Best of 2018 music lists

Shervin Lainez

Better late than never, right? Here are my favorite 20 songs released in 2018:

20. Caroline Rose - Bikini

19. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

What a year for music. Don’t believe me? Then just look at the diversity of all the 2018 year-end Best Of’s. Taking a look at my list makes my heart swell & reminds me of why I still do what I do. The music, man - the music! Like Chelsey Cope at her very best or Skating Polly carving their names on my heart or Broncho when they toured with Billy Idol (I’m still jealous).

Ryan LaCroix, host of The Oklahoma Rock Show, shares his 10 favorite Oklahoma albums of 2018:

10. Gum - When the Water Hits the Moon

LISTEN: Tired Eyes, I Can Do What You Want Me To, Under Your Spell

Beau Brady's Top 10 Songs of 2018

Jan 2, 2019

Beau Brady of Excuse Me shares his 10 favorite songs of 2018:

10. KIDS SEE GHOSTS - “Reborn”

I wouldn’t be surprised if Kanye returns to this song to cheer him up after what was likely his worst year since he was in an actual car crash. Keep moving forward…

John Cooper, co-host of the Red Dirt Radio Hour, shares his top albums of 2018, in no particular order:

Brandon Jenkins - Tail Lights In A Boomtown

Jimmy LaFave - Peace Town

Rob Vera's Top 20 Albums of 2018

Dec 28, 2018

Turn of the Century host Rob Vera shares his 20 favorite albums of 2018:

20. Interpol - Marauder

The sound of a band loosening up a bit—with some really good results. Some style/genre diversity integrated to the reliable Interpol template here and it works.

Beau Brady's Top 10 Albums of 2018

Dec 27, 2018

Beau Brady of Excuse Me shares his 10 favorite albums of 2018:

10. HOLY - All These Worlds Are Yours

It was the year that trolls and tabloid fodder took over. It was the year that beef became the chief marketing strategy. It was the year that hype trumped truth. And we're not even talking politics yet.

The year-end countdown list from Tumbleweeds All the Way Down host Jack Fowler is always a fun take on the annual feature. Here are his top five songs that remind him of the day a giant squid killed Esteban, his best deckhand. Enjoy.

5. Scrapper Blackwell - "Goin' Where the Monon Crosses the Yellow Dog"

Live music is my conduit to self-care. I love it all, from a piano concerto to a folksy singalong; but despite the ringing in my ears that complicates my lifelong pleasure, I like music best when it's a little loud. Live music awakens my senses and shelters me from everyday life's disorganized noise; I needed its clarifying energy more than ever this year. And the best thing about this form of self-care is that it takes place in community with others. It awakens connections, mind, body and soul — and that, I think, is what we need more than ever in 2018.

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