2018 in Review: Top Songs

Chloe Kohanski, “Come This Far”


Chloe Kohanski, winner of The Voice Season 13, released her debut single, Come This Far, in 2018

Chloe Kohanski, winner of The Voice Season 13, released her debut single, Come This Far, in 2018 .

Fans who fell in love with Chloe Kohanski during Season 13 of The Voice are still waiting for her first major post-show release.

But in the meantime, she served up a kick-butt debut single in 2018, “Come This Far,” and returned to The Voice to perform it during the Season 14 finale.

She described “Come This Far” as “kind of like a fighter anthem song.”

“The whole idea of the song is, ‘I didn’t come this far to only go this far.”

Chloe clearly aspires to go farther in 2019. In early November, she proclaimed her EP complete on Instagram and expressed excitement over the months to come.

Earlier this month, she wrote: “I want to put out my songs so bad it’s driving me insane@$%#!!!!”

In the meantime, the 24-year-old has posted a demo version of a song called “City Streets” on Soundcloud.

Here’s “Come This Far.”

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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1 Comment

  1. Maureen Verna January 2, 2019 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Jackie Verna released her first single “Forever Soulmate. Please check it out because it is so beautiful. Thank you.

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