QWEERIST’s top fifty singles of the year featuring Robyn, Troye Sivan and Hayley Kiyoko

It’s safe to say that 2018 has been an… interesting… year. But, say what you will, about everything else, there’s no denying there’s been some pretty great music to get us through the trials and tribulations of the world.

As it is our duty, we felt it was time to share our top fifty singles of the year. We may be a little biased, but we think this is a pretty strong list. The list was compiled together with the thoughts of our small-but-opinionated team, while we also considered the impact each track had. This is by no means the be-all-and-end-all of lists, but we just wanted to show love to some of our favourite tracks of the year. Without further ado, let’s go!

Listen to our top 50 songs of the year on Spotify.


We waited eight years for Swedish pop star Robyn to come back and destroy us sonically and, now we’ve had time to digest the goods, we reckon she did a pretty great job. ‘Honey’ was first teased back in 2017 during an appearance on HBO’s ‘Girls’, but the finished form is just on a whole other level. It definitely stands up amongst ‘Dancing On My Own’ and ‘With Every Heartbeat’.


When Troye Sivan returned with ‘My! My! My!’, we simply weren’t ready to take in all its pure pop brilliance. The single confirmed to us that Troye was a real popstar-in-the-making and was now ready to bring queerness into the mainstream.


In the form of a three-minute track, Hayley Kiyoko went from underground singer to potential superstar. ‘Curious’ is an impressively confident track that oozes attitude and swag, making us all stop and pay attention. The song never gets old, either.


The first of three (!) entries for Charli XCX on our chart, ‘1999’ came after a mixtape resurgance for the British pop star. Having unveiled some already-amazing stand-alone tracks already, she hit us with some PPP (pure pop perfection) with this collab with Mr. Sivan. It’s addictively sweet, but that’s never a bad thing. #SugarRush


Another addictively sweet bop, ‘Strangers’ highlighted to us that Sigrid was deserving of her ‘BBC Music Sound of 2018’ award. Sounding like a pick ‘n’ mix bag of Girls Aloud, Britney, and Rachel Stevens, this is a track that rightfully went top ten in the UK and ensured we all flocked to the dance-floor.

Check out the rest of our top fifty below featuring the likes of MNEK, King Princess, and Ariana Grande.

Be sure to also check out our top thirty albums of 2018 too.

The full list:

  1. Robyn – Honey
  2. Troye Sivan – My! My! My!
  3. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious
  4. Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999
  5. Sigrid – Strangers
  6. MNEK – Tongue
  7. Kim Petras – Heart to Break
  8. King Princess – Pussy Is God
  9. Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
  10. Lizzo – Boys
  11. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
  12. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity
  13. Childish Gambino – This is America
  14. Ariana Grande – thank u, next
  15. Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo
  16. Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
  17. Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour
  18. Charli XCX – Girls Night Out
  19. Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
  20. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
  21. Maggie Lindermann – Obsessed
  22. King Princess – 1950
  23. Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
  24. The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren – Side Effects
  25. Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
  26. Robyn – Missing U
  27. Twin Shadow featuring HAIM – Saturdays
  28. Christine and the Queens – Girlfriend
  29. The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
  30. Charli XCX – Focus
  31. Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
  32. George Ezra – Shotgun
  33. Ariana Grande – god is a woman
  34. Kim Petras – Faded
  35. REYNA – Heartbeat
  36. Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
  37. Rothwell – Left Me at the Party
  38. Betty Who – Ignore Me
  39. Mabel – Fine Line
  40. Aaron Porter – BOY
  41. Call Me Loop – Give ‘N’ Take
  42. Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
  43. Cub Sport – Sometimes
  44. GIRLI – Day, Month, Second
  45. Salt Ashes – Girls
  46. Roisin Murphy – Plaything
  47. Monét X Change featuring Bob the Drag Queen – Soak it Up
  48. Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee – Made for Now
  49. Little Dragon – Lover Chanting
  50. Carly Rae Jepsen – Party for One

Agree? Disagree? Let us know your faves of the year in the comments below.

You can listen to our top 50 songs of the year on Spotify.

Written by QWEERIST editor

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