Look me in my eyes
If you're ever back in town
At the end of every year, instead of making big NYE plans with friends, I typically find myself enjoying some quiet, solitary days at home along with Iris, cleaning and prepping for the coming year. It's nice to be alone, I guess. It leaves me ready for people and fresh starts in the new year though.
Anywhos, you didn't come here to hear about what drives me to do this list at the last minute. You came here for music!
I've found myself thinking about this all during the year, trying to keep up with new songs mentally for this list. In the end, thank god for Spotify and their wrapped lists, because I can't tell you how much that helped.
So, usual disclaimer, as always - these are all songs that have had some sort of mainstream release; no b-sides or non-single tracks from albums. These are the ones that the labels and artists saw fit to push the most, and that I personally saw fit to invade my ears on repeat throughout the year. Now, granted, this is getting harder and harder to figure out, since everything seems to be a single release these days, but we'll do our best here.
Want to listen to the whole thing in order? No prob! I've got you! Check out the Spotify playlist I created (first fifteen in artist name order, last 10 in countdown style).
As per tradition, on this New Years Eve, let's kick things off with 15 Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by artist):
1. Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne - "Burning Man"
I still go wherever the wind blows me, but I always find my way back
In what is possibly one of the most beautifully written lyrical pieces of the year, Dierks Bentley encompasses everything it is to be an adult these days. I remember driving down the Parkway at some point this year and hearing this, and everything made so much sense along with the words. It's the acceptance that nothing has to make sense at all and that's fine. It's the growing up and figuring it out and not knowing in any way. It's all... okay.
And with that, I accept it too. Bring on 2019.
As always, love y'all and Happy New Year! Cheers to you and more music and great things ahead!
Because songs define our moments.