Here are your standidates for 2018 in no particular order.
Sounds like: A best friend confiding in you, but set over some baby-making R&B beats.
Song to listen to first: “Supermodel”
Stand-out lyric: “Leave me lonely for prettier women / You know I need too much attention for shit like that.”
Why you'll stan: BuzzFeed Reader has called SZA's music “a black girl's tumblr come to life” as it's “self-questioning, self-affirming, and as relatable as it is personal.”
Sounds like: Your mom's advice, only rapped, belted, and set to trumpets and trap beats.
Song to listen to first: “Good As Hell”
Stand-out lyric: “If he don't love you anymore / Just walk your fine ass out the door.”
Why you'll stan: She's a body positive ICON.
Sounds like: If all the boys in detention got together and formed an unruly, zoo-like “boy band.”
Song to listen to first: “BOOGIE”
Stand-out lyric: “Best boy band since One Direction / Makin' n*ggas itch like a skin infection.”
Why you'll stan: The 12-member music collective uses its diversity to its advantage.
Sounds like: If a feminist woodland nymph got lost and ended up in New York City.
Song to listen to first: “Dog Years”
Stand-out lyric: “I count my time in dog years / Swimming in sevens, slow-dancing in seconds / Oh, and I'm the one that loves you.”
Why you'll stan: She's a humble nature lover who somehow became an internet sensation, and she's not trying to fit into any molds anytime soon.
Sounds like: Airy, blue, glitchy confessionals.
Song to listen to first: “watch”
Stand-out lyric: “If we were meant to be / We would've been by now.”
Sounds like: Buzzing neon rap with a sense of humor.
Song to listen to first: “Spice Girl”
Stand-out lyric: “I need a Spice Girl / Zig-a-zig-ah, fuck up my whole world / Pause when she talk, nothin' like old girl / Scary and Sporty, tell her what I want.”
Why you'll stan: He's not afraid to sport glitter and makeup, and he openly challenges the shaming of mental illness in black culture.
Sounds like: Pop-punky vocals meshed with bubbly, Daft Punk-esque synths.
Song to listen to first: “Juice”
Stand-out lyric: “Relationships ain't a democracy / I'm good if you just stay on top of me.”
Why you'll stan: The Arab-Jewish duo puts aside their cultural differences and makes '80s-inspired electro-funk instead. They even played Coachella in 2014, but seem to be making an even bigger impression now.
Sounds like: An entire European dance club made up of only two people.
Song to listen to first: “Best Friend”
Stand-out lyric: “I think that I'll keep loving you / Way past sixty-five / We made a language for us two / We don't need to describe.”
Why you'll stan: They're a bookworm and an aspiring basketball player-turned DJ who make dance music, all while playing with genre and occasionally quoting Brazilian poets.
Sounds like: An honest, crackling voice that adds a fuzzy texture to flowy, stadium pop.
Song to listen to first: “Don't Leave”
Stand-out lyric: “I may not ever get my shit together / But ain't nobody gonna love you better.”
Why you'll stan: The FADER wrote that she “finessed Anarchist punk life into global pop stardom.”
Sounds like: A chest of your old childhood toys coming to life.
Song to listen to first: “Somewhere”
Stand-out lyric: “I can't tell the different between / Myself and the box of crayons I have used / To color in somebody's ghost.”
Why you'll stan: The folk singer makes electronic music her own with her whimsical nature and wide-eyed honesty.
Sounds like: A comforting voice finding its way in a dark, glitchy void.
Song to listen to first: “Nine Matches”
Stand-out lyric: “If I swallow wickedness / Don't try to save me.”
Why you'll stan: Her sound is dark and breathy, but digital and flirty in a way that's oh so 2018.
Sounds like: Tropical dancehall that's the perfect blend of addictive, flirty, and easy-going.
Song to listen to first: “Boomerang”
Stand-out lyric: “Bang, bang, boomerang / Do you love or hate me now, babe.”
Sounds like: A classic womanly crooner who repurposes spirituals into thick bass-y bangers.
Song to listen to first: “Wild Horses”
Stand-out lyric: “You call my truth in the worst way / Through the dirty lands of a broken smile / And I swear I'm not a pretender / Sometimes it's love who's the biggest liar.”
Why you'll stan: She's invented her own genre, which she calls “soul-trap”.
Sounds like: THIS IS LITERALLY WHAT FALLING IN LOVE SOUNDS LIKE!!!
Song to listen to first: “Electric”
Stand-out lyric: “Melting like ice on a summer day / Hold me like you mean, take me far away / Bodies moving in, temperature rising / Take me to the top then watch me fall in.”
Why you'll stan: She created her debut album over Facebook.
Sounds like: R&B playing at a poetry club somewhere in Brooklyn.
Song to listen to first: “Diddy Bop”
Stand-out lyric: “This sound like Mississippi sippy cup, daddy turn bibby up /
Henny invented the catalyst for happiness in my cup.”
Why you'll stan: Just watch her Tiny Desk Concert. Trust.
Sounds like: Indie feel-good accented with elements of trap and a low, brooding female voice.
Song to listen to first: “NoLo”
Stand-out lyric: “We tried to dance and you / Didn't wanna look uncool / You took my hand and I put my trust in you / Then you let it go.”
Why you'll stan: Her androgyny is redefining the face and sound of the female pop star.
Sounds like: The kind of clean, geometric, primary-colored music that plays in Forever 21. But cool.
Song to listen to first: “MICHUUL.”
Stand-out lyric: “I just wanna art school chick / That really like foreign flicks / I just wanna (I just) / Boyfriend jeans and Vans for the kicks, that's still dumb thick.”
Why you'll stan: The multitalented singer, rapper, and graphic designer finds his inspiration throughout different artforms and defines his style as “sporty cultural.”
Sounds like: Jazz and dark pop melted into each other and shape-shifted into a sexy mistress.
Song to listen to first: “Body”
Stand-out lyric: “You back off to stalk in / You come on strong to win / I let you in my skin.”
Why you'll stan: She's been called a “chic outsider” in today's bubbly pop music scene.
And here’s a Spotify playlist of all your 2018 standidates. Enjoy! 💁
18 Pop Artists You'll Stan In 2018 (If You Don't Already)