With a new Taylor Swift album coming in a few months, it’s about time we went back to her last album to see how it’s aged.

Before we get to the top 100 tracks of the year, let’s take a look at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

October and November were low months in track releases, but there are still plenty of memorable tracks.

There are a myriad of clichés in lyrics. Some you can still get away with if you do it right, but some are definitely no-nos

Notable releases this past month from Big Thief’s Adrianne Lenker, Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, Julia Holter, Robyn, and more

Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper — A Star is Born Soundtrack (Genre: Country/Rock/Pop)

It’s hard to say which version of the album is better: with or without dialogue. The dialogues add context and depth to the songs, but sometimes do nothing other than dragging down the pace of the album. Without them, however, the…

Troye Sivan’s sophomore album is tight, chic, honest, and vulnerable, making it one of the best pop albums of the year.

Ariana Grande’s fourth studio album is her strongest effort yet, offering confident, cohesive set of songs that is orthodox but unexpected at the same time.

On her fifth studio album, Mitski proves that she’s one of the best songwriters out there, offering elegant, rich, and thought-provoking songs.

Quick thoughts on some albums I intended to review but ended up not

Justin Timberlake — Man of the Woods (Genre: Pop/R&B)

Arguably the most cringeworthy album I have heard this year. The production is somewhat appealing here and there, but the country/funk incorporation (what was dubbed as “Americana and 808s”) mostly feels half-baked and derivative, often hurting the sound better than adding anything to it. “Midnight Summer Jam” sounds like Robin…

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