2019 was an eventful year in all aspects, global politics, sports, pop culture, and music. Let’s get into the some of the biggest hits of 2019 that entered the charts.
“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X
In truly 2019 fashion, Lil Nas X put in the work to get his song heard online through TikTok and spreading memes all over social until suddenly you couldn’t go anywhere without hearing the four-note intro of “Old Town Road” and the sultry tones of Billy Ray Cyrus. Featuring the country star on his remix launched him into country music territory, transcending genres. After its ubiquity, Lil Nas X surprised listeners with a remix with RM of BTS, the Kpop band that took over the world with its music.
“Boy With Luv” by BTS Feat. Halsey
Speaking of BTS and taking over the world, anyone who wasn’t ARMY (BTS fans) didn’t know what to do with themselves with a catchy Korean pop song that played everywhere. Debuting in 2013, BTS was on America’s radar starting in 2016 when the band appeared at the annual Billboard Music Awards. After some fumbling interactions with the 7 successful men, American media finally saw what powered the band’s global popularity – their dedicated global fanbase. Since then, more KPop songs have entered North American charts opening the door for more non-Western talent.
“Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa
Dua Lupa’s powerful song is both a pleasure for the ears and a celebration for independence. A direct response to her other single, “New Rules,” Dua Lupa used her talented voice and artistry to give listeners a new sound and attitude for 2019.
“Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello
If you didn’t know that Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello were kind of a “thing,” where have you been? Internet buzz around the couple got louder as their single debuted in the charts and when the music video was released. The intensity and Latin influence fueled the rumor fire especially with all the intimate dancing between the two. After fans tried sleuthing through social media activity to determine their relationship status, the couple went public to the pleasure of shippers and the eyerolls of others.
influence fueled the rumor fire especially with all the intimate dancing between the two.
“Sunflower” by Post Malone and Swae Lee
Mr. Post Malone was a busy bee in 2019 with all of the music he released as well as features on other artists’ tracks. His album, “Hollywood’s Bleeding,” is filled with tracks that describe the Post Malone life – drugs, alcohols, parties, and heartbreak. The soothing song, “Sunflower,” was the exception to the rule with its connection to the movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse.
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish
Did you know that Billie Eilish just turned 18 and that she doesn’t know the members of Van Halen? The older population of the Internet thought this was perposturous because of Van Halen’s influence on the rock scene in the 70s. But the jokes on them because Billie Eilish is just 18, but rocked the charts with her creative alt music.