17 For all the flack Swift got about Look What You Made Me Do, I Don’t Wanna Live Forever is actually the worse song, serving up the same listlessly faked sensuality as the Fifty Shades franchise itself. 24. Sign of the Times, Harry StylesSales rank: No. Bodak Yellow, Cardi BSales rank. 2. 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. 24After his maddeningly inconsistent 2016 release Views, Drake became loveable again on More Life this year, with Passionfruit the peak of his island-inspired experimentations. 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. "Good gracious." Location, KhalidSales rank: No. 50. 6. 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. 1 hit, the song is little more than a looped chorus warped by vocal effects, nutritionally barren yet hypnotically engaging. Fans' first taste of Harry Styles' solo career came via Sign of the Times' sweeping Elton John nostalgia, a preview of one of the most surprisingly solid debut albums of 2017. Stay, Zedd & Alessia CaraSales rank: No. 9. Castle on the Hill, Ed SheeranSales rank: No. 40. Tunnel Vision, Kodak BlackSales rank: No. 18 A servicable EDM collaboration that, like much of Alessia Cara's output, is enjoyable in a faceless, Spotify-era Muzak kind of way. Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor SwiftSales rank: No. Bounce Back, Big SeanSales rank: No. Body Like a Back Road, Sam Hunt Sales 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. Believer, Imagine DragonsSales rank. 11This collaboration between two of pop's most white-bread personalities had more of a heft than it should've. 1 single in the same year as Shape of You, but by golly, Bruno Mars was determined. 23. XO Tour Llif3, Lil Uzi VertSales rank: No. Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber. 32"Good gracious." 37. 11. 26. HUMBLE, Kendrick LamarSales rank: No. 4. 35 A phoned-in Migos track that shows the famously-boisterous rappers near-flatlining. 2017 was a groundbreaking year in pop music in which an exciting new generation of young artists bolstered by streaming challenged the big stars and their stale album rollouts to create the most interesting Top 40 music we've heard in years. 16 A drugged-out seance that earned both artists their first No. The ManSales rank: No. 19. Shape of You, Ed SheeranSales rank: No. 46. Unforgettable, French MontanaSales rank: No. 5Released months before Rockstar launched Post Malone to No. Swang, Rae SremmurdSales rank: No. 32. November 29, 2017 3:22PM ET 50 Best Songs of 2017 Cardi B’s money moves, Harry Styles’ classic rock breakout, the record-breaking “Despacito” and more Below, see our ranking of the 50 biggest songs of 2017, ordered from worst to best. 45. 20. 3Lamar has never sounded simultaneously more and less than on his bouncing No. 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. Despacito, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee feat. 49. 42 This is Sheeran at his schmaltziest, and even the remix's Beyonce guest feature couldn't elevate Perfect beyond his worst single of the year. 30. 36The ballsy, brassy single many Lovato fans had been waiting for, Sorry Not Sorry showed off the pop star's very best assets: her devil-may-care attitude and and her throat-shredding vocals. Slide, Calvin Harris. 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. 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. Rockstar, Post Malone feat. 33 Horan has made more of a splash on the carts this year than many people expected from One Direction's meekest member, but unfortunately, his uninspired strumming on Slow Hands falls short of his former band's thrilling classic rock nostalgia. Passionfruit, DrakeSales rank: No. 50. 6Mask Off finally earned Future a hard-won Billboard No. Thunder, Imagine DragonsSales rank: No. 40Allow Travis Scott and Quavo's near-indistinguishable guest verses on Portland to explain why Drake was able to turn the song's deeply goofy flutes into a minor hit, thanks to a charisma and restless need to experiment that many of his rap peers lack. 7It wasn’t the best single of the year, but no song better encapsulated the end-of-days climate of 2017 than XO Tour Llif3, from a come-from-nowhere Philadelphia rapper whose ascent to stardom was reason enough to celebrate the song. In Case You Didn't Know, Brett YoungSales rank: No. 17. 16. Drowning, A Boogie Wit Da HoodieSales rank: No. 21 SavageSales rank: No. This is a list of singles that charted in the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100, an all-genre … Portland, DrakeSales rank: No. 22Bad Liar was Gomez’ actual best track of 2017, but her quietly devastating vocals on It Ain’t Me were proof that not every pop stars’ EDM collaboration has to be soulless. Slippery, MigosSales rank: No. Wild Thoughts, DJ KhaledSong rank: No. Mask Off, FutureSales rank: No. 4It takes a lot to become the corniest Billboard No. No. 39. The very best party songs are Trojan horses for bigger emotion, and while Slide isn't interested in getting too deep, Ocean nails the slipperiness of youth and sex and relationships when life seems too full to make anything other than empty commitments, down to the sly come-on of the song's chorus: — "Do you slide on all your nights like this? List of songs on Billboard 's 2017 Year-End Hot 100 chart; No. 34. 25. No. 21For a song about taking losses, Big Sean really should've tried harder on this one. 43. Slidewasn’t the biggest-selling song of … 27. Justin Bieber Sales rank: No.