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The 101 Best Songs of 2018

This year gave us a Post Malone song we wish we didn’t like so much, a bunch of Kanye music we wish we liked more, the triumph of Ariana Grande, the rise of Valee, the near-downfall of Drake. As always, there was lots to explore. These are our 101 favorite songs of 2018.

Click here to see our 51 favorite albums of the year, and find more from Spin’s 2018 Year in Review here.

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312936″ title=”101. Deafheaven, "Worthless Animal"” index=”” image_id=”312937″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312922″ title=”100. Panic! at the Disco, "High Hopes"” index=”” image_id=”312923″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312874″ title=”99. Tamia, "Leave It Smokin'"” index=”” image_id=”312875″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312849″ title=”98. Kids See Ghosts, "Freeee (Ghost Town Pt. 2)"” index=”” image_id=”313691″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313149″ title=”97. Power Trip, "Hornet's Nest"” index=”” image_id=”313150″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313143″ title=”96. Lucy Dacus, "Night Shift"” index=”” image_id=”313689″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313110″ title=”95. Mount Eerie, "Now Only"” index=”” image_id=”313111″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313135″ title=”94. Empress Of, "When I'm With Him"” index=”” image_id=”313136″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312861″ title=”93. Let's Eat Grandma, "Falling Into Me"” index=”” image_id=”312862″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312932″ title=”92. Yob, "Beauty in Falling Leaves"” index=”” image_id=”312933″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313147″ title=”91. Kane Brown, "Weekend"” index=”” image_id=”313148″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312908″ title=”90. Tracey Thorn, "Queen"” index=”” image_id=”312909″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313120″ title=”88. Leroy Francis, "Going Steady"” index=”” image_id=”313121″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312954″ title=”87. John Carpenter, "The Shape Returns"” index=”” image_id=”312955″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312942″ title=”86. Róisín Murphy, "All My Dreams"” index=”” image_id=”312943″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312890″ title=”85. Laura Jean, "Girls on the TV"” index=”” image_id=”313688″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313122″ title=”84. Thom Yorke, "Suspirium"” index=”” image_id=”313123″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313137″ title=”83. Wizkid, "Fever"” index=”” image_id=”313139″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312920″ title=”82. Meg Myers, "Numb"” index=”” image_id=”312921″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312892″ title=”81. Lady Gaga, "Hair Body Face"” index=”” image_id=”312893″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312809″ title=”80. Yves Tumor, "Noid"” index=”” image_id=”312811″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313129″ title=”79. Adrianne Lenker, "symbol"” index=”” image_id=”313130″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313151″ title=”78. Red Velvet, "Bad Boy"” index=”” image_id=”313152″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313131″ title=”77. Kali Uchis ft. BIA, "Miami"” index=”” image_id=”313132″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313125″ title=”76. Ohmme, "Sentient Beings"” index=”” image_id=”313126″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312881″ title=”75. Christine & The Queens, "Doesn't Matter"” index=”” image_id=”312882″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312885″ title=”74. Jpegmafia, "Baby I'm Bleeding"” index=”” image_id=”313687″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312918″ title=”73. Foxing, "Nearer My God"” index=”” image_id=”312919″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312857″ title=”72. DJ Koze, "Pick Up"” index=”” image_id=”312858″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313133″ title=”71. Wild Pink, "Burger Hill"” index=”” image_id=”313134″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312845″ title=”70. Boygenius, "Bite The Hand"” index=”” image_id=”312846″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312961″ title=”69. FBG Duck, "Slide"” index=”” image_id=”312962″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312897″ title=”68. The Internet, "Roll (Burbank Funk)"” index=”” image_id=”312898″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312924″ title=”67. Playboi Carti ft. Chief Keef, "Mileage"” index=”” image_id=”312925″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313145″ title=”66. Burna Boy, "Ye"” index=”” image_id=”313146″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312956″ title=”65. Noname, "Don't Forget About Me"” index=”” image_id=”313114″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313118″ title=”64. Sons of Kemet, "My Queen Is Harriet Tubman"” index=”” image_id=”313119″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312938″ title=”63. Peggy Gou, "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)"” index=”” image_id=”312939″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312926″ title=”62. Kanye West & Lil Pump, "I Love It"” index=”” image_id=”313686″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312869″ title=”61. SOPHIE, "Is It Cold in the Water?"” index=”” image_id=”313685″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312912″ title=”60. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper, "Shallow"” index=”” image_id=”312913″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312841″ title=”59. Ciara, "Level Up"” index=”” image_id=”312842″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312914″ title=”58. Nine Inch Nails, "Over and Out"” index=”” image_id=”312915″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312887″ title=”57. SOB x RBE, "Anti Social"” index=”” image_id=”312888″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312843″ title=”56. Nio Garcia, Casper Mágico & Bad Bunny ft. Nicky Jam, Ozuna, & Darell, "Te Boté" (Remix)” index=”” image_id=”312844″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312910″ title=”55. John Mayer, "New Light"” index=”” image_id=”312911″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312879″ title=”54. Marie Davidson, "Work It"” index=”” image_id=”313684″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313127″ title=”53. James Blake, "If The Car Beside You Moves Ahead"” index=”” image_id=”313128″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312867″ title=”52. Silk City ft. Dua Lipa, "Electricity"” index=”” image_id=”312868″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312952″ title=”51. Nao, "Another Lifetime"” index=”” image_id=”313683″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312865″ title=”50. Kim Petras, "Heart To Break"” index=”” image_id=”312866″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312823″ title=”49. Drake, "In My Feelings"” index=”” image_id=”312824″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312899″ title=”48. Jon Hopkins, "Emerald Rush"” index=”” image_id=”312900″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312944″ title=”47. