2018 in Review: Top Songs

Koryn Hawthorne: “Down Goes Rome”


Koryn Hawthorne, a Season 8 Voice contestant and Grammy nominee, closes her debut album with the glorious Down Goes Rome

Koryn Hawthorne, a Season 8 Voice contestant and Grammy nominee, closes her debut album with the glorious Down Goes Rome.

To say Koryn Hawthorne burst onto the gospel music scene in 2018 would be an understatement.

Her debut single, “Won’t He Do It,” spent a record 40 weeks atop the Billboard Hot Gospel Songs chart. The previous record for a female artist was 25 weeks.

Along the way, Koryn picked up her first Dove Award in October and earned a Grammy nomination for best gospel performance.

“Won’t He Do It” comes from her debut album “Unstoppable,” released in July.

And here’s the thing. The Grammy nominated single isn’t even my favorite track on the album. That distinction goes to the glorious album-closing anthem “Down Goes Rome,” which is the song that makes this list.

Koryn, 21, co-wrote the song with a host of others. She auditioned for Season 8 of The Voice at age 16, finishing fourth behind Sawyer Fredericks, Meghan Linsey and Joshua Davis.

Here’s “Down Goes Rome.”

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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