British pop-rockers Bastille rose to stardom with 2014’s top 40 radio hit “Pompeii.” They faded out of the mainstream until earlier this year when their 2018 Marshmello collaboration “Happier” peaked at #2 on the Hot 100 charts, making it their biggest American hit ever. And frontman Dan Smith is willing to do whatever it takes … More »
The rush that comes with a perfect pop song is elusive but unmistakable. “Pop music” can mean many things, but there’s a certain kind of monster jam that scans as POP MUSIC in neon lights, the kind that sends euphoria coursing through your nervous system and launches your body onto the dance floor. More »
Poppy British arena-rockers Bastille became worldwide stars with 2014’s “Pompeii,” which got them on SNL, top 40 radio, and a bunch of festival lineups. After a few years out of the mainstream spotlight, they had their biggest American hit ever with last year’s Marshmello collaboration “Happier,” which climbed all the way to #2 on the … More »
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The name “youngblood” has a rich history in pop music. First there were the Youngbloods, the critically acclaimed folk-rockers best known for their 1967 hit “Get Together.” Decades later along came the YoungBloodZ, the Atlanta rap duo best known for their 2003 smash “Damn!” alongside Lil Jon. Many others emerged along the way including Sydney … More »
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Pop music is a crazy industry, even more so in our fractured age. It’s crazy how many songs can be blowing up in some corner of the world, online or off, without ever spilling over into the mass consciousness. It’s crazy how many of those songs actually do spill over without some of us realizing … More »
Paring down an entire year’s worth of songs is no easy feat.
2018 saw the explosion of songs like ZEDD‘s “The Middle” and Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa‘s “One Kiss,” dominating both the dance music charts and the radio airwaves. Ear-catching tracks like these, along with fan favorites like FISHER‘s persuasive “Losing It” and Anti Up‘s entertaining “Pizza” wiggled their way into festival sets around the world and — love them or hate them — stood out as notable tracks that do their part in immortalizing this whirlwind of a year.
We also saw a creative collective of remixes surface in 2018, including Rinzen‘s compelling take on deadmau5 and Rob Swire‘s hit “Monophobia” and Skrillex‘s intoxicating rendition of Travis Scott‘s “Sicko Mode.” We celebrated the return of Gesaffelstein with “Reset” and welcomed new projects from Diplo in LSD and Silk City. We welcomed collaborations from Ekali, Medasin, and Elohim in “Forever,” Tiësto, Dzeko, Post Malone, and Preme in platinum smash hit “Jackie Chan,” and ZHU and Tame Impala in “My Life.”
Ultimately, though, we’ve narrowed 2018 down to 30 tracks that stole our hearts and smashed streaming records.