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Top 25 songs in 2018

It’s this time a year again! December is closing in which also means that 2019 is just around the corner. This also means that I’m back with another top-list.

This time I’ve expanded the list with 5 spots, but it’s not the only news. I have now officially switched to Spotify as my main music streaming service. This means that it will be much easier to follow my playlists in the future (and you should do that if you want to keep up with the best music releases). I will leave some links to different playlists, so feel free to follow me there.

And now… I present the music year of  2018 in a compressed 25 songs-list:

25. Valee – Womp Womp (feat. Jeremih)
This song is guaranteed to make your shoulders move – in fact, it’s something that happens subconsciously at this point, so you won’t even notice it. Both Valee and Jeremih are on point with their flows, so just sit back and let this banger take over your body.

24. ROSALÍA – PIENSO EN TU MIRÁ – Cap.3: Celos
ROSALÍA came out with an album and somehow I heard of it. I’m really glad I did because it’s one of this years best. This song is the perfect representation of why it’s so good and you don’t even have to know Spanish to enjoy it.

23. Flatbush Zombies – Headstone
The ultimate hiphop song in 2018! If you catch all the references, you are officially, not only a part of the culture, but probably THE CULTURE ITSELF. The way they all smoothly incorporate all the references without making it corny deserves an award – well done!

22. Mitski – Nobody
Hey Mitski, I sincerely hope you found your honest kiss this year – and if it didn’t happen, I will gladly help you find it in 2019. Because NOBODY and I mean NOBODY should have NOBODY around. A simple song that goes deep into loneliness is very hard to pull off, but Mitski does it to perfection.

21. Ryan Hemsworth – Special Girl (feat. SK & Tomggg)
This song has grown so much on me and I’m not sure why. I was actually starting to get annoyed by all the afro-beat and Caribbean-vibe songs, but this has something special to it (probably because Ryan Hemsworth can’t do wrong with his producing). This is the first song I’m putting on when summer comes again – HELLO SUN, HELLO DRINKS, HELLO SPECIAL GIRL!

20. JMSN – Mind Playin’ Tricks
JMSN keeps evolving his sound with innovate new elements that he adds to his core sound and he just keeps getting better. Why he isn’t more popular is an enigma to me – but everything good doesn’t have to be popular, I guess? I’m really just glad he keeps delivering good music though.

19. Travis Scott – HOUSTONFORNICATION
Astroworld was one of the biggest releases this year and I must say Travis Scott delivered! So many good songs on that project, but ultimately I think HOUSTONFORNICATION is Travis Scott at his best. The rapping slowly increases in intensity as the song goes along and he just keeps going in. I guess he isn’t kidding when he says “I might need me some ventilation” in the chorus cause this is straight fire.

18. Anderson .Paak – Trippy (feat. J. Cole)
Everyone wants love. I just want Anderson .Paak to make a 15 minute version of this song where he keeps going in with that smooth talk. Even though this isn’t my favorite J. Cole feature this year (how can one man have so many good features in a year?), the song has some of the best production I’ve heard in a while and made it one of those songs that you enjoy having on repeat.

17. Chrome Sparks – All or Nothing (feat. Angelica Bess)
When I first heard this song, I instantly liked. But that was it. I liked it. I didn’t love it. I didn’t expect to love it. But when it got to 3:20, I knew this was something special. The melody with the horn in the background elevated the whole song and I couldn’t help myself listen to it again straight away, now being this much wiser about what this song is going to become.

16. Tash Sultana – Pink Moon
Tash came in on this song. The raw emotion in her voice coupled with the guitar makes it impossible not to sit back and take it all in. The guitar solo that comes in the end finishes off the song in the perfect way – add a little more power to this slower song and you got yourself one of the best songs of 2018.

15. Ravyn Lenae – Computer Luv (feat. Steve Lacy)
I’m a sucker for duets – especially when they are weird and quirky which this one definitely is. The song title describes perfectly what the song feels like while you are listening to it the first couple of time – is it real love for the song or is it just Computer Luv? For me the answer became obvious with time and there is a reason why it’s included in this list.

