Best Songs of 2018

The Top Ten

1 Lightning Strike - Judas Priest

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

People suffered through music that annoyed them. This is probably the only way to make 2018 look like a good year for music. (Just Probably) - LightningStrike

Oh hell yeah this song is awesome - christangrant

The only list in the world to feature a metal song on top from all over the world...finally I am ready to die...

Even if it's not the best song on FIREPOWER, when it comes down to it, I gotta make sure that badass classic heavy metal triumphs over talentless garbage. - FacUtGaudeam

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2 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

This was actually good, props to Ariana Grande. - NickelBackLinkinPark4Eva

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!

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

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3 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

I love Panic! At The Disco. I am a total fan. However, if I'm being honest, this song is way overplayed. I liked it when I first heard it, then people started playing it way too much. Panic has had some better songs from some of their older albums. Modern Panic isn't that bad, but their old songs are better, in my opinion. If you really want to listen to some good Panic! At The Disco songs listen to Memories, This is Gospel, Girls/Girls/Boys, Emperor's New Clothes, Collar Full, Nicotine, Northern Downpour, or any other Panic song that isn't this one, to be honest. People started judging P! ATD based on this song, but before you judge, listen to some of their other songs. This really is an amazing band.

I remember when they played this when I graduated fifth grade... love it

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4 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

The music video is what makes the experience. Considering the song is not nearly as strong by itself it doesn't deserve a spot in the top 10 - top 10 most important songs, maybe? By itself it's quite a fragmented, unmemorable piece.

So deep. Totally should be #1 here. Ariana is ass and High hopes should've won a grammy for "Most Overplayed Song of 2018". Music video is really needed for the full picture here.

This should be higher than No Tears Left To Cry. That song is pretty good, but This is America is definitely way better.

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5 Firepower - Judas Priest

Who the heck is Judas Priest. - Luckys

Why is Judas Priest so high up. He should be #50 - swagraccoon

The greatest song of 2018 in my opinion! - Peppapigsucks

Best riff, best solo, best rhythm

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6 All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar & Sza

This song is so incredible, beautiful, and amazing! It's such a shame of how underrated this is!

This song is awesome. Black Panther had a great soundtrack (well, this song and Pray for Me). - PhoenixAura81

Got robbed for the Grammy - 23MACCAja

Should be number 1 - 23MACCAja

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7 Over Again - Mike Shinoda

Sometimes, sometimes you don't say goodbye once, you say goodbye over and over and over again, over and over and over again- Mike Shinoda, (I can see why this is the highest sad song of 2018, although This Is America, High Hopes and Lucid Dream- Owl City almost took my vote,)

Definitely not the most favourite song in Post Traumatic, but sure deserves it's place. - Rigel

This whole album was great - xEliHbkx

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.

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8 Shallow - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper

I watched A Star is Born yesterday (2/23/19, it was amazing) and I planned on not listening to the song until I watched it despite the hype (and the Grammy performance). This song is amazing and probably the best song in a movie ever. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sang this incredibly well and their voices blended perfectly. - PhoenixAura81

Okay to everyone above, you are not better than shallow. coming from a a lady gaga stan, you do not know how hard she has worked to get here and I am deeply offended that you rank her song, shallow, this low.

Excellent song and movie! Thank you Gaga and Cooper for putting in such a moving performance. And who knew bradley could sing as well!? - EditorsPick

The most overused song of the century. What a feat. - swagraccoon

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9 Jumpsuit - Twenty One Pilots

Though I do think Blurryface is better than Trench and Stressed Out better than this song I still really enjoy this song. I like the how aggressive it is in the Chorus and how it calms down in the verses. 8/10 would recommend. - FetusDeletus

I don't like their new album but I love the rest of their music

This is so much better than Stressed Out. - Userguy44

God no! 21 pilots is trash - CaptDeadeye

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10 Pray for Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar

I really liked this song until I heard all the stars. - swagraccoon

This song is awesome. This and All the Stars are the best Black Panther songs. - PhoenixAura81

A great song that has the pleasure of being on a great film soundtrack. What more could you want?

This song is dah bomb

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The Newcomers

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? Be Legendary - Pop Evil UListen to Sample

The Contenders

11 Angel Voices - Virtual Self

This "song" makes absolutely no sense. And it is NOT the best electric song of the year. That award goes to Lucid Dream by Owl City. - JasePowers

More people need to listen to Porter Robinson/Virtual Self. This is easily one of the best Virtual Self tracks. - Atham

mad lit


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12 Slow Dancing in the Dark - Joji

I honestly prefer YEAH RIGHT over this. But this is also enjoyable. - swagraccoon

Oh my god you look just like shakira no no you're catherine zeta actually my names marina

They played this at prom and it just brings back warm memories.

He went from STFU to this work of art. (Not saying STFU isn't a work of art either) - Atham

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13 44 More - Logic

I need some under armor sweatpants

If anyone doesn't take Logic seriously, than listen to this. It will shut all of them up.

