Music

My Top Albums Of 2018

December 28, 2018

As the year winds down, I figured I’d end 2018 on a musical note. This year, I’ve listened to more albums than I probably I ever have in my life, so I decided to share the top ten of my top albums of 2018. This is purely based on my opinion and music preferences.

This list does not include original movie soundtracks (sorry The Greatest Showman, Black Panther, and Love, Simon). Also, to make it on the list, I had to love the majority of the album. Unfortunately, ASTROWORLD by Travis Scott and Origins by Imagine Dragons didn’t make it to the top ten; they are literally #11 and #12.

Let’s get into it! (I’m so excited)

10. Sunset Season by Conan Gray

The ONLY reason this is number ten is that it is not technically an album; it’s an EP. However, it was way too good not to get a spot on this list. Every single song on this EP is freaking phenomenal, and I genuinely feel like a proud mom. I am so happy for Conan; he freaking deserves this. I love every single song on the EP, but “Crush Culture” holds a special place in my heart; it’s literally how I feel 110% of the time. When Cone released “Generation Why”, I knew this EP was going to be amazing, and he did not disappoint. Also, he did a live session for “Look Alive”, and I found myself getting teary-eyed. The entire EP is pure gold.

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Genre: Pop
Duration: 18 minutes
Release Date: November 16, 2018

9. The Greatest Showman: Reimagined by Various Artists

This is technically not the original album, so it was eligible for the list. I honestly didn’t know this was coming out until it popped up in my recommended on Spotify (because I listened to the original so much), and it was such a lovely surprise. The biggest surprise for me was MAX and Ty Dolla $ign redoing “The Other Side”, which I absolutely fell in love with. There are quite a few songs from this album I really like, so there isn’t one favorite; however, this is on the list of songs I had on repeat after listening to this for the first time. I also loved Jess Glynne’s verse in “Come Alive” and Missy Elliott’s verses in “This Is Me”. Both of those features made me like the entire song, and Missy’s verses were so incredibly empowering. Another song I was pleasantly surprised with was the reimagined version of “From Now On” by Zac Brown Band, and Pentantonix redoing “The Greatest Show” was genius. Sometimes people redo great albums, and it’s trash; however, in my opinion, I think this might be better than the original.

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Genre: n/a
Duration: 45 minutes
Release Date: November 16, 2018

8. Singular: Act 1 by Sabrina Carpenter

Honestly, I’ve never been into Sabrina Carpenter’s music, but there was something about this album that I really liked. Wait, is this considered an album even though it’s only eight songs? We’ll just say it’s an album. Anyway, there was something about this album that was super empowering. My favorite track would have to be “Diamonds Are Forever”. When she sings, “I am a diamond, and diamonds are forever,” I internally scream “Heck yeah I’m a diamond!” Also, when she sings, “I’m sorry, but you’ve called at a bad time/ And every time is probably gonna be a bad time,” in “Bad Time”, I wanted to send that song to all the guys who still text me (honestly, it’s very irritating). When she sings, “Don’t leave me hanging like the Mona Lisa” in “Mona Lisa”, I felt that. It really resonated with how I feel ninety percent of the time.

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Genre: Pop
Duration: 25 minutes
Release Date: November 9, 2018

7. LM5 (Deluxe) by Little Mix

Everything about this album screamed women empowerment to me, and I freaking LOVED IT. It takes a lot for me to listen to an album more than once, and I’ve listened to this album five times. After hearing the first track, “The National Manthem”, I was hooked. There are so many amazing songs on this album, but my number one has to be “Strip (ft. Sharaya J)” (and it’s not because I knew about Sharaya J before her feature on this track). When the music video for this came out, I listened to this song on repeat nine times (I counted). Other songs that make me feel even more empowered are “Joan of Arc” and “Woman’s World”. Production, vocals, literally everything about “More Than Words (ft. Kamille)” made me also play this song on repeat. Dude, this song is just phenomenal; don’t sleep on it like everyone else. Strong vocals in “The Cure” and “Monster In Me” are just… I literally have no words. This entire album, I just have no words besides they did the dang thing.

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Genres: R&B/Soul, Pop
Duration: 56 minutes
Release Date: November 16, 2018

6. A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships by The 1975

This album is an actual masterpiece. I feel incredibly blessed to be able to listen to it, and I think everyone, especially those in America, should take time to listen to it as well. I honestly don’t even know where to begin. “I Like America & America Likes Me” is at the top of my list for most listened to, even though it makes me cry every time (I can’t be the only one; if I am, I blame it on being too freaking emotional all the time). “How To Draw / Petrichor” and “The Man Who Married A Robot / Love Theme” were so thought-provoking and made me question a lot of things, which I’m not mad about. “Love It If We Made It” and “Inside Your Mind” just… no words. I literally have no words, but I vibed with these songs, like the rest of the album, very heavily. The album ended with “I Always Wanna Die (Sometimes)“, and this is a mood sometimes; this song almost made me cry. The 1975 are artists who gifted us with a masterpiece; do not reject nor neglect their art.

