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The 25 Top Pop Music Singles in the U.S. Right Now (Sep 2023)

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Each month we pick out the top 25 pop music singles that are so hot right now you would have already heard many of them by now unless you’re hiding under a rock.

Zach Bryan begins to slide out of the top 25 but but still dominates with several entries, but there might be some surprises in store. Let’s dive headfirst into the U.S. most popular 25 pop music singles – this is your definitive guide to the tunes dominating the airwaves today and sample them easily with the preview throughout on Spotify.

25. Tourniquet (Zach Bryan)

“Tourniquet,” the 12th track off Zach Bryan’s self-titled album, takes listeners on a journey like no other. Clocking in at a heart-rendering 3:09 minutes, the song stitches deep emotional threads within your soul like a well-applied bandage. The rawness and honesty of the lyricism tug at your heartstrings, leaving you introspective and yearning for more. A timeless, sonic masterpiece, “Tourniquet” once again confirms Bryan’s incomparable ability to hush a room with his heartfelt melodies. The magic in his words resonate, forging a bond between listener and artist that’s truly rare in today’s pop scene.

24. East Side of Sorrow (Zach Bryan)

“East Side of Sorrow” is a gem tucked away in the folds of Zach Bryan’s self-titled album. Sitting pretty at track number four, this tune delivers a full-bodied listening experience in a tight 3 minutes and 29 seconds. Listeners are drawn into a brooding tale of heartbreak and loss, painted over the melancholic strums of Bryan’s guitar. This emotional roller-coaster both destroys and rebuilds, making “East Side of Sorrow” a must-listen on this album. Trust Zach Bryan to deliver the feels, every time. Don’t miss out, it’s time well-spent on this side of sorrow.

23. Spotless (feat. The Lumineers) (Zach Bryan)

Slotted at lucky number 13, the country-folk dynamo, Zach Bryan, teams up with The Lumineers on his album for the track “Spotless”. Clocking in at nearly 2 minutes and 50 seconds, this gem is a melodic tumble through raw emotions and rustic imagery. The Lumineers’ characteristic foot-stomping rhythms blend with Bryan’s soul-stirring lyrics, delivering an organic soundscape. This song, gentle yet emotionally charged, reveals a vulnerability that takes the listener by the hand and leads them through an emotive journey. Strip back to the raw, folksy roots of music with “Spotless”.

22. Religiously (Bailey Zimmerman)

Kick-starting “Bailey Zimmerman”, the album’s maiden track, “Religiously” spins a hypnotic web in just short of 3 fiery minutes (2 minutes and 58 seconds, to be exact). Overflowing with unapologetic sentiments, the track’s emotional resonance hits you right in the gut. Like a fervent prayer, it’s a lyrical testimony that sets the sonic mood for the entire album. It’s an intense roller-coaster ride, and you’re strapped in from the go. Hold onto your seats, music junkies, because “Religiously” ain’t for the faint-hearted.

21. Hey Driver (feat. The War and Treaty) (Zach Bryan)

Track five off “Zach Bryan” album, “Hey Driver (feat. The War and Treaty)” clocks in at 3 minutes and 47 seconds and it’s a lyrical stunner that makes one helluva impact. Bryan’s raw, emotive vocals intertwine flawlessly with The War and Treaty’s harmonizing magic, dishing out an evocative blend of heartfelt melody peppered with glimmers of folk and country. It’s one for those lilting road trips or quiet introspective nights. The track’s poignancy isn’t just in the delivery; it’s marinated in every note, every word, seeping into the listener’s soul. It’s a breakout art, and an absolute must-listen.

20. Search & Rescue (Drake)

Kick-starting Drake’s eponymous album, “Search & Rescue” lays the groundwork for the rest of the playlist. Clocking in at roughly 4 minutes and 32 seconds of pure lyrical genius, it plunges listeners into Drake’s intricate soundscape without a moment’s delay. His poetic lyrics are like a spotlight, piercing the darkness and pulling listeners into a whirlwind of emotional introspection. “Search & Rescue” isn’t merely a song, it’s a journey – one that perfectly embodies Drake’s knack for gripping storytelling and setting the tone for his entire album. This track is a clear reminder of why Drake reigns supreme in today’s music industry.

