2018 Favorites & 2019 Predictions: Ones To Watch Staff Picks

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WHAT. A. YEAR. While 2018 wasn’t exactly the proudest year in American history, there were quite a number of impressive strides in the musical realm. Ones To Watch had our best year yet, and we want to send a special thank you to all the devoted music fans who have utilized our platform to dig up the most promising up & coming artists this year. 

To recap, we created a fun sizzle reel set to Masego’s “Send Yo Rita” which includes many of the talented artists we’ve had the privilege of highlighting: Buddy, The Marías, The Aces, Jade Bird, Sylvan LaCue, Transviolet, Greta Van Fleet, Night Riots, Charlotte Lawrence, Masego, Allie X, LÉON, Jorge Blanco, DaniLeigh, Harry Hudson, grandson, Jesse Jo Stark, Cautious Clay, CLOVES, Sinead Harnett, NoMBe, and Kweku Collins.

As we approach the new year, we surveyed the entire staff to assemble our 2018 favorites and 2019 predictions. What’d we miss?


2018 FAVORITES:

Best Albums 

H.E.R. - I Used To Know Her - The Prelude

Buddy - Harlan & Alondra

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Noname - Room 25

Tierra Whack - Whack World

Amy Shark - Love Monster

Rainbow Kitten Surprise - How to: Friend, Love, Freefall

Jacob Banks - Village

JID - DiCaprio 2

HONNE - Love Me / Love Me Not

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Jorja Smith - Lost & Found

Tash Sultana - Flow State

Smino - NOIR

Lauv - I met you when I was 18. (the playlist)

Tom Misch - Geography

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Best Female Breakout Artists

King Princess

Ella Mai

ROSALÍA

clairo

Soccer Mommy

Tierra Whack

Yaeji

Jessie Reyez


Best Male Breakout Artists

Cuco

YUNGBLUD

Joji

Juice WRLD

boy pablo

Alec Benjamin

Sheck Wes

Bazzi


Best Breakout Bands

The Marías

BROCKHAMPTON

Dorothy

lovelytheband

Wallows

Greta Van Fleet

Parcels

flor


Most Underrated Songs

Joseph Angel - “Shame”

ROLE MODEL - “not a fan”

Arin Ray - “Communication” (feat. DRAM)

skinnydip - “Call It Off”

ELIZA - “Loveable”

Rhys Lewis - “Could’ve Been”

Masego - “Black Love”

MorMor - “Heaven’s Only Wishful”


Favorite Songs To Cry To

Sinead Harnett - “Lessons”

Lewis Capaldi - “Someone You Loved”

Sasha Sloan - “The Only”

Mitski - “Nobody”

Charlotte Lawrence - “Everybody Loves You”

Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus - Me & My Dog

LANY - “Thru These Tears”

CLOVES - “Up & Down”


Favorite Songs To Make Out To

Pink Sweat$ - “Honesty”

Phlake, Mercedes - “Waited All Summer”

The Marías - “Cariño”

Omar Apollo - “Ugotme”

Hablot Brown, Maths Time Joy - “Reason”

Daniel Caesar - “Who Hurt You?”

King Princess - “Pussy Is God”

Kyle Dion - “Brown”


Best Concerts We Attended

James Bay @ The Fillmore, San Francisco

Porches @ Teragram Ballroom, Los Angeles

Lolo Zouaï @ The Echo, Los Angeles

Francis and the Lights @ Zebulon, Los Angeles

Jorja Smith @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles

JPEGMAFIA @ The Echo, Los Angeles

Billie Eilish @ Fonda Theater, Los Angeles

Yellow Days @ Moroccan Lounge, Los Angeles


Best Music Videos

Still Woozy - “Goodie Bag”

half•alive - “still feel”

The Blaze - “Heaven”

Col3trane - “Britney”

Phum Viphurit & Higher Brothers - “Lover Boy 88″

grandson - “blood // water”

Conan Gray - “Generation Why”

Smino - “L.M.F”


Favorite Ones To Watch Pieces (shameless self-promo)

Where Are They Now? From Medical School To Pineapple Epidemics: A Timeline of Glass Animals’ Success

All Eyes On Cautious Clay [”Stolen Moments” Live + Interview]

Q&A: Grace Carter Discusses Her Songwriting Journey, Absent Father, & Friendship with Dua Lipa

K/DA Is the Most Innovative Pop Supergroup, and They’re Not Even Real

Ambar Lucid – “Listen” Live at Black Rabbit Rose

TOUR DIARY: YUNGBLUD Is an Artist You Need to Know On & Off the Stage

30 Ones To Watch On Tour This Fall 2018

10 Tips for Aspiring Songwriters [INDUSTRY INFILTRATION]


Best TV/Film Soundtracks

The Greatest Showman: Reimagined

Black Panther

Insecure - Season 3

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Atlanta - Season 2

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

A Star Is Born

Can Cowboys Cry (Harry Hudson)


2019 Predictions

Top Female Artists To Watch

Nina Nesbitt

Kiana Ledè

Saweetie

Sasha Sloan

Snail Mail

Grace Carter

Charlotte Lawrence

Mahalia

Raveena

Donna Missal


Top Male Artists To Watch

Dominic Fike

Pink Sweat$

Billy Raffoul

Cautious Clay

Hobo Johnson

Conan Gray

Dean Lewis

Lewis Capaldi

Smino

grandson


Top Bands To Watch

Winston Surfshirt

LOONA

Pale Waves

Let’s Eat Grandma

LANCO

Calpurnia

Mt. Joy

The Aces


Most Anticipated Tours

Jungle

Dorothy - Freedom Tour

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Cautious Clay

Taking Back Sunday - 20th Anniversary Tour

Joji - BALLADS 1 Tour

Wet x Kilo Kish

Ones To Watch Presents a Certain Swedish Songstress 

The Aces - Waiting For You Tour

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HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE WHOLE TEAM 

AT ONES TO WATCH!


Staff Who Contributed To This Article Includes:

Yasmin Damoui (Editor In Chief)

Maxamillion Polo (Lead Writer)

Green Lee (Social Media Coordinator)

Jenna Singer (Artist Coordinator)

David O’Connor (Artist Development VP)

Alexa Schoenfeld (Los Angeles Booker)

Malcolm J. Gray (Social Media Manager)

Kathryn O’Leary (Writer)

Jessica Thomas (Writer)

Tatiana Goldman (Writer)

Sean Kayden (Writer)

Chuck Ramos (Writer)

Anna Scholfield (Writer)

Skyler Barberio (Photographer)

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