The year 2018 could be the year for any number of up-and-coming artists -- but The Boot's staff members are placing their bets on a few men, women and groups in particular. You'll see our 2018 Artists to Watch featured on the site throughout the year, so if you want to get to know them a little bit better, we've created a playlist to help you out.

Some of these acts, you may know vaguely: Perhaps you've heard Lanco's debut singles on the radio; maybe you're seen I'm With Her's members during one of their solo tours, or caught Ashley McBryde opening up for Luke Combs. Hopefully, you've liked what you've heard and are ready to learn more about them ... and if you're unfamiliar with any of these artists, you could be about to discover a new favorite.

The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch come from all over, musically speaking: Some are more on the poppy side of country; others are as Americana-leaning as they come. This playlist, therefore, is diverse; hopefully, that just means you're more likely to discover at least one act you want to hear more from.

The playlist below features nearly three hours of music, and at least one song from all 23 of our 2018 Artists to Watch. Press play and check 'em out!

Listen to The Boot's 2018 Artists to Watch Playlist