Best Songs of 2018

The Top Ten

1 Lightning Strike - Judas Priest

Oh hell yeah this song is awesome - christangrant

This...*sigh*...while I think it's good to see a classic rock band making a comeback, and this is definitely worthy of the top 10...for me, this isn't the best song of the year. I'm sorry. I have no idea why it's at number 1. It's an awesome song, don't get me wrong. And this is better than the majority of HIT songs that came out this year...but judging the song itself, it's not really that memorable, if I'm being honest. There are songs from this year that I will definitely remember, and will still have stuck in my head next year for the right reasons. Unfortunately, for me at least, this is not one of those songs. If this was the list for best ALBUMS of 2018, I would be saying otherwise. But the song itself doesn't stand out for me. - tonyb500

How do you feel about the stuff off trench if you haven't heard it definitely give it a listen - thatguy32

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

This is first!? Perhaps there is hope for humanity after all!

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2 High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco

This is now one of my favorite songs of the year. The song is overall very fun and has an awesome melody, and the message in the lyrics is amazing too, it's about being optimistic about your dreams. 5/5 - allamassal

One of my favorite songs this year should be more higher though, but it's a bit newer than the other ones. First time I listened to it was in camp and I heard it over and over again, that was when I starting loving the song. After watching Connor Ball make a cover it I enjoyed it more and more, making it a song that has a strong meaning behind it, having High Hopes all the time. - ilou

This song has done surprisingly well given the rock dynamic on the charts is dead, while the album isn't good, I do like this song a lot and happy it will make the Australian year end list. - crowdiegal

I love this song. - B1ueNew

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3 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!

More like "No fear left to do suicide" - bennyQ

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4 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.

Best song ever! Love you Mike! Stay strong and make Chester proud!

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5 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

The best - ivegotacne

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6 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

Yay, they're back with more awesome music. - CharismaticKat

1st fave

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7 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

I can’t STAND today’s pop music, I’ll NEVER understand why it’s still the forefront since 2009!

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8 Sad! - Xxxtentacion

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

I would have never wished X the tragic fate he had, but this song has one lyric that sounds very manipulative. "Suicide if you ever try to let go". I never actually listened to this song, but that's already enough to make me question why this song is #54 on the best songs of 2018 list and not much lower. - allamassal

Don't like the lyrics that much because of the same reasons other people have pointed out here, but I really like the rhythm, it's pretty catchy, and I don't know, I really like it - Uiritas

Ohmygod getting me in my feels boo I'm gonna nonononononono sad know ya gorl gru would be crying in the club if he were here right now I swear ;,(

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9 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


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10 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.

Amazing song!

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The Newcomers

? Stoopid - 6ix9ine

It's good for a 6ix9ine song. - CharismaticKat

? La Vida Koka - Kollegah

The Contenders

11 Torn in Two - Breaking Benjamin

I absolutely agree, this song is the best song off of Ember. While I do also love The Dark Of You, Red Cold River, and Feed The Wolf, nothing on this album can top Torn In Two. I also believe this song should be much higher than all that other garbage

One of the best Ember songs

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


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12 Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer

Being Australian and this song having being heard a lot from my school, friends singing it and playing it on the piano is something that is impressive. The first time I heard of this band was last school year listening to Hey Everybody! Really enjoyed that song and then looking at the artists other songs got me into it. - ilou

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

On 14/12/18 on the radio I herd young blood And me and my Friend put the music loud and put the windows down and singing young blood and my soccer coach was in the car next to me.

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13 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


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14 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

Charlie is so awesome and so is his music he is my idol! 😁😇😎
Love his music,I wish I could be famous and have my songs on the radio like him some day

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15 Neon Gravestones - Twenty One Pilots

If you have not heard Neon Gravestones, you must! I may be biased because of my love for twenty one pilots, but the way in which Tyler has written this song is truly incredible. - Carlss

Best song ever!


I can't believe I had to take the initiative to add this here myself. It's easily one of TØP's best and most emotional, mature, and important songs.
One of my favorite things about Neon Gravestones is how, despite the song being about suicide and how it's romanticized in our society, Tyler never once says the word "suicide." He either cuts himself off ("We glorify those even more when they...") or refers to it carefully without actually saying it ("Just pleading that 'it' does not get glorified"). This is vastly different from TØP's earlier songs, which weren't afraid to give a lot of attention to this topic. It gives the message that suicide is a heavy subject that shouldn't just be thrown around, which is exactly the kind of message that complements the theme of the song as a whole. It's a masterpiece. - Atham

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16 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

Love this song

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17 Shallow - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

Lady Gaga's and Bradley Cooper's voices mix together really well making into a great song also being a song that has been played in a movie is enjoyable. - ilou

Best song of the year hands down. Great melody, great voice mix, powerful vocals, chills-inducing.

