New Album: UTR’s Best Songs of 2018


We are excited to announce the release of our brand new various artists album UTR’s Best Songs of 2018.  These 16 songs represent just some of the four-dozen tracks hand-picked by our Critics’ Panel as the best individual “gourmet songs” of 2018.  This release has songs with thoughtful, honest, weighty lyrics – and a variety of musical styles represented, including pop, folk, rock, hip-hop, worship, & soul.  To be honest, this might just be the BEST compilation album that UTR has ever released.  If you enjoy it, let us know …and share the album with your friends.

The album is available NOW for streaming or digital download for FREE through NoiseTrade.  If you feel led to give back some of the blessing these songs give you by hitting up the tip jar, 100% of those funds go directly to support the non-profit work of UTR Media.

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UTR’s Best Songs of 2018 – TRACK LIST

  1. Glow – Brooke Annibale
  2. Waters Roll – Jenny & Tyler
  3. Beautiful Places – Andrew Osenga
  4. Fool’s Gold – Sandra McCracken
  5. Creation to Salvation – Drakeford
  6. Bang – Moda Spira
  7. Warlike – Remedy Drive
  8. By The Fire – Joy Ike
  9. Birds, Bewildered – The Choir
  10. Down Down Low – Christa Wells
  11. 76 – Von Strantz
  12. House on Fire – Wild Harbors
  13. 8:31 – Nick Flora
  14. Every Seed Must Die – The Promise is Hope
  15. Kill and Bury – Jessica Crawford
  16. Every Power Wide Awake – John Van Deusen


  1. Wes Anderson July 16, 2019 at 4:31 am - Reply

    How are Mumford and Sons not on this??? Delta is one of the best albums of my life let alone last year!

    • utrmedia July 16, 2019 at 5:24 am - Reply

      We have done extensive research and listened/read many interviews, and we cannot find evidence that Marcus Mumford (or his sons) identify as Believers in Christ. Because of this, that album doesn’t qualify for this list. Yes, we know his parents lead a church and he had a Christian upbringing – but this isn’t about considering the faith of the parents. Two final thoughts worth noting – (a) WE are not making a statement about his faith or lack thereof. He might be a man of deep faith – not for us to judge. When in doubt, we simply leave that artist out (from our platform – which explicitly promotes music made from a Christian worldview). (b) Our decision to not feature or cite the album based on (A) in no way takes away from the quality of this work. While it doesn’t fit the criteria for our platform, we are still thankful for excellent works of art like “Delta,” and we’re glad to see it get lots of coverage nationwide on huge platforms like Rolling Stone, SPIN, Pitchfork, & The Ringer.

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