14. George The Poet – Follow the Leader (feat. Maverick Sabre & Jorja Smith)
This song sounds like it’s three parts put together – the beat, the verses and the chorus. Even though it doesn’t sound smoothly put together, there is still something that makes me want to come back and listen to the song. Many times. On max volume. Singing my lungs out. All while I’m enjoying the message of the song. That’s a good recipe for a great song.

13. Mick Jenkins – Understood
I’m having a hard time understanding why Mick Jenkins isn’t considered one of the best rappers alive. The writing, the wordplay, the flow – everything’s there to create the perfect song you can vibe to. Give this man his credits!

12. Lupe Fiasco – Stack That Cheese (feat. Nikki Jean)
Go get that cheese, and not cheese like the mouse cheese or that getting embarrassed saying stuff at the house cheese, rather that cheese as in the green cheese, hopefully not that never-to-be-seen cheese. Okay – if you got that reference, you’ve probably already heard this song and Lupe’s new album. If not then you don’t prioritize right in life – it’s as simple as that!

11. The Weeknd – Call Out My Name
The Weeknd needs no introduction – and I’ve already covered this song in a post, so check it out here – there was no way I wasn’t going to include this.

And from here on, we enter the realms of the top ten! It will be a dangerous journey so invite your friends to join you by sharing the post and read it out loud with each other or something(?)

10. KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Cudi Montage
Ghosts are only visible to children according to Kid Cudi and Kanye West. This is quite the statement, but despite the name which sounds like a 2000’s alternative rock group that you only ever saw play at your local bar (I’m kidding, I like the name), this song has everything to offer. Cudi and Kanye give you their best performances in a while, and Kanye’s verse is the best he has delivered in a while. If you want to read an even further description of why I love this song check it out
here.

9. Etherwood – You’re Missing Life
It’s been a while since I listened to Drum ‘n’ Bass on the regular. When I saw Etherwood released a new album, I had to check it out though – and there it was; I instantly fell in love with this song. It just touches on something basic in me. I know it sounds cheesy (all about stacking that cheese though), but don’t ever miss out on life – something I feel like Etherwood perfectly captured in this song. Obviously, the title helped me reach that conclusion, but there is something magical this song has going for itself. Something that keeps me listening and reflecting about my life – something deeper. I like that.

8. SAINt JHN – God Bless the Internet
I have been following SAINt JHN for at while now and was really excited about the release of his album Collection One. It didn’t disappoint – in fact, it became one of my favorite releases with a lot of good as well as different songs on it. His sense of melody is close to that of Drake’s (I know, that’s quite the statement) and his cadence just makes his voice stand out compared to a lot of similar artists. The song is the perfect night vibe song – sit back, relax and most importantly, enjoy!

7. Jenny Wilson – IT HURTS
Jenny Wilson is an artist from Sweden that made my favorite alternative pop song this year. The thematic approach in the song (and album) isn’t the typical pop stuff though. She deals with her experience of being raped. It’s crazy to go through the experience with her when you know what happened and I applaud her courage of doing it in a way where she shares the whole experience with the world – not a pleasant listen, but an important one!

6. Mac Miller – 2009
To be honest, I can’t add a lot to the conversation about the death of Mac Miller. I already made a post on this song
here. Now – more than 3 months after the fact I still feel sad thinking about it. So young, so much more to give. This song is on it’s way to become my favorite song of his with so many lines that stands out as something I can truly resonate with. May he forever rest in peace.

5. Leon Bridges – Shy
If you need something to touch your soul, you listen to Leon Bridges. It’s that simple. This man has all of the gifts when it comes to that – and Shy is a no exception to that. The chorus is my favorite this year and I can’t help but sing along whenever I listen to it. The song is just so damn enjoyable that I have really been listening to it a lot which is the reason it sneaks in my top five this year.

4. DROELOE – Many Words
This is a song that really surprised me (DROELOE again – looking at you
TOP 2017 list). The melody and voices during the ‘chorus’ is definitely the best part of the song and it never fails to put a huge smile on my face every time I hear it. The song kicks up a notch towards the end as well and it just makes a great song that 100 % will get stuck in your mind for the longest time. I find myself humming it even when I haven’t listened to it in a while, only because the melody is something that’s a part of the fundamental human experience (maybe that’s a small exaggeration, but it’s definitely feels like it).

