks up the hint (or not), we’ll be bobbing our heads to the top 40 hit ‘s brisk, synthy beat. –  K.A.

Fred again.. feat. Romy & HAAi, "Lights Out"

A peak club night is ultimately simple: you, your friends, dancing, darkness and the ineffable sensations of joy and catharsis that these components together are uniquely capable of delivering. Therein lies the vibe of “Lights Out,” the January stunner from U.K. producer Fred again.., The xx vocalist Romy and Australian star HAAi. Mixing in elements of house, breakbeat, garage and one perfectly placed air raid siren, the exultant, occasionally tender track (“now my heart won’t break, it bends,” declares Romy) moves at a warp speed, building to a rapturous climax that sounds just like how your best nights out feel. — KATIE BAIN

Pharrell Williams feat. 21 Savage & Tyler, the Creator, "Cash In Cash Out"

A 21 Savage-Tyler, The Creator collaboration produced by Pharrell Williams probably would have worked well at any point in the super-trio’s respective careers, but the blistering heater “Cash In Cash Out” benefits from particularly fortuitous timing. Savage, in the middle of a dominant 2022, is in flamethrower mode over Pharrell’s tics and whirrs, pummeling the track into submission with Ferrari reference and Redman puns; meanwhile, Tyler is still basking in the bar-splitting triumph of  Call Me If You Get Lost , and aims at tossing up catchphrases and flow switches like they’re heat checks. — J. Lipshutz

Rosalía, "Despecha"


While fans were still exploring the expansive world of Rosalía’s third studio album  Motomami , the Spanish artist dropped an additional 12 tracks, remixes and interludes — including standout “Despécha.” Never one to shy away from mixing and matching sounds like a musical Frankenstein, Rosalía fuses mambo, pop and merengue for a monster hit that landed the Catalonia-born artist her first solo entry on the Billboard Hot 100. If your feet can move fast enough, it’s an irresistible dancefloor anthem to shirking off heartbreak by going out with your friends and not leaving the club until you’ve got your crown. — T.M.  

Maren Morris, "Circles Around This Town"

With its soulful electric guitar groove and vivid opening lyric painting a picture of Morris as an aspiring songwriter, driving to Nashville in a “Montero with an AC busted,” “Circles” feels like the flipside of her early hit “80s Mercedes” — the story of a scrappy young woman “trying to find something worth singing about.” It’s a classic Morris lead single, anchored by her trademark soulful vocals and a sinuous melody aided by co-writers Julia Michaels, “The Bones” collaborator Jimmy Robbins, and hubby Ryan Hurd. But it’s knowing how far she’s come in achieving her Music City dream — and how far from over her creative journey is — that gives “Circles” its real heart. — R.M.

Quavo & Takeoff, "Hotel Lobby (Unc and Phew)"

Takeoff’s legacy as one of the most distinct and technically gifted rappers of his generation was secure long before his joint project  Only Built for Infinity Links  with fellow Migo Quavo. But listening to its lead single, “Hotel Lobby,” in the weeks after his tragic death at the age of 28, only reminds us how effortless showcasing those skills had become for him. From the opening declaration “Let’s get it” to every line-punctuating ad-lib (“Chill out!”) to the loving nod to his cohort (“I call him twin, ‘cause that be my brother”), Takeoff glides over the trap beat of “Hotel Lobby” with majestic, timeless ease. — J. Lipshutz

Phoebe Bridgers, "Sidelines"

Phoebe Bridgers’ standalone single “Sidelines” gives her fanbase a rare look at the evolution of her songwriting from 2020’s  Punisher  to now, and a lot has changed in her life since her acclaimed sophomore project: the number of Pharbz grew exponentially (even to fandom-nickname size); she got engaged to  Normal People  actor Paul Mescal; and she earned four Grammy nominations. Though “Sidelines” is a notably subdued cut from Bridgers, anchored simply by a toy piano chords and minimal production, its subtlety allows the storytelling to take center stage. In “Sidelines,” Bridgers tells of her recent love-inspired epiphany, and being ready to live her life “with something to lose.” — K.R.

Becky G & Karol G, "MAMIII"

It was the collaboration we had all been waiting for, and good things come to those who wait. The Gs joined forces to deliver an anthem that is blunt, empowering and defiant. The ultimate song to belt to in unison with your best gals after getting out of a toxic relationship, “MAMIII” — which starts off with melancholy guitar chords but quickly transitions into a hypnotizing reggaetón beat — captivates both sonically and lyrically. — G.F.

Mitski, "Love Me More"

Mitski, "Love Me More"

In “Love Me More,” Mitski re-examines themes she has focused on throughout the course of her career — isolation, love, and fear – which feel timelier than ever in the wake of social distancing. With up-tempo synth-pop production, the song’s racing rhythm demonstrates the anxiety she feels over both needing to be seen and adored as an artist and also “wish[ing] that this would go away.” It’s an illustrative look inside the head of one of indie rock’s most masterful but elusive stars, over a decade into her career. Plus, it’s one of her most radio-ready singles to date, hitting No. 32 on the Hot Rock Songs chart and helping parent album  Laurel Hell  reach No. 5 on the  Billboard  200. — K.R.

Rihanna, "Lift Me Up"

Rihanna finally put an end to her long-drawn-out musical hiatus with  “Lift Me Up,”  the lead single from Marvel’s  Black Panther: Wakanda Forever  soundtrack. The unquestionably beautiful ballad – which acts as a tribute to late lead actor Chadwick Boseman – swells with affection, as Rihanna’s lithe, matured vocals effortlessly float above Ludwig Göransson’s arrangement, pulling on harp and heartstrings alike. With a No. 2 debut on the Billboard Hot 100, “Lift Me Up” also hopefully marks a solid start to RiRi’s comeback season. — HERAN MAMO

Lil Yachty, "Poland"

Lil Yachty did not intend to release “Poland,” but after the warbling track, inspired by cough syrup and a  Poland Spring bottle,  leaked and blew up on TikTok, the melodic rapper gave the people want they wanted and dropped the full version — all 83 seconds of it. With an assist from a  Cole Bennett-directed video  and millions of streams, the one-verse ditty landed Yachty his first top 40 hit in a lead role when it peaked at No. 40 on the Hot 100. The song also got love in the country it namechecks, traveling to No. 15 on the Poland Songs chart, so it sounds like a fieldtrip is in order. Wock’ OK in the checked bag?  — C.W.

