Your Favourites (2018)

Happy New Year from ‘all of us’ (that’s me) at Carte Blanche Music! Like the past year, 2019 will undoubtedly be full of musical surprises. Especially when you’re open to let some new sounds into your life. And if you don’t have the time to find them yourself, please let me help! Simply follow the Carte Blanche Music playlist on Spotify for daily updates of great new music, or bookmark this blog.

Carte Blanche Music doesn’t intend to list all new releases. On the contrary: I make a strict selection and only give you the best new music, twice a day. Since last year, I restrict the number of recommendations to two per day: one around 9AM, and the other around 7PM (CET). This limitation provided for a 35% increase of the number of views per post in 2018.

This brings us to the question: which of my recommendations have been viewed the most throughout the year? In other words: what are your favourites of 2018? The answer is: a totally different set of songs than my year-end list, the Carte Blanche Music Top 2018 😉 and that’s totally fine!

Just a few statistics to kick things off:

  • Your Favourites (2018) contain nine songs that were in Your Favourites (2017) already, and apparently stuck with you
  • The full Top 3 of your list contains Dutch artists (in total, there are 21 tracks by acts from the Netherlands. Dutch fans are the best)
  • 36% of the visitors are Dutch (like myself … Hi mom!)
  • 19% of the visitors are Americans, 16% are from the UK; a total of 87 nationalities have come by in 2018 (dank je wel, thanks, merci, obrigado, danke schön, etc.!)
  • 26% of all traffic comes from direct searches for specific titles, so Carte Blanche Music also seems to have an archive function
  • Other important referrers are Facebook (22%), and Twitter (13%)
  • Impressive: the relatively high position of Mokono’s debut single Signs, the final Carte Blanche Music Wildcard of 2018

Okay, I can hear you thinking: ‘Don’t bore us, get to the chorus’, so here they are… Just two more things: all of these great songs (plus 1.000 more) are in my Carte Blanche Music 2018 playlist, and the links below direct you to my original recommendations for more information. Now, enjoy the music!

  1. Nona – It’s Alright
  2. Gruppo Sportivo – (This Is A) Normal Song
  3. Sir Notch – Gimme That Sunshine
  4. DRMS & L’Isle – La Vague
  5. Shanguy – La Louze (WC)
  6. AKA George – Manic Machine
  7. Mamas Gun – I Need A Win
  8. James – Better Than That
  9. Cute Mess – Untied (WC)
  10. Barns Courtney – “99” / Good Thing
  11. Danko – Hit Me Up
  12. Inge van Calkar – Imaginary
  13. Shed Seven – Won’t Get Home Tonight
  14. Angèle – La Loi De Murphy
  15. Freak Power – Hear My Call
  16. The Revivalists – All My Friends
  17. Ed Struijlaart – Make It On Your Own
  18. Nona – Last To Know
  19. The Dark Light – It’s Alright
  20. The Nectars – We Will Run
  21. eMMa – Fått Deg På Hjernen
  22. Stalking Like Candy – Can You See The Light
  23. Sophie & The Giants – Bulldog
  24. Gecko Turner – Cortando Bajito
  25. Mokono – Signs
  26. Waylon – That’s How She Goes
  27. Your.Regular.Boy. – Crazyland
  28. The Knocks (feat. Sofi Tukker) – Brazilian Soul
  29. Jonas Brøg feat. Laura Mathilde – I Think Of You I Cry (WC)
  30. The Nectars – Heaven (WC)
  31. Lume – Tip Of Your Thumb
  32. The Chordaes – Something New (Remix)
  33. Belle & The Beats – Deeper
  34. Jimi Charles Moody – Happy Song (*)
  35. TenTemPiés – Only You
  36. Buika – Deadbeat
  37. Arthur Adam – O
  38. Sophie & The Giants – Waste My Air
  39. Parov Stelar feat. Muddy Waters – Soul Fever Blues
  40. Cookin’ On 3 Burners feat. Kaiit – Warning (WC)
  41. Eckhardt & The House – If She Cannot Talk
  42. Cesár Sampson – Nobody But You
  43. Ana & The Changes feat. Dan Byron – Take My Hand
  44. Saveus – Time Can Heal A Man (WC)
  45. Mamazzoop – Summer Is Shining
  46. Ronald Maas – Lines In The Darkness
  47. Julian Velard – Sweatpants On The Living Room Floor
  48. Priest – Lost Lions
  49. Joan – Stop And Stare
  50. Sun Gods – Subtle Science
  51. Paljaz – Uniek
  52. Harts – Shake Ya Pants (WC)
  53. JZMN JYN – Going Under (WC)
  54. Audio Adam – Emma Watson
  55. Gecko Turner – Un Limón En La Cabeza
  56. Nicole Atkins – Brokedown Luck
  57. Mylène Farmer – Rolling Stone
  58. Yorick van Norden – More Than Words
  59. Corine – Il Fait Chaud
  60. Fatboy Slim – The Rockafeller Skank (Sam La More Remix Edit)
  61. Feu! Chatterton – Zoé
  62. Hoshi – Je Vous Trouve Un Charme Fou
  63. The Greyhound Factory – New Year’s Eve
  64. High Contrast – God Only Knows
  65. Buffalo Tom – All Be Gone
  66. Airways – Reckless Tongue
  67. Ed Struijlaart (feat. The Hornaments) – Guitar
  68. Luz Casal – Que Corra El Aire
  69. Lead Pony – Soul Sucker
  70. Radkey – Basement
  71. Dermot Kennedy – Moments Passed
  72. Satellite Stories – The Fame
  73. Stereo Honey – Through The Dark
  74. Jerry Williams – Left And Right
  75. The Dead-On / The New Madness – Lovesick
  76. a-ha feat. Ingrid Helene Håvik – The Sun Always Shines On TV (MTV Unplugged)
  77. Bernhoft & The Fashion Bruises – Humanoid (WC)
  78. Tiny Fighter – New Century (WC)
  79. Charmless I – Fire Up (Here We Go)
  80. Your.Regular.Boy. – Get Down Make Love
  81. Dreadzone – Area Code (*)
  82. Creeping Jean – Bandit
  83. Peggy Gou – It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
  84. Sam Fender – Dead Boys
  85. Aviator Stash – Shot Song
  86. Club Drive – Satisfied
  87. Julian Velard – Don’t Ask Me About Hamilton (Anymore) (WC)
  88. TANA – Leave Away (WC)
  89. Stillmode – Wild One
  90. Eckhardt & The House – Put Me In A Cape
  91. You Me At Six – Back Again
  92. Haerts – No Love For The Wild
  93. Maicø – Hey Hey
  94. Janelle Monáe – Make Me Feel
  95. Piroshka – Everlastingly Yours
  96. The New Schematics – Who Do You Think You Are?
  97. Kat Eaton – Robbing You Blind
  98. Knife Club – When My Eyes Are Heavy
  99. Young Gun Silver Fox – Take It Or Leave It
  100. 1010 Benja SL – Ultimaby

(WC)   ex Carte Blanche Music Wildcard
(*)       album track

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