New Year's Eve blog post tradition, part the second – this time it's all about the music, powered by the sacred union of Spotify and Last.fm. Let's jump in, shall we?
Top 10 artists listened to in 2018
- Screaming Females
- The Go! Team
- Janelle Monáe
- Iron Maiden
- Neil Diamond
- Zeal & Ardor
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- We Are Scientists
After 2017's dalliance with ambient electronica, my tastes swung firmly back towards rock and roll in 2018 – as well as the artists listed above, I also listened to a lot of Shame, Tiny Moving Parts, Mastersystem, The Beths, and Black Foxxes this year. Of the top 10, the first five (plus #8 and #10) all released cracking new albums this year (or a double EP, in the case of Iglooghost), and we even got to see We Are Scientists play an amazing gig in a tiny venue in October.
Also, I suspect Iron Maiden only made it so high up my chart because I made myself a specific "their good albums in the right order" playlist to accompany coding sessions this year...
Top 10 albums listened to in 2018
- Screaming Females — All At Once
- tUnE-yArDs — I can feel you creep into my private life
- Zeal & Ardor — Stranger Fruit
- The Go! Team — SEMICIRCLE
- Janelle Monáe — Dirty Computer
- Moby — Play
- Let's Eat Grandma — I'm All Ears
- Soccer Mommy — Clean
- MGMT — Little Dark Age
- Juliana Hatfield — Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John
Again, all new releases this year apart from Moby's 1999 album which I revisited a couple of times, mostly because Zeal & Ardor's metal-meets-negro-spirituals aesthetic reminded me of Moby's similar repurposing of African-American folk music almost twenty years earlier.
The top three were all new discoveries to me in 2018, but I instantly fell in love with Screaming Females' Sleater-Kinney-esque combo of strong female vocals and counterpoint guitar. The Go! Team were familiar from their Mercury-nominated debut way back in 2004, but I'd always found them a little annoying until this album, their fifth. And Janelle Monáe's gorgeous, Prince-tinged Dirty Computer was my favourite pop album since Beyonce's Lemonade in 2016.
Track of the year
Without a doubt my ear-worm of 2018 (and most played track of the year to boot) has been I'll Make You Sorry, the third single taken from Screaming Females' brilliant All At Once: