Digital High’s Top 20 of 2018 [20 – 6]
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
9. “Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)” – Halsey ft. Stefflon Don<
8. “Supernova” – Ansel Elgort
7. “Sincerity Is Scary” – The 1975
6. “Finest Hour” – Cash Cash ft. Abir
5. “Love It If We Made It” – The 1975
The second repeat offenders on this year’s list, The 1975 very well may have offered up one of the most scathing takedowns of society with the release of this alt-pop piece. Seemingly minimalist in its lyrical approach, the piece paints a powerful picture of a failing modernity when you begin to realize the inspiration behind the sparse content. The highlight of A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, this one still reverberates so soundly.
4. “Say Something” – Justin Timberlake ft. Chris Stapleton
It’s no secret JT is #1 caliber here, so if he’s dropping tunes DH will make sure they’re represented on any year-enders. That recognition falls to the Man Of The Woods’ standout ‘Say Something.’ One of the album’s few, the Chris Stapleton assisted collaboration defied genres with its electronic influences and country blues charm making for a most buzzworthy addition.
3. “This Is America” – Childish Gambino
This is Donald Glover’s world and we are still just living in it. Nearly eight months after the release of his alter ego’s provocative stunner “This Is America” and the cut resonates as vividly as it did back in May. His chilling bars and the ruthless visuals that accompany juxtaposed against the sanguine harmonics of the whole captivate like nothing else even came close to.
2. “Electricity” – Silk City ft. Dua Lipa
But some good ole fashioned fun beats that out. That is certainly the case with the penultimate selection, Silk City and Dua Lipa’s shimmery bop ‘Electricity.’ With a piano-led house production from Diplo and Mark Ronson, Lipa soaks in the vocal spotlight with undeniably enjoyable verses and hook. When these three got together earlier this year, the result was, well, electrifying.
1. “Love, Dad” – Harry Hudson
Which brings us to 2018’s number one, the beautifully tragic ‘Love, Dad’ from an act sure to make more waves in 2019. Harry Hudson is responsible for this swell of folksy-pop emotion that will both bring on a lasting smile smile as well as a large lump in your throat, all in one fell swoop. Written as a fond farewell to his father after being diagnosed with cancer, the piece took on a second meaning when Hudson beat the disease but ultimately lost his dad in an untimely passing. The final recording is gorgeously somber in its message and delivery and one that will stay with you long after just one listen.