19. deadmau5 feat. Rob Swire, "Monophobia"
Nearly ten years after deadmau5 and Rob Swire crafted the generational anthem “Ghosts N Stuff” together, the dream team returns with a tune as vulnerable as it is hard-hitting. The pumping rhythm lends Swire a brilliant stage upon which to wail his soulful plea of safety for everyone who hides a struggle deep inside. -- K.B.
18. Black Coffee & David Guetta feat. Delilah Montagu, "Drive"
Black Coffee made a splash in August by teaming up with David Guetta on the slick, pop-inflected “Drive.” While many fans were surprised by the mega-collaboration, in truth, the South African house star has always navigated the line between the underground and the mainstream. As Coffee has expressed on numerous occasions, he doesn't make any distinctions -- in his mind, music is music. Such is evident on “Drive,” which is unabashedly catchy, thanks to Delilah Montagu’s breezy vocals and the understated production wrapped around it. The song debuted at No. 31 on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart, marking Black Coffee’s first appearance on the chart as a lead artist. -- M.S.
17. Peggy Gou, "It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)"
Peggy Gou is having her moment in the sun, and deservedly so. The effortlessly cool, debonair artist solidified her capacity to write distinctive, time-enduring dance music this year, most notably in the form of “It Makes You Forget (Itgehane).” The escapist, acid-tinged house track is Gou at her best, melding cosmopolitan dance floor influence with charming Korean vocal flourishes. Released on Ninja Tune, it’s become not only Gou’s most recognizable song to date, but a dance anthem with global appeal -- as evidenced by its recent inclusion on the FIFA 19 soundtrack. -- M.S.
16. DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna, Cardi B, "Taki Taki"
Go big or go home. DJ Snake's true slugger of 2018 was "Taki Taki," featuring A-listers Selena Gomez, Ozuna and Cardi B as guest vocalists. To no surprise, the banger bulldozed over the competition and reminded both dance and pop fans alike of Snake's hybrid main-stage talent. The track has spent 10 weeks on the Hot 100 thus far, peaking at No. 11, while the music video has amassed approximately 650 million views in just two months. -- D.R.