My Five Most Listened-to Tracks of 2018

The clue is in the title! In ascending order, here are the tracks I listened to the most in 2018 according to my phone’s music player.

There isn’t really much I can say by way of introduction to this post, so I’ll just leave it here and hope you enjoy the tunes!


5. Sister Sledge–B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby) (1983)

Most people who remember the music of Sister Sledge will remember the stuff produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards. It’s certainly the most iconic stuff. This one was produced by George Duke in 1983 for the album Bet Cha Say That To All The Girls. I came across it whilst on a thorough search for more of Sister Sledge’s music and was immediately hooked by the pure cheese. It’s absolutely delightful and I couldn’t stop listening to this track in the earlier part of 2018.


4. Tyree–I Like It (1996)

I’ve had a little love affair going on with this track for a couple of years. The main melody is borrowed from the soul classic I Love Music by The O’Jays, but is heavily infused by Tyree’s signature acid house beats that somehow turn this happy tune into something a touch darker and more sinister. Impossible to listen to quiet. Hailing from the EP, Still Smoking 2 Dis II.


3. Nino–World Champion (I Feel So Real) (1993)

This could so easily have been my most listened-to track. I’ve had to will myself not to listen to it too much so that it doesn’t lose its novelty. It’s probably spent more time in my head than any other in 2018. It’s a completely different ride compared to other breakbeat tracks of the time. It’s a lot more technical and structured I feel, not to mention longer. The breakdown is irresistible in every way; it’s probably the best ever. Then there’s the cheeky sample of If I Were a Rich Man from Fiddler on the Roof, just to remind everyone it’s still breakbeat and still fun.


2. Chic–Savoir Faire (1978)

I was completely blown away by this track from the moment I heard it. It is sublime! For many years, the Pete Heller remix of Jamiroquai’s Supersonic has been one of my favourite tracks without realising that it samples the ever-loving crap out of this. In this case, the original is the best. Hailing from Chic’s 1978 album, C’est Chic, Nile’s bluesy guitar is so infectious. Bernard’s bass play is perfect. The melody speaks of love, pain, hope, joy, sadness, and so much more. It’s very possibly the most complete tune of all time.


1. Roy Ayers–D.C. City (1983)

If you don’t know by now that I revere Roy Ayers like a god then you don’t know me as well as you probably thought you did. He is my musical icon. This song is unlikely to be remembered as one of his best, but what does everyone else know? I genuinely feel this is Roy’s finest track ever. It’s cool and sexy. It speaks of black pride and unity. I’ve had this pretty much constantly in my head since I first heard it and I don’t think it’s ever going anywhere. It deserves to have been my most listened-to track of 2018 on merit. Originally featured on Roy’s 1983 album, Silver Vibrations, and then featured on the 1988 album, Drive.


What were your most listened-to tracks of 2018? What do you think of mine?

15 thoughts on “My Five Most Listened-to Tracks of 2018

    1. I think that’s probably due to your location. If you head up to somewhere like Michigan or Illinois you’ll probably find this sort of stuff is still very popular. I’ve been treated to a little of what you’re into and I was pleasantly surprised.

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      1. My tastes are so varied, I have very few bands I like. I usually just like a certain song.
        Michigan and Illinois huh..
        Why there? Is there a secret order of certain 80 and 90s singers congregating there? Lol

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      2. No, Detroit and Chicago were the main hubs where disco transformed into house music. And what was the first UK city to catch onto this new genre and put their own spin on it? Manchester, of course!

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  1. I so love ❤️ your choices.

    It’s so funny how you can tell a person from the music 🎼 that they listen to….

    My playlist is so full of unrecognized songs and music 🎼 that no one in my immediate family that have the fortunate opportunity of hearing me playing it ..

    Like or appreciate my list…

    In saying this..

    I do love your favorite…

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    1. I’ve never, ever liked music based on the fact that other people do. Since my teens I’ve been on a voyage of musical discovery and forging my own path in the main, though there have been people offer some inspiration. I’m friends with people in the music business and their opinion will always be worth hearing. I’m glad you like my favourite. I love it too. It really helps chill me out.

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      1. I think my music is a bit too much for Caellum. He likes some bits and pieces I listen to, but mainly seems to prefer the turd his mum listens to. Haha. Not bitter, honest…


  2. I haven’t heard of any of them because my taste is too mainstream 😆 We are so different, but that’s what makes friendship interesting 🤗 I think you’d hate my musical taste. I like either lyrics with shit tons of swearing or dreamy emotional stuff to have regular breakdowns to 😁😁

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    1. I’m only too aware of your musical tastes Sumani. Haha. As long as it fills you up that’s all that matters. I like the lyrics in B.Y.O.B. because it’s a proper bunny-boiling jealous girlfriend anthem.


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