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Guardian music writers have picked their favourite songs of the year — from UK drill breakthroughs to pure pop anthems — and put them all on a giant playlist. K icking off our roundups of the best music of , polled from votes by more than 50 Guardian music writers, we count down our favourite tracks of the year — topped by a man who managed to unpick US racial politics, launch a thousand thinkpieces and reach No 1 in the US charts, all with a single track. Read about the top 20 below, and hear the whole top in playlists on Spotify and Apple Music. There are only two bands in this top 20, showing how the cultural dial at least among Guardian critics has continued to drift away from indie and rock. But this Melbourne quintet show that jangling guitars will never, ever stop being a joy, no matter how much tastes change. Mainland has a scrappy garage chug, tempered with the sweet breeziness of chillwave indie like Real Estate, and vocal harmonies that cock an ear to Teenage Fanclub — plus bags and bags of melody. She got cosmic on her fourth album, Golden Hour, yet her effortlessly pop songwriting remained grounded. More fool them.
Under pressure from the music labels and Apple Music, Billboard magazine is ending its practice of giving equal weight to paid streams and free streams in its music charts. YouTube has a gigantic free ad-supported video streaming business. Billboard said late Thursday on its website that it is retooling the formulation of its charts, which are compiled by Nielsen Music. The statement went on the clarify that video streams would not count into the album chart calculations. He told NBC News that artists say they work with YouTube to promote their records because it currently counts the same as a paid stream.
Username or Email Address. Remember Me. YouTube is launching a series of new music charts based on popular songs, videos and artists, which will roll out initially in 44 countries. The changes were announced in a blog post this afternoon by YouTube Music product manager Chris Clark. It is being positioned as a way to track the new music bubbling up and breaking through on the platform. The Top Songs chart collates data from different versions of a song, including official videos, lyric videos and user-uploaded videos that use the bulk of the original recording. It will be updated every Sunday at midday PST. This chart will also be updated every Sunday at 12pm PST. Finally, the Top Music Videos chart is the rundown of the most-watched official videos on the platform.