DJ Earworm’s Annual ‘United States of Pop’ 2018 Mashup Is Not It

DJ Earworm’s ‘United States of Pop’ mashup, 2018 edition, is out.

I’m not a big fan of writing posts to trash something, but we’ve featured DJ Earworm’s mashup every year since BH transformed into a music blog. Perhaps I’m changing into a grumpy, cynical old man, or this just isn’t very good. Or, even worse, it’s a rude realization that pop music in 2018 was just alright. Probably D) all of the above.

The mashup features some of the most popular pop cuts of the year, including Ariana Grande’s dual lead singles, “No Tears Left to Cry” and “Thank U, Next,” as well as contributions from Camila Cabello (“Never Be the Same”), Dua Lipa (“New Rules”), Cardi B, Halsey, 5 Seconds of Summer and several servings of Drake.

Look, pop music in 2018 was actually quite a ride, but DJ Earworm’s mashup doesn’t reflect that. It’s missing some key players, like Christina Aguilera, Lady Gaga, Kim Petras, Nicki Minaj, Shawn Mendes, Zayn, Mariah; the list could be quite extensive. I’m assuming Earworm featured only the best performing tracks, but does that reflect the year in music accurately? A resounding no.

Sonically, it’s not particularly appealing either. If it was possible to throw all 25 songs into a blender and pour into YouTube, it’d be this. It’s an impressive feat to feature that many artists in a 4-minute remix, but this edition feels more like a rushed homework assignment thrown together than an ode to great music. Yup, grump.

DJ Earworm United States of Pop 2018



Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
Ariana Grande – “Thank U, Next”
Bazzi – “Mine”
Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
BlocBoy JB & Drake – “Look Alive”
Bruno Mars & Cardi B – “Finesse”
Camila Cabello – “Never Be the Same”
Cardi B feat. Bad Bunny and J. Balvin – “I Like It”
Childish Gambino – “This is America”
Drake – “God’s Plan”
Drake – “In My Feelings”
Drake – “Nice for What”
Dua Lipa – “New Rules”
Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
Halsey – “Bad at Love”
Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
Khalid & Normani – “Love Lies”
Maroon 5 & Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
Marshmello & Bastille – “Happier”
Post Malone – “Better Now”
Post Malone & Ty Dolla Sign – “Psycho”
Travis Scott & Drake – “Sicko Mode”
XXXTentacion – “SAD!”
Zedd Feat. Maren Morris and Grey – “The Middle”
5 Seconds of Summer – “Youngblood”

Listen below:


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