Dnak 2018 – Favorite Songs of 2018

It’s time for one of my favorite activities of the year: pouring through the playlists I’ve built over the course of the year to pick my 50 favorite tracks. As always, there were a few more that I wanted to squeeze in, but in the end I’m happy with my final choices. I’ve been lucky enough to see 24 of these bands perform live this year, and I’m lucky enough to work in music so that I have an excuse to keep up my live music habit. My live music highlights were at SXSW seeing Superorganism exuberantly performing on a tiny stage at the Barracuda and 404 Not Found

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Dermot Kennedy’s voice reverberating in a church; at Outside Lands finally seeing Bon Iver in person; at Treasure Island Music Festival to see Jungle and Tame Impala; at Upstream to see Cut Copy and Lukas Nelson. And that doesn’t even count the fantastic separate shows I loved like Rostam, Arcade Fire, and LCD Soundsystem. But this is about my favorite 50 songs of the year…. so check it out below. You can also skip to the end to see my Amazon Music and Spotify playlists.

50. Phantastic Ferniture, “Fuckin ‘n Rollin”

49. Kitten, “Oh My God”

48. Rubblebucket, “Annihilation Song”

47. The Decemberists, “Severed”

46. Clairo, “4Ever”

45. Natalie Prass, “Short Court Style”

44. Snail Mail, “Pristine”

43. Middle Kids, “Mistake”

42. Wild Nothing, “Letting Go”

41. boy pablo, “Feeling Lonely”

40. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, “Talking Straight”

39. Kurt Vile, “Loading Zones”

38. Jade Bird, “Lottery”

37. Death Cab For Cutie, “I Dreamt We Spoke Again”

36. Father John Misty, “Mr. Tilman”

35. Parcels, “Tieduprightnow”

34. Miya Folick, “Stock Image”

33. U.S. Girls, “Rosebud”

32. Christine and the Queens, “5 dollars”

31. Sundara Karma, “One Last Night On This Earth”

30. Theophilus feat. Tame Impala, “Only You”

29. Chromatics, “Blue Girl”

28. The 1975, “Love It If We Made It”

27. Sam Fender, “That Sound”

26. Sharon Van Etten, “Comeback Kid”

25. Emmit Fenn, “Lost in Space”

24. Billie Ellish & Khalid, “lovely”

23. Wallows, “Pictures of Girls”

22. Cut Copy, “Ocean Blue”

21. Arctic Monkeys, “Four Out Of Five”

20. Maggie Rogers, “Light On”

19. Beach House, “Lemon Glow”

18. Soccer Mommy, “Your Dog”

17. Lucy Dacus, “Night Shift”

16. Skylar Spence, “Cry Wolf”

15. Chvrches, “Miracle”

14. Bob Moses, “Heaven Only Knows”

13. Dermot Kennedy, “Young & Free”

12. boygenius, “Me & My Dog”

11. Sunflower Bean, “I Was A Fool”

10. Hatchie, “Adored”

9. Rostam, “In a River”

8. Nilüfer Yanya, “Baby Luv”

7. Courtney Barnett, “Need A Little Time”

6. Thom Yorke, “Suspirium”

5. Roosevelt, “Under the Sun

4. Jungle, “Happy Man”

3. Superorganism, “Everybody Wants To Be Famous”

2. Phosphorescent, “New Birth In New England’

1. Mitski, “Nobody”

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