The top 10 songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.

1. Nicky Jam and J Balvin, “X”: Nicky Jam and J Balvin’s “X” is not just the Latin song of the year — it is SIMPLY THE SONG OF THE YEAR. A year after the uber-successful “Despacito,” comes “X” — a fusion of Latin, reggae and dancehall sounds and the perfect song to listen to while getting ready to go out, at a club or even while you’re cleaning or cooking. “X” is addictive and the beat will move your bones, even if you’re not trying to move. Just don’t fight the feeling.

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this Nov. 15, 2018 file photo, Nicky Jam, left, and J Balvin perform at the Latin Grammy Awards in Las Vegas. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

2. Toni Braxton, “Long as I Live”: Toni Braxton’s R&B classics from the 90’s and 2000’s still sound iconic today, and her latest single, “Long as I Live,” allows you to feel nostalgic, while not getting stuck in the past. Toni’s still got it.

FILE - In this March 2, 2017 file photo, singer Toni Braxton arrives at the world premiere of
FILE – In this March 2, 2017 file photo, singer Toni Braxton arrives at the world premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

3. Jussie Smollett, “Ha Ha (I Love You)”: This Quiet Storm anthem shows that while playing Jamal Lyon on “Empire” helped make Jussie Smollett famous, he sounds even better when he’s singing his own songs.

FILE - In this March 6, 2018 file photo, actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series,
FILE – In this March 6, 2018 file photo, actor-singer Jussie Smollett, from the Fox series, “Empire,” poses for a portrait in New York. (I Love You)” was named as one of the top songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu.(Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)

4. Joji, “Slow Dancing in the Dark”: This burning R&B number is unforgettable.

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2018 file photo, Ella Mai performs
FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2018 file photo, Ella Mai performs “Boo’d Up” at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

5. Ella Mai, “Boo’d Up”: The song of the summer sounds good in the fall and winter, too.

6. Kendrick Lamar and SZA, “All the Stars”: The star of “All the Stars” may seem to be Kendrick Lamar — and while he shines on the song — it’s really SZA’s sing-a-long hook and killer second verse that makes this “Black Panther” track one of the year’s best.

This combination photo shows Kendrick Lamar, left, and SZA, whose song
This combination photo shows Kendrick Lamar, left, and SZA, whose song “All the Stars,” was named as one of the top songs of the year by Associated Press Music Editor Mesfin Fekadu. (AP Photo)

7. Normani and Khalid, “Love Lies”: With all of the Fifth Harmony singers going solo, Normani is the one to look out for. The proof: “Love Lies.”

FILE - In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Normani, left, and Khalid perform at Jingle Ball in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this Nov. 30, 2018 file photo, Normani, left, and Khalid perform at Jingle Ball in Inglewood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

8. XXXTentacion, “SAD!”: So many rappers died young this year, and it’s sad to see so much talent not live up to its full potential. XXXTentacion’s “SAD!” was already a hit before he died, but after his death, the song, and his music, took on new life.

FILE - In this June 26, 2017 file photo, Canadian rapper Drake arrives at the NBA Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
FILE – In this June 26, 2017 file photo, Canadian rapper Drake arrives at the NBA Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

9. Drake, “In My Feelings”: Don’t front — this is your jam, too! Hey, Keke!

FILE - In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Lykke Li poses for a portrait at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)
FILE – In this April 10, 2015 file photo, Lykke Li poses for a portrait at the 2015 Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. (Photo by Rich Fury/Invision/AP)

10. Lykke Li, “Sex Money Feelings Die”: Hit play, and dance.

Honorable mention: Zedd, Maren Morris and Grey, “The Middle”; Cardi B featuring Bad Bunny and J Balvin, “I Like It”; Jorja Smith, “Blue Lights”; Dan + Shay, “Tequila”; Lauren Daigle, “You Say”; Ty Dolla $ign, Khalid and 6LACK, “OTW”; John Mayer, “New Light”; Janelle Monae, “Pynk.”

Source: The Associated Press