Best Songs of 2018

The Top Ten

Lightning Strike - Judas Priest

Oh hell yeah this song is awesome

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.

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

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

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

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

No, Brendon Urie is just pretentious here and this song absolutely blows. 0/5

I'm not against the message of the song, it's a solid message and I'm a pretty positive person. I just think Brendon Urie's execution was pretty awful here and his vocals were trying too hard. The lyrics are the only thing good about this song but lyrics aren't everything. - AlphaQ

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.

I don't really listen to mainstream pop that much, but this song is a bop

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.

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!

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

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

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.

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.

This deserves to be above High Hopes, this has a message while the latter is just pretentious nonsense.

Natural - Imagine Dragons

How is NTLTC number 3 yet this is 17? This song has stronger vocals, more of a message and solid notes.

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.

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.

This is another masterpiece from the legendary Imagine Dragons

Over Again - Mike Shinoda

This song killed me inside

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.

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.

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.

Who the heck is Judas Priest.

Why the hell does this proudly ignorant comment have 4 likes? Sure, it's okay not to know Judas Priest, but saying it so loudly and getting likes seems just silly. - JoLeKosovo

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...

Should be higher than no tears left to cry.

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 really good. Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga sang this incredibly well and their voices blended perfectly. It is a little overrated and it can get pretty intolerable when I listen to it so much.

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.

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!?

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).

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

Such a bop,prefer the one on youtube to the one on spotify when sza's bit is longer and makes no sense. Otherwise, fantastic. Good beat,good lyrics, easy to sing along to!

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

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.

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.

The Newcomers

? Galactic Achievement - Caspro
? Let's Fall in Love for the Night - Finneas

The Contenders

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!

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.

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

God no! 21 pilots is trash

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.

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

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

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

All Out Life - Slipknot

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

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

Needs to be in top ten

Kool song! Hyped for the new album!

The Mountain - Three Days Grace

This was very good. I enjoyed it better than Lightning Strike. It is 2nd only to High hopes in terms of a motivationalsong. Overall a 7/10.

This song is so go damn boring and generic

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

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

Moonlight - Xxxtentacion

Rest is peace XXXtentacion we will remember you for making amazing music

Hell yeah I want to kill myself

Rip xxxtentacion

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

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.

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.

I love this song, the way tyler wrote it is incredible

Done for Me - Charlie Puth

It should be at least at number 5. It's a pretty good song, to be honest.

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.

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

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

Slow Dancing in the Dark - Joji

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

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)

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

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

One of the best Ember songs

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44 More - Logic

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

Logic redeemed himself with this song.

44 stars out of 5

I need some under armor sweatpants

Bad Liar - Imagine Dragons

This is such a good song! I can't believe that it only got 307!

Incredible song

Zombie - Bad Wolves

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

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?

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

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.

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

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

This is extremely overplayed and overrated.

Lucid Dream - Owl City

This song really deserved more, but 2018 was dominated mostly by trap hip hop music. It’s a shame because the song is really beautiful.

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.

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

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

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.

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!

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

Best song ever...if you don't like Marshmello, you need to listen to him.

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.


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


From Hell - Dance with the Dead

The best song of the year! Loved to Death was a great album, but this is the best song on the album. I love how there are metal guitar parts in SYNTHWAVE! That is genius. Dance With the Dead is one of my favorite synthwave groups and this song is one of the best of the subgenre.

God's Plan - Drake

Okay, Drake is getting kind of lazy and annoying. He doesn't even try anymore, everything that was good about him from So Far Gone and Thank Me Later is no longer there and now he's so generic. He's become such a trend follower. This isn't even rap anymore, I can't wait for J Cole to come back and show these mumble rappers how it's done.

Honestly, I underestimated this song. Probably one of my favorite Drake songs. I'm not really a Drake fan, but his music is alright. My second best behind Pray For Me

She said do you love me I told her only partly I only love my bed and my mama I'm sorry

This is annoying and has lazy lyrics

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.

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

mad lit


Fire and Ice - Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt

I really like the rhythm.

Adrenaline Burst - Midnight Danger

I can't tell you how awesome this song is! The synths are incredible and the guitar work featured in the song is awesome too. This is so awesome that it's my second favorite song of 2018, only behind the masterpiece known as From Hell by Dance With the Dead. I added this here.

Lucid Dreams - Juice WRLD

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

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

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

IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG! This song is one of my favorites, and it's kind of hard for me to like songs, but this is a solid 9/10, a great song with a catchy beat. I just love it!

Bulletproof - Godsmack

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

LOVE IT but its sag he passed away

Easily no 2 on the list

Breathin' - Ariana Grande

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

Deftly produced, catchy, smooth yet explosive, its not even released as a single and already getting higher places on the charts than official songs, that should tell you quite something

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

Ariana has been doing great this year! (With the exception of God is a Woman in my opinion.)

Church - Fall Out Boy

Best song of that garbage can album. 0/5

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

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

Shadow of Your Love - Guns N' Roses

Really good song

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

This was recorded in the 80s but wasn't released till 2018. So yeah, it definitely qualifies for this list.

This was released in 1987 by the way.

A Shot - Sarah Blasko
The Video Game Champion - Gunship

I love this song so much! So much that I consider it the third best song of the year. The lyrics are totally awesome and so are the synths and guitar solo. Ok. Whoever says that only rock and metal have good guitar solos don’t know what they’re TALKING ABOUT! This song has an awesome one and that solo is one of my favorites of the year (besides that guitar part from Adrenaline Burst by Midnight Danger and From Hell by Dance With the Dead). Overall, this song is amazing and it really shows that 2018 was a great year for synthwave.

Lovely - Billie Eilish & Khalid

This song gives me chills...good chills

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

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

Dark Knight Dummo - Trippie Redd

Awesome song!

Eh, it's neither of their best but I don't mind it.

I lovvveee it so much it kills me

Love it

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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

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

Five More Minutes - Scotty McCreery

I like country music and this is one of my favorite songs in country music.

its true

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

An underrated gem of an improvised ambient piano piece.

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.

While this is not the best song of 2018, it is nice to see a Christian song up here. Most rap (not all, 44 More is an exception) is about sex and money, pop songs are almost always about love and blah, a lot of rock and EDM songs are borderline Satanic, but this is about looking to God in times of stress and suffering. That's why I enjoy it.

Why is this on "The best songs of 2018" and The best songs of 2019" lists? It's actually released in 2018, yet it used to be first on the other list. People should pay attention to when a song was released.

Finally, a Christian song to receive recognition. Not one, but TWO (You say)

Betrayer - Trivium
Burn the House Down - AJR

This song is a beast

This is ridiculous. This is one of the best of the year!

I Love the Smelly Feet - Submarine Man

How is this bewftofool song not on this list it is god tier and good song about taking care of your feet am outraged

Over It - Bullet for My Valentine

One of my favorite bands. Matt Tuck forever

It's a beast

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