It has been a pretty rough year for pop music. Many people do not pay much attention to pop music as much as they used to, partly because of the rise in popularity of Latin, reggaeton and urban songs in music streaming.
Below is a list of underrated, underappreciated or misunderstood songs that have been looked over at the time of their release for many reasons.
Sua Cara (feat. Anitta & Pabllo Vittar) – Major Lazer
World music-infused electronic trio Major Lazer are known for their unpredictability and diverse beats, and ‘Sua Cara’, a tropical jam featuring Brazilian artists Anitta and Pabllo Vittar is no exception.
The Cure – Lady Gaga
Mother Monster’s ‘The Cure’, a catchy, yet generic synth-pop song dedicated to her to her cancer-stricken friend Sonja Durham, is her 20th Top 40 hit, but it is also one of her least successful singles in recent years.
Don’t Kill My Vibe – Sigrid
‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’, a gleaming pop song by Norwegian prodigy Sigrid, was one of this year’s feistiest debut by a new artist.
Chasing Highs – Alma
The bright-haired Finnish songstress Alma should have taken over the radio waves with this high-octane song.
Flame – Tinashe
What the heck is going on with Tinashe’s career? This girl is dynamite, but she cannot seem to get the breakthrough she deserves.
Breathe – Astrid S
Norwegian singer Astrid S generated buzz with last year’s ‘Hurts So Good’, but she really knocked it out of the park with ‘Breathe’, the anthemic first single from her first EP.
Switch (feat. Anitta) – Iggy Azalea
The Australian rapper’s career has taken a turn for the worse with a string of chart flops, but this year’s ‘Switch’, a collaboration with Brazilian superstar Anitta, is a surprisingly good club banger.
Perfect Places – Lorde
‘Perfect Places’ is the catchiest song from the New Zealand artist’s synth-pop masterpiece, ‘Melodrama’.
Ciao Adios – Anne-Marie
‘Ciao Adios’ is a feel-good and female empowering track from the English singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, who was also featured on Clean Bandit’s chart-topper ‘Rockabye’.
Fetish (feat. Gucci Mane) – Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez’s breathy vocals can be annoying sometimes, but on this year’s insanely seductive ‘Fetish’, which features guest vocals by American rapper Gucci Mane, it works in her favor.
Strangers (feat. Lauren Jauregui) – Halsey
Halsey and Lauren Jauregui, the raspy voiced songstress from Fifth Harmony, have teamed up on ‘Strangers’, this year’s most important LGBTQ pop-anthem.
Ni Tú Ni Yo (feat. Gente de Zona) – Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez and Cuban reggaeton duo Gente de Zona’s tropical banger ‘Ni Tú Ni Yo’ was touted as a worthy successor to the global hit ‘Despacito’, but sadly never achieved the same success.
Your Song – Rita Ora
Rita Ora is having a triumphant year with the success of her latest singles, ‘Anywhere’ and ‘Lonely Together’ with Avicii. No complains there because she undoubtedly deserves every bit of it, but let us not forget about ‘Your Song’, a super catchy track co-written by Ed Sheeran.
Cut To The Feeling – Carly Rae Jepsen
‘Cut To The Feeling’, the latest single from Canada’s reigning pop queen Carly Rae Jepsen is bubble-gum pop at its best.
Touch – Little Mix
‘Touch’, a vivacious dance track from the UK’s biggest girl group, has the most infectious chorus we have heard this year.
Crying in the Club – Camila Cabello
Five month after leaving Fifth Harmony, Camila Cabello released her sultry first single, ‘Crying in the Club’, which samples Christina Aguilera’s classic 1999 bop ‘Genie in a Bottle’. Many fans were left underwhelmed, but it is still a guilty pleasure.
Bedroom – Mabel
Mabel, the daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, broke out on her own with Bedroom, her fiery single in which she melds impassioned verses about a lover who wants to keep their relationship on the DL.
Know No Better (feat. Travis Scott, Camila Cabello & Quavo) – Major Lazer
People truly missed out on this chilled out summer anthem from Major Lazer, with featured vocals by Travis Scott, Camila Cabello and Quavo, who had quite the impressive year with four Top 10 hits.
Ahead of Myself – X Ambassadors
‘Ahead of Myself’, the glittering synth-rock track from American rock band X Ambassadors, was one of the most heartbreaking and soul shaking songs of 2017.
Boys – Charli XCX
English singer-songwriter Charli XCX, who worked her magic on international hits like Iconic Pop’s ‘I Love It’ and Iggy Azalea’s ‘Fancy’, deserves more praise for this ruthlessly catchy banger. The music video, which features an epic cast of cute actors, musicians and Internet celebrities, is already, dare we say, iconic.