The Best Songs of 2018 (So Far)

Written by on iulie 10, 2018

When Drake dropped two new songs in the middle of the night back in January, we suddenly had a glimmer of hope that 2018 will be the year we all need. From the bangers to the sad songs to the pop hits in-between, we’re rounding up the best music this year has to offer. Grab your wireless speaker, incessantly blast the playlist below, and proceed to ignore your passive-aggressive neighbors.

„Nice for What” – Drake

Prepare to play this song at every single one of your pre-games. It’s a certified head-banger, and makes our list of top music videos of the year for its star-studded cameos, including Yara Shahidi, Rashida Jones, Issa Rae, Tiffany Haddish, Olivia Wilde, Emma Roberts, Misty Copeland, and more.

„Thru Your Phone” – Cardi B

Cardi B shows off her sultry side on her debut album, Invasion of Privacy. Its 12th track, „Thru Your phone,” is that slow jam you blast on-repeat when your S.O. is quickly about to become your ex. „I went through your phone last night / Saw some things I didn’t like / I went through your phone last night / It’s killing me, killing me, killing me, oh.”

„After the Storm” – Kali Uchis ft. Tyler the Creator

Colombian-American artist Kali Uchis finally started receiving the recognition she deserves in April, when she released her first album, Isolation. „After the Storm” is the epitome of good vibes, and the perfect combination of R&B/soul and rap that also features the inimitable rapper Tyler the Creator.

„Ball for Me” – Post Malone ft. Nicki Minaj

Ball for Me” is one of the best tracks on Post Malone’s new album, Beerbongs & Bentleys. It’s smooth, catchy, and Nicki Minaj is featured, so obviously it can’t get any better.

„Girls Like You” – Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B

While Maroon 5’s „Girls Like You” comes off as a love ballad dedicated to all different types of women in the world, let’s be honest—lead singer Adam Levine is really serenading his wife, Behati Prinsloo (seen at the end of the iconic music video, above). The pop song also features goddess Cardi B, who has a rap solo about three minutes in.

„I’m Upset” – Drake

Soon after Drake released his fiery single „I’m Upset”—which includes lyrics like, „Every month, I’m supposed to pay her bills / And get her what she want / I still got like seven years of doin’ what I want / My dad still got child support from 1991″—Pusha T claimed Drake has a child nobody knows about, which has slightly tainted his good guy image. (Don’t worry Drake, you’re still the same in my eyes.) The song is a reflection of emotions that weren’t expressed as clearly in his last two albums, Views (2016) and More Life (2017).

„Wasted Times” – The Weeknd

Oh, you thought the Weeknd was over Bella Hadid? Even though the pair broke up in 2016, he references Hadid in the sultry „Wasted Times” from his new mini-album, My Dear Melancholy. The pair recently reconnected in Cannes and they may or may not have low-key went Instagram official a few days ago.

„Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B

The „Bodak Yellow” artist collaborated with Bruno Mars to create a remix of his 24k Magic single, „Finesse,” two years after its original release. It has all the *magic* of the original, with the added bonus of Cardi B rapping. You’ll think of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as soon as you hit play.

„Dura” – Daddy Yankee

Write the 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer down on your list of rising artists, and proceed to add this song to your next vacation playlist. Between „Finesse” and „Dura,” it’s the year of ’90s-inspired music videos.

„For You” – Rita Ora and Liam Payne

The sexy ballad stays true to Ora and Payne’s pop roots. Ora starred in the original cast of Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian’s younger sister Mia. Now, she’s focusing on the franchise’s music with this single for the last installment of the series, Fifty Shades Freed. As for Payne, he’s clearly doing well sans boy band.

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