The Best Tracks Of 2018

We’re not gonna lie. 2018 has been a year stacked with great hits and songs that felt timeless. I’m sure most of our staffers have needed some time to think about the one track that stands out for them. And while we know most charts around the Internet will be generous to Drake, Childish Gambino, Cardi B, and even more leftfield hits like those served by groundbreaking digital genius SOPHIE, you can (and should) expect something different from Discogs (as usual). Straight to the point, we have asked the music experts we have nearby, that being our colleagues, about that one track that they haven’t stopped listening to since it came out during the year we’re about to leave behind.

We hope our picks help you to discover some new artists and, of course, let us know what’s your favorite track of 2018 in the comments here or in any of our social media channels.

It goes like this:

J. Cole

FRIENDS

J Cole - FRIENDS

Chose this track off of his 2018 album: KOD. The whole album is a must-listen, but this specific track is both extremely well produced, and the lyrics are amazing; humble yet sharp, accurate, dedicated.

Nathanaël, Office Administrator
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Denzel Curry

Taboo

Denzel Curry - Taboo

This is the opening track to Curry‘s 2018 album, Ta13oo. It’s dark and the lyrics give me goosebumps, but the song is so smooth and instantly sets the mood for the rest of the album. I’m still trying to digest the rest of the album, but I’ve played this track so many times since it was released.

Rodney, Software Engineer, Database
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Grouper

Driving

Grouper - Grid Of Points

What a year! Seriously, just so many good songs. I have struggled to decide this time. 2018 has been a memorable year with some of the best tracks ever by personal favorites like Beach House or Iceage. But if I have to choose the track that I found most spellbinding, that would be Grouper‘s “Driving” (off the also sublime ‘Grid Of Points‘). The ghostly piano melody, the esoteric nature of her voice, the vivid images she evokes… It’s heavenly and, unfortunately, necessary in a world that’s too full of noise.

Javi, Content Marketing and Social Media Specialist
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Minami Deutsch

Concrete Ocean

Minami Deutsch - With Dim Light

The whole album is excellent but I really like this track!

Claire, VP People & Culture
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Fatima feat. Roc Marciano

Take It All

Fatima - And Yet It's All Love

Great single off a great album. Fatima is a Swedish singer living in London and Roc Marciano is at the forefront of the current “grown-up” East Coast rap – I believe he has dropped 3 albums this year, all of which have seen an independent vinyl release and been of a very high standard. This tune is great just because it is different- string loops with no drums and with some strong vocals from both parties. Strongly recommend the album this comes off as well as the albums by Roc this year too. Produced by a friend of mine in the UK who runs independent rap label Daupe! that do some great high-quality vinyl releases, including the last Ghostface album!

Louis, Commercial Manager
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Bad Religion

My Sanity

Bad Religion - My Sanity

Bad Religion released a few songs that are supposedly going to be on a new album they are working on. My favorite so far is “My Sanity” – it is really a song for the times, both within and without, and it has the sound we love them for.

Carissa Rossi, Email Marketing Lead


Peggy Gou

It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)

Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)

The numbers don’t lie: According to my Lastfm, Peggy Gou‘s “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)” was my most played song this year by a comfortable margin. With relaxed vocals and 303 squelches over a propulsive house beat, Gou retains a light pop melodicism without sacrificing replayability. On the other end of the spectrum, Laurel Halo’s moody “Raw Silk Uncut Wood” is a perfect late night, rain on the window ambient meditation.

Stevie, Marketing Coordinator
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Ross From Friends

Thank God I’m A Lizard

Ross From Friends - Family Portrait

It’s hard to choose but I think my heart goes to Ross From Friends‘ spacey “Thank God I’m A Lizard” and Peggy Gou‘s refreshing “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)“. Have listened to both on repeat all summer long!

Coumba, Community Success Coordinator
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Tim Jackiw

Tears In Rain

Tim Jackiw - Tears In Rain EP

Originally recorded in 1996 but never released on vinyl until 2018. “Tears In Rain” is an amazing homage to Blade Runner’s final scene.

Matt Salcido, Full Stack Developer
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Migos

Walk It Talk It

Migos - Culture II

Too catchy for its own good and my obvious choice for the age old question ‘if you could have any song play when you entered a room’.

Alex, Community Success Coordinator
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DJ Koze feat. Sophia Kennedy

This Is My Rock

DJ Koze - Knock Knock

I do want to preface this by saying this is certainly not the best song of 2018, but it has been my favorite. You ever land on a song, then repeat it over and over because it just puts you in some kind of mood? I’ve probably played this a hundred times this year, mostly when I’m pressing to get work done and need something to keep me going. This isn’t the first collaboration between DJ Koze & Sophia Kennedy, as she released her fantastic self-titled album on his Pampa label last year. However, they’ve really hit the groove here. Her deep voice and his idiosyncratic melodies and the atmosphere of it all. It’s also a great launching off point to one of my albums of the year, ‘Knock Knock‘. Not for everyone, but this really hit the spot for me.

Steven, Search Engine Marketer
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Koji Ono

So High

Koji Ono - Incognito EP

The artist that everyone needed (or needs) to discover in 2018 is definitely Koji Ono! “So High” is a subtle mix of jazz-funk, disco, proto-house, and soul. Composed entirely by this one-man band using instruments, Koji Ono was able to bring a fresh sound to the scene. Any person of any age will have no choice but stepping into the dancefloor when his tracks are being played. The whole EP stays at the same level, I fully recommend it. 2019 will be Koji Ono‘s year as he has entered a collaboration with legendary Brit-Funk band Atmosfear!

Clim, Customer Success Coordinator
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J. Balvin

Mi Gente

J. Balvin - Vibras

I’d say that “Vibras” is my favorite record of the year but maybe it would be too much. The album is great, though. I never imagined myself choosing a reggaeton song as my favorite of the year. But I’ve had been listening on repeat this song since the very first moment I listened to it. This is a reggaeton album, ok. But very open-minded with Afro and Hip-Hop influences. I’d say this is the reggaeton equivalent to Frank Ocean’s “Channel Orange“. Mainstream but underground at the same time. “Mi Gente” is my favorite song of the album, whose vinyl edition is marvelous.

Arnau, Regional Community Marketer
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Blawan

Nims

Blawan - Wet Will Always Dry

I am not sure if “Nims” from Blawan’s last album, ‘Wet Will Always Dry‘, is my favourite song of 2018 but… This song has been keeping me up so many times. Listen to it, it’s obviously full of energy! I have listened to it on repeat and it makes me dance in the middle of the street or while walking my dog, LOL “Look at that weird girl dancing techno while walking the dog…” I am definitely buying this album soon!

Esther, CS Specialist
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Nasser Baker

Say Something

Nasser Baker - Say Something

An extremely catchy tech house tune I heard on the dance music marathon on BBC Radio1. Such a banger!

Stacey, Full Stack Developer
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House Of Feeling

Body

House Of Feelings - Body

House Of Feelings got me again in 2018 with the track Body. It gives me goosebumps, it makes me want to dance, it gets stuck in my head all day – in a good way.

Tasha, CS Manager
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Autechre

all end

Autechre - all end

I’d rank this up there with the second half of the Garbage EP in the annals of great ambient Autechre tracks.

Jason, Director of Marketplace Engineering
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