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!
1. ROBYN – HONEY
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’.
2. TROYE SIVAN – MY! MY! MY!
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.
3. HAYLEY KIYOKO – CURIOUS
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.
4. CHARLI XCX AND TROYE SIVAN – 1999
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
5. SIGRID – STRANGERS
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:
- Robyn – Honey
- Troye Sivan – My! My! My!
- Hayley Kiyoko – Curious
- Charli XCX featuring Troye Sivan – 1999
- Sigrid – Strangers
- MNEK – Tongue
- Kim Petras – Heart to Break
- King Princess – Pussy Is God
- Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
- Lizzo – Boys
- Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss
- Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity
- Childish Gambino – This is America
- Ariana Grande – thank u, next
- Clean Bandit featuring Demi Lovato – Solo
- Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
- Azealia Banks – Anna Wintour
- Charli XCX – Girls Night Out
- Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin – I Like It
- Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow
- Maggie Lindermann – Obsessed
- King Princess – 1950
- Rita Ora – Let You Love Me
- The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren – Side Effects
- Years & Years – If You’re Over Me
- Robyn – Missing U
- Twin Shadow featuring HAIM – Saturdays
- Christine and the Queens – Girlfriend
- The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
- Charli XCX – Focus
- Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
- George Ezra – Shotgun
- Ariana Grande – god is a woman
- Kim Petras – Faded
- REYNA – Heartbeat
- Shawn Mendes – In My Blood
- Rothwell – Left Me at the Party
- Betty Who – Ignore Me
- Mabel – Fine Line
- Aaron Porter – BOY
- Call Me Loop – Give ‘N’ Take
- Little Mix featuring Nicki Minaj – Woman Like Me
- Cub Sport – Sometimes
- GIRLI – Day, Month, Second
- Salt Ashes – Girls
- Roisin Murphy – Plaything
- Monét X Change featuring Bob the Drag Queen – Soak it Up
- Janet Jackson featuring Daddy Yankee – Made for Now
- Little Dragon – Lover Chanting
- Carly Rae Jepsen – Party for One