Essential songs and artists of 2018

A critical ranking of the top 20 songs of the year, independent of chart placement


Artist of the Year

Toni Braxton

  • Kacey Musgraves
  • KT Tunstall
  • James Bay
  • Robyn

Breakthrough Artist

Kacey Musgraves

  • Alex Lustig
  • Dua Lipa
  • Mansionair
  • Tep No

Song of the Year

Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn

  • Alex Lustig – In the End (feat. Akacia)
  • Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What A World
  • Robyn – Honey
  • Toni Braxton – Coping (Stadiumx Remix)

Remix of the Year

Toni Braxton – Coping (Stadiumx Remix)

  • Alessia Cara – Growing Pains (Dombresky Remix)
  • Clean Bandit – Solo (Wideboys Radio Edit) (feat. Demi Lovato)
  • David Guetta, Anne-Marie – Don’t Leave Me Alone (R3hab Remix)
  • Selena Gomez – Back To You (Riton & Kah-Lo Remix)

Top 20 songs of 2018


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