Best Songs of 2018

The Top Ten

1 Lightning Strike - Judas Priest

Oh hell yeah this song is awesome - christangrant

Wow! This song really is amazing! Never thought 2018 would start off with this. Epic! - naFrovivuS

This song is AMAZING! BEST song of 2018. I also think that the album cover is the greatest ever. I want more modern songs like this instead of the trash that is mainstream pop and rap. - PhoenixAura81

I don't know what the album cover is supposed to be (maybe some kind of robot), but it's AWESOME! - PhoenixAura81

Anything rock/metal being made in the crap era of music needs to be more popular! - LightningStrike

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2 Over Again - Mike Shinoda

This song killed me inside - growlbunny

Eh. It's... mediocre, honestly. I'm not a fan of Linkin Park. - Swellow

Beautiful song with very personal, honest lyrics and an incredibly catchy hook. Great production by Shinoda himself as well. Deserves to be at the top.

R.I.P Chester.Great song Mike.I really need to check out Mike Shinoda's solo music.This song almost made me cry.-DarkBoi-X

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3 Finesse - Bruno Mars

It's Bruno Mars trying yet again to sound nostalgic. I don't mind that, but the song's message really doesn't match well with it's theme. Overall, could be better.

This song is overrated and not even that good...just nostalgia but go off IG.. - Worksponge

I think this song is an epic masterpiece and is a tad bit overrated. I respect opinions. - Swampert02

Good songs exist since about 2011? Not very many. REM, Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Darius Rucker and Green Day still awesome though!

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4 No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande

I am not a big fan of Ariana Grande but damn this song is a total jam. Its reminiscent of a lot of the stuff Janet Jackson was doing in the early nineties. - crowdiegal

Wow, Ariana has done a great job with this song, great vocal performance and composition girl. 5/5 - DaisyandRosalina

This song is my jam. I love Ariana Grande. She's so beautiful and nice and unique. I share her love for cute cat-ear bands. I don't know why people hate her. Many say that she sings too high-pitch. People, please! That's her singing style! You gotta admire the fact that she sings really well in high-pitch. This song should be #1. Ari, love ya, girl! AG all the way!

Overrated. The chorus is great, and the best part of the song, but the verses are just...meh. The production isn't great either, except on the last chorus. 3/5.

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5 This is America - Childish Gambino

I'm surprised this is very low on this list. To fully enjoy this song you need to watch the music video as well to know what's really going on. The symbolism and underlying themes are absolutely spot on with this song's interpretation of everything wrong with American society. Try looking away from Childish Gambino and you'll see what I'm talking about. And the lyrics is purposely (just) like that as a diss on rappers these days. I absolutely love this song as an old school rap lover and this is first time hearing Donald Glover. - Bolshoy_Brat

A lot of peeps are commenting on how innovative and meaningful the message of this song is, instead of the trifecta of sex, drugs, and gangs; but I love this song for the opposite reason. I found it to be a homecoming to the original sound of hip-hop; you know, public enemy, a tribe called quest, biggie, and Nas. The bongo and hoo-ha production paired with a thumping bass line and jazzy vocals, talking about the struggle of blacks in American society, though I think the message is outdated, it nonetheless brings me back to the days of the hustle in 90s Miami, when I listened to those older artists. It appears to be becoming revived as a new sub genre to counter half-assed ATL trap and the SoundCloud mumblers. Overall:10/10

This song is not like the other new rap songs about drugs, gangs, or girls. This masterpiece is about Black history and the entertainment industry in America. - wren6

La puta ostia

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6 Pray for Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar

Honestly, despite Kendrick being my favorite artist ever, The Weeknd absolutely demolished this track. The Weeknd was the stronger part for me on this song, not to say that Kendrick didn't put up his end of the deal, but The Weeknd did amazing. - hiphopgod

My two favourite artists of all time did as I expected. The best song off one of an amazing soundtrack for the biggest movie of 2018. Doesn't get much better than that. Two amazing artists, brilliant song and an instant classic which will never get old - jaspyboy

This song is growing on me the more I hear it and I think it's The Weeknd's vocal delivery on this track. - crowdiegal

It's from Black Panther so of course it's goods

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7 In My Blood - Shawn Mendes

Why is this overplayed garbage here? Should be way lower.