Alex G, "Runner"

“Runner” begins with a brief nod to the Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Jane,” before morphing into an infectious confection of sunny ‘70s California rock and sinister-lite lyrics. (Think Warren Zevon living long enough to write the  Pineapple Express  soundtrack.) G’s narrative leans toward the abstract, ping-ponging between the first and second person, but his reference to “a couple grand rolled up” in a pocket, and the song’s “Load it up, know your trigger like the back of my hand” refrain suggests the runner of the title is not training for a 5K. There’s also the song’s banger of a third verse, on which G repeatedly bleats then screams, “Yes, I have done a couple bad things” — the indie singalong line of the year. — FRANK DIGIACOMO

Latto, "Big Energy"

“Big Energy” turned out to be nothing short of a sweet, sweet fantasy for Latto, with the Tom Tom Club-interpolating smash serving as the rising rapper’s breakout track and catapulting her onto the Hot 100. Of course, the only thing more potent than Latto slyly referencing Mariah Carey’s “Fantasy” on the original track was the Elusive Chanteuse herself hopping on the official remix , which helped send the crossover smash straight to No. 3. — G.R.

Shervin Hajipour, "Baraye"

Shervin Hajipour

There aren’t too many scenarios where a year-end songs list pick could have cost the artist their life. But at the center of a painfully long-awaited political revolution, it can happen. In September, singer-songwriter Shervin Hajipour released the pained but hopeful “Baraye,” loosely translating to “For.” In doing so, the 25-year-old artist made history, creating a rallying call for Iranians everywhere who are demanding the removal of a government that has oppressed, imprisoned, tortured and murdered its people—especially women—en masse for over four decades. 

Following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini and subsequent uprisings, Hajipour pulled the poignant ballad’s lyrics from tweets shared by Iranians, spelling out the forbidden privileges they’d be willing to die for—privileges that for many of us are basic rights. “For dancing on the streets/ For the fear of kissing your lover in public,” he begins, going on to mention child labor, pollution, mass imprisonment and “nonstop tears.” The song earned international recognition, being chanted word-for-word in protests across the globe, gaining over 40 million views in two days and being submitted over 100,000 times to the Grammys’ new category for a song dedicated to social change. No matter the outcome of Iranians’ valiant efforts in their home country, “Baraye” will forever be cemented in history as a reminder of the power of music in galvanizing a generation. — NEENA ROUHANI

Let's Eat Grandma, "Happy New Year"

Not many artists would think of using a New Year’s celebration song — with fireworks and the whole bit — as the framework for a song about rediscovering and treasuring friendship, but that’s the boundless open-hearted creativity that U.K. psych-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma usually operate with. “Happy New Year” captures a specific moment in the relationship between its soulmate creators so vividly, and with such dynamite synth riffing, that it becomes universal — the kind of pop anthem that you’ll gladly throw an arm around a stranger and belt along to together like you’ve known them all your life this Dec. 31. — A.U.

Beyoncé, "Alien Superstar"

“Alien Superstar” opens with a blaring warning to “not attempt to leave the dance floor,” before transforming into one of the most danceable self-love anthems of the year. With a booming bassline, a heavenly interpolation of Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” and “masterpiece genius/ drip intravenous” wordplay, the track is truly as “U-N-I-Q-U-E” as Beyoncé claims  she  is. An unapologetic celebration of her hard-earned success, she also pays homage to the greats that came before her, with references to the ballroom scene and a speech sample by Harlem’s National Black Theatre founder Barbra Ann Teer. Here and throughout  RENAISSANCE , Bey proves she is still “that girl” and she’s not going anywhere. — D.P.

Yahritza y Su Esencia, "Soy el Unico"

There is a yearning quality to Mexican-American trio Yahritza y Su Esencia’s “Soy El Único,” and a very unlikely one too. Whether it’s Yahritza’s arduous vocals, with the potential to make your heart sink when she hits those high notes; the sad sierreño melodies that resonate from the trio’s acoustic guitars; or the lovelorn lyrics she wrote when she was just 13 years old (now 16), the song hits a nerve that most teenage artists wouldn’t even know yet to look for. “How sad is it to love another person that doesn’t know how to value you,” she wails with a gut-wrenching delivery, capturing a unique-but-relatable feeling. — I.R.

Brandi Carlile feat. Lucius, "You and Me on the Rock"

With opening guitar lines that echo Joni Mitchell’s “Carey,” a chorus that gives a hat tip to the Gospel According to Matthew, and luscious background vocals from Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius, “You and Me on the Rock” is a joyous love song to Carlile’s wife Catherine Shepherd. As the singer tweeted upon release of the track as a single in June 2022, it celebrates “what my life is really built on, which is faith and my family, it’s a rock, and it’s solid,” So nice, she recorded it twice: the version from Carlile’s 2021 album In These Silent Days was re-cut for her live 2022 Laurel Canyon tribute set In The Canyon Haze . The original single earned Carlile a trifecta of 2023 Grammy nominations, including record of the year. — T.D.

