Should’ve been HITS

Sometimes I hear songs and I just think to myself… why the hell is this song NOT playing EVERYWHERE right now? Don’t get me wrong, I hate overkill just as much as the next person, but when I hear the same, bland sounding songs from the same 5 artists on FM radio, I can’t help but wonder why certain songs crossover to the mainstream while others get lost at sea…

Having worked in the music industry for 8 LONG years I was never quite able to crack that code. Alas, it will remain a mystery. Here’s a list of songs whose underrated-ness continues to leave me baffled, and, frankly, a bit peeved!

And basically every song by Carly Rae Jepsen that’s not “Call Me Maybe” !!!!!!

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My Year in Music According to Spotify: 2018

Another year, another music wrap-up from Spotify. Without further ado, my streaming trends for 2018:

Minutes listened: 19,893

This was 50% more than last year, which is insane. I spent 8 hours alone listening to my number 1 artist once again, *NSYNC! (as the saying goes, you can take the girl out of the 90’s but….)

My other top artists included: John Mayer, Twin Shadow, Years & Years, Charli XCX

Top song: I pride myself in keeping up with music and listening to a variety of different genres. However, at the end of the day, I listen to what makes me happy and I guess you couldn’t call my music tastes exactly “cool.” And with that, I’m proud to announce that my top streamed song of 2018 was…drum roll please…Epic Goofy Medley by Peter Hollens!!!

My other top songs included: Tearin’ Up My Heart (*NSYNC), The Motown Song (Rod Stewart), Miss You (Cashmere Cat), and I Was Made For Loving You (Tori Kelly f/ Ed Sheeran)

Top genres: Pop (no surprise there!), Indie (really?), Rock, Dance and R&B (again, really?)

Top sub-genre: Dance Pop (ala Dua Lipa)

Fun fact that Spotify thought I needed to know!?!… I listen to more music by artists who are Libra’s (John Mayer, Hugh Jackman) than anyone else. Yay?

Oh Spotify!

They also kindly put together a list of My Top Songs of 2018, which I’ve included here for your listening pleasure.

Happy Holidays all!

-Ashes

 

Listen 2

Here’s some new tunes I came across this past week that I recommend checking out.

A very different sound from the lads of Kodaline. It’s more pop-leaning, instead of their usual rock sound. I’m partial to the rock, but I still like this.

Olly Alexander has one of the sexiest voices out there today.

Some Latin flair from the vocal genius.

I wish I was strong enough to say these words to a few people in my life.

Slowing things down a bit with this lovely, reflective track by England’s Lucy Rose.

A fun, upbeat, rock jam from the English singer-songwriter.

 

Years & Years “Eyes Shut”

I’ve been a fan of this trio since “discovering” them on SoundCloud a year or so ago. This song is fabulous as is most of what they release (let’s be real).

From one music lover to another, you must must MUST check them out!

Years & Years “Take Shelter”

Can’t believe I didn’t post this sooner. Really into this band and this song in particular. Perfect accompanying video!

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