50 Best Songs of 2018
The 50 Best Songs of the Year. It feels a little ridiculous to say, doesn’t it? Full disclosure - not one of us listened to every song that came out this year, nor did we listen to every song that came out within our Chicago-centered scope. Of course we didn’t. To try to choose the true 50 best is a naive task, it’s just this sort of language is what makes sense online in the context of the year-end list. So the title is “50 Best Songs of the Year” - but what the following playlist really delivers, we humbly suggest, is something more akin to a musical yearbook of 2018. 50 tracks, from 50 different artists, meant to (in total) provide a snapshot of the year.
This is mostly a collection of 50 songs that we feel are requisite to understanding where Chicago was musically in 2018 for artists of all genres and sizes - whether they had 21 listeners or 2.1 million. So yes, we hope you see your favorite song on here. But we hope you find your new favorite, too.