Best Songs of 2018

The Top Ten
High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco Cover Art

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.

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.

Being a fanatic for rock music, I'm so glad this made the list - and at number two! The message is incredible and optimistic. The song itself is catchy and possibly the easiest one to sing in the album.
Although I'm a little sad to not be hearing "Say Amen" as much as I heard this one, I'm still in love with this song!

Panic! has just gotten better and better over the years, even after going through multiple band members, Brendon Urie keeps on carrying along. I'm glad that he's kept the "band" alive after all of these years. I think that the evolution of the band's style is very cool and smooth and keeps fans interested in what's to come next.

Lightning Strike - Judas Priest Lightning Strike - Judas Priest Cover Art

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)

Yes! YES! A perfect song in a crap era of music! This is just what we wanted! I'm sick and tired of hearing oversexual rap, and annoying k pop that keeps on playing on the radio over and over again! Those are sadly the 2 major current genres of this era. And neither of them attracted me. I could not take it. We're currently in a dark and scary era of downhill society and disability, but we will escape this! Infact, rock is one of the most powerful music genres in history. It defined profession, soul, heart, and fun. rap music today has none of that. And that gives a good point, rock music must be on the rise again. I'm not saying it like I'm angry, I'm saying it with hope!

This song is AMAZING! It’s the eighth best song of 2018 in my opinion (behind Monophobia by Deadmau5, Lucid Dream by Owl City, I’ll Rescue You by Dana Jean Phoenix, Neon Paradise by CJ Burnett, The Video Game Champion by Gunship, Adrenaline Burst by Midnight Danger, and From Hell by Dance With the Dead). This is definitely the best metal song of the year (Sea of Red is excellent too). 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.

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

Fast and efficient. No other bands these days can compare. The fact Judas Priest is still making songs like this even today says a lot about the future of metal in the music industry. We need more bands making songs like these.

No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande No Tears Left to Cry - Ariana Grande Cover Art

Usually I don't listen to Ariana Grande because I'm not one of those prissy 17 year old girls with basic personalities that worship Justin Bieber. I'm not actually a fan of pop; I listen to Green Day, Led Zepplin, The Beatles, things like that. But this song is honestly the second best song that she's ever released, because I think Almost is Never Enough is better, and it was covered up in the horrible music era of 2013.

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 prefer Just a Little bit of your heart. This song is kinda repetitive, but the lyrics are good. Grade: B-
By the way, I found out about Just a Little Bit of Your Heart from a NickelbackLinkinPark4Eva list.

I used to cringe at the spoken part when I heard this song, but then it grew on me. Ariana sounds really good here, except maybe the chorus which can be a bit annoying at times, but anyway, the beat is awesome, and the melody just works really well here, and it's also catchy in a good way. 9.5/10

Natural - Imagine Dragons Natural - Imagine Dragons Cover Art

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.

Love this! And also Better Now (Post Malone) and Thunderclouds (LSD) and Pray for Me (The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar) and Look What You Made Me Do (Taylor Swift) and a whole bunch of other songs! 2018 had its ups and downs, for sure.

Listened to this songs a lot of times and enjoyed it a lot I guess, Imagine Dragons write great lyrics and I had to deal with people playing it all the time I guess so I had to deal with liking it.

Over Again - Mike Shinoda Over Again - Mike Shinoda Cover Art

Mike is (kinda) profiting off of Chester's untimely death by immediately releasing music about his death just months after the guy died, then going on touring and stuff.

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.

This song shows how Mike misses and grieves his best friend's death. It has very deep and emotional lyrics which deserves to be at the top

This song killed me. One second I get the Spotify email notification about it and the next I'm a mess crying on the floor.

This is America - Childish Gambino This is America - Childish Gambino Cover Art

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

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.

Unlike some other crappy songs out there that addicted with drugs, in-and-outs, and money. This song is symbolic. According to INSIDER, the music video focuses more on propaganda of racism and violence. It's very unique to see the guitarist and the choir boys getting killed off by a gun.

Also, the pose on Childish Gambino holding a gun represents Jim Crow, a black actor known for being a racist stereotype. Take a look with Judy Garland dressing as a black singing girl in "Everyone Sings" and see what I mean.

It shows references of shooting, so like when the church girls were singing and gambling killed them all, that actually happened irl. Also, it showed that people were too busy dancing and showing off, you couldn't see a guy committing suicide from a height in the background. Also, (some number) of silence to remember the (some same number) of the lives lost in the Valentine’s Day shooting.

In My Blood - Shawn Mendes In My Blood - Shawn Mendes Cover Art

This is my favorite song of the year. The lyrics in this song are very meaningful, especially the line "Sometimes I feel like giving up, but I just can't. It isn't in my blood! ". However, I'm usually more of a melody and beat person when it comes to judging songs, but here the F-Bb-Dm-Bb chord progression works really well along with the melody which sounds amazing, and the beat's pretty good as well. 12/10

I really really like this song! Shawn Mendes is so talented, no wonder people are fans of him. I think he has to be my first favorite male artist ☺

Shawn Mendes isn't a bad artist, I don't why people hate him. Anyways I love this song. I don't like to sing in front of other people but when I hear this song on the radio I just start singing in my mind at first but then all of a sudden I start singing aloud and that makes me feel better when I'm down. Thanks Shawn!

Shawn Mendes is one of my liked artists and as soon as it came out I started listening to it. The song has a really deep meaning, talking about anxiety and so on, it's a sad song if you understand it but it has a peaceful melodic melody within it, making it sound like a song that many people would enjoy.

