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.
We have five brand spanking new tracks which we’ll be playing through the day at the top of the hour, from 9am. They are:
Angie McMahon – Slow Mover
Angie is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne and this is her first single.
“‘Slow Mover’ is a song about putting energy into things that are worthwhile, and taking plenty of time to get to a good place. I’d spent a lot of time pining after love, but at this point my head was shifting, and what I actually wanted and needed was to pursue my music career.” – Angie McMahon in an interview with Forte magazine.
Sasha Sloan – Normal
Sasha has sung with Kygo and co-written songs with pop heavy-hitters Charlie XCX and Camila Cabello.
“I wrote ‘Normal’ at a time when I was partying a lot. I don’t think I realized it at the time, but I was avoiding all the real problems in my life by going out and pretending to be someone else,” Sloan tells Billboard. “I did this a lot in high school too — most of my life I’ve felt like an outsider so I would go to parties to feel like I fit in. There isn’t a single lyric in this song that isn’t true. I’ve definitely sang along to songs I hated and made out with guys I wasn’t really into just to seem cool. Normal is about wanting to blend into the crowd for a night and I hope someone out there can relate.”
Rae Morris – Atletico (The Only One)
Rae Morris is a British singer-songwriter. Atletico was released as a single in November 2017 in advance of her new (second) album, just out.
While premiering the song on Annie Mac’s BBC Radio 1 show, Morris explained that it was recorded on May 28, 2016 in a studio in Beachwood Canyon. During the session, Fryars, the producer and co-writer of the track – and Rae’s current partner – was watching the Atletico vs. Real Madrid Champions League football match. Therefore, the name Atletico seeped into the session and the song was created around it. She further explained that the song itself was about “going on a night out and not doing yourself justice” by “meeting people and saying hi” and “being full of energy and dancing around the room”.
Avid Dancer – Little Bird
Jacob Dillan Summers (aka Avid Dancer) provides a great new pop number with a really ‘Beatlesque’ feel (although it was featured in The Sims 4 – Parenthood last year). As he told Buzzlands.la:
“I wrote this song after a series of tours: Reflecting on how many people I had met along the way,” Summer says. “Maybe we had a short and honest connection for just a moment. Maybe it was a person I bought a coffee from and shared a genuine, ‘I-could-know-you’ smile. Then, you know — off to the next place. All the people I’d see, like birds in the park: They just fly away to live their lives. To where? Who knows? Not even them.”
And last but not least …
Peking Duk – Wasted
The Australian electronic duo have come up with another catchy number, seemingly about drunken love! They premiered the song at The Falls festival last week.