Local Spins readers: Send us your choices for best albums or songs of the year; we’ll publish the lists and enter your name in a Local Spins gift drawing. We’ve included some ‘best music’ lists to inspire you.
Choosing the best releases in a given year can be a tricky proposition for critics – and a bit aggravating for fans when pundits choose albums by obscure artists they’ve never heard of or overlook recordings they’ve admired.
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So Local Spins wants to give you, the fans, listeners and readers the opportunity to spotlight the 2018 albums and EPs that kickstart your engines, keep you revved up and sit at the top of your playlist rotation.
What were your favorite albums of the year – national and local – and why are these recordings so special?
Send us your Top 5 best albums (or songs) of the year and tell us why they deserve attention, and we’ll publish those lists over the holidays at Local Spins and put your name in the hat for a special gift giveaway.
Here’s the format: List the name of the artist and the title of album or song, followed by a line or two as two why it’s on your Top 5 roster. Email your list to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Dec. 24.
Then, sign up for the Local Spins email list and we’ll randomly select one reader’s name for a special Local Spins gift package that features local music, gift cards, a Local Spins T-shirt and more Local Spins swag.
We’ve even included some links to other lists below to give you some ideas if you need them. And because we’re “Local Spins,” we’d love to see some local and regional artists cited, too. Check out some Local Spins reviews of 2018 albums by Michigan artists.
Oh, and don’t worry: We’ll also be publishing our annual “best of” lists by Local Spins staff and West Michigan musicians later this month so you can compare your notes with others connected to the music scene. Check out last year’s picks.
Consider it our way of spreading some musical good will.
SOME ‘BEST MUSIC OF THE YEAR’ LISTS
The Guardian: The Top 100 tracks of 2018
The New York Times: The 28 Best Albums of 2018
The New York Times: The 65 Best Songs of 2018
Noisey: The 100 Best Albums of 2018
Detroit News: The best singles in a ‘Sicko’ year
Pitchfork: The 50 Best Albums of 2018
Billboard: The 50 Best Albums of 2018 (Critics’ Picks)
WYCE: Top 50 Albums of 2018
Local Spins: Hot Top 5 Charts of Regional Releases
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