Another year has come to an end so it’s time for the obligatory end of year lists citing the favourite songs or gigs from the year just gone.

Again, 2018 was another year that was dominated by artists that I already had an affection for with very few new acts entering into my listening. Across the year, there was a host of truly outstanding songs released and as a result reducing them all down to a list of five was incredibly difficult. Here’s my attempt…

But first of all, here is a selection of some of the songs that are worthy of honourable mentions:

And now for the top five…

5. Delorentos – Just Like Everybody Else (True Surrender)

One of my stand out albums this year was the most recent offering by Delorentos in April, True Surrender. The album was yet another step forward in the career of the outstanding Dublin four piece, demonstrating a maturity of songwriting that comes from seeing your life change over time. The closing track on the record showcased all that is good about the band, fantastic songwriting and exciting musicianship.

4. EDEN – Take Care (Vertigo)

One of the best albums that I heard this year was the January release by Dublin EDM artist EDEN, VertigoEverything about this song grabbed me from the first listen from the elaborate and atmospheric instrumentation to the typically affecting lyrics.

3. George Ezra – Shotgun (Staying At Tamara’s)

If 2017 was the year of New Rules by Dua Lipa, then without question 2018 was the year that was dominated by Shotgun. After a three year break from the spotlight, English singer/songwriter George Ezra released his followup album Staying at Tamara’s in March and from the first listen this felt like the song that was going to be the stand out hit, and so it proved.

 

2. Charli XCX – 5 In The Morning

The return of English singer and songwriter, and music director, Charli XCX was very much welcomed this year with 2018 resulting in a string of outstanding singles. 5 In The Morning is probably the pick of them.

1. Maria Kelly – Small Talk

From the second I first heard this song back in April I immediately knew that it would not be bettered for the rest of 2018. A haunting exploration of social anxiety and the discomfort that can come when being surrounded by people, it stayed with me long after the first listen.

A full Spotify playlist of the songs that were in consideration can be found below…

MK