Carte Blanche Music Top 2018

Ahead of your favourites among this yearโ€™s Carte Blanche Music recommendations, which I publish on New Year’s Day, I round off 2018 with my personal choice.

The last year, I introduced you to 1104 great new songs via my container playlist Carte Blanche Music; over 65 hours of music. Exactly 500 of those translated into a written endorsement through this blog. In other words: only one out of each 11 suggestions (and one fifth of all of my posts) made it onto the Carte Blanche Music Top 2018.

Iโ€™m very proud of this year-end list, as it differs largely from the majority of charts youโ€™ll find. Just a few statistics:

  • 58% of the tracks feature female lead vocals (up from an already impressive 43% in the Carte Blanche Music Top 2017)
  • 43% of the tracks are guitar-based (rock is dead? Think again!)
  • Apart from British and American acts, my list contains artists from Australia, Norway, the Netherlands, Canada, Spain, France, Belgium, Ireland, Estonia, Germany, Sweden, Hungary and South Korea
  • By consequence, youโ€™ll not only hear lyrics in English, but also in French, Hungarian, Spanish, Portuguese and Korean
  • Needless to say, my year-end list contains no proper hits whatsoever ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Carte Blanche Music Top 2018 features 100 tracks by 100 different artists. As making that choice was hard enough, the songs are sorted alphabetically. Just use the shuffle button if you prefer another order ๐Ÿ˜‰.

I hope you enjoy listening to the list via the Spotify player. Meanwhile, you can read my original recommendations through the links below.

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