The year I found myself again. It was not pretty at times, but all in all one of the most important years of my life. Laid the foundation for what I hope is a huge decade for me, personally. Best of luck to you as well. Here's my favorite tunes from 2019.
Again, the years are a loose guideline. Remember if there's a song omitted from the list, don't fret it could very well be in my top 40 for of the 2010s. Since this is our final year installment; The Top 40ish is next!
"Pearl Cadillac" Gary Clark Jr
We just wanna make our mamas proud! I'll pay ya back someday.
"Hurt", "Miracle Man" Oliver Tree
Yes, that's Clay Jensen.
His real name is Dylan and his band band Wallows is ideal for grown adult emos like myself. I'm a chubby mother fucker with a cool hairstyle (beautiful silk flow)
"Night Running (ft. Beck)" Cage the Elephant
"Divorce" Alex Cameron
A catchy, upbeat song about the childhood destroyer of millions! Any song with "mother fuckin futon couch" in the chorus is an auto-bid to the list. Added bonus; Alex Cameron is boys with Mac DeMarco.
"Move Awayer" Hobo Johnson and the Lovemakers
Just starting to go past the tip of the Hobo Johnson iceberg; I'm not normally a spoken word guy, but this dude (and his band) is so emotional and passionate it's hard to not get drawn in.
"Sucker' Jonas Brothers
Real recognize real. Jobros are all the way back.
"Oslo (ft. Callum Connor & T. Nava) Free Nationals"
One of the latest additions to the list; it may be my favorite song of the year. I have been on a huge funk bender lately and this feeds right into it. Shit makes me wanna cut a rug. I need to learn how to dance in 2020. Maybe someone will invent 2-day online rhythm pills?
"Prophet", "Cheap Queen" King Princess
I think I forgot 1950 for "2018" damnit.
At first I was kinda scared away by the album cover, but once I listened I was hooked. King Princess is a fucking weirdo and as a fellow weird I support they.
this goes to everybody; do you, but the arm pit hair thing is disgusting. I might start shaving mine in protest of this horrible fade.
"Shine A Little Light" The Black Keys
The Black Keys are one of my all-time favorite bands and while I wasn't in love with "Let's Rock" I am pumped the Keys are back. The guitar on this song alone earns it's spot here.
"Bad Guy" Billie Eilish
I've been saying Billie Eyelash as if I'm the first person to think of that for months and still laugh every time. I still don't understand why this chick is the biggest star in music, but cannot deny the importance of Bad Guy in 2019 (same with the two upcoming songs). That being said I genuinely like this song (like everything on this list). I skip the final 42 seconds every time.
"Old Town Road", "Panini" Lil Nas X
Love him or hate him you have to tip your cowboy hat to Lil Nas X. The dude played the internet perfectly and blew up like the World Trade. Old Town Road was just good enough for people of every genre to sort of fuck with it; when you mix in the country labeling controversy this song was the biggest of thing of 2019.
I think Panini is a better song. It's not good, but like .... it is.
"Blinding Lights" The Weeknd
"Never Had the Balls" Rex Orange County
I've said perfect like 82 times in this series but this song is perfect.
"Brown Eyed Lover" Allen Stone
This is literally the only Allen Stone song I've ever heard, but I loved it so much from the first listen I had to include. SOUL!
"Golden" Harry Styles
This song should be a top 10 hit. Reminds me of George Harrison ever so slightly even though Harry is clearly Paul.
"Texas Sun" Khruangbin & Leon Bridges
v excited for this entire EP.
"Harmony Hall" Vampire Weekend
I think I'd get shot by the indie mafia if I forgot this.
"Patience", "Borderline" Tame Impala
Both songs came out 11 months before the album and are a prime example of this list being a work in progress; it's always incomplete and growing. I have spent weeks working on this and still forget songs I've listened to enough time to earn a spot on my apple music top plays.
HERE COME THE BIG GUNS