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    by » 27-12-18, 11:14

    Unless I get sick (like last year) or some unexpected event happens, I'm going to do a countdown here of my 100 most played new songs in 2018. As usual, this will include singles, album tracks, EP tracks etc that were released* in 2018.

    The Top 100 countdown for 2018 begins here.

    Top 10 Albums of 2018 here.

    Top 25 Older Songs here.


    The cover images representing the 162 songs released in 2018 that charted on my weekly chart from week 1 to 51. It's unlikely (although not impossible) any song not included among these will reach the YEC.

    The poll includes, in alphabetical order, nine of my biggest favourite songs from 2018, although not necessarily the final Top 9. The poll will remain open until I start posting the Top 10.

    How much did 2018 suck (for me)?

    Let's try to answer this question with some statistics.



    This diagram shows the number of songs released during each year that existed in my database at the end of that year, from 2000 to 2018. Usually there are more songs from a specific year added after the year has ended, but those are not included here, to make the comparison fair to the current year.

    While 2018 isn't completely over yet, right now I don't plan on adding any more songs during the last few days (and if it happens it will most likely just be one or two songs or at most one album). In other words it is already a fact that 2018 is the year with the lowest number of songs so far (since I started adding songs in real-time to my database), and the plunge from the three strong previous years is especially dramatic.

    But the total number of songs isn't everything of course; the majority of the songs added during those strong years actually turned out to be crap and only got one or maybe a couple of plays (or before 2015 even zero sometimes). It might be better to look at how many of those songs managed to enter my weekly top 30 chart:



    This doesn't look nearly as bad. While 2018 is still much weaker than average, it is no longer the worst year and the difference to the strong years is much smaller. In fact, the correlation between the total number of songs and the number of songs that charted is fairly weak overall. It's only the 2010 dip and the trend the last few years that is really clear.

    Most years there were more than 200 newly released songs that entered my weekly chart, so it was more difficult to end up in the YEC top 200 than to chart on the weekly chart (which didn't stop some songs that failed on the weekly chart from appearing on the YEC even most of those years). My "official" YEC was always 200 positions up until now. This was a decision made in 2000 (or on the first day of 2001) because this was the highest even number of songs that I could listen to in one day. I.e. 100 was clearly too few (takes only around 6 hours) and 300 clearly too many, and 250 realistically also too many (although it would have fit nicely with the number of weekly chart hits that first year). Even in 2010 I counted all 200 positions although the lower half was mostly a joke, with just 3 plays at #200. If I had been posting here I would probably have cut it down to 100 that year. Which is was I have decided to do now for 2018, to avoid including any "filler" songs. This will also make it comfortable again to listen to the entire chart in one day; while 200 positions worked well some years it has also led to some problems and generally has become more difficult with time (presumably because I have gotten older; the average song length has actually tended to decrease slightly since 2000).

    *) In most cases, the meaning of this is obvious but there are a couple of special cases: 1) If a song was released as a single in 2017 (or possibly earlier) but is also included on an album or EP that was released in 2018 then I will treat it as a 2018 song if I didn't discover it until this year. Similarly, if a song was included on an album released in 2017 (or possibly earlier) but was also released as a single in 2018 then I will treat it as a 2018 song if I didn't discover it until this year. This also means that a song can never appear on the regular YEC more than once. My most played older songs during the year get their own chart.

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    by » 27-12-18, 13:03

    Looking forward to this! I went with Kacey in the poll

    Also very interesting to read the infos

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    by » 28-12-18, 22:07

    I think the poll might give away who is top, but maybe I'm wrong!

    Surprised this year saw less songs making your chart, I am swamped trying to fit all the songs I loved into my chart

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    by » 02-01-19, 04:34

    Hmm...I think the big question is which song will be #2 here! Looking forward to the full list.

    Interestingly enough, 2018 has been the most diverse year for me in terms of the number of unique acts and songs I've listened to, according to my LastFM statistics (2012-present).
    Akini's Top 25 Artists of 2018: [#1 Revealed!]

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    by » 02-01-19, 18:45

    Thanks for commenting, Tansike, king_oxymoron and Akini!

