When it comes to UK music, we've all been treated to a wide variety of quality tracks this year—whether it be club anthems, drill bangers or more introspective, thought-provoking drops. We've seen the usual suspects maintain their spots as the top dogs, and we've also seen plenty of fresh, new, hungry artists come through and stake their claim to be considered top tier artists moving forward into the new year. Here at Complex UK, we understand that it's a lot to keep on track of every new release from the increasing number of talents rising through the ranks—and that's not even including the hidden gems that may have escaped your radar. So that's why our music team have compiled a list of the best songs of 2018, so that you don't have to.

We've included the likes of Loski, Ambush and Unknown T, but also have offerings from Kojey Radical, Children Of Zeus, Flohio and more all packaged into the perfect early Christmas present for your streaming needs to recap the year and get excited for the one ahead. The majority of our list is made up of UK acts, although we may have included the odd American in one or two spots. But the fact that our list is predominately UK based is a testament to the talent and hard work of the musicians in our scene, and shows the growth that we continue to make. 

Check out the songs we were bumping in the office the most this year, below, and to read more or see the official videos just click through the links. The full playlist can be streamed on the flip.



30. Corella — "Trappin"

29. Mura Masa f/ Octavian — "Move Me"

28. Suspect f/ Jesse James Solomon & Skepta — "One Way"

27. Yizzy — "S.O.S"

26. One Acen f/ WSTRN — "Vice Versa"

25. Burna Boy — "Ye"

24. P Money & Little Dee — "Coldest Flows"

23. Ray BLK — "Run Run"

22. WSTRN f/ Skrapz — "Round Here"

21. Flohio — "Bands"

20. Children Of Zeus — "Slow Down"

19. Blade Brown — "12 Summers"

18. Kojo Funds f/ Bugzy Malone — "Who Am I"

17. Mahalia — "Surprise Me"

16. Skepta & Wizkid — "Energy (Stay Far Away)"

15. D-Block Europe — "The Shard"

14. MoStack — "What I Wanna"

13. Ella Mai — "Boo'd Up"

12. Headie One & Kenny Allstar — "Tracksuit Love"

11. Chip — "Darth Vader"

10. Novelist — "Stop Killing The Mandem" 

9. Nines — "I See You Shining"  

8. Mist f/ Jessie Ware — "Wish Me Well"

7. Sheck Wes — "Mo Bamba"

6. Slowthai — "Ladies"

5. Loski — "Cool Kid"

4. Kojey Radical, Mahalia & Swindle — "Water"

3. Unknown T — "Homerton B"

2. A$AP Rocky & Skepta — "Praise The Lord (Da Shine)"

1. Ambush f/ Chip & Skepta — "Jumpy (Remix)"

 

Revisit our best songs of 2017 here.