Adam's Top 100 of 2018! [ALBUMS + 3RD PLACE SINGLE]

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What is my No.1 song of 2018?

5 Seconds of Summer - Youngblood
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No votes
Chrvches - Get Out
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7%
Clean Bandit ft. Demi Lovato - Solo
4
29%
George Ezra - Paradise
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No votes
Jason Mraz - Have It All
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No votes
Kacey Musgraves - High Horse
5
36%
Kate Nash - Drink About You
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7%
Panic! at the Disco - High Hopes
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No votes
Shawn Mendes - In My Blood
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14%
Sigrid - High Five
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No votes
Troye Sivan - Bloom
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7%
Zara Larsson - Ruin My Life
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No votes
 
Total votes : 14

Postby king_oxymoron » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:55 am

Hello! It's December which means it's almost time for my annual countdown of best singles, albums and artists of the year!

This year has been a huge year of music for me, so so much I wanted to include in my chart, which means hopefully a countdown full of sheer quality awaits!

In the above poll are 12 contenders for my No.1 singles spot - I guarantee that one of them IS the chart topper, but can also tell you that as usual, not all of these songs have even charted in the top 100 - it's up to you to decide which is which and pick the song you think is my favourite of the year - let me know what you've chosen too so I can see who is right and wrong!

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To help you a little, here are my top 10s of the past five years..

2017
10. Axwell ^ Ingrosso - More Than You Know
09. Martin Solveig ft. Ina Wroldsen - Places
08. Calvin Harris ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean - Feels
07. Steps - Scared Of The Dark
06. Fickle Friends - Glue
05. Anne-Marie - Then
04. Nick Jonas ft. Anne-Marie & Mike Posner - Remember I Told You
03. Charlie Puth - Attention
02. Paramore - Hard Times
01. Clean Bandit ft. Zara Larsson - Symphony

2016
10. Shawn Mendes - Mercy
09. AlunaGeorge ft. Popcaan - I'm In Control
08. Zara Larsson - Lush Life
07. NEIKED ft. Dyo - Sexual
06. Craig David & Sigala - Not Giving Up
05. Little Mix - Touch
04. Two Door CInema Club - Are We Ready? (Wreck)
03. Alessia Cara - Scars To Your Beautiful
02. Fifth Harmony - That's My Girl
01. Gorgon City ft. Vaults - All Four Walls

2015
10. Foxes - Better Love
09. Jessie Ware - Champagne Kisses
08. Sia - Alive
07. Selena Gomez ft. A$AP Rocky - Good For You
06. Chemical Brothers ft. Q-Tip - Go
05. Sara Bareilles - She Used To Be Mine
04. Duke Dumont - Ocean Drive
03. Fifth Harmony ft. Kid Ink - Worth It
02. Calvin Harris & Disciples - How Deep Is Your Love
01. Years & Years - King

2014
10. Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars - Uptown Funk
09. will.i.am ft. French Montana, Miley Cyrus & Wiz Khalifa - Feelin' Myself
08. Sara Bareilles - I Choose You
07. The Kooks - Around Town
06. Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul
05. The Saturdays - Not Giving Up
04. Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull - Mmm Yeah
03. Oliver Heldens x Becky Hill - Gecko (Overdrive)
02. Katy B - Crying For No Reason
01. Royksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

2013
10. The Saturdays ft. Sean Paul - What About Us
09. Naughty Boy ft. Sam Smith - La La La
08. Booty Luv - Black Widow
07. Mumford & Sons - Hopeless Wanderer
06. Paramore - Now
05. Justin Timberlake - Mirrors
04. VV Brown - The Apple
03. Fall Out Boy - The Phoenix
02. OneRepublic - Counting Stars
01. Paramore - Still Into You

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So get voting as to what YOU think No.1 is - the countdown will begin SOON! Tomorrow I'll be coming at you with a whole heap of those who have missed out on the chart, some of which I'm so sad about!
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Postby JSparksFan » Fri Dec 14, 2018 3:34 am

I went with Shawn Mendes, as I'm close to positive it won't be Jason, and I don't think it'll be Clean Bandit either. Let's see if my pick even makes the top 100!
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Postby king_oxymoron » Sat Dec 15, 2018 5:38 am

Before I get started, as I said yesterday this year has HEAPS of music that missed out that usually wouldn't. Most of these songs would have made my top 100 in any other year, and songs I thought would be top fifty have only just scraped in.

