My Favorite Songs & Albums of 2018

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2018 was easily the best year for music since I started doing my “Favorites” lists a few years ago. Hip hop certainly dominated my Spotify plays, but a certain Texas soul singer earned the prestigious honors of “Allen Echo’s #1 Song and Album”: Mr. Leon Bridges.

When Bridges dropped his stellar debut album “Coming Home” in 2016, I wondered how far he could realistically get performing just (phenomenal) 60’s style soul music. Would he transition to a more modern sound? If so, would it ruin his brand? The answers were a resounding yes and no. His 2018 sophomore album “Good Thing” kept his soul roots while expanding his sound in a more modern and diverse direction. It’s catchy, fun, heartfelt, and has absolutely no filler or skippable tracks. In a year where my favorite rapper dropped TWO phenomenal solo projects, “Good Thing” is still my favorite album, by far. It’s that good.

Here are my top 25 albums and top 50 songs of the year. As always, these are ranked by my personal enjoyment. I am not a music critic.

My Favorite Albums

    1. Leon Bridges – Good Thing
    1. Black Thought & Salaam Remi – Streams of Thought Vol. 2
    1. Kendrick Lamar Etc. – Black Panther Soundtrack
    1. J.I.D. – Dicaprio 2
    1. Post Malone – beerbongs & bentleys
    1. Pusha T – DAYTONA
    1. Lupe Fiasco – DROGAS WAVE
    1. Black Thought & 9th Wonder – Streams of Thought Vol. 1
    1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Tearing at the Seams
    1. The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
    1. Anderson Paak – Oxnard
    1. Mac Miller – Swimming
    1. LANY – Malibu
    1. Bas – Milky Way
    1. Jay Rock – Redemption
    1. Nipsey Hussle – Victory Lap
    1. Travis Scott – Astroworld
    1. Thirty Seconds to Mars – AMERICA
    1. The Carters – EVERYTHING IS LOVE
    1. Janelle Monae – Dirty Computer
    1. James Bay – Electric Light
    1. SAINt JHN – Collection ONE
    1. Vince Staples – FM!
    1. Young the Giant – Mirror Master
  1. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour

My Favorite Songs

    1. Leon Bridges – Beyond
    1. Leon Bridges – Georgia to Texas
    1. Lupe Fiasco – Manilla
    1. The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
    1. Gallant feat. ASAP Ferg – Doesn’t Matter
    1. Travis Scott feat. Drake – SICKO MODE
    1. Anderson Paak – Bubblin
    1. Black Thought & 9th Wonder – 9th vs Thought
    1. Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi – X
    1. J.I.D – 151 Rum
    1. Janelle Monae – I Like That
    1. Mac Miller – Self Care
    1. James Bay – Wild Love
    1. Anderson Paak feat. Q-Tip – Cheers
    1. Anderson Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar – Tints
    1. Lupe Fiasco – WAV Files
    1. Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
    1. BlocBoyJB & Drake – Look Alive
    1. Post Malone – Better Now
    1. John Legend – A Good Night
    1. The 1975 – It’s Not Worth Living (If It’s Not With You)
    1. Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
    1. The Carters – APESHIT
    1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me
    1. Drake – Nice For What
    1. SAINt JHN – Lust
    1. Pusha T – If You Know You Know
    1. Nipsey Hussle – Hussle & Motivate
    1. Jay Rock feat. J. Cole – OSOM
    1. Khalid – Better
    1. Pusha T – Santeria
    1. James Bay – Us
    1. Thirty Seconds to Mars feat. Halsey – Love Is Madness
    1. Lupe Fiasco feat. Nikki Jean – Haile Selass
    1. Allen Rayman – Rose
    1. Anderson Paak feat. Snoog Dogg – Anywhere
    1. Mac Miller – Come Back To Earth
    1. Black Thought – Long Liveth
    1. Black Thought – Soundtrack to Confusion
    1. J.I.D. – Slick Talk
    1. Leon Bridges – If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
    1. LANY – I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore
    1. Bruno Mars feat. Gucci Mane & Kodak Black – Wake Up In The Sky
    1. Bas – Fragrance
    1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Hey Mama
    1. Jay Rock – Rotation 112th
    1. Pusha T – The Games We Play
    1. Nipsey Hussle feat. Buddy – Status Symbol 3
    1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Honey
  1. Mac Miller – Ladders