Arctic Monkeys, "There'd Better Be a Mirrorball"

Arctic Monkeys, "There’d Better Be A Mirrorball"

It’d have been easy for U.K. indie paragons Arctic Monkeys to return from their latest four-year hiatus — during which their stateside fanbase swelled exponentially, with Tumblr-era appreciation crossing over to TikTok-era virality — with more alt-rock rave-ups and late-night drunk dials to enrapture their new generation of fans. Or maybe it wouldn’t have been easy, and that’s the point: “There’d Better Be a Mirrorball” shows frontman Alex Turner so entrenched in his Leonard Cohen and Scott Walker crooner dress-up, it’s hard to believe they weren’t always his clothes. But the song is stunning, with a gentle lushness worthy of 21st century Radiohead at their best, and a deeply felt (even when overtly sarcastic) Turner vocal that seems to chide anyone who expected different from him: “You’re getting cynical, and that won’t do.” – A.U.

Bizarrap & Quevedo, "Bzrp Music Sessions, Vol. 52"

Not so long ago, the Argentine DJ Bizarrap was just a rookie producer with a penchant for dropping a hot beat on a great freestyle. Meanwhile, Spanish hip-hop artist Quevedo was a locally praised lyricist and an internationally respected rap-battle player. When the Buenos Aires alchemist set the blueprint for his BZRP Music Sessions, he quickly became a force to be reckoned with. However, when he joined forces with Quevedo on  “Vol. 52,” all hell broke loose. The track contains all the right elements for a monumental EDM banger: suspenseful opening synths, hard drops, and a ravenous thump. That, coupled with Quevedo’s baritone rap bars about a flirtatious rendezvous, sets the stage for “Vol. 52” to fulfill our listening and dancing urges — and propelled the song to the top of  Billboard ’s Global 200 chart for four nonconsecutive weeks. — I.R.  

Soccer Mommy, "Shotgun"

Like much of Sophie Allison’s best work as Soccer Mommy, this impeccably crafted single and its vivid hook – “So whenever you want me, I’ll be around / I’m a bullet in a shotgun waiting to sound” – would’ve felt right at home on ’90s alternative radio. Oneohtrix Point Never, who produced “Shotgun” along with the rest of 2022’s sterling Sometimes, Forever , helps Allison secure a fittingly massive sound as she continues her evolution from lo-fi bedroom-pop auteur to bonafide rock star. — ERIC RENNER BROWN

Maggie Rogers, "That's Where I Am"

Less than three months  after promising  a record that “sounds like feral joy” — a notion that has since defined her  Surrender  album cycle so much she named  her current tour  after it — Rogers released its rocking lead single, which illustrates the feeling to a tee. Highlighted by a building vocal and brash drums, “That’s Where I Am” harnesses all of the energy that made debut  Heard It In a Past Life  such a standout effort, and then jubilantly unleashes it at the apex of its bridge, spurring Rogers to take off sprinting through New York City in its music video. Listening, it’s hard to resist doing the same. — J.G.

Omar Apollo, "Tamagotchi"

Omar Apollo, "Tamagotchi"

The Mexican-American alt-everything singer comes out to play on this Neptunes-produced, bass-thumping earworm. Named after the ‘90s digital toy, “Tamagotchi” finds Apollo slipping in and out of his Spanish mother tongue when singing about living the fast life (“…los chicos me quieren tocar,” he croons about boys wanting to touch him) yet constantly craving physical connection from that special someone. The stylistic leap he took on “Tamagotchi” and its parent album  Ivory  helped Apollo earn a best new artist nod ahead of the 2023 Grammys. — H.M.

Drake, "Sticky"

“Gordo got me on a wave,” Drake announces on “Sticky,” shouting out the veteran dance producer whose work on the track and the album from which it comes,  Honestly, Nevermind , helped escort Drizzy further into clubland upon its June release. The dreamy, stuttering beat, layered in with a chopped falsetto vocal from multi-hyphenate musician Ry X, goes soft then hard, creating the foundation for Drake to muse about life, love and “how sticky it gets,” on one of the album’s only songs to inspire actual bars from its creator. — K.B.

Doja Cat, "Vegas"

“Vegas” was the uncontested standout of Baz Luhrmann’s  Elvis  soundtrack, on which Doja Cat’s spitfire rap reimagining of Big Mama Thornton’s original version of The King’s “Hound Dog” — via vocal samples from Elvis actress Shonka Dukureh’s performance as Thornton — sparkled as the lead single. Peaking at No. 10 on the Hot 100, the track was a swaggering exhibition of the L.A. native’s talent as a master of her craft, artfully blending old-fashioned flair with modernity, masculinity with femininity and rock n’ roll with hip hop – all delivered by Doja with a wicked smile you can somehow hear through the microphone. — H.D.

Paramore, "This Is Why"

After a five-year absence, the Hayley Williams-led trio returns with the jittery, retro “This is Why” — and if you don’t like it, “you can keep it to yourself,” Williams declares. It’s hard to know if the band is paranoid after almost three years of a panic-inducing pandemic or if they simply don’t have time for your crap as Williams sings, “This is why I don’t leave the house/ You say the coast is clear/but you won’t catch me out.” But the juxtaposition of the staccato melody with the antsy lyrics is prime Paramore. — M.N.

Sabrina Carpenter, "Vicious"

On “Vicious,”  Sabrina Carpenter sings about being manipulated by a partner who’s tricked the rest of the world into considering them virtuous. Yet before singing the opening line, “One year, ten thousand bad moments,” Carpenter chuckles atop the chugging guitar — she’s no longer wounded by their deception, but she’s rolling her eyes for not seeing it sooner. That attention to detail separates Carpenter’s Emails I Can’t Send from most other pop albums this year, and turns “Vicious” into an appropriately cutting toast to the ones we’ve all spent too much time needlessly defending. — J. Lipshutz

Charli XCX feat. Rina Sawayama, "Beg for You"

A reimagination of September’s classic 2007 dance hit “Cry For You,” this late January release set the tone for a year filled with indelible samples and interpolations. While it doesn’t stray far from its predecessor sonically, it never needed to in order to live up to the hype it built ahead of its arrival. “Beg For You” combines two artists that excel at dance-pop on a club-ready romp squarely in their wheelhouse. Sometimes, the obvious formula works — as Charli XCX and Sawayama demonstrate while seamlessly trading verses on the sparkling homage. — J.G.

