There are some hot new acts this year, but the charts are dominated by long-time favorites like Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga.
Ariana – Thank U, Next
Ariana has a few hits on the charts right now, but “Thank U, Next” is at the very top. It’s the lead single from her eponymous, fifth studio album, released this year 2019. She had the song released at the end of last year without any prior promotion or even an official announcement. The track was written by Ariana, Victoria Monet, and Tayla Parx and is about the pop princess’s past relationships.
Halsey – Without Me
American singer Halsey wrote “Without Me” with Edei, Amy Allen, Brittany Amaradio, and Louis Bell. Bell and Dylan Bauld produced the hit. The song was released on October 4, 2018 through Capitol Records. It hit no. 1 on Billboard, making it the singer’s second number-one single overall and her first as a lead artist.
Post Malone and Swae Lee – Sunflower
American rapper-singers Lee and Malone did this song for the movie Spider-Man. It became Lee’s first and Malone’s third song as a soloist to reach the Billboard charts.
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow
Shallow is from the soundtrack of A Star is Born, a musical drama released in 2018. On the lead single, Gaga teams up with the filmmaker and actor Cooper. The song was written and produced by Gaga. It plays during the film three times, most notably during a sequence when Jackson Maine, played by Cooper, invites Ally (played by Gaga) to sing with him onstage. A live audience watched the scene being filmed at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.
Shallow is about the discussions the main characters lead, making it a pivotal moment in the film. It was written from Ally’s point of view. It is a folk-pop and country power ballad in which Gaga and Cooper exchange verses. Ultimately, it moves toward the final chorus with Gaga’s vocal run.
Jonas Brothers – Sucker
Rounding out our list is the Jonas Brothers’ Sucker. Released in the spring of 2019, the single is the group’s first in six years. It was co-written by Frank Dukes, Ryan Tedder, and Louis Bell. The track was promoted from March 4 to March 7 on The Late Late Show with James Corden. It has hit the number one spot in quite a few countries, including the US, Mexico, Canada, Australia, Latvia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Slovakia.