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, "Difficulties – Let Them Eat Vowels"” index=”” image_id=”312945″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312536″ title=”46. Travis Scott, "Sicko Mode"” index=”” image_id=”312537″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312928″ title=”45. Teyana Taylor, "Gonna Love Me"” index=”” image_id=”312929″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312930″ title=”44. U.S. Girls, "M.A.H."” index=”” image_id=”312931″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313668″ title=”43. Sada Baby ft. Drego, "Bloxk Party"” index=”” image_id=”313669″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312825″ title=”42. Ravyn Lenae, "Sticky"” index=”” image_id=”313682″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312950″ title=”41. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, "Talking Straight"” index=”” image_id=”312951″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312934″ title=”40. Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beats, "Uproar"” index=”” image_id=”312935″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312834″ title=”39. The 1975, "Love It If We Made It"” index=”” image_id=”312835″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312839″ title=”38. Oneohtrix Point Never, "Black Snow"” index=”” image_id=”313680″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313141″ title=”37. Jacquees, "Rodeo"” index=”” image_id=”313142″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312853″ title=”36. Mitski, "Geyser"” index=”” image_id=”313679″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312820″ title=”35. Young Thug ft. Elton John, "High"” index=”” image_id=”312821″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313889″ title=”35. Rosalía, "Malamente"” index=”” image_id=”313890″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312948″ title=”34. Rico Nasty, "Countin' Up"” index=”” image_id=”312949″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312894″ title=”33. Kacey Musgraves, "Space Cowboy"” index=”” image_id=”312895″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312906″ title=”32. Swae Lee ft. Young Thug, "Offshore"” index=”” image_id=”312907″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312799″ title=”31. Pusha T, "If You Know You Know"” index=”” image_id=”312800″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312946″ title=”30. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "Psycho"” index=”” image_id=”312947″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312916″ title=”29. Blood Orange, "Charcoal Baby"” index=”” image_id=”312917″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312855″ title=”28. Lil Baby & Gunna, "Drip Too Hard"” index=”” image_id=”312856″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312802″ title=”27. Jessie Ware, "Overtime"” index=”” image_id=”312804″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”313674″ title=”26. Valee, "Vlone"” index=”” image_id=”313676″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312877″ title=”25. Mariah Carey ft. Ty Dolla $ign, "The Distance"” index=”” image_id=”313115″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312847″ title=”24. Parquet Courts, "Freebird II"” index=”” image_id=”313113″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312901″ title=”23. Rich the Kid, "Plug Walk"” index=”” image_id=”312902″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312815″ title=”22. Cardi B, "I Like It"” index=”” image_id=”312816″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312805″ title=”21. Ariana Grande, "No Tears Left To Cry"” index=”” image_id=”312806″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312818″ title=”20. The 1975, "Give Yourself A Try"” index=”” image_id=”312819″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312734″ title=”19. Sheck Wes, "Mo Bamba"” index=”” image_id=”312735″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312859″ title=”18. Simmy ft. Sun-EL Musician, "Ubala"” index=”” image_id=”312860″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312807″ title=”17. Snail Mail, "Pristine"” index=”” image_id=”312808″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312830″ title=”16. Doja Cat, "Mooo!"” index=”” image_id=”312831″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312863″ title=”15. Mitski, "Nobody"” index=”” image_id=”312864″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312871″ title=”14. Tyga ft. Offset, "Taste"” index=”” image_id=”312872″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312832″ title=”13. Amen Dunes, "Miki Dora"” index=”” image_id=”312833″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312738″ title=”12. Robyn, "Honey"” index=”” image_id=”312749″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312851″ title=”11. Shawn Mendes, "Lost in Japan"” index=”” image_id=”312852″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312544″ title=”10. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, & James Blake, "King's Dead"” index=”” image_id=”312545″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312827″ title=”9. Kacey Musgraves, "Slow Burn"” index=”” image_id=”312828″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312534″ title=”8. Drake, "Nice For What"” index=”” image_id=”312535″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312530″ title=”7. Ariana Grande, "thank u, next"” index=”” image_id=”313671″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312732″ title=”6. Khalid ft. 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign, "OTW"” index=”” image_id=”312733″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312736″ title=”5. Rae Sremmurd ft. Juicy J, "Powerglide"” index=”” image_id=”312737″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312546″ title=”4. Ella Mai, "Boo'd Up"” index=”” image_id=”312547″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312542″ title=”3. Lana Del Rey, "Venice Bitch"” index=”” image_id=”312543″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312837″ title=”2. Westerman, "Confirmation"” index=”” image_id=”312838″]

[featuredStoryItemBlock tile_id=”312548″ title=”1. Valee ft. Jeremih, "Womp Womp"” index=”” image_id=”312549″]