The Top 40 Best Songs of 2018

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!

  1. “Guiding Light”, Mumford & Sons
  2. “Northern Lights”, Death Cab For Cutie
  3. “Best Days”, Lissie
  4. “Let’s See What The Night Can Do”, Jason Mraz
  5. “42”, Mumford & Sons
  6. “Something Human”, Muse
  7. “The Dark Side”, Muse
  8. “Risk”, Metric
  9. “Travels”, Smashing Pumpkins
  10. “When The Night Is Over”, Lord Huron
  11. “Grateful”, Better Than Ezra
  12. “Slip Away”, Mumford & Sons
  13. “Rose Of Sharon”, Mumford & Sons
  14. “Never Ever”, Lord Huron
  15. “Africa”, Weezer
  16. “Gold Rush”, Death Cab For Cutie
  17. “High Hopes”, Panic! At The Disco
  18. “Beloved”, Mumford & Sons
  19. “Latchkey Kids”, Family of the Year
  20. “New Tattoo”, Brian Dunne
  21. “Quarter Past Midnight”, Bastille
  22. “You’re Somebody Else”, Flora Cash
  23. “Meet Me In The Mystery”, Lissie
  24. “Better Than That”, James
  25. “I Hope You’re Happy”, Blue October
  26. “Empress”, Snow Patrol
  27. “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”, Smashing Pumpkins
  28. “The Wild”, Mumford & Sons
  29. “Once In My Life”, The Decemberists
  30. “Natural”, Imagine Dragons
  31. “Girl Who Washed Ashore”, Family of the Year
  32. “Liverpool Revisited”, Manic Street Preachers
  33. “Woman”, Mumford & Sons
  34. “Pressure”, Muse
  35. “Feels Good”, Lissie
  36. “Wait By The River”, Lord Huron
  37. “Forever”, Mumford & Sons
  38. “Simplify”, Young The Giant
  39. “Thought Contagion”, Muse
  40. “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!

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