2018 in Review: Top Songs

Natalie Stovall: “Making Out in Cars”


Natalie Stovall from The Voice Season 13 released Making Out in Cars in 2018

Natalie Stovall from The Voice Season 13 released Making Out in Cars in 2018.

Natalie Stovall said she heard a demo of “Making Out in Cars” years ago and “immediately fell into a love trance with it.”

The song was written by Natalie Hemby, Barry Dean and Troy Verges.

“I’ve wanted to record it for so long and am so proud to have finally put it out into the world,” singer Natalie wrote on Facebook when the single dropped back in April. “It’s such a raw snapshot of real life. Messy. Complicated. Sad. Hopeful. REAL Life.”

Not to mention easily one of the best country songs released by a former Voice contestant in 2018.

“Making Out in Cars” is one of three singles Natalie has released since finishing Top 24 on Season 13. “Wine or Whiskey” and “Can’t Love You No More” are the others.

Since Natalie had already released an impressive array of original music before the show and is also one mean fiddle player, I’m still trying to figure out how she didn’t do even better on The Voice.

But, hey, CMT recognizes her talent, making Natalie part of its Next Women in Country program.

Here’s “Making Out in Cars.”

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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