This past year, pop's stranglehold on the top 40 loosened considerably, and thanks largely to hip-hop and dance's heavy lifting, a handful of pop-rock artists squeezed through the opening in ubiquity's door. You'll find a few of them below, alongside some indie mainstays, some under-the-radar discoveries, some rappers who love guitars, guitarists with a thing for rap, and a ska-punk song that became huge on alternative radio.

We're still not quite sure how that happened, but we're glad it did, just as we're glad to present our staff's picks for rock's best songs of 2018.

25. nothing,nowhere., "Hammer"