    It looks like Kacey is leading the poll by quite a big margin... Yeah, if I hadn't mentioned the number of weeks at #1 maybe someone who hadn't looked at my weekly chart would have voted for someone else. I just used the same system as last year, which was compensation for the evil trick from the year before... It's not always that the song with the most number of weeks at #1 is my most played song that year though. In 2003 for example a song with only 6 weeks beat (and not by a small margin) one with 13 weeks, and in 2007 the YEC #1 only got 3 weeks (the last three weeks of the year) and six other songs had 4-7 weeks.

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    by » 02-01-19, 18:53

    89 Songs That Missed the Top 100

    Here is the list of all new songs that got at least 10 plays but didn't make the top 100. This is the smallest number of such songs since 2010, and the list also has unusually poor artist variation. (Fun fact: the list starts with three artists who will also be found with other songs very high.)

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    101. Kacey Musgraves – Lonely Weekend [40 plays]
    102. Joyce Jonathan – Ne me brϋle pas
    103. ????? ???? – ????? ???????
    104. Meghan Patrick – We Got It All
    105. Vanessa Mai – Solange es dich gibt
    106. Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What a World
    107. Vanessa Mai – Wo du bist
    108. Kacey Musgraves – Velvet Elvis
    109. ????? ???? – ???????
    110. Meghan Patrick – Small Town
    111. Emmelie de Forest – Who Loves You
    112. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow
    113. Vanessa Mai – Irgendwie, irgendwo, irgendwann
    114. Beatrice Egli – Halt mich
    115. Emmelie de Forest – History
    116. Emmelie de Forest – Any Less
    117. Rasmussen – Higher Ground
    118. Meghan Patrick – Walls Come Down
    119. Meghan Patrick – George Strait
    120. Meghan Patrick – Underrated
    121. Kira Isabella – Little Girl
    122. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
    123. Meghan Patrick – The Buzz
    124. Astrid S – Emotion
    125. Cecilia Kallin – Runaway
    126. Kimberly Dunn – Running out of Road
    127. Meghan Patrick – Case of Beer and a Bed
    128. Kira Isabella – Danger Danger
    129. Jessie Chris – When You Call Me Baby
    130. Meghan Patrick – Hardest on My Heart
    131. Beatrice Egli – Alperose
    132. Samantha Jade – Roller Skates
    133. Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn
    134. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
    135. Kimberly Dunn – Courthouse Wedding
    136. Chvrches – Graffiti [30 plays]
    137. Jason Aldean – Rearview Town
    138. Kimberly Dunn – Traffic
    139. Kimberly Dunn – Until We Never Meet Again
    140. Chvrches – Deliverance
    141. Jenifer – Encore et encore
    142. Kimberly Dunn – You Belong with Her
    143. Kimberly Dunn – Roots Run Deep
    144. Jessie Chris – Can't Get Enough
    145. Jessie Chris – One More
    146. Kimberly Dunn – Don't Take Too Long
    147. Jessie Chris – Better Off Gone
    148. Jessie Chris – Over It
    149. Kimberly Dunn – High Horse
    150. Kimberly Dunn – Stand on It
    151. Kira Isabella – Stupid Heart
    152. Annemarie Eilfeld – Wenn du gehst
    153. Kimberly Dunn – Knock on Wood
    154. Kira Isabella – I Don't Wanna Know
    155. Kimberly Dunn – Lonestar
    156. Jessie Chris – In It for You
    157. Emmelie de Forest – Going Ghost
    158. Kacey Musgraves – Mother
    159. Jason Aldean – You Make It Easy [21 plays]
    160. Jason Aldean – Dirt to Dust
    161. Chvrches feat. Matt Berninger – My Enemy
    162. Eugιnie – Equilibre
    163. Vanessa Mai – Niemals
    164. Emmelie de Forest – Rabbit
    165. Melinda Schneider – My Voice
    166. Saara Aalto – Monsters
    167. Jason Aldean – Set It Off
    168. Carina Dahl – When Sorrow Comes Alive
    169. Jason Aldean – Girl Like You
    170. Tenille Arts – Mad Crazy Love [15 plays]
    171. Sabrina Carpenter – Paris
    172. Alee – Don't Make Me Miss You
    173. Natasha St-Pier – Nous Sommes
    174. Leah Daniels – The Story
    175. Jason Aldean feat. Miranda Lambert – Drowns the Whiskey
    176. Chvrches – Never Say Die
    177. Tenille Arts – I Hate This
    178. Leah Daniels – ToGetHer
    179. Jason Aldean – Love Me or Don't
    180. Jason Aldean – Better at Being Who I Am
    181. Jason Aldean – I'll Wait for You
    182. ??????? ???????? – ??????, ??? ?? ??????????
    183. Jason Aldean – Like You Were Mine
    184. Jason Aldean – Blacktop Gone
    185. My Indigo – Crash and Burn
    186. Rea Garvey – Beautiful Life
    187. Jason Aldean – Ride All Night [10 plays]
    188. Jason Aldean – Up in Smoke
    189. Rea Garvey feat. Kool Savas – Is It Love?

