Album: Harry Styles
Producer: Tyler Johnson, Alex Salibian, Jeff Bhasker

Harry Styles did the damn thing this year. There are a few tracks off his self-titled solo debut that could plausibly be included on this list, but "Woman" is proof that, sometimes, first instincts are best. The shout-along, strutting song is a remarkably piece of skewed classicism from the young celebrity. It probably felt like a risk to release—it sounds like nothing else on the pop charts—but it also likely felt real. And that's what works best for it. —Brendan Klinkenberg