Here in no particular order, are 75 wonderful songs which I'm sad had to miss out.

M.O X Lotto Boyz X Mr Eazi - Bad Vibe
Julia Michaels - Heaven
Calum Scott & Leona Lewis - You Are The Reason
5 Seconds of Summer - Want You Back
ALESSO - Remedy
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Selena Gomez - Back To You
Sigma ft. Paloma Faith - Lullaby
Blossoms - I Can't Stand It
Jessica Mauboy - We Got Love

Years & Years - Sanctify
Kygo ft. Miguel - Remind Me To Forget
NOTD ft. Bea Miller - I Wanna Know
Au/Ra - Panic Room
Sam Smith - Pray
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Anne-Marie - 2002
LSD - Genius
Liam Payne ft. J Balvin - Familiar
Calum Scott - No Matter What

Sigma - Anywhere
Chrvches - Grafitti
Jess Glynne - Thursday
Loud Luxury - Love No More
Hozier - Nina Cried Power
Silk City ft. Dua Lipa - Electricity
Mumford & Sons - Guiding Light
Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
Khalid - Better
Four of Diamonds ft. Saweetie - Stupid Things

Marshmello ft. James Arthur - You Can Cry
Christine & The Queens - Girlfriend
Charli XCX - Focus
Lily Allen - Lost My Mind
Tom Odell - If You Wanna Love Somebody
Cheat Codes x Little Mix - Only You
Jax Jones ft. Mabel & Rich The Kid - Ring Ring
Jonas Blue ft. Joe Jonas - I See Love
RAYE - Friends
Galantis ft. MAX - Satisfied

MØ - Sun In Our Eyes
Zedd - Happy Now
Charlie Puth - The Way I Am
Davis Guetta ft. Anne-Marie - Don't Leave Me Alone
The Wombats - Cheetah Tongue
Robyn - Honey
Bazzi - Beautiful
Paloma Faith - Loyal
Halsey - Without Me
Little Mix ft. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me

Sara Bareilles - Armor
Carly Rae Jepsen- Party For One
Alessia Cara - Trust My Lonely
Blossoms - How Long Will This Last
Selena Gomez x Marshmello - Wolves
M.O & Chip - Wondering
Years & Years - If You're Over Me
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
LSD - Thunderclouds
Jess Glynne - All I Am

Loud Luxury - Body
James Arthur - Empty Space
Dua Lipa - Want To
Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho
Fickle Friends - San Francisco
Robyn - Missing U
1975 - TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
Normani x Calvin Harris - Checklist
Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga - Shallow

Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning
Galantis - Mama Look At Me Now
David Guetta & Showtek - Your Love
Tove Lo & friends - Bitches (Remix)
Blossoms - There's A Reason away (I Never Returned Your Calls)

Any of these you are sad to see miss out? Me too.
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Postby Tansike » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:22 am

So i like all but one song in the poll :o (The one i don't like is Kate Nash, simply because i'm not familiar with it yet). This countdown will be awesome, really looking forward to it! Also, i went with "Solo" in the poll as it's my fave of them all.

As for the missed ones, there are tons of songs i enjoy or even love, so I'm not quoting all of them but just the ones I really love:

Selena Gomez - Back To You
Years & Years - Sanctify
Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
Zedd - Happy Now
Charlie Puth - The Way I Am
Halsey - Without Me
Selena Gomez x Marshmello - Wolves
Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho
Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga - Shallow
Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning

"Nothing Breaks Like A Heart" will most likely have its impact on my countdown only next year...
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Postby luckyONE » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:28 am

so many great songs already!

'Lullaby' by SIGALA / PALOMA FAITH was a personal fav of mine this year. I did enjoy the entire 'brighter days' album actually, but 'Lullaby' is the best song on it IMO.

'Back To You' is a cute song. '2002' takes me back into time, love this song so much.
'Thursday' is a cute empowering songs, although Jess can do better.
'Let You Love Me' is a bop, I like it. 'Only You' was a nice surprise for me!

'The Way I Am' is one of Charlie's best songs so far!
'Don't Leave Me Alone' is one of David's best productions in my opinion, definitely in my Top 10 songs by him.
'Woman Like Me' is amazing, I do think Jess and Leigh-Ann own this song.
'Trust My Lonely' is such an underrated song, although I do prefer the Frank Walker Remix to the original album version.

