Album: Perfect Ten
Producers: Mustard, GYLTTRYP, and Justus West

Whenever aliens finally visit, it’s going to be tough to explain the circumstances that led to “Ballin” not being a top-five Billboard hit and unanimously declared Song of the Summer. So Mustard and Roddy Ricch will have to settle for Song of the Year. Thankfully, the recognition is finally starting to roll in, all the way to a Grammy nomination for Best Rap/Sung Performance. Mustard’s album Perfect Ten more than lives up to its title, and “Ballin” is its crown jewel, a feel-good anthem so infectious you’ll need antibiotics just to stop running it back. Roddy’s joy is our joy, as he revels in a victory lap he could’ve never imagined he’d be able to take, and with so many more wins to achieve down the road. With one flip of 702’s “Get It Together” and a beat that feels like the radiance of the L.A. sunshine harnessed on wax, Mustard and Roddy’s collaboration is the beam that pierced an often dark and cloudy year. —Frazier Tharpe