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Best of 2018: The Mid-Year Roundup

Some bops to get you through the summer.

In between playing Fortnite and subsequently being tormented by rude teens for hours, I took some time to put together a list of my favorite songs, so far, of 2018. As it’s customary, I thought I would join the fray by looking back at the last 5-ish months before moving on to everything else 2018 has to offer. A few of the songs here are as fresh as Blackpink’s new EP, while some landed back in January and endured with strong staying power.

This list is particularly special because it’s the first one since the blog’s subtle rebranding, which I’ll explain at a later date, and for the first time in a while consists of music other than (but still including!) Korean pop.

It’s worth reminding everyone that this is a personal list and in no way is it meant to define anything other than the music I vibe to. As you’ll see, there are a lot of major singles and artists missing (e.g. BTS), but again, this is a list that represents what I like, what I found intriguing, and what I feel deserves a bit of recognition.

Enjoy and thank you to everyone who directed me toward excellent music recommendations on Twitter last month! It helped tremendously in my meek attempt to catch up with the world.

You can also listen to the complete playlist on Apple Music.


Cami – No Es Real (feat. Antonio José)
KATIE – Remember
Troye Sivan – My My My!
Sigala & Paloma Faith – Lullaby
Netta – Toy
Becky G. & Natti Natasha – Sin Pijama
Childish Gambino – This Is America
SUNMI – Heroine
Crush – Bittersweet
Lykke Li – Two Nights (feat. Aminé)
La Casa Azul – El Momento
Ariana Grande – No Tears Left to Cry
Eleni Foureira – Fuego
Kylie Minogue – Stop Me from Falling (feat. Gente de Zona)
HYUKOH – Love Ya!
Carrie Underwood – Cry Pretty
G. Soul – I’ll Be There
James Bay – Us
Anne-Marie – Then
ZAYN – Entertainer
Anderson .Paak – Bubblin
BLACKPINK – Forever Young
Aitana & Ana Guerra – Lo Malo
Christina Aguilera – Fall in Line (feat. Demi Lovato)
Janelle Monáe – I Like That
Hanhae – Organic Life (feat. Reddy & NO:EL)
Pusha T – If You Know You Know
ROSALÍA – Malamente
HEIZE – Jenga (feat. Gaeko)
(G)I-DLE – Latata
Echae Kang – Hitch
Shawn Mendes – Youth (feat. Khalid)
ELO – Oh I (feat. PENOMECO)
Pristin V – Get It
SHINee – Good Evening
Eric Nam – Honestly

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