3. Saba – BUSY / SIRENS
This is a song that does everything an introspective song should do. After listening to it, I can feel Saba’s struggles within myself – because a part of me can relate to having a ‘busy’ day. I think every person has days where they feel off and don’t feel like interacting with the world. This can be triggered by certain people or big life events, but what if you get this every day and it doesn’t get triggered by anything cause it’s just always there? Depression is a tough thing to describe to others that hasn’t experienced it first hand, but I think Saba gets his point across fairly well. His life and the context in which he experiences all this stuff is something far away from my reality, but there’s a touching point still. We are capable of feeling the same – and this song gave me chills the first time I listened to it. Damn Saba, what a story!

2. Sabrina Claudio – Messages From Her
I don’t even know what to say about this song. Perhaps I should start by saying that it’s the most beautiful song of 2018 without a doubt. Sabrina touches upon the (in my opinion) most important thing in the world – listening to the core of yourself. If you aren’t doing what you’re supposed to be doing, or you feel like you have let yourself down, find that inner voice. It will always guide you in the right direction – if you just take the time to listen. The message along with what can only be described as an angelic voice as well as the guitar that lays the fundamental for it all, this song is something very special. And you don’t have to listen to the song for more than the first 20 seconds to know that – this will automatically become one of your favorite songs as well.

1. 6lack – Pretty Little Fears (feat. J. Cole)
My favorite song of the year couldn’t have been anything other than this godly combo of 6lack and J. Cole. The minimalist beat fits both of their styles really well and 6lack’s song-writing is well-thought out and his voice gives it the edge it needs. WITH THAT BEING SAID THOUGH, the actual reason why this song tops the list is J. Cole’s verse. What a verse. Wow. I’m stunned every time I hear it. The flow is anything I’ve heard from Cole before and the song-writing takes it to another level. A beautiful message to this one person that’s his wife, his lover as well as his best friends all at the same time – A life partner. How can he even do that? I would have payed a lot of money to have been there whenever he wrote that verse:
“Before I had you this shit was fantasy
You plant a seed to grow some roots, a branch and leaves
Becomes a tree of life until our nights are filled”

The way he delivers these lines is exactly why this song had to be my number 1 this year. So if you haven’t listened to the song yet, I honestly don’t know what you are waiting for. CHECK IT OUT NOW!

And this concludes it – my top 25 list of 2018.
As always, I feel like this year has been exceptional when it comes to music (despite some tragic deaths – RIP) and we should be thankful to be in a position where it’s this easy to listen to all this great music.

As I mentioned in the beginning of the post, I have switched to Spotify which makes it a lot easier for you to follow when I add new music (if you have Spotify of course). I encourage you to follow me as I will add music to my playlists far more often than I post here. I have made the top 25 list as a playlist on Spotify – so you can easily click that play button!

If you want the compact nominees list as well as the full 2018 list, I will add the Spotify links to those AND most importantly the new, upcoming 2019 playlist:

The whole 2018 playlist: HERE
The compact 2018 nominees playlist: HERE
The upcoming 2019 playlist: HERE

I wish everyone a great holiday as well as the best in the new year!


7 songs you’ve missed this year – You won’t believe number 3!!!

WARNING: TITLE IS CLICKBAIT!

But wait. It’s too late. You already read the title and said out loud: “I just NEED to know what number three is!”

I’m sorry for using these cheap psychological tricks (apparently not sorry enough to go back and actually come up with a better title). BUT…  Without spoiling too much, I will say that there is a special surprise in the list (and you guessed it already, it’s number 3)

To be honest, I can’t keep up with writing a post for every good song that comes out, as I only write these when I’m in the mood for it. This made me want to make a list of songs that flew under the radar in the mainstream – and remember, you are free to comment on the list if you agree with it or if you just want to let me know that one of the songs I included was actually quite popular and went straight number 1 on the charts in Bhutan.

The songs aren’t listed in any particular order and I made it easy for you to check out the songs – you just click on the title (I know, I’m a genius for this one).

