Tyler’s top 40 albums of 2019

The end of another year (and decade!) has passed, which means it’s time for me to serve up another curated, eclectic playlist of the tracks and albums I loved the most. Look back at 2019 with me here in this signature special feature.

Like the year before it, 2019 proved to be another turbulent time in which music was a much-needed escape. In recent years, artists like Bishop Briggs, Phoebe Bridgers, and Banks were at #1 on my year-end music reviews, and now it’s time again to share my personal highlights from the past year. As always, you might discover some music that you missed out on the first time around.

Below, you’ll find a list of the year’s other hot tracks sorted by when I first heard them, followed by my top 40 albums. Tap or click on any track or album to listen to it on Apple Music and read their editors’ synopsis. Let’s get started!

Tracks


FLETCHER
“Undrunk”


Mabel
“Don’t Call Me Up”


Hikaru Utada
“Face My Fears”


Marshmello f/ CHVRCHES
“Here With Me”


Ava Max
“So Am I”


Middle Kids
“Real Thing”


Karen O
“Bullet With Butterfly Wings”


Jade Bird
“Love Has All Been Done Before”


Zara Larsson
“Wow”


Poppy
“Computer Boy”


Rina Sawayama
“Alterlife”


Bloxx
“Headspace”


Dagny and Steve Aoki
“Hit Your Heart”


Shy Martin
“Out of My Hands”


Halsey
“Nightmare”


Mallrat
“Groceries”


Dizzy
“Twist”


The Marías
“…baby one more time”


Miley Cyrus
“Mother’s Daughter”


Cardi B
“Press”


Katy Perry
“Never Really Over”


ROSALÍA
“Aute Cuture”


Tove Lo
“Glad He’s Gone”


SHAED
“Trampoline”


Raveena Aurora
“Still Dreaming”


Zara Larsson
“All The Time”


San Fermin
“The Hunger”


Hayley Kiyoko
“I Wish”


GRAE
“New Girl”


Big Thief
“Not”


PVRIS
“Death Of Me”


Slingshot Dakota
“Blood Villain”


Chloe Tang
“Lame”


Megan Thee Stallion
“Hot Girl Summer”


Slayyyter
“Everytime”


Khamsin f/ MOONZz
“My Way”


BONNIE X CLYDE
“Do It All Over”


Little Destroyer
“Head Above Water”


Sasha Renee
“My City”


girl in red
“bad idea!”


Noah Cyrus
“Lonely”


Melii
“Nena”


Samantha Urbani
“Made In Love”


NIKI
“lowkey”


Jessie Reyez
“Far Away”


VÉRITÉ
“think of me”


Lucy Dacus
“Dancing In The Dark”


Miya Folick
“I Will Follow You Into The Dark”


Dua Lipa
“Don’t Start Now”


Elley Duhé
“VILLAINS”


Krewella
“Ghost”


Whitney Woerz
“Care”


HANA
“Anxious Alien”


Sudan Archives
“Confessions”


Vivian Girls
“Memory”


Begonia
“Put It Away”


Olivia Jean
“Shut Your Mouth”


Rina Sawayama
“STFU!”


Field Mouse
“Black Hole, Son”


NISHA
“Figures”


Alexandria Maillot
“Messed It Up”


Little Scream
“Dear Leader”


Billie Eilish
“everything i wanted”


Saint Taint f/ Mïrändä
“I Got Lies”

Top 40 albums

40
Maren Morris
GIRL

39
Sleater-Kinney
The Center Won’t Hold

38
Rapsody
Eve

37
Bat for Lashes
Lost Girls

36
Kim Petras
Clarity

35
QUIN
LUCID

34
Bishop Briggs
CHAMPION

33
Moonchild
Little Ghost

32
Caravan Palace
Chronologic

31
Solange
When I Get Home

30
Angel Olsen
All Mirrors

29
Marika Hackman
Any Human Friend

28
Black Dresses
Love and Affection for Stupid Little Bitches

27
Charli XCX
Charli

26
Taylor Swift
Lover

25
Banks
III

24
Ariana Grande
thank u, next

23
Lizzo
Cuz I Love You

22
Carly Rae Jepsen
Dedicated

21
Julia Jacklin
Crushing

20
MARINA
LOVE + FEAR

19
Sharon Van Etten
Remind Me Tomorrow

18
Jenny Lewis
On The Line

17
Big Thief
U.F.O.F.

16
Clairo
Immunity

15
Sasha Sloan
Self Portrait

14
k.flay
Solutions

13
Mahalia
Love and Compromise

12
Sigrid
Sucker Punch

11
Mark Ronson
Late Night Feelings

10
Weyes Blood
Titanic Rising

9
Snoh Aalegra
Ugh, those feels again

8
Lana Del Rey
Norman Fucking Rockwell!

7
FKA twigs
MAGDALENE

6
Maggie Rogers
Heard It In A Past Life

5
King Princess
Cheap Queen

4
mxmtoon
the masquerade

3
Billie Eilish
When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

2
Tegan and Sara
Hey, I’m Just Like You

1
Caroline Polachek
PANG

Summary

The trend I noted last year of female artists slowly taking over the entirety of my year-end lists continued again in 2019, with all but one of my top 40 albums of the year by women (as well as all the vocals on the only one that isn’t). If you like the direction my year-end lists have been going in recent years, then you’ll love my new radio show Signal Boost on WRFL, which I host live weekly, with playlists featuring new music by women, nonbinary, and queer artists.

This list comes at a time of reflection and transition, standing at the precipice of a new decade—and not gonna lie, it’s been a rough one. But in an increasingly uncertain world, music offers inspiration, comfort, and glimmers of hope where we need it most. This year, it was a story of breakthrough new artists charting a new path forward, pioneering favorites revisiting their past to create their most surprising and authentic work to date, and an established artist breaking out on her own for the first time, creating something truly transcendent. It’s a fine way to go out. I can’t wait to hear what the new decade will bring.

To hear more about why I chose some of the tracks and albums here, you can listen to this year’s TC & RED: LIVE podcast. I hope you also found yourself some new faves here. Thanks for reading my top 40 albums of 2019!

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