My Top 10 Albums of 2018 (Apple Music Links Included)

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Wow, 2018 has gone by really quick! I think something that helped with 2018 going by so quick was the amount of music that was released this year! In my personal opinion, there was a lot of good music released this year and I wanted to share with you my Top 10 albums of 2018, along with some honorable mentions! Make sure you click the link of each underlined album to get redirected to Apple Music and click the player to listen to the album.

T-10. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard

A lot of stuff going on in this album, and it was definitely worth the hype and wait! Anderson .Paak is a talented artist who combines various genres into the music he makes while still creating his own unique sound. The reason why this is tied at tenth is that I really enjoyed the second half of the album (Track 8 down). Even though I also like half of the album, in my personal opinion I feel like it’s his best work yet to solidify himself as a strong artist to build a household name for himself. P.S I love the artwork!

Top Recommendations From The Album: Mansa Musa (feat. Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai), Brother’s Keeper (feat. Pusha T), Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & The Last Artful, Dodgr), Trippy (feat. J. Cole) & Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)

Initially, I was going to put Drake’s Scorpian but I wanted to switch it up. Switching from hip-hop to pop, I had to include this EP because like .Paak, I started to really listen and appreciate the artist work after listening to their 2018 release. I remember seeing Sabrina Carpenter on the Boy Meet’s World Spinoff, Girl Meets World. Folks, she cannot be classified as just another Disney singer as she shows off her vocal range (Diamonds Are Forever) while still having catchy tracks (Sue Me).
Top Recommendations From The Album: Almost Love, Paris, Sue Me & Diamonds Are Forever

9. Sigala – Brighter Days

With a heavy pop influence, the House/Dance DJ from England finally puts out his debut album. As mentioned, there is a significant pop music influence on the record with the various features from a lot of popular artists. Even though the album came out this year, some singles were even released back in 2015. I really liked the different features and tones represented on this album.

Top Recommendations: Just Got Paid (Feat. French Montana, Ella Eyre & Meghan Trainor), We Don’t Care (Feat. The Vamps), You Don’t Know Me (with Flo Rida and Shaun Frank featuring Delaney Jane), Somebody (with HRVY and Nina Nesbitt), “Ain’t Giving Up” (with Craig David) & Give Me Your Love (featuring John Newman and Nile Rodgers)

8. Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes 

I’m putting this album up here because it was a big step into his career, putting out tracks that are more mature and align with his progression as an artist with solid work on his vocals and guitar. When it comes to his albums, I usually prefer the deepcuts which has a perfect balance between what he sings through his voice and through his guitar. My favourite track off the album has to be Mutual.

Top Recommendations: Where Were You in the Morning?, Youth” (featuring Khalid), Mutual, Perfectly Wrong

7. Craig David – Time Is Now

Following up to his comeback album, Following My Intuition, the UK R&B Legend comes through with another solid album. Yes, I do prefer Following My Intuition more, however, I do believe this album still holds it’s own and has an overall nostalgic vibe mixed with the trends of modern music (eg. Get Involved) . It’s crazy to see the artist still deliver feel-good tracks even after over a decade.

Top Recommendations: Magic, Heartline, Brand New, Going On, Love Me Like It’s Yesterday, Get Involved” (featuring JP Cooper), I Know You” (featuring Bastille) & Focus

6. Fall Out Boy – M A N I A

Fall Out Boy is one of my favourite bands of all time, and I’m so happy that they’re back to making more music. They’ve always had their own sound but still experiment with other genres or artists to still make awesome tracks. I also love how fearless they are for being themselves and standing up for what they believe in. Regardless, of all their success and growth, they still have an underdog mentality that resonates in their music.

