We're officially halfway through 2019, which means we've had six months of amazing pop music from both returning superstars and artists on the rise. To really account for that span of time, the list I've devised combs through the year month by month. Without further ado, here's six of the best songs from 2019 so far featuring Ariana Grande, Camilo Echeverry, Christian Nodal, J Balvin & Bad Bunny, Kim Petras and Paulina Rubio.
January: Ariana Grande "7 Rings"
After last year's cute and cozy "Thank U, Next," pop superstar Ariana Grande followed with the fierce "7 Rings" where she flexes her expenses. Atop trap music beats, Grande lives large and treats herself and her girlfriends to whatever they want. Only Ariana could make the Rodgers and Hammerstein "My Favorite Things" sample go off. "7 Rings" is a flashy and sassy banger celebrating her independence.
February: Christian Nodal "Nada Nuevo"
Mexican singer-songwriter Christian Nodal quickly rose to prominence with 2017's "Adiós Amor." To keep the momentum going with his second album, Ahora, he led with the single "Nada Nuevo," a heart-wrenching ode to being unlucky in love. Backed by his mariacheño sound (a mix of mariachi and norteño music), Nodal belts his resignation to a lonely life with a voice that's beyond his years. He remains a revelation in regional Mexican music, but that's nothing new.
March: Camilo "No Te Vayas"
Camilo Echeverry's music is everywhere as the songwriter behind hits like Becky G and Natti Natasha's "Sin Pijama" and Bad Bunny's "Si Estuviésemos Juntos." Having one been an artist over a decade ago as a winner of Colombia's The X Factor, he decided to get back into the game with his own single "No Te Vayas." The track mixes his quirky persona with reggaeton beats, resulting in a sweet and sultry Latin pop romp. Now that you're back, Camilo, please don't go.
April: Paulina Rubio "Ya No Me Engañas"
Returning to music with last year's Deseo, Mexican icon Paulina Rubio reloaded the album in April with more songs, including "Ya No Me Engañas." Like with her previous single "Suave y Sutil," Rubio stays in her pop-rock lane, but amps up the sound with this cover of Spanish boy band AURYN's "El Niño Frente a Mi." In the music video, she reportedly opens with a voice mail from her ex-husband Gerardo Bazúa. There's nothing more rock & roll than that. It's Rubio's retribution; hear her roar.
May: Kim Petras "Do Me"
In the final days leading up to Pride month, German pop star Kim Petras gave the gays everything they wanted with her single "Do Me." The song is taken from her latest music project Clarity. Hard-hitting beats and symphonic synths soundtrack the German pop star taking control. "Baby be my QB as I'm throwing it back," Petras demands. As a transgender woman, it was especially refreshing for Petras to be behind the wheel of this bedroom banger that the LGBTQ+ community could f**k with.
June: J Balvin & Bad Bunny "Qué Pretendes"
Colombian reggaetonero J Balvin and Puerto Rican superstar Bad Bunny teamed up for a joint album that not only shook up the Latin music scene but the globe. The self-proclaimed #LatinoGang joined forces for Oasis, a Watch the Throne for música urbana. The duo launched the set with the single "Qué Pretendes," a shimmering and swaggering kiss-off to an old flame trying to reignite romance. Balvin and Bad Bunny are only looking to heat up the summer with this alluring club cut.