The Best Tracks of 2018, #12

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Carly Rae Jepsen, “Party For One”

You can always count on Carly Rae for some insanely catchy pop music, the kind of pop that doesn’t chase trends. Nah, the only thing Carly chases is the almighty HOOK. Her music is all about the pursuit of the perfect hook, and for all its minor faults (it doesn’t exactly have the “wow” factor that past songs possessed, and it’s fairly straight-laced) the effortless way she sells it with her lovable, slightly raspy voice makes it a success. It’s an understated introduction to her upcoming 2019 album, which will hopefully be in the same league as 2015’s mighty Emotion. We shall see!