Music comforts us and brings people from all walks of life together, floods our brains with the neurotransmitter dopamine to influence feelings of pleasure, brings back memories, and inspires creativity. In short, music gives meaning to our lives on many levels. Traditionally, the trajectory of a musical artist started by forming a band and moved on to live performances, cutting an album, and hoping for a hit by getting singles played on the radio.
The Number Ones. Album Of The Week. The year is almost over, and the lists are abundant. As conceptualized from the outset , TWIP is hyper-focused on the upper reaches of the charts — particularly the Billboard charts, but also Spotify or YouTube or what have you. Besides, those three acts in particular all got plenty of well-deserved love in our general lists. I am including a couple rap songs that surged to the Hot top 10 and a sprinkling of select K-pop and country and urbano hits. This list is by no means exhaustive where those genres are concerned; their representation here is proportionate to how often I cover them in this space. Humans break up all the time, and we keep finding compelling new ways to express our grief over it.
The Rolling Stone Top is a song chart that ranks popular songs from today's most popular artists. Songs are ranked by Song Units, a number that combines audio streams and song sales using a custom weighting system. The song chart does not include any passive listening, such as terrestrial or digital radio. The Rolling Stone Top Song chart is updated daily, and each week Rolling Stone finalizes and publishes an official version of the chart, covering the seven-day period ending with the previous Thursday. Beta Back to All Charts. Monthly Trend NEW!
Every summer is only as good as the song that defined it. This year had its work cut out for it. These are the songs—whether we chose them or not—that will be playing in the background of our memories of a specific time and place. As for who reigned supreme? Time will tell. You can listen to the full Songs of Summer playlist on our Spotify, too. That is called art.