The Greatest Songs of 2018, According to Complex

So, on December 18th of 2018, Complex released their list of best songs of the year. Again, the year is not over yet but I can understand you already want your list out when it is not to be expected that another banger will drop. Anyhow… we should at least give the year’s final days a chance.

As always, I like Complex’s list much more than Rolling Stone’s or’s. Not necessarily because I like the songs on the list better (all three of them contained few tracks you will find on my personal list), but because it feels much more likable. Rolling Stone’s list feels little passionate about the music itself, and they pretty much wrote down what the general consensus was this year. And while kind of DOES put more thought and personal taste into their lists, it also feels quite elitist and looks down onto the public’s opinion. Now, Complex has neither of these flaws. While the magazine has a clearly preferred genre - hip hop - it feels absolutely euphoric about their selections. They do not ignore mainstream or the underground, and they pick up both hit songs and overlooked gems - that’s pretty much what I try to do too. They absolutely love their music, and you can feel that. They convinced me in the past years, and they did so this year.
Source:, Created on 12/21/2018
The Top Ten
SICKO MODE - Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee & Big Hawk SICKO MODE - Travis Scott, Drake, Swae Lee & Big Hawk Cover Art

And THIS is a far better choice for number one than "In My Feelings" (Rolling Stone's number one of 2018). Although had the best one with Kanye's "Ghost Town", "Sicko Mode" is one of the year's most experimental and well made hip hop tracks, especially among those that were hits, and is a legit number 1 song for a magazine that mainly revolves around hip hop.

Hard to argue here. 2 Rap Legends making this song a masterpiece.

Young la flame he in Sicko Mode!

This? Greatest song of 2018? Really?

In the hip hop genre, it's one of the best and most innovative tracks of the year. Complex focuses mainly on hip hop. I see nothing wrong with their choice.

Nice For What - Drake Nice For What - Drake Cover Art

Again, like I said on my Rolling Stone list: I have no problem with Drake being high on the list. That's some really fine pop music and hip hop he released this year, and his album was absolutely good for what it is ("If You're Reading This It's Too Late" will always remain his best work though). It's just that the number one spot of the world's biggest music magazine should be reserved for special songs, musically and/or lyrically, which is what Rolling Stone did the years before. So... I'm very fine with "Nice For What" at number 2.

Probably my favorite hip hop song of 2018. So catchy!

Drip Too Hard - Lil Baby & Gunna Drip Too Hard - Lil Baby & Gunna Cover Art

This song was trash honestly

thank u, next - Ariana Grande thank u, next - Ariana Grande Cover Art

Ariana just gets better and better. This song broke records on YouTube!

I'm sorry but all Ariana Grande's songs sound the same too me

I didn't like her 2018 album, but it didn't sound all the same, it was just poorly written and produced. She can sing, but she rarely showed it in 2018.

The Story of Adidon - Pusha T

He annihilated drake like a little bitch

NO BYSTANDERS - Travis Scott NO BYSTANDERS - Travis Scott Cover Art

What I like about Complex is that they often pick tracks off popular albums that were neither hits nor singles. It just shows that they actually care for the music, not just the status.

Look Alive - BlocBoy JB & Drake Look Alive - BlocBoy JB & Drake Cover Art
Last Time That I Checc'd - Nipsey Hussle & YG Last Time That I Checc'd - Nipsey Hussle & YG Cover Art
King's Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake King's Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake Cover Art

Future's part is very hilarious I don't even know what is he saying 🤣

Praise the Lord (Da Shine) - A$AP Rocky & Skepta Praise the Lord (Da Shine) - A$AP Rocky & Skepta Cover Art

Da shine da shine da shine...
Man I love this song very catchy..

I love this song