2018 in Review: Top Songs

Darby (Anne Walker): “Save a Thought for Me”


Darby (Anne Walker) released her debut EP in 2018, including Save a Thought for Me

Darby (Anne Walker) released her debut EP in 2018, including Save a Thought for Me.

Since auditioning for The Voice at age 17 in 2016, Darby Anne Walker has experienced her first true love and heartbreak.

And like any fine artist, she put the story to music. The result: “Okay Baby … Until Tomorrow,” an impressive six-track EP she released in May.

“Save a Thought for Me” is the closing track, a song that manages to be bittersweet and hopeful all at once, yearning for an intense love lost while acknowledging it’s time to move on.

The little post-song celebration Darby decided to keep as part of the track is a nice touch too, a tribute to a perfect take and a brighter future.

Darby made it all the way to the Top 11 as a member of Team Miley Cyrus back on Season 11. She released a post-show single called “Don’t Wanna Stop” under her full name before shortening it to Darby for her latest release.

Darby turned 20 in October and celebrated by launching a Go Fund Me campaign that raised $500 to provide care kits to the homeless in the L.A. area.

Here’s “Save a Thought for Me.”

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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