60 Greatest Songs of 2019

60 Best Songs of 2019


“Rapture” by Koffee ft. Govana

Within the opening line of “Rapture,” the Jamaican-born star raps, “Koffee are available in like a rapture,” likening the artist’s swift, sudden dominance within the music business to the spiritual occasion of the identical title. In keeping with Koffee’s YouTube channel, the 19-year-old has been slinging buoyant reggae-inspired tunes for only some years, however after “Toast” blew up this 12 months, it was clear Koffee is right here to remain. —Nerisha Penrose



“Do not Begin Now” by Dua Lipa

What makes Dua Lipa’s music so irresistible is that she will throw her easy, smoky warble on nearly any report—and shine. Dua steps into a brand new sound with the disco-driven “Don’t Begin Now,” which exhibits she really adopted the recommendation she gave herself in “New Guidelines.” Dua’s headstrong this time round, after realizing she’s “higher on the opposite aspect.” —Nerisha Penrose



“All To Myself” by Child Rose

Child Rose has a voice that stops you in your tracks: It’s sharply tailor-made and painfully stunning, with each phrase steeped in deep emotion. Assume the susceptible voice of Nina Simone waxing poetic in regards to the ills of millennial courting. —Nerisha Penrose



“Dumebi” by Rema

Following within the footsteps of worldwide kings like Burna Boy and WizKid, Rema’s crisp, charming vocals float over a bouncy rhythm that blends Afropop and hip-hop to create three minutes and 15 seconds of sheer pleasure. —Nerisha Penrose



“Nina” by Rapsody

Intercourse sells, however Rapsody has by no means been one to adapt to hip-hop’s misogynistic views of ladies. “I drew a line with out exhibiting my physique, that is a ability,” Rapsody raps on “Nina,” the album opener on Eve that salutes iconic Black ladies like Lauryn Hill, Roberta Flack, and Nina Simone. —Nerisha Penrose



“All Mirrors” by Angel Olsen

“All Mirrors” is a hauntingly stunning music. Angel Olsen’s lush, throaty voice connects with an eerie, ’80s-leaning manufacturing to create a musical masterpiece. —Nerisha Penrose



“Senorita” by Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello

One of the ubiquitous songs of 2019 got here from pop’s latest energy couple. Hate it or adore it, Shawn and Camila make magic collectively. —Nerisha Penrose



“Anyone” by Burna Boy

You’re just one music in by the point you get to “Anyone” on the stellar album African Large, however one factor about Burna Boy is that he wastes no time getting the occasion began. From the second the glimmering horns and drums on the Rexxie-produced beat make its presence, it’s virtually unimaginable to maintain nonetheless. —Nerisha Penrose



“Bop” by DaBaby

“I am unorthodox than a motherfucker,” DaBaby raps on “Bop.” More true phrases have by no means been spoken. DaBaby covers frequent rap tropes, sure, however it’s his signature breathless, rapid-fire circulation matching the high-energy beats he cruises on that units hello, aside from his contemporaries. —Nerisha Penrose



“My Sort” by Saweetie

Final summer season, it was Metropolis Women’ “Act Up” that took over the summer season. This summer season it was all about Saweetie’s “My Sort.” Regardless of her stage title, Saweetie does not make music for the timid. Sampling Petey Pablo’s early 2000s hit, the Icy Queen whipped up a provocative, sexually express anthem meant to be yelled on the prime of your lungs irrespective of the setting. —Nerisha Penrose



“Morning” by Teyana Taylor ft. Kehlani

The right music video doesn’t exi— —Nerisha Penrose



“Lose You To Love Me” by Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez’s latest single exhibits a distinct aspect of the singer, a extra private and susceptible ingredient that we are able to all relate to. No love is value dropping your self for, and it’s a liberating feeling whenever you claw your method out of heartbreak and fall in love with your self just a little extra. —Nerisha Penrose



“Sue Me” by Wale

“Sue me, I’m rooting for everyone that’s black,” Wale proclaims on this album opener, which proudly celebrates black tradition. There’s the Mississippi Mass Choir pattern (“I’m Blessed”) faintly enjoying within the background, and he shouts out style label Pyer Moss, based by Haitian-American designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, director Lena Waithe, and Issa Rae, from whom the time period “rooting for everyone that’s black” originated. —Nerisha Penrose



