IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!
If you’ve been paying attention, I’ve already worked my way through my Top 50 Albums Of 2018 and Top 20 Music Videos Of 2018. So now, without any further ado – it’s time for the finale: The Top 70 Singles Of 2018!
This list, specifically, is always a pain in my behind because it’s a bit overwhelming to rank songs that I genuinely love from an entire year. The truth is: I think all these songs are great. I’ve enjoyed them all throughout the year for all varying different reasons and there is no huge difference between song #45 and #15. It’s not what charted the highest on the Billboard Hot 100 or what broke the most records. This is me taking into the consideration what I played and loved the most in 2018 so please bore someone else with your disagreements.
If you’re interested in listening to my Top 70 Singles of 2018 all at once, subscribe to the playlist on Spotify and Apple Music below – and, as always, let me know what you think and feel free to comment with your own list!
70. Tove Styrke – Sway
69. Hailee Steinfeld & BloodPop® – Capital Letters
68. Calvin Harris & Sam Smith – Promises
67. Merlot – Bad For You
66. L Devine – Peer Pressure
65. Solomon Ray – Así Así
64. Post Malone – Better Now
63. Khalid & Normani – Love Lies
62. Kacey Musgraves – Butterflies
61. Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
60. CYN – Believer
59. Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
58. Sakima – Holy Water
57. jesse saint john – Fake It
56. RAYE, Mabel, Stefflon Don – Cigarette
55. Nicki Minaj – Chun-Li
54. Bruno Mars & Cardi B – Finesse (Remix)
53. Sabrina Carpenter – Almost Love
52. Charli XCX & Troye Sivan – 1999
51. Janet Jackson & Daddy Yankee – Made For Now
50. Ciara – Level Up
49. Beyoncé & Jay-Z – Apeshit
48. Christina Aguilera – Accelerate (ft. Ty Dolla $ign & 2 Chainz)
47. Allie X – Science
46. Sigrid – High Five
45. Leland – Run Into You
44. FHAT – Pleasure
43. Ariana Grande – God Is A Woman
42. Kali Uchis – After The Storm (feat. Tyler, The Creator & Bootsy Collins)
41. Nao – Make It Out Alive (feat. SiR)
40. Camila Cabello – Never Be the Same
39. Khalid – Better
38. Maggie Rogers – Give A Little
37. The 1975 – TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
36. Ava Max – Sweet But Psycho
35. Goldilox – I Love You
34. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious
33. Clean Bandit – Solo (feat. Demi Lovato)
32. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity
31. VINCINT – Remember Me
30. Ariana Grande – breathin
29. Taylor Swift – Delicate
28. Kylie Minogue – Dancing
27. Jax Jones – Breathe (feat. Ina Wroldsen)
26. Becky G & Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama
25. Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour
24. Lizzo – Boys
23. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
22. ROSALÍA – MALAMENTE
21. Ella Mai – Boo’d Up
20. Tinashe – Faded Love
19. Toni Braxton – Long As I Live
18. Troye Sivan & Ariana Grande – Dance To This
17. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
16. Florence + The Machine – Hunger
15. Halsey – Alone
14. Lykke Li – Deep End
13. Christine and the Queens – Doesn’t Matter
12. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry
11. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel
2018 was without a doubt the year of Cardi B, and her Bad Bunny and J Balvin-assisted Latin smash “I Like It” was very much the Song of the Summer that helped propel her to superstardom. This one’s a no-brainer.
These TDE labelmates properly kicked off the year with their Black Panther leading anthem, which saw them fusing their magical musical powers effortlessly on this empowering and cinematic soundscape. “All the stars are closer,” indeed – a pairing done right!
At the end of the day it all comes down to art, the craft… the music, period. “Heart To Break” by this pop princess on the rise was undeniably that sparkly, flirty and addictive slice of pure pop joy that stayed cemented in my brain the moment it dropped. It’s the kind of irresistible gem we want from all our faves, complete with bubbling synths and one hell of a chorus.
From the very first play, “Tongue” felt like the completely legit and bonkers lead single we’ve been waiting to hear from the endlessly talented MNEK. It’s lyrically genius, instantly infectious, vocally sublime and bonkers, production wise – oh, and THAT sing-talk-whisper chorus is about as epic as a chorus gets. He can write your faves hits and make his own, too.
This one may be a bit predictable, considering it unarguably took the crown for the Inescapable Song of 2018 – but who really thought an unassuming Country starlet would come through with one of the best dance-pop topline’s of the year. A million other pop girls could’ve sang this song (in fact, many did make attempts), but there’s no denying that Maren’s unique touch drove this one to the top. The song is an undeniable earworm of the highest order.
We knew this song was special the moment it made it’s debut in the trailer for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper‘s spectacular A Star Is Born, a film filled with full-fledged anthem, all of which serve the story expertly – particularly on this now staple-ballad where their sensibilities and chemistry are fused powerfully – I’m still not over it. Give it all the awards!
Our pint-sized diva managed to release an album with a solid batch of stellar radio pop singles this year (“breathin,” “God is a Woman” and “No Tears Left To Cry”),” but it was in fact her less thought out, surprise release that managed to rise about the rest. There just hasn’t been a song this year that boasts its sheer replayability. Every time it ends, I wish it were beginning. That’s largely thanks to the empowering message that comes with it, and it’s perfect meme-ready title. Thank u, next.
An almighty, spirit-shaking, confident and passionate reintroduction that saw Troye Sivan shine through like never before. “Oh my my my!,” the modern gay pop icon we’ve been waiting for has arrived and he’s here to stay/slay.
Some wanna go hard in the club, Body Talk style. But my definition of the perfect song – especially in this unnerving year – is one that perfectly depicts a vibe and the human spirit, and for me, no song has invited that so much, in both sound and theme, as this one. It’s a meditation on exploring oneself, exploring your freedom, savoring the world’s beauty, and – figuratively, if not literally – getting tantric with it. Come get your “Honey,” baby.
Whether it was the modern nod to the early ’90’s house classics, it’s leading lady leisured delivery or the simplicity of its lyrics, something about this song just hit every single mark for me. It sounds like it was chemically concocted in a mad scientist’s lab (that mad scientist being Calvin) to be 2018’s reigning song of the summer and that’s what it was for me. Actually, it’s the song for every summer.