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  • 44. Pnau - Go bang


    ...and speaking of bangs! I swear this is purely co-incidental.

    So at #44 it's Pnau who caught my attention after they scored a top 10 hit in their homeland of Australia. I checked out the music video on YouTube and instantly loved the track. It certainly impacted harder on me than their previous single Chameleon which failed to enter my top 20. Go bang provided Pnau with their second hit in my chart following the success of Changes (#4 in 2013 + 2014)

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    • 43. Years & Years - If you’re over me


      Yes, i'm fully aware that If you're over me wasn't the most popular single with several UK Mixers but this ended up becoming a firm favourite of mine. The track started off relatively decently and then successfully kept up the pace before settling at #4 a few weeks after first entering my chart. The longevity alone makes this Years & Years' most successful hit in my chart in 2018 even though at one point i did state that Palo santo was my favourite song on the album.

      Once i took everything into account to compile my year end countdown, it was clear to see which Years & Years track had the most overall impact on me.

      Plus, that YouTube thumbnail...

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      • 42. Kylie Minogue - Sincerely yours


        Time for a bit more Kylie. The third of six appearance for Ms Minogue is Sincerely yours at #42. I bought Golden on the Friday evening when it was released and spent rather a lot of my free time listening to the album. I was loving the album as a whole although my favourites did seem to change initially from one day to the next.

        However, when i came to compile that chart in April it was this track that resonated with me the most out of all the album tracks that i'd discovered throughout that particular week. Sincerely yours entered my chart at #2 in a rare week where my entire top 5 consisted of Kylie (Adele being the only other artist to have achieved this feat). I adored everything about this track, it was an instant highlight and i equally loved that this wasn't heavily influenced by country music and instead was quite simply an irresistible pop gem. <3

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        • 41.The Chainsmokers featuring Emily Warren - Side effects


          The Chainsmokers released an amazing track and it bombed. Go figure! :-? :evil: :x

          Back in August, The Chainsmokers treated us to this amazing disco flavoured pop bop featuring Emily Warren on vocal duty. Thankfully the guy in the group didn't spoil the song by adding his own vocals. The single got off to a strong start and built on its momentum peaking at #3 in its second week on the chart.

          The music video was released a couple of weeks later and whilst it was ok for what it was, a part of me was nonetheless underwhelmed. Regardless, the strength of the song was all i needed to make me love Side effects.

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          • Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

            If You're Over Me was such a random little hit for them, weird as I think they've released better from this era
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            • Originally posted by Carbon
              If You're Over Me was such a random little hit for them, weird as I think they've released better from this era
              I'm not surprised it became so successful. It was a lot more radio friendly than Sanctify so i suspect If you're over me just happened to appeal to a wider audience. It was a favourite of mine despite the fact Palo santo peaked one place higher, it didn't have the same staying power overall in my chart.

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              • 40. Lady Gaga - I’ll never love again


                Lady Gaga gets my top 40 of 2018 underway with the absolute tearjerker ballad I'll never love again. For those who haven't seen A star is born, this incredibly emotional vocal performance at the films climax is quite comfortably one of its biggest highlights. The tracks on the soundtrack make so much more sense within the context of the film. Otherwise you hear I'll never love again start with the sound of sobbing and heavy breathing and i could imagine people thinking "wtf?".

                It's one of Lady Gaga's finest musical moments from her entire career - and she's not exactly short on these either. For me, casting Lady Gaga in the role of Ally couldn't have been more perfect and it just further emphasised just what an incredible singer and songwriter she is.

                Lady Gaga still has her 2019 golden globes best original song still to come...

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                • 39. Martin Garrix featuring Khalid - Ocean


                  Martin Garrix scores his only entry in my year end chart at #39 with the rather dreamy Ocean. The song title really couldn't be more perfect and well suited as this is such a chilled relaxing song to listen to. Some will say it's boring, but for me i found this track to be really charming. Seeing Martin Garrix becoming more of a hitmaker has been something of a revelation for me. I would never have expected to see Martin producing songs like this five years ago. There's no denying his producing skills have continued to mature over the last couple of years which i really admire (he could've just remained doing more tracks like Animals ).

                  Then of course there's Khalid whose vocals float over the tender backing music so beautifully. Plus it can't be denied Khalid sure likes to get around doesn't he? Ocean marks his third appearance in my top 100 of 2018 so far and he's still got one more entry still to come.

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                  • 38. Dua Lipa - Homesick


                    Ohh the consistency! Dua Lipa was my #35 of 2017 and now finishes #38 in my chart of 2018 with the stunningly beautiful Homesick. A track discovered right here in UK Mix's pop forum where i checked out the song, got a moment when i realised Chris Martin was involved in the writing of the song and provided backing vocals. Homesick shot up to #1 so fast in December 2017 and coming into January this song returned to #1 because i was still loving it so much.