I adore 'All I Am'.
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Postby Carbon » Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:36 pm

Interesting batch of songs in the poll, I like quite a few of them. Nice to see Kate Nash up there, even though I wasn't really a fan of that song or most of its parent album. Voted for Kacey however, as I don't think Kate's song was that good to beat some of the others.
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:06 am

I like these from the missed list:

Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Years & Years - Sanctify

Sam Smith - Pray
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Liam Payne ft. J Balvin - Familiar
Calum Scott - No Matter What
Hozier - Nina Cried Power
Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
Charlie Puth - The Way I Am
Little Mix ft. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me
Carly Rae Jepsen- Party For One
Selena Gomez x Marshmello - Wolves
Years & Years - If You're Over Me
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
Ava Max - Sweet But Psycho
Bradley Cooper & Lady Gaga - Shallow
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Postby king_oxymoron » Sun Dec 16, 2018 5:29 am

100. Marshmello & Anne-Marie - Friends
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Whew, this was one of my contenders earlier in the year, overplay claims her first victim! It’s still a great song but I’ve heard it so much it’s now more generic to me than I first thought. I do think it has great production and I appreciate the switch up in production between choruses. It’s absolutely a cute bop and I’m glad it was a big hit for her at a time she needed it!

099. Kylie - Dancing
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This was the complete opposite, I thought it was so tacky and poor originally! Fortunately Kylie insisted on performing it everywhere and forced me to enjoy it, to the point where I really ended up bopping to it! By no means a Kylie classic but it does make me want to dance, so job done!

098. The Chainsmokers ft. Kelsea Ballerini - This Feeling
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The Chainsmokers are very hit and miss for me & Kelsea has never had a hit on my chart but when they came together for this they did the trick! It’s a laidback bop with memorable melody - I particularly like ‘they tell me think with your head, not that thing in your chest’ - issa good lyric! Cute as hell.

097. MNEK ft. Hailee Steinfeld - Colour
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I’ve seen MNEK before and found it a bit dull so it was a surprise when I saw him at Brighton Pride and the whole set fully fully popped. It’s when this song really came to light for me, it’s a real feel good uplift anthem. Been listening to his album lots and it’s far from the best on there but in terms of bright summer pop songs, it’s great!

096. Ellie Goulding x Diplo ft. Swae Lee - Close To Me
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We’re glad to have Ellie back! This feels like her at 60% of her creativity, it’s pretty safe but also reminds me of her earlier albums and most importantly is catchy as Hell. The melody of the chorus with that minor or major note is unique but it’s the verses that really win it for me (except her second verse on the solo version which is legit terrible, Swae’s verse is great so thank God it’s the main edit)

095. Clean Bandit ft. Marina & Luis Fonsi - Baby
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Clean Bandit really can do no wrong. Even if this is no Symphony, they just can’t help but create a pop bop. It’s not perfect, Luis doesn’t really click for me until the end when he’s filling in the gaps of the minimalist chorus but a) it’s great to have Marina back and b) she sounds great on what is at times a really creative record.

094. Zara Larsson - Ruin My Life
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Clean Bandit down, their Symphony collaborator Zara down too. Nobody had time to vote for her in the poll but first option down too! :lol: I honestly have been surprised by the success of this, to me it sounds like a strong album track more than a strong lead single so I thought we were onto a flop but it’s a slow burner hit! I’m glad she will definitely get the chance to release something with a bit Moore oomph! The explicit version definitely wins out here.

093. Cher Lloyd - None Of My Business
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Cher Lloyd either makes BRILLIANT songs or quite tacky ones. This is definitely the former! So classy, so catchy and would have been a real hit if she still had any clout. This really sits well in her voice and for a mid tempo it absolute slaps!



092. Black Saint ft. Kelli-Leigh - Don't Wreck My Holiday
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This was one of my beach songs of 2018, it’s got great production value and while the chorus while catchy is the weakest part to me, the falsetto versesc and brilliant 12345678 bridge pulled it right back! It just seemed to keep cropping up for me and I couldn’t help but shimmy when it did!

091. Chrvches - Miracle
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Chrvches had a big big album and turned a corner with me this year! Graffiti was in my hundred before I realised some songs I’ve left out so it falls to Miracle to be the first to chart! It packs a punch with the ‘ask me no questions, I will tell you no lies’ but there’s others that impressed me more from them this year!
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Postby Benjamin » Sun Dec 16, 2018 10:10 am

Voted for Kacey Musgraves in the poll.

Yay for Kylie, Ellie and Clean Bandit in the first bunch. Pop heaven!
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Postby JSparksFan » Sun Dec 16, 2018 11:29 pm

"Friends" is just okay for me; I never understood the fuss over it. Good to see that we ranked "Dancing" similarly. I think it's good, but Kylie did much better for me this year. "Colour" is okay, but not the best thing MNEK did this year.

"Baby" may be no "Symphony" because it's even better! :lol: :wink:
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Postby UKMusicLova » Mon Dec 17, 2018 1:01 am

I voted for Clean Bandit and Demi, as the song is a total bop.

Very much agree with you re: 'FRIENDS'. I was really into it, but pretty bland to listen to it now as it's been so overplayed. I actually really like 'Ruin My Life' and Ellie's new one is good too.
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Postby Thriller » Mon Dec 17, 2018 5:58 pm

I went for Shawn Mendes, dunno why. VERY surprised to not see Saara Aalto in the poll!

Seeing all of those songs that missed out made me realise you're right, it was a really strong year for music! The best of the bunch for me are: Janelle Monae, Sigala (I think you'll find bbz), Blossoms, Jessica Mauboy, Christine And The Queens, RAYE, Tom Odell, Jess Glynne (AIA), Loud Luxury (Body) and Robyn.

FRIENDS I cannot BEAR to hear anymore due to persistent overplay from the radio, which is a shame cos I loved it when it came out.
Kylie is obviously far, far too low but at least she slipped into the top 100.
Just listened to the Cher Lloyd one, not bad but a bit nursery rhyme - preferred her "serious" phase.
Miracle is definitely going to be higher for me, I just love the instrumental break so much.
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Postby king_oxymoron » Mon Dec 17, 2018 11:03 pm

JSparksFan wrote:"Baby" may be no "Symphony" because it's even better! :lol: :wink:
How DARE you :lol:

UKMusicLova wrote:I voted for Clean Bandit and Demi, as the song is a total bop.

Very much agree with you re: 'FRIENDS'. I was really into it, but pretty bland to listen to it now as it's been so overplayed. I actually really like 'Ruin My Life' and Ellie's new one is good too.
I meant to say, the cascade of notes on 'and if it wasn't you' or 'I don't wanna be' on Ellie is so satisfying!

Mike, you right, at least she did one with Sigma lol. Seems we all feel similarly about Friends. Tha Cher one IS her serious phase though!!
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Postby Carbon » Tue Dec 18, 2018 6:49 pm

Cher's song is quite cute, but Clean Bandit/Marina is too low!
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Postby king_oxymoron » Tue Dec 18, 2018 11:08 pm

090. David Guetta & Sia - Flames
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Next, another song that I was considering among the upper reaches of the chart at one point, but got overplayed. I still do think this is a very decent attempt and I think one that I will fully appreciate again in the years to come. Sia sounds at her soaring best and the 'go go go' bridge is very cute leading up to a strong chorus. It's very enjoyable but is the more subtle of the Guetta and Sia sisters and didn't quite stand the test of time, for me.

089. Kate Nash - Hate You
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Kate returned to music after the success of GLOW and for the most part delivered what I wanted from her - a return to pop, but still with a bit of an edge. Parts of this song I could genuinely see being recorded by Taylor Swift, and with her level of production I really believe this is a smash single.. the chorus is a sweeping, gorgeous slice of melodic pop and if you are a fan of pop music you should really check it out. As the name suggests, it still has some Kate Nash bite but it's a really solid pop tune, with a slightly grim video!



088. Ciara - Dose
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Ciara really shines on this type of uptempo banger and she seems to just be able to pop one out on the yearly, that's talent! Despite sounding identical to 4 Minutes at the start, this tune soon develops its own identity and becomes very obviously CiCi. This has really served as a great gym song for me this year, motivational music that can serve in the club too!

087. Taylor Swift - Delicate
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Taylor didn't just have a year in which she should have just been recording Kate Nash offcuts, oh no! She was also recording her own smashes! After how in your face the majority of the new era was, Delicate was a really apt title for a tune that pulled back the layers and saw Taylor at her most chill. From the vocoded entry vocals to the almost talked verses it all leads to a beautiful chorus and a real saviour for me in this Taylor era, a bit of shade in all the light.