19. all-american bitch (Olivia Rodrigo)

“All-American Bitch” is the magnetic lead-off track from pop sensation Olivia Rodrigo’s eponymous album, clocking in at a punchy 2 minutes and 45 seconds. One part bubblegum pop, two parts gritty teen angst, this powerhouse tune masterfully sets the tone for the rest of the record. Absorbing lyrics layered over compelling melodies catapult listeners straight into Rodrigo’s raw emotional landscape, proving pop music can be as deep as it is catchy. A triumphant opener, “All-American Bitch” leaves no doubt that Rodrigo’s voice is a force to be reckoned with right from the get-go.

18. Jimmy Cooks (feat. 21 Savage) (Drake)

Looking for sharp rap verses and heart-tugging melodies? “Jimmy Cooks (feat. 21 Savage)” off Drake’s eponymous album is your jam. This 14th track, clocking in at 3 minutes and 38 seconds, showcases Drake’s uncanny ability to weave emotional narratives with bars to spare. Imagine the raw energy of 21 Savage sprinkled in, and you’ve got a track that’s as hard-hitting as it is poignant. Drake’s earnest lyricism combined with Savage’s street-savvy bravado makes “Jimmy Cooks” a needed addition to any playlist. The blend of emotion and raw rap is pure ear candy.

17. bad idea right? (Olivia Rodrigo)

Strap in for a heady ride with “bad idea right?” off Olivia Rodrigo’s self-titled album. A second track stunner, this tune packs a punch in a swift 3 minutes and 5 seconds. This isn’t just a song. It’s a raw, evocative roller coaster hitting right on the feels. Olivia’s authentic and raw penmanship will leave you questioning your own bad ideas. Isn’t it just smashing when the answer lies in the poignancy of her words? Keep those tissues handy ’cause it’s about to get real emotional. Blink and you’ll miss the truth bombs.

16. vampire (Olivia Rodrigo)

Decked out at track three on Olivia Rodrigo’s self-titled album, “vampire” is a wrist-flashing tick over 3 minutes and 39 seconds of raw emotion. Rodrigo gives the age-old vampire trope a fresh spit-shine, infusing classic heartbreak with a splash of supernatural. The gothic love analogies wrapped in her iconic pop sound make the track a captivating rollercoaster ride of emotions. The melody lingers, the lyrics bite, and before you know it, you’re suckered into Rodrigo’s musical world, questioning all your past loves. Dig in, and relish every bloody second!

15. Something in the Orange (Zach Bryan)

Kicking off Zach Bryan’s self-titled album, “Something in the Orange,” clocks in at a breezy 3 minutes and 48 seconds, and it’s a firestorm start. This tune captures Bryan’s knack for quietly profound lyricism and his penchant for soft, emotive country twang. It’s a pensive, reflective track – a raw mix of stirring lyrics and intimate acoustics that gets under your skin. Bryan lures you in, then leaves you hanging on every word, proving why he’s one to watch in the country scene. It’s the perfect intro, setting the tone for the heartfelt odyssey to follow.

14. get him back! (Olivia Rodrigo)

From Olivia Rodrigo’s self-titled album, “Get Him Back!” is a gut-wrenching track 8, clocking in at a runtime of 3 minutes and 31 seconds. Drawing from a well of youthful heartbreak, Olivia’s raw emotional poise and lyric mastery leaves fans reeling. A rollercoaster through the peaks and valleys of young love lost and the burning desire for redemption. Soak in the lyrics to feel her pain, hope, and sheer determination. This hard-hitting ballad holds a mirror up to the listener, daring us to revisit our own heartbroken past. Olivia Rodrigo’s got us all, reminiscing our exes, even if we don’t want to. Welcome to the world of bittersweet nostalgia, folks!

13. Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2 (PinkPantheress)

“Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2” kicks off PinkPantheress’s album like a home-run. This 2-min, 11-sec banger is a wild ride from start to finish. PinkPantheress layers her signature breathy vocals with moody synths and beats that slap harder than a truth bomb. It’s a continuation of the narrative from Pt. 1, and her painful lyrics resonate deeply. It’s all about lies, betrayal, and the sting of young love gone awry. Spilling the tea, airing the dirty laundry – call it what you want, but PinkPantheress ain’t playing games here. Buckle up, cos this track takes no prisoners.

12. I Remember Everything (feat. Kacey Musgraves) (Zach Bryan)

This track is an absolute gem from Zach Bryan’s self-titled album. “I Remember Everything (feat. Kacey Musgraves)” – it’s the tearjerker we didn’t see coming. The 3 minute and 47 second sonic emotional journey is tucked away, lingering at track number 11 – ready to deliver a right hook to the feels. Bryan’s voice intertwines with Musgraves’, their harmonies creating an atmosphere steeped in melancholic beauty. It’s raw, it’s honest; a memorable moment from an album peppered with stand-out tunes. Don’t be surprised if this song has you reminiscing about everything too.

11. Snooze (SZA)

Gliding in at track number eight on the album “SZA” is “Snooze”, a cool three minutes and 22 seconds (3:22) of pure musical bliss. A laid-back tune that echoes SZA’s authentic style, “Snooze” delves into dealing with the complexities of everyday life. It’s the kind of track that flies under the radar but then flips around to become an infectious earworm. Its laid-back vibes ensure that it’s not just a snooze-fest, but a subtle anthem for those who relish the slowburner tracks. While you might hit “snooze” on your alarm, this track is a wake-up call to all the music snoozers out there. Boom!

10. Kill Bill (SZA)

Spin that vinyl, it’s “Kill Bill” time – track numero dos from sultry queen SZA’s eponymous album. Clocking in at just over 2.5 minutes (2:33 to be exact), this track is an emotional rollercoaster, to say the least. Its haunting lyricism carries you on a wave of melancholic introspection, poignant as a midnight serenade. SZA isn’t playing around – she’ll make you love, laugh, and cry with a single note. Hold onto your seats, music lovers, it’s going to be a powerful ride.

9. Anti-Hero (Taylor Swift)

“Anti-Hero,” swift as a flickering candle, is nestled at track three on Taylor Swift’s self-titled album. Clocking in at three minutes and twenty-one seconds (3:21), it cradles your heart firmly in Swift’s storytelling grip. This tune serves up a different flavor, bathing in subtle shades of rebellion and defiance, steering away from Swift’s usual love-dripped narratives. It’s an offbeat surprise, a three-minute rollercoaster, promising to take you to the peaks of emotional turbulence and then plummeting you right into the heart of vulnerability. Its a vital stitch in the ‘Taylor Swift’ album, a tale of humanity’s flawed yet beautiful nature.

8. august (Taylor Swift)

A trip down “august” lane brings you to Taylor Swift’s folklore album, serving up track 8, as a ballad full of summer vibes and youthful innocence. Lyrically lush, Swift immerses you in a bittersweet, fleeting summer love that sets your heart on fire. Swift’s whimsical storytelling takes you on a lyrical journey that lasts for 4 minutes and 22 seconds of pure, emotional release. It’s a track that wraps around you like a soft, August breeze, proving once again that Swift is the reigning queen of poignant songwriting. Once you hit play, you’re stuck in an “august” slip away.

7. Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album] (Nicki Minaj)

Beaming down from her debut, “Nicki Minaj,” on Track 1 comes the neon bubblegum explosion, “Barbie World (with Aqua) [From Barbie The Album].” Clocking just under 2 minutes (1:50 to be precise), it’s a cosmic swirl of Minaj’s rhymed lyrical prowess and Aqua’s infectious Eurodance beats – a brash, color-pop anthem that unabashedly tells us Nicki is very much in her Barbie element, and she’s constructing a soundscape all her own. It’s a glorious headfirst dive into the Nicki-verse, leaving listeners bobbing in an ocean of Barbie pink and craving for more. This isn’t just a song, it’s an audacious statement of intent. Buckle up, because this Barbie world is full-tilt.

6. Super Shy (NewJeans)

Got 2:34 minutes to get whisked away? “Super Shy,” the second track off of “NewJeans,” can make that happen. It’s a sonic ride that plays with the nerves, much like the flutter in your chest when you’re beyond nervous, mad shy around someone new. But there’s a twitch, a nerve, a jumping jive in this track that hints at the courage to step out of one’s comfort zone. A spiritual trip overflowing with raw, almost too intimate emotions. Give it a spin! This dreamy pop anthem will have you dancing out of your shell in no time.

5. Dance The Night – From Barbie The Album (Dua Lipa)

Kicking off Dua Lipa’s album with a sparkling track, “Dance The Night – From Barbie The Album,” will set your soul on fire. With a duration of 2 minutes and 56 seconds, this tune is a brevity of joy. Lipa mixes perfect pop melodies with a burst of disco influence, producing a nostalgic yet fresh sound. Let’s not forget the energetic beat which makes it hard to sit still. It’s a must-have on any ultimate party playlist. So, lace up your dancing shoes and let Dua Lipa’s entrancing vocals whisk you away.

4. What Was I Made For? [From The Motion Picture “Barbie”] (Billie Eilish)

What Was I Made For? – the first masterpiece off Billie Eilish’s self-titled album, sets the tone right at the get-go. The record, running at 3 minutes and 42 seconds, is the pop sensation’s deep dive into existential contemplation, rinsed with her signature electropop flair and haunting vocals. It’s a powerhouse track revealed in the film, “Barbie,” that manages to question our purpose on this blue marble while keeping you bopping. Eilish consistently proves her knack for blending thought-provoking lyrics with killer beats. It’s one hell of a way to kick-start an album, no doubt.

3. Cruel Summer (Taylor Swift)

“Cruel Summer” off Taylor Swift’s Lover album, is a feverish pop anthem showcasing Swift’s knack for producing monster hits. Slotted as track number 2, it’s a sugary start to an album full of emotional depth. Clocking in at just shy of 3 minutes, the tune provides a classic pop feel that will have Swifties getting down to her “sick beats”. Swift’s languishing vocals resonates with every soul with an unrequited love in the shimmering heat of summer. A bittersweet jam with the power to leave you spinning in its emotional chaos.

2. Seven (feat. Latto) (Explicit Ver.) (Jung Kook)

“Seven (feat. Latto) (Explicit Ver.)” off the “Jung Kook” album is a track that shouldn’t be missed. The 3-minute 4-second-long banger, straight in at number two, dishes out hardcore beats where East meets West. Teamed up with the sharp-tongued Latto, they serve a lyrical feast that keeps you hitting repeat. Commanding respect and attention, it’s a no-holds-barred exploration of global themes delivered in an explosive style. Soak up this effervescent blend of voices that don’t mince words. Jung Kook and Latto are a fresh and fierce duo to be reckoned with.

1. Paint The Town Red (Doja Cat)

“Doja Cat” kicks off her eponymous album with the infectious pop hit “Paint The Town Red”. Lasting three minutes and fifty-two seconds, the track pops, sizzles, and takes us on a fearless thrill ride through Doja’s kaleidoscopic world. It’s a bold opener that sets the tone for the album’s audacious blend of pop and hip hop. The track’s energetic beats and catchy snares seem built to burrow into your brain, while Doja’s vocals provide the perfect accompaniment. The track dares listeners to join Doja in painting the town red; and honestly, who wouldn’t want to?

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