The number of new songs released everyday makes creating a running list like this an act of madness. Even compared to the ever-growing stockpile of TV shows that appear on cable and streaming services or the amount of movies that debut in theaters and OnDemand, songs are nearly infinite. By the time you finish reading this paragraph, a teenage rapper might have just dropped the next viral hit. A veteran pop star might have returned with a new single. Your favorite indie band from high school might've just gotten back together.
We know: There's too much going on and there's no way to hear everything. To make discovering new music a little easier, we'll be updating this list of the best songs of the year as the months pass, providing you with a place to circle back to when you need to inject something new into your regular rotation. Think of it as a companion piece to our best albums list, which we'll also be regularly updating. If you can't find anything you like on either list, you might have a problem. (Click song titles to hear each track or check out the Spotify playlist below.)