are you looking for best new English songs 2018? Am sure you would agree that English songs are taking over the world? It’s interesting to know that most of the non-English speaking nations do listen a lot to English songs more than they do in their own local languages. But the main question is why does English remain the most dominant language in modern popular music?
There is a simple answer to that which is linguistic and historical. Evaluating linguistic as a factor you will agree with me English has become nearly a common language in the world and literally billions of people literally speak or understand English.
Historical as a factor comes into contribution to this since most of the genres such as rock music, Hip-Hop, Country, rap, soul all originated in the US and in UK and the two countries are the world’s largest exporter of music to date. Others factors such as simplicity both in reading and understand of the English language among others have made English songs very popular. If you want to listen and make a playlist of new English music then here are the latest and best top English songs of 2018.
Table of Contents
- 20. Needed Me by Rihanna
- 19. Ride by Twenty One Pilots
- 18. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers
- 17. Cold Water by Justin Bieber featuring Major Lazer
- 16. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
- 15. This is What You Came For by Rihanna featuring DJ Calvin Harris
- 14. One Dance by Drake featuring WizKid and Kyla
- 13. Cheap Thrills by Sia Furler featuring Sean Paul
- 12. Closer by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
- 11. Send My Love by Adele
- 10. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
- 9. Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
- 8. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
- 7. Attention by Charlie Puth
- 6. I’m The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Drew Bieber, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (Chance The Rapper) & Lil Wayne
- 5. Believer by Imagine Dragons
- 4. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
- 3. Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee
- 2. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
- 1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
20. Needed Me by Rihanna
The Barbados singing diva named Rihanna has a number 8 hit on the English charts called Needed Me. This most popular English song hit the air waves in 2016 and it continues to be a favorite among English speaking everywhere. This tune is a mellow temple electro-R&B jam that has a lot of flavor and sultry vocals. Rihanna also has an accompanying video where she kills her cheating boyfriend. Needed Me is considered a female anthem for women that deal with rejection by the men that they love.
19. Ride by Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots released a tune called Blurryface. This song is an international reggae song that has generated over 100 million views on YouTube for its video. Ride has consistently peaked top 10 charts from all over the world. Many people do agree that the song is a great jam. The flow was good and people just liked to rock out with this song. It is a fun tune that people can easily dance and to have fun while they are doing it. This song received platinum status from people all over the world.
18. Don’t Let Me Down by The Chainsmokers
Don’t Let Me Down is a powerful top 10 hit that was released by The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers are hit making individuals who have produced many hits that has impacted all over the world. Many people like Don’t Let Me Down because they can dance to it and have a good time while getting their groove on. This song is a huge international hit and it is still rocking into the beginning of the New Year long after its 2016 release.
17. Cold Water by Justin Bieber featuring Major Lazer
Justin Bieber is arguably the biggest musical star on the planet and Cold Lazer is a powerful EDM group that has a musical reach that encompasses the globe. They teamed up for the highly touted jam Cold Water which is an electro-pop jam of epic proportions. Justin Bieber has been doing his thing since 2015 and in 2016 he was still going strong. Here in 2017, his Cold Water tune is still being played like it was just released last week.
16. Can’t Stop The Feeling by Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake is no stranger to hit making music and his 2016 dance song Can’t Stop The Feeling is a up-tempo jam that is designed to connect with the average person. Can’t Stop The Feeling encourages everyone just to get up and to dance throughout the day and throughout the night at the club. It’s a relaxing feel good song that is loaded with lots of hit making potential and great character. This song is definitely one of the better hits within the English speaking world as of 2018.
15. This is What You Came For by Rihanna featuring DJ Calvin Harris
DJ Calvin Harris and musical sensation Rihanna had been teaming up for years to create a wide variety of hits in Europe and in the U.S. This Is What You Came for is high powered jam by this duo that swept the world in 2016. It is a EDM club styled track that moves with conviction and has the ability to get people going all night long. Rihanna and Calvin Harris’s project has reached the 2nd spot in the U.K. market and has been a jam in Australia and in various other European outlets.
