2018 in Review: Top Songs

Brynn Cartelli: “Last Night’s Mascara”


Brynn Cartelli, Season 14 winner of The Voice, recently released her debut single, Last Night's Mascara

Brynn Cartelli, Season 14 winner of The Voice, recently released her debut single, Last Night’s Mascara.

Could Brynn Cartelli have a hit on her hands?

Seven months after being crowned as The Voice’s Season 14 champ, Brynn was back on the show’s stage for the Season 15 finale, singing her new single “Last Night’s Mascara.”

It’s a song she wrote. And it’s without doubt one of the catchiest first singles we’ve gotten from a former Voice winner.

Of course, the lyrics also freaked out some folks. After all, Brynn’s 15 and singing first person about waking up in someone else’s bed wearing last night’s mascara.

Brynn’s response: “It’s not about my actions. It’s called writing in character. My music tells stories and I’m dang proud of it. Hope this cleared up your confusion. 😊”

Hey, and it’s not like the song celebrates waking up wearing last night’s mascara.

More big things are in store for Brynn in 2019. She’ll be opening for her Voice coach Kelly Clarkson on a nearly 30-date tour that kicks off in late January.

Here’s “Last Night’s Mascara.”

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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