Amy’s Top Songs of 2018

Despite the lack of full albums and EPs that I listened to over the past year, my current iTunes list of chosen songs this year has a whopping +90 tracks, so yeah. It’s been a difficult task to try to reduce my list by nearly half, so there will definitely be a lot of cheating on this list.

Things to note~ the percentage of Asian music still oscillates between the mid-70%, with around 12% being South Asian music (to be understood as mostly Bollywood soundtracks, lol). There’s a low 6% of Latino music, but that is made up over the fact that they rank within the Top15. Right? Then there’s my average high-10% of Western music… and that’s counting that one pick of a European musician. Oh, the shame.

Note: Links to playlists -that should be generally complete- are available at the end of this post.

So let’s begin with some cheating~


Mamamoo get their own playlist this year, because there’s. just. too. much. music. Three EP releases and several solo projects, I couldn’t just pick one over the other. I’m a B-side kind of person, but I decided to add their three main singles to not favor a color over the other either. I hope the playlist has a nice flow.

But if you must know; Spring Fever (봄타) + Better than I Thought (생각보단 괜찮아). Jam. Rude Boy + Midnight Summer Dream (여름밤의 꿈). More jams.

Now let’s get this started~


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

4 Responses

  1. Alvin Kuo says:

    I always like the variety of music present on your list. Keep doing the good work in spreading good music, especially Asian, to new listeners out there. I have hopes for Tan Weiwei and Liang Bo continue to develop the Chinese music traditions, as there are plenty of Western elements like electronic and rap music developing as well. BTW I would be remiss to mention that I am also a huge Faye Wong fan, so I wondered what you think of the other theme songs she released this year?

    • amy says:

      I wasn’t a big fan of the theme songs she’s released this year, I think they come below the quality of songs such as 匆匆那年 or 致青春. They didn’t even feel as memorable as 爱不可及 or 清风徐来. I’m looking forward to Tan Weiwei giving Faye a run for her money when releasing theme songs xD Also, in case you missed it like me, Sony did release Su Yunying’s album, Fantasy 幻. It come out about 10 days ago without much fanfare. It’s already available on iTunes, so I supposed it should also be available on Spotify. I wished I knew about this then lol There’s a bunch of great songs in it, and definitely could sneak in my list of favorite albums. ToT

      • Alvin Kuo says:

        Yeah I listened to su tinting’s new album. Better in terms of the direction the music is heading. Her first album wasn’t that great.

        Also Sandy lam released a new album with her old producer on Gaia. Seems like she is trying Faye Wong’s ethereal style.

        Yeah Faye’s theme songs aren’t as catchy but I think feature her best singing in the past few years. Also did you check out her variety show Phantacity? She and her daughter did mv like short movies.

        • Amy says:

          :O Are you kidding? I loved 苏苏’s first album. Probably my favorite that year, even thought Sony took like 3 months before I got to know it was out. I did see Faye’s Phantacity, I loved her performance on it, but I really can’t see through Chinese varieties xD I saw hers and Sarah Brightman’s episode. Faye’s daughter’s performance was pretty good too, but I went to check out her music afterwards, and wasn’t into it.

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