44 stars out of 5

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

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14 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

Come on people
This is the best time of all time


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15 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

If you click on the blue cross, and it goes to post, does that mean you voted again and you can comment? - RioVale

One, I'm surprised that this is on this list but two, I am extremely happy to see it on here. This song was awesome! - RioVale

I love BB so much - HollieSwoffs

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16 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

This is extremely overplayed and overrated. - Userguy44

One of the best songs ever

An amazing song and definitely should be higher up

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17 The Mountain - Three Days Grace

Yes best band out there rock on

This song is so go damn boring and generic

I totally agree - HollieSwoffs

This song isn't about love, s3x, partying or breakups. It's about going through hard times and not giving up. It should be in the top ten. Definitely one of my favourite songs of the year. - CharismaticKat

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18 Done for Me - Charlie Puth

Love Charlie Puth

Charlie is best here in this list.

I agree that Charlie puth has gotten way better he was the first artist that I really liked there concert.

Very meaningful lyric

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19 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

It the best song!

She completely sold out just like Maroon 5, not good at all. This shouldn't even be on the list. - CharismaticKat

This song helps through tough times

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20 Lucid Dream - Owl City

It suffers from minor mixing issues and Owl City's common problem of writing cheesy lyrics that only sometimes work, but it's still a really great song. - Atham

I love Lucid Dream. It's one of only a few songs that can take me to a galaxy of my imagination. - GeneralJP

Amazing song - FlareLightX

This was a creative masterpiece. It reminded me of what Adam used to do. Glad he hasn't lost his touch.

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21 Only Acting - Kero Kero Bonito

Dang, how many shrimps did these guys eat? How did they go from Trampoline to Death Grips?
KKB managed to make a big change in their signature sound while keeping their charm and identity. The lyrics for this song are thoughtful, catchy, and more serious than KKB's previous work. The experimental noise parts sound cool as hell, and shows their will to take risks and experiment with their new material. Definitely one of my new favorite KKB songs. - Atham


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22 Icarus - Dan Owen

Dan Owen is a singer-songwriter from the UK who released his first album "Stay Awake With Me" yesterday (it's a great album, check it out if you like pop, rock and blues) but I have to say I am really loving "Icarus" - a song about drug abuse, that chorus sends a real chill down my spine and Dan's vocals are incredible - crowdiegal

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23 Dark Knight Dummo - Trippie Redd

Painfully bad, and I actually sort of like Trippie Redd and think he has potential, but not when he works with "artists" like Travis Scott and Young Thug. - DaWyteNight

Why'd this drop to 23? - CharismaticKat

Yes, now get this into the top 30. One of my fave songs ever and Trippie is lit. - CharismaticKat

Awesome song! - LilPumpTheGod

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24 Moonlight - Xxxtentacion

Best rapper of this century with the best music out there

I like gospel - XXXtentacion, Rich Brian. Better. - swagraccoon

Hell yeah I want to kill myself

Spotlight uh - The_Almighty_Loaf

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25 Fire and Ice - Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt

I really like the rhythm.

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26 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

Absolutely wonderful - an anthem for our times! The shocking Don't give up" when all seems lost. Just the opposite of what everyone wants to do.

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

Shawn Mendes is a garbage artist. His music gets overplayed all the time and only exists to annoy people.

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27 Ashes - Céline Dion

Best song by far in 2018.

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

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

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28 Lucky You - Eminem

Every song in Kamikaze but Nice Guy is great and I would recommend who was missing out on mmlp2 style eminem. This song however, is the most popular one on the album so I'm voting for this. Anyone who says "the rap songs in Eminem's Kamikaze album are trash for the most part" (yes I'm talking to you) probably couldn't catch the bars in the song because they were too fast for most people. This is why his classics blew up so much. Bars with a slow pace that is good enough for the common person the comprehend. I personally like the fast flow more so Kamikaze is my go to album as well as N9NA by tech n9ne. Yall crazy if you think moonlight, no tears left to cry and young blood are better than this fire probably just haven't listened to this yet.

This is definitely Em's best song since Rap God. I was always concerned how he would sound with a more modern trap-inspired production, but he still sounds great here. Joyner Lucas (the "I'm Not Racist" guy who's underrated as hell) is a rare rapper that's able to match Eminem's speed and intensity in one of of his songs, and the two sound absolutely great together. For anyone who was let down by Revival, I seriously recommend this song to you. - phillysports

The rap songs in Eminem’s Kamikaze album are trash for the most part. This song however, is great. Joyner Lucas shows his talent with his smooth voice as he spits fire. Eminem shows he still has ability as he lets loose a barrage of top-notch rhymes at mumble rappers. All this is constructed on a stellar beat. So yes, this is the best song of 2018.

This is way too low. This song is great - ShrekTheGoat

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29 Infra-Red - Three Days Grace UListen to Sample
30 A Shot - Sarah Blasko UListen to Sample
31 Bulletproof - Godsmack

LOVE IT but its sag he passed away

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

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32 Zombie - Bad Wolves

Even though this song was originally released in 1993, for a completely different reason, it manages to stay relevant today!

