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KCRW Reveals Picks for Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs and Best New Artist of 2018

KCRW Reveals Picks for Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs and Best New Artist of 2018

Santa Monica, CA (November 30, 2018) – KCRW has revealed the station’s Best of 2018, the coveted list of this year’s Top Ten Albums, Top Ten Songs, and Best New Artist to cross the airwaves. The station’s annual Best Of recognizes the music and performances that caught KCRW DJs’ attention throughout the year. These artists continually innovate and inspire, while pushing culture forward.

In addition to the station’s overall Best of 2018, each KCRW DJ has revealed their personal top 10 albums. Check it all out at the interactive and immersive Best of 2018 website.

KCRW’s Top 10 Albums of 2018

  1. Kamasi Washington –  Heaven and Earth
  2. Leon BridgesGood Thing
  3. KhruangbinCon Todo El Mundo
  4. JungleFor Ever
  5. Father John MistyGod’s Favorite Customer
  6. Rosalía El Mal Querer
  7. Unknown Mortal Orchestra Sex & Food
  8. Anderson .Paak Oxnard
  9. Tom MischGeography
  10. Rhye Blood

KCRW’s Top 10 Songs of 2018

  1. Childish Gambino – “This Is America”
  2. Christine and the Queens – “Girlfriend” (feat. Dâm-Funk)
  3. Jonathan Wilson – “Loving You”
  4. Louis Cole – “Things”
  5. Disclosure – “Where Angels Fear To Tread”
  6. Maverick Sabre – “Drifting”
  7. Hozier – “Nina Cried Power” (feat. Mavis Staples)
  8. Amber Mark – “Conexão”
  9. Blonde Redhead – “Where Your Mind Wants To Go” (feat. Ludovico Einaudi)
  10. Channel Tres – “Controller”

Best New Artist – Rosalía

“Her new album El Mal Querer is innovative, authentic, mindful of tradition, assertive in message, and can rival anything in the pop world today.” – KCRW Music Director Jason Bentley. As KCRW’s 2018 pick for Best New Artist, Rosalia joins Anderson .Paak, and Tom Misch who have also received this distinguished KCRW endorsement in recent years.


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