086. Alec Benjamin - Death of a Hero
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One of my very favourite discoveries of the year is this guy, an incredible young storyteller from the US. He has put out so many decent songs this year, culminating in a brilliant mixtape. He has a unique, delicate voice (think Passenger a bit) and he tells some wonderful stories. This is not my absolute favourite of his output this year but it still boasts a gorgeous floating chorus, all about seeing your hero doing something that disappoints you and this leading to the ruination of your youth. Great young talent.

085. Chrvches - Get Out
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Chrvches released a whole lot of bops this year, huh? They've charted for me a few times before but this is the first year I've taken note of their work not just sporadically, I really enjoyed the album and it started with this song, it is very repetitive but when the repeated motifs are catchy and singalong, is that really a bad thing? I particularly like the middle eight and it's 'you are a kaleidoscope' moment as it feel like it gives the song more depth than just being fun and catchy. I can imagine this being a fun one at one of their gigs. If you can do maths though, you'll note it's not number one, so another poll option falls.

084. Gorgon City & Kamille & Ghosted - Go Deep
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Gorgon City have released so many tunes over the year that this year I finally took myself to see their live show, and at a sacrifice given it was a 2am show on the last night of a festival when I had an 8am train. My God was it worth it though, one of the most fun gigs I've been to in ages, so many bops. This is a low key banger that has grown on me with every listen. The bridge is particularly fun before the chorus crashes in over that crazy cool bass. I love it.

083. Louisa ft. 2 Chainz - YES
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Louisa been done wrong, ya know. The girl has been bringing us bangers at every opportunity and can't catch a break. She's an incredibly talented vocalist and though this very obviously whiffs of Xtina, it's a great song in its own right and deserved to do more than all her singles do, which is sit just outside the top forty on iTunes forever and a day. It's true the video was a missed opportunity but a big prime time performance of this could have done wonders, since she can pull it off. A big, brassy girl power strip anthem, should have been top twenty at the very least.

082. Nina Nesbitt - Somebody Special
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Nina has really come into her own this year. A few short years ago she was peddling a pop folk sound, hidden behind her guitar and now she is a full on popstar backed with excellent production and interesting melody. Her voice has also matured and allows her to do this pseudo rnb styling on the verses before she lets her falsetto fly in the bridge and chorus. She really has evolved into one of my favourite and most interesting artists around and I look forward to her album and live gig next year, I really enjoyed her live show, to my surprise, in the first album era so I am sure I will enjoy it greatly. Slinky, sexy pop music.

081. Charlie Puth ft. Kehlani - Done For Me
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Speaking of slinky pop music, Charlie done brought it with the third single from his last album and he brought Kehlani along for the ride, continuing a string of excellently produced singles. I was surprised this wasn't a bigger hit here as it is effortlessly listenable and catchy, though arguably not as attention grabbing as the two that preceded it. It's funky, sexy but subtle and their voices work really well together, very decent pop.
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Postby JSparksFan » Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:42 am

Hmm...I never thought "Flames" was special. I remember you liking "Dose", but I don't think that one's good either.

"Delicate" is quality songwriting, and so unmistakably Taylor I have to smile sometimes when I listen to it. It grew on me quite a bit over the past year. "Done for Me" is meh.
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Postby Carbon » Wed Dec 19, 2018 6:28 pm

Delicate and Done For Me are earworms!

Hate You has a nice pop vibe, but overall I find it underwhelming
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Postby heppolo » Wed Dec 19, 2018 7:41 pm

Alec Benjamin - Death of a Hero

He has some cute songs, but ''Death Of A Hero'' is sadly not my fave.
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Postby Thriller » Wed Dec 19, 2018 8:48 pm

Ooh you went to see Gorgon City, you’re blossoming! I love Go Deep too.

If Yes had been given a full on choreographed video it could’ve done better, such a waste.

Charlie had a great era, as have Chvrches. Get Out grew on me lots.

Dose is fierce.
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Postby urbanmusik » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:01 pm

Tonnes of songs I like in the missed out section, especially the ones in bold. Some of them might actually be in my top 10 if I get round to compiling a chart for this year.