14. One Dance by Drake featuring WizKid and Kyla
Hip hop and R&B artist Drake hails from Canada and his best English song One Dance is a huge international hit within the English speaking world. This song has a lot of style, flavor and an unusual sound that many westerners are not familiar with. As a matter of fact Once Dance features a Nigerian Afrobeat. It also uses the talents of Wizkid and Kyla. This song is a dancehall hit and is real popular in Canada, the Caribbean, the U.S. and in the U.K. Drake is truly an international hit maker.
13. Cheap Thrills by Sia Furler featuring Sean Paul
The start of the year 2017 would not be complete without the song Cheap Thrills. This world dominating song is going to make 2017 one of the best years for music. This is an electric-pop song that that has captured the number one position around the world and is highly praised for being a dynamic global hit. This is definitely one of those songs that will force a person to get up out of their seat and to party on the dance floor.
12. Closer by Chainsmokers featuring Halsey
Closer song was a real popular hit in 2016 and it still continues to entertain early in 2017. It has been released since August of 2016 and has remained in the top 10 spot for well over 6 months. This song by the Chainsmokers has staying power and continues to make waves in various parts of the world. It is well received in the states, the U.K. and in Australia. People should be expecting more great hits from the Chainsmokers and Halsey in the future.
11. Send My Love by Adele
Adele released her song Send My Love in 2017. This song comes from her CD titled 25. This song is a popular within many countries and is a certified hit in the U.K. and in other parts of the world. This song was shown during the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Adele’s song received a lot of praise for its great lyrics, strong message and musical composition. It scored high on the charts within the U.S. earlier in 2016.
10. Body Like A Back Road by Sam Hunt
Released on February 2nd 2017 the lead single from the breakout megastar Sam Hunt’s upcoming second studio album is one of the most popular English song in 2017. “Body Like A Back Road” has already smashed the world records since it became the fastest country song ever to reach 100 and 200 million streams, in addition it broke a six decade record for bring on top of Billboard Hot Country Songs chart for 26 weeks consecutively a record that was previously held by Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” who topped the chart for 24 weeks. The song as of July it has been certified 3x Platinum in Canada and United States. The new English song has over 87 million views on YouTube.
9. Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran
Following in his mathematical footsteps of multiply (x) and plus (+) albums style “Shape Of You” is one of his lead singles in his third album divide (÷). The song was released on 6th January 2017 and instantly peaked up the top position in single charts in more than 60 countries around the world and not forgetting US Billboard Hot 100. The song also set a record for itself when it became the second most streamed song on Spotify today and in addition it’s one of the only 4 songs with more than 1 billion streams on spotify.in certifications “Shape Of You” has been certified more than 4× Platinum in Australia , Belgium, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United states. Currently this new release English song has more than 2 billion views on YouTube.
8. There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back by Shawn Mendes
Another popular English song in our list of top 10 best English songs 2017 is “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back”. The song was released on April 20th 2017 and by Shawn Mendes and it’s a track in Illuminate Album. The song speaks about Shawn Mendes vague and unscrupulous relationship to a woman and his acceptance of the mental effects caused by this woman. The song has been certified Platinum in many countries among them Australia, Belgium, United Kingdom, Italy, Denmark and others. As of today, the most popular English song of 2018 has 112 million views on YouTube.
7. Attention by Charlie Puth
Charlie Puth song “Attention” is one of the most popular English songs this year. The song was released in April 21 2017 and so far, it has already attained top 10 peaks in more than 30 countries. “Attention” is about Charlie ex-girlfriend who has been making efforts to win back Charlie by playing with his emotions, although Charlie knows the girl is looking for attention and she ain’t serious nor looking for a permanent relationship. On charts, the song peaked position 9 on BillboardPH Hot 100 and position 7 on Billboard Hot 100.As of August the song had been certified Gold in UK, US, Belgium, France, Germany Spain and many other countries. The hot English song has around 330 million views on YouTube.