  1. Stromae – Défiler (Bande originale de la capsule No. 5 Mosaert)
    I bet most of you remember how good (and quite annoying at the time) Alors on Danse was. Well, Stromae is back and released (back in April) an almost 9 minute long song that is awesome in every sense of the word. Even if you don’t understand French, this is a must-listen!


  2. serpentwithfeet – invoice
    Invoice is a song that builds up pretty slow, but once serpentwithfeet gets started, he just goes all in and truly showcases his vocal range in this one. Everything in this song comes together to make it one of the most powerful songs this year. It’s definitely one of those songs that you should listen to with some good headphones to get the full experience.


  3. MMS – Don’t Believe the Internet
    The world exclusive premiere to a new song made by me. To be honest I have been playing around FL Studio for quite a bit and decided to record a song. I know it isn’t the best song ever, but I actually think it’s quite good for a first song. I uploaded it to YouTube – let me know what you think in the comments.


  4. SABA – BUSY / SIRENS (feat. TheMIND)
    Saba released one of the best (if not THE best) hip hop album this year, and somehow I didn’t make a seperate post about it when it came out. If you haven’t checked Saba before, this is the perfect time to get into him. And make sure you check out his Tiny Desk Concert performance as well. He kills it!


  5. Mewithoutyou – August 6th
    I just found this group this year when I listened to their Untitled EP, and I have to say that I really like their melodic approach. At times the way they structure their melodies remind me of System of a Down – no wonder I like them. It’s not as heavy as SOAD, but it’s some of the best rock I’ve heard in years (but I have to admit that I don’t follow the genre as much as I used to).


  6. Raleigh Ritchie – Time in a Tree
    If this is your first time hearing of Raleigh Ritchie, you should probably check out all his material. His writing abilities is the perfect combination of catchy, while still telling a (great) story. Even though I linked to the spotify in the title, you should also check out the music video on Youtube – It fits the song perfectly!


  7. Joey Pecoraro – First Kiss
    This is the defintion of Sunday music. The whole album is filled with good-feel songs (the album is named Music for Happiness which is exactly what it is). It’s instrumental only except for sampled vocals and it never fails to put me into a calm and relaxing state. I promise you that Joey Pecoraro will become your go-to for that!


And there we have it! A list that touches on a lot of different genres. Hopefully you will give it all a listen – you never know when an artist or a band hits your perfect musical sweet spot.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did writing it – and I can already now tell that their will be coming a Top 20 songs of 2018 list in December. If you haven’t already checked out my other song rankings of 2016 and 2017 – you can go ahead and do that now as this post is probably ending soon…

 

 

 

… But not quite yet. Okay – now it is. I promise.

Anderson .Paak – ‘Til It’s Over

More of this, please? I know it’s been a while since this song came out, but I have to share it with everyone that maybe skipped it the first time around (Why would you ever skip an Andersoon .Paak song though?).

The song reminded me on why I became a huge fan of Andersoon .Paak in the first place. His voice has the perfect combination of being raspy and soft at the same time – I honestly can’t think of anyone that even come close to his sound. He has truly found his own lane and wow! – what a lane to have carved for yourself!

I saw Anderson .Paak (and The Free Nationals) live two times, two years ago. It has, hands down, been two of the greatest concerts I have ever been to. He is a true performer because he performs the truth (kinda corny, I know). What I actually mean, is that his presence on stage is so authentic that it has an mesmerizing way of making you step into his world. The world you step into is colorful, honest, but most of all so enjoyable that you don’t ever want to return to your own world which now seems all dull and boring.

When you’re listening to his music, it gives you the exact same feeling. This song teleported me right back to the concerts, and I just surrendered to Anderson Paak, his voice and his world. I believe a good artist makes you listen, but a great artist makes you feel – Anderson Paak is definitely in the latter category.

I hope there is a good balance of upbeat, chill and ‘in-your-feelings’-music on his upcoming project (dropping this summer, maybe?). No matter what, I know that it’s going to be an instant favorite.

