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

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!

I am so Homeschooled. I don't even know any of these songs

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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

This song is epic! Love the message it gives, it always puts me in a great mood. (-:

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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!

Yess ariana is our overlord no matter what country you live in

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4 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

The screaming at the end is epic! - Userguy44

Yeahh best song ever #tøpforlife

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5 Over Again - Mike Shinoda

This song killed me inside - growlbunny

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.

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. - RichHomelessGreedyMan


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6 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

It was amazing.

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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

Interesting lyrics and it has a good beat. - Userguy44

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8 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.

i'm glad

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9 Dark Knight Dummo - Trippie Redd

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

Awesome song! - LilPumpTheGod

Why the hell is pretetionous garbage like In My Blood and This Is America above this? That is just so unacceptable. - CharismaticKat

Love it - JazzyJulie

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10 The Mountain - Three Days Grace

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. - 3DG20

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

I totally agree - HollieSwoffs

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The Newcomers

? Northern Lights - Death Cab for Cutie
? Suspirium - Thom Yorke

The Contenders

11 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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12 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

good song - bobthehallwayman

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13 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!

All the stars is and should be the BEST song in the world

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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

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

I don’t like the lyrics to this song at all. It’s really repetitive and the worst way to make a sad song is by saying “I’m sad, I know, yeah.” It’s just really lazy, but I can’t help liking this song. 6/10. - sadical

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15 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

cool man

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16 Angel Voices - Virtual Self

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

mad lit


This is the best electronic song of 2018. It’s amazing and the synths absulutely RULE. We need more EDM like this. - PhoenixAura81

17 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... - CaptainMowzker

One of the best Ember songs

I love BB so much - HollieSwoffs

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18 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!

Yes! a masterpiece!

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19 Youngblood - 5 Seconds of Summer

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

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

This I can agree on.

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20 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

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.

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.

yes please

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21 Stargazing - Travis Scott

Yes. - CharismaticKat


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

23 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

Yeah, this one is really good. Their best song to date. 11/10. - sadical

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24 Moonlight - Xxxtentacion

Rip xxxtentacion

Hell yeah I want to kill myself

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

Funny - JazzyJulie

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25 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

For those asking,this song is a sequel to 44 bars,hence the name 44 more.

Really a great song. I’m not that big of a logic fan, but this is just spitting line after line in a catchy flow and great beat

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26 Fire and Ice - Andrew Swift and Catherine Britt
27 Finesse - Bruno Mars

Why did it even get removed firstly? - StarlightSpanks

Why did this get removed? - Atham

28 Take You Down - Illenium

One of his best songs. The lyrics are more raw and emotional than any of his previous work, and the production is just SO GOOD! As to be expected from Illenium, it's amazing! - Atham

29 Infra-Red - Three Days Grace
30 A Shot - Sarah Blasko
31 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 never expected them to collaborate. I also never expected for it to be this good! - sadical

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32 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

The intro music is really weird, but the song itself is good. - sadical

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33 Monophobia - deadmau5

Weird video but great instrumentals and vocals. Better than Drama Free.

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

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

34 Five More Minutes - Scotty McCreery
35 Lucid Dream - Owl City

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

I LOVE this song. Number 3 for best song of the year for me (number one goes to Lightning Strike by Judas Priest of course and number 2 goes to Angel Voices by Virtual Self). - PhoenixAura81

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

Yes this is an adamazing song - Aquastar77

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36 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. - CrimsonShark

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

Should be Top 10 - vettel7

Slipknot's comeback, and a good song too! Seems unworthy of anything below ~11.

37 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.

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

Best song by far in 2018.

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38 Star Treatment - Arctic Monkeys

I like this song.

39 Over It - Bullet for My Valentine
40 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

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

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41 The Way We Ride - Casey Barnes
42 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

Real FOB fans like this album? - Userguy44

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43 Happier - Marshmello & Bastille

Bastille (EDIT: Meant the vocalist Dan Smith) kinda sounds lackluster (at least to me) and Marshmello could do a better job with the production aside from the drop, but it's alright overall, plus nice lyrics. 6/10 - StarlightSpanks

Ironic the song is named Happier, but still a good song - oneshot

Marshmello did a great jam on this song! 10/10!

My favorite song - bobthehallwayman

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44 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

45 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

46 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

I think this is one of the best song I have heard by him this should be in the top five

Love it sooo much

47 Betrayer - Trivium
48 Strangers - Sigrid
49 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

50 1985 (Intro to "the Fall Off") - J. Cole

This should be #1 - jameshoward

Vote for this!

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

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3. Take You Down - Illenium
1. In My Blood - Shawn Mendes
2. High Hopes - Panic! at the Disco
3. Done for Me - Charlie Puth
1. Lightning Strike - Judas Priest
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