The best songs of 2018: A long Spotify playlist

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Survive the new year with the 360 best songs from 2018.

For the seventh time, the Daily Dot’s music stans have made you a 24-hour, 360-song playlist of the year’s best music. Listen to it below.

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It’s not just a dump of songs—it’s a mixtape. You can listen to it A-Z and never hear the same artist twice. (Except for, you know, Drake and then a song by another rapper featuring Drake.) In a year where teens found new music by searching for “sad music” on SoundCloud, and mainstream rock finally became unlistenable, and major labels planned release strategies around social media spats, and “Spotify” became a genre defined by soft vibes that lull you into not turning off the stream, there was an unquantifiable lot of great music. (Just read Bandcamp’s wonderful year-end list of indies—one I looked to for some of these playlist selections.)

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This thing took nine people to construct. I had to go through and cut the duplicates, so by virtue of the fact that these people appeared in every mix-maker’s batch, these are the Daily Dot’s favorite musicians of the year:

Beach Fossils
Caroline Rose
Celer
Childish Gambino
Cuco
Courtney Barnett
Dungen Woods
Erika Wennerstrom
Father John Misty
Fire-Toolz
Gorillaz
Haley
Harlem
Helena Deland
Hinds
IDLES
Iceage
illuminati hotties
The Internet
J Cole
Janelle Monáe
Jeff Tweedy
Jeff Rosenstock
Julien Baker
Kali Uchis
Khruangbin
King Tuff
La Luz
Leon Bridges
Lil Wayne
The Love Language
Lykke Li
Mac Miller
Marie Lepanto
Meek Mill
MGMT
Michael Seyer
Mick Jenkins
Noname
Oneohtrix Point Never
Ovlov
Parquet Courts
Pavo Pavo
Phosphorescent
Rhye
Riley Walker
Shannon and the Clams
Smino
Snail Mail
Spiritualized
St. Vincent
Sun June
Teyana Taylor
Thee Oh Sees
Teyana Taylor
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
White Denim
Wye Oak
Young Thug

The 2018 Long Player, a Daily Dot tradition since 2012, is here to power our lonely holiday season.

The best songs of 2018: A long Spotify playlist

Thanks to mix contributors Joshua Bradshaw, David Covucci, Blake Hurtik, Lauren L’Amie, Austin Powell, Tara Seetharam, Alexis Tatum, and Harrison Yeager.

Check out past iterations of the year-end mix: 

2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez is the news director, and formerly the Dot's entertainment editor and evening editor. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Grantland, Washington City Paper, Austin American-Statesman, and Austin Monitor.