Jeepers here we are already.
I missed a couple fantastic pieces of music in 2018, but you can read about the ones I did find here.
I only have a couple here, since I already covered most of my favorite albums from 2017. There are always a few that you pick up later, though, that fell through the cracks of the previous year but glimmer just as brightly as their previously-vaunted kin.
The release of the Panama Papers and Pokémon GO, the manufacture of the last VCR, the Cubs’ victory at the World Series, and the first effective vaccine against ebola; David Bowie, Prince, Muhammad Ali, Eli Wiesel, Gene Wilder, George Michael, Carrie Fisher.
The reforging of US diplomatic relations with Cuba, the first observation of gravitational waves, the passing of Leonard Nimoy, Sir Terry Pratchett, Lemmy Kilmister, and Christopher Lee.
A lot of really rough stuff happened in 2014. (Flint, MI; Brown, Seeger, Hoffman, Temple, Márquez, Giger, Angelou, Williams, Attenborough). But also a lot of dogs had birthdays.
The International Year of Quinoa (oof) was also the year that gay marriage became legal nationwide, and the year that Edward Snowden blew the whistle on secret surveillance programs. Also, Greta Thurnberg and Quvenzhané Wallis turned ten!
The hottest doomsday year since Nostradamus was, in my opinion, also the best year for music this decade. Our last solar transit of Venus until 2117, the discovery of the Higgs boson, the birth of Tardar Sauce (aka Grumpy Cat).
The beginning of the Arab Spring and the Occupy movement; the launch of the Curiosity rover; the release of Rebecca Black’s “Friday”; the deaths of beloved authors, musicians, and Macho Man Randy Savage.
Because you don’t get that many chances to look back on a whole decade.