Nicki Minaj, "Super Freaky Girl"

Nicki Minaj "Super Freaky Girl"

One thing about Nicki — she makes the freakiest hits. The animated rapper revisited her “Anaconda” playbook this year, flipping a Rick James sample all the way to No. 1 on the Hot 100. The playful smash works so well because it’s delightfully dirty (“I can lick it, I can ride it while you slipppin’ and slidin'”), yet rapped in such an innocent, sing-songy cadence that it sounds as sweet as apple pie. Only the superest freak could pull that off. –  K.A.

Muni Long, "Hrs and Hrs"

Under her real name Priscilla Renea, Muni Long already had her pen game on point, writing songs for big names such as Rihanna and Ariana Grande. But with this self-penned R&B song, Long became a star in her own right — and a Grammy nominee for best new artist. Set off by the track ’s seductive beat and Long’s sultry vocals (“I wanna give you your flowers / And some champagne showers”), the undulating ballad resonates with anyone in love, who wants to spend the titular time period doing whatever comes to mind with that special someone. — G.M.

Jessie Ware, "Free Yourself"

“Free! Your! Self!” U.K. chanteuse Jessie Ware demands on her serotonin swirl of a single, released in July and produced by dance world legend Stuart Price. The pure-energy anthem braids urgent piano stabs, disco strings, funk bass and a dirty, swaggering beat into pure uncut dancefloor mania, over which Ware delivers dually punchy and purring vocals that command what the track itself is already expressing: “if it feels so good then… baby don’t you stop.” — K.B.

Burna Boy, "Last Last"

Who said men don’t hurt too? Sampling Toni Braxton’s 2000 hit “He Wasn’t Man Enough,” Burna cleverly flips the heartbreak anthem into an Afrobeats heater with “Last Last,” his first Hot 100 hit. Over ad-libs and guitar riffs lifted from Braxton’s smash, Burna ruminates about a past relationship gone sour. (“Maybe another time, maybe another life, you will be my wife, and we’ll get it right”). He doesn’t mince words, and welcomes his pain with aplomb, making “Last Last” the go-to soundtrack for us sadboys in 2022. — C. Lamarre

MUNA, "Anything But Me"

MUNA, 2021 signees to Phoebe Bridgers’ Saddest Factory Records, have a knack for capturing the complexities of relationships. This year, the alt-pop trio delivered a somehow both gentle and scathing rebuke of a lover on their self-titled album’s “Anything But Me.” It is a pop song with layers — its production is light and playful, alluding to the freedom of walking away from a relationship that no longer serves them. And it’s backed by the steady, consistent beat of someone firm in their conviction, who has “never been afraid of goodbye.” — T.M.

The Weeknd, "Out of Time"

The Weeknd "Out of Time"

The Weeknd has perfected the formula for making amazing pop songs, but the real magic lies in how that formula never seems to get old. Like so many of the Toronto-born musician’s Hot 100 hits before it, the ‘80s-inspired “Out of Time” is equal parts fresh and familiar, with all the indefinable qualities of feeling instantly timeless, as its title might imply. And that creepy-yet-soothing Jim Carrey outro? Icing on the cake. — H.D.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs feat. Perfume Genius, "Spitting Off the Edge of the World"

The last three years have played out like a disaster movie, and in June, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs gave us its theme song. “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” starts out as a funereal synth- and drum-driven indictment of those who have made a royal mess of the world. “Cowards, here’s the sun,” Karen O declares, sounding like an avenging angel arrived to kick off the rapture. Evoking defiance and disbelief – “Mama, what have you done?” she sings plaintively on the bridge – and with Perfume Genius serving as her quavery Greek chorus, the song builds to a fist-pumping call-to-arms, urged on by Nick Zinner’s screaming guitar, for the “kids” now saddled with fixing it. The track recalls another dystopian anthem, Tina Turner’s “We Don’t Need Another Hero” from 1985’s  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome . Four decades later, the question asked in that song remains unanswered: are we ever gonna change? — F.D.

Post Malone feat. Doja Cat, "I Like You (A Happier Song)"

It’s all there in the title of Post Malone’s infectious, earnest Twelve Carat Toothache collaboration with Doja Cat: The song , like many of life’s peaks, is happier, but not purely happy; melancholy lurks just below the surface as Posty yearns for prosaic, unflashy romance (deliberations about whether he should take the Benz or the Maybach notwithstanding). The strikingly wholesome song – even Doja dials back her typically raunchy bars to PG-13 – peaked at No. 3 on the Hot 100, and by the end, you can’t help but root for the guy. — E.R.B.

Bad Bunny, "Moscow Mule"

This Hot 100 top five hit’s irresistible reggaetón beat opened Bad Bunny’s  Un Verano Sin Ti set — and what better way to kick off an album about the summer than with a single named after a popular drink? “Moscow Mule” finds Bad Bunny lusting over a particular lover, one with whom he has a type of authentic connection you cannot explain but only feel, even though it is kept private. A sexual ode to enjoying the moment of two souls uniting, the video features a love story between a mermaid and a naked Benito as a genital-less merman. — INGRID FAJARDO

Jack Harlow, "First Class"

Harlow’s “First Class,” the second single from his album  Come Home the Kids Miss You , spent three non-consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s Hot 100 this year. Launching with a sample of the 2006 hit “Glamorous” by Fergie and Ludacris, the song mixes nostalgia, TikTok-friendly beats and a celebration of hustle and aspiration (“I got visions of my mom sayin’ ‘Wait, this house mine?'”). With his coolly relaxed vocal, Harlow revels in the perks (sexual and otherwise) brought by the success of songs such as “What’s Poppin’” and “Industry Baby,” as he spits out a victor’s checkmate of lyrics: “I got plaques in the mail, peak season.” — J.N.

