Digital High’s Top 20 of 2018 [20 – 11]
20.“Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B
19.“Cool” – Felix Jaehn ft. Marc E. Bassy & Gucci Mane
18.“I Found You” – benny blanco & Calvin Harris
17.“Welcome To The Family” – Watsky
16.“Put You On” – Amber Mark ft. DRAM
15.“Side Effects” – The Chainsmokers ft. Emily Warren
14. “One Shot” – Hunter Hayes
13. “Hey Look Ma, I Made It” – Panic! At The Disco
12. “seattle” – Lesser Bay ft. Lowell Oakley
11. “Worst Nites” – Foster The People
10. “do you even miss me at all?” – Gianni & Kyle
Without a doubt one of the smoothest singles released this year, Gianni & Kyle’s cut was a most worthy introduction to the duo on the rise. Backed by the freshest of beats from Kojo A. and Nicky Quinn, the two trade agreeable verses but it’s their concordant harmonies that resonate most by track’s end.
9. “Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)” – Halsey ft. Stefflon Don
Popping up for the second and final time this year, Calvin Harris was responsible for one of the doper drops in his flip of this Halsey hit. Reimagining the cut as a house heater, the master producer flips the midtempo original into a monster club mix complete with a driving synth bed, rich in wonky bass, and brilliant nu-disco flair strung throughout.
8. “Supernova” – Ansel Elgort
An act DH was surprised to dig so much this year, the actor / singer / rapper turned out one of electronic dance’s bright spots with this mix of sonic provocativeness. Lead from the EP of the same name, the cut oozes an intoxicating mix of brooding sensuality and smooth candor as the rhyme-spitter bears his soul over a love interest who doesn’t share the same affections. A take notice tune if there ever was one.
7. “Sincerity Is Scary” – The 1975
I’ll be honest, A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships didn’t do much for me on the whole, outside of the top tier singles that dominated a few rotations this year. ‘Sincerity Is Scary’ was one such force, with its unassuming drumbeat keeps, a brass section that shines, and airy synths that flutter. it proved to be the perfect soundscape for Matt Healy’s takes on reconciling our outward facing personas with our true selves in the age of social media consumption.
6. “Finest Hour” – Cash Cash ft. Abir
This anthemic embrace of our nethermost moments was arguably one of Summer 18’s slickest grooves thanks to a tempered melody and lyrical prowess. But it’s been racking up countless streams and attention all year, rather befitting of a top ten tune I’d say.