In 2018 I completely walked away from the artists signed to the major labels and decided to fully focus on the independent music scene. There were 386 songs that entered Indie Top 39 and based on their performance here is the list of 99 Best Songs of 2018.
99. KAI KHAN » Ruin
|UK/Malaysia||Total Weeks: 8||Highest Position: 13||Fans on Facebook: 758|
KAI KHAN is a Malaysian artist who was living and studying in Brighton. “Ruin” was her first single that debuted on the Indie Top 39.
98. BOB MOSES » Back Down
|Canada||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 14||Fans on Facebook: 93,235|
Canadian electronic duo BOB MOSES returned to our chart after a few years of silence with “Back Down”.
97. SHERPA » Fornever
|Denmark||Total Weeks: 5||Highest Position: 6||Fans on Facebook: 1,370|
The duo from Denmark SHERPA stormed the chart for two weeks with “Fornever” at the end of 2017.
96. HARVEY CAUSON » London Stock
|UK||Total Weeks: 5||Highest Position: 10||Fans on Facebook: 1,116|
Bristol’s HARVEY CAUSON with “London Stock” is currently on the chart and after spending only five weeks it ended up at number ninety-six.
95. ALFIE NEALE » She Can’t See
|UK||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 12||Fans on Facebook: 532|
ALFIE NEALE is a singer-songwriter from Brighton who is exploring influences from Soul, Hip-Hop, Disco and everything in-between.
94. YVES PAQUET » Nightshift
|Belgium||Total Weeks: 7||Highest Position: 8||Fans on Facebook: 10,704|
YVES PAQUET was one of the artists who reached out to me to introduce the music. I’m glad that happened as there were not many artists from Belgium to enter the chart.
93. TOM SPEIGHT » Collide
|UK||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 5||Fans on Facebook: 9,728|
London based singer-songwriter TOM SPEIGHT caught my attention with his acoustic ballad “Collide”.
92. SWAY CLARKE » I Thought This Was Love
|Canada||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 16||Fans on Facebook: 4,723|
SWAY CLARKE is a Canadian R&B Singer heavily influenced by hip-hop and folk, with a very questionable sense of humour.
91. IAKO » Paint
|Italy||Total Weeks: 6||Highest Position: 4||Fans on Facebook: 973|
IAKO is a 5-piece band from Venice. Their single “Paint” managed to reach number four. They are signed to Plankton Records.
90. YUMI ZOUMA » In Camera
|New Zealand||Total Weeks: 7||Highest Position: 10||Fans on Facebook: 32,974|
4 piece band from New Zealand YUMI ZOUMA with their song “In Camera” are still on the chart right now.
89. JESSIE MUNRO » Under Fire
|USA||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 13||Fans on Facebook: 741|
“Under Fire” is Jessie’s debut single. So far this year two singles entered our chart. I’m sure it’s just the beginning for Jessie.
88. TOMMY ASHBY » Guilty
|UK||Total Weeks: 6||Highest Position: 4||Fans on Facebook: 2,315|
TOMMY ASHBY is a UK based singer-songwriter. Even though “Guilty” was released in 2017, the song found its way to debut this year.
87. EVERT Z » Distance
|The Netherlands||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 15||Fans on Facebook: 219|
EVERT Z is one half of a Dutch duo LUMINAR that we will meet later on the countdown. “Distance” is one of the several instrumental tracks that got my attention this year.
86. KALYJA RAIN » Honey And Soap
|USA||Total Weeks: 5||Highest Position: 6||Fans on Facebook: 1,127|
I connected with KALYJA RAIN after I discovered her music and wanted to get to know her creative process better. “Honey & Soap” was the only song released this year.
85. FINOLA » Losing Value
|Italy||Total Weeks: 7||Highest Position: 7||Fans on Facebook: 956|
FINOLA is a 22 year old cat loving, coffee drinking singer-songwriter from Leeds based in Manchester. “Losing Value” is a brutally honest song that caught my attention and peaked at number seven.
84. LEON SOMOV & JUSTINAS JARUTIS » Before You
|Lithuania||Total Weeks: 5||Highest Position: 3||Fans on Facebook: 33,212|
LEON SOMOV is one of the best music producers from Lithuania. He joined forces with JUSTINAS JARUTIS. Sadly, I disqualified song from the chart after five weeks.
83. DUSTIN TEBBUTT » Chasing Gold
|Australia||Total Weeks: 8||Highest Position: 7||Fans on Facebook: 30,710|
I discovered DUSTIN after my friend ALESSANDRO CIMINATA announced that he was opening for him. “Chasing Gold” was one of several singles to enter the chart in 2018.
82. CHARLES FAUNA » Another Good Person
|USA||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 4||Fans on Facebook: 437|
I was super glad to see CHARLES FAUNA release new music this year. His EP “Eulogy” is one of my favourite records of the year.
81. SLEEPHAWK » Faker
|UK||Total Weeks: 10||Highest Position: 14||Fans on Facebook: 210|
SLEEPHAWK is a London-based electro-indie one-man-band, enticed by the ideas of technology, loneliness and ambition. “Faker” was one of two singles released this year.