The 1975, "Happiness"

The 1975 "Happiness"

There’s something refreshingly simple about The 1975’s “Happiness,” even down to the title. In a musical landscape where the themes can feel overly complicated, political or emotional, the often-prolific The 1975 gave 2022 a shimmery disco-pop beat with wholesome, hopelessly loved-up lyrics and sax to spare. There’s something so earnest in repeating “Show me your love, why don’t you?” in the chorus that perfectly captures falling in love, and all the “Happiness” that comes with it. — R.A.

Gunna & Future feat. Young Thug, "Pushin P"

The first two months of the year in hip-hop were definitely brought to you by the letter “P,” as Gunna, Future and Young Thug submitted the shortest-ever new entry to hip-hop’s eternal lexicon. The luxurious Wheezy and Juke Wong beat gives the star rap trio room to stretch out as they pop their p’s like they’re testing out a new microphone, and confirm the song’s cool with the distinctly less-is-more refrain (“I’m pushin’ P… pushin’ P…. yeah”). Then, the beat suddenly gets horror-movie dramatic, as if Future was about to deliver the most pivotal line of the year — which he of course does: “She not a lesbian, but for P, she turn Pesbian.” — A.U.

Karol G, "Provenza"

Karol G became the first woman to replace herself at No. 1 on the Hot Latin Songs chart when “Provenza” traded places with “MAMIII.” Released in April, “Provenza” stands out with its liberating, anthemic lyrics (“I was with someone but now I’m free”) that are paired with an equally chill calypso, Afro-fusion beat that allows you to get lost in the moment. Nominated for record and song of the year at this year’s Latin Grammys, the track is a testament to the Colombian artist’s ability to make music that garners both critical acclaim and commercial success. — G.F.

Zach Bryan, "Something in the Orange"

Bryan shows why he’s one of the breakout stars of 2022 on this raw, stripped-down, acoustic heartbreaker that rose to No. 2 on both Billboard ’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs and Hot Country Songs charts. He’s got it bad for a woman who couldn’t care less about him, but he is utterly helpless to let her go as he begs for her to turn her car around — because, “To you I’m just a man, to me you’re all I am.” Bryan’s quiet desperation is part of the atmospheric song’s appeal, never resorting to vocal dramatics as he sings of his devastation. — M.N.

Ethel Cain, "American Teenager"

Ethel Cain is the American Gothic alter ego of Hayden Anhedönia, a 24-year-old transgender woman who was raised a Southern Baptist in Florida and now turns her memories into weighty, haunting dirges. But on the explosive  “American Teenager,” the third single from her debut album,  Preacher’s Daughter , Anhedönia disrupts her own format with a driving pop-rock anthem that speaks of the American dream without celebrating it. “I do what I want, crying in the bleachers/ And I said it was fun,” Anhedönia croons in a warm, sturdy alto before reassuring those around her, and perhaps herself, “But I’m all good out here.” — C.W.

Harry Styles, "Music for a Sushi Restaurant"

Harry Styles, "Music For a Sushi Restaurant"

Amid  Harry’s  House tracks like the introspective “As It Was” and the yearning “Satellite,” on “Music for a Sushi Restaurant,” Harry Styles is having a whole lot of fun. You can hear the smile on his face as he sings his “scuba-duba-do-boo-boo” in the second verse or as he belts out in the bridge, “ You know I love you, babe! ” There couldn’t have been a better choice for his album opener, as it introduced fans to a lighthearted new era, full of groovy horn sections and more references to fried rice and green tea than you’ve probably ever heard in a pop song. — R.A.

Wet Leg, "Wet Dream"

Everything about “Wet Dream,” the infectious lead-in to indie rock duo Wet Leg’s self-titled album, begs you not to take it seriously. Whether it’s the intentionally cheesy guitar-and-bass lines, the lyrics that mean next-to-nothing (other than flaying douchey guys who tell prospective dates about their love for ’90s indie flick  Buffalo ‘66 ), or the perfect vocal impersonations of every U.K. indie group you’ve ever heard, “Wet Dream” is a perfect send-up of everything about Wet Leg’s genre — while simultaneously capturing exactly what makes it so utterly enjoyable. Clearly it worked, since their own country’s biggest star decided to  join in on the fun . — S.D.

Joji, "Glimpse of Us"

The big-chorused piano ballad has basically been a one-woman show on the Billboard charts since the 2010s, with the rare exceptions usually scanning as overwrought and under-developed. That’s what made Joji’s top 10-crashing “Glimpse of Us” such a welcome addition to 2022 pop — the wish-she-was-you lament is both toweringly mighty and snugly intimate, conspicuously detailed in its delivery and considered in its execution, even as it clears out the whole room to make way for its behemoth of a refrain. It marked a long-overdue crossover breakthrough for the alt-R&B singer-songwriter, proving beyond a doubt that he could handle the solo spotlight. — A.U.

Doja Cat, "Woman"

This slinky track , the fourth single from  Planet Her , is a celebration of womanhood which contains this jab at sexism in the culture: “They wanna pit us against each other/ When we succeedin’, for no reasons.” Doja both sings and raps on the Afrobeats-flavored smash, which brought her a Grammy nod for record of the year – marking the third year in a row she’s been nominated in that marquee category. The video, also Grammy-nominated, draws inspiration from Michael Jackson’s 1992 “Remember the Time” visual. — P.G.

