Best Of 2019: Songs Through August 31st, 2019, Alphabetically

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After, literally, years upon years of being unable to figure out how to keep track of the best songs (which might include singles), of the year, I finally came up with two list: a top ten in order of preference, and this one, every song that makes it past a constant veting and revetting, to become an alphabetized and reviewed list. Spotified at the bottom. 73 so far, but I weeded out 15 songs

On My Way – Alan Walker, Sabrina Carpenter, Farruko – Sabrina is circling superstardom but for some reason she hasn’t found it yet, Alan Walker is a top DJ who will never be this good, Farruko a top Latin pop guy who kills a verse, and all of them hit a height on this pseud pop meets gypsy track

Why So Serious – Alice Merton 0- Singer songwriter trope that is catchy you just know she stole it from someone

Bigger On The Inside – Amanda Palmer – Amanda’s earlier, artiness, chose flamboyance as its tools -here she chooses brutal honesty

Heir Apparent – American Football – A jangly, morose piece of adult emo

7 rings – Ariana Grande – The one where she channels Julie Andrews

break up with your boyfriend, I’m bore – Ariana Grande – In the space of two albums and a year Ariana changed how modern pop r&b sounded and acted,here she is saucy and tired, and sexy and flirty.

Y U Gotta B Like That – Audrey MiKa – lovely and smooth r&b

LBD – Becky G – Of all the songs that should have broken pop and didn’t, “LBD” should have crossed right over.

Bad Guy – Billie Eilish – Just soundwise, attitudewise, arrangementwise, this is the biggest song of the year: a cut and paste work of mischief and generation bias.

Midnight Sun – Calexico, Iron & Wine – Americana mood music for people too depressed to admit it.

Press – cardi B – That “cardi don’t need more press…” is the truth of fame

Higher – DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, John Legend – Sure, DJ Khaled is the Al Sharpton of pop, but he got this one, that seconds as a tribute to Nipsey, 100% right

What If – Caroline Kole – A Taylor Swift good country goes pop and doesn’t look back track

How I Feel Right Now – Cassadee Pope – that chorus is pure earworm

Sad Nudes – Cate Le Bon – One of the top Goth gals like Florence Welch with more eyeliner

Brilliant Nigga – Channel Tres – Art-rap, and his strongest moment

This Ain’t Techno – David Guetta, Tom Starr – The definition of techno (the title is a smirk)

Best Friend’s Ass – Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Paris Hilton – Now, to quote Paris on that TV show you had, it’s hot.

Higher – DJ Khaled, Nipsey Hussle, John Legend – I’m no DJ Khaled fan this should have been the VMA’s hip hop song of the year instead of Cardi B

The Lay Down – DRAM, H.E.R., WATT – I once saw DRAM blow Kendrick and Travis Scott off stage. Here he adds one of r&b’s best new singers to a tremendous lead guitarist who nearly steals the song

I Don’t Care – Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber – what Sheeran should have actually done was an album of songs with Justin, they are a great match

Calm Down aka I Should Not be Alone – Ezra Furman – The best Stones steal since Primal Scream

Cellophane – FKA Twigs – We all get it wrong from time to time, here everybody got this terrific ballad wrong and didn’t make it a hit

Y’All Boys – Florida Georgia Line – Of course I hate FGL, so do you, but once they throw out “ain’t got a buddy named buddy” they had me all the way on this great song

Frequent Crier – Future Teens – bummer indie pop instantaneous classic, one of the top ten songs of the year

Lost In The Fire – Gesaffelstein, The Weeknd – People were stopping dead in their tracks the catch the great DJ at Governos Ball in June, and to add to his legend: the best song we have heard from the great The Weeknd since the last time we heard a song from the great The Weeknd

Anything – Grace Ives – Totally addictive, pop tech electronica

I Hate My Mom – GRLwood – excellent queer pop whiner

I Hate My Mom – GRLwood – Post punk, punky uproar

Almost (Sweet Music) – Hozier – I prefer it to “Take Me To The Church” -Hozier sells the songs name with plenty of aplomb and the folk World sound is quite unique

Sally Walker – Iggy Azalea – The nursery rhyme as car wreck and head and shoulders above the album (great video as well)

I’ll Come Too – James Blake – What’s most astounding is that it is James Blake, the electronic brooder, who has created a masterpiece about new romance

