My Playlist of 2018

Monday, 17 December 2018

What a year. I started a new job, I moved in with my girlfriend, I turned 28, and I of course enjoyed so much new music. Over the course of 2018 I have been chucking new releases into a Spotify playlist and i've decided to share that with you to let you know my favourites from this year.

The first song that grabbed my attention in 2018 was Troye Sivan's comeback single My My My! that saw the 23 year old unleash his inner diva. Strutting his way through the visuals, this song got everyone ready for the release of his second album 'Bloom', that followed in August. Whilst we're talking of comebacks, one of the biggest of the year goes to Justin Timberlake, who released his fifth studio album 'Man Of The Woods' in February this year. The lead single was Filthy, which I had on repeat until I got to see the man himself at the O2 Arena in June.

My all-time fave Craig David also released his seventh studio album, The Time Is Now, in January, and chucked out an array of absolute tunes including I Know You, Magic, and Live In The Moment. Over the course of the year he also appeared on an array of features, including Sober with Nile Rogers and Stefflon Don, but my favourite was with James Hype on No Drama.

Just when it seemed like the year was going to be heavily fuelled by male artists, Ariana Grande saved the day for us ladies in April when she dropped No Tears Left To Cry, the lead single from album 'Sweetener'. As good as it was, nothing compared to the follow up track God Is A Woman - such a bop. We were also treated to arguably the biggest track of the year, coming from Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa. One Kiss (below) flew to number 1 just about everywhere around the world, and firmly spent a massive 12 weeks in the top 10 in the UK. Just like New Rules did in 2017, I think this song is going to be haunting us for a long, long time...

Teen sensation Billie Eilish teamed up with Khalid in April for Lovely which is actually very lovely. This year she also delivered the creepy yet brilliant You Should See Me In A Crown, When The Party's Over and Bitches Broken Hearts. I've said it before and i'll say it again, watch out for this girl.

2018 seemed to be the return of the OG Disney stars; as well as Justin Timberlake, we were also completely spoilt by a Christina Aguilera comeback! This was one I was seriously excited about (check out my 'I Love' post on her here) and she didn't let me down when she released AccelerateTwice, and Fall In Line with Demi Lovato.

The first band to steal my heart this year was an old favourite of mine, Deaf Havana. I'd been a fan since the were chucking out screamo hits in 2009, but now the Norfolk 5-piece are delivering almost unrecognisable sounds. Their album Rituals has undoubtably been my most listened to record of the year since it's release in August, and singles Sinner and Worship of course made it on to this years favourites playlist.

We're half way through the year and I haven't yet mentioned a Dirty Hit artist, so before you think i'm ill, this year introduced us all to No Rome. He released his debut EP in August which featured Do It Again, Seventeen, Saint Laurent and Narcissist (below) which features The 1975, and would probably make it into my top 5 singles of this year altogether.

Drake won me over with his Michael Jackson collaboration Don't Matter To Me on his fifth album Scorpion, and Justin Timberlake also treated us to summer banger SoulMate outside of Man of the Woods.

The 1975 finally made their long anticipated return, on my birthday of all the days, and debuted Give Yourself A Try on Radio 1. Before their album release in November, we were spoilt for choice when the Manchester quartet presented us with TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME, Sincerity Is Scary, Love It If We Made It and It's Not Living (If It's Not With You) - which are of course, all bangers. You all know by now that I can waffle on about The 1975 for hours, so moving swiftly on, Dua Lipa stormed back into our lives when she voiced another incredibly huge hit, this time with Diplo and Mark Ronson on Electricity. While on the subject of huge hits you've definitely heard in a club this year, I also absolutely loved Jonas Blue and Liam Payne's Polaroid, Calvin Harris and Sam Smith's Promises, DJ Khaled and Justin Bieber's No Brainer, and as much as I hate to admit it, Kanye and Lil Pump's I Love It.

In September, Pale Waves finally gave us their debut album My Mind Makes Noises; sounding like an 90s movie score, my personal faves were Eighteen, She and Noises. Label mate The Japanese House also made a welcome comeback this year, and released the beautiful yet heartbreaking Lilo. The video features singer Amber's ex girlfriend, Marika Hackman, making it an even more devastating watch.

Just as she was about to take a break after finishing her massive world tour, Halsey decided to put out a standalone single not tied to any album. Without Me hit huge success and is probably one of my favourite tracks ever from the 24 year old. Her mates LANY also came back onto the scene with Malibu Nights, which is a 9 track heartbreak record that may as well be called 'Dear Dua Lipa'. Paul Klein draws us in with his addictive vocals yet again, and I loved Thru These Tears and I Don't Wanna Love You Anymore. If you're a fan of LANY, I discovered a lovely little duo called Joan this year, who could easily be mistaken for Paul and his mates. You can find Stop And Stare on the playlist.

As the year draws to a close, Ariana Grande surprised us all again when she dropped the incredible Thank U, Next without any warning. Naming and shaming her ex's with no regrets, Ari sings about self liberation and being thankful for her past. This woman really can do no wrong. November then saw the return of Australian rapper Allday who dropped Wonder Drug, as well as The Greatest Showman Reimagined which saw musicians take on tracks from the movie - my boy Craig David got in on the action and released the pitch perfect Come Alive.

We finished 2018 with yet another surprise from Ariana Grande, when she delivered the sultry Imagine, which as predicted showcases incredible vocals and notes higher than i'm sure we've heard any achieve. 

You can listen to the playlist in full via Spotify below.

What have been your favourite tracks this year? Let me know in the comments!

© Image Source: Pale Waves by Sarah Louise Bennett

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