Sam Smith & Kim Petras, "Unholy"

Sam Smith and Kim Petras put the bawdy in body shop and the hole in “Unholy” on their first (and hopefully not last) team-up. A slinky infidelity tango that drips with filth without ever actually getting explicit, this sub-three-minute single brings a church chorus’ eerie, lugubrious tones to the hump-n-grind of hyperpop. An instant viral hit thanks to (you guessed it) TikTok, it’s the first Hot 100 No. 1 for Smith or Petras – and the  first time  an openly transgender solo artist and openly nonbinary solo artist have sat atop that chart. — J. Lynch

Beyoncé, "Cuff It"


Beyoncé’s  RENAISSANCE  album saw the global superstar take a deep dive into house music and absolutely slaying the genre’s past, present and future. But amidst the thumping bass and buttery transitions, Beyoncé dropped a little morsel of a disco-flavored R&B treat for the loyal Hive. “Cuff It” is as delectable as it gets, with its promise to “f–k up the night,” backed by a dazzling brass section. The groover is an exquisite amalgam of two beloved Black music traditions – R&B and house – that has the combined effect of getting everyone’s hips moving and fists bumping. — T.M.

Future feat. Drake & Tems, "Wait for U"

Since Future and Drake’s initial meet-up in 2012 for the “Tony Montana” remix, the pair became one of hip-hop’s most reliable duos. A decade later, they continued their torrid streak when Future and producer ATL Jacob nimbly lifted Tems’ 2020 deep cut “Higher” to create the rapper’s first Hot 100 chart-topper as a lead artist in the sentimental “Wait for U.” And though the superstar deftly pen verses about their worldwide escapades, it’s Tems’ soothing hook that ultimately makes “Wait” an indelible gem. — C. Lamarre

SZA, "Shirt"

Despite getting its official release back in October, SZA’s latest single “Shirt” has been making waves on social media since she first electrified fans with a snippet of the song on her Instagram Story back in 2020. The Darkchild and Freaky Rob-produced stripped-down track soundtracks her battling her imperfections head-on, following a suffocating relationship. “Blood stain on my shirt/ New b—h on my nerves/ Old n—a got curved, going back on my word/ Damn, b—h, you so thirsty,” she reflects over the song’s 808-driven beat on the instantly memorable chorus. The entrancing cut features an always-relatable SZA admitting her mistakes and letting go of burdens — a reminder that despite her stardom, she’s human like the rest of us. — C. Lee

GloRilla & Cardi B, "Tomorrow 2"

GloRilla’s solo “Tomorrow” was already one of the year’s best hip-hop songs, thanks to an exquisitely menacing Macaroni Toni beat that instantly finds the ascendant MC in Bully Mode — delivering body blow after body blow and making landing the chorus KO: “Can’t say yo’ name up in my songs/ Might not f–k with you tomorrow.” But it’s the remix with Cardi B that takes the song from a contender to a champion, with Cardi rising to the challenge with her most vicious guest verse in years: “I don’t speak dog, ho, I don’t care what no b–ch say/ I stay on her mind, I got condos in that b–ch head.” Together, the pair stormed the Hot 100’s top 10 and then the AMAs , and you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be hearing a lot more of “Tomorrow 2” and the two heavyweights behind it in 2023. — A.U.

Carolina Gaitan, Mauro Castillo, Adassa, Rhenzy Feliz, Diane Guerrero, Stephanie Beatriz & ‘Encanto’ Cast, "We Don't Talk About Bruno"

Despite repeated assurances that “We Don’t Talk About” him, you don’t have to twist any CGI arms to get the Family Madrigal to share head-scratching half-truths about the clan’s estranged Tío Bruno.  Encanto  maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda complements the comical inescapability of familial gossip with a slightly sinister salsa rhythm and sophisticated overlapping harmonies, creating an addictive ensemble number so irresistible that the viral “Bruno” became more than just the dark horse Hot 100 topper of 2022 – it’s now the  biggest  Disney hit of all time. — J. Lynch

Dove Cameron, "Boyfriend"

Dove Cameron "Boyfriend"

Dove Cameron presents a very convincing argument as to why her love interest should bid her toxic beau goodbye in this sultry 2022 breakthrough single, closing her case with bedroom-ready vocals over a jazzy dark-pop waltz. “Boyfriend” is the most authentic and comfortable we’ve seen the former Disney teen star musically — as she openly explores her sexuality and her sound — so it’s no surprise that this track is the one that pushed her into the mainstream this year, earning her a No. 16 Hot 100 hit. — R.A.

Tems, "Free Mind"


Tems’ “Free Mind” has been around since 2020, but the smooth, spirited groove took off in the U.S. this year and earned the Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer the No. 1 slot on the Billboard U.S. Afrobeats Songs chart, making her the first woman to ever top the listing. “I try to be fine, but I can’t be/ The noise in my mind wouldn’t leave me,” Tems admits, agitation sneaking into her otherwise steady voice as she wrestles with pain and trouble on the pre-chorus. The production, courtesy of Tems and Omeiza, remains unflappable despite the stressful themes, carrying her on a wave right up to the closing bridge, where the beat drops out and she finally reaches calm waters. — C.W.

Rosalía, "Saoko"


“Saoko” references the title of the 2004 reggaetón hit by Wisin and Daddy Yankee, “Saoco,” released back when having a flirty female vocal was an obligatory part of the song’s hook. (“Who are you?” the pair ask, and a girl answers “tu bizcochito,” or “your little cupcake.”) Now putting her own spin on the “bizcochito” role, Rosalía’s “Saoko” starts off with the signature infectious thumping reggaetón beats of the original, infused with electric guitar riffs and a dembow base, and laced with her powerful vocals. It portrays the Spanish singer as the influential independent musician she is in her lyrics: “I’m not, nor will I ever be, your babycakes, but I got everythin’ that’s criminal/ Put me in the sun, so then I melt, I can cast off the evil eye sent my way.” — I.F.