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M.O X Lotto Boyz X Mr Eazi - Bad Vibe
Julia Michaels - Heaven
Janelle Monae - Make Me Feel
Years & Years - Sanctify
Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa - One Kiss
Chrvches - Grafitti
Silk City ft. Dua Lipa - Electricity
Rita Ora - Let You Love Me
Khalid - Better
Four of Diamonds ft. Saweetie - Stupid Things
Christine & The Queens - Girlfriend
Charli XCX - Focus
Lily Allen - Lost My Mind
Cheat Codes x Little Mix - Only You
Jax Jones ft. Mabel & Rich The Kid - Ring Ring
RAYE - Friends
MØ - Sun In Our Eyes

Zedd - Happy Now
Robyn - Honey
Little Mix ft. Nicki Minaj - Woman Like Me
Carly Rae Jepsen- Party For One
Alessia Cara - Trust My Lonely
M.O & Chip - Wondering
Years & Years - If You're Over Me
Calvin Harris & Sam Smith - Promises
Dua Lipa - Want To
Mark Ronson & Miley Cyrus - Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
Robyn - Missing U
1975 - TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME
Normani x Calvin Harris - Checklist
Charli XCX - 5 In The Morning

Tove Lo & friends - Bitches (Remix)


In the top 100 the Clean Bandit and Zara Larsson songs are my favourites, the latter being a massive grower. Both CHVRCHES songs are good (and in the right order), while I share your sentiments on Nina Nesbitt (I also saw her live during her acoustic phase when she supported Rizzle Kicks).

I normally hate Charlie Puth's music, but Done for Me really hits the mark. I loved Louisa's song when it came out, but it didn't have much replay factor after a few weeks.

Anne-Marie, Kylie, MNEK, Ellie Goulding and Ciara all fall under the "enjoyable basic bop but they can do better" category for me.
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Postby Blondini » Wed Dec 19, 2018 9:17 pm

Voted Kate Nash but it's probs not even included!

Nice to see Charli.

Clean B / Marina and Delicate are best of the chart.
Alec Benjamin has some good songs but not so much that. He's more akin to a less irritating Owl City than the acoustic Passenger - musically.

I loved Nina Nesbitt on her previous album but not so much this year.
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Postby ludichris » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:51 am

I like your song write ups! Dose and Done For Me, which I discovered late are both awesome.
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Postby king_oxymoron » Thu Dec 20, 2018 9:58 pm

Aw thanks man!
Heppolo and Tony, more and ovviously better Alex to come!
And Mike, Gorgon City were my number one in 2016, I've LONG blossomed bitch!
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Postby king_oxymoron » Thu Dec 20, 2018 10:57 pm

080. Fickle Friends - Broken Sleep
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If you followed my chart last year, you will have seen a very high entry for Brighton's Fickle Friends, a band that have become one of my very favourites over the past two years. In 2018, they released their brilliant debut album and even moved onto another EP, the first track of which was this slice of pop heaven. I love the little clever intricacies, like how it leads you to think it's going to lead the verses with 'broken sleep' but instead goes with 'broken hearted' and subsequently 'broken promises'. It's little touches like that that let me know the creators aren't being lazy. Catchy verses, catchy bridges, catchy chorus... not my favourite of their output ever but very much in keeping with their indie pop sensibilities and sense of fun mixed with melancholy.

079. Camila Cabello - Real Friends
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From Fickle Friends to Real Friends now and while Swae Lee is essential in the Ellie Goulding single which charted previously, here I prefer the solo version from Camila's debut solo album. It's a very simple tune but sometimes the simplest, cleanest things are the best. I love the guitar led nature of it all and Camila's vocals sit on the rhythm really well, be it her lower verse vocal or her beautiful falsetto in the chorus. I find when the production is so minimalistic and the vocal is front and centre, it really brings it to light if you have a great singer on the track and the absolute runs Camila is capable of are really allowed to shine. That all said, the era has been so poorly handled. This could have been a UK hit if handled properly for sure.

078. Meghan Trainor - No Excuses
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HUH! This is a different type of production but also one I really enjoy, I feel like I would like this song even if it was just instrumental :lol: That's not to say Meghan's vocal isn't excellent, it comes in quite aggressively - I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else but I feel like she starts full pelt and I love that, it's like in the verses she's at a constant ten and then reigns it back in for the bridge and chorus. I like it when things happen backwards to how you would expect sometimes. Another one that's quite a simple song with great results, Meghan sells it, particularly live.. she gives it all she has. Fun.

