Top Music Picks of 2018

I listened to a lot of music on repeat this year. Spotify informed me that I listened to 17 hours of The National, and they didn’t have a new album out in 2018. Lots of really good music this year.

Check out the lists below, in no particular order.

(You can listen to my Top Music Picks of 2018 Spotify Playlist which includes some older songs that I was loving this year!)

Top Ten Songs of 2018

  • Father John Misty, Mr. Tillman

  • Sylvan Esso, Funeral Singers

  • Lucius, Woman

  • Josh Rouse, Love in the Modern Age

  • David Byrne, Everybody’s Coming To My House

  • Lord Huron, Wait By The River

  • The Decemberists, Once in my Life

  • Pete Yorn & Scarlett Johansonn, Bad Dreams

  • Lucy Dacus, Night Shift

  • Arctic Monkeys, Four Out of Five

Plus, I have to give a shout out to two oldies whose albums I really loved this year. Loved the song Come On To Me by Paul McCartney and Mr. & Mrs. Hush by Elvis Costello.

Top Six Albums of 2018

  1. David Byrne, American Utopia

  2. Jim James, Uniform Distortion

  3. Arctic Monkeys, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino

  4. Florence + the Machine, High As Hope

  5. Kurt Vile, Bottle It In

  6. Phosphorescent, C’est La Vie

Top Ten Shows of 2018

  1. David Byrne at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston

  2. The National at All Points East in London

  3. Beck at New Orleans Jazzfest

  4. Cage the Elephant at New Orleans Jazzfest

  5. Patti Smith at the Minetta Lane Theater

  6. St. Vincent at Newport Folk Festival

  7. Jim James at Rough Trade (read more about that night here)

  8. Radiohead at Madison Square Garden

  9. Belle & Sebastian at Forest Hills

  10. The National at There’s No Leaving New York at Forest Hills (two nights in a row)

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