100 Best Songs of 2018 or the Death of an iPod

May My iPod Rest in Peace In My Nightstand Drawer For All Eternity

This June, after nine years of near-constant companionship, my iPod 160gb went gently into that great digital night.[1] In the end, my iPod died doing what it loved best: playing lackluster demo versions of my own music. 

When Dane’s World 3.0[2] passed, I was left somewhat despondent. What could I do now? Listen to CDs? Ugh, this isn’t 2002.Buy a new iPod? First of all, Dane’s World 3.0 is irreplaceable. Also, they’re like $400 now secondhand. Without any other alternatives, I took a friend’s advice and signed up for a free month of AppleMusic. Six months later and I’m officially a subscriber.

Which, as hard as it is to write this, AppleMusic is kind of better than Dane’s World 3.0. I mean I officially subtracted one thing from the old routine of: wallet, keys, iPod, phone, whenever I left my house.[3 ]It also allows for the creation of shared playlists, which is what follows.

Here are what I consider to be the 100 best songs of 2018. May they all be played in honor of Dane’s World 3.0 (Best when played on shuffle just like they’d prefer).

Quickly, Some “100 Best Songs of 2018” stats:

65% Punk/Indie-Rock

23% Hip-Hop

12% Pop/Misc

8% cover songs

6% songs with Summer in the title 

4% Phoebe Bridgers 

3% Camp Cope 

3% Kendrick Lamar guest verses

2% Matt Berninger guest verses

2% bands I once played in/currently play in (unashamed)

2% songs named “Yosemite”

1% pseudo-Postal Service reunions

1% “All you gotta do is trust me.”

1% a 2018 live version of a song that was actually released last year

1% a father named Mumford with his sons (zero effs given)

0% Wonder Years which surprised me when I remembered they put out an album this year.

 

Top Ten

1. “The Opener”- Camp Cope

2. “Me & My Dog” – boygenius

3. “Yellow Bike”- Pedro the Lion

4. “This is America” – Childish Gambino

5. “USA” – Jeff Rosenstock

6. “Another Head for Hydra” – mewithoutYou

7. “Night Shift” – Lucy Dacus

8. “I Dreamt We Spoke Again” – Death Cab for Cutie

9. “No Hard Feelings” – Manchester Orchestra (Avett Brothers cover)

10. “Lich Prince” – Foxing

Next Ninety[4]

11. “Wow Freestyle” – Jay Rock featuring Kendrick Lamar

12. “Prehistoric” – Kevin Devine (Now, Now cover)

13. “Paranoia” – Liza Anne

14. “Big Lie” – Joyce Manor

15. “Horizon” – Cat Power

16. “If You Know, You Know” – Pusha T

17. “My Enemy” – CHVRCHES (featuring Matt Berninger)

18. “2 Cool 2 Care” – Anna Burch

19. “Nonstop” - Drake

20. “Workout” – Chance the Rapper

21. “Geyser” – Mitski

22. “Moon River” – Frank Ocean

23. “Calm E” – Culture Abuse

24. “How to Socialise & Make Friends” – Camp Cope

25. “Rendezvous” – Saves the Day

26. “The Gold”- Phoebe Bridgers (Manchester Orchestra cover)

27. “Thread”- David Bazan (Now, Now cover)

28. “Green” – Touche Amore

29. “Tie Dye Dragon” – The Front Bottoms

30. “Dawn: Making An Effort” – The Breeders

31. “Love It If We Made It”- The 1975

32. “thank u, next” – Ariana Grande

33. “Think I’m Still In Love with You” – Joyce Manor

34. “Love Never” – Jimmy Eat World

35. “All I Want” – Matt Berninger, Julien Baker, & Stephen Altman

36. “Mr. Tillman” – Father John Misty

37. “APESHIT” – The Carters

38. “Cool” – Soccer Mommy

39. “Let’s Go Rain” – Jeff Tweedy

40. “The Face of God” – Camp Cope

41. “Only Us” – Thrice

42. “Grand Paradise” – Foxing

43. “Born Hungry” – TW Walsh

44. “Self Care” – Mac Miller

45. “Bee Kind to the Bugs” – Culture Abuse

46. “Yosemite” – Sleeping Tapes

47. “YOSEMITE”- Travis Scott

48. “65th& Ingleside” – Chance the Rapper

49. “The Story of Adidon” – Pusha T

50. “In My Feelings” – Drake

51. “King’s Dead” – Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake

52. “Reborn”- KIDS SEE GHOSTS

53. “Your Dog” – Soccer Mommy

54. “Value” – All Get Out

55. “Eye”- Restorations

56. “Bombs Above” – Jeff Tweedy

57. “Model Homes” – Pedro the Lion

58. “Allentown” – Manchester Orchestra & The Front Bottoms

59. “Into the Great Wide Open”- Kevin Devine (Tom Petty cover)

60. “It’ll All Work Out” – Phoebe Bridgers (Tom Petty cover)

61. “You Got Lucky” – Petal (Tom Petty cover)

62. “Leave It Alone” – Brother Bird

63. “Kerouac & Cassady” – Saves the Day

64. “Asking 4 a Friend” – Anna Burch

65. “Wanderer” – Cat Power

66. “Tints” – Anderson .Paak (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

67. “SICKO MODE” – Travis Scott

68. “Heat Wave” – Snail Mail

69. “Feels Like Summer” – Childish Gambino

70. “Endless Summer” – Mike Mains & the Branches

71. “Summertime Magic” – Childish Gambino

72. “Summer Years (Jimmy Tamborello remix)”- Death Cab for Cutie 

73. “End of Summer (Now I Know)” – The Front Bottoms

74. “Teenage Rockstars” – Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness

75. “Shallow” – Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper

76. “Howl” - Ravenhill

77. “60 & Punk” – Death Cab for Cutie

78. “Panic Attack” – Liza Anne

79. “Almost Every Door” – The Mountain Goats

80. “Part of Me” – Noname (featuring Phoelix & Benjamin Earl Turner)

81. “Salt in the Wound” – boygenius

82. “Saturday Night on the Utopia Parkway” – John K Samson (Christine Fellows cover)

83. “I Know How to Speak”- Manchester Orchestra

84. “Yr Throat”- Jeff Rosenstock

85. “I Wrote It Down for You” – Kevin Devine

86. “Guiding Light” – Mumford & Sons

87. “(You’re Better) Than Ever” – Illumanati Hotties

88. “Better Than You Ever Been” – Taylor Bennett

89. “Butterfly”- Cousin Stizz

90. “Gratitude” – Big Red Machine

91. “Everything You Hate” – Little Ghost

92. “New England Patriots”- No Thank You

93. “Julia (or, ‘Holy to the LORD’ on the Bells of Horses)” - mewithoutYou

94. “Stress Fracture” – Mick Jenkins featuring Mikahl Anthony

95. “FUN!” – Vince Staples

96. “What’s Free” – Meek Mill 

97. “Do Not Let Your Spirit Wane” (MTV Unplugged)– Gang of Youths 

98. “Opposite Soul” – David Bazan

99. “Apocalypse Now (& Later)” – Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers

100. “We’re Only People (And There’s Not Much Anyone Can Do About That)” – Father John Misty


[1]Please read this fantastic Lindsay Zoladz article from 2016 about her beloved iPod: (The Ringer)

[2]My iPod’s name, of course.

[3]I promise this isn’t an ad for AppleMusic. AppleMusic is but the nice-but-less-cool new stepdad named Ted following the beloved deceased father that was Dane’s World 3.0. 

[4]Kind of listed in order of favoriteness/ how the song titles looked together/laziness.