Incredibly, 2018 is almost up. And that means one thing — the return of our annual Top Tracks countdown!
As usual, the team from wiwibloggs voted for their favourite 2018 releases and recordings by and featuring Eurovision stars. Songs which competed at Eurovision or national finals were excluded (they’ve been analysed to death in our jury reviews), as were artists who have yet to compete on the Eurovision stage.
After considering well over 100 songs, we finally settled on our top 50. And now we’re ready to share it with y’all. We’ll publish ten tracks daily between now and New Year’s Day.
Let the countdown commence!
50. MOLLY “Under My Skin”
What we said: She was the only original member of girl-group Serebro from Eurovision 2007. But in October Olga Seryabkina announced she would finally be leaving the group in 2019 after 12 years of involvement in order to focus on her solo career under the name MOLLY. She gave us “Under My Skin”, which has a chorus that’s perfect for getting you on the dance floor (Jonathan).
49. Francesca Michielin “Tropicale”
What we said: Rather than heading off to an exotic destination, the music video sees the “No Degree of Separation” singer performing in an empty warehouse with three sets of dancers donning blue, red and green clothing. We also see her using a small looper system attached to a microphone — although whether she was necessarily inspired by reigning Eurovision winner Netta is up for debate (Jonathan).
48. Il Volo & Gente de Zona “Noche Sin Día”
What we said: “Noche Sin Día” — which translates to “Night without day” — is not Il Volo’s first release in Spanish. But “Noche Sin Día” is the first time the trio have sung in Spanish and in a reggaetón style. The group announced the single on social media, noting that it was a “special project for Latin America”. This suggests that Il Volo aren’t quite ready to ditch their popera style yet. A music video for the song features Il Volo and Gente de Zona in a lavish night-time carnival setting. Around them, party people — including women dressed as angels — dance to the reggaetón grooves (Robyn).
Previous top tracks: “L’amore si muove” (#15 in 2015)
47. Sergey Lazarev “P’yanym, chem obmanutym”
What we said: He’s the Russian heartthrob who loves to experiment and explore new rhythms — both in his personal life and his musical one. And this year Sergey Lazarev did it again, revealing that he is the artist behind “P’yanym, chem obmanutym” — a song that he released on social media under the fake name LVS. Mr Lazarev’s “P’yanym, chem obmanutym” (Better Drunk Than Deceived) is incredibly current. It has a darker sound than we’re used to hearing from Sergey and it feels more underground lounge than Top 40 pop. But just as Sergey can work black leather trousers and costumes out of the Vatican, he slips into this new sound with ease (William).
46. SuRie “Taking It Over”
What we said: Like “Storm”, it’s music with a motivational message. Unlike the classic anthem style of SuRie’s Eurovision entry “Storm”, her new song has a sultry electro-pop sound that is rooted in 2018. The song highlights SuRie’s rich soul vocals, but it also gives her the chance to get sultry and seductive. The minimalist production of the verses lets SuRie’s voice deliver some ASMR realness, before the chorus bursts in with a bold electro-pop sound (Robyn).
45. Aminata “Zero Love”
What we said: Continuing her edgy pop stylings, “Zero Love” sees Aminata singing to a person who she wants to be with, but doesn’t want to show this to the other party: “I want your love / But you never know / Keep showing, I got zero love”. In the music video, we see the “Love Injected” hitmaker strutting her stuff in a series of red, yellow and black outfits. There’s even a resemblance to The Humans’ Eurovision 2018 staging for Romania as she walks in between a series of mannequins in a warehouse (Jonathan).
44. Francesca Michielin “Bolivia”
What we said: “Bolivia” sees the Italian singer wanting to head to the South American country to be in solitude: “Take me to Bolivia to change everything / I’ll turn off the cellphone / I’ll be free and independent / Mom, no / I don’t need anything”. The music video shows Francesca rocking braided hair and getting married in a peculiar ceremony involving badminton rackets and American football helmets, before heading onto a plane that has been overrun with plants and greenery (Jonathan).
43. Blanche “Wrong Turn”
What we said: The song cements Blanche’s place in the dark-pop genre, bringing together a sense of melancholy, longing and digital sounds. Thematically she sings of feeling like a drifter, clearly lost in the romantic world she longs for with that special someone. There’s a strong sense of unrequited love, which works well with her fragility (William).
42. ALEKSEEV “Сберегу”
What we said: Despite the modern production here, Alekseev’s voice soars, and penetrates the beats. “Sberegu” is Eastern in flavour, but at the same time, has a strong Western appeal. The song combines edgy electronic production with Alekseev’s warm, R&B-tinged vocals. In the music video, Alekseev plays a hero who writes his own story by literally typing out the scenes of his life on a typewriter, inscribing his ideas on paper. Flashes from the past inspire new realities (Deban).
41. Guy Sebastian “Before I Go”
What we said: “Before I Go” is easy listening, showcasing Guy Sebastian’s powerful vocals. It doesn’t stray far from his usual brand of music, with a soulful and charismatic feel. The song has a message of perseverance and empowerment, as Guy sings the lines, “You thought that I was done but I’m stronger up against the ropes”. This is a man on a mission and we’re along for the ride (Antranig).
Our Top Tracks of 2018 ranking is determined by votes from a panel of wiwibloggers. They are William, Robyn, Deban, Jonathan, Antranig, Sebastian, Pablo, Oliver, Barnabas, Cinan, Florian, Jack, Bernardo and Padraig.
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