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Top 50 Songs - Midyear 2018

Top 50 Songs - Midyear 2018

How can we define music so far in 2018? Something of a surprise! (And quite a welcome one.) The year started off slowly but it quickly has built up to be exciting and dynamic, for new and established artists alike. For my top songs list, I whittled things down from about 90 tracks and had to make some difficult cuts. The end list, however, represents a wide array of genres, from Peggy Gou's elastic house banger to Jean Deaux's silky hip hop track to SOPHIE's pop reimagining of a Madonna classic.

The top 10 tracks, in particular, are all so strong. U.S. Girls, whose album ranks as one of the year's best, come in at number 10 with "Pearly Gates." Four of the top tracks feature artists without full LPs (and two without any EPs - yet). This is a testament to the high standards and creativity so many young artists have demonstrated in recent years. Some of the tracks are energetic fun, like Azealia Bank's "Anna Wintour," which blends house music and rap seamlessly. (It's also her career best song.) Others are more contemplative, like Snail Mail's "Deep Sea," a track that shows how an 18 year old can infuse indie rock tracks with tenderness and space for reflection.

50.            Ocean Floor – Jungepussy ft. WIKI

49.            Sugar B – Zaki Ibrahim

48.            Han Jan – Peggy Gou

47.            Blossom (Wasting My Time) – Soccer Mommy

46.            The Dreamer Is Everyone In Her Dream – Jenny Hval

45.            St. Lucia – Bernice

44.            Say My Name – NIKI

43.            Give Her Money – Maliibu Mitch

42.            Burn So Deep – Jimmy Edgar ft. DAWN

41.            Miami – Kali Uchis ft. BIA

40.            Don’t Beat the Girl out of My Boy – Anna Calvi

39.            Nont For Sale – Sudan Archives

38.            Post-Urban – Bonjay             

37.            Believe – Amen Dunes

36.            The Good Side – Troye Sivan

35.            Sinner – Ric Wilson ft. Kweku Collins, Nick Kosma, RaneRaps

34.            Egyptian Luvr – Rejjie Snow ft. Aminé, Dana Williams

33.            Black Walls – Chromatics

32.            Don’t Miss It – James Blake

31.            Opps – Vince Staples ft. Yugen Blakrok

30.            One Kiss – Calvin Harris ft. Dua Lipa

29.            Now U Got Me Hooked – Against All Logic

28.            SSN (They Say) – Jean Deaux

27.            Fist of Fury – Kamasi Washington

26.            Delphine – Kadhja Bonet

25.            Pillar of Truth – Lucy Dacus

24.            All My Dreams (Radio Edit) – Róisín Murphy

23.            Silt – Half Waif

22.            Short Court Style – Natalie Prass

21.            Purity – A$AP Rocky ft. Frank Ocean

20.            Honesty – Tune-Yards

19.            Nameless, Faceless – Courtney Barnett

18.            Young Boy (Marika in Amerika) – Gang Gang Dance

17.            Lord – Young Fathers

16.            String – Emilie Nicolas

15.            Thanks 4 Nothing – Nilüfer Yanya

14.            Bubblin – Anderson .Paak

13.            Nice For What – Drake

12.            Bickenhead – Cardi B

11.            Screwed – Janelle Monáe (ft. Zoë Kravitz)

10.            Pearly Gates – U.S. Girls

9.              Love Me Right – Amber Mark                

8.              Oh, What A World – Kacey Musgraves

7.              Make Out In My Car (James Blake Version) – Moses Sumney

6.              Deep Sea – Snail Mail

5.              No Más – Rubby   

4.              Immaterial - SOPHIE

3.              Black Car – Beach House

2.              Anna Wintour – Azealia Banks

1.              Heaven’s Only Wishful – MorMor



Deep Sea

Deep Sea