Kendrick Lamar, "N95"

Kendrick Lamar

What physical item could be more emblematic of the last few years than the N95 face mask? In his song of the same title, Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar uses the COVID-19 symbol – which evokes a complex range of reactions, like feelings of safety or concealment or division – as a tool to speak about interpersonal culture. His bars are especially potent when calling out the superficiality of the “fake deep,” “fake woke” facades he feels people hide behind today: “Take all that designer bulls–t off and what do you have?” he challenges. The highest-charting single from his fifth studio album  Mr. Morale and the Big Steppers, Lamar delivers a dexterous, dynamic vocal performance – with verses leaping from hysterical to serene to deadpan – over deep sawtooth synths and delicate piano, with topical lyrics fit for a society in the aftermath of a global pandemic. — K.R.

Bad Bunny, "Tití Me Preguntó"

Bad Bunny, "Tití Me Preguntó"

Bad Bunny’s love for Caribbean culture runs deep, as exemplified by “Tití Me Preguntó.” Leading with a slinky guitar riff sampled from “No Te Puedo Olvidar” by bachata legend Antony Santos, the Boricua singer/rapper begins pondering his aunt’s question:  Do I have many girlfriends ? Tití’s innocent question gets answered with an outpouring of girls’ names that date back to Benito’s kindergarten days, right up to his present as the world’s most sought-after superstar. With an explosive combination of dembow and reggaetón — courtesy of Puerto Rican-Dominican producer Mag — the song also embraces Dominican culture and the  teteo  lifestyle, as portrayed in its video, where viewers see the Bunny turnin’ up in the Bronx with fellow Dominican compatriots. “There’s no wedding,” he assures Tití. As soon as she claps back (“Let go of that bad boy life that you’ve got on the street/ Find yourself a serious woman for you”), the hard-hitting banger becomes a hypnotic hip-hop opus, where Bad Bunny is presumably pressured into settling down — making this the greatest playboy retirement anthem of our generation. — I.R.

Taylor Swift, "Anti-Hero"

Taylor Swift, "Anti-Hero"

Within a career full of momentous, often inescapable singles, “Anti-Hero” may be the Taylor Swift smash that best showcases the different facets of her songwriting brilliance. There’s the linguistic somersaults packed into digestible melodies (how many artists could sneak the phrase “my covert narcissism I disguised as altruism” into a chart-topper?), and the world-building, steeped in fantastical imagery (the bridge-long dream sequence, punctuated by “She’s laughing up at us from Hell!”). And of course, there’s the unforgettable hook, both immediately ready for TikTok challenges and everlasting as an era-transcending catchphrase (“It’s me, hi, I’m the problem, it’s me”). As a self-deprecating synth-pop anthem, “Anti-Hero” sounds deceptively simple — but the minutiae has been pored over, every moment of its runtime manicured for maximum pleasure and never growing tiresome. The result is a pop song without, ironically, a single problem. — J. Lipshutz

Lizzo, "About Damn Time"

Lizzo "About Damn Time"

It’s always Lizzo Standard Time when this carefree nu-disco Hot 100 topper comes on. The pop-rap superstar has released a lot of bangers over the years, with empowering lyrics, sassy one-liners, and bad bi–hes galore, but the lead single from  Special  is Lizzo at the top of her glorious game, with a song that makes equal sense as a TikTok dance challenge, a bouncy radio hit, or a wedding dance-floor filler for years to come. It’s the kind of cross-generational smash that we rarely see anymore, and it’s fueled by Lizzo’s contagious conviction that we’re all way too fine to be this stressed. – K.A.

Harry Styles, "As It Was"

Harry Styles "As It Was"

If you looked up “bop” in Webster’s, this song would be there — but the propulsive, bouncy beat deceives. Lyrically, the lead single from Styles’ excellent third solo album  Harry’s House  digs deeper and reveals — albeit cryptically — quite a lot about the former One Directioner beyond his clear love for ‘80s production.  Coming in at a lean 2:47, “As It Was” serves as a broader anthem about how nothing is “the same as it was” before the pandemic, but on a micro level, it turns out Styles isn’t the same either as he grapples with fame and the realization that “he’s no good alone” when left to his own devices and pills. Spending 15 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 — the most for any song ever by a U.K. act — “As It Was” set the tone for what a pop song can and should be in 2022, as its combination of immediate accessibility and evolving depth make the 100th listen as rewarding as the first. — M.N.

Beyoncé, "Break My Soul"

Beyonce, "Break My Soul"

Bey is back, and beckoning everyone to the dancefloor with her infectious diva house anthem “Break My Soul.” The lead single from her Billboard 200-topping album  Renaissance  – which references the synth hook to Robin S.’ ‘90s smash “Show Me Love” and  samples Big Freedia’s vocal callouts from her 2014 bounce track “Explode” – leaves fans blissfully drenched in their own sweat while thirsting for joy amid life’s usual drabness. Queen Bey pays homage not only to dance music’s Black and queer roots, but also other iconic Black female artists and ballroom houses on the song’s “Queens Remix”  through  samples and interpolations from Madonna’s No. 1 hit “Vogue.” B reclaimed her place on the pop throne when “Break My Soul” became her first solo Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 in 14 years and scored three 2023 Grammy nominations, including record and song of the year. — H.M.

Steve Lacy, "Bad Habit"

Steve Lacy, "Bad Habit"

If you were a fan of The Internet’s Ego Death album upon its 2015 release, and were told that someone from the alt-funk collective would have a solo Hot 100 No. 1 hit seven years later, you’d think some extraordinary shift must have happened with one of the members — they went mega-pop, they became Drake’s go-to sidekick, they got offered an Avengers theme, something . But the shift that made it possible came with the music industry, not the band. Say what you will about the oft-unwelcome chaos that TikTok has wrought on artists and labels, but the plus side of such a democratic platform becoming the industry’s biggest consumption driver is that the best song in the world can now become the biggest song in the world without any tastemakers needing to press a button to make it so. Such was the case this year with Internet guitarist Steve Lacy’s solo smash “Bad Habit” — the perfect pop song for 2022, and more crucially, just a perfect pop song in general.

