Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/19/18)

Thinking Outside The Boombox: Podcast Newsletter (12/19/18)

It's that time of the year! In this week's episode, I reveal my list of the "Top 50 Songs of 2018." Check out the list below and download the Spotify and Apple Music playlists of the list as well. Check out the podcast on all platforms below!

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Top 50 Songs of 2018

This is one of my favorite parts of the year as I get to look back at all the music we've received and pick my favorites. For the past 3-4 years, this list has been 40 songs long (with 5 honorable mentions) to combat the American Top 40 and the Billboard Hot 100 charts which list the most popular and commercially successful songs in the country. I wanted my list to represent the best of hip-hop and R&B. So this year, that sentiment and intention certainly remains but due to the enormous amount of great music we received this year, I’ve expanded the list to a Top 50. This list captures my favorite songs from those released in 2018, but I also took into account impact, commercial success, and songs that created a moment that couldn’t be ignored. So without further ado, enjoy my Top 50.


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Eligibility Period: December 1st, 2017 - November 30th, 2018 (*with a few exceptions)

  1. “Nice For What” - Drake, Scorpion

  2. “Boo’d Up” - Ella Mai, Ella Mai *

  3. “SICKO MODE (feat. Drake, Swae Lee, Big Hawk)” - Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD

  4. “Make Me Feel” - Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer

  5. “I Like It (feat. Bad Bunny, J Balvin)” - Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

  6. “King’s Dead - Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake, Black Panther: The Album

  7. “This Is America” - Childish Gambino

  8. “In My Feelings (feat. City Girls)” - Drake, Scorpion

  9. “Reborn” - Kids See Ghosts, Kids See Ghosts

  10. “What’s Free (feat. Rick Ross, Jay-Z)” - Meek Mill, Championships

  11. “Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Anderson .Paak, Oxnard

  12. “Self Care” - Mac Miller, Swimming

  13. “Django Jane” - Janelle Monae, Dirty Computer

  14. “Paramedic!” - Kendrick Lamar & SOBxRBE, Black Panther: The Album

  15. “God’s Plan” - Drake, Scorpion

  16. “1985” (Intro to “The Fall Off”) - J. Cole, KOD

  17. WIN - Jay Rock, Redemption

  18. “Conception (feat. Reek Ruffin)” - Black Thought & Salaam Remi, Streams of Thought, Vol. 2

  19. “BUSY / SIRENS (feat. theMIND)” - Saba, Care For Me

  20. “Rose In Harlem” - Teyana Taylor, K.T.S.E.

  21. “Down” - Chloe x Halle, The Kids Are Alright


  23. “Dedicate” - Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V

  24. “Look Alive (feat. Drake)” - BlocBoy JB, Simi

  25. “Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)” - Post Malone, beerbongs & bentleys

  26. “Wu Tang Forever (feat. Wu Tang Clan)” - Logic, YSIV

  27. “Seasons” - Mozzy, Sjava & Reason, Black Panther: The Album

  28. “Off Deez (feat. J. Cole)” - J.I.D, DiCaprio 2

  29. “Dedication (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Nipsey Hussle, Victory Lap

  30. “KOD” - J. Cole, KOD

  31. “D’Evils” - SiR, November

  32. “PROM / KING” - Saba, Care For Me

  33. “Work Out” - Chance The Rapper

  34. “Stir Fry” - Migos, Culture II

  35. “Trippy (feat. J. Cole)” - Anderson .Paak, Oxnard

  36. “Best Life (feat. Chance The Rapper)” - Cardi B, Invasion of Privacy

  37. “OSOM (feat. J. Cole)” - Jay Rock, Redemption

  38. “Gonna Love Me” - Teyana Taylor, K.T.S.E.

  39. “CAN’T SAY (feat. Gunna)” - Travis Scott, ASTROWORLD

  40. “Sticky” - Ravyn Lenae, Crush EP

  41. “Purity (feat. Frank Ocean)” - A$AP Rocky, TESTING

  42. “My Boy (feat. J. Cole) [Freestyle]” - Wale, Free Lunch EP

  43. “Tweakin’” -  Vince Staples, FM!

  44. “Drip Too Hard” - Lil Baby & Gunna, Drip Harder

  45. “Mona Lisa (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” - Lil Wayne, Tha Carter V

  46. “Come Back Baby” - Pusha T, DAYTONA

  47. “Ace (feat. Smino & Saba)” - Noname, Room 25

  48. “Going Bad (feat. Drake)” - Meek Mill, Championships

  49. “OTW” - Khalid, 6LACK & Ty Dolla $ign

  50. “Mo Bamba” - Sheck Wes, Mudboy *

    • Honorable Mentions: “Once an Addict (Interlude)”- J. Cole, KOD | “Tainted”- Alina Baraz, The Color of You | “Wasted Times”- The Weeknd, My Dear Melancholy, | “After Dark (feat. Static Major & Ty Dolla $ign)”- Drake,  Scorpion | “American Dream (feat. J. Cole & Kendrick Lamar)”- Jeezy, Pressure

See you next week!