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    by » 02-01-19, 20:05

    The Kacey songs are obviously my fave from the bubbling under tracks. "Monsters" was actually my favourite song the night of the ESC final, but that changed post-final.

    106. Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What a World
    112. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow
    122. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
    133. Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn
    134. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
    166. Saara Aalto – Monsters
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    by » 02-01-19, 20:15

    ^ Thanks for commenting!

    Kacey has fewer songs inside the top 100 than I would have guessed, but I think she'll be quite happy with the overall result anyway... I really should have listened more to the entire album though.

    There are a few other ESC songs higher up, but overall it was a not a very good ESC year for me (and the winning song was not one of my favourites).

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    by » 02-01-19, 20:19

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus
    ^ Thanks for commenting!

    Kacey have fewer songs inside the top 100 than I would have guessed, but I think she'll be quite happy with the overall result anyway... I really should have listened more to the entire album though.

    There are a few other ESC songs higher up, but overall it was a not a very good ESC year for me (and the winning song was just awful).
    On this point, I beg to differ!
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    by » 02-01-19, 20:24

    Languages, Countries and Artist Categories

    Some facts about the upcoming Top 100:

    100 songs by 37 artists from 12 countries, singing in 6 different languages.

    Languages:
    English: 55 songs
    German: 21
    French: 15
    Russian: 5
    Estonian: 3
    Italian: 1 song

    English has never had this little domination before, with only 55 percent of the songs. German, French, Russian and Estonian all have more songs in the top 100 than ever before. And for the first time there is no song in any of the Scandinavian languages.

    Artist Categories:
    28 female solo artists
    3 male solo artists
    6 other (groups, duos etc.)

    Artist Countries:
    USA: 15 artists
    Canada: 5
    Estonia: 3
    UK: 3
    Australia: 2
    France: 2
    Germany: 2
    Ireland: 1 artist
    Macedonia: 1
    Norway: 1
    Russia: 1
    Switzerland: 1

    First Appearance on YEC: (for this year's artists in the top 100)
    2018: 11 artists
    2017: 3
    2016: 7
    2015: 3
    2010–2014: 7
    2005–2009: 4
    2000–2004: 2

    It is unusual that so few of the artists debuted on my YEC the year before.

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    by » 02-01-19, 20:30

    157. Emmelie de Forest – Going Ghost - that song I enjoyed
    173. Natasha St-Pier – Nous Sommes - enjoyable
    182. ??????? ???????? – ??????, ??? ?? ?????????? - oh, I remember her since my childhood days
    186. Rea Garvey – Beautiful Life - a very rare male entry
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    by » 02-01-19, 20:32

    Really glad to see Monsters in there, thought High Horse would definitely be top hundred! Best surprise is seeing Emotion by Astrid S in another chart, it's stunning.

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    by » 02-01-19, 20:37

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    On this point, I beg to differ!
    Fixed. (I had to edit the post anyway to fix an embarrassing grammar mistake.)

