The 9 Best Songs of 2018, That No One Talked About

(12/27) The 9 Best Songs Of 2018 (That No One Talked About)

Turn these songs up to eleven!

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2018 was a really good year for music. We had amazing pop songs, great movie soundtracks, and the heavy hitters in today's music pulling out all the stops.

However, there are some songs every year that don't seem to get the recognition they deserve. And it seems like I'm the only person who knows they exist and knows how amazing they are.

Here are nine songs that came out in 2018, that didn't necessarily get the credit they deserved on the radio, and that you should go download after reading this article.

1. "Babe" by Sugarland feat. Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift owned 2018. Facts are facts, America. One of her many accomplishments this year was giving this song she wrote to country group Sugarland, for their first album in eight years. Another accomplishment of Taylor's was exposing what a terrible person Jake Gyllenhaal is; this song was written for the Red album, which is all about him, and the song implies he cheated on her. While Taylor's vocals in the song are strictly harmonies, Jennifer Nettles does a great job conveying the pain of being cheated on. Also, the video features a Mad Men vibe and a redheaded Taylor playing the other woman. Taylor playing the other woman while wearing a wig is always appreciated.

2. "Slow Burn" by Kasey Musgraves

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Kasey Musgraves might've gotten a Grammy nomination for Album of The Year, but she still didn't get the amount of radio play she deserved. Especially for this song. Even if you're not a huge country fan, I can bet you'll love "Slow Burn." It's a slow ballad with some folk influences, beautiful lyrics, and Kasey's amazing voice. Also, check out her live performance of this song on SNL, you'll have chills on your body and tears in your eyes.

3. "Pay Me" by Shangela feat. Ryan Skyy

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First of all, Shangela was robbed on RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars 3. Since she didn't get the $100,000 check from the show, she decided to put out an amazingly catchy song to earn that cash. There's even a lyric saying "RuPaul, where's my $100,000?," playfully alluding to her getting robbed on All-Stars 3, #JusticeForShangela. But back to the song. Shangela spits amazing lyrics, which encourage venues to pay the entertainers they hire. It's a great message. Plus, Ryan Skyy's beat is incredible.

4. "Now Or Never" by Blair St. Clair

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We're staying on the topic of Drag Queen music with this next song from RuPaul's Drag Race season 10 contestant, Blair St. Clair. , is both an amazing dance track and an emotional song, a rare song to find. The song and video detail Blair's past with sexual assault and alcoholism, and her breaking free from those demons. The video has over 2 million views on YouTube and features a black and white old-school vibe. Also, Blair has an incredible voice, unlike most RPDR queens.

5. "Super Queen" by RuPaul

The last drag queen song on this list is from the queen mother herself and is one of the more recent entries on this list. Even though this song is on a Christmas album, the only holiday touch this song has is a few jingle bells in the background. This isn't the most complex song lyrically, but it's an empowering song with a great backing track, and it's something you could see being used as the next Drag Race runway song.

6. "I'll Find My Way" by Jessica Meuse

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From one reality show to another, comes this powerful track from American Idol season 13 fourth place contestant, Jessica Meuse's debut album. If you're familiar with Jess' YouTube channel, like me, you know that a lot of her songs are about heartbreak and moving on from it. "I'll Find My Way" is a perfect example of this. Jess' gritty voice is perfect over the folk-country vibe of the song, and her lyrics are phenomenal.

7. "Waiting For You" by Alexander Jean

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From husband and wife music duo, singer BC Jean and dancer/singer Mark Ballas, comes the most adorable and relatable love song of 2018. The song is about how people make a ton of mistakes because the right person hasn't come along. Inspirational right? The song features both electronic and guitar in the track. The video is also too adorable.

8. "Queen (Acoustic)" by Jessie J

I have no idea why Jessie J has not completely broken out yet. She sings way better than most of the pop divas on today's radio. And her songs are freakin' amazing, "Queen" being no exception. Her vocals are brilliantly showcased on the acoustic version of "Queen," and the lyrics about self-empowerment are on display.

9. "Why Did You Do That?'' by Lady Gaga

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I know you're probably thinking "why the heck is there a Lady Gaga song from the A Star Is Born soundtrack on an underrated songs list?" While the movie was everywhere in the last three months of 2018, the only song that everyone seemed to pay attention to was "Shallow," and deservedly so, it's a great song. However, the rest of the songs on the album deserve just as much attention, specifically "Why Did You Do That?'' The song is pure pop genius, from the beat to the catchy lyrics. It also is a bit of a throwback to Gaga's The Fame era, which is always appreciated in my book.

