BBC Sound of...2018

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Poll Closing Date: Monday, 8 January 2018 00:00 (in 3 weeks)

The acts that appear on the Sound Of list are all hand-picked by a panel of impartial music industry experts from around the world. This year - we’ve added some familiar faces.

The 2018 Sound Of Longlist was revealed on Monday 27th November 2017.

The Top 5 will be revealed on BBC Radio 1 from Monday 8th January 2018.

Billie Eilish
Jade Bird
Lewis Capaldi
Nilüfer Yanya
Pale Waves
Rex Orange County
Sam Fender
Tom Walker
Yxng Bane

monotony, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:34 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i'm not sure why khalid is on the list as he has an album out, multiple hit singles and is already well-established. Sigrid seems like an obvious winner - perhaps too obvious. Otherwise I've not really heard of many of this year's crop. I understand that the Pale Waves are 1975-adjacent and Alma is a pal of Charli XCX. I like Yaeji's EPs and have read a few positive comments here and there w/r/t Billie Eilish.

monotony, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 00:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i've noticed that the "no vowels" thing has evolved into just random letters mashed together, which tbh is more honest and respectable

flappy bird, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 03:33 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Picked Alma based on the 5 seconds (or so) clips of the tracks featured on the BBC website. I know, super lazy.

daavid, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:05 (two weeks ago) Permalink

...but really, nothing this year stands out. A few decent acts, I guess.

daavid, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:07 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Could have voted for Not3s too.

daavid, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:16 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yaeji is my most favorite new artist for quite some time. i voted for her.

joshywinty (josh), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 04:57 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Both Yxng Bane and Not3s have been pretty big throughout 2017, both 'Bestie' and 'Addison Lee' have had consistent daytime Radio 1 play and the groundswell for this sound is clearly there so they're both a pretty safe bet at this stage.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:53 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Previous winners include Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, HAIM and Years & Years.

Sound Of alumni also includes Stormzy, Florence + The Machine, Rag’n’Bone Man, Chance the Rapper, Dua Lipa and Frank Ocean.

*silent scream*

imago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:27 (two weeks ago) Permalink

quite funny going through that clip video, nodding along at all the contemporary stuff, and then Pale Waves dial in directly from 1993

imago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:38 (two weeks ago) Permalink

based on that video, Nilüfer Yanya might be the one to show most promise, will vote thataway

imago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:39 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Nilüfer Yanya and Yaeji sound the most promising based on the BBC's descriptions (least appealing has to be "Gravel-voiced singer-songwriter Tom Walker"), will try and have a listen before voting though.

Gavin, Leeds, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 10:46 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Yaeji easy best. Superorganism and Lewis Capaldi tied for worst based on those clips

i know kore-eda (or something), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:03 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Is there a token stodgy Britrock band this time?

Matt DC, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Pale Waves as close as it gets

imago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:28 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Rex Orange County maybe the worst based on the clips. A lot of 'worst' there though

imago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 11:29 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Superorganism look like a cheerful bunch and I like them because they actually sound like young and optimistic people there in the middle of the bleak and cynical badlands of instagram anxiety.

damosuzuki, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 15:06 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Khalid is only eligible because his biggest hit was as a featured artist and because they changed the rules to just disqualify anyone with a top 10 hit as lead artist, rather than top 20 as previously. Which is a bizarre thing to do when it's now more difficult to get into the top 20 than a few years ago.

Iain Mew (if), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:15 (two weeks ago) Permalink

yaeji in a walk

voodoo chili, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 16:49 (two weeks ago) Permalink

i love yaeji but i'm concerned that she could be a flash-in-the-pan artist that's big for awhile but falls off the radar rather quickly. here's hoping that her debut lp is killer

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 28 November 2017 17:36 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I saw Pale Waves a few weeks ago and they were really good but I'm going with Yaeji

boxedjoy, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:29 (one week ago) Permalink

Yaeji certainly the most interesting. Most of the other stuff seems horribly over-earnest.

chap, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:31 (one week ago) Permalink

over-earnest and under-musical

imago, Wednesday, 29 November 2017 12:35 (one week ago) Permalink

will try and have a listen before voting though.

There are links to each one's "KEY TRACK" on this page:



"Mononymous Scandipop artists"

whose names shall remain mononymous.

Billie Eilish has made "probably the best Lorde song not written or performed by Lorde", which is a big claim. That's almost a genre in itself.

sbahnhof, Saturday, 2 December 2017 23:06 (one week ago) Permalink

Nilüfer Yanya bowling me over rn

Jeff W, Monday, 11 December 2017 22:19 (yesterday) Permalink

Yeah "Baby Luv" has made a late charge for my top ~5 or so songs this year

monotony, Monday, 11 December 2017 22:56 (yesterday) Permalink

Listening now. Yep, I voted correctly. These chords! Did not see that coming

Cardi Acs (imago), Monday, 11 December 2017 22:59 (yesterday) Permalink

holy shit that Baby Luv.. instant classic. my God!

piscesx, Tuesday, 12 December 2017 02:27 (thirty minutes ago) Permalink

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