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    by » 03-01-19, 13:46

    101. Kacey Musgraves – Lonely Weekend [40 plays]
    106. Kacey Musgraves – Oh, What a World
    108. Kacey Musgraves – Velvet Elvis
    111. Emmelie de Forest – Who Loves You
    112. Kacey Musgraves – Rainbow
    115. Emmelie de Forest – History
    116. Emmelie de Forest – Any Less
    117. Rasmussen – Higher Ground
    122. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
    124. Astrid S – Emotion
    131. Beatrice Egli – Alperose
    133. Kacey Musgraves – Slow Burn
    134. Kacey Musgraves – High Horse
    136. Chvrches – Graffiti [30 plays]
    140. Chvrches – Deliverance
    157. Emmelie de Forest – Going Ghost
    158. Kacey Musgraves – Mother
    161. Chvrches feat. Matt Berninger – My Enemy
    163. Vanessa Mai – Niemals
    164. Emmelie de Forest – Rabbit
    166. Saara Aalto – Monsters
    176. Chvrches – Never Say Die
    185. My Indigo – Crash and Burn
    186. Rea Garvey – Beautiful Life
    189. Rea Garvey feat. Kool Savas – Is It Love?


    These are the ones that I like from your list so far, with "Monsters" by Saara Aalto, "Crash And Burn" by My Indigo and the Emmelie tracks all put together being my clear faves
    Though I think there could be even more as I'm sure I checked out a few others but just can't remember their names

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    by » 03-01-19, 19:03

    Thanks for commenting, heppolo, king_oxymoron and Tansike! I'm glad you like/recognize some (or in one case a lot of) the songs that nearly made my Top 100!

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    by » 03-01-19, 19:05

    Let's start the Top 100 countdown! I will post this in batches of 20 positions to begin with, then 10 at a time from #40.

    To decrease the amount of repetitiveness when there are several songs from the same album in the same batch I will list them all together (outside of the top 20). Except for that I will use the same format as in 2015-2016.

    It took 40 plays to reach #100 in 2018. The downtrend here since the record year 2015 is very clear; it took 130, 98 and 73 plays respectively in 2015-2017. It's still far from a record low though; between 2000 and 2011 below 40 plays at #100 was a lot more common than above!

    Meghan Patrick


    #100. The Bad Guy Spotify YouTube Video

    Total Plays: 40
    Best Month: January (46%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 16

    #97. Feel Me Gone S YouTube Audio

    Total Plays: 43
    Best Month: February (44%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 19

    Canadian country singer Meghan Patrick has two songs in this first batch and there is one more to come.

    #99. ????? ???? – ????????-?????? S V


    Total Plays: 42
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 11

    Russian singer and YouTuber ????? ???? (Klava Coca*) is one of my new "random" discoveries of 2018. "????????-??????" ("Hate-Love") is her most recent song, released 17th December (and I first heard it on the 21st), so it didn't have much time to get plays before the year was over. In reality it should have ended up higher. And for that reason I'm also giving it the video spot in this batch even though I'm not completely sure it has the best video among these 20 songs:



    *) A transliteration from cyrillic according to the usual rules (for English) would produce "Koka" as her last name, and I've used this before but have since noticed that she herself uses "Coca" in a few places, so it makes sense to copy that.

    #98. Samantha Jade – Best of My Love S A


    Total Plays: 42
    Best Month: March (50%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 18

    Probably the worst song in the top 100; I have really no idea why I listened 42 times to this. Definitely Samantha's worst that ever appeared on my YEC. By far the best is "Turn Around" that was as high as #3 in 2007.

    Kacey Musgraves



    #96. Wonder Woman S YouTube Live Performance

    Total Plays: 44
    Best Month: June (42%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 15

    #92. Love Is a Wild Thing S A

    Total Plays: 46
    Best Month: June (45%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 16

    In contrast to some other artists appearing here (and some not appearing at all), country singer Kacey Musgraves released a new album that achieved much greater success with me than any of her previous efforts. We will meet her again a few times much higher up.

    #95. ????? ???? – ???????????? S V


    Total Plays: 44
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 4

    #94. ????? ???? – ?? ????????? S V


    Total Plays: 45
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    Beatrice Egli



    #93. Ich denke nur noch an mich S A

    Total Plays: 46
    Best Month: March (96%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 23

    #89. Keine Angst vor Liebe S A

    Total Plays: 53
    Best Month: March (96%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 19

    #87. Wenn du denkst du denkst dann denkst du nur du denkst S A

    Total Plays: 53
    Best Month: March (96%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 20

    #86. Einer wie Keiner S A

    Total Plays: 54
    Best Month: March (94%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 21

    #83. Ich steh zu dir S A

    Total Plays: 59
    Best Month: March (97%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 18

    #82. Was geht ab S V

    Total Plays: 62
    Best Month: March (97%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 17

    #81. Wahrheit oder Pflicht S A

    Total Plays: 66
    Best Month: March (94%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 16

    No less than seven songs just in this first batch for Swiss schlager-pop queen Beatrice Egli.