With all due respect, Post Malone's songs are overplayed garbage, not this masterpiece. - allamassal

I don't like this song. To me, it sounds like he thought up a random phrase and shoved in a song hoping to make something out of it. The "it isn't in my blood" part sorta hangs out from the other part. 1/5 - TheInsomniac

I am not a fan of Shawn Mendes (far from it. "Treat You Better" is still an absolute carbuncle of a song) but I can't deny I really like this song. Yeah it sounds a bit like Kings of Leon but wow it's still a good song. - crowdiegal

I really don't like Shawn Mendes. Not him as a person, but his music is just.. ack. I don't know how to describe it, but I really despise his music in general. Just sharing my opinion. This isn't the worst song I've heard, but it's not half as bad as his ''Treat you Better'' degenerate nice guy type.

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8 Sick Boy - The Chainsmokers

Can't wait for everyone to trash this and then call twenty one pilots their favorite band - ProPanda

Wait...people like this? - cringebinge

Looks like the Chainsmokers are going deeper with this 9/10 - Neonco31

Ooh I love this song.

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9 Done for Me - Charlie Puth

So I think I can say that there has been a definite improvement from Charlie Puth with his new album and while "Done For Me' isn't the best song on the album ("If You Leave Me Now" with Boyz II Men is better), it's still pretty damn good, even Kehlani is better than she normally is on songs she collaborates on. - crowdiegal

I really like this song. It has a good beat, and the chord progression works really well for a song like this. 10/10 - allamassal

Charlie Puth just keep getting better. From boring "We Don't Talk Anymore", to mediocre "How Long", and this song is great

Amazing song

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10 Torn in Two - Breaking Benjamin

One of the best Ember songs

Deserves to be higher than crap like Sick Boy... - CaptainMowzker

Excellent song, should be much higher on the list


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The Newcomers

? Let's Go (The Royal We) - Run the Jewels

The Contenders

11 Firepower - Judas Priest

Yup Lightning Struck again with another great song from Priest I like Lightning Strike more but this is a worthy title track. - christangrant

It's a wonder that this isn't in first place as of now while Lightning Strike is. Firepower is the third most epic song in Judas Priest history, I'd say... - romanempire249

Hell yes, I definitely like this one more than Lightning Strike.

Me and my dad play this song everyday.

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12 Jumpsuit - Twenty One Pilots

They disappeared for like 2 years and came back with an epic song. I'm sure the whole album is going to be epic! - sajaaltai

I like a song that involves someone yelling at their jumpsuit to cover them. - mistyglow

Stands out amongst everything else!

Oh this is amazing!

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13 Street Livin' - Black Eyed Peas

This song is one of the best rap songs I heard in the recent years. Unlike the trappers of today who depend on looks, being talentless and behaving bad to be good, this is real rap here. In the last years, BEP really sucked, but this songs is better than what they did in the past years. This sounds like old school hip hop, like Tupac and Biggie. The message is incredible, this is about racism on black people during the Civil Rights Movement, very empowering indeed. The rapping is awesome, Will.I.Am does some of his best rapping on this song without having to be so auto tuned, and I thought he was a bad, super auto tuned rapper. I like the video too, it is unique. That bass is a killer too! Best rap song of the year. 9/10 - AnimeDrawer

Wait, the Black Eyed Peas came back? Surprised, I thought they weren't going to come back. - AnimeDrawer

I know, it's hard to believe that The Black Eyed Peas actually have a good song again. It seemed as the years went on, the more the Peas and went downhill, making the same overproduced pop/EDM songs over and over. I really was not expecting this at all, but when I saw the title I knew this wasn't going to be just some EDM song. Maybe it was Fergie holding them back the whole time. - DaWyteNight

best ever

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14 Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer

The song that is at the top of the charts in Australia and New Zealand right now and it is 5SOS best song without a shadow of a doubt. Great to get a break from the miserable trap and mumble rappers at the top - crowdiegal

The vocals are kind of aggravating, but that instrumental and the beat are perfect in basically every way. About time we needed a revival of music, 8/10 - StarlightSpanks

This song has grown on me a lot since my last review. The verses sound really good, and the chorus is just so catchy (in a good way). 9/10 - allamassal

It is awesome

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15 Call Out My Name - The Weeknd

Have I ever said The Weeknd is awesome? I don't feel like I have. But yeah, I really like this song. Do I like it as much as Pray For Me? I don't know, we'll have to wait and see. - hiphopgod

Weeknd is probably the only good singer today. However, his songs were lacking emotions and darkness. And this song did just that

Weeknd is amazing I like this song, pray for me and wasted time. Definitely he is one of the best artist of todays era - Gabrielore

Yes this song is so good

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16 All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar & Sza

Bit disappointed with this one. SZA is fine, but the production is not, and Kendrick is disappointing. 3/5 - DCfnaf

Love this song! Love SZA's verse and the chorus. Kendrick was awesome! The song's a little short though

Straight up amazing! I remember hearing this in the Black Panther credits, and instantly loving it!

Top 10 please - 23MACCAja

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17 Lucid Dream - Owl City

This song is awesome, best song of the year. I love the topic of lucid dreaming, the lyrics are well written. Combine good songwriting with a top notch, energetic beat(glad its not house), and good vocals, you get a good song. This song makes me dance, I wish more pop songs were like this. 9/10 - AnimeDrawer

If you want to laugh, listen to Owl City's old songs! But I've got to give it to him, he's made a comeback with this song.

I LOVE this song. Number 2 for best song of the year for me (number one goes to Lightning Strike by Judas Priest of course). - PhoenixAura81

Just saw him live. I swear this man is a genius

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18 Something's Gotta Give - Camila Cabello

Easily one of the best songs from the album. A relationship on the edge of breaking point is something Camila actually sells really well in this song - crowdiegal

I hate her music. - PhoenixAura81

The whole album is awesome - sajaaltai

She's best.

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19 Feed the Wolf - Breaking Benjamin

Love this song as well as the whole album great mix between metal and rock in it

Blood was my personal favorite off of amber, this one is good too, I want to get this in the top ten. - Revrad

20 Over It - Bullet for My Valentine
21 The Mountain - Three Days Grace

This entire album should be on here! Even for a huge Three Days Grace fan, it exceeded my expectations. - 3DG20

This is my favorite song off the album. I don't understand how it's this low, it's so great.

Finally some music I like! I love me some Three Days Grace! - KingSlayer93316

Three Days Grace made another ALBUM?!?! Heck YEAH I’m going to listen to it! - PhoenixAura81

22 Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD

I can relate to this. The guy has a legitimately interesting and unique voice. I kinda love this. 9/10 - spiritofhiphop

This song is so unique and so much better than other mainstream hip hop artists. - DennisLai290

Everything about this song is great, except for the vocals, which sound just like every rapper trying to sing. This would probably be one of my favorite songs now otherwise. 2/5 - allamassal

So beautiful to listen to. His voice is soft and sexy. - Queen_Hoe

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23 Ashes - Céline Dion

This song is great, absolutely classic even better than adele skyfall. It one of deadpool soundtrack, you guys should try to check this out.

Any song from Celine is always great. Good song 9/10 - Gabrielore

I don't know what this has to do with Deadpool, but my second cousin needs to be in the top 10.

Yeah! Celine is the best!

24 Bulletproof - Godsmack

I really like this song. Godsmack just keeps getting better and better for me - KingSlayer93316

25 Church - Fall Out Boy

Best song of that garbage can album. 0/5 - AlphaQ

The only good song on that terrible album - AliciaMae

One of the best songs, I simply can't put into words how much this song means to me.