Wasted Youth – Jenny Lewis – nostalgia and heartbreak

Imported – Jessie Reyez, 6lack – 6lack adds a lot to a song that doesn’t need a lot added to it

The Fading – Joan Shelley – strong folk pop

Here I Go – Kash Doll – Better than anything I’ve heard from Megan or Rico this year

Small Talk – Katy Perry – Katy and Taylor are now the same person

Old Town Road (feat Billy Ray Cyrus) – Lil Nas X – a straight up, tricked out, country hook reformatted for Houston rap

Kiss U Better – Katzu Oso – One man band arranges strings on a pop drop

OMG Rock N Roll – Kevin Morby – sounds a bit like T Rex meets Ryan Adams

Truth Hurts – Lizzo – Broke her all the way, that two note piano motif was money in the bank

Hood Rat Shit – Megan Thee Stallion – hardcore bitch rap

Sound Of An Orchestra – Mika – very electronic and shapeshifting pure pop with a great line of patter: “listen to the sound of my love for you”

Slide Away – Miley Cyrus – Her divorce soong and her best song since “Party In The USA’ even it achingly and endearingly says goodbye

Why I Still Love you – Missy Elliott – The best song on the EP is a Missy in her elements banger

Black Cadillac – Mondo Cozmo – Elegant “Heroin” rewrite

MEGATRON – Nicki Minaj – One of best bangers in ages, a straight up dancehall dream rap track

Someone Else To Be – Peter Doherty and The Puta Madres – The most English songwriter since, I dunno, Paul Weller? Ray Davies? Terrific and low key Anglicism

Walk Me Home – P!nk – She was a snooze on stage and the album was a dog, but the exception is a country pop of the highest quality

See You At Your Funeral – Pup – popcore, if there is such a thing

DEUTSCHLAND – Rammstein – The anti-fascist anthem of your dreams in an industrial wasteland

What Whiskey Does – Randy Houser, Hillary Lindsey – the best drinking song of the yer, and there have been a couple of good ones

Ever Singles – Single Mix – Robyn – The sort of creamy disco song Madonna excelled in during the 1990s

Millionaria – ROSALIA – I was shocked this Spanish singer didn’t get a huge hit with a beyond catchy piece of extended cynicism aimed at the heart of capitalism

Fuck The Rain – Ryan Adam – The only thing we got before #metoo carried him away

If I Can’t have You – Shawn Mendes – The first hit off the current album… not the most successful, mind.

Kebab Spider – Sleaford Mobs – Top spoken word duo at the top of their games

Holy Cow Never Saw A Girl Like Her – Sneaks – Using a lick’s repetition into a mesmerized weirdness

Down With The Clique – Solange – The album was simultaneously too dense and too shallow to break pop, even “Clique” but “Clique” is helped by a terrific vocal

Sing Along – Sturgil Simpson – filthy, dirty keyboards and fuzzed out guitars leading the way for a top break up anthem.

Lover – Taylor Swift – Taylor finds true love on her best thing since “Blank Space”

Lou Barlow – The Get Up Kids – My personal favorite emo band and their personal favorite emo ancient

Twin Cities – The Gotobeds – Road song for top post-punk rockers

Don’t Threaten Me With A Good Time – Thomas Rhett, Little Big Town – The party song of the year

Wasteland – Tierra Whack – The very essence of 2019 r&b, a woman singer soul song with rap vibes

Post Modern Jive – Tomas Doncker And The True Groove Allstars – Black Americana knows lonely

Girl, Friend – T-Rextasy – Sexual ambiguity has never been kinder.

ARE WE STILL FRIENDS – Tyler The Creator – As ambiguously arty as you could have possibly hoped for

Overthinking IT – Willow – In which Willow Smith manages to keep her arty instincts under check without muffling them entirely and her art pop skills right at the forefront

Have Mercy – YBN Cordae – the whiny strings on the track match Cordae’s disappointments and hopes , “I don’t know where I’m goin’ but I hope I’m on the right path…

Somewhere In Between – Your Heart Breaks – “drone bitch blues” is the name of the album and here she doesn’t drone or even close on a indie pop beauty, the album, which, incredibly, I completely missed, is terrific queer bummer pop rock

Stillwell Baby – Your Old Droog – Terrific sample

Parents – YUNGBLUD – Glam rock with hip hop production


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