The Greatest Songs of 2018 According To Rolling StoneMartin_Canine So, on December 14th Rolling Stone released their Greatest Songs of 2018 list. Much like with laut.de, who released their list a week before, I wonder why they didn’t wait until the end of the year until they release it to be sure not to miss a single tune (of course, you will always overlook a couple of great songs, you can’t know everything), especially in times when overnight surprise releases became more common. I know my lists, on which I am currently working on, won't be out until early into 2019.
The tracks featured on it are just as expected: it features a bunch of not as famous songs in the lower positions and then puts a bunch of songs that got much attention and airplay in its highest places. And that’s fine, in and of itself. They are the biggest music magazine in the world, and their job is to depict something that most people who love music can relate to, regardless of their own taste. In the last couple of years, they often tried to find a nice cross between popularity and quality. Did they manage to do this in 2018? That’s up to you.
In my opinion: the songs featured - at least the ones I know - are mostly passable. Only very few of them will appear on my list, though - but some will. Many are not my taste, but are fine for who likes them. "Mo Bamba" is the only one I know that I absolutely dislike (apart from that: while it became a hit in 2018, it's actually from last year).
Created on 12/16/2018, source: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-lists/50-best-songs-of-2018-764204/
The Top Ten
So... this is... underwhelming.
Don't get me wrong: "In My Feeling" is a fine pop song. It's catchy, and has a cool production mixing trap with oldschool hip hop, and on any other rank on the list, it would have fitted well (e.g. even at number 2). But still: the fact that it's nothing more than that makes it unworthy of number one. In the past years of the decade, Rolling Stone picked songs as the best of the year that were the most ambitious out of the mainstream: "Rolling in the Deep" (2011), "Hold On" (2012) and "Sign of the Times" (2017) were massive soul and rock numbers that would have also been huge in the 70s, "Formation" (2016) was a statement of pride in politically extremely hard times, "Runaway" (2010) and "Drunk in Love" (2014) were the musically most experimental yet still gripping songs of the hip hop and RnB genres in that year, "Get Lucky" (2013) blended genres and artists together you wouldn't have expected to work so well. I can perfectly understand why they ...more - Martin_Canine
This song is complete trash. An very boring instrumental with cringe-inducing lyrics that sound like a 10-year-old's love poem that are rapped/sung in Drake's annoying nasally voice. This just made me lose a lot of respect in Rolling Stone. If THIS is the best song of the entire year, music has died more than I thought it did. - phillysports
I wouldn't be that harsh on it. It's just a normal pop song, nothing out of the ordinary, but it's a fine catchy listen. It's just not worthy of the number 1 spot - especially with Lady Gaga's and Lana Del Rey's songs also being in the Top 10, which would have been far better choices. - Martin_Canine
This shows that Drake ruled the 2018 year even though his Scorpion album was panned by critics and fans alike. - Smashball23
Sad to see the Rolling Stone name this the greatest song of 2018. - allamassalV 3 Comments
Yeah this is a rather odd list especially seeing a song that I have otherwise seen panned as either mediocre or even plain garbage at number one.
Rolling Stone should have switched "Shallow" and "In My Feelings" - "Shallow" has the same ambitions of songs like "Rolling in the Deep" and "Sign of the Times", and would qualify. - Martin_Canine
I thought this song was really beautiful - BreakFastBeast2005
This is truly one of the worst songs that I have ever heard. Not exaggerating. - phillysports
Nah. The song is a banger but its no where near the greatest song of 2018 - LilliamPumpernickel
Es una linda!
Haha I like Camila Cabello and all but this is far for the greatest song of 2018 - BreakFastBeast2005
IS THIS IS A JOKE! THIS IS ONE OF THE WORST SONGS OF 2018! WHO IN THEIR RIGHT MIND WOULD PUT THIS ON A LIST LIKE THIS! - LilliamPumpernickel
Pipin up. On these ***** - Redrocky416
I am so very happy Rolling Stone took notice of the song. Del Rey's 2018 singles weren't hits, and they had no mainsteam appeal whatsoever - hopefully she'll finally get rid of that pop star reputation, which never suited her. She's a traditional singer-songwriter, more suited for indie audiences. - Martin_Canine
Finally, something decent. - galaxyfox
To be honest, I thought "Egypt Station" was absolutely average. It was nothing compared to what this legendary artist delivered in the past decades - and it feels that he is running out of his visionary ideas. - Martin_Canine
Yeah, that's dope - Redrocky416
Yes duh boi