    #91. ????? ???? – ?????? ???? S V


    Total Plays: 49
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 3

    This is Klava's second highest song on the chart, but we will have to wait a long time for the highest.

    #90. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It's Over S V


    Total Plays: 49
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    Avril Lavigne finally returned in 2018 with two new songs (and a new album on its way). This one didn't do too well though, although it did better than I thought it would after the very first listen.

    #88. Eye Cue – Lost and Found S V


    Total Plays: 53
    Best Month: April (68%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    The Macedonian ESC entry was one of my favourite ESC songs this year. It sounded much worse in the competition than on the studio version though.

    #85. CHVRCHES – Wonderland S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 55
    Best Month: July (56%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 24

    #84. Ashley Monroe – Hands on You S V


    Total Plays: 57
    Best Month: March (67%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 15

    Country singer Ashley Monroe returned in 2018, first with this song that did relatively poorly (compare this #84 to the fact that in 2015 she had two songs in the Top 10!), and later with a new album that did... very close to absolutely nothing at all. So this is her only song on the chart.

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    by » 04-01-19, 17:58

    Great to see so,e Chvrches in here, I really enjoyed their album this year.

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    by » 05-01-19, 08:48

    #98. Samantha Jade – Best of My Love
    #96. Wonder Woman
    #93. Ich denke nur noch an mich
    #92. Love Is a Wild Thing
    #90. Avril Lavigne – Tell Me It's Over
    #89. Keine Angst vor Liebe
    #88. Eye Cue – Lost and Found
    #87. Wenn du denkst du denkst dann denkst du nur du denkst
    #86. Einer wie Keiner
    #85. CHVRCHES – Wonderland
    #84. Ashley Monroe – Hands on You
    #83. Ich steh zu dir
    #82. Was geht ab
    #81. Wahrheit oder Pflicht


    Yay for these!
    Didn't expect Beatrice to have already that many entries in the first update, but good for her. "Was geht ab" is definitely my favorite of the whole first bunch, great tune!
    "Lost And Found" was a good entry for the ESC, but I agree, their live performance wasn't that good and that was probably the reason why they didn't qualify for the final.
    Nice to see Ashley Monroe having at least one entry... still can't believe the album did nothing at all. It's one of the best releases of 2018 for me

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    by » 05-01-19, 17:13

    Thanks for commenting, king_oxymoron and Tansike!

    Quote Originally Posted by king_oxymoron
    Great to see so,e Chvrches in here, I really enjoyed their album this year.
    I enjoyed the album too. I think it's more even than the previous two, but also lacking a real standout song. There will be more songs from it in the next batch though!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Yay for these!
    Didn't expect Beatrice to have already that many entries in the first update, but good for her. "Was geht ab" is definitely my favorite of the whole first bunch, great tune!
    Yeah, I totally underestimated how many of her album tracks would actually make the top 100. I guessed around 8 when I commented in your thread, but the real number turned out to be around double that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    "Lost And Found" was a good entry for the ESC, but I agree, their live performance wasn't that good and that was probably the reason why they didn't qualify for the final.
    This has become somewhat of a theme for the ESC songs I like when I do my initial blind listening; very often they end up being disappointing when performed live. That's true for the next one up as well, but luckily not for the one after that!

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Nice to see Ashley Monroe having at least one entry... still can't believe the album did nothing at all. It's one of the best releases of 2018 for me
    I'm not sure if you noticed, but the album did get one week at #17 (week 51). But still very close to nothing at all...

