Our Favorite Music of 2019

Oh, what a year. 2019 was a mess of a mess to finish out the decade. Like Charli XCX said, “the world is burning. literally and metaphorically.” Since the planet is in flames, we might as well dance while we try to save this burning ball we call home.

2019 will go down as the year Lizzo owned everything. The flautist bombshell finally got her due. Beyoncé wowed with Homecoming. Lady Gaga won an Oscar for “Shallow”. Lil Nas X stole the country charts and our queer hearts. Rihanna was named the world’s richest female musician. The Jonas Brothers reunited. Hot Girl Summer happened. My Chemical Romance reunited. Kacey Musgraves gave us Christmas. Get your New Year started right with our favorite music of 2019. Hopefully 2020 can rise from the ashes of this year’s flames. Here is our list of our favorite tracks, EPs and albums of 2019:

Top Tracks

20. Allie X – “Little Things – Analog Version”
19. Normani – “Motivation”
18. Harry Styles – “Lights Up”
17. Hannah Diamond – “Love Goes On”
16. Ben Platt – “Grow As We Go”
15. Keiynan Lonsdale – “Rainbow Dragon”
14. Tiago Iorc – “Tangerina”
13. Danny Ocean – “Swing”
12. Dan D’Lion – “BETTERMAN”
11. DUDA BEAT, Mateus Carrilho, Jaloo – “Chega”
10. GRACEY – “Different Things”
9. Tunde Olaniran – “Jean Grey”
8. Tierra Whack – “Wasteland”
7. Hikaru Utada, Skrillex – “Face My Fears – English Version”
6. AURORA – “The River”
5. LÉON – “You And I”
4. MUNA – “Number One Fan”
3. Bat For Lashes – “Mountains”
2. Tiffany Young – “Lips on Lips”
1. Charli XCX, Christine and the Queens – “Gone”

Top EPs

5. Pabllo Vittar – 111 1
4. PVRIS – Hallucinations
3. Dan D’Lion – BETTERMAN
2. GRACEY – Imposter Syndrome
1. Allie X – Super Sunset (Analog)

Honorable Mention Albums

5. Harry Styles – Fine Line
4. Mappe Of – The Isle of Ailynn
3. Mashrou’ Leila – The Beirut School
2. Reik – Ahora
1. FKA twigs – MAGDALENE

Top Albums

10. Ben Platt – Sing To Me Instead

9. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell!

8. Tiago Iorc – Reconstrução

7. Kevin Abstract – ARIZONA BABY

6. AURORA – A Different Kind of Human (Step 2)

5. SAKIMA – Project Peach

4. Bat For Lashes – Lost Girls

3. Charli XCX – Charli

2. Hannah Diamond – Reflections


Sometimes less is more. LÉON proved that with her debut album this year. While it might not have the bells and whistles that Hannah Diamond and Charli XCX fashioned into their tunes, LÉON is an album of passionate, pop perfection. Starting with “Lost Time”, LÉON pulls us in to spend a moment with her after so many “wasted nights”. Executively produced by LÉON herself, the album is a singular version of classic pop. It’s a testament to LÉON’s independence that this debut pushes her songwriting further while staying true to her iconic sound. While this album has somehow flown under the radar of charts and music critics alike, our hope is that LÉON will continue to make beautiful, soul-filled pop that has us falling.

You can listen to all the best songs of 2019 on Spotify below. Let us know your favorite tracks and albums of 2019 in the comments!

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