Our Favorite Music of 2018

Kanye’s fall into chaos is the perfect metaphor for Earth in 2018. Everything is a hot mess and we aren’t really sure if we’re going to survive. Luckily, we will always have music to get us through the toughest and messiest of times.

2018 started loud and proud with Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack. Lana Del Rey became a champion of the people and let Kanye and Azealia Banks have it. Taylor Swift let everyone know her political standing, much to the hatred of Facebook moms. Cardi B became the first woman in hip hop to have three number ones on the Billboard charts. Janelle announced her pansexuality and gave us one hell of a love letter to Tessa Thompson. All these things and more gave us small glimpses of hope throughout this tough year. While our world may be on fire, at least we have lists. Everyone loves lists. Here is our list of our favorite tracks, EPs and albums of 2018:

Top Tracks

30. Dorian Electra – “Career Boy”
29. Keke Palmer – “Better To Have Loved”
28. Rina Sawayama – “Cherry”
27. Summer Walker – “Girls Need Love”
26. LP – “Recovery”
25. Sigrid – “High Five”
24. Mitski – “Nobody”
23. Utada – “Anata”
22. Troye Sivan – “Bloom”
21. Lykke Li – “utopia”
20. Chloe x Halle – “The Kids Are Alright”
19. Belanova – “Nada Es Igual”
18. Kacey Musgraves – “Slow Burn”
17. Florence + The Machine – “Hunger”
16. Ariana Grande – “thank u, next”
15. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
14. AURORA – “Queendom”
13. Janelle Monáe – “I Like That”
12. Years & Years – “If You’re Over Me”
11. Ciara – “Level Up”
10. Clean Bandit – “Baby” (feat. Marina & Luis Fonsi)
9. Dagny – “Used To You”
8. Hayley Kiyoko – “What I Need” (feat. Kehlani)
7. ROSALÍA – “MALAMENTE (Cap.1: Augurio)”
6. Prinze George – “Airborne”
5. Robyn – “Missing U”
4. Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Charli XCX – “No Angel”
2. Kendrick Lamar, SZA – “All The Stars”
1. SOPHIE – “Immaterial”

Top EPs

5. ALMA – Heavy Rules Mixtape
4. King Princess – Make My Bed
3. Prinze George – Airborne EP
2. Sigrid – Raw
1. AURORA – Infections of a Different Kind (Step 1)

Honorable Mention Albums

5. Kate Nash – Yesterday Was Forever
4. Lily Allen – No Shame
3. Allie X – Super Sunset
2. BROCKHAMPTON – iridescence 
1. Lykke Li – so sad so sexy

Top Albums

10. The Internet – Hive Mind

9. Blood Orange – Negro Swan

8. Robyn – Honey

7. SOPHIE – Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides 

6. cupcakKe – Ephorize

5. ROSALÍA – El mal querer

4. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

3. Cecil Frena – The Gridlock

2. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer

1. Tierra Whack – Whack World

Not only did Tierra Whack put out the best album this year, she also released the best video. Whack World is a visual album that somehow manages to package track after track of genre-bending beauty into just 15 minutes. While it may be the shortest album of the year, it doesn’t waste a single moment of its brief length. Each track tells it’s own unique story and showcases Tierra’s wide range of rapping and singing talents. The album is bittersweet. With each gorgeous track coming in at one minute, you’re always hungry for more. We are eagerly awaiting for what Tierra is serving next.

You can listen to all the best songs of 2018 on Spotify below. Let us know your favorite tracks and albums of 2018 in the comments!

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