Here at All Things Loud, we’ve spent the last few weeks meticulously selecting and analysing the 50 best pieces of music to see the light of day in 2018. Following hours and hours of streaming, as well as swathes of disagreements and list re-shuffles, we’ve finally come to a unanimous decision: a Top 50 which contains a mixture of music from all corners of the musical spectrum, and one which should do justice a year which most certainly has not been very easy on multiple level. Today, we share with you the first half of the list: songs 50 through 26.

50 JAMES BAY – PINK LEMONADE

49 HOTEL LUX – BERLIN WALL

48 AMBER ARCADES – GOODNIGHT EUROPE

47 THE 1975 – LOVE IT IF WE MADE IT

46 BOYGENIUS – STAY DOWN

45 BÜLOW – YOU & JENNIFER

44 SORCHA RICHARDSON – CAN’T WE PRETEND

43 SPEEDY ORTIZ – LUCKY 88

42 GRIMES – WE APPRECIATE POWER (FT. HANA)

41 BEN HOWARD – A BOAT TO AN ISLAND ON THE WALL

40 THE ORIELLES – OLD STUFF, NEW GLASS

39 EUT – BAD SWEET PONY

38 TY SEGALL – DESPOILER OF CADAVER

37 PARCELS – TIEDUPRIGHTNOW

36 EZRA FURMAN – DRIVING DOWN TO LA

35 INTERPOL – THE ROVER

34 CAROLINE ROSE – SOUL NO. 5

33 GOAT GIRL – THE MAN

32 ALASKALASKA – MEATEATER

31 HELLIONS – X (MWAH)

30 AMYL & THE SNIFFERS – I’M NOT A LOSER

29 MARMOZETS – MAJOR SYSTEM ERROR

28 ARCHITECTS – HEREAFTER

27 CALEXICO – UNDER THE WHEELS

26 ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF – THE MARBLE EYE

Check back tomorrow for the Top 25.