The year in music is taking shape and several storylines have emerged that will change the way we remember 2019. Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” maintains its surprising reign at the top of the charts, Tyler, the Creator’s “mysterious” new album is outpacing the expectations of many, Billie Eilish’s rise to the upper echelon of the pop world continues, and Playboi Carti’s baby voice flow is stretching rap to bizarre, exciting new places. We’ve also seen newcomers like DaBaby emerge with some of the year’s defining songs (and most entertaining music videos). Now, with the arrival of summer, it’s time to look back on everything that’s happened in music over the past six months and rank our favorite tracks. These are Complex’s picks for the best songs of 2019 (so far).
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