077.GLADES - Do Right
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This year I've properly embraced Spotify and in particular listening to Hot Hits or pop playlists that contain songs I may not have known previously. That's where I discovered Aussie three piece GLADES and their pop stomper 'Do Right' . The female lead has a beautiful voice and the song itself manages to tick all the boxes of what sounds popular and current without ever veering into the generic. The bridge 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry...' plays with the timing a bit and adds a little something to me that seems in a way unexpected? However it works, it's a very listenable pop bop with a bit of edge, and you should watch below!



076. Imagine Dragons - Natural
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A song I heard more organically on Radio One now and it's a really interesting one, particularly structurally. The song starts quite devoid of much production and quite slowly, almost balladesque despite sometimes quick spitting lyrics. However after the slow build of the bridge and it's long held notes, it actually bursts into one of the most upbeat Imagine Dragons songs, boasting some of their most aggressive production. I love the juxtaposition of that! The changes of pace are really really cool and even In it's slower moments, it's one of the most catchy and melodic ID singles out there. Big mood.

075. Nina Nesbitt - Colder
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In the run up to her new album release next year, Nina very recently released an EP and its title track is one of the catchiest things she has released this era. Where some of her previous singles to my ears are pop songs with urban influences (songs like Somebody Special), this veers more to the pure pop end of her spectrum. That said, it isn't just happy clappy, it's very much atmospheric pop. The verses utilise the different elements to her voice, the bridges she's spitting lyrics in a quick and catchy manner and in the chorus all the production comes together and it's beautiful. I love the little run she does on the word 'colder'! Still not her best release this year for me but I'll be very happy if this is the quality of the album as it's very solid pop.

074. Bastille - Quarter Past Midnight
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After a bit of a barren spell in terms of hits, I was really glad to see Bastille return with this. Harking back to the sound of their biggest smashes, I really thought this was going to join their highest chart highs. It didn't, but gladly they have since added to their tally of top fives with the brilliant 'Happier'. This is an absolute romp of a song from the off though, great pace, great lyrics 'we want the bodies on the billboards, not the lives underneath them' and despite setting off at quite a pace, quite obviously steps up a gear when hitting the impeccably catchy chorus. I like that the chorus has a second part to it ('this is my favourite part oh help me piece it all together darling') as a) it's my favourite part too! and b) is a gift that keeps on giving when you think the chorus is already done. Tune.

073. Maroon 5 - Girls Like You
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Honestly I thought this was a very boring track from a very weak album to begin with. I thought they were mental when they announced its release. Well, I can't always get it right :lol: It definitely took the single release for me to appreciate it, though I can still do without Cardi on it so I chart the solo version, I mean, it's never going to be the most complex amazing song going but the long held falsetto notes in the verse and the coupling of those with the ones that follow just sound really interesting to me. And the chorus is undeniably catchy. I was in a club recently and heard a remix of this and honestly the added speed made it really go the hell off.

072. Rudimental ft. Tom Walker - Walk Alone
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Rudimentary are very very hit and miss for me. The James Arthur collab was fire, I thought the Jess Glynne one was really boring despite hitting Number one. The Anne-Marie one was more interesting but not wildly better. But this one has really captured my attention despite being fairly pedestrian. I do like that they are known for their energy and being a 'dance' act and their output has been very midtempo of late. I like Tom's voice a lot, and this is a good vehicle for it. It could definitely be accused of being a bit generic but it makes me smile, both for the lyric that sounds like 'I am a rock, I Emma Stone' and for the elongation of the word 'alone' at the end, as soon as you think it's done there's more 'oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh ooone' :lol:

071. Zedd & Maren Morris & Grey - The Middle
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And finally Zedd was back with his signature tick tock production with another song that was an early contender for song of the year but fell off dramatically due to being everywhere. These early released really at a disadvantage huh? Still. It remains an incredibly catchy song with a great vocal which manages to have a huge impact despite a chorus with the most minimal of production. As we call it in the industry, a bop.
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Postby JSparksFan » Thu Dec 20, 2018 11:49 pm

"Real Friends" isn't bad, but it is forgettable. I'm actually listening to "Natural" now; for me, it's a bit noisy, and certainly not among ID's best.

"Girls Like You" is better with Cardi, in my opinion, but even then it's not terrific. "The Middle" is the standout of the batch! It's an odd pairing with country singer Maren Morris on vocal duties, but she does a great job.
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