Editors' Notes In 2019 we received definitive proof: A sense of humour and heartstring-yanking ballads will take you far. Congratulations to Lewis Capaldi, whose breakthrough hit “Someone You Loved” became Apple Music’s biggest song in the UK after he charmed everyone and their mothers. Naturally, your other most-played tracks reflect the fiercely eclectic sounds lighting up modern Britain. Dave, Stormzy, NSG and AJ Tracey delivered UK rap’s signature hits, Queen Ariana continued her extraordinary chart reign, Mabel’s polite request to leave her be struck a chord, while Meduza tore up our dance floors. Relive all of 2019’s biggest musical moments with this exclusive playlist—and if you find something you missed out on this year, go ahead and add it to your library now.

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