My Top Songs – 2018

Listen to the top 100 songs that I played on Spotify during 2018.

They recently sent me an email which highlighted my 2018 music. I love a wide variety of music from many genres and artists, but you probably already knew that, if you have followed my blog over the past 4 years. In fact, Spotify called me “adventurous” because I listened to “non-mainstream” artists 159% more than the average Spotify user. I also included my top songs for 2017 and 2016.

Playlist (2018)

Your Top Songs – 2018 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 7 hr 23 min

Enjoy the following custom playlist Spotify created for me with the 100 songs that I loved most this year, all wrapped up.


Playlist (2017)

Your Top Songs – 2017 (Playlist) – 100 songs, 6 hr 53 min


Playlist (2016)

Your Top Songs – 2016 (Playlist) – 99 songs, 7 hr 4 min



Here are various summaries they provided that reflect my Spotify listening history during 2018. Very interesting!


  • 11,288 minutes (188 hours – 22% more than 2017)
  • 2,736 songs (228/month)

Top Artists

Top Songs

  • Dressed on Festen (2017) by Milos Milonakis
  • Questions on The Journey, Vol. 1 (2018) by Cinthia Garcia
  • Slow Down
  • Luminous on Encounters of the Beautiful Kind (2018) by Rachel LaFond
  • A Beautiful Distraction on Waking the Muse (2013) by Michele McLaughlin

Top Genres

  • Pop
  • Classical
  • Indie
  • Roots

Oldest Song

Even with all the newfangled music coming out, I still found time for oldies like this.

Cavalleria Rusticana: Intermezzo on Mascagni:Cavalleria Rusticana (Remastered) (1953) by Renato Cellini


Tastebreakers (Playlist) – 50 songs, 4 hr 4 min

To broaden my horizons in 2019, Spotify created this playlist of songs from genres and artists I don’t usually explore.


Personal Playlists

Check out my personal playlists.

  • My Playlists (10) – favorite piano, guitar, folk, pop, and country music
  • My Reel Tapes (14) – playlists from the 60’s and 70’s based on personal tape recordings from FM radio
  • Discovery Mix (8) – background music for reading, writing, or focus work

I recently created the Discovery Mix page with all my Discovery Mix playlists. I will be creating more so I thought it would be helpful to provide an index to them in one place. I added a Discovery Mix link to the PLAYLISTS section in the sidebar, which was shifted to the top. Also I added a Music > Playlists menu option and updated the Music section on the Welcome page so it’s always easy to find.

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Handsome & Gretyl: A Brave Lament

Listen to indie folk music by Handsome & Gretyl and Lullen on their new album A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack).

This music was created for a short documentary film about grief & loss. Lullen is one of the side projects for Handsome (Brett), which he describes this way:

Lullen is a soft breath of soothing, seaborne melodies designed to mimic the calming, clearing effects of the sound of the ocean. Created with deep, warm felt piano and awash with deep reverberations, Lullen moves listeners to center, focus, and dream.

New Album

A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack)  (2018) – 11 songs, 35 min


Recent Single

Make You Mine  (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 22 sec


See my music post on Handsome & Gretyl for more albums, videos, and links. It will be updated with the new album.

Photo credit: A Brave Lament (Original Soundtrack) @ Amazon (album cover).

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Doug Hammer: Celtique

Listen to solo piano music by Doug Hammer with his new album Celtique.

There is a great review by Kathy Parsons at He describes the album this way:

Celtique tells the story of a fisherman: a day in his life from daybreak to twilight. It also tells his whole story. All the songs have double meanings, like Through the Mist and Journey Home. The album begins and ends the same way, like an unbroken, sacred circle. Inspired by my wife’s homeland, Brittany, the Celtic part of France. Contains 15 new original piano compositions. Peek through the fog, smell the sea, hear the distant waves and discover the ancient landscape that holds so many stories that can never be told…

New Album

Enjoy his new album.

Celtique (2018) – 15 songs, 1 hr 3 min



These trailers describe the background of this album.

Celtique (Daybreak) – Official Trailer – 3 min 38 sec


Celtique Q & A – 8 min 5 sec


Listen to more of his music at my Doug Hammer post with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album and playlist have been included there as well.

Photo credit: Celtique @ Amazon (album cover)

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Michael Logozar: Kaleidoscope

Listen to solo piano music by Michael Logozar on his latest (9th) album Kaleidoscope.

New Album

Enjoy these 15 tracks of gentle, whimsical piano vignettes perfect for unwinding after a busy week, focusing at work or study, or just relaxing.

Kaleidoscope (2018) – 15 songs, 42 min


Recent Single

Here is a new single that’s not on any album released so far.

Sea of Stars (2018) – 1 song, 3 min 58 min

This is very different than his previous solo piano work. It’s a bold cinematic ambient / post-rock track featuring live strings, piano, guitars and yes… drums.


Recent Albums

Here are several additional albums released over the past 3 years… all fantastic!

Passage (2018) – 12 songs, 40 min

This is a new modern classical / ambient album featuring some felt-muted piano and lush cello and violin; it was released earlier this year, and is quite different from previous solo piano releases.


Starlight (2017) – 14 songs, 58 min


Wonder (2016) – 15 songs, 51 min


Shine (2015) – 12 songs, 43 min



Michael Logozar (Playlist) – 37 songs, 2 hr 31 min

Enjoy my playlist of his songs.


Peaceful Piano (Playlist) – 165 songs, 8 hr 6 min

Relax and indulge with some profoundly beautiful piano pieces in this playlist created by Spotify and selected as the Artist’s Pick by Michael (it has almost 5 million followers!).


Listen to more music by Michael Logozar with additional albums, videos, and links. This new album will be included there as well, along with an updated playlist.

Photo credit: Kaleidoscope @ Amazon (album cover)

Michele McLaughlin: Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist)

Michele McLaughlin: Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist)

Listen to this Peaceful Solo Piano playlist created by Michele McLaughlin. It offers great background music for your day.


Peaceful Solo Piano (Playlist) by Michele McLaughlin – 395 songs, 24 hr 15 min

Some of the best music from today’s top solo piano composers.


Michele McLaughlin (Playlist) by Doug Warren – 51 songs, 2 hr 59 min

Also, here is my playlist of her songs, if you want to enjoy more of her music.


Listen to more of her music at my Michele McLaughlin post for more albums, videos, and links. This new playlist will be  included there as well.

Photo credit: Michele McLaughlin (Spotify Playlist)

Louis Landon: Healing Hearts 4

Louis Landon: Healing Hearts 4

Listen to solo piano music by Louis Landon on his new album Healing Hearts 4.

New Album

Enjoy his latest album.

Healing Hearts 4 (2018) – 12 songs, 58 min


Healing Hearts

These were the earlier releases in this series.

Healing Hearts 3 (2016) – 13 songs, 1 hr 3 min


Healing Hearts 2 (2015) – 14 songs, 1 hr 6 min


Healing Hearts (2014) – 13 songs, 1 hr 2 min



Louis Landon created this playlist from his fellow solo piano artists, choosing their most popular songs on Spotify.

Solo Piano Greatest Hits (Playlist) – 74 songs, 5 hr 40 min


This is my playlist of his songs.

Louis Landon (Playlist) – 70 songs, 5 hr 18 min


Listen to more of his music at my Louis Landon post for more of his albums, videos, and links. This new album has been included there as well.

Photo credit: Healing Hearts 4 @ Amazon (album cover)