The Best Songs of 2024 So Far

Year in music

Olivia Rodrigo, Kendrick Lamar, Sabrina Carpenter, and more

It’s been a big year for moody guitar bangers, boundary-pushing Latin pop, dazzling pop spectacle, and uplifting Afropop. The song of the summer sweepstakes are off and running. Superstars like Usher, Cardi B, Kendrick Lamar, and Kacey Musgraves rolled through with unforgettable tunes, and rising artists from Sabrina Carpenter to Carin Leon announced their presence with authority. There’s a ton going on in hip-hop beyond headline-hogging beef. Great country records are coming out that look past Nashville for inspiration. To capture it all, we’ve sequenced our (unranked) list of favorites into a Spotify playlist.