                    A truly wonderful song, i'm not surprised it was never pushed as a single in the UK. It would never have been as successful as IDGAF here but nonetheless for me this is a far superior song. <3

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                    • 37. Sigala, Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor featuring French Montana - Just got paid


                      We've already seen Sigala at #53 with Lullaby and now he gets his highest placed entry in my chart of 2018 with Just got paid. If there's one thing Sigala can guarantee it's the definition of uplifting feel good music, the type of songs that make me smile and wanna start bopping - even if that means bopping in my chair. On paper it seemed like the most unlikely of collaborations but the track just worked so amazingly well - this is what the summer should sound like.

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                      • 36. Marshmello & Bastille - Happier


                        Ever since Silence became his breakthrough single in 2017, Marshmello went from strength to strength throughout 2018 with more success and global hits keeping on coming. Happier is the first of two entries for Marshmello whilst its the only time we'll see Bastille in this countdown. It became another of those unusual collaborations that looked odd on paper but combined these guys struck gold. The music video was all kinds of ironic - how many tears were shed in 4 minutes considering the song title - well they could be happy tears! But getting iCarly star Miranda Cosgrove in the video was a major coup to ensure plenty of airplay on the music channels.

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                        • "Tell Me It's Over" is okay. "Twice" is brilliant! It's a classic Christina ballad, but doesn't sound like a rehash of any of her previous masterpieces. It's fresh and contemporary, with all the melodramatic fittings you'd want from an X-Tina love song.

                          "Play" is quality pop. That's a powerful thumbnail for "If You're Over Me" indeed! It's perhaps the track's only redeeming quality.

                          "I'll Never Love Again" is a huge emotional climax. I don't think anyone will ever doubt or question Gaga's skills as a balladeer after this Star Is Born era. "Ocean" is lovely. I like Khalid's falsetto.

                          "Just Got Paid" is good stuff. Hope certain US federal workers will be able to bop to this song again soon. "Happier" is good.
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                          • Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

                            There are many songs here that landed at really similar places here as in my chart.. Happier, Just Got Paid and Ocean are really good to see.. I too am really happy to see Martin making hits after all these years, and in a different style.

                            Side Effects is that bop.. how it flopped I just do not know.

                            If You're Over Me is cute but not one of the best on the album for me, but yes... that thumbnail...
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                            • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                              "Tell Me It's Over" is okay. "Twice" is brilliant! It's a classic Christina ballad, but doesn't sound like a rehash of any of her previous masterpieces. It's fresh and contemporary, with all the melodramatic fittings you'd want from an X-Tina love song.

                              "Play" is quality pop. That's a powerful thumbnail for "If You're Over Me" indeed! It's perhaps the track's only redeeming quality.

                              "I'll Never Love Again" is a huge emotional climax. I don't think anyone will ever doubt or question Gaga's skills as a balladeer after this Star Is Born era. "Ocean" is lovely. I like Khalid's falsetto.

                              "Just Got Paid" is good stuff. Hope certain US federal workers will be able to bop to this song again soon. "Happier" is good.
                              I was quite surprised at the lukewarm reception for Tell me it's over and really thought it would've been more warmly received. :( Your description for Twice is so accurate, you just know had it been released in 2003 it would've possibly been a #1 hit. I miss the 00s.

                              Yay! More love for Play it's just a really uplifting song and Jax Jones knows his way around a pop/house hybrid anthem. Ouch, the shade. The SHADE! I better put my sunglasses back on. lol Aww but i still enjoyed If you're over me so much.

                              There really is no other way to describe I'll never love again. The perfect song, the perfect vocal performance and the perfect moment in the film. Yet i'm still kinda astonished that the song didn't resonate more with the public, well based on iTunes alone i don't think the song ever did peak high but i suppose it really was overshadowed by Shallow.

                              Khalid is an amazing vocalist. He's got such a distinct style and i love that he's a real one off rather than having clones of other male singers trying to sound like Khalid. Authentic = amazing. I also agree and was quite surprised at how mellow Khalid's falsetto is as i've heard other male singers do falsetto that's left me wincing and cringing.

                              Urgh that whole situation in America is absolutely ridiculous. I'm glad i don't live there. What absolute nonsense with Donald Trump. :x

                              Originally posted by king_oxymoron
                              There are many songs here that landed at really similar places here as in my chart.. Happier, Just Got Paid and Ocean are really good to see.. I too am really happy to see Martin making hits after all these years, and in a different style.

