2018 in Review: Top Songs

Adanna Duru: “Doll”

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Adanna Duru, of The Voice Season 3, released her Manic Pixie Dreamgirl EP in 2018, featuring Doll

Adanna Duru, of The Voice Season 3, released her Manic Pixie Dreamgirl EP in 2018, featuring Doll.

Adanna Duru is tired of being objectified. And it’s a message she delivers loud and clear in her 2018 single “Doll.”

“Doll” was the lead single from Duru’s “Manic Pixie Dreamgirl” album, released in July.

And what is a Manic Pixie Dreamgirl, you might ask. Adanna describes her as the “quirky dream girl” who exists in movies to move along the story for the male protagonist, but whose character is never really developed.

In “Doll,” Adanna demands to be more than that, pressing home the sentiment in the accompanying music video by stabbing pins into a rag doll.

At age 21, Adanna said the song stemmed from her own dating experience.

“I’ve only ever experienced being treated as a drug, a high. This song was my moment of refusing to settle for being with a guy based solely off of his emotions. This song is demanding action and commitment.”

Adanna auditioned for The Voice at age 15 and was a battle round casualty in Season 3. She auditioned for American Idol at age 18 and made it all the way to the Top 11.

“Manic Pixie Dreamgirl” is her second major project since, following her 2017 album “Stardive.”

Here’s “Doll.”




Editor’s Note: By my count, former contestants from The Voice released more than 70 albums or EPs, more than 90 music videos and more than 800 original songs in 2018.

This week, I’m featuring my favorites, spotlighting what I’m calling the Top 5 music videos, Top 20 songs and Top 5 albums/EPs.

I hesitate to call them the best because that’s very subjective. Besides, I easily could have made each of these lists five times as long and still omitted lots and lots of great music.

That’s why I grit my teeth when Marshmellow or Ann-Marie or even a coach or advisor winds up with a guest performance spot on The Voice. I’ll never understand why the show doesn’t do more to promote its alumni.

Ah, but this isn’t a time for griping. It’s time to celebrate the accomplishments of talented artists.

I’ve also posted a complete list of post-Voice singles, albums and EPs, with links for your listening pleasure. And a blog with all 90-plus music videos. Please, check them out. Find your own favorites.

And if I’ve missed anyone, let me know. Stage names change. Side projects are created. Tracking the output of 600 post-Voice artists … well, I’ll be shocked if I didn’t miss someone. Just let me know by commenting below or emailing [email protected]. In terms of singles, my goal is to list any where the former contestant is the primary vocalist.

Coming tomorrow: The Top 5 post-Voice albums of 2018.

Happy listening.

Top songs (not ranked)

Adanna Duru, “Doll”
Amanda Brown, “Take a Pill”
Amy Vachal, “Wait”
Austin Jenckes, “In My Head”
Brian Nhira, “‘Til Death Do Us Part”

Cartelli, “Last Night’s Mascara”
Chloe Kohanski, “Come This Far”
Christiana Danielle, “Resignation”
Darby, “Save a Thought for Me”
Domo, “Currency”

D.R. King & Jackie Foster, “Love is a Drug”
Jamie Lono, “New Orleans”
Johnny Gates, “Brooklyn Nights”
Koryn Hawthorne, “Down Goes Rome”
Loren Allred, “Never Enough”

Matt McAndrew, “Game Over”
Natalie Stovall, “Making Out in Cars”
RaeLynn, “Queens Don’t”
Riley Biederer, “Heartbreak Back”
We McDonald, “Head Up High”

Top Videos

1. Faultlines (Ashley Morgan), “Rain”
2. Sawyer Fredericks, “Hide Your Ghost”
3. Darby, “Play Pretend”
4. Brian Nhira, “Is This Love?”
5. Dawson Coyle, “Saturn”

All 2018 music videos
All 2018 albums and EPs
All 2018 singles

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