Great song, definitely top five material 9.5/10

Bloody crap and overplayed

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18 Angel Voices - Virtual Self


19 Moonlight - Xxxtentacion

Its one of the better songs from that album. 3/5 - AlphaQ

Rip xxxtentacion

Hell yeah I want to kill myself

Amazing. RIP X. LLJ - LilliamPumpernickel

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20 44 More - Logic

Logic redeemed himself with this song. - DaWyteNight

Logic killed it with this one. pretty sure he's up for something awesome! - sajaaltai

I haven’t listened to this song but I won’t because who names their songs 44 more? - CadenwithaC

21 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!

Love it - 23MACCAja

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22 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

R.I.P. Stan Lee - WWEWBMortalKombatFan

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23 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.

This song is so go damn boring and generic

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

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24 Monophobia - deadmau5

Really takes me back to the days of early Deadmau5 and Pendulum. - Atham

Deadmau5 is as strong as ever. - DANB8

Still good - wavedimp089

This song is AWESOME! Deadmau5 really delivers here on his EP Mau5ville and this song just rules. Rob Swire is also featured on this track and he did amazing. Rob Swire is actually my favorite EDM vocalist. The accompanying music video is one of the weirdest things ever, but really innovative. This song rules and it should be higher. - PhoenixAura81

25 Ashes - Céline Dion

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

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

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

Actually the best song of 2018, just like Sam smith writing on the wall

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26 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

I love the song and both the artists

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27 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


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28 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

It's pretty good and you can feel some genuine emotion in it

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29 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

30 Over It - Bullet for My Valentine
31 The Mysterious Vanishing of Electra - Anna Von Hausswolff

Way overlooked artist and song from Sweden. It has only about 200.000 views on YouTube, but it has the same gripping intensity that P.J. Harvey had in the 90s on albums like "To Bring You My Love". - Martin_Canine

32 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!

This cover was amazing - EliHbk

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33 Star Treatment - Arctic Monkeys
34 Bulletproof - Godsmack

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

LOVE IT but its sag he passed away

35 Shadow of Your Love - Guns N' Roses

Really good song - AliciaMae

Yes! finally some good old rock 'n' roll for 2018

This should be number #1. Great song

Guns N' Roses still going strong! - Userguy44

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36 Church - Fall Out Boy

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

I personally rate Mania as my second favourite FOB Album. I do understand why people don't, it sounds very little like From Under The Cork Tree, but it's what people like generally, so yeah.

The only good song on that terrible album - AliciaMae

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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37 Red Cold River - Breaking Benjamin
38 Eastside - Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid

This song is growing on me. At first I found it kind of bland, especially compared to Halsey's songs as a lead artist, but now I find it somewhat catchy, and Halsey sounds good as always. 7/10 - allamassal

Halsey makes any song better once she sings in it. - sajaaltai

I never really liked khalid or halsey, and I had no idea who benny blanco was until this came out

Actually good. Halsey was better than I expected. 8/10 - PhoenixAura81

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39 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

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

A rap song with an old school Hip Hop instrumental in 2018? With actual lyrical content? NICE! - DANB8

best ever

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40 King's Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake

Love your song

Best part of Black Panther Album along with Pray for Me.

Best song on the whole black panther album


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41 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

42 What It Is - Jonathan Davis

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

It's so beautiful.

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

43 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

44 Morph - Twenty One Pilots

It's so catchy! I can't get enough of this song! The chorus is an earworm and the lyrics are so well written! - Atham

Best song off trench possibly, and one of top's best - thatguy32

This is my favorite song ever. - mistyglow

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 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

Sorry for the people who like it but I found it annoying - diehardfan

Best song off the album - 23MACCAja

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47 When You Die - MGMT
48 Letting You Go - Bullet for My Valentine

Sis maybe the girll dumped him

49 Ghost - Badflower

One of the best songs of 2018. Great sound and thoughtful lyrics.

50 Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne

Looking at what charted in the top 50 on the Billboard Hot 100 this year and seeing this only make #64 makes me disappointed.
Looking at the top 50 of this list and seeing this only at #132? That just feels like an insult.
For me? Best song of the year by a mile. With what Avril Lavigne has endured, and is currently enduring, he deserves to have this song more popular than it actually is. Especially since it's also her best song to date. - tonyb500

Yeah the lyrics are simple (it's one of Avril's greatest strengths and a pretty big weakness) and the "Don't let me drown" line is over emphasised but for a comeback song it's pretty good. Avril sounds amazing on it. - crowdiegal

This is so awesome

Her come back this needs to be top 10 at least

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1. Neon Gravestones - Twenty One Pilots
2. Finesse - Bruno Mars
3. Angel Voices - Virtual Self
1. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes
2. High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco
3. Done for Me - Charlie Puth
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2. Sad! - Xxxtentacion
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