People need to stop trashing this album, ok it may not have been what you expected, but it's a concept album around the concept of 'Mania' it's not supposed to sound cohesive. Its supposed to sound strangely put together and a little all over the place, just like a maniac is. Thank you for comming to my Ted Talk.

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26 Red Cold River - Breaking Benjamin
27 Voice of Trespass - Between the Buried and Me Voice of Trespass - Between the Buried and Me

A more entertaining piece of swing metal than anything released by the Diablo Swing Orchestra (A completely serviceable band by the way). - kempokid

28 Vincent - Ellie Goulding

I wouldn't have added this cover of the Don McLean song to this list if Don McLean himself didn't praise Ellie Goulding's version on Twitter but dead set Ellie does a stunning version of this song, it's not an official single but I think this cover is worth recognition. - crowdiegal

Don McLean's version is better...but this is great also. 5/5 - DCfnaf

Don McLean's original is one of my favorite songs of all time and I have to say I'm very much impressed with the cover.
9/10. - Undistinguished


29 Disillusioned - A Perfect Circle

Came out at the beginning of the year. APC is back baby! - cjWriter1997

30 Distortion - Mount Eerie Distortion - Mount Eerie

Not good. Should not be on the list. - AliciaMae

Hey! There's Guitars! - LightningStrike

31 What It Is - Jonathan Davis

It's not even February and already I think this is my favorite song of the year. - wrests

JD from Korn making a solo album? If it's like this song than I'm all for it. Great song! - cjWriter1997

32 Natural - Imagine Dragons

Imagine Dragons actually have done some decent stuff last year. But this is awesome. This... will be considered one of the best songs from pop-rock in 2018 (according to me at least). Thunder was okay, Believer was pretty good, but this... this is an awesome example of a pop-rock song. - MissRWBY202

I listened to some of this song for the first time yesterday. This song actually sounds pretty good. The verses aren't that good though, just like in Whatever It Takes, but it gets better in the pre-chorus, so this might still grow on me. - allamassal

This is another masterpiece from the legendary Imagine Dragons

This song is hella awesome! Great workout song for me. - Userguy44

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33 Joanne (Where Do You Think You're Goin'?) - Lady Gaga

The piano version of this song just connects so well and yeah, Lady Gaga's vocal delivery makes it hard not to cry. Well done both Lady Gaga and Mark Ronson - crowdiegal

Beautiful way to close an era. Xoxo, Joanne 💋 - - Worksponge

34 Youth - Shawn Mendes & Khalid

This song is good. It isn't In My Blood (no that's not a reference to a lyric in that song) but still it's a great song. The song is very enjoyable, and Shawn Mendes and Khalid did great together. 9/10 - allamassal

Shawn Mendes just keeps getting better and better with every album. - Solarian

The best song ever!

35 Zombie - Bad Wolves

The video is a great tribute to Dolores and Bad Wolves donated all the proceeds from the song to Dolores' children. They deserve to be on top. Also check out the guitarist's earlier band God Forbid if you like Bad Wolves.

As the machines of war keep turning, what are we? Simply mindless members of a swarm, slaughtering others? - Cyri

Put this at number 1! This is the best song ever!

Pretty solid cover better than the original in my opinion. - CaptainMowzker

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36 Energy - Joe Satriani
37 Letting You Go - Bullet for My Valentine
38 Diluvium - Obscura

The tone, fretless bass, guitar, deep growls, and progressive sound make this one of the better tech death songs I have ever heard

It quickly became one of my most favorite metal songs of all time - such sound, such technicality. - Metal_Treasure

One of the greatest tech death songs I’ve heard in a while

39 Him & I - G Eazy & Halsey

The voice of Halsey is soothing in this song.