Shallow - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Shallow - Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper Cover Art

Everyone says that Lady Gaga’s vocal performance is amazing here (which it is, don’t get me wrong) but I think the main highlight is that BOTH Gaga and Bradley Cooper sound solid on their respective verses as well. Either way well done to both artists, this sounds very unique especially for a soundtrack hit. 10/10

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.

I admit making a mistake naming it third greatest song of 2018 two months ago, not best one. Don't get me wrong: Charlotte Gainsbourg's "Lost Lenore" and Childish Gambino's "This is America" are still among the three best songs of last year, but "Shallow" is one of these songs of great traditional songwriting and performance craft, like "Rolling in the Deep" or "Take Me To Church".

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.

Jumpsuit - Twenty One Pilots Jumpsuit - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

This is just simply an epic comeback from a fantastic rock duo who we all knew from 2016. It starts out with a heavy intro, then Tyler’s held-back vocals arrive making this masterpiece even more interesting. In the end, we come to a soft and beautiful bridge that completely turns around the nature of this song, and then we have the best song ending ever, where it turns to the absolute EXTREME!
Overall, another masterpiece from this amazing duo. Welcome back, TOP. 5/5

Thank lord Helix for trench. I LOVE 21 pilots, I listened to vessal when it first came out and was like "Yeah ok" the Blurryface and said "alright not bad. I was seriously worried by the singles that they realesaed, I liked all of them but none seemed like 21 pilots to me, then I heard the full album, besides neon gravestones I think every song on it is a 10/10 even the popular least favorite, (among my friends) leave the city I really loved, Hope that they realese again soon

-soguyswedidit

I’m probably one of their earliest fans, having been around since their eponymous album back in 2009, and all I can say is that I love this new direction, as it lacks the schmaltz of their debut, the annoying drake-esque sound of vessel and has an edgier rock sound that distances this release from their poppier sounding blurryface. It sounds a tiny bit like Alice In Chains, which is cool. Overall, 9/10 will check out trench for sure.

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.

Bad Liar - Imagine Dragons Bad Liar - Imagine Dragons Cover Art

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

Phenomenal song! Should be in the top 5 easily.

Incredible song

The Contenders
Firepower - Judas Priest Firepower - Judas Priest Cover Art

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...

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

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

Lightning strike is good, but this deserves the #1 spot more

All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar & Sza All the Stars - Kendrick Lamar & Sza Cover Art

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!

2018's hit music is legitimately so bad that I decided to forgive Kendrick's performance here, because other than that, it's amazing. 9/10

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

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

Pray for Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar Pray for Me - The Weeknd, Kendrick Lamar Cover Art

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

Both artists did amazing on this song, although The Weeknd's part is the reason I like this song. This song has a cool beat, and is much better than most mainstream rap songs now. 9/10

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

Moonlight - Xxxtentacion Moonlight - Xxxtentacion Cover Art

Would be fine, but the beat sounds broken and X is whiny at some parts of the song..5/5

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

Best rapper of this century with the best music out there

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

Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer Cover Art

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

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.

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

Torn in Two - Breaking Benjamin Torn in Two - Breaking Benjamin Cover Art

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

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

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

Slow Dancing in the Dark - Joji Slow Dancing in the Dark - Joji Cover Art

DarkBoi-X recommended that song to me. I was skeptical because I hate Filthy Frank (he is incredibly obnoxious, the artist of the song is the same guy) but this song is actually decent. I got some S Y N T H W A V E vibes from it.

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)

Neon Gravestones - Twenty One Pilots Neon Gravestones - Twenty One Pilots Cover Art

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.

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.

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

Zombie - Bad Wolves Zombie - Bad Wolves Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

Done for Me - Charlie Puth Done for Me - Charlie Puth Cover Art

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.

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

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

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

Angel Voices - Virtual Self Angel Voices - Virtual Self Cover Art

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.

Edit:
Almost two years later (8/25) I actually love this song. Virtual Self/Porter Robinson is general is one of my favorite artists and this song is a banger.
At the 1:30 second mark, the ghost voice starts then the angel voice takes over and goes back and forth until it's bombastic 2 minute finale.
It's not as good as Key or Ghost Voices but this is still an incredible track nonetheless.

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

This is the one of best electronic songs of 2018. It’s amazing and the synths absulutely RULE. We need more EDM like this. I like Ghost Voices better, but this is an awesome song.

I enjoyed Lucid Dream and I can't decide whether to choose that or High Hopes as the best songs of 2018. Which do you like better and why?

Yep.

Icarus - Dan Owen Icarus - Dan Owen Cover Art

Dan Owen did so well here.
Fun fact: he has one eye.

I felt this song it is incredible.

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

44 More - Logic 44 More - Logic Cover Art

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

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

Logic redeemed himself with this song.

I need some under armor sweatpants

All Out Life - Slipknot All Out Life - Slipknot Cover Art

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

These lyrics are great, for example,
Old does not mean dead, new does not mean best: the date on music is not what matters
I will not worship empty shells: people should not be worshiping pop stars that are empty and have little to no talent
Children are afraid of the gods: kids listen to 🤬 pop music and not metal because they’re afraid of either trying new things or they think that metal is a bunch of people hitting instruments and screaming about satan, both of these things are wrong to do
There are a lot more lyrics in this song with deep meanings and also it’s just awesome
Also my view on modern pop music is that I don’t think it’s the worst thing ever, I just think that it should not be what’s popular when there are a lot of better artists out there who get ignored.

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

Kool song! Hyped for the new album!

Only Acting - Kero Kero Bonito Only Acting - Kero Kero Bonito Cover Art

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.

ALBUM PHOTO. EPILEPSY WARNING.

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