The Best Albums of 2019

English-Irish pop boyband One Direction and Canadian singer Shawn Mendes were some of the other acts that dominated the pop charts in the US this decade. Jonas Brothers made a comeback in 2019 and dominated the charts. Also from this decade were critically acclaimed works from Beyoncé, Lorde, Lana Del Rey, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, and Kanye West among others. New pop artists that emerged in that decade were Mike Posner, Ariana Grande, Halsey, Meghan Trainor, Bebe Rexha, Tori Kelly, Alessia Cara, Charlie Puth, Shawn Mendes, Julia Michaels, Maggie Rogers, Hailee Steinfeld, Lauv, Camila Cabello, Bazzi, Alec Benjamin, Billie Eilish, and Ava Max. Also, in March 2019, the song “Old Town Road,” a song performed by American rap artist Lil Nas X (born Montero Hill), began gaining popularity with country music fans, particularly after a remix of the song featuring vocals by Billy Ray Cyrus was released earlier in the year. The song combined elements of country rap, hip hop, Southern hip hop, and trap, and used themes of horseback riding and culture clash with urban America in its lyrics. Later in 2019, hip-hop music producer Blanco Brown recorded and released “The Git Up,” which was called a “sequel” and “next viral country rap song” Here are all o the 2019 albums ranked.

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10. All Mirrors (Angel Olsen)

“Beautiful transition from the indie rock of stunning “My Woman” to this dense yet elegant baroque pop. The album is solid, consistent, and enjoyable as a whole, with clear peaks in “Lark”, “All Mirrors”, “Impasse” or “Chance”, but I’m obsessed with some of the minor tracks as well. The 2010s were the decade of the women and Angel Olsen is one of the most remarkable characters, All Mirrors is a confirmation of a brilliant career.”

9. Grey Area (Little Simz)

“Good album, it sounds like hip hop has to sound in 2019. I wouldn’t rate it to the top albums, but it is of course a decent rap album. “Boss” is also a masterpiece, “Therapy” and “Sherbet Sunset” are also very good, but there are also some filler songs.”

8. Father Of The Bride (Vampire Weekend)

“I liked every recording from Vampire Weekend, they have always a very unique sound. And also with FOTB, they released an album, that is different from their previous recordings but nevertheless the unique sound I was expecting from them. The first 4 songs impressed me the most.”

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7. Ghosteen (Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)

“Probably the most heartbreakingly beautiful album I have ever heard. Nick Cave displays all the pain and anguish of losing a child in these intimate and extremely personal songs. They sound nothing like Cave has ever done before and yet the record feels like the final part of a musical trilogy that started with “Push the sky away” (with “Skeleton tree” in the middle) although because of the lyrical issues at stake here I doubt that that was ever Cave’s intention.”

6. Schlagenheim (Black Midi)

“A sprightly stitching of well-worn threads, still nicer to admire at in the window than to actually wear but provides a solid fusion nonetheless if nowhere near the genre-breaking stroke of genius it’s being hyped up to be… temper expectations and it will be a lot more rewarding.”

5. When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Billie Eilish)

“Not bad at all. I’m happy that it wasn’t as accessible as mainstream pop albums out there. It’s very avant-garde with some subconscious, disruptive drop-ins that enhance the song more than distract from it. Billie has a very nice voice when she chooses to sing above her mumbles and whispers.”

4. Magdalene (FKA Twigs)

“She plays in her league, and it is just interesting to listening to her soundscapes. It is not an album that catches you in its whole after the first listening, but with every rotation, it gets better. It’s not comparable and I really enjoy listening to the album with headphones and dive into the music.”

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3. Norman Fucking Rockwell! (Lana Del Rey)

“This album is such a big surprise for me. It has been a while since I have heard an album of more than an hour of music and have liked every track, and I would even say every minute of it. She is really a talented artist with a lovely mellow sound. I am glad to see she is having success in today’s generally noisy and impersonal pop.”

2. Titanic Rising (Weyes Blood)

“Natalie Mering is a bit of a nostalgic, in the finest way possible. This doesn’t seem to be a blinding nostalgia that reflects the allure of contemporary music. This is a kind that serves as the heartbeat of her work, a tender nucleus that she builds around with expert craftsmanship (or craftsmanship). It’s not hard to see what her strengths are.”

1. Igor (Tyler, The Creator)

“Album of the year? Hell yeah! Tyler has well and truly found his sound. Flower Boy is still my favorite but Igor is probably the best representation of where Tyler is heading musically. Or not. He could triple left, double back, swerve, left turn, fishtail in the rearview… who knows! And that’s why I love him.”