6. I’m The One by DJ Khaled Featuring Justin Drew Bieber, Quavious Keyate Marshall, Chancellor Johnathan Bennett (Chance The Rapper) & Lil Wayne
One of the most popular songs across the world this year is “I’m The One” released on the 28th April 2017. The song is the 2nd single for the record producer DJ Khaled in his 2017 album Grateful. The actual force behind the success of this song are co singers lil Wayne, the prominent Quavious Keyate Marshall (Quavo) and Chance the rapper. The song lyrics are about bosting to the women in their lives that they are the only ones for them on earth. This song set the record as the second hip hop song in history to have debuted to position one on Billboard Hot 100 since Eminem’s “Not Afraid”. In certifications “I’m The One” has been certified platinum thrice in US, Sweden Canada and Australia twice. In UK New Zealand, Italy, Denmark and Belgium. As of today, the Super hit English song has received more than 500 million views in YouTube.
5. Believer by Imagine Dragons
“Believer’ which is a lead single from imagine Dragons rock band third studio album Evolve is among the most popular English songs in 2017. Released on February 1,2017 “Believer” is a song that advices on the need to embrace pain and using that pain a tool for personal growth. The song commercially performed exemplary well as it reached top 10 in many countries charts such as US, UK, Italy, Austria, France and received Gold, platinum, Silver certifications too. The latest English song has around 63 million views on YouTube
4. That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars
The song was released on 30th January 2017 by Bruno Mars, and it’s the second song in his third studio album 24K Magic 2016. This song is the highest charting single in this album and in relation to commercial performance the song has already accumulated more than 500 million video and audio streams and sold over one million copies. On certifications, the song has been certified 4× Platinum in US, 2× Platinum in Australia and New Zealand and Gold, in countries like France, Denmark, Sweden, Spain among others. On YouTube, the Greatest English song has over 800 million views.
3. Unforgettable by French Montana Featuring Swae Lee
Officially this song was released on April 7 2017 by French Montana and featuring Swae Lee. Its Video was shot in Kampala Uganda featuring the famous Ghetto kids. Upon its released it peaked up position three on Billboard Hot 100 and featured in top 10 charts across many countries. In its commercial performance evaluation, the song has already been certified platinum in may countries among them US, UK, Australia, Canada and others.as of today the best and new English song has around 220 million views on YouTube
2. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled Featuring Rihanna & Bryson Tiller
Our list of top 10 best English songs 2018 would be in complete if we dint include “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled Featuring the Barbadian artist Rihanna & Bryson Tiller. “wild Thoughts” is the fourth single for DJ Khaled 10th studio album. The song has sampled Latin band Santan “Maria Maria” (1999) song. The theme of the song details of how lovers should bring to light wild thoughts when they are together. On charts performance, the song has done well as it has featured in many top 10 hit songs across many countries and has received more than 200 million views on YouTube.
1. Despacito by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
This is the most streamed and most popular new English track of all time with more than 4.7 billion streams. “Despacito” was released on January 2017 by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee’s. the Remix which features Justin Bieber was released on April. The song is about a very sexual relationship but also a romantic one between two individuals. Generally, the song performed well commercially and on charts as internationally it topped the charts in many countries around the globe. This song made Daddy Yankee to be the most listened artist on Spotify. In Europe, the song has been certified Diamond, Platinum, Gold and became the first non-English song to top all format Radio songs chart. On YouTube, the song has over 3 billion views.
These are the world’s top 10 best English songs 2018. You will understand that for such songs to earn their place in our list they must have broken several chart records, streamed numerous times both in Spotify and on YouTube and across other music channels. Today these songs are still on Billboard Hot 100 chart list so check them out.