These songs didn’t necessarily come out in 2018, but they were on heavy rotation for me this year! Enjoy! Bonus: They’re all by or featuring women. (Sorry not sorry at all, cishet white guys.)
In no particular order…
Hayley Kiyoko, Feelings
Always here for Lesbian Jesus. (Also this video is dope.)
CupcakKe, Fullest [very NSFW]
LOVE HER SO MUCH. Look at this amazing queer body-poz racially diverse video! THAT’S HOW U DO IT FOLKS
Jill Andrews, Tell That Devil
Throwin’ some country in here to mix things up, in the form of the Wynnona Earp theme song. If I haven’t already recommended Wynnona Earp to you, consider this it. SUCH A GOOD SHOW.
Julia Nunes, Make Out
This song SEEMS romantic but it’s actually really sad. Who’s neglecting poor Julia?! SHE DESERVES BETTER!
Cardi B, I Like It (Remix)
the gym solo living room dance parties.
Deborah Cox, Nobody’s Supposed To Be Here (Remix)
Thanks, RuPaul’s Drag Race, for introducing me to this banger! Perfect for unexpected home invasions.
Kehlani, Too Much
Kehlani is WAY UNDERRATED. (Or in the parlance of our times, “Why y’all sleeping on Kehlani?!”) This song is a great confidence-booster, plus you get to count, which should get to happen more outside of Sesame Street.
Bones UK, Hero
Bones UK is FANTASTIC. (Lookin’ for a boi to be my Lois Lane.)
Troye Sivan feat. Ariana Grande, Dance To This
Lowkey sexy and such an earworm.
Troye Sivan & Charli XCX, 1999
Yes, they were 4 and 7 in 1999 (meanwhile some of us were actually 16), so side-eye away, but this song is so catchy! Just TRY not to sing “Noiny noiny noine.” (Actually, just give in. It’s inevitable.)
Rihanna, Cheers (Drink To That)
This song is almost a decade old and still awesome. Don’t let the bastards get you down. (Plus, Avril sample!!?!)
Tove Styrke, Say My Name
Fact: Swedes own pop.
Robyn, Criminal Intent
I know it’s not from Honey, and I don’t care. Another catchy af banger, or whatever the kids are saying these days.
Elohim, Half Love
Can’t tell you how many times I’ve sang-shouted along with this in the car. Crank it UPPPPPP!!!!
Wait for the horns, then the bridge, then the strings–this song just increases in awesomeness til it breaks the scale.
Honorable mentions: Carly Rae Jepsen’s Party for One, Tori Amos’s Cornflake Girl (which I had never heard before watching the sadly cancelled Everything Sucks), Allie X’s Girl of the Year, and Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa’s One Kiss.
Any song recommendations??
Happy 2019 almost! 🎉