Delve into the dynamic dance music landscape of the Top Dance Songs of 2018, featuring the most invigorating and pulse-quickening Dance Club hits of the year! For newcomers to this series, the Top Dance Songs of the Year is a compilation of the biggest dance songs from various music spectrums from the preceding year.
Party Favorz curates this unique collection, amalgamating tracks from Billboard’s Year-End Charts for Dance Club Songs, Hot Dance/Electronic Songs, and remixed versions from the Hot 100 Songs that typically don’t chart. We also include personal favorites that have left a significant impression over the year. Previously, Beatport charts were used for this process, but they seem to have discontinued their year-end summaries.
Reflecting on the year, 2018 did not leave an indelible mark in the dance music scene as one might have hoped. A considerable fraction of the year’s top dance hits actually peaked in 2017, hence the Top Dance Songs of 2018 list includes tracks from the previous year as well. Iconic examples like “Something Just Like This” by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay, “Silence” by Marshmello featuring Khalid, “It Ain’t Me” by Kygo x Selena Gomez appear on the year-end charts, suggesting that the new releases perhaps lacked the resonant appeal of their predecessors.
Looking at the broader trend, dance music seemed to lean heavily on trends that have already reached their zenith of popularity. From the Deep House frenzy of 2015 evolving into Future House and anthemic tunes, to the current fascination with Moombahton’s slow, rolling beats — a style rooted in Latinx music, dance music trends of 2018 seem to lack originality. Even Reggaeton and Trap music, once fresh and exciting, now seem to have overstayed their welcome, with little indication of what the next big trend could be.
As we take stock of the Top Dance Songs of 2018, it’s clear that the music industry needs to address some systemic issues. Billboard’s charts, for instance, require a revamp to avoid single artists monopolizing chart positions with album releases, a phenomenon exacerbated by the inclusion of streaming service data. This over-saturation dilutes the diversity and quality of charting music.
Despite these challenges, dance music in 2018 wasn’t entirely without merit. The underground scene continues to thrive and there’s an increasing yearning for a resurgence of Disco (NuDisco) and Funk. Given the tumultuous and uncertain times we live in, these feel-good genres could provide the much-needed escape and joy we all crave.
As we look ahead, we’ll explore the ‘Spotification’ of dance music in our next piece, followed by a deep dive into the key DJs/Producers/Remixers who left their mark on the Top Dance Songs of 2018, and the potential path forward for the genre. For now, sit back, press play, and relish the rhythmic journey that was 2018.
Until the next time…ENJOY!
Album: Year in Dance 2018 pt. 1
Genre: EDM, House, Dance, Club
Total Time: 02:31:28
1. Gryffin – Nobody Compares To You (BUNT Remix)
2. Marshmello & Bastille – Happier (Breathe Carolina Remix)
3. Zedd & Elley Dune – Happy Now (Apollo Remix)
4. Panic At the Disco – High Hopes (Gozzi Remix)
5. AXWELL Λ INGROSSO – Dreamer (Matisse & Sadko Extended Mix)
6. Avicii feat. Rita Ora – Lonely Together (Dirty Werk & Country Club Martini Crew Remix)
7. Camila Cabello – Never Be the Same (Division 4 Club Mix)
8. Christina Aguilera – Accelerate (Dicey & Faraoh Black Extended Mix)
9. Sting & Shaggy – Don’t Make Me Wait (Dave Aude Extended Remix)
10. Rihanna – Consideration (Dirty South Remix Extended)
11. Halsey feat. Big Sean & Stefflon Don – Alone (Calvin Harris Remix)
12. Tiesto & Sevenn – BOOM (Extended Mix)
13. Sofi Tukker feat. Nervo, The Knocks & Alisa Ueno – Best Friend (Sofi Tukker Carnaval Remix)
14. P!nk – Secrets (Until Dawn Club Mix)
15. Selena Gomez x Marshmello – Wolves (Alphalove Remix)
16. The Weeknd & Kendrick Lamar – Pray For Me (Charlie Lane Remix)
17. Dua Lipa – IDGAF (Charlie Lane & Jason Reilly Remix)
18. Ariana Grande – No Tears Left To Cry (StoneBridge Club Mix)
19. Charlie Puth – How Long (EDX’s Dubai Skyline Extended)
20. Camila Cabello – Havana (Danny Dove Remix)
21. Kygo feat. Miguel – Remind Me To Forget (Chris McDyre Remix)
22. Silk City & Dua Lipa – Electricity (Barry Harris Ballroom Remix)
23. Niall Horan – Too Much To Ask (TRU Concept Extended Mix)
24. Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B – Girls Like You (Charlie Lane Remix)
25. The Chainsmokers & Coldplay – Something Just Like This (Stash Konig Remix)
26. Hayley Kiyoko – Curious (Joe Maz Mixshow)
27. Arlissa & Jonas Blue – Hearts Ain’t Gonna Lie (Billon Remix)
28. Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper – Shallow (Barry Harris Remix)
29. Tony Moran feat. Jason Walker – I’m In Love With You (Rob Watson Remix)
30. Kristine W – Stars (Giuseppe D. Club Mix)
31. Marshmello feat. Khalid – Silence (Tiesto’s Big Room Extended)
32. Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc – Wake Me Up (Extended Mix)
33. Zedd feat. Maren Morris & Grey – The Middle (Barry Harris Remix)
34. Keala Settle – This Is Me (Dave Aude Extended)
35. P!nk – Beautiful Trauma (Nathan Jain Extended)
36. Rita Ora – Anywhere (Charlie Lane Remix)
37. Jason Derulo & David Guetta feat. Nicki Minaj & Willy William – Goodbye (Craig Welsh Remix)