Despacito, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. This was less a year for the Katy Perrys and the Taylor Swifts than the Cardi Bs and the Khalids, as musicians  that began 2017 as no-name artists or Soundcloud oddities are finishing as the year's best-selling artists. 38A statement-making track from one of pop’s shining young stars, Young Dumb and Broke may not be as of-the-moment as Location, but it's the better song. 28. Strip That Down, Liam PayneSales rank: No. Wild Thoughts, DJ KhaledSong rank: No. 30Sheeran hits his peak on Castle, the best single from Divide, packaging his emphatic strumming and country-boy references and all of his other trademark flourishes into one high-drama anthem with the power to charm even Sheeran's most devout haters. Magnolia, Playboi CartiSales rank: No. 9 A sophomoric joy, this song manages to take a snooze of a Lil Wayne verse and a feature from an overexposed Justin Bieber and spin it into gold. 29 Love was a little too syrupy to become Lamar's best single of 2017, but it was fun to hear the virtuoso rapper attempt Drake-esque, radio-ready crooning. 33. That's What I Like, Bruno MarsSales rank: No. 30. Slidewasn’t the biggest-selling song of … Slide wasn’t the biggest-selling song of 2017, or the most influential, but it was the best. 19 The defining single of Lamar’s DAMN era, DNA saw the rapper cementing his status at the top of hip hop, asserting his superiority while challenging every force in his path. 49 This swaggering Young Thug collaboration was the moment Cabello convinced many listeners that she was far more than a former fifth Fifth Harmony member, and could have a future as one of pop's biggest young names. 46. T-Shirt, MigosSales rank: No. Sorry Not Sorry, Demi LovatoSales rank: No. 45 out of 50Slim Jimmy and Swae Lee's cringeworthy follow-up to their 2016 hit Black Beatles doesn't even come close to its predecessor. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber. 25. 32"Good gracious." 48Part of Spotify's Rap Caviar generation of young hip hop artists who leapfrogged to fame with the help of the streaming service's influential playlists, Carti  is an example of an artist whose story and hype may be more exciting than the actual song he landed on the charts. Selena Gomez, "Bad Liar" Imagine reading this headline five years ago: “Selena Gomez Samples … Title Artist(s) 1 "Shape of You" Ed Sheeran: 2 "Despacito (Remix)" Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber: 3 "That's What I Like" Bruno Mars: 4 "Humble" Kendrick Lamar: 5 "Something Just Like This" The Chainsmokers and Coldplay: 6 "Bad and Boujee" Migos featuring Lil Uzi Vert: 7 "Closer" 14. 9. Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor SwiftSales rank: No. 1 song, then inspired the year’s most life-affirming meme, with young musicians around the internet flipping the song’s infectiously bleak melody into instrumental creations. 28During a year when the rapper's breakout hit arrived alongside jail time and assault allegations, Black's 2017 legacy will likely be the inspiration Cardi B drew from his name for her track Bodak Yellow, and not for his own middling musical output. 1 on the Hot 100, Congratulations was a preemptive victory lap for an artist who finished 2017 as one of the year’s most unexpected defining artists. Young Dumb & Broke, KhalidSales rank: No. 29. 27 Who knew, among all the baby-faced young stars of his generation, that the Charlie Puth of hyper-earnest See You Again fame could make creepingly enjoyable pop songs. Loyalty, Kendrick Lamar feat.

Despacito. "A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega" It's "Dah-LON-e-ga" — one of the real, barely-mapped … 8. Now Or Never, HalseySales rank: 46Just listen to Rihanna's Needed Me instead of this skim-milk ripoff. 23The pinnacle of the DJ Khaled experiment, a song that combined infectious pop production with a lineup of all-star artists to create a perfectly-engineered hit. Sign of the Times, Harry StylesSales rank: No. 49. 20. 1Sheeran's skeezy Shape of You was ubiquitous in 2017, a parasite of an earworm with attempts at romantic candor that always sounded a little goofy. 14The co-writer of Selena Gomez's Good for You and Justin Bieber's Sorry,  Michaels struck it big this year with her chirpy single, less a musical revelation  than a coming-out party for a burgeoning new star. 12 Location may have been Khalid's breakout single, but it wasn't his best of the year. 18 A servicable EDM collaboration that, like much of Alessia Cara's output, is enjoyable in a faceless, Spotify-era Muzak kind of way.

Believer, Imagine DragonsSales rank. 11. Shape of You, Ed SheeranSales rank: No. 40. 3Lamar has never sounded simultaneously more and less than on his bouncing No. More: USA TODAY's 10 favorite albums of 2017. Then, we ranked them, starting with the year's most disappointing best-sellers, and working our way through the list to determine 2017's defining singles. Swang, Rae SremmurdSales rank: No. Ed Sheeran. 16. 7. 34 The signature song from the king of mumble rap, Bank Account is mischievous in its inscrutability, which is one of the nicest things you can say about a song that contains only about  20%  discernible lyrics. DNA, Kendrick LamarSales rank: No. "Good gracious." But the MVP of Wild Thoughts is Rihanna, who even in an album off year cemented her status as pop’s most consistently entertaining player. Passionfruit, DrakeSales rank: No. Location, KhalidSales rank: No. 1. Sounding like an endless summer night and combining career-best production from Cavin Harris with on-point appearances from the Migos, the song's real blessing is its rare Top 40 appearance from R&B's mystery man Frank Ocean, whose verses elevate the song from being just another disco-flavored dance single with his casually-sung stories of hedonistic nights "(All this jewelry ain't no use when it's this dark / It's my favorite part, we see the lights, they got so far"). Tunnel Vision, Kodak BlackSales rank: No. Castle on the Hill, Ed SheeranSales rank: No. The Man. 16 A drugged-out seance that earned both artists their first No. RihannaSales rank: No. 1 hit off Migos' 2017 album Culture, but T-Shirt showed the group dialed in and nailing their timing, trading ad-libs with military precision. I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker), ZAYN & Taylor SwiftSales rank: No. 4It takes a lot to become the corniest Billboard No. Also appears on these Year End Charts.

List of songs on Billboard 's 2017 Year-End Hot 100 chart; No. Mask Off, FutureSales rank: No. 27. Thunder, Imagine DragonsSales rank: No. 6. 41A song that sounds created in a lab to soundtrack credit card commercials, Feel It Still was one of 2017's most formulaic hits that came from a totally unexpected band, longtime indie rockers Portugal.