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2019 Wrap-up: Top 100 Tracks of 2019

The 2019 edition of my favorite tracks of 2019 featuring Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, Lizzo, Bon Iver, and more.

I got a list, here’s the order of my list that it’s in ~ Marshall Mathers

As I say every year, annual music lists are highly subjective and it is debatable if they are even necessary considering the endless amounts of new music released everyday. However, I treat these lists as my “yearbooks” of my favorite indie, pop, hip-hop, and other records that will remind me what I was listening to in 2019 and the many memories associated with each song. For example, Lizzo’s “Juice” will forever remind me of a spontaneous trip to Minneapolis with friends see the Michigan State Spartans in the Final Four (lost, but still worth it). “Warm Animal” by Sure Sure kicked the year off right and was the perfect opener for my 2019 JAYELAUDIO FM Spotify playlist. The memorable BANKS and Francis and the Lights collaboration “Look What You’re Doing To Me” soundtracked of my scenic drive to Isle Royale in June. You get the picture.

The rules of the my top tracks list generally are songs had to be released or featured on an album released in 2019. Lizzo’s “Truth Hurts” gets a pass (much like Ella Mai’s “Boo’d Up” last year) because of its earth shattering impact on my ears and many others despite being originally released a few years ago. Also new this year, a few remixes are sprinkled in to be a more accurate representation of songs I listened to most in 2019. 

Below is a quick overview of the top 10 and the entire list can be listened to on Spotify or via Download. Check this link for the rest of my top albums, live shows, and dance music of 2019 dropping over the next few days. 

1.Billie Eilish-bad guy

A Billie Eilish trademark “duh” would be my retort if you asked me if I instantly knew “bad guy” was my number one song of the year after the first listen. The propulsive bass and kickdrum grabbed hold of listeners attention out the gate and Eilish never really let go after that. Breath-filled taunts only escalated before erupting into dance-ready anthem with trap, pop, and goth elements, including snaps, 808’s, and more bass. The complete 180 at the 2:30 minute mark was surely one of the most unexpected moves in a 2019 record that Billie and brother Finneas had to know was an immediate smash. The move pays off with more bruising kickdrum and jabs that manage to sound creepy and confident at the same time. 

2.Gerry Read-It’ll All Be Over (DJ Koze Remix)

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for looped soul samples. DJ Koze is a talented producer with multiple facets, but makes the top 10 again (“Pick Up” was #8 last year) by spinning The Supreme Jubilees’ vocals with percussion, cowbell, and more into a nu-disco classic.

3.Clairo-Bags

Listeners can almost feel like they are in Clairo’s shoes trying to impress while calculating every possible thought and feeling as she balances bouts of confidence, self-deprecation, and hurt. The rising star’s pained vocals match the gentle guitar strumming and percussion amid the tale of nerve-filled love. 

4.HAIM-Summer Girl

For a song that exudes such a chill vibe, “Summer Girl” has plenty of layers to explore. A slinky bass line, Danielle Haim’s heavenly vocals (with a bit of scat singing), jazzy horns, pulsing percussion, reassuring lyrics, and more. The elements come together in a euphoric cacophony at the end of the track before departing like a hopeful sunset.

5.Lizzo-Juice

The retro funky synth and bass of “Juice” lulls in listeners initially, but Lizzo’s confidence, charisma, and catchy hook totally reel them in for multiple spins. Lizzo’s empowers and commands attention all over her breakthrough record, Cuz I Love You, but “Juice” is probably the most danceable and feel-good of the record. 

6.Bon Iver-Hey Ma

“Hey Ma” is a more evolved version of the folk/electronic fusion Justin Vernon escalated on recent records. The “heartbeat”-like synth notes that pace the song certainly owe a debt to Kanye West’s similar tactic on “Runaway” and “Say You Will”. However, the production maneuver works well in its own right as the notes feel like a pulse for Vernon’s falsetto and nervous proclamations.  

7.Vampire Weekend-Harmony Hall

The opening guitar notes of “Harmony Hall” evoke the feeling of a bliss-filled sunrise. Things get sunnier from there as Ezra Koenig and Vampire Weekend fully lean into past Paul Simon comparisons with cheerful piano, sunny guitar, peppy percussion, and hopeful, yet cryptic lyrics. The baroque pop piano breakdown in the latter half of the song was also a nostalgic reminder of the band’s early days and nods to Vampire Weekend’s welcome progression to the band they are today. 

8.The Highwomen-If She Ever Leaves Me

“If She Ever Leaves Me” certainly isn’t the first gay-themed country song, but is probably one of the most clever. The love-filled narrative and stinging lyrics penned by Amanda Shires, Jason Isbell, and Chris Tompkins paired with Dave Cobb’s production are an excellent canvas Brandi Carlisle’s majestic vocals. The song also symbolizes that country music is for everyone, not just straight-white males that dominate the field.

9.Lola Marsh-Only For A Moment

Listeners would be forgiven if they let the slight guitar and light percussion during the opening of “Only For A Moment” fool them into thinking the song would be another sleepy, melancholic folk song. Things pick up quickly as handclaps and rising guitar layer with the band’s poetic lyrics that mimic the frenetic, but danceable production and capture how so many feelings can fill a single “moment”.

