Class of 2018: The Soundtrack

Albums continue to be my format of choice. I think they always will be. Lucky for me, the artists I follow seem to prefer albums as well. That’s not to say there isn’t a place in my life for singles though. Most years are packed with individual tracks that catch my attention…whether because they are really good, extremely awful, or just inescapable. That’s why putting together a yearly soundtrack is so much fun. Not only do I get to hunt for stand-out tracks as I dissect the albums I’ve enjoyed all year, but I also get to dive into the various songs I’ve ignored over the past twelve months. It’s a time of reflection, discovery, and documentation. Of all my year-end lists, it’s The Soundtrack I come back to most often.

The Soundtrack isn’t necessarily comprised of the “best” songs of the year. It’s just a collection of the songs that fit into a compilation outside of the full album format. With the exception of metal, it is a true representation of what the year sounded like. I’ve never been able to extract single tracks from a metal albums. The full album format will always be sacred for that particular genre.

The Class of 2018 Soundtrack consists of 100 tracks, with no more than a two songs from any single album. The Top 40 are listed with YouTube links below. This Spotify playlist includes the full Soundtrack.

“1950” by King Princess

tell me why my gods look like you


“All The Stars” by Kendrick Lamar / SZA
(from Black Panther The Album Music From and Inspired By)

fuck you and all your expectations

All The Stars

“Always Trying to Work It Out” by Low
(from Double Negative)

figured I should let you go

Always Trying to Work It Out

“Among the Ghosts” by Lucero
(from Among the Ghosts)

first word she said to me was goodbye

Among the Ghosts

“Best Years of My Life” by Pistol Annies
(from Interstate Gospel)

picked a good day for a recreational Percocet

Best Years of My Life

“Better Now” by Post Malone
(from beerbongs & bentleys)

were lookin’ forward to the rest of our lives

Better Now

“Cops Shot The Kid” by Nas
(from NASIR)

who do we call to report crime If 9-1-1 doin’ the driveby?

Cops Shot The Kid

“Cute Thing” by Car Seat Headrest
(from Twin Fantasy)

God, give me Frank Ocean’s voice

Cute Thing

“Etta James” by Brian Fallon
(from Sleepwalkers)

was impossible to hold on to anything

Etta James

“Get Up 10” by Cardi B
(from Invasion of Privacy)

from makin’ tuna sandwiches to makin’ the news

Get Up 10

“Geyser” by Mitski
(from Be the Cowboy)

hear the harmony only when it’s harming me


“Ghost Town” by Kanye West
(from ye)

someday the drama’ll be gone
and they’ll play this song on and on

Ghost Town

“Gonna Love Me Remix” by Teyana Taylor ft. Ghostface, Method Man & Raekwon

been a while since I gave you my street vows

Gonna Love Me Remix

“Graffiti” by CHVRCHES
(from Love Is Dead)

graffitiing our hearts across the stalls


“Hungry Hippo” by Tierra Whack
(from Whack World)

he likes my diamonds and my pearl

Hungry Hippo

“I Like That” by Janelle Monáe
(from Dirty Computer)

always knew I was the shit

I Like That

“If You Know You Know” by Pusha T
(from DAYTONA)

company I keep is not corporate enough

If You Know You Know

“In My View” by Young Fathers
(from Cocoa Sugar)

wanna be king until I am

In My View

“It’s Not Just Me” by Let’s Eat Grandma
(from I’m All Ears)

see you when the screen is vibrating

It’s Not Just Me

“Kids See Ghosts” by KIDS SEE GHOSTS

don’t like bein’ less than any a competition in any of my professions

Kids See Ghosts

“A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” by Ashley McBryde
(from Girl Going Nowhere)

makin’ the best of the worst day kinda night

A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975
(from A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships)

modernity has failed us

Love It If We Made It

“Maria” by Christina Aguilera
(from Liberation)

how am I supposed to face this lonely life I’ve created?


“Missing U” by Robyn
(from Honey)

keep digging through our waste of time

Missing U

“Mr. Tillman” by Father John Misty
(from God’s Favorite Customer) 

is there someone we can call?
perhaps you shouldn’t drink alone

Mr. Tillman

“Nearer My God” by Foxing
(from Nearer My God) 

unfollowing my dead friends

Nearer My God

“Night Shift” by Lucy Dacus
(from Historian) 

in five years I hope the songs feel like covers
dedicated to new lovers

Night Shift

“Pay No Mind” by Beach House
(from 7) 

not dumber just a little bit older

Pay No Mind

“The Ringer” by Eminem
(from Kamikaze) 

heard your mumblin’ but it’s jumbled in mumbo-jumbo

The Ringer

“Rose in Harlem” by Teyana Taylor
(from K.T.S.E.) 

it be the ones who swear they real, not true

Rose in Harlem

“Rough Around the Edges” by Courtney Marie Andrews
(from May Your Kindness Remain) 

