Required Listening: The Best Pop Songs of 2018

First name: Ariana. Last name: Grande.

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It came as no surprise when Fifth Harmony announced earlier this year that they were taking an indefinite hiatus so all five members can pursue solo projects. Camila Cabello—who rose to fame via the girl group—continues to dominate the pop charts with her self-titled album, "Camila," alongside artists new and old who are reminding us that pop can be cool. Besides, in this trash-fire of a world we live in, sometimes you just need a tune you can bop along to and forget your troubles. Get hyped this summer with our running list of 2018's top feel-good pop songs.

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"No Tears Left to Cry" - Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry" is the lead single from her upcoming fourth studio album, Sweetener, anticipated for release in August. It's catchy (like, "Love Me Harder" catchy) and deserves all of the stars. Pete Davidson definitely approves.


"FRIENDS" - Marshmello & Anne-Marie

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There's nothing better than some good ol' lyrics like, "You're not my lover, more like a brother / I known you since we were like ten" to push someone into the friend zone. Marshmello & Anne-Marie released their single "FRIENDS" in February, which will be a part of 27-year-old U.K. singer Anne-Marie's debut studio album, Speak Your Mind.


"In My Blood" - Shawn Mendes

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In full transparency, I'm not really a Shawn Mendes fan, but "In My Blood" bumps. (If the name sounds familiar, you're probably thinking of John Mayer's song "In the Blood," which is completely different.) Mendes' passion is on full-display with his powerful vocals and a music video that's surprisingly empowering as he sings about not giving up.


"Growing Pains" - Alessia Cara

Add "Growing Pains" to Alessia Cara's list of really good hits, next to "Stay" and "Scars to Your Beautiful." Even if you aren't an avid listener of Cara, you'll immediately recognize the 22-year-old's strong vocals and feminist lyrics that make her songs so great.


"Mine" - Bazzi

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Okay, "Mine" was technically released in 2017, but it didn't gain popularity until it became a part of Bazzi's first album, Cosmic, which debuted in April. It's one of those "I'm feelin' myself" songs you'll play on repeat while getting ready for a night out. Watch the music video, above, and you'll see what I mean.


"Back to You" - Selena Gomez

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How could we not include Selena Gomez's summer anthem, "Back to You" on this list? Roll the windows down and hit play on this feel-good single as you head to the beach.


"I Like Me Better" - Lauv

Same. If you keep up with our "best songs" lists, you know that we included relatively low-key artist Lauv in our roundup of the best love songs of 2018. The versatile 23-year-old artist made it to this pop list as well with his upbeat track from the same album, I Met You When I Was 18.


"5 Seconds of Summer" - Youngblood

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Australian pop rock band Youngblood is back with its third studio album, 5 Seconds of Summer, which includes this top-rated single of the same title. Make it your pump-up song for the gym or the first day back at work after a long vacation.


"God Is a Woman" - Ariana Grande

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God is a woman. God is Ariana Grande. The music video filled with powerful feminist imagery speaks for itself, and so does the song's steamy mix of slow and fast beats as Grande exclaims, "You love it how I move you / You love it how I touch you, my one."


"Havana" - Camila Cabello

Although you may have first heard this catchy single last year, "Havana" made its official debut on Cabello's new album in early January. And no, we're still not over how good it is. The latin pop song is sexy and dance-around-embarassingly-in-your-room worthy.


"Heaven" - Julia Michaels

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The "Issues" singer slows it down with her single "Heaven" from the Fifty Shades Freed soundtrack. We're very appreciative of a slow pop hit (they don't come around often), especially from a singer with Michaels' vocals.


"All the Stars" - Kendrick Lamar and SZA

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The contemporary R&B/hip-hop/pop mix is exactly what we need this summer. This collaboration is unlike anything we've heard from Kendrick, who's known for his quick-rap style.


"Never Be the Same" - Camila Cabello

Raise your hand if your roommate plays this song every morning while she's getting ready for work. 🙋 (Not complaining, though.) It's the perfect mix of sexy, upbeat, and nostalgic—highly likely to get you thinking of the one that got away or your current partner, who you just can't get enough of.


Download our complete "Best Pop Songs of 2018" playlist below:

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Check back as we update our playlist with the hottest new pop releases of 2018.

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