“Die A Little Bit” by Tinashe ft. Ms. Banks

The world has been sleeping on Tinashe, however with the discharge of “Die A Little Bit”—the singer’s first single as a freshly unbiased artist—it’s time you all get up. It’s a powerful comeback for the artist, whose breathy, hushed whisper and sultry productions beforehand gifted us bops like “2 On” and “Throw a Match.” However she didn’t go it alone: South London rapper Ms. Banks joins Nashe on her comeback monitor, as the women remind us that life is brief and generally we simply must “drink, smoke, dance, vibe just a little bit.” —Nerisha Penrose



“Sabotage” by JoJo ft. Chika

As a result of generally we block our personal blessings in an try to guard our emotions from being harm, and find yourself hurting ourselves within the long-run. —Nerisha Penrose



“Sugar Honey Iced Tea (S.H.I.T.).” by Princess Nokia

Welcome to Princess Nokia’s world, the place European magnificence requirements are ignored and wonder pageants are stuffed with stunning brown and black ladies. It is also a world the place Princess Nokia refuses to take “S.H.I.T” from anybody. “You talkin’ shit ’bout my music/However what the fuck have you ever dropped?/Now what the fuck have you ever executed?/Accolades, you will have none,” she raps over horns and finger snaps. Haters? She does not know them. —Nerisha Penrose



“Highwomen” by The Highwomen

The Highwomen is made up of a rustic dream group together with Brandi Carlisle, Maren Morris, Amanda Shires, and Natalie Hemby. Their collaboration represents a mixing of the style’s storied historical past with a brand new insurgence of feminine power. “Highwomen” particularly paints the 4 ladies, together with a haunting Yola, as revolutionary forces. Sorry to the boys of nation, however that is the style’s new order. —Savannah Walsh



“Keep Excessive” by Brittany Howard

In September, Brittany Howard launched her first album since gaining success because the lead singer of the Alabama Shakes. The report is stuffed with deeply private gems, together with this soulful music that has a breezy, dreamlike high quality to it. It appears like a joyful antidote to the hellscape the surface world could be. Howard has in contrast the tune’s music to “daylight.” If that’s the case, I’d wish to be tucked into the heat of this music ceaselessly. —Savannah Walsh



“After I Wasn’t Watching” by Mandy Moore

Mandy. Moore. She’s again after a decade-long hiatus from music with a single that proves she has lived some life since releasing “Sweet” again in ‘99. On this folksy music, she sings, “My favourite model of me disappeared/By longer days and shorter years.” Clearly, she’s on her solution to discovering it once more—and I might be proper alongside her for the experience. —Savannah Walsh



“You Cannot Save Me” by SiR

There’s nothing worse than dropping an excellent woman. “In one other time, in one other place/You’ll be mine,” SiR pines on “You Cannot Save Me.” SiR has met the woman of his goals however appears like she arrived on the improper time, a time the place he has his personal demons to battle. And you understand what occurs whenever you let an excellent woman get away. —Nerisha Penrose



“Motivation” by Normani

From the second Fifth Concord introduced their hiatus, Normani has been gifting us collabs with fellow crooners Khalid, Sam Smith, and 6lack. However on “Motivation,” Normani proves she wants no assist to beat the pop world and the 19 million views the video garnered in its first days is proof that pop music has a brand new princess. —Nerisha Penrose



“Boyfriend” by Ariana Grande and Social Home

“I am a motherfuckin’ practice wreck,” Ariana Grande sings within the first few seconds of “Boyfriend.” The sentiment completely capturing the chaos of recent courting. How do you enable your self to fall in love with out burdening your crush/boo/beau/bae with the problems your battling with your self? What in the event you’ve already fallen however you’re afraid of dedication? Having a crush can suck, however at the very least we now have a music to elucidate precisely how we really feel after we simply can’t discover the phrases. —Nerisha Penrose



“Love Like That” by Snoh Aalegra

Megan Thee Stallion launched Scorching Woman Summer time, however with the arrival of Snoh Aalegra’s sophomore album Ugh, These Feels Once more, it is about to be Unhappy Woman Fall. From the second I performed the album on my commute, “Love Like That” stood out from the bunch. It describes a kind of poisonous make-up-to-break-up situationship that does not make sense to anyone on the surface however you simply can’t appear to stroll away from. Snoh finds a solution to make the ache sound so stunning. —Nerisha Penrose



“Wanting For America” by Lana Del Rey

One August morning, People woke as much as information that 31 individuals died on account of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. “Wanting For America” is Lana Del Rey’s response. In it, she goals of a rustic she could be pleased with: “I’m nonetheless on the lookout for my very own model of America/One with out the gun, the place the flag can freely fly.” —Nerisha Penrose