This is actually one of the best covers I've heard in a longgg time - xEliHbkx

This song is almost haunting. Incredibly well done, Great tribute to Dolores. 10/10 for me - Revrad

its gay - coolthickynickey

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33 Lovely - Billie Eilish & Khalid

This song talks about their depression and mental issues while distributing an amazing and calming sound. I love Billie Eilish and Khalid's voices together. Billie Eilish is the BEST!

This is one of my favorites from Billie! - PandasNGaga

I liked it, until I heard a million times. - Luckys

This is a goos song. I love how their voices sound together. The song is very peaceful. - SadEpicBadical

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34 All Out Life - Slipknot

Needs to be in top ten

I love it. - Not_A_Weeaboo

Taking cues back from Iowa eh? Regardless, it's a great song, and it proves Slipknot is still as strong as ever. - CrimsonShark

Best song of 2018 and one of Slipknot's best period! - JarfDorkis

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35 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille

I hate this garbage. Its overused while at the same time overrated. Marshmello is overrated as well. It is the definition of autistic music. Its only existing to roblox players and 11 year olds. This is my opinion. -634 / 5. overrated garbage. - swagraccoon

I sing it a lot, my cousins also likes it in there birthday. I like BTS but marshmello is really okay too! I wish Happier was number 1. Alone should be number 38 okay. I still like you BTS k!

This is a hot flaming pile of trash.

It is a amazing song with so many happy or sad moments one of my top 10 favorites!

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36 Five More Minutes - Scotty McCreery

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37 Sunflower - Post Malone & Swae Lee

This song makes me laugh, because it makes me think of those late-summer and fall flowers.

Why is this not among the top ten

Nothing against Post, but Swae Lee's verse was better, in my opinion.

Great lyrics, sick beat, nice production. Not to mention I like both of these artist's parts here. Especially Swae Lee's verse. 9/10 - StarlightSpanks

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38 You Don't Have to Say You're Okay - Xeuphoria

An underrated gem of an improvised ambient piano piece. - Atham

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40 Breathin' - Ariana Grande


I've heard some good things about this, and yeah, it is pretty good. Ariana has some great spotlight moments, just that some places here sound a bit "held back". 7/10 - StarlightSpanks

This is like No Tears Left to Cry in that it's a nice, catchy, and enjoyable tune, but at the same time also has a kind of bittersweet feel to it. Ariana's been doing pretty good this year, and in fact, this song is just as good as her other two hits off Sweetener. 4/5 - allamassal


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41 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

This makes XXXTentacion's Sad look like Rebecca Black's Friday by comparison when it comes to quality. This is the proper way to bring up suicide in a song and have it fully work, not threatening someone to take your own life if they leave you.

I love this song, and the meaning behind it is absolutely awesome. I love how Tyler can just take a topic that is extremely hard to write about and make something that is so creative and inspiring.

Why did this drop... - sadical

I think the only thing keeping it up so high was my remix. When I moved some things around on it I moved this a little lower because it had grown off me a little and I found some songs I enjoyed just as much if not more. - Atham

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42 Eastside - Benny Blanco, Halsey & Khalid

It's a cool song

Annoying, Halsey is okay but Khalid on the other hand not so much. It's very mediocre if you ask me. - CharismaticKat

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

ye - coolthickynickey

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43 Star Treatment - Arctic Monkeys

I like this song.

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44 Over It - Bullet for My Valentine

It's a beast

One of my favorite bands. Matt Tuck forever

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45 Stargazing - Travis Scott

Much better than sicko mode in my opinion

Yes. - CharismaticKat


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48 Eternal Ending - Kobaryo

So this is it then. This is the song that showed me speedcore is actually a really cool genre when it isn't far too experimental to be enjoyable. I love this so much. Kobaryo really knows how to blend pretty pianos and synths with energetic melodies, blaring leads, and blazing fast and chaotic percussion. - Atham

Japanese speedcore is the best speedcore - Atham

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49 Church - Fall Out Boy

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.

Real FOB fans like this album? - Userguy44


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

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50 Back to You - Selena Gomez

Overrated trash - ShrekTheGoat

This is the best song of Selena's solo career without question, she sounds fantastic on it. Selena, stick with the EDM/pop because it works better for you than that Bad Liar and Fetish rubbish you released last year. Great song. Proud to say this has been a hit in Australia. - crowdiegal

This song is stuck in my head, and I can't get it out of it! If I could turn the radio on again, I know I'd listen to this song. 9/10 - allamassal


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2. Angel Voices - Virtual Self
3. Slow Dancing in the Dark - Joji
1. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes
2. High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco
3. Done for Me - Charlie Puth
1. Icarus - Dan Owen
2. Fire and Ice - Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt
3. A Shot - Sarah Blasko

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