BBC Music unveils longlist for Sound of 2018

BBC Music’s picks for the Sound of 2018 have been revealed, with a longlist that features the likes of Billie Eilish, Sigrid, and Pale Waves.

The list, which has been comprised by music experts and former nominees including Stormzy, features 16 acts who have been tipped for greatness in 2018.

Along with ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ singer Sigrid, the list also predicts big things for US singer Khalid and Maine band Superorganism.


Check out the list in full below.

  1. Alma
  2. Billie Eilish
  4. Jade Bird
  5. Khalid
  6. Lewis Capaldi
  7. Not3s
  8. Nilufer Yanya
  9. Pale Waves
  10. Rex Orange County
  11. Sigrid
  12. Sam Fender
  13. Superorganism
  14. Tom Walker
  15. Yaeji
  16. Yxng Bane

Describing the list, BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac said: “Some acts will be brand new to UK audiences and many have already started to make an impact.

“I can’t wait to be a part of their journey and see what the year ahead has in store for them all.”

BBC’s Sound of was launched in 2003 and has acted as a stepping stone for some of the biggest international artists, with previous winners including Adele (2008), Sam Smith (2014), and Ellie Goulding (2010).

The top five artists on the list will be revealed in January on BBC Radio 1, with one artist announced each day from Monday 8 January.


The overall winner will be revealed on Friday 12 January during Clara Amfo’s mid morning show on Radio 1.