Pop culture has blossomed enthusiastically this year, giving birth to new artists and songs that made us sing our hearts out all day, leaving us with a hoarse voice.
With multiple songs being released every day from various artists, our musical taste can jump from pop to indie or alternative rock real quick. Even if you’re a music lover who knows and dances to every poppin’ song that has been released, there is a big chance that you might have still missed or forgotten some of the banging songs that made you groove this year.
With that, we did a 2018 round up to reminisce all the popular songs that became our instant anthems.
1. January: God’s Plan – Drake
32-year-old Canadian rapper Drake talks about God’s future plan for him in this song. Being a well-known performer in the music industry, a lot of people have doubted Drake’s talent. They wanted him to fail, but with God’s plan, he always succeeds. The song was written by Brock Korsan, Cardo, Yung Exclusive, 40, Drake & Boi-1da and under Drake’s legendary album Scorpion.
2. February: This Is Me – The Greatest Showman
Even though The Greatest Showman was released back in January 2018 in the country, its beautiful and heartwarming soundtrack remained in our hearts and minds until February. This Is Me, Rewrite the Stars, and A Million Dreams are some of the songs that are still lingering in our ears until now. Listening to it is just Never Enough.
3. March: Freaky Friday – Lil Dick, Chris Brown
Freaky Friday is an inspiration from the 2003 movie Freaky Friday where a girl and her mother switch places in order to experience each other’s lives. Similar to the movie plot, Chris Brown and Lil Dicky talk about the freaky switch happening with their bodies.
4. April: No Tears Left To Cry – Ariana Grande
No Tears Left To Cry is the lead single off Grande’s fourth studio album, Sweetener. The song was released after the pop singer’s hiatus from the Manchester bombing that happened during her Dangerous Woman tour. According to Genius, the album cover illustrates the idea that Ariana’s teardrops have faded, resulting in the rainbow, and she is ready to move on.
5. May: This Is America – Childish Gambino
On May 6, during the political and cultural tumult and turmoil, Childish Gambino released this trap/afrobeat song showing the violent and unjust world of a black man in America. Even though the lyrics are simple and repetitive, it has a jaw-dropping story behind it.
One of the highlights of this song was its meaningful music video. Directed by Hiro Murai, Gambino exhibits multiple problems of a black man in America. Per se, how the entertainment is being used to distract the public from reality and how guns are used to silence victims.
6. June: In My Feelings – Drake
Written by Drake, Phillip Price, Orville Hall, Lil Wayne, and seven more songwriters, ‘In My Feelings’ is an upbeat, club-mixed song inspired by city girls such as ‘Kiki’ and ‘KB’.
According to Genius, ‘In My Feelings’ debuted at #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 upon Scorpion’s first week of release. And in its second week on the chart, it rose to #1, due, in part, to the #DoTheShiggy challenge where several Hollywood stars participated including Will Smith.
7. July: God Is A Woman
On mid-year, Ariana Grande empowered every woman in the world with the release of her new second single, God Is A Woman that became the National Anthem for every woman who aims to run the world like Beyonce.
Apart from its actual empowering lyrics, another highlight of the song was its music video brimming with historic art from the Creation of Adam to The Thinker of Auguste Rodin that left her fans crying and singing at the same time.
8. August: Happier – Marshmello, Bastille
Written by Steve Mac, Marshmello, and Dan Smith, Happier is the national anthem of every person who got his or her heart broken this year. It tells the story of a person who accepts the pain of seeing his loved one with someone else even though it is he who will suffer.
9. September: Taki Taki – DJ Snake ft. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, and Cardi B
Taki Taki is a Reggaeton-inspired song written by DJ Snake, Cardi B, Bava, William Grigahcine, Juan G. Rivera and more. The song gave a real Spanish vibe as DJ Snake featured two artists with Latin roots such as Ozuna, Cardi B, and Selena Gomez.
10. October: Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
When the news broke that Bohemian Rhapsody will have a remake this 2018, Queen fans were quick enough to go back to one of the band’s classic song Bohemian Rhapsody making it hit the top charters once again after years. The movie and song itself were unbelievable and too good to be true that it gained a total of $598.1 million worldwide.
11. November: Thank U, Next – Ariana Grande
And of course, the national anthem for every lady who left her previous relationship, with a glowing swinging wig is here as well! Ariana Grande released her surprise breakup song thank u, next weeks after she called off her engagement with ex-boyfriend Pete Davidson. Ariana also hyped her fans as she shares photos and a teaser of the music video until she finally released it on Nov 30.
12. December: Without me – Halsey
Even though Without Me was originally released on October 2018, Halsey’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show paved the way to make it known again. Written by Halsey, Delacey, Louis Bell, Amy Allen, and Scott Storch, the song is about being there for other people despite not getting an effort back from them.
Indeed 2018 was a year full of good songs that will remind us of the good things that happened to us this year. Which song did you like the most this 2018? Let us know by sharing this post!