Tears, redemption and love: Here are our favourite songs of 2018

2018-12-28 14:53
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Cape Town – It was a banner year for incredible music.

From Drake’s super smash, In My Feelings (complete with dance challenge) to Post Malone topping the charts with hit after hit. 

To reflect on 2018’s sonic highs we’ve rounded up our personal favourites and while one or two might have topped the charts, we weren’t looking at the numbers as much as the way the tunes made us feel when we heard them.

Expect something for every genre lover from pop to indie-rock and hip hop. 


Kygo featuring Miguel - Remind Me to Forget 

Why I love it: I have been a fan of Kygo’s ever since I heard his debut studio album, Cloud Nine, in 2016. The first time I heard it was when I was on a date with a guy – needless to say, the date went well, and we are still going strong two years later. I first heard Remind Me to Forget while driving to work and while it was just another cold and rainy Monday morning in Cape Town, the song immediately lifted my spirits. Miguel’s smooth voice and Kygo’s unique, signature sound goes so beautifully together and while the song’s lyrics are quite deep, it’s still a catchy tune that gets me dancing in the car every time.

- Bronwyn McKay | International Entertainment and Royal News Editor

Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next

Why I love it: I try to make it my (sometimes masochistic) mission to listen to as many new releases as I can every weekend. Some weekends are better than others to be honest, but one particular weekend I found my self alone in a hotel room, working through the night, to file a story and then the brilliant Thank U, Next was released. I played it on repeat for the next four hours (non-stop). It became my obsession. It would be easy (and really boring) for me to unpack why I find the phrasing and familiar melody so delightful, so instead I’ll say: I’m so flipping grateful for this hit. 

 - Alex Isaacs | Music Editor

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper – Shallow 

Why I love it: If anyone had to tell me last year that my favourite song of the year would be half sung by Bradley Cooper, I would have fell off my chair. In fact, he came in at number 4 as one of my favourite artists of the year. I digress. Back to the song. I first fell in love with the song when I heard parts of it in the trailer for A Star is Born. And when the full song was released, I wasn’t disappointed. This powerful ballad has so much going for it: Bradley’s gritty vocals and Gaga belting out those high notes with so much feeling. But it was the message of the song that really got to me – in the movie Ally and Jackson want to stay away from the shallow to escape the world. For me it represents getting away from shallow people, shallow situations and getting in tune with myself.

- Leandra Engelbrecht | TV and Movies Editor

LANY - Thru These Tears 

Why I love it: I discovered LANY through Spotify. I instantly and rather unexpectedly had a connection with their music. Thru These Tears is from the American indie pop band’s second album, Malibu Nights. The song might have only been released early-October but is already one of the most-played on my playlist. It’s is a beautiful and brutally honest look at the painful side of love and captures the helpless feeling of knowing you’ve lost a special connection with someone you could have never imagined being apart from. The song is about getting up and moving on whilst it still “hurts like hell”. It’s about facing the reality that nothing will ever be the same again and then having to accept it – even if you don’t want to.

- Herman Eloff | Entertainment Editor: 24.com

Zacari, Babes Wodumo & Kendrick Lamar – Redemption 

Why I love it: Off the Black Panther soundtrack, Redemption is a super catchy track, and still features at the top of my playlist. It was really cool to see the film and the soundtrack shine a spotlight on local artists, and the beat gets my head bopping uncontrollably every time.

 - Graye Morkel  |  The Juice: Editor

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