Well, here we are. Another year nearly over…already! It only seems like last week that we were all shivering in the Beast from the East or sweating from what some said was the ‘hottest summer in living memory’.
Musically it has been a great year. We saw the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Friendly Fires, Florence & the Machine and Manic Street Preachers return with some fantastic new music.
There were new names to keep an eye on too. The brilliant Pale Waves released great song after great song and The Brits Critics Choice winner for 2019, Sam Fender, started to get attention and quite right too. Grace Carter released the sublime ‘Why Her Not Me’ to set the scene for what’s to come in 2019 and we can’t wait to hear more. And while we are talking sublime music, we have to mention the amazing Tom Misch. In our opinion, his album ‘Geography’ is one of the best of the year.
Anne-Marie released one of the best videos of the year with ‘2002’, and showed why many are calling her the breakout star of the year (Well supporting Ed Sheeran around the world isn’t a bad way to get you in front of a few people…)
Music phenomenon of the year has to be ‘The Greatest Showman’. The soundtrack has spent most of the year at number one in the album chart, the likes of Pink have re-recorded tracks for the new ‘Re-Imagined’ album as well, breathing new life in to the songs, plus ‘This is Me’ by the awesome Kaela Settle is a strong contender for song of the year…..
However, in our opinion, the song of the year was released in April. Ariana Grande returned with the superb ‘No Tears Left to Cry’, less than a year after the tragedy at one of her gigs in Manchester. The Observer described the track as ‘a dazzling exercise in pop lightness, bringing optimism after last year’s Manchester attack’. While the Guardian said it was ‘one of the most joyful, defiant celebrations of pop’.
Enjoy our look back at 2018. We can’t wait to see what 2019 has to bring!