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Music in 2018

List season is here and it’s hot y’all. I use Google Play Music for my music streaming and it doesn’t have any fancy schmancy Spotify features that tell you how your year in music was. What it does is an excellent library that I can fill basically endlessly, so I’m happy with that. Still, can’t help but be a little jealous of everything they have over their on that green grass…

Someone online wrote an awesome little tool start closing the feature gap. It’s pretty fascinating to see my results, although I don’t think they’re fully correct. Some gaps seem to be present in the export, or rather the collection of said export? Regardless, it’s super fun to see. Below, I’ve listed my top 100 Artists and Songs that I listened to in 2018. I’m hoping I can parse through and turn this into “Favorite Albums of 2018” thing later, but this will do for now. Note The Song was not written by The Artist. They are two parallel, separate lists.

Takeaways at the bottom.


Rank Artist Song
1 The Menzingers On & On
2 Direct Hit! Transgender Dysphoria Blues
3 Against Me! White Robes
4 RVIVR The World Is Ending (No One Cares)
5 Mitski Buried Alive
6 The Dopamines I Don’t Wanna Be An Asshole Anymore
7 The Naked And Famous Bank of Elevators
8 Andrew W.K. We’re Fucked
9 The Joy Formidable Heaven Is a Black Hole
10 Kanye West Getting What He Asked For
11 Green Day Dimed Out (Single Version)
12 Dear Landlord Crash
13 FIDLAR Damn You, A Box
14 Modern Baseball Fast Slow Disco
15 The Hotelier My Body’s Made of Crushed Little Stars
16 Spraynard Home to You
17 The Front Bottoms I Told You a Lie
18 Tiny Moving Parts Back to the Tower
19 PUP Shut Up Kiss Me
20 Jeff Rosenstock Baby, I’m an Anarchist!
21 blink-182 A Message to the Angels Pt. II (Brainless God)
22 Titus Andronicus In Remission
23 Rainer Maria Thrash Unreal
24 Hop Along You’d Make A Good Horsecop
25 Antarctigo Vespucci Sometimes
26 The Go! Team High Fives
27 Grimes Get All Your Ducks In A Row
28 Sorority Noise Cincinnati Harmony
29 Dirty Projectors EH4-800 Phase Shifter
30 Frankie Cosmos I Am a War Machine
31 Lemuria Irish Goodbyes
32 Remember Sports Black Me Out
33 Joyce Manor Landlocked
34 CHVRCHES Fireworks
35 LVL UP Bad Things
36 Free Throw Kill V. Maim
37 Star Fucking Hipsters A-Punk
38 The Strokes Trouble
39 Passion Pit Inside The Rain
40 Vampire Weekend Grandma
41 HiNDS Two Beers In
42 Screaming Females Guilt Trip
43 Waxahatchee Borne On The FM Waves Of The Heart
44 Parquet Courts Rodent
45 Worriers Secret Makeout Factory
46 Wavves Rosa
47 Mixtapes Park Bench
48 Diarrhea Planet Soup’s Whatever
49 El Ten Eleven California
50 American Steel Real Mean
51 Banner Pilot October 24th
52 Japandroids Night Vision
53 Metric Melos
54 Palehound Your Deep Rest
55 The World is a Beautiful Place & I am No Longer Afraid to Die The Talk
56 White Reaper Voice Of The Turtle
57 Bully Floating in the Forth
58 Beach Slang Kids
59 Kero Kero Bonito June 4th
60 Diet Cig Straight Papers
61 Modest Mouse Public Domain
62 St. Vincent No Going Back
63 Laura Stevenson Last Time I Checked
64 Pkew Pkew Pkew Zombie
65 Tigers Jaw A Lesson In The Abuse Of Information Technology
66 Shakey Graves Intro
67 Julien Baker My Friend Kyle
68 Cap’n Jazz Basket Case
69 Iron Chic Apocalypse
70 Latterman A Heavy Abacus
71 Cults If You Met Her
72 Múm Back Against the Wall
73 The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die Minneapolis
74 Greta Van Fleet Music Is Worth Living For
75 Sleigh Bells SCREAM
76 Skating Polly Edge of Living
77 The Sidekicks Smells Like Teen Spirit
78 Beyonce Lost Cause
79 And The Kids Thankyouverymuch
80 Pinegrove Dick Simmons
81 Japanese Breakfast My Friend Chris
82 KIDS SEE GHOSTS The Scope Of All Of This
83 Fleetwood Mac In Framing
84 Municipal Waste Mabu
85 The Cranberries White Noise
86 Moose Blood Two Cups of Tea
87 Soccer Mommy Immigrants & Hypocrites
88 Thin Lips Cradle
89 Cloud Nothings Nothing
90 Frightened Rabbit When You Died
91 Kali Uchis Sentimental Physics
92 Dollar Signs Pints of Guinness Make You Strong
93 Carly Rae Jepsen 40oz. On Repeat
94 The Flatliners Good Things
95 Giraffes? Giraffes! Say It Ain’t So
96 David Byrne The Knock
97 Chumped WTF Is Sleep
98 Snail Mail I Was a Teenage Anarchist
99 Slaughter Beach, Dog Joe Gallgher’s Fantasy Fun Camp
100 The Album Leaf Homies Where the Heart Is


Well, it basically speaks for itself. Lots of tightwound, anxious, music. Some people think punk music is just all about shouting, but where is that shouting coming from? For me, that’s usually pent-up frustration that you just need to get out. I hope you didn’t come down here expecting some big old piece of wisdom, sorry!