Music of 2018

Looking back at 2018, I once again made changes had things happen to me that were completely unforseen just one year ago. The most significant was a full head-on, wall crashing collision. I was burning gas way to much, living life much too vicariously and consuming all my inner power and health for plans that were actually unattainable.
The most subtle and important change difference : that of the mindset. I no longer have expectations, hopes and dreams, nor dissapointments, tragedies, depressions and mental breakdowns. My life has no other meaning than that of a playground, a place were possibilities and potentialities intertwine, where everything can, and eventually will happen. I’m not yet convinced this is the perfect explanation, but it’s definitely the best I found so far. With this in mind, I can now proceed to become the person I always envisioned and always wanted to become. Prior, and without this explanation, the realization was impossible.

Music was once again the linchpin to it all. Discovering Meg Myers was intense as heck, dreaming over Amy Shark‘s light lyrics was necessary, banging and yelling over Dead Sara’s was cathartic. While Bring me the Horizon, Imagine Dragons and 21 Pilots were blasting my souls pieces, the same ol’ Florence, Christine, Lauren and the newcomer Allie put my soul back together again and again. With Grimes, St Vincent, Krewella, Charli XCX and Cat Power all making their presence, it felt like the last 10 years all came together, in a simphony of becoming.

Even though there was way less rap ( still, Motorsport was a song could never truly get rid of ), and electronic influences ( Gorgon City and Aura were the standouts here ) and way more indie and pop ( Chainsmokers, Charlie Puth, Bebe Rexha and Halsey, in case you were wondering) , it’s never a perfect science anymore, and that’s ok. I no longer choose which songs stick in my lists, they choose me.

For the first time in some years, I did not know which was the best song when I started charting. And it was especially difficult when it came down to the last 10-12 of them. That being said, Allie X was a significant influence all year with her dreamy, light, retro-ey pop, with Science starting the top 10, and Amy Shark‘s extremely optimistic and care-free I said Hi at 9. Marmozets ( with Major System Error ) continue to make head-banging rock music and managed to make their second top-10, after their first in 2013. Gorgon City and Night Drive was an instant love affair, the quintesential late-night-drive classic. And speaking of driving, Motorsport, was like the girl I just couldn’t get out of my head, a true masterpiece in 4 acts. Meg Myers was an artist I got completely blown away by, Jealous Sea with it’s destructive power and Numb , coming in at number 5, with it’s cataclysmic burst of depression.

And then, the 4 best songs of the year. Coming to this point, I really did not know what was the correct order, and it took intense soul searching to arrange them.

4-th best was eventually Mallrat, with UFO, the perfect post-adolescent anthem, which works best with some smoke around. 3-rd best was Kodaline with Worth It, which took me on a never ending journey of self discovery and purpose. Chrvches‘s Miracle was a masterfully crafted pop-anthem and came in at 2 ( Lauren’s voice will never grow old on me, and the underlying album ‘Love is Dead’ was the best of the year ).

But ultimately, the best song of the year 2018 is Dead Sara and Unamerican. Nothing short of creative genius lyrically, mocking today’s society at it’s core, unapologetically funny and corosive with it’s strong riffs ( I’m still a sucker for strong riffs). Just like life in general, you don’t need to take the song seriously ( it’s actually, somehow, even better with this in mind ), but you absolutely do need to conserve your humour and instinct to criticize.

Other Awards

Best Female : Meg Myers

Best Male : Charlie Puth

Best Band : The Chainsmokers

Best Album : Chvrches – Love is Dead

Best Video : Kodaline – Worth it

Best Rock : Dead Sara

Best Indie : Mallrat ft. Allday – UFO

Best New Act : Allie X

Dance Anthem : Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – One Kiss

Best Romanian : Mark Stam – Impar

Guilty Pleasure : Becky G ft. Natasha Nati – Sin Pijama

Sound of 2019 : Sarah Close

Full playlist (ordered) :

See you in 2019, and may your journey through it’s uncertainty be great

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Playlist December 2018

Ghost – Dance Macabre
Grimes – We appreciate power
The Chainsmokers – Beach House
Sigrid – Sucker Punch
Poppy & Grimes – Play Destroy
Muse – Algorithm
Dead Sara – Anybody
Georgia – Started Out
Allie X – Cant Stop now
Zuzu – Dark Blue
Ava Max – Sweet but psycho
Transviolet – Small victory
Amy Shark – All Loved Up
Jess Glynne – Thursday
Allie X – Sunflower

Playlist November 2018

Alice Merton – Why So Serious
Rat Boy – Internationally Unknown
Kiiara – 1%
Martin Garrix – Waiting for tomorrow
Major Lazer – Blow that smoke
MO – Red Wine
Zara Larsson – Ruin my life
Imagine Dragons – Zero
Sarah Close – Crazy Kind
Halsey – Without Me
THEY – What I know now
Post Malone – Sunflower
Evalyn – Big Bad City
Arlington – Hollow Moon
Au/Ra – Ultraviolet
Meg Myers – Jealous Sea

Playlist October 2018

Allie X – Little Things
Chvrches – Grafitti
Rita Ora – Let you Love me
Hozier – Nina Cried Power
Burns – Worst
Imagine Dragons – Natural
Muse – Pressure
Dead Sara – Unamerican
K Flay & Mike Shinoda – Make it up as I go
Christine and the Queens – La Marcheuse
Jess Glynne – 123
St Vincent – Savior
Gorgon City – Night Drive
Jessie Ware – Overtime

Playlist September 2018

Maggie Roggers – Give a little
Kiesza – Phantom of the dancefloor
21 Pilots – Levitate
Bring me the horizon – Mantra
Kiiara – Gloe
Mallrat – UFO
Allie X – Science
Transviolet – Undo
Taska Black – Forever
Gorgon City – Kingdom
Bishop Briggs – Baby
Sarah Close – You Say
Lana del Rey – Mariners Apartment Complex
Ella Mai – Trip
Tom Odell & Alice Merton – Half as good as you

Playlist August 2018

Calvin Harris – Promises
Ariana Grande – God is a woman
Charlie Puth – The way I am
Pink – Secrets
Jess Glynne – All I am
James Arthur – You deserve better
Kodaline – Worth It
Zayn – Sour Diesel
The Chainsmokers – Side Effects
Gorgon City – Let it go
Felix Snow – Demons
Broods – Peach
Jade Bird – Uh Huh
Tula – Bullet
Billie Ellish – You should see me in a crown
21 pilots – Jumpsuit
Layto – Little poor me
Neneh Cherry – Kong
Cat Power – Woman
Christine and the Queens – 5 Dollars

Playlist July 2018

The Knocks – Ride or Die
Chromeo – Juice
Zuzu – Beauty Queen
Halsey – Strangers
Sigrid – High five
Maroon 5 – Girls like you
George Ezra – Shotgun
Felix Cartal – Worry
Krewella – Bad Liar
Bullet for my Valentine – Letting you Go
Black Honey – Bad Friends
Bishop Briggs – Hallowed Ground
Alan Walker – Ignite
Martin Garrix ft Khalid – Ocean
Jax Jones ft. Mabel – Ring Ring
Christine and the Queens – Doesn’t Matter
Bebe Rexha – Self Control
Khalid – OTW
Jade Bird – Furious
Superorganism – Night Time