Label: Warner Records
Released: March 27

Dua Lipa, whose momentum feels like a freight train that hasn’t slowed for a second since 2017’s “New Rules,” dropped off the year’s best example of escapism pop music with Future Nostalgia. An international sensation turned stateside star, Dua occupied radio waves with 3x platinum “Don’t Start Now.” She interpolated the Olivia Newton-John classic “Physical” for her own song of the same name, a reminder of the not-so-subtle disco and synth-pop influences the entire project stems from. Like so many other projects we’ve received this year, it’s incredibly frustrating we couldn’t enjoy this album on roofs and dance floors. Funny enough, it was the former pop powerhouse Katy Perry who eased Dua’s fears about dropping this kind of album when we’re all at the crib: “These songs are going to have legs after the quarantine,” Katy told Dua, according to the New York Times. An album this infectious and this exemplary of what successful pop music is in 2020, Katy isn’t wrong. —Waiss Aramesh