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    by » 05-01-19, 17:50

    Let's continue with the next batch, #80 to #61. Here too there are three artists with multiple songs from the same album, and we will meet one of them with her first song at #80:

    Joyce Jonathan



    #80. Nos secrets S

    Total Plays: 69
    Best Month: October (80%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 14

    #73. Hors-sujet S

    Total Plays: 82
    Best Month: October (77%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 12

    #69. Revivre pour exister S

    Total Plays: 91
    Best Month: October (74%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 13

    French singer/songwriter Joyce Jonathan took a huge step forward with her new album On. She has appeared once before on the YEC top 100, in 2010 with her first single "Je ne sais pas" (#36) but that can't be compared to her success in 2018. These are the first three of 14 songs on the chart.

    CHVRCHES



    #79. Forever S A

    Total Plays: 69
    Best Month: July (52%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 20

    #76. Really Gone S L

    Total Plays: 75
    Best Month: July (45%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 17

    #75. Get Out S V


    Total Plays: 77
    Best Month: June (52%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    Four songs in the top 100 (these three plus one at #85) for CHVRCHES. That's the second doubling since their debut in 2013 (1 song ("The Mother We Share") then, 2 in 2015).

    #78. Samantha Harvey – When It Comes Down S A

    (EP cover)

    Total Plays: 72
    Best Month: July (46%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 23

    The first of four songs for Samantha Harvey.

    Beatrice Egli



    #77. Sie S

    Total Plays: 75
    Best Month: March (95%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 14

    #72. Ich liebe die Musik S

    Total Plays: 82
    Best Month: March (92%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    #71. Im besten Club dieser Stadt S

    Total Plays: 85
    Best Month: March (91%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    #70. Verliebt, verlobt, verflixt nochmal S


    Total Plays: 86
    Best Month: March (94%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    #68. Touchι S

    Total Plays: 93
    Best Month: March (97%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 6

    #66. Gold S

    Total Plays: 95
    Best Month: March (91%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 7

    #65. Traumpilot S

    Total Plays: 104
    Best Month: March (90%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    #61. Wohlfόhlgarantie S

    Total Plays: 106
    Best Month: March (92%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 4

    It turns out that seven songs in the first batch wasn't enough for Beatrice; there are eight in this one! Which still leaves two of her songs for higher positions. One of the songs this time also has a really nice video:



    #74. Genevieve Fisher – Between You and Me S V


    Total Plays: 79
    Best Month: July (39%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 18

    #67. Vanessa Mai – Feuer und Eis S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 93
    Best Month: September (55%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    #64. Catherine McGrath feat. Hunter Hayes – Don't Let Me Forget S V


    Total Plays: 104
    Best Month: July (65%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    The first of ten songs for country pop singer Catherine McGrath, who already scored two YEC top 10 songs in 2017 (both also found on her debut album released in 2018).

    #63. Grete Paia – Kui isegi kaotan S V


    Total Plays: 104
    Best Month: December (100%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    The first of three songs sung in Estonian, but the only one for Grete Paia.

    #62. The Band Perry – Run Away S A

    (EP cover)

    Total Plays: 106
    Best Month: October (58%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

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    by » 06-01-19, 20:04

    #60. Madame Monsieur – Mercy S V


    Total Plays: 107
    Best Month: April (58%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 2

    This somehow ended up with a higher peak position on my weekly chart (during the period when I wasn't posting) than my clear ESC 2018 favourite. Luckily the total number of plays is a much better indicator of (lack of) success.

    #59. Tone Damli – Seasick S A


    Total Plays: 112
    Best Month: October (54%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 4

    Norwegian songstress Tone Damli has one of my most played songs in 2018, but that song was released in 2017 so we won't find it here. She did release one new song in 2018 though, which isn't nearly as good but still ended up at #59.

    Vanessa Mai



    #58. Wie es einmal war S A

    Total Plays: 114
    Best Month: September (66%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 6

    #42. Verdammter Engel S A

    Total Plays: 159
    Best Month: September (57%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    These are the two highest songs from Vanessa's latest album. But she still has one more to come, a song that was released in January on a new edition of her 2017 album.

    #57. Camila Cabello – Something's Gotta Give S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 114
    Best Month: January (48%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 6

    Joyce Jonathan



    #56. Rouler sur l'or S A

    Total Plays: 122
    Best Month: October (80%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 11

    #51. Les blondes S A

    Total Plays: 133
    Best Month: October (85%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    Two more songs from Joyce Jonathan's album here, but there are still many more to come in the top 40.