                              Side Effects is that bop.. how it flopped I just do not know.

                              If You're Over Me is cute but not one of the best on the album for me, but yes... that thumbnail...
                              I need to re-read your chart again and see just how similar the positions are for several tracks. We've clearly got amazing taste! I adore Martin Garrix, i think he's such a handsome guy and i love his upbeat personality. <3 His biggest hit for me remains Scared to be lonely so i'm curious to see if he can at least match that quality with any future singles.

                              LOL i think we can safely say Side effects for too good for the average Spotify streamer.

                              Haha well surely i'm not the only one who is fascinated by that pose and the blatant tight ass sticking out on top.

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                              • 35. Little Mix - The cure


                                As someone who has been a big fan of Little Mix ever since they were on The x factor, i can't deny how underwhelmed i was with the release of LM5. The qualities that made both Get weird and Glory days such amazing albums had suddenly disappeared with this album imo. :(

                                However, it wasn't a total disaster as the girls still included a small handful of gems on the album. The cure was quite comfortably my absolute favourite of the tracks i checked out on YouTube and even now i'm really unsure why this seems to have been overlooked completely as a potential hit single.

                                Regardless, The cure was much more in line with what i hoped for from new Little Mix material and as such this track made it all the way to #2 back in November.

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                                • Re: JakeP Top 100 of 2018

                                  44. Pnau - Go bang
                                  43. Years & Years - If you’re over me

                                  Two very good ones in a row. ''Go bang'' reminded me of both 90s house and early 2010s electronica (Basement Jaxx/Groove Armada)
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                                  • 34. Florence + The Machine - Big god


                                    Florence + The Machine have been one of the most successful acts in my chart over the years and 2018 was no exception. Fans were treated to the release of three tracks in subsequent months leading up to the release of parent album High as hope. Big god was the third of those instant grat singles and stormed into my chart at #1 in June giving Florence Welch her first ever #1 in my chart after multiple near misses.

                                    What really grabbed my attention the most was the music video. It's such an incredible piece of modern contemporary dance that i could only associate with a singer like Florence. It's captivating to watch and adds a whole extra dimension to the song itself. Speaking of which, the song is also full of twists and turns and certainly made for an interesting first listen. The way the whole song culminates with a really unexpected yet impressive low pitched croak from Florence had me like in the end. Just a really fascinating song and music video.

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                                    • Originally posted by heppolo
                                      44. Pnau - Go bang
                                      43. Years & Years - If you’re over me

                                      Two very good ones in a row. ''Go bang'' reminded me of both 90s house and early 2010s electronica (Basement Jaxx/Groove Armada)
                                      Ohh i thought you didn't like If you're over me. That's quite pleasing to see. As for Go bang it does indeed hark back to the 90s maybe even to some of the poppier dance hits of the 00s that i loved. That'll explain why this particular song clicked with me so much.

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                                      • 33. Florence + The Machine - Hunger


                                        It's a double whammy! Florence + The Machine achieve their highest entry in my chart of 2018 at #33 with the anthemic Hunger. This track was released in one of the busiest weeks of the year for new releases and in most other weeks this could've easily topped my chart. However a certain Céline Dion prevented that from happening. Despite peaking at #2 (the fourth single from Florence to do so since my chart began ) Hunger was still very much an instant hit for me. An energetic exclusive tv performance on Sounds like Friday night plus the music video also helped to boost the songs success in my chart too.

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                                        • 32. Silk City & Dua Lipa featuring Diplo & Mark Ronson - Electricity


                                          Dua Lipa transforming into a disco diva was a truly marvellous thing to witness in 2018. Electricity was released in September and i was completely hooked on the song from first listen. Diplo & Mark Ronson did absolute wonders on production duties and Dua's sultry vocals just smothered across the rather tasty 90s inspired pop/house music. The track managed to peak at #2 for a fortnight although in both weeks it never really contended for the top spot.

                                          With new music from Dua Lipa just around the corner, I'm curious to see what 2019 has to offer and whether there will be anymore dance gems just like this one...

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                                          • 31. Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One kiss


                                            ...and this one! To further emphasise my point, Dua Lipa + dance music = amazing. One kiss was undeniably one of the biggest global hits of 2018 and finishes #31 in my countdown. It also marks the final appearance for both Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa.

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                                            • Hmm...I need to watch the "Big God" video. The song has hints of grandeur, but ultimately underwhelms me. Similarly, although "Hunger" has painfully relatable lyrics, I was disappointed by its production.

