BEST SONGS OF 2018:
, “Fists of Fury” - Political, powerful jazz; a condensed opus about speaking truth to power
9. boygenius, “Bite the Hand” - the best song from these wonderful songwriters working together. An impassioned vocal, beautiful harmonies, and revelatory lyrics
, “The Story of Adidon” - maybe one of the greatest diss tracks of all time and one of the most exciting moments in hip hop this year. #fuckdrake
, “JOUVERT” - the best song off their new mainstream breakthrough “iridescence.” The performance by JOBA is one of the best verses of the year
, “Tints” - one of the funkiest, grooviest, most infectious pop tunes of the year. Its impossible not to smile (or dance) when listening to this track.
5. Parquet Courts, “Wide Awake!” - this song is insanely catchy, punk as hell, and lyrically succinct. The fact that Parquet Courts went from playing dive bars to playing this song on Ellen in 5 years is insane.
, “Satan In the Wait” - ‘that bastard had a head like a matchstick; face like he was sucking concrete through a straw...some faces not even a mother can love’...probably the most evocative lyric of 2018 and easily one of the most normality crushing songs in heavy music maybe ever.
3. IDLES, “Danny Nedelko” - this song is a joyous anthem for loving thy neighbor in a time where everything is sliding Right (wrong). We are Danny Nedelko.
, “Reach Out” - all in one take, all seemless, insanely infectious, and amazingly performed (check the youtube video out...or really any of his videos). This song will make this amazing human a household name.
, “This is America” - without a doubt, the most important song of the year. It defined what it felt like to be in the United States during a time where domestic terrorism, xenophobia, and rightest extremism are hitting peak levels. Beyond that, it’s specific perspective was conveying the nature of being a black man/black person in modern America, and the mainstreams unwillingness to deal with police violence. Beyond that, the song is just damned good and absurdly catchy.