These were my favorite tunes for 2018! One band appears often on this list for the simple reason they came out with the best album of the year. It was an awesome year for new music in 2018. It has been a long time that music shaped and defined a year like this one. The rules are simple: it had to be released this year. At the end there will be some honorable mentions for songs of the past that also got a ton of Exceptional airplay this year!
- “Guiding Light”, Mumford & Sons
- “Northern Lights”, Death Cab For Cutie
- “Best Days”, Lissie
- “Let’s See What The Night Can Do”, Jason Mraz
- “42”, Mumford & Sons
- “Something Human”, Muse
- “The Dark Side”, Muse
- “Risk”, Metric
- “Travels”, Smashing Pumpkins
- “When The Night Is Over”, Lord Huron
- “Grateful”, Better Than Ezra
- “Slip Away”, Mumford & Sons
- “Rose Of Sharon”, Mumford & Sons
- “Never Ever”, Lord Huron
- “Africa”, Weezer
- “Gold Rush”, Death Cab For Cutie
- “High Hopes”, Panic! At The Disco
- “Beloved”, Mumford & Sons
- “Latchkey Kids”, Family of the Year
- “New Tattoo”, Brian Dunne
- “Quarter Past Midnight”, Bastille
- “You’re Somebody Else”, Flora Cash
- “Meet Me In The Mystery”, Lissie
- “Better Than That”, James
- “I Hope You’re Happy”, Blue October
- “Empress”, Snow Patrol
- “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”, Smashing Pumpkins
- “The Wild”, Mumford & Sons
- “Once In My Life”, The Decemberists
- “Natural”, Imagine Dragons
- “Girl Who Washed Ashore”, Family of the Year
- “Liverpool Revisited”, Manic Street Preachers
- “Woman”, Mumford & Sons
- “Pressure”, Muse
- “Feels Good”, Lissie
- “Wait By The River”, Lord Huron
- “Forever”, Mumford & Sons
- “Simplify”, Young The Giant
- “Thought Contagion”, Muse
- “Ancient Names (Part II)”, Lord Huron
For songs released before 2018, one band catapulted to the top of my playlists as the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” came out in November. Aside from the Top 40, I probably listened to “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie the most this year. It was also a big year for some golden oldies from the 80s that made me dance! It was a year of change and transition for me and music helped me through a lot of that. It was there with me at the best of times and the worst.
The instrumental track of the year goes to Ramin Djawadi’s brilliant cover of “Runaway” for the HBO TV series “Westworld”. I only heard one new Christmas song this year so that honor goes to Lissie’s “Peace On Earth”. One of the coolest finds of the year was an orchestral version of Snow Patrol’s “Chasing Cars” from 2009 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The band of the year definitely goes to Mumford & Sons given their many placements on the Top 40 list!
In terms of live music this year, Lissie had an awesome show at Ram’s Head over in Annapolis that I saw a couple of weeks ago. I did get the opportunity to go to the last day of Firefly which accounts for Lord Huron’s many placements on the above list.
It was also a year for some road tripping as I made a long-awaited return to Roanoke, Virginia in May. I lived there from 1977 to 1981 so the music of that era accompanied my visit. Yes, Air Supply came back in a big way for me in 2018!