Album of the Year, 2019

At the beginning of 2019 I decided to blog every album I listened to this year, whatever year it was released. As the year got underway, I was checking out the odd 2019 release, but it was at the beginning of summer that I really got obsessed with just listening to albums released this year, and as such, on top of everything else I listened to in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December, I also listened to 97 albums released in 2019. When I got to no. 90, I admit I tried to push it to get to a nice round 100, however, with having a 7 year old child and Christmas approaching, it didn’t happen. So, to keep things rounded, here’s my top 90. My picks range from folk, to indie, to math rock, to hip hop, to electronic, and so it goes on. So hopefully you’ll find something you like here. I listened to every album at least three times and based my rankings mainly on which record I would most like to hear again.

I would love to know what your Album of the Year lists look like, post them in the comments!

If you like Album of the Year Spotify playlists, you may enjoy my top 20 playlist here.

90. Guided By Voices, ‘Sweating the Plague’

89. Kindness, ‘Something Like A War’

88. Solange, ‘When I Get Home’

87. Snoop Dogg, ‘I Wanna Thank Me’

86. Fresh, ‘Withdraw’

85. Rust Ring, ‘Genuine Me’

84. The Natural 20s, ‘Everyone Will Fall’

83. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Bryce Dessner, eighth blackbird, ‘When We Are Inhuman’

82. Erland Cooper, ‘Sule Skerry’

81. French Vanilla, ‘How Am I Not Myself?’

80. Thurston Moore, ‘Spirit Counsel’

79. Anna Flyaway, ‘Tomorrow I Will Take a Knife to Your Confidence’

78. Cassels, ‘The Perfect Ending’

77. Holding Patterns, ‘Endless’

76. Guided By Voices, ‘Warp and Woof’

75. PUP, ‘Morbid Stuff’

74. Mac Demarco, ‘Here Comes the Cowboy’

73. Narco Debut, ‘Strange & Ever-Changing Depths’

72. Mattiel, ‘Satis Factory’

71. Pixies, ‘Beneath the Eyrie’

70. Pond, ‘Tasmania’

69. Horse Jumper of Love, ‘So Divine’

68. Alcest, ‘Spiritual Instinct’

67. Maricka Hackman, ‘Any Human Friend’

66. where is my spaceship, ‘never unhappy’

65. Blood Orange, ‘Angel’s Pulse’

64. Homeshake, ‘Helium’

63. Refused, ‘War Music’

62. The Glow, ‘Am I’

61. Leonard Cohen, ‘Thanks for the Dance’

60. Lambchop, ‘This (is what I wanted to tell you)’

59. Mark Kozelek With Petra Haden, ‘Joey Always Smiled’

58. Vampire Weekend, ‘Father of the Bride’

57. Oso Oso, ‘basking in the glow’

56. Weyes Blood, ‘Titanic Rising’

55. Otoboke Beaver, ‘Itekoma Hits’

54. Better Oblivion Community Center, ‘Better Oblivion Community Center’

53. Bat For Lashes, ‘Lost Girls’

52. Long Hallways, ‘Close Your Eyes to Travel’

51. J. Robbins, ‘Un-Becoming’

50. Astronoid, ‘Astronoid’

49. Jimmy Eat World, ‘Surviving’

48. Metronomy, ‘Metronomy Forever’

47. Foals, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 1’

46. Foals, ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Part 2’

45. Panda Bear, ‘Buoys’

44. Sun Kil Moon, ‘And I Also Want to Die in New Orleans’

43. MONO, ‘Nowhere Now Here’

42. Old Solar, ‘SEE’

41. The Messthetics, ‘Anthropocosmic Nest’

40. Kim Gordon, ‘No Home Record’

39. glass beach, ‘the first glass beach album’

38. Halls, ‘Infinite Loss’

37. Jenny Hval, ‘The Practice of Love’

36. Bill Callahan, ‘Shepherd in a Sheepskin Vest’

35. Jenny Lewis, ‘On The Line’

34. Ada Lea, ‘what we say in private’

33. Cultdreams, ‘Things That Hurt’

32. Steve Strong, ‘Turbo Island’

31. Woahnows, ‘Young and Cool’

30. Battles, ‘Juice B Crypts’

29. Cursive, ‘Get Fixed’

28. Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, ‘Suffer On’

27. Neil Young with Crazy Horse, ‘Colorado’

26. Anamanaguchi, ‘[USA]’

25. Big Thief, ‘Two Hands’

24. Stef Chura, ‘Midnight’

23. La Dispute, ‘Panorama’

22. Strange Ranger, ‘Remembering the Rocket’

21. Avey Tare, ‘Cows on Hourglass Pond’

20. Beirut, ‘Gallipoli’

19. Slaughter Beach, Dog, ‘Safe and Also No Fear’

18. Snooze, ‘Familiaris’

17. Unwed Sailor, ‘Heavy Age’

16. John Vanderslice, ‘The Cedars’

15. Danny Brown, ‘uknowwhatimsayin?’

14. Big Thief, ‘U.F.O.F’

13. Black Midi, ‘Shlagenheim’

12. Mini Mansions, ‘Guy Walks Into A Bar’

11. Pedro The Lion, ‘Phoenix’

10. Pile, ‘Green and Gray’

9. One True Pairing, ‘One True Pairing’

8. The Get Up Kids, ‘Problems’

7. Remo Drive, ‘Natural, Everyday Degradation’

6. Outer Spaces, ‘Gazing Globe’

5. Heartscape Landbreak, ‘The Remedy’

4. Prince Daddy & the Hyena, ‘Cosmic Thrill Seekers’

3. Bars of Gold, ‘Shelters’

2. American Football, ‘American Football’

1. The Appleseed Cast, ‘The Fleeting Light of Impermanence’

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