                                              "One Kiss" is definitely more loved by other UKMixers than it is by me.
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                                              • Originally posted by JakeP
                                                Who knows, maybe Niall might record a studio version of the song and tag it onto his second album. *wishful thinking*
                                                **Fingers and toes crossed**

                                                Originally posted by JakeP
                                                I suppose Paloma is just one of those unfortunate acts who doesn't benefit from the streaming era. Crybaby went top 5 on iTunes so the song was clearly popular but lack of streaming success rendered the song down to scraping the top 40. I do miss the iTunes heyday when charts seemed much more exciting. :( But yes, the albums do tend to sell in decent numbers, not at the same level as Adele but still better than many other female singers. The fact she's such an amazing live vocalist is a big coup as i'm sure Paloma's concerts sell decently.
                                                If only Paloma was more hip with the kidz Speaking of her concerts, though, I remember Fan praising her stage presence at one point. In addition to her amazing voice, he mentioned that she does a great job of incorporating fun antics/cute little routines too. (If only more of that charm had shown through during her time on The Voice...)

                                                Originally posted by JakeP
                                                It wasn't intended in that way, i should've been more generalised with my comment. I liked In my blood but it wasn't anywhere near the same standard as There's nothin' holding me back by comparison.
                                                I'm with you there! "There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back" remains his biggest hit on my chart by a comfortable margin.

                                                Originally posted by JakeP
                                                Marina has a very distinctive vocal tone, so whether young teens listen to her sing and just don't like her tone i really can't think of any other reason why Baby would struggle. It got a lot of radio airplay so that wasn't a factor. I saw the music video a few times so again not an issue. The song is really catchy and both Clean Bandit and even Luis Fonsi have had massive UK chart success. It's always puzzling to figure out why a particular artist struggles to click with a general audience.
                                                Amen to that. Trying to wrap my head around why certain acts are SO widely beloved, while others remain irrelevant (or niche at best), can be exhausting.

                                                Originally posted by JakeP
                                                Gosh! I'm surprised you find a one liner more of a highlight than the countdown itself.
                                                Aw, I'm really enjoying the countdown, of course - I just wanted to emphasize how much I appreciate you calling out some of UKMIX's most annoying clichés (like the over-reliance on "basic"/"generic" as a "critique").

                                                Originally posted by JakeP
                                                I also don't get the hate. Even in 2015 there was a fair amount of negativity surrounding Jess and i was loving most of the tracks from I cry when i laugh. Which album track would you choose as the next single?
                                                "Rollin" seems like the clearest choice left: upbeat, catchy, and just a lot of playful/cheeky sing-a-long fun overall. "Never Let Me Go" is a pretty strong candidate too, though.

                                                • I have you to thank for introducing me to "1,2,3." It's kind of a bummer that Jason couldn't have stood in for one of those shirtless lamp-men ;) but the video's still a ton of colorful fun.
                                                • "If You're Over Me" is such a delight, so I'm absolutely on-board with you showing it all this love! I can understand that some fans are frustrated by how it got so much more attention/success than "Sanctify" (and everything else from Palo Santo, for that matter), but I'm way too busy dancing along to hate on it. Well, not dancing quite like that thumbnail, though I feel like this track embodies the fun, fierce, flamboyant side of Olly that really blossomed this era (and listening to it allows us to channel some of that for ourselves). <3
                                                • "Sincerely Yours" is a real gem, and easily Golden's biggest missed opportunity singles-wise. I love that it played a role in helping Kylie make JakeP chart history by tying Adele's impressive achievement!
                                                • HUGE props to Emily for helping The (infamous) Chainsmokers get as high as No. 41 here!
                                                "...whose vocals FLOAT over the tender backing music..." I see what you did there ;) Ever so clever, sir! "Animals" was alright, but like you said, I've also preferred Martin's more recent collaborative material ("Scared To Be Lonely," "There For You," "Ocean").
                                                • I'm glad these Dua collabos kept her momentum going strong throughout 2018, but I'm definitely ready to hear some new solo stuff now. Hype!
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                                                • Just Got Paid, Electricity and One Kiss are all thumbs up from me, especially Hunger which was Florence back at the top of her game.

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                                                  • Originally posted by JSparksFan
                                                    Hmm...I need to watch the "Big God" video. The song has hints of grandeur, but ultimately underwhelms me. Similarly, although "Hunger" has painfully relatable lyrics, I was disappointed by its production.

                                                    "One Kiss" is definitely more loved by other UKMixers than it is by me.
                                                    Aww although i'm aware that Florence isn't to everyones tastes. There's just something about her music, similarly with Lana Del Rey, that tends to draw me in much more.

                                                    One kiss was a firm favourite but a #3 peak and then being completely overshadowed by Kylie's Golden cost the song a higher placing in my year end chart. I still enjoy the song though.

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