I see the flaws and all the in-betweens

Rough Around the Edges

(from iridescence) 

want more out of life than this


“Shallow” by Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga
(from A Star Is Born Soundtrack) 

crash through the surface where they can’t hurt us


“Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin'” by Cody Jinks
(from Lifers) 

I can stay or I can go and not break even

Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’

“Space Cowboy” by Kacey Musgraves
(from Golden Hours) 

boots weren’t made for sitting by the door

Space Cowboy

“Stay Down” by boygenius
(from boygenius) 

push me down into the water like a sinner

Stay Down

“thank u, next” by Ariana Grande

so fuckin’ grateful for my ex

thank u, next

“Uproar” by Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz
(from Tha Carter V) 

aimin’ at your head like a buffalo


“USA” by Jeff Rosenstock
(from POST-) 

I fought the law, but the law was cheating


“Venice Bitch” by Lana Del Rey

fresh out of fucks, forever

Venice Bitch


The Soundtrack to 2018:
4th Dimension by KIDS SEE GHOSTS
1950 by King Princess
2009 by Mac Miller
All On My Mind by Anderson East
All The Stars by Kendrick Lamar / SZA
Always Trying to Work It Out by Low
Among the Ghosts by Lucero
Bad Things To Such Good People by Manchester Orchestra & Julien Baker
Best Years of My Life by Pistol Annies
Better Now by Post Malone
Black Nails by Tierra Whack
Blue Lights by Jorja Smith
Borders by St. Beauty
Charcoal Baby by Blood Orange
City Looks Pretty by Courtney Barnett
Colorado by Cody Jinks
Colossus by IDLES
Cops Shot The Kid by Nas ft. Kanye West
Cute Thing by Car Seat Headrest
Dancing and Fire by Low
Django Jane by Janelle Monáe
Espionage by Preoccupations
Etta James by Brian Fallon
Everybody’s Coming To My House by David Byrne
The Games We Play by Pusha T
Get Up 10 by Cardi B
Geyser by Mitski
Ghost Town by Kanye West
Girl Goin’ Nowhere by Ashley McBryde
God Break Down The Door by Nine Inch Nails
Gonna Love Me [Remix[ by Teryan Taylor ft. Ghostface, Method Man & Raekwon
Graffiti by CHVRCHES
Gratitude by Big Red Machine
Honey by Robyn
How Simple by Hop Along
Hungry Hippo by Tierra Whack
I Do by Cardi B ft. SZA
I Like That by Janelle Monáe
I’m Your Man by Spiritulized
If You Know You Know by Pusha T
In My View by Young Fathers
It’s Not Just Me by Let’s Eat Grandma
The Joke by Brandi Carlile
Kids See Ghosts by KIDS SEE GHOSTS
Kindness of Strangers by Courtney Marie Andrews
King of Alabama by Brent Cobb
King’s Dead by Jay Rock ft. Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake
Life is Beautiful by Lil Peep
A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega by Ashley McBryde
Love It If We Made It by The 1975
Maria by Christina Aguilera
Mariners Apartment Complex by Lana Del Rey
Maybe It’s Time by Bradley Cooper
Me and Michael by MGMT
Missing U by Robyn
A Mother Never Rests by Lori McKenna
Mr. Tillman by Father John Misty
My Friend the Forest by Nils Frahm
Nearer My God by Foxing
Need A Little Time by Courtney Barnett
Nervous Young Inhumans (Single Edit) by Car Seat Headrest
Night Shift by Lucy Dacus
no tears left to cry by Ariana Grande
Noid by Yves Tumor
Pain Killer by Iceage ft. Sky Ferreira
Parking Lot Pirouette by Amanda Shires
Pay No Mind by Beach House
Pearly Gates by U.S. Girls
PERCS | PERCZ by Denzel Curry
Praise the Lord (Da Shine) by A$AP Rocky ft. Skepta
Psycho by Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign
Rage of Plastics by U.S. Girls
The Reason They Hate Me by Daughters
Rewind by The Amazing
The Ringer by Eminem
Rings by Pinegrove
Rose In Harlem by Teyana Taylor
Rough Around the Edges by Courtney Marie Andrews
Salt in the Wound by boygenius
saman by Ólafur Arnalds
Satan in the Wait by Daughters
Shallow by Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper
Six Feet from the Flowers by Caleb Caudle
Slow Burn by Kacey Musgraves
Some Of It by Eric Church
Somewhere Between I Love You and I’m Leavin’ by Cody Jinks
Space Cowboy by Kacey Musgraves
Stay Down by boygenius
thank u, next by Ariana Grande
This Is America by Childish Gambino
‘Til It’s Over by Anderson .Paak
Tintin in Tibet by Mount Eerie
Uproar by Lil Wayne ft. Swizz Beatz
USA by Jeff Rosenstock
Venice Bitch by Lana Del Rey
when the party’s over by Billie Eilish
Your Dog by Soccer Mommy

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