10. Nicki Minaj, “Barbie Dreams”
Nobody is safe on Her Minajesty’s old-school dis track. Over a sample of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Just Playing (Dreams),” Minaj playfully takes aim at many of her rap counterparts, from ex-boyfriend Meek Mill (“Meek still be in my DMs / I be having to duck him”) to DJ Khaled and his dislike for performing oral sex (“Ain’t no fat n–ga telling me what he ain’t eating”). Well played.
9. Shawn Mendes, “Fallin’ All in You”
The pop-shake heartthrob vanquished arena songs of praise (“In My Blood”) and soul-filled society (“Where Were You in the Morning?”) on his self-titled collection, yet the genuine delegated gem went to a great extent unnoticed. Cowritten by Ed Sheeran, “Fallin'” is Mendes at his best: an acoustic number about sudden love that is along these lines, so flawless. Best Albums of 2018 Opens a New Window.
8. Robyn, “Honey”
The title track from the Swedish pop star’s most recent record experienced a noteworthy advancement. A club-prepared early cut filled in as the score for a 2017 scene in HBO’s Girls, yet the blustery last form wasn’t discharged until this fall. At last, Robyn’s consistently changing work of affection satisfied.
7. Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”
The infectious earworm dominated airwaves for much of 2018. (It even appeared in a Target commercial!) During a summer where pop-country crossovers were all the rage — Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha’s “Meant to Be,” to name another — “The Middle” came out on top, thanks to Morris’ oh-so-beltable chorus.
6. Kacey Musgraves, “Space Cowboy”
The country star’s insightful breakup ballad may have the same title as ‘NSync’s ‘00 bubblegum jam, but don’t let that fool you. Instead, Musgraves uses it as a play on words: “You can have your space, cowboy / I ain’t gonna fence you in.” It doesn’t get more clever than that.
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5. Travis Scott and Drake, “Sicko Mode”
The beat of the rap moguls’ mind-bending smash changes about 15,000 times. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but it certainly feels that way — and it somehow works. The topsy-turvy vibe is fitting considering Scott named his album Astroworld after a now-shuttered theme park in his hometown of Houston. The only thing that makes it even better is Drake’s verse, which is frankly better than most on his own 2018 disc, Scorpion.
4. Childish Gambino, “This Is America”
The switches between harmony and discord on Donald Glover’s political single are intended to be unsettling. Hidden behind a smile, the multihyphenate paints a brutally honest portrait of black America. It’s so much more than just a song or commentary on racism and violence — it’s art.
3. Lady Gaga, “Always Remember Us This Way”
Indeed, “Shallow” was a minute in A Star Is Born. It even earned proficient performer and beginner artist Bradley Cooper two Grammy gestures. In any case, “Dependably Remember Us This Way” is the best melody in Gaga’s broad index since “Awful Romance.” The piano-determined tragedy makes Us wish that Ally wasn’t only a film character. Fortunately, Gaga is one damnation of an option. Best Celebrity Music Video Cameos Ever
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”
The Bronx rapper’s take on reggaeton turns out to be the ultimate block party. Her effortless sample of Pete Rodriguez’s boogaloo classic paired with red-hot guest verses from Bad Bunny and J Balvin make this tune simply irresistible. It’ll be played for many summers to come.
1. Ariana Grande, “Thank U, Next”
Subsequent to dropping a collection blended with surefire hits (“God Is a Woman” and “Breathin”) and disillusioning duds (“Blazed” and “Marginal”), pop’s sparkling demonstration came through with the best melody of 2018. In a world loaded up with ever-enigmatic Taylor Swifts and Justin Biebers, it’s invigorating to hear Grande expressly name-drop her exes Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, Pete Davidson and the late Mac Miller with beauty while murmuring about the significance of self esteem. Expedite the following period, Ari.