Kicking in partway through its opening chorus, “Bad Habit” has a casualness to its liquid grooves and ping-ponging vocals that almost makes it feel tossed off, spontaneous. But the craft on display here is actually impossibly high-level. There’s little things, like the heart-racing guitar slide after Lacy’s first “I bite my tongue, it’s a bad habit” lament, and the way that blushing admission evolves to a sly “Can I bite your tongue, like my bad habit?” request in the next verse. And then there’s big things, like the way the simple and frustratingly universal “I wish I knew you wanted me” refrain both anchors the song and bursts your heart, and how it dissolves into a gorgeous sea of Lacy a cappella after the climactic chorus. The TikTok era would dictate the song end there, except that Lacy’s of this time but not tethered to it, so there’s still an entire second half to come — stretching the song to an unthinkable 4:03 — with less-immediate hooks, but highs (“ Let’s f—–k in the baaack of the maaaaallllll ….,” the inappropriate shout-along lyric of the year) that slowly reveal themselves to be just as intoxicating.

It could be frustrating to be a pop fan in 2022, when the biggest stories seemed to be about recent hits staying around forever, or about old songs getting resurrected, or about established megastars cashing in on the successes they’d long been ticketed for. We desperately needed some new blood — new, as in, actually from 2022. Even as someone who’d already been growing to underground stardom for years, Steve Lacy instantly became the freshest voice in the pop mainstream once he crossed over, and a rare feel-good breakthrough success story in a year that didn’t produce a lot of them. But none of that is as important as just how damn good “Bad Habit” sounded every single time you heard it this year — whether on TikTok, Top 40 radio or anywhere in between — and how it never ran out of new thrills, big and small, to get you swooning like the first time. Everything else is just biscuits, just gravy. — A.U.

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Lil Yachty's Label Concrete Boyz set to release their first collaboration project 'It's Us Volume 1' this April

A ccording to NFR Podcast, Lil Yachty's record label, Concrete Boys (also known as Concrete Boyz), is set to release their first collaboration project titled It's Us: Volume 1 on all streaming platforms this April.

NFR's official X account posted on March 25, confirming the release date of the Concrete Boyz project as April 5, 2024. The post also revealed the featured artists, including Lil Yachty, Karrahbooo, Draft Day, DC2Trill, and Camo. The tweet read:


The tracklist for the upcoming album is yet to be confirmed, but based on the artists involved in this project, it's likely to showcase a fusion of alternative rock, R&B, and rap.

Lil Yachty and Concrete Boys Discography

Yachty (Lil Boat), who is currently signed to Quality Control, incorporated his own Record Label Concrete Boyz, a few years ago in an attempt to bring upcoming artists in his genre to the spotlight.

Over the years, Yachty and his team have been slowly recruiting rappers and artists from across the music industry, from 31 Camo to Karahbooo, all of whose music appears to have been inspired by Boat's discography.

Lil Yachty has also collaborated with his signees on some of his previous work. Below are two songs officially released alongside Artist Draft Day:

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On May 29, 2020, Yachty released his fourth studio album, titled Lil Boat 3 , across all DSPs (Digital Streaming Platforms) via Quality Control Music and Motown Records. The 19-track project included a track titled Concrete Boys .

This track acted as the official introduction to the "Concrete Crew" he was building with his record label. The song includes a shout-out to the Concrete Boys in the chorus when Yachty implies that when his "back is against the wall," he can always rely on his crew to come through for him.

Another notable bar from Lil Yachty's song has been listed below:

"I just woke up, dreamin' 'bout the rose (Oh my God) / They had ni**as 'round me who don't stand on toes (Hell nah) / Barely ever do I think about my foes / How much longer will I live? Only God knows."

On December 16, 2023, a song titled Mo Jams was released on the official YouTube channel for Concrete Boys, alongside a music video that featured most of the CB roster, except for 31 Camo. Mo Jams was produced by Rawbone and acts as the first official collaboration between the members of Concrete Boys.

This track, although not being released on DSPs, has garnered significant attention for an upcoming collaboration project by racking up almost 4 million views on YouTube.

As fans await a Concrete Boys collaboration album, Lil Yachty continues to impress fans by following up on his widely acclaimed 2023 project Let's Start Here, which found the rapper delving into a more experimental sound with his music.

Notably, Yachty has been releasing a string of singles, which include his collaboration with Fred Again.. on stayinit. The rapper was also featured on Lyrical Lemonade's debut studio album, All Is Yellow , which dropped two months ago in January 2024.

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  12. Lil Yachty: albums, songs, playlists

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  13. Lil Yachty Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More

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  14. Lil Yachty

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  15. Lil Yachty

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  16. Top 10 Lil Yachty Songs

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  17. Lil Yachty discography

    Singles. 32. Mixtapes. 3. The discography of American rapper Lil Yachty consists of five studio albums, three mixtapes, one collaborative mixtape, ten extended plays, ten music videos, thirteen guest appearances and thirty-two singles (including eighteen singles as a featured artist).

  18. Lil Yachty songs list in order

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  19. Top 10 yachty songs : r/LilYachty

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  20. Best Songs Featuring Lil Yachty

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  21. Sway (feat. Quavo & Lil Yachty)

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  22. Lil Yachty

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  23. Lil Yachty's Concrete Boys Drop New Banger "FAMILY BUSINESS"

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  24. Best Songs of 2022

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  25. what songs did concrete boys play when they opened for field ...

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  26. Concrete Boys

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  27. KYLE

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  28. Lil Yachty's Label Concrete Boyz set to release their first ...

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