I can’t believe 2018 is already coming to an end, and 2019 is just a few days away. It has been an interesting 364 days for us all, but one thing I think we can all agree on is the music. The music released this year was phenomenal, so I put together a list looking back at my favourite albums of 2018.
⁃A Star Is Born Soundtrack
One of my absolute favourite albums of the year (and not only ’cause it’s Gaga). This film and it’s soundtrack are incredible – the story and the music (lyrically and vocally) all just work so well and will have an impact on anyone who listens.
Favourite tracks: ‘Always Remember Us This Way’, ‘Is That Alright?’, ‘Look What I Found’, ‘I’ll Never Love Again’ and obviously ‘Shallow’.
⁃The Pains of Growing – Alessia Cara
I was a big fan of Alessia’s first album, and her second offering is just as great. A relatable and soulful pop album that take us on a journey of growth and love, all through Alessia’s beautiful voice and lyrics.
Favourite tracks: ‘Out Of Love’, ‘Not Today’, ‘A Little More’ and ‘My Kind’.
⁃Speak Your Mind – Anne Marie
A perfectly pop debut that shows off Anne Marie’s writing and voice incredibly well. Relationships are at the core of this album – the good, the bad and the one we have with ourselves.
Favourite tracks: ‘2002’, ‘Then’, ‘Breathing Fire’ and ‘Perfect’.
⁃Sweetener – Ariana Grande
Filled with bops, incredible vocals, relatable lyrics, beautiful production and an overall feeling of optimism and love. Sweetener will connect to, and maybe even help, anyone going through something at the moment. It is also my most played album of the year.
Favourite tracks: ‘R.E.M.’, ‘breathin”, ‘God is a woman’, ‘goodnight n go’, ‘get well soon’, ‘no tears left to cry’, ‘better off’ and ‘everytime’.
⁃Only Human – Calum Scott
An honest and beautiful album that tells stories all humans can relate to. I was so lucky to have seen him live this past year, and the fantastic singing and emotion you get on the album, is precisely what you get on stage.
Favourite tracks: ‘No Matter What’, ‘Hotel Room’, ‘If Our Love Is Wrong’, and ‘You Are The Reason’.
⁃Camila – Camila Cabello
Camila’s debut album showed us exactly who she is as an individual, and shared some incredible writing and vocals. It is a perfect balance of upbeat pop and moving ballads.
Favourite tracks: ‘Into It’, ‘Consequences’, ‘She Loves Control’, ‘All These Years’ and ‘Real Friends’.
⁃Expectations – Hayley Kiyoko
Stories of love and heartbreak, all infused with pop and synth production make this one of my favourite albums of the year. Hayley is not shy to be honest and tell us exactly how she feels, and I love that about this album.
Favourite tracks: ‘What I Need’, ‘Curious’, ‘Let It Be’, ‘Feelings’, ‘Wanna Be Missed’, and ‘Palm Dreams’.
⁃Dirty Computer – Janelle Monáe
An album that tackles difficult and current situations in the most incredibly creative and musically beautiful way. Dirty Computer has a blend of R&B, Pop and Soul, all coming together to tell a story of love, power and human existence. I’m really hoping this album will take home the Grammy Award for ‘Album of the Year’.
Favourite tracks: ‘Pynk’, ‘Make Me Feel’, ‘Screwed’, ‘Americans’, ‘I Like That’, and ‘Don’t Judge Me’.
⁃I Met You When I Was 18 – Lauv
This is Lauv’s first full length album, after releasing a few EP’s and writing songs for other musicians. This album is deeply personal to Lauv, in both its lyrical content and production – a mixture of love and heartbreak, combined with a pop/electro/indie sound.
Favourite tracks: ‘Paranoid’, ‘I Like Me Better’, ‘Bracelet’, ‘Paris In The Rain’, and ‘Easy Love’.
⁃LM5 – Little Mix
I’m a huge Little Mix fan and was super excited for new music from them this year – and they did not disappoint! LM5 is a mature sounding, beautifully written, sung and harmonised bunch of songs put together to empower humans, especially women. The album is experimental, and shows just how talented these 4 girls are, and shares exactly who they are and what they have to say.
Favourite tracks: ‘Think About Us’, ‘Woman’s World’, ‘The Cure’, ‘More Than Words’, ‘American Boy’, ‘Monster In Me’ and ‘Strip’.
⁃Language – MNEK
Bop after bop after bop, with incredible vocals and fantastic lyrics. Hard to believe that this is MNEK’s first album, but so glad we finally have an entire body of work from him. His voice is SO good, and the production and lyrics on the album tie everything together so nicely. I also love how each song flows into each other, not only in lyrics and the story being told, but sonically too – it’s great.
Favourite tracks: ‘Touched By You’, ‘Body’, ‘Colour’, ‘Girlfriend’, ‘Tongue’ and ‘Free’.
⁃Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes
The honest, diary entry sort of lyrics and mature vocals, with a beautiful falsetto – Shawn’s second album does not disappoint! All these songs show just how talented he is, and how much he has grown and impacted the music industry since his debut album.
Favourite tracks: ‘Where Were You In The Morning?’, ‘Perfectly Wrong’, ‘Lost In Japan’ and ‘Youth’.
⁃A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships – The 1975
A pop sound, with interesting production, brutally honest lyrics, all put together to bring us this fantastic album about being young in todays world. A care-free, feel good sound with real writing that makes you look up the lyrics to understand it all better.
Favourite tracks: ‘Sincerity Is Scary’, ‘I Always Wanna Die’, ‘Give Yourself A Try’, ‘It’s Not Living (If It’s Not With You)’, and ‘TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME’.
⁃Bloom – Troye Sivan
One of the albums I was most excited for this year, and it did not disappoint. Magical pop songs about love, learning and heartbreak. Troye has released his diary in the form of Bloom, and these bops and ballads are sure to act as an escape for anyone who needs it.
Favourite tracks: ‘Animal’, ‘Dance To This’, ‘Bloom’, ‘Seventeen’, ‘What A Heavenly Way To Die’, ‘Plum’ and ‘Postcard’.
⁃Palo Santo – Years & Years
A bop filled album that deals with some heartbreaking content by singing about it over a perfectly pop produced track. This album will make you dance and cry – sometimes even simultaneously.
Favourite tracks: ‘All For You’, ‘Lucky Escape’, ‘If You’re Over Me’, ‘Here’ and ‘Howl’.
What have been your favourite albums over the past year? Let me know in the comments below, and I’d love to hear about any music you’re hoping will be released in the new year.
Wishing you all a positive and love-filled first step into 2019 – I hope we can all continue to grow, and continue finding our happiness, as well as do the things 2018 didn’t have in-store for us.
Love and peace only.