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Genre: Alternative/Indie
Duration: 58 minutes
Release Date: November 30, 2018

5. Ella Mai by Ella Mai

Ella did something different with this album that I’ve never heard before, and it’s the exact reason she’s on this list. She used her name to explain the meaning of the album: Emotion, Lust, Love, Assertive, Mystery, Aware, Inner. Whenever a new topic comes up in the album, she explains the topic, which I find brilliant. There was only one song I had on repeat from this album, and it was “Naked”. After hearing the first verse of this song, I was hooked; it was a great way to end the album. Another song I really fell in love with was “Everything (ft. John Legend)”. Honestly, the entire album was a vibe.

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Genre: R&B/Soul
Duration: 55 minutes
Release Date: October 12, 2018

4. The Pains of Growing by Alessia Cara

I have been anticipating this album since the hype kind of died regarding Know-It-All. As soon as I heard “Growing Pains” and saw her announcement videos on YouTube with news man, I knew this was going to be a good one. The album starts with “Nintendo Game”, and I listened to it twice before I realized this song is talking about more than video games. I’m not going to tell you what it is; you should listen for yourself. Anyway, it provided such a fun start to the album. I think my favorite song that isn’t a single (yet) is “My Kind”. I really resonated with it. I also fell in love with “Out Of Love” (see what I did there?). One song that really challenged me is “7 Days”. I really liked it, but I wasn’t (and I’m still not) sure if I should because I think it goes against my beliefs; I’m confused. I’m still working on that one. Needless to say, Alessia’s new album was definitely worth the wait. She has such a unique sound, and it’s beautiful.

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Genre: Pop
Duration: 45 minutes
Release Date: November 30, 2018

3. Lost & Found by Jorja Smith

I had quite the challenge of figuring out the order for the top three because they are all equal perfection. For number three, we have the always beautiful Jorja Smith. There are a couple of songs by her (“On My Mind” and “Let Me Down (ft. Stormzy)”) that I wish were on the album, but that doesn’t take away from the album’s amazingness. There is not one song on this album I dislike (I’m pretty sure that was a double negative, but we’re going to ignore it). “Wandering Romance” is the song that stayed on repeat the entire year, but there are so many other phenomenal ones, like “Teenage Fantasy” and “The One”. I also really love “On Your Own”; I get chills every time I hear that song. Literal chills. “Blue Lights” has such a powerful message; when I first listened to it, I had tears in my eyes (but I made sure they didn’t fall because I was in class and didn’t want to be asked questions). She followed that song with “Lifeboats (Freestyle)”, which was so freaking gooooood. Honestly, if you haven’t listened to this album, what are you doing? Everything about Jorja and this album is pure perfection.

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Genre: R&B/Soul
Duration: 46 minutes
Release Date: June 8, 2018

2. Cosmic by Bazzi

I have listened to this album sooo many times this year; I’m surprised my top songs on Spotify aren’t this album. Bazzi did the dang thing. I’ve had my top three albums on repeat the entire year, especially this one. Every month or two, there was a new song from this album I would jam out to. My most listened song on this album besides “Mine” and “Beautiful” (not the one with Camila Cabello) is “Myself”. That song hits my soul every time; there are so many parts of that song that I resonate with. At the start of the semester, “Honest” is what I had on repeat. Lately, I’ve been vibing with “Somebody” and “Dreams”. I get tired of a lot of songs very easily, but that doesn’t happen with Bazzi. The entire album is a beautiful work of art; I could honestly write a five-page paper about it. Where is his Grammy nomination?

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Genre: Pop
Duration: 42 minutes
Release Date: April 12, 2018

1. The Kids Are Alright by Chloe x Halle

I could write an entire book about my love for Chloe x Halle. I’ve been following them since they were on Disney Channel’s NBT. Now they are cast in one of my new favorite shows, grownish, and they released their album earlier this year, which I am IN LOVE WITH!! They even came out with a film for this album, which did not disappoint. Literally, every song on this album is phenomenal, and I totally believe they deserve their Grammy nominations; the video of their reaction when they found out the news melts my heart every time. Getting to their music, every song is so unique and so beautiful, and I just… I have no words. Once I initially heard “The Kids Are Alright”, I knew I was in for a good time. To be honest, the main reason I watched A Wrinkle in Time (besides the cast) was to hear when they would include “Warrior”, which Chloe x Halle wrote for the movie. “Happy Without Me (ft. Joey Bada$$)” and “Cool People” put me in such a mood. Honestly, the entire album is a vibe. “Everywhere” makes me want to hustle harder, so I can be the one singing, “I got money everywhere!” I love this album. I love Chloe x Halle. End of story.

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Genre: R&B/Soul
Duration: 52 minutes
Release Date: March 23, 2018

That rounds out my list of my top ten albums of 2018! What are some of your favorite songs/albums that were released this year?

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