Top Music of 2018 Part 1: Songs

My real song of the year is “Good as Hell” by Lizzo, but I am 2 years late on that one. So here are my top songs of 2019.

Honorable Mentions

  1. High Hopes – Panic! at the Disco
  2. The Middle – Zedd and Marren Morris
  3. Talk Fast – 5 Seconds of Summer
  4. Everything is Fine – All Time Low
  5. Slow – Liam Payne

15. Preacher Man – The Driver Era

I did not expect this from the band formerly known as R5. It’s slick, fun and I just love it.

14. BOSS – Beyoncé and her Husband

YONCE GOT BARS

13. Best Life – Cardi B (feat. Chance the Rapper)

I like Cardi. I love Chance. There was no way I was not going to love this song. Chance brought his style to Cardi’s album there was no way this song was not going to be great.

12. Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae

I was not the biggest Janelle Monae fan, but when she dropped this and Django Jane, more on that later, she hocked me in. You can tell she cares about musicianship and what the song represents visually by the care she put into the track.

11. Dancing’s Not a Crime – Panic! at the Disco

Issa bop

10. Finesse (Remix) – Bruno Mars (feat. Cardi B)

Another bop

9. And You Don’t Even Know It – Everybody is Talking About Jamie Musical

The way I seem to discover new musicals is the suggested video column on YouTube. It’s where I found out about Dear Evan Hansen and Mean Girls. When I heard this song, I could not stop listening to it. Broadway songs that usually to a more pop sound tend to be some of the best.

8. Youngblood (Live) – 5 Seconds of Summer

I remember watching this live video after their first concert back, yes I am the fan who listens to the new songs before the album…sue me. I knew that it would become my favorite from the album. While the album version is good, I truly believe that 5SOS is a live band. There is just a different energy when they play their songs live.

7. The Man Who Has Everything – Chance the Rapper

While we wait for Chance to release a full album, he has been dropping singles and this last one he dropped, along with My Own Thing, was probably his best work yet. It’s a mix of Acid Rap and Coloring Book. The song was recently released so I’m still taking it all in but man…Chance is different and special.

6. Berkeley’s on Fire – SWMRS

If it was not for some strong #BlackGirlMagic, this song would be in the top five. From the opening riff it was apparent that SWMRS are going to be on a new level with their second album. Although the band claims this song has nothing to do with politics it alludes to our current political climate with the ultimate message of us getting through it and being alright.

5. Django Jane – Janelle Monae

JANELLE MONAE HAS BARS. I could not stop listening to this track when it came out. Like I said previously, I was not the biggest Janelle Monae fan before this and Make Me Feel dropped but goddamn. The lyrics in this song are so strong and meaningful. This will be one of my anthems for a long time.

4. Safe Haven – State Champs

While I was pretty disappointed with the new State Champs album as a whole, this song stands out as one of their best. 2018 was rough for many reasons and its songs like this. It was energetic and had a hopeful message.

3. The Return – Logic

This is the song that made me fall in love with Logic. The lyrics were on point. Logic’s cadence is unique. The chorus is hella catchy. This song was just classic Logic boom bap.

2. I’d Rather Be Me – Mean Girls Musical

What a voice. What a song. What a classic. I honestly didn’t have high hopes for the Mean Girls musical, to be honest, I haven’t listened to the full thing. But just like And You Don’t Even Know It I saw this pop up in my suggest YouTube feed and I’m so glad it did. Not only did I fall in love with this song but I fell in love with Barret Wilbert Weed’s voice. Which lead me to probably my greatest discovery, Heathers the Musical.

1. This is America – Childish Gambino

I feel like this song being my top song of the year is pretty self-explanatory. As I mentioned before 2018 was pretty shitty, and no one captured that in a more beautiful way than Childish Gambino with This is America. Watching that music video was an experience and one day when my grandkids ask me to describe these last couple of years I can just play this song.

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