Top 5 Breakout Songs of 2023

PinkPantheress at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023
PinkPantheress at the 2023 MTV Video Music Awards in September 2023. Photo by Jeremy Smith/imageSPACE/Shutterstock (14139667da)

One great song is sometimes all it takes to put an artist’s name on the map, and our favorite rising stars learned that first-hand this year. From Victoria Monét’s “On My Mama” to Tyla’s “Water”, we’re bringing you five breakout hits that took the world by storm in 2023.

Kenya Grace – “Strangers”

Kenya Grace was a complete unknown just a few months ago, before her breakout hit “Strangers” went viral on TikTok, and hit No. 1 in the UK, making her the only female artist since Kate Bush to top the chart with a song performed, written, and produced entirely solo.

Victoria Monét – “On My Mama”

Victoria Monét is one of the candidates for the best new artist at the upcoming Grammy Awards, and her breakout hit “On My Mama” is largely responsible for her success.

PinkPantheress ft. Ice Spice – “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”

PinkPantheress and Ice Spice went from being relative unknowns to gaining the status of two of the biggest rising stars of their generation after finding viral fame with their smash hit “Boy’s a Liar Pt. 2”.

Tyla – “Water”

The South African singer became an overnight sensation thanks to her viral hit “Water”, and she’s currently plotting the release of her self-titled debut album.

Peso Pluma ft. Eslabon Armado – “Ella Baila Sola”

Peso Pluma’s star was on the rise for quite some time, but “Ella Baila Sola” is his first song to find huge global success and make history as the first regional Mexican song to reach the top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart.