2018 has been a great year for all of us at Bone Pool Radio.
We launched the station in mid-July. We’ve met so many local bands, and have received incredible support from the local North Jersey community.
We know that 2019 is going to be even better, but before we turn the page, we’d like to salute a fantastic year in music with Bone Pool Radio’s Top 30 songs of 2018.
Let’s do this!
Bone Pool Radio’s Top 30 Songs of 2018
30. Leon Bridges – “Beyond”
Leon Bridges burst onto the scene back in 2015 with the Coming Home LP. And, the title track has been a staple on Bone Pool Radio since we launched in mid-2018. Which is why we were thrilled when Mr. Bridges released Good Thing earlier this year. “Beyond” is a track you’ll have on repeat.
29. Weezer – “Africa”
Weezer had one of the surprise songs of the summer with this cover of the 1982 Toto smash hit. The result of a fan campaign started on Twitter, Weezer hit the top of the Billboard Alternative Songs charts for the first time in 10 years.
28. Israel Nash – “Rolling On”
A beautiful anthem from the Texas artist. Off the 2018 Lifted LP. Debuted on Bone Pool Radio, back in August on The FM Show.
27. J Mascis – “Web So Dense”
Dinosaur Jr. frontman is back with another solo album, Elastic Days. Bone Pool Radio’s owner, Michelle, is a huge fan of this song.
26. Jack White – “Over and Over and Over”
I often dream about The White Stripes reuniting, if only for one show…in the Bone Pool Radio studio. But until that day comes, I’ll be content listening to Jack White bring the thunder on his own.
25. Bob Moses – “Back Down”
Bringing soulful house music to the masses. For those new to Bob Moses, “he” is actually LA-based duo, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance. Bone Pool Radio debut: The FM Show on November 1.
24. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – “Middle America”
The former Pavement frontman has been releasing great music for years. Sparkle Hard, his seventh solo album – with backing band, The Jicks – was met with nearly universal acclaim.
23. Courtney Barnett – “Charity”
A Bone Pool Radio staple from the jump, Courtney Barnett just can’t stop making great albums. After 2017’s Lotta Sea Lice (a duet with Kurt Vile), the Australian singer-songwriter came back again with one of this year’s top LPs, Tell Me How You Really Feel.
22. Allied Chemical – “Every Day is like a Burning Sun”
One of the most innovative bands on the North Jersey scene. Not only do they have a great sound, they also have their own show on Bone Pool Radio!
21. DJ Koze feat. Róisín Murphy – “Illumination”
Róisín Murphy joins up with German DJ and producer, DJ Koze, on one of the best dance anthems of the year. You may remember Ms. Murphy from her days as the lead singer of trip hop/electronica group, Moloko.
20. Thrill Ride – “Let’s Go Get Him (Punks n’ Pans)”
North Jersey music royalty. Supporters of Bone Pool Radio from the beginning. We were very proud to debut this song on the Call Me An Uber show back in late September!
19. Neko Case – “Pitch or Honey”
Former member of The New Pornographers, Neko Case has made quite a name for herself as one of the best American singer-songwriters going today. Bone Pool Radio debut: The FM Show on October 13.
18. Earl Sweatshirt – “Ontheway!”
Earl got his start as part of the Odd Future hip hop collective, but he’s staked out his own ground as a leader of the new music scene. Some Rap Songs came out in late November, and was immediately met with rave reviews from Pitchfork among others.
17. lovelytheband – “Broken”
A personal favorite of Diana (one-half of the Call Me An Uber show), “Broken” was a massive 2018 hit for this LA-based group.
16. Parquet Courts – “Tenderness”
Parquet Courts’ Wide Awake! was quite possibly my favorite LP of 2018. So many great songs to pick from, but album closer, “Tenderness”, simply had to make this list.
15. Gorillaz – “Tranz”
Gorillaz seem to be tailor-made for Bone Pool Radio. “Tranz” (off the virtual group’s sixth album, The Now Now) made its BPR debut on The FM Show back in mid-October.
14. Adrianne Lenker – “symbol”
2017’s “Shark Smile” from Big Thief was one of the first songs we ever played on Bone Pool Radio. Lucky for us, Adrianne Lenker, Big Thief’s lead singer, brought more great music into the world with her beautiful solo effort, abysskiss (released on October 5).
