Zedd, Maren Morris, Gray, "The Middle"
Maren Morris had loads of crossover appeal from the moment she self-released her eponymous EP in 2015, but even she probably didn't see a Number One dance song in her future. Morris became the first country artist to earn that honor earlier this year thanks to "The Middle," her collaboration with Zedd and production duo Grey, showing just how fully EDM has integrated with Music City in the past half decade. Morris' voice, a robust, soulful tool that's proven adaptable to most any pop genre she comes across, doesn't exactly need the help of a vocoder. Yet on "The Middle" her warm, lilting twang proves a perfect match, with the relatively spare production giving the mechanized harmonies room to smolder and fill the in between space that the song's title implies. J.G.