2019 has been the year of a lot of great music. There have a lot of wonderful albums to come out this year. So much so that it’s been hard to keep track of them all. I am sure I have missed many albums this year, that I will have to play catch up with in the next year. But as of now, I am talking about my favorite albums that have come out in 2019. These albums aren’t necessarily the best albums to come out this year, but these albums are the albums that I have continuously come back to during the year and will continue to do so in the future.
13. you ruined new york for me – Fletcher (EP)
So, yes this is an EP, not an album. That’s why I ranked it last because it technically doesn’t count. Still, you ruined new york for me is a beautiful piece of work from Fletcher. Showcasing her lyrical skills and stunning vocals make the 5 songs feel completely worth it, leaving you wanting more.
12. GRRRL – Sizzy Rocket
Sizzy Rocket is one of the most underrated alternative artists right now. GRRRL simply further proves that. GRRRL is one of the most under the radar albums of the year. Sizzy only seems to outdo herself with every new release she puts out. GRRL is some of her best work yet.
11. Songs For You – Tinashe
Being a Tinashe fan for a long time now, it has been so rewarding seeing her finally go independent. She released Songs For You on her own terms and it’s so satisfying to listen because of that. Not only that, but the album is her best work thus far due to the lack of restrictions and the freedom she was able to create the album with. Would be ranked higher if it wasn’t just released in November, but deserving of a place on my favorite albums of 2019.
10. Betty – Betty Who
Betty has been a constant of my year. It’s one of the albums this year, I have steadily listened to without any sign of letting up. The album features some of my favorite songs of the year (Ignore Me, The One, Just Thought You Should Know). One of the better pop albums of the year.
9. Charli – Charli XCX
Charli XCX (and others) have proclaimed her to be the future of pop and it’s hard to deny that with albums like Charli. Charli’s sound is nothing like other mainstream pop artists. She’s not doing more of the same, she’s doing something completely different and unique to her and that’s why she one of the more fascinating pop singers today. And, Charli being some of her most fascinating work.
8. Fine Line – Harry Styles
Another album on the list that suffers a bit because of it’s later released date. Despite, Fine Line’s December release date, Fine Line is one of my favorite albums of the year. I think it’s just about pitch-perfect. There’s something on the album for everyone, whether that be pop, rock, folk, Harry does it and boy, does he do it well. I think it’s fair to say, I adore this album.
7. Sucker Punch – Sigrid
Sigrid with her squeaky clean image looks quite different from other pop singers. Her look, in fact, makes her stand out alongside her captivating vocals. Her debut album Sucker Punch is the catchiest albums of the year. Each song stands well on their own, but somehow even better together. It was impossible for me to put down this album. With every listen, I came away with a new favorite every time.
6. Clarity – Kim Petras
Clarity, the debut from Kim Petras is an experimental dance-pop album. Kim fuses muplite music genres to create the collection of songs on the album. It’s a risk to experiment on your debut album, but it’s a risk that pays off in Clarity in my opinion. Clarity is always fun and exciting, because you never know what to expect. Never know what the next song will be like. One of the bigger surprises of the year.
5. Norman F*cking Rockwell! – Lana Del Rey
Norman F*cking Rockwell! is the most well rounded album of the year and the most well rounded album Lana Del Rey has released. Every fan has their own favorite song from the album. There aren’t any bad songs and all are in top notched form. I would say that although Norman F*cking Rockwell! isn’t my absolute favorite album of the 2019, I do however believe it is the best.
4. Dedicated – Carly Rae Jepsen
I love myself a well done pop album. Dedicated by Carly Rae Jepsen is a really well done pop album. It’s a throwback dedicated to vintage 80s pop songs that I have a huge soft spot for and I genuinely can’t get enough of Dedicated. The whole puts me in good mood and makes me want to dance aka the best feeling in the world. Dedicated still sounds as fresh as it did the first time I listened to it.
3. III – Banks
I swear putting III at number three on my ranking was not on purpose. Just a lucky coincidence. III is a strange one, but I didn’t love it the first time I listened to it. I liked it just fine, but didn’t love it until more recently. I now love the lyrics, the production, the vocals. Nothing in particular caused this, expect for simply relistening to the album. Relistening to the album more and more it grew on me and hasn’t stopped yet.
2. Was It Even Real? – Olivia O’Brien
Was It Even Real? is one of the shortest albums of the list with only 10 songs. Which works in it’s favour perfectly. 10 songs, each being better than the last. Constantly one uppering itself as it progresses. Was It Even Real? is a emotionally raw, brutally honest, and far too relatable. An album I keep finding myself revisit and see myself doing so for the years to come.
1. The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change – Nina Nesbitt
According to Last.fm, this is my most listened to album from this year (300 plays) and I can’t say I was surprised. The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change was one of the first albums I listened to this year and I immediately fell in love with it. More than half of the songs on the album will end up in my favorite songs of the year. I think that almost says it all. The songs on the album vary, including Pop, EDM, R&B, ballads. Despite, the album varying in different genres, they all work beautifully, because Nina excels at every single one of them. I have listened The Sun Will Come Up, The Seasons Will Change all this year, and I haven’t gotten tired of it yet. It is without a doubt my favorite album of the year.
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