13. Black Belt Eagle Scout – “Soft Stud”
Mother of My Children, the debut album from Black Belt Eagle Scout, came out on September 14.
12. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – “Mainland”
Hope Downs, released on June 15, brought the infectious sounds of this Australia-based quintet to the world. And, “Mainland” made its BPR debut on The FM Show (August 30). I dare you not to love this song.
11. Kacey Musgraves – “Oh, What a World”
The always-original Kasey Musgraves released her fourth album, Golden Hour, back on March 30.
10. Drake – “God’s Plan”
Is there anything Drake can’t do? “God’s Plan” was the only song released in 2018 to reach 1 billion streams on Spotify. Check out the video as well. It follows Drake around Miami as he takes the money that was supposed to go to his video shoot ($1MM!), and gives it to deserving Miami residents.
9. Low – “Dancing and Fire”
Low have been around for almost 25 years, but have largely flown under the radar for much of that time. Double Negative, which came out on September 14, may change that, as it’s been included in many year-end best album lists.
8. Quiz Show – “Big Bank Theory”
Former Shudder to Think guitarist, Chris Matthews, recently started his own band, Quiz Show – based out of Montclair, NJ. (North Jersey rocks!) And, “Big Bank Theory” has been on heavy rotation at Bone Pool Radio ever since it debuted on The FM Show in October. We want more Quiz Show!
7. The Vaughns – “Coffee Sundae”
Another North Jersey favorite! The Vaughns, straight outta neighboring Springfield, NJ, have been tearing up the local scene for the last few years (check out the great reviews for their 2017 single, “Santa Cruz”). “Coffee Sundae” shows that The Vaughns’ vibrant, catchy sound is here to stay. Can’t wait for their next LP.
6. IDLES – “Colossus”
When listening to Joy As An Act of Resistance, you can’t help thinking that a new rock movement may be upon us. “Colossus”, the album opener, builds and builds and builds, and just when you think it’s over, it explodes into a manic punk-fueled finish. IDLES will be touring locally in the new year with Fontaines D.C. – a band you’ll hear about shortly…
5. Iceage w/Sky Ferreira – “Pain Killer”
The Danish punk band released their fourth album Beyondless on May 4. “Iceage” mixes genres (soul, shoegaze, punk) and delivers the goods with one of the best tracks of 2018.
4. Parquet Courts – “Freebird II”
“Freebird II.” What a name. My favorite song title of the year on my favorite album (Wide Awake!) of the year. We played this gem on The FM Show back on August 23.
Parquet Courts are the only band with two songs on the Bone Pool Radio Top 30 of 2018 (see “Tenderness” at #16).
3. Young Fathers – “In My View”
The trio from Edinburgh, Scotland have a sound all their own – hip hop, rock, funk and pop all mashed together. Never quite fitting into one category is kinda their thing. “In My View” (from Cocoa Sugar) made its Bone Pool Radio debut on The FM Show on September 6.
2. Amen Dunes – “Blue Rose”
I was floored by this song when I first heard it. It sounds familiar, yet completely original. Like every great band of the last 30 years came together to create one incredible track. Damon McMahon (the creative force behind Amen Dunes) released his fifth album, Freedom, on March 30. The LP is filled with amazing cuts, but “Blue Rose” stands above.
FYI – Amen Dunes are playing at Warsaw in Brooklyn on February 1.
1. Fontaines D.C. – “Chequeless Reckless”
Within seconds of hearing this song, I knew that Fontaines D.C. were meant to be at the top of any 2018 countdown. “Chequeless Reckless” made its Bone Pool Radio debut on The FM Show, back on August 30. The opening guitar chords are a statement all their own, but Grian Chatten’s vocals bring the house down – 2 minutes of brooding, forceful post-punk. Joy Division comparisons are inevitable.
Fontaines D.C. have yet to release a full-length album, but their impact is already being felt across the music world. You get the feeling that this Dublin band is the beginning of something. And, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
Fontaines D.C. cover photo credit: Ste Murray
Frank McKeon handles marketing activities for Bone Pool Radio. He also hosts The FM Show, a weekly ‘deep dive’ into music discovery. Whether the songs are from 10 days ago or 10 years ago, Frank shines a light on “your favorite bands that you just haven’t heard yet.”
The FM Show airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on Bone Pool Radio. You can email Frank at email@example.com.