That quote made me smile.
It's that time of year once again: the year end lists, the last minute releases (though why anyone would release a record in December is beyond me), the endless holiday spending, and Spotify's annual end of the year celebration--2018 Wrapped! After nerding out over last year's 2017 Wrapped, I made a conscious decision to make Spotify my primary avenue/application for listening to music. I still buy music (both physically and digitally) but I decided to primarily use Spotify out of convenience, in hopes to get some royalties to the bands that I listen to (though I do understand that the payout for artists isn't that great, I figured every little bit, and stream, helps), and because I wanted to make sure that my 2018 Wrapped was as accurate reflection of my listening habits as possible. And while I think my 2017 Wrapped was pretty darned accurate, I know that Sincere Engineer's Rhombithian spent a LOT of time in my car CD player. Now unless I want to listen to something that isn't on Spotify (BYO Records, I'm looking at you), I do all of my music consumption with the service.
2018 Wrapped my Top Artist was Frank Turner followed by The Replacements, Sincere Engineer, Harker, and U2. I'm honestly not at all surprised by this list. At some point over the summer, I even remarked that if the Spotify list for the year came out then that Frank Turner and Sincere Engineer would probably be on top. I wasn't wrong. Frank Turner released a brilliant record in 2018 (plus put on a spectacular show down in Dallas) and Sincere Engineer released my favorite record of 2017 (and possibly the best record of the decade), so it is a no-brainer that they are in my top 5 artists on the year. Harker released the first great album of 2018 in February so that makes perfect sense for them to be on the list. Which leaves The Replacements and U2, two of my all-time favorite bands (that top 5, for those who might be curious -- U2, The Replacements, Frank Turner, Beach Slang, and ALL). All the songs listed in the Top Songs come from Frank Turner's Be More Kind, but despite the 79 hours I spent listening to Mr. Turner, my Your Top Songs 2018 playlist is actually fairly diverse.