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Songs Of The Year: 2018

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In a messy and complicated time, we had a generous bounty of tracks to match our shifting moods. From an excess of favorites, these are the best songs of the year. 

 
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Rosebud / U.S. Girls

Best exploratory surgery on yourself.

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Giovanni / Jamila Woods

Best example of making it look easy.

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Having Been Is No Way To Be / Jeff Tweedy

Best rambling guilty conscience.

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Heat Wave / Snail Mail

Best simple summer daydreaming.

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La Di Da / The Internet

Best invitation to the dance floor.

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This Is America / Childish Gambino

Best perpetual think-piece generator.

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Mexico / Emma Louise

Best anthem to running away with yourself.

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Is It Cold in the Water / SOPHIE

Best colors you’ve never seen before.

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Ghost Town / Kanye West

Best famous last words.

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Need A Little Time / Courtney Barnett

Best crippling fear of being.

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Nappy Wonder / Blood Orange

Best channeling of personal liberation.

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Thanks 4 Nothing / Nilüfer Yanya

Best closing credits sequence.

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STOP TRYING TO BE GOD / Travis Scott

Best mesmerizing collective soundscape.

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Souvenir / boygenius

Best worst gift you ever gave.

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Sober to Death / Car Seat Headrest

Best generosity of unconditional surrender.

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Girlfriend (feat. Dâm-Funk) / Christine and the Queens

Best sledgehammer to gender roles.

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Make Me Feel / Janelle Monáe

Best unstoppable force of self-love.

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Rank & File / Moses Sumney

Best transformative work of art.

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Nobody / Mitski

Best message in a bottle to yourself.

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Night Shift / Lucy Dacus

Best song of the year.

 

Listen to all the songs with these playlists.

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