CJ's Top 10 Songs From 2018

I picked MY favorite songs based off of the top performing songs of the year.

December 5, 2018
 Panic! At The Disco

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What a year this has been for music. So many artists pumped out jams this year and it made it incredibly difficult for me to compile this list. 

Now, let me start by prefacing, this list is strictly compiled based off of my musical preferences. I did however, choose songs that charted high and that we play on Mix 105.1. 

So, without much fanfare, here is a list of MY choices for top 10 songs of 2018.

10. Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line - "Meant To Be" 

You couldn't go anywhere this summer without hearing this song. Bebe Rexha has been on my radar for a while as I first heard her on "Take Me Home" the collab with Cash Cash. She's making a name for herself in 2018 and I can assure you, 2019 will be HER year.

9. Marshmello & Bastille - "Happier"

I've always admired Bastille and I've been a fan since the beginning. Happy to see Dan doing a song with Marshmello but keep that Bastille sound. That's hard to do when you team up in the EDM world and I'm so glad that these two did this song.

8. Zedd & Maren Morris - "The Middle"

I'm in LOVE with Maren. She's the cool country girl who rocked an EDM song with Zedd. The song is so catchy and it was in a Target ad. Need I say more? 

7. Shawn Mendes - "In My Blood"

I'm obsessed with Shawn Mendes. He inspired me to pick up the guitar (although I put it down 2 months later) but I've been a fan since his Vine days. His voice is amazing and "In My Blood" is his most vulnerable song yet and the proof is in the success of this anthemic song. Bravo Shawn.

6. Maroon 5 & Cardi B - "Girls Like You"

First of all, I love the fact that Maroon 5 chose Cardi B as their rap feature, okurr? Secondly, in the music video for this song, Alex Morgan from the Orlando Pride makes a cameo along with countless other females who are blazing paths for future generations. Now that's the kind of song I can get behind and support. 

5. Camila Cabello - "Never Be The Same"

Camila Cabello is the girl who left Fifth Harmony at the right time and never looked back. She took control of her career and just ran away with it. Not only did she open for Taylor Swift on the "reputation Stadium Tour" but she also headlined her own tour and released her sophomore album to much fanfare. Happy to see her doing her thing and killing it. 

4. Ariana Grande - "No Tears Left To Cry," "God Is A Woman," "Breathin," and "Thank U, Next"

Yeah, Ariana has 4 songs at #4 so what. Ariana's return to music since the Manchester bombings and the subsequent year she had was an absolute smash. The 90s tinged track brought Ariana back onto the radio on a supersonic jet which quickly allowed for the subsequent releases of "God Is A Woman," "Breathin," and "Thank U, Next." She could easily have taken up the top 4 spots on this list but I'm just.... well keep reading.

3. Taylor Swift - "Delicate"

It PAINS me to not make Taylor #1 by default (in case you don't know, I'm a die-hard Swiftie.) "Delicate" may be one of her best singles ever. The video was sheer perfection and truly showcased the "old Taylor" that she claimed was dead in her song "Look What You Made Me Do." Lyrically it's incredibly, the production is there, and it's consistently a top requested song. 

2. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper - "Shallow"

This song... this movie...Gaga and Bradley... it all just works. First of all, if you haven't seen "A Star Is Born" you are missing out. Lady Gaga gives one of her best performances of her career and Bradley Cooper holds his own opposite Gaga. I'm thinking best picture, best actor and actress, best soundtrack, the whole nine-yards. And this song is just incredible. 

1. Panic! At The Disco - "High Hopes"

Panic! At The Disco has been pumping out hits since the early 2000s and to STILL be putting out chart toppers over a decade later is a true testament to star power and Brendon Urie embodies that. "High Hopes" is easily, one of Panic's best songs ever and nicely positions itself next to "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" as one of the best songs P!ATD has ever released. Also, their album "Pray For The Wicked" is one of my favs from the year.