Whew, we made it through. As mentioned earlier it was devilishly hard choosing these Top 40 tracks of the year. We tried to pick ones that have had longevity and that we think will stick around for years to come. We limited ourselves generally to one track per artist – many of these had more than one deserving song. Here is the playlist – from 40 down to Maroon 5 at No. 1.
Have we got a great New Music Friday for you! Five great tracks on the hour every hour from 9am Friday, getting their first spin on New Zealand Net Radio.
Rozzi – Uphill Battle
At the age of 19 Rozzi Crane was discovered by Adam Levine (lead singer of Maroon 5) and began touring with that band. She recently announced she’ll be releasing an album this year, and kicked off the process by releasing this single a few weeks ago. What a great voice! She told Billboard:
“We’re all complicated and complex in different ways and we all do and say things that challenge our partners,” Rozzi said. “It’s easy to feel disappointed or frustrated with yourself after an argument & for me that often led to feeling like I was too much, like an uphill battle. This song is saying, I know I’m am a lot to handle, but I’m okay with it, it’s who I am and it’s who we all are.”
Ryan Adams – Baby I Love You
Mr Adams began his solo career back in 2000, and made a splash with his song for song cover of Taylor Swift’s 1989 a few years ago. He released this new song for Valentines Day, positive and joyful, a pleasant number.
Lauv – Getting Over You
Another Valentines Day release, however with a slightly less positive angle than Ryan Adams
But the truth is
I could spend my whole life getting over you
Moonga K. – Let Go
OK we’re a bit behind the 8 ball with this track – it came out last September but has just garnered more interest with the release of it’s album, Wild Solace. Moonga K. Kapambwe is a 22 year old musician from Botswana who performed in the Drakensberg Boys’ Choir School in high school, and his musical career has grown from there. Great production and full of energy.
October – 1000 Eyes
Auckland based electronic artist October has released this follow on to All She Does Is Stare from last year. We’ll be playing this track a lot more.