Joey’s Top Ten Songs of 2018

It’s been a great year for music! I don’t have a ton to say. I’m too busy! Look at at the pretty single cover art! That’s always my favorite part of these lists. Unless they didn’t make cover art for the song. That always makes me sad.

10. “Powerglide” by Rae Sremmurd (ft. Juicy J)

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That backing track.

9. “Screwed” by Janelle Monáe (ft. Zöe Kravitz)

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“You’ve fucked the world up now. We’ll fuck it all back down.” Yeah.

8. “Shoota” by Playboi Carti (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)

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There’s just something too glorious about that triumphant, high-riding beat and the way Carti and Vert go off on it.

7. “How Simple” by Hop Along

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Some Hop Along songs sound fiercer, but none sound freer, and I adore the way that bounces off its bittersweet refrain.

6. “Venice Bitch” by Lana Del Rey

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Lana’s fallen off pretty hard from her severely underrated modern classic Born to Die, so I never really expected her to capture my attention quite this much ever again. She did so by totally bamboozling my expectations of what I think she’s willing to try.

5. “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

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Broke: Kanye West pretending he’s Pickle Rick. Woke: Ariana Grande pretending she’s Regina George.

4. “The Story of Adidon” by Pusha T

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Yeah, it’s problematic. Yeah, the shots at 40 are too much. Yeah, I probably won’t go back and reach for this one time and time again. But if you weren’t a little stunned by the Mortal Kombat fatality Push pulled here, I don’t know what to tell you.

Drake telling LeBron that he created a response so brutal to this that it was beneath him is so funny. Like, yeah right dude.

I like this as much as I do because I feel like more than any diss track in history it’s tormented the object of its ire.

3. “Nobody” by Mitski

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I have nothing to say about “Nobody”!

2. “Nice For What” by Drake

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Fucking Drake. The charts point to him basically being the current King of Pop, and even in a year in which his reputation got brutalized (see #4, also Google “Bella Harris”), he not only arguably comes away from 2018 more powerful than ever, but he releases a song that has me playing the best-since game. Best since “Just Hold On”? Since Take Care? “Best I Ever Had”? Maybe his best outright.

I’m never happy loving a Drake song.

1. “Pristine” by Snail Mail

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This was never a particularly close race. I suspect I’m going to write more about this one in its own article pretty soon, so I’ll just say what I always say: I don’t know the last time I’ve been this in love with a guitar sound. Please listen to it.

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