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HOT AND BOTHERED IN 2018: THE SONGS OF THE YEAR


The desperados may be threatening to burn this world down but with the songs of 2018 – in text and in handy plug-in-and-keep playlists - you can turn off the radio, shut the blinds, turn up the speakers, and dance, or sing, or lie down and cry quietly, or get close to someone you loved and whisper in their ear, “thank you, next”.

Or, and here’s a thought, get up now and buy actual copies of these songs, or more songs, by these artists. Feed a musician!

So, these are my songs of the year. It’s not unequivocally the best songs (let’s not get into that argument), nor the ones that sold the most, not necessarily the ones which moved the culture forward or were even released as stand-alone tracks (remember when we called them singles?).

Nope, just songs that got played a lot around here, often ending up on one of my weekly playlists, and which I reckon tell us something about 2018. Or at least how it played out in my head.

Given there was the rule we could only have one song per artist, some people – and I’m looking at you with an apology Kylie Minogue, Tracey Thorn, Presets, Robyn, Okenyo, Miss Blanks – were a bit short-changed as some of my favourite songs of 2018 didn’t make the cut.

But keep an eye out for albums of the year tomorrow and you might find some extra material in that accompanying playlist.

For now, you can hear all of these songs-of-the-year in two easy to digest playlists cunningly engineered to be exactly 95 minutes long - scientifically proven* to be the ideal listening length.

CLICK HERE FOR SONGS OF 2018 PART 1

CLICK HERE FOR SONGS OF 2018 PART 2

So here, in no particular order, because this site doesn’t do star ratings and rankings are for the anally retentive and friendless, here are 50 songs that made 2018 a fine year.

*don’t ask for proof.

RAINING GLITTER – Kylie Minogue

THIS BITCH – Miss Blanks and Dugong Jr

HOUSE PARTIES AND BLACK BALLOONS - Captives

APESHIT – The Carters

20/20 - Okenyo

MY PEOPLE – Remi and Thando

MAKE ME FEEL – Janelle Monae

CRIPPLING SELF DOUBT AND A GENERAL LACK OF CONFIDENCE – Courtney Barnett

THE COMEBACK KID – Lindi Ortega

AN AIR CONDITIONED MAN – Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

BETWEEN THE LINES - Robyn

THANK U, NEXT – Ariana Grande

MY MY MY! – Troye Sivan

SAVE SOME LOVE – Handsome

THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino

BAD BAD NEWS – Leon Bridges

NEED YOU – Flight Facilities with Nika

MOLOTOV – Kira Puru

HARD FEELINGS – Antony & Cleopatra

SHORT COURT STYLE – Natalie Prass

FACES – Holy Holy

YOUR TRUE NAME – The Radio Dept.

HOLD ON KID – Shogun And The Sheets

BRING MY WALLS DOWN – Bloods

FAR TOO LATE – Mojo Juju

BLACK MAGIC – Baker Boy and Dallas Woods

GUITAR – Tracey Thorn

I’M NOT OK – H.E.R.

NORTHERLY – Laura Jean

DARWIN HEAT – Evelyn Ida Morris

TO LIVE A LIFE – First Aid Kit

SCHOOL OF DESIGN – Tiny Ruins

LOVE DECLINE – Abbe May

KAIJUFREM – Roman Filiu

ARGUING WITH GHOSTS – Gretchen Peters

NOBODY GETS WHAT THEY WANT ANYMORE – Marlon Williams with Aldous Harding

ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD – The Milk Carton Kids

REDEMPTION – Zacari and Babes Wodumo

EYES – Rufus Du Sol

YOU LET MY TYRES DOWN – Tropical Fuck Storm

THE ECHO FORGETS – George FitzGerald

TWO COLD NIGHTS IN BUFFALO – Courtney Marie Andrews

PG13 – Ara Koufax

A DOG WITH A BONE – Palace Of The King

TOOLS DOWN – The Presets

OFF MY MIND – Shelby Lynne

SHE REMEMBERS EVERYTHING – Rosanne Cash and Sam Phillips

LOVES LIES – Khalid and Normani

ALL THAT I SEE – Matt Corby

ALMOST HAD TO START A FIGHT/IN AND OUT OF PATIENCE – Parquet Courts

Tomorrow: the best albums of 2018.


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