A playlist of the best songs of 2018, from Cardi B to Childish Gambino
This playlist of choice selections from the year in pop music begins with my favorite song of the year.
That would be Janelle Monae’s “Make Me Feel,” a cut from her album Dirty Computer that did what music is supposed to do better than anything else this year: make you feel.
But “Make Me Feel” and the 24 other songs here aren’t ranked from first to best; they’re gathered together as a playlist. Some are big hits, some should have been, and others were made for niche consumption.
It’s a 25-song playlist meant to be streamed using the Spotify link at the bottom of the story, serving up a pop, rap, rock, country, and R&B overview of what 2018 sounded like, from Cardi B to Childish Gambino and Lucy Dacus to Drake. Listen up!
Ruston Kelly, “Faceplant.” A typically smart and self-deprecating highlight from Dying Star, the superb debut album from the Nashville songwriter who happens to be Musgraves' husband, following up on the promise of his 2017 EP Halloween.
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