This year has been an interesting one, to say the least. For me, this year has been more of a solemn one so my taste in music has shifted more towards R&B. It seems that I’m not the only one that has felt this way this year. Overall it seems like more people listened to R&B more than they have in recent years. This is thanks to some amazing new artists arriving on the scene. When it came to hip-hop, we received some highly anticipated projects. The culture around the genre also seemed to shift slightly away from the music, which has held it back a bit. So with that, here’s my list of music that helped defied 2018.
Drake – ‘God’s Plan’
“Gods Plan” was the first single of 2018. The song was released on January 19, 2018, and served as the buzz track for Drake’s Scorpion album. It was and still is the best song to kick off your new year with. In the song, Drake spoke about his future and the plans that God has lined up for him in the future. By May the single was eligible for 7x Multi-Platinum status by the RIAA and broke several streaming records. Even though it wasn’t this year’s biggest track by many, it is definitely in the top five.
Travis Scott – “SICKO MODE” (ft. Drake)
This year Travis Scott completely took over Hip-Hop and solidified his place in the genre with the release of ASTROWORLD. The song debuted at #4 on the Hot 100 charts and rose to #1 giving Travis his first number one song. This song is now the most talked about track on the internet. Its lyrics are also one of the most searched on Genius this year thanks to Kanye feeling threatened by it. ‘Sicko Mode” was the song that summarized the year for Travis Scott. This year he went beast, or sicko, mode and helped move hip-hop in a new direction. Not only did he produced one of the best albums of the year, but he also showed that people will still buy physical copies if packaged correctly. The decision to sell copies of his album along with other merchandise set the trend for future artists to copy.
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
“Boo’d Up” is probably this year’s biggest R&B single. This song peaked at #5 on the Billboards, but it seemed to have been played almost on repeat everywhere I went. In this song, Ella Mai is referring to someone who has her feeling like she’s on cloud 9. Obviously, a lot of people connected with this song at the beginning of the year and made it a single before it was one. The song was on her Change EP of hers and was brought to everyone’s attention by Chris Brown on Instagram blowing the track up. “Boo’d Up” is a track that’s a definite staple for 2018. This is a track that will not go away.
Drake – “In My Feelings”
“In My Feelings” became the top song on the Billboards thanks to the Shiggy challenge. Shiggy’s #DoTheShiggy challenge was probably this year’s biggest dance-challenge and helped push this track into a single. “In My Feelings” was Drake’s third #1 track of 2018 after “God’s Plan” and “Nice for What”.
Tyga – “Taste” (ft. Offset)
Tyga’s ‘Taste’ was probably the catchiest song of 2018. The background ‘Doo do doos’ are so infections that most people can’t help but do wop along to the song. This track also went 3x Multi-Platinum by the RIAA and is Tyga’s biggest solo song to date. This song was a song of the summer running eight-weeks on the Hot 100s top 10.
Sheck Wes – “Mo Bamba”
“Mo Bama” is another one of those songs you couldn’t get away from in 2018. The song was played everywhere and definitely was the hype song of the year. The song was named after Mohamed Bamba who plays for the Orlando Magic. Growing up he and Sheck played ball together. So Sheck decided to do a song comparing his experience as an up-and-coming rapper with Bamba’s experience as a high school recruit getting recruited.
Overall these were key songs that I felt shaped last year. What songs do you think made an impact on last year? Let us know in the comments.