Usually, a year in music gives you at least a month to kinda settle in before the heavy hitters start swinging. It's been that kind of year so far: Exciting newcomers and welcome returning favorites, with plenty of unexpected joys to be found in between. We're only six months into the year, but already it's hard to choose just 50 albums to represent our favorites to this point. But we've made the necessary tough calls, and here they are: Our 50 favorite albums from so far, listed alphabetically. We can only hope the back half of the year is similarly stressful.
"Without Me" by Halsey
Gospel, reggaeton, afrobeat and indie flavors all broke further into the electronic spectrum as well. Without further ado, here are the editors' picks for the 30 best dance and electronic songs of Disclosure ended their musical drought in with a string of one-off singles. Constructed around an infectious vocal hook of Diawara, the track features some beautifully polished chordal work, and is now nominated for a Grammy for best dance recording. Enjoy the ride. Out with the old and in with the new. After signing with Shots Studios in September , Alesso signed to the company's new label in partnership with Universal Music Group, pm, this past summer. The original idea was to have a gospel choir elevate the ending chorus, but instead, the group hired friends and family to lend their voice, bringing that emotional connection to a deeper dimension. As soon as you hear Sam Smith's rich, silky croon drip over Calvin Harris' effortless house beat, you wonder how these two haven't started a long-term collaboration.
When talking about so far at Billboard , it's hard to avoid the fact that the chart year has only had 24 editions of the Hot , and Drake has been No. It's the most that any one artist has dominated the listing's top spot in a year's first six months this decade -- though shout-out to Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' combined 11 weeks on top in the first half of -- and it essentially leaves the non-Drake part of the field wide open when it comes to discussing the year's best and biggest singles. But that's fine. Beyond the Drakening, has been a year of pleasant surprises on the charts: All-Star teamups we didn't see coming, previously unknown artists coming out with left-field hits, and a handful of big-name comebacks taking us to unexpected new places, all of which made the predictability at pop's highest level forgivable.
Luckily, that also made this one of the most exciting years for singles on the charts and in our own personal playlists in recent memory -- one in which the biggest hits were also some of the most challenging and rewarding, and in which the more conventional pop songs that did break through on a massive scale felt fresher than they have in a long time. From the "Shallow" to "The Middle" to the highest of "High Hopes," music was captivating at all levels in Here are the Billboard staff's favorite songs of the year. An obvious Hot chart topper and delightful fixture on pop radio. Jessie Reyez, "Body Count". Young Fathers, "In My View". Avril Lavigne, "Head Above Water".