Favourite Albums of 2018 (in no particular order)
There actually weren’t many albums that I liked this year so here are my top four-ish. (So very different from last year.)
1. M A N I A by Fall Out Boy
I’ll stop wearing black when they make a darker colour.
When I first heard “Young and Menace,” the first single from this album, all I could think was, What happened to Fall Out Boy? While this album isn’t their greatest and I certainly miss old Fall Out Boy, I still ended up liking this album. And come on, it came with the most FOB lyric ever.
Enjoy my favourite song off this album that would be a perfect finale to their entire career if they decided to end the band (which I hope they won’t, but anyone who is as deeply invested in this band as I am will probably hopefully understand what I mean): “Bishops Knife Trick.”
2. The Mountain by Dierks Bentley
I’m a little bit steady but still little bit rollin’ stone
I’m a little bit heaven but still a little bit flesh-and-bone
This definitely isn’t my favourite album that Dierks has put out, but it’s still pretty great. There’s something about Dierks’ voice that just makes me feel warm inside like a good country song does. Enjoy my favourite song off this album which is absolute perfection: “Living.”
3. The Greatest Showman soundtrack
Where it’s covered in all the colored lights
Where the runaways are running the night
I mean, how could I not put this on my top list? And here is my favourite song off this album at the moment (that at first I did not like at all): “Tightrope.”
5. Young & Dangerous by the Struts
Young and dangerous, nothing can change us
My friend just introduced me to this British rock band (with a lead singer who sounds at times like Freddie Mercury) this year. I admittedly haven’t finished listening to this entire album yet, but all the songs I’ve heard so far are new favourites. I can’t really pick a favourite so here’s a good one: “Fire (Part 1)”
Top 10 Songs of the Year
For favourite songs of the year, I wanted to focus on either singles or songs from albums that I don’t really care for the rest of the album. So here is my list of favourite songs of 2018 that were not from my favourite albums. I tried to put them in order.
Also, obviously they’re all either alternative or country. Big surprise.
10. “Crazy” by Nothing But Thieves
I don’t really have any words for this one, but NBT usually just says it all in their lyrics.
9. “Talk You Out Of It” by Florida Georgia Line
I really like the way FGL is heading, getting more and more old country style.
8. “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” by Panic! At the Disco
Okay, maybe the music video is partially the reason why I love this song so much.
7. “Without Me” by Halsey
Once again, Halsey hit me right in the you-totally-understand-my-life-past-and-present-girl feels. I haven’t felt this way about her music since her first album so this was really nice to see.
6. “Up Down” by Morgan Wallen
It’s one of those party-ish-kinda-trashy country songs, but there’s something about the first bit going into the song and the chorus that really gets me. I was playing this one all summer.
5. “Get Along” by Kenny Chesney
Chesney, like Dierks Bentley and Tim McGraw, has one of those voices that makes me feel really happy inside. Perhaps I heard a lot of all three on the country radio when I was young? I have no idea what it is, but it is what it is. This song was a perfect addition to the summer.
4. “Tequila” by Dan + Shay
Speaking of country songs, this was the one song of country music this summer that my sister and I both absolutely loved together. It also seemed to be playing wherever I went, which was absolutely no problem with me.
3. “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega” by Ashley McBryde
I usually don’t like country songs sung by women, but this one is amazing and screams old country at you. So yes, it’s awesome.
2. “Little Girl” by Kira Isabella
Once again, I’m not usually a big fan of female country songs, specifically those with a feminist bent, but this is one of those ones where I think, yeah, the feminists have a point on this one.
1. “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne
Yes, of course, I loved Avril as a young girl. We hadn’t heard from her in years and this song was a very pleasant surprise that was, admittedly, the message I needed to hear as well.
Music I Am Looking Forward to Next Year
I’ve been loving Florida Georgia Line’s singles that have been coming out this year, so I’m looking forward to Can’t Say I Ain’t Country (you tell ’em, boys) in February. Avril’s album is also coming out in February (actually, on the same day), which I am intrigued for, but am not sure how I feel about yet. Then Bastille is apparently releasing an album in April, which will be interesting to see, and apparently Taylor Swift as well? I only listened to a few songs of her latest album, the first time I ever did not listen to a full album of her. I’d love to see a change for the better in her music, but I’m not holding my breath.