Not a fan of G-Eazy but this is a pretty nice song. Sad that they broke up. - The01Bro

One of those songs with a rap part that actually sounds good. I mainly like this song because of Halsey's part though. Anyway, 5/5. - allamassal

The one thing that makes this memorable is actually memorable enough, 7/10 - CactusSprinkles

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40 Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken - P!NK

This is definitely an improvement over What About Us. The instrumentation in this song is very good, and Pink actually does a good job on this song vocally, and the ending is the best part. 4/5 - allamassal

I actually haven't heard this song in a while but it's good (what else would I expect from this beautiful, wonderful singer? ). - RaireFox

When you hear P! nk sing the last chorus you will wonder why this isn’t at the top of the list

41 Blot - Between the Buried and Me

An amazing, varied song, one of the highlights of BTBAM's career - kempokid

42 Ghost - Badflower
43 Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea - Fall Out Boy

Dang you beat everyone to it

Absurd song title but good song. - Catacorn

YEP - JamesLustre

As a huge Fall Out Boy fan, I didn’t like this album very much but this song is just super catchy

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44 The Way I Am - Charlie Puth

Charlie Puth's songs (especially on this album) are very fun and catchy in a good way, and this song is no exception. The beat, rhythm, and melody in this song are irresistible. 9/10 - allamassal

Such a good song. - ZeroBlaster

45 1985 (Intro to "the Fall Off") - J. Cole

This should be #1 - jameshoward

The album KOD was a little disappointing, but this song further proves why J. Cole is the best mainstream rapper of today. - DaWyteNight

The whole of KOD should be numbers 1-10 it's amazing and I wanna marry Cole

J cole neva disappoints and KOD is a masterpiece.. - D4-4C3R

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46 The Middle - Zedd, Maren Morris & Grey

This song is lazy beyond belief. Overplay is not helping this either. 4/10 - DCfnaf

While it is kind of good, I did notice that it sounds a lot like "Stay", which funny enough was another Zedd song. Listen to Stay and then this, and don't tell me you don't hear any similarities. - allamassal

While it did slightly grow on me... I'll get more into the details in my next Top 20 review, but as for now, nowhere close to great. Probably never will be. 2/5 - StarlightSpanks


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47 Love Lies - Khalid & Normani

This song is growing on me. The lyrics are good, and although the rest of the song may not sound as good, the chorus is pretty catchy. The beat's also pretty good. 7/10 - allamassal

Amazing song. Khalid and Normani mesh so well.

I really do like this song even if Khalid and Normani's chemistry is a bit off. I'm a sucker for a bit of guitar, it's decent R 'n' B - crowdiegal

Pretty great, but not the best. I’d give it an 8/10 - AliciaMae

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48 Sad! - Xxxtentacion

Why is a song on the best list with the lyric "Suicide if you ever try to let go". Despicable and manipulative. Please go to jail you abuser and fade into irrelevancy where you belong

While I do believe what happened to X is tragic, I still believe that you should judge the dead as you would the living and this is still just more whiney emo crap. The only difference now is that I feel guilty when I listen to this, like I shouldn't be judging it. - hiphopgod

Make it 20 or 30 its AWESOME the lyric is awesome stop complaining

Make this song 5 or something its too good for this year.

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49 Duck Duck Goose - Cupcakke

I might be reaching but I think this girl's even worse than cardi b, now that's saying something! - DaWyteNight

I don't get why people hate cupcakke. Her songs are just jokes

She didn't have to snap like this but the queen always does - TheEvilNuggetCookie2

It’s a joke - lilrocketman

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50 Lovely - Billie Eilish & Khalid

This song gives me chills...good chills - Y2K

Currently listening to this song on loop while surfing the web. LOL.

This is a pretty relaxing song, and the title kind of describes it. - allamassal

This song is just awesome. you can't get bored of it. - sajaaltai

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1. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes
2. Done for Me - Charlie Puth
3. No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande
1. Distortion - Mount Eerie
2. Finesse - Bruno Mars
3. Lucid Dream - Owl City
1. Over Again - Mike Shinoda
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