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It is easy to fight for the life of someone who isn't born, and then forget that you wanted them to be alive when you decide to hate their existence.

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For those in support of the #AbortionBans happening all over the United States, please remember that the unborn will not always be a fetus — he or she may grow up to be just another person whose existence you don't support.

The fetus may grow up to be transgender — they may wear clothes you deem "not for them" and identify in a way you don't agree with, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them a mentally unstable perv for trying to use the bathroom.

The fetus may grow up to be gay — they may find happiness and love in the arms of someone of the same gender, and their life will mean nothing to you when you call them "vile" and shield your children's eyes when they kiss their partner.

The fetus may grow up and go to school — to get shot by someone carrying a gun they should have never been able to acquire, and their life will mean nothing to you when your right to bear arms is on the line.

The fetus may be black — they may wear baggy pants and "look like a thug", and their life will mean nothing to you when you defend the police officer who had no reason to shoot.

The fetus may grow up to be a criminal — he might live on death row for a heinous crime, and his life will mean nothing to you when you fight for the use of lethal injection to end it.

The fetus may end up poor — living off of a minimum wage job and food stamps to survive, and their life will mean nothing to you when they ask for assistance and you call them a "freeloader" and refuse.

The fetus may end up addicted to drugs — an experimentation gone wrong that has led to a lifetime of getting high and their life will mean nothing to you when you see a report that they OD'd and you make a fuss about the availability of Narcan.

The fetus may one day need an abortion — from trauma or simply not being ready, and her life will mean nothing to you as you wave "murderer" and "God hates you" signs as she walks into the office for the procedure.

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Do not tell me that you are pro-life when all of the above people could lose their lives in any way OUTSIDE of abortion and you wouldn't give 2.5 shits.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is gay or trans, you will berate them for who they are or not support them for who they love.

You fight for the baby to be born, but if he or she is poor or addicted, you will refuse the help they desperately need or consider their death a betterment of society.

You fight for the baby to be born, but when the used-to-be-classroom-of-fetuses is shot, you care more about your access to firearms than their lives.

It is easy to pretend you care about someone before they are even born, and easy to forget their birth was something you fought for when they are anything other than what you consider an ideal person.

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Cheers to sweet summertime! We made it.

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I am the kind of person who is all about productivity. I like to have a busy schedule; it keeps me on my toes and keeps me motivated. Now, I do not mean that I enjoy packing my day solely full of schoolwork, chores, and other responsibilities. If there is one thing I've learned in life, it is that the key to a happy life is balance. You have to divide your time wisely, between both work and play. Although I firmly believe that summer is the time to relax, I also believe that you've gotta do summer in style. Find your balance.

Summer is the perfect time to snag a job, part-time or full-time. God knows that working during the school year is challenging, so saving money from your summer job to have during school is a great idea. Summer is also a wonderful time to conduct research, volunteer, or to take one or two classes in order to lighten your load for the following school year. Your future self will certainly thank you!

Just because summer's already arrived doesn't mean it's too late to work on that summer bod! That's right, you no longer have the excuse "I don't have time to go to the gym", or "It's too cold to exercise outside". At-home workouts can be just as effective as gym workouts, and the internet is chock-full of exercises that just about anyone can do in their living room, or their backyard. You'll be lookin' sharp come pool time.

Summer is the ideal time to travel, whether it's an hour away from your hometown, or a country away from your hometown. Go out and see the world! (That is, if you're financially able…) Side note: road trips with friends are a blast, and way cheaper than jet-setting somewhere!

There's no better time than summer to tackle those big jobs you just don't have time for during the school year. Yep, I am talking about going through the boxes and boxes of clothes you only wear half of, and deep cleaning the car that you've piled your life into the past eight months. It sucks, but hey, it's gotta be done!

Get outside and soak up that vitamin D! I am all for binge-watching your favorite Netflix show, but do it sparingly. Unplug. Make time to go outside, no matter what time of day it is. Watch the sunrise, take your dog for a walk, host a bonfire, anything! What better time of year to enjoy the great outdoors?

All in all, enjoy yourself this summer. Make time for the people you love, but also make time for yourself. Give your mind and body some much needed TLC, and you'll be ready to grind again come September. Cheers to sweet summertime!

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