The Top 10 Songs of 2018

The Top 10 Songs of 2018

#10: “Pick Up”/ DJ Koze

Many times in life, and also in music, less is more. German producer DJ Koze proves this as his single loop of unparalleled precision and catchiness carries sampled vocals from Gladys Knight on this standout from his sprawling electronic record Knock Knock. There’s a stunning juxtaposition here that merits attention; a combination of upbeat house grooves and bittersweet melancholy.

#9: “In My Dreams”/ Kali Uchis

Colombian-American Kali Uchis displays synth-pop perfection over a concise, upbeat keyboard riff, complete with a cameo from none other than Damon Albarn. An effortless transition from the catchy “oh-oh-oh” lines of the verses into its soaring chorus comes complete with some serious demonstration of her impressive vocal range through the coda; this is a track to escape to.

#8: “Some Kind Of Game”/ A.A.L.

Nicolas Jaar expands upon his trademark psychedelic electronica for hard house beats on this intense, relentless banger. Precise and dance floor ready, this track is seemingly never-ending, and the attention to detail is flawless between its perfectly integrated sampling and the crucial moment early-on where the beat drops altogether.

#7: “Slow Burn”/ Kacey Musgraves

The opening track from the country singer’s breakthrough crossover album is much more than a Taylor Swift moment, as rich production combines with Musgraves’ soothing, warm vocals all above a spot-on melody. This became the song of the summer for those less inclined towards silly, poppy rap songs- it encapsulated everything a summer anthem should be, with a chill vibe in terms of both sound and theme.

#6: “Fly”/ Low

What we have here is an exquisite use of space and restraint, with “Fly” serving as the perfect tone setter early on the devastating slowcore epic Double Negative. A softly rolling bass line picks up subtle piano chords intermittently beneath Mimi Parker’s gorgeous falsetto as pleads, “Take my weary bones/ And fly…”

#5: “Lifetime”/ Yves Tumor

There wasn’t any other song this year that had as much going on as this one- forceful, cascading percussion, haunting piano lines, subtly intertwined horn elements- all behind forefront vocals. AND I MISS MY BROTHERS!!!

#4: “Suspirium”/ Thom Yorke

Perhaps Yorke’s defining moment as a solo artist, “Suspirium” drifts beneath a haunting piano line that is at once foreboding and impossibly gorgeous, a combination that he has mastered in his work with Radiohead. Subtle flute elements add texture and beauty, while of course there is that trademark falsetto holding it all together.

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