David’s Discs: Ten Standout Songs of 2018
Seeing as it’s November and the semester will soon be over, it’s a good time to start looking back on the year in music we have had. In alphabetical order, here are ten songs that stood out this year.
Bill Wurtz – “Mount St. Helens Is About to Blow Up”
YouTuber and Japan historian Bill Wurtz brings his trademark mix of cheesy and cheeky humour to the happiest song about a natural disaster I’ve ever heard.
Car Seat Headrest – “My Boy”
Car Seat Headrest delivers a short track that is well-written, catchy, and passionate—a great rock track.
Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
The hype of the music video is real! That being said, you won’t be disappointed by the song either.
Daughters – “Satan in the Wait”
Dark, tortured, and beautiful. The piano melody makes the song.
Denzel Curry – “Black Balloons”
Catchy, catchy, catchy! I can’t stop playing it! Goldlink kills it on the track too.
Joji – “Slow Dancing in the Dark”
The melodrama! The tragedy! The sadness! It’s too much!
Kids See Ghosts – “Kids See Ghosts”
This is a song that is too aware of its own confidence and swagger. Not a hesitant moment to be found here. I haven’t heard such a quietly mind-blowing climax on a song since Bon Iver’s “Holocene”.
Lupe Fiasco – “WAV Files”
Gorgeous beat, phenomenal lyrics, and a touching performance. Lupe really gave us a treasure with this one.
Ought – “Desire”
I wish the album was better, but this song is so clearly the highlight of the project. Tim Darcy’s desperate singing breaks my heart and the song cuts me to pieces.
Pusha T – “If You Know You Know”
This might be the best opening track on any album this year. Never has Pusha T sounded deadlier or more menacing than he does here, and I cannot get enough of it! The beat is perfect.