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

My Favorite Songs

  1. Leon Bridges – Beyond
  2. Leon Bridges – Georgia to Texas
  3. Lupe Fiasco – Manilla
  4. The 1975 – Love It If We Made It
  5. Gallant feat. ASAP Ferg – Doesn’t Matter
  6. Travis Scott feat. Drake – SICKO MODE
  7. Anderson Paak – Bubblin
  8. Black Thought & 9th Wonder – 9th vs Thought
  9. Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, 2 Chainz & Saudi – X
  10. J.I.D – 151 Rum
  11. Janelle Monae – I Like That
  12. Mac Miller – Self Care
  13. James Bay – Wild Love
  14. Anderson Paak feat. Q-Tip – Cheers
  15. Anderson Paak feat. Kendrick Lamar – Tints
  16. Lupe Fiasco – WAV Files
  17. Janelle Monae – Make Me Feel
  18. BlocBoyJB & Drake – Look Alive
  19. Post Malone – Better Now
  20. John Legend – A Good Night
  21. The 1975 – It’s Not Worth Living (If It’s Not With You)
  22. Kendrick Lamar & SZA – All The Stars
  23. The Carters – APESHIT
  24. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – You Worry Me
  25. Drake – Nice For What
  26. SAINt JHN – Lust
  27. Pusha T – If You Know You Know
  28. Nipsey Hussle – Hussle & Motivate
  29. Jay Rock feat. J. Cole – OSOM
  30. Khalid – Better
  31. Pusha T – Santeria
  32. James Bay – Us
  33. Thirty Seconds to Mars feat. Halsey – Love Is Madness
  34. Lupe Fiasco feat. Nikki Jean – Haile Selass
  35. Allen Rayman – Rose
  36. Anderson Paak feat. Snoog Dogg – Anywhere
  37. Mac Miller – Come Back To Earth
  38. Black Thought – Long Liveth
  39. Black Thought – Soundtrack to Confusion
  40. J.I.D. – Slick Talk
  41. Leon Bridges – If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)
  42. LANY – I Don’t Wanna Love You Anymore
  43. Bruno Mars feat. Gucci Mane & Kodak Black – Wake Up In The Sky
  44. Bas – Fragrance
  45. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – Hey Mama
  46. Jay Rock – Rotation 112th
  47. Pusha T – The Games We Play
  48. Nipsey Hussle feat. Buddy – Status Symbol 3
  49. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – A Little Honey
  50. Mac Miller – Ladders