Here's a list of 30 of the best songs from 2018.
Pop goddess Cher finds new emotion in the over 30-year-old classic "One of Us" by ABBA. Mamma mia, what a showstopper!
Argentina's Tini pops open a refreshing love song with Colombia's Sebastián Yatra. The two bottle up irresistible chemistry on "Quiero Volver" (I Want to Come Back).
Former Fifth Harmony member Camila Cabello gets real about friendships and relationships in Hollywood. With "Real Friends," she navigates the scene with this raw, relatable standout.
By way of a Porter Robinson sample, pop superstar Mariah Carey dishes her latest kiss-off pointedly. "How 'bout you get the f**k out?" she sings. It's ethereal and empowering, a mood.
Mexican pop star Thalía forgetful pop romp is everything but forgettable, especially with reggaetonera Natti Natisha in the mix. "No Me Acuerdo" (I Don't Remember) is a morning-after moment.
Indie rockers MGMT dial it back to the '80s with "Me and Michael." It's them against the world with this dazzling and dreamy cut that's still characteristically curious.
Lady Gaga dives head first into the world of acting with her debut in "A Star is Born." She makes a splash with the rustic and rousing duet, "Shallow," featuring co-star Bradley Cooper.
"X" marks the undeniable dance track for reggaeton music stars Nicky Jam and J Balvin. The two along with the snake charmer-like groove equals an alluring experience that needs no translation.
"Empire" star Jussie Smollett leaves Jamal Lyon behind to bare his soul on "Freedom." He takes unconditional love to church with this beautifully breathtaking ballad.
Latin pop star Prince Royce veers off his bachata path for the trap music-inspired banger "El Clavo" (The Nail). He hits sexy and saucy on the head with this swagger-packed club anthem.
Pop superstar Taylor Swift treads a blossoming romance lightly on "Delicate." After her recent media fallout, she weaves the reservations and rush of those feelings into a delightful pop bop.
19. Gustavo Galindo's "Isla de Sal" featuring Debi Nova / Renacer
Mexican singer-songwriter Gustavo Galindo puts feelings of loneliness at bay with Costa Rican singer Debi Nova on their haunting duet "Isla de Sal" (Island of Salt). They wade through the emotions in search of that sweet escape.
Thanks to memes and social media filters, Bazzi bubbled to the surface with his micro love song "Mine." He serves sentiment and sensuality in a little over two minutes on this heart-eyes emoji-worthy track.
17. J Balvin's "Reggaeton"
J Balvin moves on from the Vibras era to check those not giving reggaeton music enough credit while sending up the global-reaching genre. "Reggaeton" is a throwback banger with Balvin unbound.
U.K. singer-songwriter Dua Lipa evolves from pop hopeful to dance floor queen with Calvin Harris on the colorful "One Kiss." Harris brings the house music beats and Lipa the attitude on this sun-kissed banger.
15. Lali's "Besarte Mucho" / Brava
Argentinean pop princess Lali snaps on "Besarte Mucho" (Kiss You a Lot). With the genre-bending bedroom banger, she holds her own and effortlessly switches between seductive siren and trap queen in control.
One-time Disney starlets Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato join forces on "Fall in Line." Two of the most powerful singers in the game give voice to this empowering anthem for the #MeToo era.
Australian pop star Troye Sivan unleashes his inner dance floor diva on "My My My." He embraces his sexuality fully and lets his freak flag fly high on this peak #20gayteen banger.
With no relation to the Takis brand chips, DJ Snake still brings the fire with his Latin-influenced banger "Taki Taki." Ozuna, Cardi B and Selena Gomez turn it out on the EDM-meets-reggaeton-music beast.
Following a slew of singles from Icarus Falls, the beautiful "Good Years" is the best of the bunch. Zayn Malik opens up about his rough past few years post-One Direction and dealing with anxiety, relying on his best instrument, that incredible voice of his.
Mexican icon Paulina Rubio regroups with La Oreja de Van Gogh's Xabier San Martín for "Suave y Sutil" (Soft and Subtle), her stormy and magical return to form. Pau packs a punch on this pop-rock anthem.
Colombia's Karol G and Puerto Rico's Anuel AA revealed their relationship to the world with the sleek "Culpables" (Guilty Ones). The reggaetoneros fall for the trappings of forbidden love on the Latin trap banger.
8. Kim Petras' "Heart to Break"
German pop star Kim Petras broke out this year with the bubbly "Heart to Break." She's absolutely electric submitting herself to a bad romance, while at the same time finding a place for a transgender artist in pop music.
Travis Scott makes his futuristic Astroworld a reality with the forward-sounding "Sicko Mode." Backed up by Drake, Scott unlocks a mode beyond beast on this series of relentless bangers tethered together as one hell of a hip-hop track.
Ariana Grande embraces her inner trap music queen on "God is a Woman." On the big-talking, bedroom banger, she takes flexes the power of her femininity and takes the haters to church.
In a male-dominated reggaeton music scene, the ladies are doing it for themselves on "Sin Pijama" (Without Pijamas). Becky G and Natti Natasha hold it down and bring the heat for a sexy sleepover.
Latin music upstarts Mau y Ricky, Manuel Turizo and Camilo come together for "Desconocidos" (Unfamiliar Ones). Turizo's deep voice, the sultriness of Mau y Ricky and Camilo's airy aura highlight the fun and flirtation of their inviting love song.
Mexican trio Reik takes on reggaeton music with Colombian superstar Maluma on "Amigos Con Derechos" (Friends with Benefits). Lead singer Jesús "Chuy" Navarro's soaring voice and Maluma's flirty flow make for a marvelous Latin pop dream come true.
Australian superstar Kylie Minogue celebrated her 50th birthday fittingly with the title track on her country-tinged Golden album. Blended with her disco-pop sound, she preaches a carpe diem message on "Golden." It's a rhinestone diamond in the rough with that classic Kylie sparkle.
Cardi B embraced her Dominican roots on "I Like It," her trap music take on the Blackout All-Stars hit of the same name. With J Balvin and Bad Bunny in the mix, the self-proclaimed #LatinoGang does it for the culture by way of this bilingual banger.