10.James Blake-Where’s The Catch? Feat. Andre 3000

I’m fairly certain “Where’s The Catch?” could have made the top 10 with Andre 3000’s bars alone. James Blake’s spectral vocals and eerie piano-filled production pair nicely with 3 Stacks’s expert wordplay in a song where “everything’s rose” feels sarcastic based on the scene painted. 

Top Tracks of 2019 – STREAM (Spotify or Apple Music)

  1. Billie Eilish-bad guy
  2. Gerry Read-It’ll All Be Over (DJ Koze Remix)
  3. Clairo-Bags
  4. HAIM-Summer Girl
  5. Lizzo-Juice
  6. Bon Iver-Hey Ma
  7. Vampire Weekend-Harmony Hall
  8. The Highwomen-If She Ever Leaves Me
  9. Lola Marsh-Only For A Moment
  10. James Blake-Where’s The Catch? Feat. Andre 3000
  11. Twin Shadow-Broken Horses (Santo Domingo Edit)
  12. Cherry Glazerr-Self Explained
  13. Stella Donnelly-Old Man
  14. Da Baby-Suge
  15. Lana del Rey-Venice Bitch
  16. Sturgill Simpson-Sing along
  17. Toro y Moi-Who I Am
  18. Tyler, the Creator-EARFQUAKE
  19. Taylor Swift-Lover
  20. Jay Som-superbike
  21. Maggie Rogers-Burning
  22. SOAK-Knock Me Off My Feet
  23. Shovels & Rope-The Wire
  24. Local Natives-Megaton Mile
  25. BANKS-Look What You’re Doing To Me
  26. Brittney Howard-Stay High
  27. Sharon Van Etten-Seventeen 
  28. Dreamville-Costa Rica
  29. Hatchie-Obsessed
  30. Jonas Brothers-Sucker
  31. Carly Rae Jepsen-Want You In My Room
  32. Georgia-About Work The Dancefloor
  33. Lil Nas X-Old Town Road
  34. Lizzo: Truth Hurts
  35. Post Malone-Wow
  36. Angel Olsen-What It Is
  37. The National-Rylan
  38. The Highwomen-Highwomen
  39. Tame Impala-Patience
  40. (Sandy) Alex G-Gretel
  41. Whitney-Valleys (My Love)
  42. Caamp-No Sleep
  43. PUP-Kids
  44. Foals-In Degrees
  45. Hot Chip-Hungry Child
  46. Brittney Howard-He Loves Me
  47. The Black Keys-Walk Across The Water
  48. Adam Melchor-Joyride
  49. Ride-Future Love
  50. Sure Sure-Warm Animal
  51. Vagabon-Water Me Down
  52. Toro y Moi-Freelance
  53. J. Cole-Middle Child
  54. Gary Clark Jr-This Land
  55. Rex Orange County-10/10
  56. Julia Jacklin-Pressure to Party
  57. Jenny Lewis-Red Bull & Hennessy
  58. Bon Iver-U (Man Like)
  59. Sturgill Simpson-Mercury in Retrograde
  60. Vampire weekend-Sympathy
  61. White Reaper-1F
  62. Kevin Krauter-Pretty Boy
  63. Jade Bird-Ruins
  64. Big KRIT-Energy
  65. Rapsody-Ibtihaj
  66. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib-Crime Pays
  67. Tank and the Bangas-Nice Things
  68. 2Chainz-In The Way
  69. Anderson.Paak-Come Home (feat Andre 3000)
  70. Vampire weekend-Sunflower
  71. Tame Impala, Borderline
  72. Local Natives-When Am I Gonna Lose You
  73. Wilco-Love is Everywhere (Beware)
  74. Big Thief-Forgotten Eyes
  75. The National-You Had Your Soul With You
  76. Deerhunter-Futurism
  77. Maggie Rogers-Light On
  78. Nicki Minaj-MEGATRON
  79. Meghan Thee stallion-Hot Girl Summer
  80. Dua Lipa-Don’t Start Now
  81. Clairo-North
  82. ROSALIA-Aute Cuture
  83. Young Thug-The London feat. J. Cole & Travis Scott
  84. Tove Lo-Bad As The Boys
  85. Sinkane-Everyone
  86. Jay som-tenderness
  87. SOAK-Deja Vu
  88. Da Baby-Intro
  89. Lil Nas X-Panini
  90. Hot Chip-Spell
  91. Whitney-Giving Up
  92. Penny and Sparrow-Don’t Wanna Be Without Ya
  93. Kevin Morby-OMG Rock n Roll
  94. Grace Potter-Back to Me feat. Lucius
  95. Tyler Childers-Country Squire
  96. Hozier-ALmost(Sweet Music)
  97. (Sandy) Alex G-Hope
  98. Sheer Mag-Blood from a Stone
  99. KH & Four Tet-Only Human
  100. Caribou-Home

BONUS: If you’re looking for some non-traditional holiday music, stream my latest holiday playlists on Spotify below:

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