Best Music of 2018

Emily Martinez, Editor in Chief

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From pop, to indie, to rap, this year has been full of great music from several artists and bands. Space is limited, so here’s just three albums that particularly stood out in 2018.

    • A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships, released Nov. 30,  is the third studio album by indie band The 1975. The concept of this album is different- some may say overwhelming- as it is heavily influenced by the age of technology and, as the title suggests, online relationships. The album hits you with loads of auto-tuned vocals and even reaches a point where the internet is personified in a song narrated by Siri (yes, the Siri on your phone). Although the album oozes auto-tune and synth guitars, it is raw human emotion with slow songs that truly give the listener A Brief Inquiry into the world of The 1975.

 

  • Sweetener, out on Aug. 17,  is the fourth studio album by Ariana Grande. The album is filled with joyful pop tracks that erase Grande’s fierce persona created by previous album, Dangerous Woman. Singles like “God is a woman” and “no tears left to cry” dominated the pop charts and are a good representation of what to expect from the album: a positive, encouraging message with a bit of well-earned conceit by Grande shown in her track “successful,” where she confidently states, “I’m so successful.”

 

Beerbongs and Bentleys is Post Malone’s sophomore album and hit the airwaves on April 27. The album contains touching, emotional lyrical content while maintaining an upbeat tempo. Songs like “rockstar” and “Better Now” topped the charts. The album appeals to all people as it has traditional hip-hop songs featuring artists like Ty Dolla $ign and 21 Savage while also having slower, acoustic numbers like “Stay.” Initially thought to be a “one-hit wonder,” Post Malone’s album is a statement that he plans to stay and produce more hit music in the foreseeable future.