The Best Tracks of 2018, #14


14. Zara Larsson, “Ruin My Life”

With well over one billion streams (what’s that, ten bucks in royalties?) Zara Larsson is quickly ascending to pop star status, and her first single since 2017’s So Good sets the stage for global domination. There’s not much to the song – it’s textbook songwriting dynamics with cool skittering beats in the chorus and lyrics that depict a toxic relationship – but 20 year-old Larsson sells it like someone poised to become the Next Big Thing. The build-up from pensive verse to rising bridge to gracefully shimmering chorus feels flawless as she sneakily swears up a storm in a way that would have made Tipper Gore have an aneurysm 35 years ago. Here’s hoping Larsson’s new album will be just as strong as this incredible little teaser.