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The 20 Top Songs Of 2018 Reviewed

Comment: Next year I will get it closer, for this year I expanded from best singles to best songs, and topped out at 50 songs without commentary My Top 20 with commentary will hold till the first of the year…

1 – thank u, next – Ariana Grande – Ariana has morphed from Disney actress, little girl, big voice, with a big voice singing crappy r&b to one of the biggest stars in the world. The terrorist attack and subsequent concert in Manchester changed her, and our perception of her, immediately. The album, Sweetener, was especially that, love in the life of tour stops with hooks a plenty. Then the world wind romance with Pete Davidson was followed by Mac Miller’s response and this response, a perfect pop moment and a real and thoughtful response. Reality caught up with Ari and she made cotton candy from it.

2 – Never Be the Same – Camila Cabello – Away from Fifth Harmony, on the heels of “Havana,” this is a song of romantic leverage as drug addiction.

3 – SICKO MODE – Travis Scott – A triumph of song by featured artist being glued together in a different form of whole cloth via tracks.

4 – Crazy, Classic, Life – Janelle Monáe – This is the American dream, a sublime vision of America as it should be and as it is for Janelle.

5 – Issues/Hold On – Teyana Taylor – The entire album is masterful, seven songs, each one as good as the one before it, the promise of Teyana returning to her triumph and extending the songs beyond Ye’s astonishing production, and this song about daddy issues best of all.

6 – Whathegirlmuthafuckinwannadoo (feat. Janelle Monáe) – The Coup, Janelle Monáe – The best Prince steal of the year.

7 – Opening Act (The Shooby Dooby Song) – Bahamas – Shooby Dooby

8 – Better Now – Post Malone – the clip track is just there and then gone and there again -like the girl. Post sings it exceedingly well and raps in tune when necessary.

9 – One Kiss (with Dua Lipa) – Calvin Harris, Dua Lipa – This is Harris at his best, producing astonishing ear candy with the first generation Brit perfecting a sort of distance vibe to let everything else take equal place.

10 – The Middle – Zedd, Maren Morris, Grey – An incredibly great song composed by Sarah Aaron, who wrote that hook on keyboards and mailed to out to Grey…

11 – Pure Cocaine – Lil Baby – Ginna has the voice, Lil Baby has the flow, and the hook? Possibly the best of the year.

12 – Almost Had to Start a Fight/In and Out of Patience – Parquet Courts – The last LES rock band who sound good enough to be contenders in 1978. They’re having an unshakable nightmare.

13 – Codigo – George Strait – A commercial for the Tequila brand he owns… a great commercial.

14 – Body Count (feat. Normani & Kehlani) – Remix – Jessie Reyez, Normani, Kehlani – Is there gonna be a bigger name than Jessie next year? She feels inches from SZA and H.E.R. (and Normani) territory.

15 – symbol – Adrianne Lenker – Haunting indie Americana

16 – My My My! – Troye Sivan – The love cry of the gayteen eighteen.

17 – Good as You – Kane Brown – The bi-racial counry guys wedding song.

18 – FEFE (feat. Nicki Minaj & Murda Beatz) – 6ix9ine, Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz – A nursery rhyme about using everything and everyone, Nicki’s best moment as well.

19 – I Have a Need for Solitude – Mary Chapin Carpenter –  A new version, even quieter, even more beautiful.

20 – This Is America – Childish Gambino – Sure, it needs the video to justify but with the video it is a major statement.

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