We just got 2018’s Jolene so does anything else really matter?
10. Clean Bandit – Playboy Style (Feat. Charli XCX & Bhad Bhabie)
This may be the most unlikely trio of the year but it’s a glorious pop moment. Charli and Bhad Bhabie were strangely meant to break the rules together and give a poignant middle finger here.
9. Blithe – Work It Out
This is one of those songs you know you’re going to hit repeat on the second it bubbles in. It’s feel-good, melodic pop song that doesn’t try anything too tricky and that’s exactly what we’re in the mood for.
8. Grimes – We Appreciate Power (Feat. HANA)
Grimes has delivered the A.I. anthem we really didn’t need but suddenly want. She’s had a questionable year but it’s difficult to deny her ability to make something bonkers sound instantly iconic. It’s a heavy metal/electronica wild ride that very few could pull off.
7. Rina Sawayama – Flicker
Rina Sawayama is back with another triumphant pop moment for 2018, delivering Flicker. Flicker is a soulful, valiant pop song that chooses individuality over the mainstream.
6. Sampa The Great – Energy
Sampa just gets more and more powerful as a lyricist and Energy is her finest piece of work today. It’s powerful and feminine, sounding like it’s been crafted by the universe and handed to Sampa to deliver.
5. Kaytranada – Nothling Like U (Feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
We should’ve known Kaytranada and Ty would be the perfect match. They both have seperately defined the sound of modern RnB and together they’ve crafted something impossibly slinky and effortless.
4. The 1975 – I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)
The 1975 leave it right to the final moment of their latest album A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships to make their biggest statement to date. This is a large-scale yet intimate triumph that soars into the heavens at the same speed it comes back down to earth.
3. Dounia & Kehlani – Rich Girl Mood
Our first introduction to Dounia was seeing her in the video for her Kehlani collab Rich Girl Mood which sees them both flashing cash after robbing a store. Her project The Avant-Garden was released this week and it’s brilliant.
2. Kwame – Clouds
Kwame is the best new Australian artist for 2018 and Clouds is just further proof of that. The Sydney rapper has delivered once again with a glassy, industrial rap track that revolves around his unforgiving flow.
1. Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like A Heart
Kacey Musgraves’ High Horse has a sudden rival for best country/disco song of the year. It’s a category that hasn’t been heavily populated in the past but that’s about the change thanks to this song. This is a moody, powerful dance tune that perfectly blends both Ronson and Cyrus’ strengths.
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