Mallrat's 'Groceries' In Billboard's 100 Best Songs Of 2018

Thousands of songs have been written about the thrill of having a crush. But what about the annoyance? Aussie alt-pop newcomer Mallrat bottles up battling feelings (“I think we’re supposed to be,” “I’m Miss Independent”) in this sticky, finger-snapping acoustic highlight from debut EP, In the Sky, about the silly things we tell ourselves when we like someone -- but wish we didn’t. There’s something endearing about the way she trills “if you wanna get groceries” (what could be more mundane, or more personal?), dancing around her emotions with both sweetness and swagger. Something like a conversation is unfolding between the notes -- blissful guitar strums hint at budding love; Mallrat responds with a shrug. -- TATIANA CIRISANO