Top Recommendations: Stay Frosty Royal Milk Tea, The Last of the Real Ones, Hold Me Tight or Don’t, Church, Champion, Sunshine Riptide” (featuring Burna Boy, Young and Menace

5. Lil’ Wayne – Tha Carter V

As we talk about the anticipation for a release, there is no other album that trumps higher anticipation than Tha Carter 5! After a long legal battle with his adopted father and business partner, Birdman, the album has finally been released to the liking and perfection of Weezy. There have been many albums with a ridiculous amount of tracks (Chris Brown, Zayn, Roscoe Dash, etc.) but this one actually made sense and has some serious bangers. Although I love a banger like Uproar, Can’t Be Broken features Weezy’s a sample reminiscent of his mixtape days and the track Famous has a special feature from his own daughter.

4. Panic! At The Disco – Pray For The Wicked

This album was nothing short of awesome and it’s dope to see the album doing extremely well. Something I noticed on this album was Brendon Urie’s Broadway experience from Kinky Boots was heavily influenced on this record.  You’ve got fun tracks to daily life anthems to stadium/arena tracks.

Top Recommendations: (F**k A) Silver Lining, Say Amen (Saturday Night), Hey Look Ma, I Made It, High Hopes, King of The Clouds, Old Fashioned

3. Logic – YSIV (Young Sinatra 4)

There was no doubt that this album was going to be placed in the top 5 of this list. Logic has had one hell of a year and is currently getting a bigger audience than he possibly could’ve imagined. Nonetheless, he definitely deserves it especially since he dropped two awesome albums (Bobby Tarantino 2 being the other album). The reason why I put this album on the list is that it is possibly the utmost beautiful conclusion to the Young Sinatra mixtape series. In my honest opinion, Everybody didn’t live up to my expectations but YSIV surpassed my wildest expectations by large making me think it’s probably his best work yet. I do think this album is a hip-hop classic with monumental tracks from recruiting all living members of the Wu-Tang Clan for Wu-Tang Forever, Going Back & Forth for a celebratory record with DC native, Wale, on 100 Miles and Running and just putting it all out there while stressing our constant struggle to not fall victim to our greed and desire of money on YSIV.

Top Recommendations: Thank You (featuring Lucy Rose and The RattPack), Wu Tang Forever” (featuring Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, RZA, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, Cappadonna, Jackpot Scotty Wotty, U-God, Masta Killa and GZA), 100 Miles and Running (featuring Wale and John Lindahl), Ordinary Day (featuring Hailee Steinfeld), YSIV, Iconic (featuring Jaden Smith)

2.  Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic 

I really wanted to do a feature on this album as it was an album that connected me with on a very deep personal level. After the suicide of Linkin Park’s lead singer, Chester Bennington, the band’s creator and leader tried coping with the loss in several ways. He tried different ways, but it turned out the best way he actually dealt with it and honor his friend was through putting his emotions and honest thoughts through music. Besides the album coming from an honest and genuine place, there are so many different elements and genres featured on this album from rap, hip-hop, pop to rock.

Top Recommendations: The Whole Album

Honorable Mentions

  • Why Don’t We – 8 Letters, Drake – Scorpion, Trevor Jackson – Rough Drafts Pt.1,  PRETTYMUCH – PRETTYMUCH AN EP, Rae Sremmurd – SR3MM, Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys, Nico Santos – Streets of Gold, The Neighbourhood – Hard to Imagine The Neighbourhood Ever Changing, Marc E Bassy – Post Modern Depression, Logic – Bobby Tarantino 2, KIDS SEE GHOSTS – Kids See Ghosts, Kane Brown – Experiment, J balvin – Vibras, Imagine dragons – Origins & Russ – Zoo

1. 5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (Deluxe)

This was a tough decision but I had to put this album as my number one selection for several reasons. Firstly, I was never a fan of the band prior to this album but this album alone made me a big fan of them and what they bring to the table (side note: they’re incredible live). Secondly, the boys took some time from their last release and it was definitely worth the wait as each song contributes their own element to make the album their best work yet. Lastly, there are so many different inspirations (intentional or not) that I truly enjoyed from Valentine (Arctic Monkeys), Talk Fast (80s Pop Rock) & so much more! Besides the inspirations, each track can be a single, definitely one of my favorite albums of all time.

Top Recommendations: Every track, especially on the deluxe version.

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