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Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2019

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Now that all the holidays are over, we have now entered the year of 2020. It's a new year as well as a new decade. You probably have guessed it by the title of the post, but here are my top ten favorite albums of 2019. While a lot of music critics have already come up with their top ten, I feel like you will always have a few gems released in the last month of the year. Another disclaimer, I would not call myself a "professional" under any means, so some of these albums might come as a surprise for some of you. I have also tried to choose a variety of genres to make it a little more meaningful. Since I am horrible at ordering albums from one to ten, I will be listing the albums in alphabetical order by the name of the album.

ANIMA by Thom Yorke

I was hesitant about having this on my list since I am not as crazy about it as I used to be, but there's no denying this was an important album this year. With Thom Yorke's beautiful, yet mysterious and haunting voice at times, it goes well with the experimental electronic music in the background. Also, Last I Heard (...He Was Circling the Drain) is still one of my favorite tracks of his. Check out the review of ANIMA here!

Bandana by Freddie Gibbs and Madlib

I know I said I wouldn't rank these albums, but if I had to pick a number one album, this would be one of my options. Freddie Gibbs and Madlib have collaborated before, and these two artists work perfectly with each other. They have developed a bond to where Madlib could produce a mediocre beat, and Freddie Gibbs would find a way to make it sound amazing, and vice versa. I could definitely see this album becoming a classic album in a few years. Check out the review of Bandana here!

Free Nationals by Free Nationals

You know how I said a few gems are released in the last month of the year? This album is a perfect example. The Free Nationals have teased the album with several different singles along the way, but they finally released their debut album before the end of the year. I still may be in that "honeymoon phase" of listening to the album, but I can't stop listening to this album from start to finish. I even listen to it sometimes when I'm at the gym! Check out the review of Free Nationals here!

From Michigan With Love by Quinn XCII

I am really disappointed that this guy isn't that big in the music industry. If you put any of his tracks on the radio, it would fit in perfectly. I am sure there are some smaller and alternative radio stations that play some music by Quinn XCII, but the mainstream radio stations have never heard of him. While there are some sad parts to this album, whenever I hear some of the tracks, I just want to get up and dance.

Jinx by Crumb

Who would have thought we would have seen so many debut albums from artists on this list? Crumb definitely took me by surprise with this vintage, lo-fi sounding album. They reminded me of Pink Floyd with a female vocalist; hopefully I'm not the only one who thought of this! Other than that, it's a cool, spaced and psyched-out album. Check out the review of Jinx here!

Living Mirage by The Heart and the Heart

I did not expect myself liking this album as much as I have this year. I was never a huge fan of this band, but my girlfriend might have had a small role in getting me to like this album. Also, they seem to be taking their music in a different direction, which gives them a wider audience to work with. Overall, I am excited to hear what they have to put out for their future projects. Check out the review of Living Mirage here!

The Lost Boy by YBN Cordae

I was blown away by this project since I didn't know he was capable of putting out an amazing album, and this was his debut album! I've said this several times before, but he is definitely going to be showing up in a lot of "best rappers" lists during the 2020s. As long as he keeps up with the momentum and doesn't let the fame get to him, this kid has a bright future. Check out the review of The Lost Boy here!

Lux Prima by Karen O and Danger Mouse

I am shocked that I haven't seen this album on anyone else's end of the year list. This is such a beautiful album from start to finish. This would be my other choice for being the number one album of 2019. I tackled the option of reviewing this album several months after it's release, but I never found the time to review it. Also, I am speechless half of the time when I listen to this. If you haven't listened to this album, or haven't even heard of this album, go listen to this now!

RENEGADES OF LIGHT by LSDREAM

At the beginning of 2019, I would have never expected to have an EDM artist in my top ten. However, there is something special about this album. The first few tracks are just full of energy that it really kicks me into gear at the gym. The middle of the album is a little dull and unappealing, but no album is perfect, right?

U.F.O.F. by Big Thief

I have yet to listen to the second album they put out this year, but this album made me a Big Thief fan. I have honestly never heard of this band until some other music critics started talking about this album. Even though the album was released around the time I started my blog, I didn't get around to listening to it until a few months later.


There you have it, my personal top ten albums of 2019. What albums made your top ten list of the year? Let me know down in the comments section!

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