    Catherine McGrath



    #55. She'll Never Love You S A

    Total Plays: 123
    Best Month: August (37%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 18

    #52. Cinderella S A

    Total Plays: 132
    Best Month: August (44%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 17

    #48. The Edges S A

    Total Plays: 140
    Best Month: August (43%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 16

    #43. Wild S V

    Total Plays: 156
    Best Month: April (62%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 2

    #41. Good Goodbyes S A

    Total Plays: 163
    Best Month: August (41%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 13

    Five songs here for Catherine, including one with a video:



    #54. Merlyn Uuskόla – Homne plaan S A


    Total Plays: 126
    Best Month: December (62%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 7

    #53. Kim Petras – Heart to Break S V


    Total Plays: 127
    Best Month: June (53%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 6

    Samantha Harvey



    #50. Happy and You Know It S A

    Total Plays: 140
    Best Month: April (51%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 10

    #46. Never Dance Again S A

    Total Plays: 143
    Best Month: April (53%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 11

    Beatrice Egli



    #49. Du gibst meinem Leben einen Sinn S A

    Total Plays: 140
    Best Month: March (91%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 2

    #45. Mein Ein und Alles S A

    Total Plays: 147
    Best Month: March (80%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 3

    None of Beatrice's songs made the top 40, and the two we see hear appear in the "incorrect" order. "Mein Ein und Alles" was one of the tracks released before the rest of the album and thanks to that it ended up with more plays, despite a lower peak position on the weekly chart and not being my actual favourite on the album (which is the other one).

    #47. Meghan Patrick – The Way You Apologize S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 143
    Best Month: January (49%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    #44. Selena Gomez – Back to You S V


    Total Plays: 153
    Best Month: June (49%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    Selena Gomez released one song I really liked this year, and that gives her her fourth YEC top 50 hit. The previous three were "Outlaw" (#12 in 2011), "Cologne" (#20 in 2015) and "Good for You" (#26 also in 2015).

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    by » 07-01-19, 16:56

    ^ Thanks for commenting! Yeah, I think I remember seeing that song (or seeing it being mentioned) on your chart. And I probably wouldn't have discovered "Heart to Break" if it wasn't for you!

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    by » 07-01-19, 17:07

    Catherine McGrath



    #40. Good at Love S A

    Total Plays: 164
    Best Month: August (37%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 15

    #32. Dodged a Bullet S A

    Total Plays: 197
    Best Month: August (41%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 8

    Two songs for Catherine McGrath between #31 and #40, and she still has two more to come!

    #39. Leah Daniels – Nothing S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 166
    Best Month: July (39%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    The first of five songs for Canadian country pop singer Leah Daniels, who got her real breakthough for me in 2018 (although she had previously appeared at #185 in 2015 with "Dream Without You".)

    Joyce Jonathan



    #38. Donner S A

    Total Plays: 167
    Best Month: October (77%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 9

    #37. Je te dιteste pas du tout S V

    Total Plays: 180
    Best Month: October (83%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 8



    #36. Jada Facer – Be Alright S V


    Total Plays: 183
    Best Month: October (68%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 4

    I'm usually not a fan of cover versions, but it does happen every once in a while. Jada Facer has released a large amount of covers of recent hits the last few years and this is the best one in my opinion. Her voice is great.

    #35. Vanessa Mai – 1000 Lieder S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 183
    Best Month: January (74%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 1 (1 week)

    Here we meet the first song that reached #1 on my weekly chart; not just the lowest here on the YEC but the one that appeared the earliest.

    #34. Amy Shark – I Said Hi S V

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 188
    Best Month: August (73%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    #33. Rea Garvey – Never Giving Up S A

    (Album cover)

    Total Plays: 194
    Best Month: April (63%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 5

    #31. Christina Taylor – American Dreamin' S A


    Total Plays: 202
    Best Month: December (70%)
    Peak Position on Weekly Chart: 3

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    by » 07-01-19, 22:29

    I really like Get Out and Forever, continuing the Chrvches love! Back to You is a really nice song too.

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