Daniel Caesar – Transform (feat. Charlotte Day Wilson)

It wasn’t that long ago that Daniel Caesar released his album, Freudian and I was sold the second I heard the first song.

Despite being from Toronto, he is one of the newer upcoming artists from there that don’t copy Drake or the OVO sound, instead going his own way – and what a way he chose! The album as a whole is great, but what really shines on this project is his voice. His voice reminds me a bit of John Legend’s and that is never a bad bad thing. Mix this with a more interesting sound and you definitely got my attention.

Some of the songs litteraly gave me chills – the flow of the album is great, and every song is strong on its on, but works beautifully as a whole as well. I urge everyone to give this album a listen if you are looking for tender love songs and excellent piano play with a modern twist.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Bryson Tiller – Before You Judge

I’m back with another post after a couple of days off. I have to admit my “one-post-per-day”-mission was, despite being a fun goal, pretty optimistic and I probably won’t go back to that. I will instead only post songs when I really feel like sharing them – that usually means that the songs does such an impression that I have to share it with everyone!

“Now back to the good part” – Michael Bolton

Bryson Tiller dropped his album a whole month before it was supposed to be released. His debut Trap Soul was really enjoyable and this came as a pleasant surprise. Before You Judge reminds me so much of his song Rambo and I love how hard he goes on both of those songs.

Be sure to check out the song and if you like it, check out the album as well!

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

Frank Ocean – Lens

I know, I know.. I’m a bit late with the song, but I have to post it. It’s Frank blessing our poor souls with track after track in 2017!

I don’t think anyone expected this would happen after waiting 4 years from Channel Orange for Endless/Blonde, but I’m so happy that we get these tracks – there is even going rumors about that he will release Endless as an album with all new featured tracks (which definitely could be a real thing now that Slide On Me released with a Young Thug feature), let’s hope so!

The song itself is classic Frank. Pouring his emotions out with a beautiful and chill instrumental going on in the background – sonically, it’s a mixture between Blonde and Endless with the added autotune on his voice and the ending is like something straight out of Endless.

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

The-Dream – Heir Jordan

The-Dream is an artist that I have enjoyed listening to ever since I first heard his album Love King back in 2010. He is far from my favorite artist, but I am always excited when I see something new from him because there is always a chance that he has that one amazing track.

Heir Jordan is that track from me on Genesis. Apparently Genesis was released as a visual album back in 2016, but has only recently been released on music streaming services. The other tracks on the album didn’t get my attention, but this song has a really cool vibe to it and it reminds me a bit of The Weeknd’s mixtape era – Dark vibes with great singing.

If you miss the old The Weeknd vibe (I know I do), then give this song a listen!

 

Other streaming services:
Google Play Music

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) had a great 2016!

Kendrick Lamar dropped his album, untitled unmastered back in March. In July, Schoolboy Q dropped his album, Blank Face LP. Isaiah Rashad dropped The Sun’s Tirade in September. Both SiR and Lance Skiiwalker dropped their projects in October, called HER – EP and Introverted Intuition respectively. And finally Ab-Soul released a great album called Do What Thou Wilt in December.

But this doesn’t mean that 2017 will be any slower for TDE it seems. SZA recently dropped a track called Drew Barrymore which have officially made me over-the-top hyped about her upcoming project.

Give the song a listen below and you will understand why!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Syd – All About Me

Syd from The Internet is coming with a solo album soon. The first single from the album just dropped and I hope that the album can make her become more known in the mainstream as she is very talented.

The beat is very trap-inspired and her unique voice definitely makes the song go from good to great.

You should also check out the album Ego Death by The Internet. It truly is one of my favorite albums that I always come back to.

ILOVEMAKONNEN – Down 4 So Long Remix feat. Ezra Koenig & Despot

What do you get when you mix Ilovemakonnen, Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend and Despot together in a song?

The three artists couldn’t be more different from each other and yet they somehow they make the song work. Ezra’s whole verse is gold and my favorite line is when he says:

“Went to the Hamptons and I thought I was the man
‘Til Mary-Kate said my Ray Bans were off-brand”

No wonder he is feeling down after such a tragic event. Check out song and the other verses just below!

Spotify

Google Play Music

Soundcloud