When Drake dropped two new songs in the middle of the night back in January, we suddenly had a glimmer of hope that 2018 will be the year we all need. From the bangers to the sad songs to the pop hits in-between, we're rounding up the best music this year has to offer. Grab your wireless speaker, incessantly blast the playlist below, and proceed to ignore your passive-aggressive neighbors.
"God's Plan" - Drake
Scary hours, indeed. As soon as the clock struck midnight on the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump's inauguration, Drake took our minds off the misery with two brand new tracks from his EP, Scary Hours. The best part? This iconic verse from "God's Plan:" "She say, 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly' / I only love my bed and my momma, I'm sorry." The song has the same hip-hop vibe as "Free Smoke" and definitely doesn't disappoint.
"Diplomatic Immunity" - Drake
The political theme is no coincidence: Drake released "Diplomatic Immunity" straight on the heels of a government shutdown. It sounds similar to his reflective ballad, "Do Not Disturb," but we're not complaining. #MoreDrake2018
"All the Stars" - Kendrick Lamar and SZA
Kendrick and SZA dropped their first original song from the Black Panther soundtrack—reminding us they're the duet we didn't know we needed. This isn't the first time the artists have paired up, working together on SZA's 2017 song, "Doves in the Wind." "All the Stars" goes in a different direction with a more upbeat vibe—but it's still equally as amazing.
"Filthy" - Justin Timberlake
This is the first solo release from Timberlake's upcoming album, Man of the Woods. It's no FutureSex/Love Sounds (2006), but it definitely bumps. The full album is set to release February 2.
"Finesse (Remix)" - Bruno Mars feat. Cardi B
The "Bodak Yellow" artist collaborated with Bruno Mars to create a remix of his 24k Magic single, "Finesse," two years after its original release. It has all the *magic* of the original, with the added bonus of Cardi B rapping. You'll think of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air as soon as you hit play.
"Dura" - Daddy Yankee
Write the 40-year-old Puerto Rican singer down on your list of rising artists, and proceed to add this song to your next vacation playlist. Between "Finesse" and "Dura," it's the year of '90s-inspired music videos.
"The Wolf" - The Spencer Free Band
If you haven't heard of The Spencer Free Band, you're probably not alone. The musical group is extremely low-key, but that's about to change. Their new single, "The Wolf," appears on the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. Edgy and cool, the song will leave you feeling like you can rule the world.
"Parallel Line" - Keith Urban
Confirmed: The 50-year-old artist just made country cool (and...sexy?) again. While his wife of 12 years Nicole Kidman has been busy kicking ass for her role on Big Little Lies, Urban has also been working on his new single "Parallel Line" co-written by Ed Sheeran. (Thanks, Ed.)
"Heaven" - Justine Skye
"Don't think I'll ever be angel / I'm floating in the sky / I might have never been this high." "Heaven" is a major sit-in-your-feels song from the 22-year-old, whose debut album Ultraviolet is set for release on January 18.
"For You" - Rita Ora and Liam Payne
The sexy ballad stays true to Ora and Payne's pop roots. Ora starred in the original cast of Fifty Shades of Grey as Christian's younger sister Mia. Now, she's focusing on the franchise's music with this single for the last installment of the series, Fifty Shades Freed. As for Payne, he's clearly doing well sans boy band.
"Top Off" - DJ Khaled ft. Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Future
Name a more iconic
trio quad than DJ Khaled, Jay Z, Beyoncé, and Future. DJ Khaled dropped this first song from his album, Father of Asahd, in early March and it may be a hint as to what Beyoncé and Jay Z's new collaboration for their upcoming On the Run Tour II will entail. (In classic Bey and Jay style, they've kept their new album top secret.)
"Pray for Me" - The Weeknd and Kendrick Lamar
The Weeknd is known for his sultry mixes and Kendrick Lamar for his quick-rap style. Pair the two together and you have the genius collaboration that is "Pray for Me," featured on the Black Panther soundtrack.
"Make Me Feel" - Janelle Monáe
You may know Janelle Monáe from the hit movie Hidden Figures, but she's been a singer since long before you spotted her on-screen. This sexy R&B ballad is part of her upcoming third album, Dirty Computer, which will be released in April.
"Look Alive" - BlocBoy JB feat. Drake
While Drake has yet to drop an album this year (attention Drake, the world is waiting), he's released plenty of singles—"God's Plan" and "Diplomatic Immunity," mentioned above, as well as this new hip-hop song "Look Alive," which feels like Drake's own even though he's technically a feature.
"Love Lies" - Khalid & Normani
Tell me where your love lies, Khalid. The 20-year-old rapper is gaining even more momentum this year with this hit single, "Love Lies," featuring Fifth Harmony singer Normani. And he doesn't plan on stopping.
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