“La Canción” by J. Balvin and Dangerous Bunny

Deliver out the unhappy bangers! Latin pop stars J. Balvin and Dangerous Bunny—of “I Like It” fame—did a Beyoncé and surprise-dropped the album Oasis one night time in June. Their musical partnership retains bearing lush, hearty fruit, like this monitor a few music (“la canción”) that reminds them of the nice, drunken, horny occasions shared with a former flame. —Estelle Tang



“Borderline” by Tame Impala

Feelings! How complicated. I might haven’t any time for them, besides that they rule. Australian psychedelic rocker Kevin Parker, a.ok.a Tame Impala, does their complexity justice with this swirling confection. “Will I be identified and cherished? Is there one which I belief?” he asks, however he is bought to let these questions experience—as everyone knows, no person has any clue. —Estelle Tang



“Dangerous Man” by Billie Eilish ft. Justin Bieber

As a child, Billie Eilish cherished Justin Bieber—like, actually cherished The Biebz. So what does she do? Recruit her childhood idol to hop on her hit music “Dangerous Man.” Billie’s eerie whispers kick issues off, then JB enters and sings about being “so icy.” A (childhood) dream come true. —Nerisha Penrose



“Simmer” by Mahalia ft. Burna Boy

Nothing screams summer season fairly like an infectious dancehall banger you’ll be glad to listen to spin again and again at a day occasion. Adopting the present “music of the summer season” components—catchy lyrics and a dancehall-inflected beat—UK songstress Mahalia spiced up our #HotGirlSummer with “Simmer.” Per the title, this music is pure warmth, and the addition of the self-proclaimed “African Large,” Burna Boy, makes it hit even larger temps. —Nerisha Penrose



“Spirit” by Beyoncé

I don’t know what I did to deserve new music from Beyoncé, however I gained’t query it. I’ll simply hold replaying “Spirit” as a result of it’s SO. DAMN. GOOD. Pegged to the upcoming launch of The Lion King—which she stars in as grownup Nala—“Spirit” is offered on The Lion King: The Present, an album curated by Beyoncé, and her “love letter to Africa.” The highly effective ballad begins with a Swahili chant earlier than Beyoncé’s angelic voice floats atop the melody and later meets with a gospel-esque choir. —Nerisha Penrose



“If I Cannot Have You” by Shawn Mendes

Shawn Mendes can sing the alphabet and I’ll play it again and again, as if it’s his private love music to me. Fortunately, he has a wealth of precise love songs in his discography—sadly, not about me—and “If I Can’t Have You” has not left the “not too long ago performed” part in my library. It’s an upbeat tune that feels just like the honeymoon part of a summer season romance. —Nerisha Penrose



“Days Like This” by Goldlink ft. Khalid

It is easy to overlook Goldlink is reminiscing about his tough adolescent years on “Days Like This.” Over a cinematic instrumental, Khalid’s buttery vocals and Goldlink’s rapid-fire circulation mix seamlessly, leaving us wanting extra from these two. Full-length collaboration, please! —Nerisha Penrose



“Wealthy, White, Straight Males” by Kesha

Kesha’s activist banger is a center finger to the shitstorm of recent anti-abortion legal guidelines, posing the query: “What if wealthy, white, straight males did not rule the world anymore?” She makes use of sarcasm to handle severe points like immigration, LGBTQ rights, and girls’s equality. Kesha, you are doing wonderful sweetie. —Nerisha Penrose



“Luggage” by Clairo

If releasing a brace of viral songs even earlier than your debut album comes out creates strain, then solely the nice sort visited 20-year-old lo-fi pop singer Clairo. The primary single from the forthcoming Immunity (August 2) is a startling, stunning face-off between urgency and wistfulness: “Each second counts / I do not wanna speak to you anymore.” —Estelle Tang



“Playground” by Steve Lacy

That sharp falsetto? That casually sex-drenched guitar? You would be forgiven for pondering The Web guitarist Steve Lacy’s “Playground” was a Prince outtake. And there is a lot extra the place this sunshiny funk got here from on the 21-year-old’s full-length debute, Apollo XXI. —Estelle Tang



“Aute Cuture” by Rosalía

Hi there, music of the summer season! Spanish singer Rosalía has given you every little thing you want for the membership: a name for sangria and couture, leopard print and nails extra embellished than Versailles. Esto está encendido, certainly. —Estelle Tang



“Simon Says” by Megan Thee Stallion feat. Juicy J

Megan Thee Stallion didn’t come to play this summer season. From the second she dropped Fever, Megan made or not it’s identified that Scorching Woman Season is in full impact, and “Simon Says” was simply the proof she wanted. The foundations of the sport are easy: Put your arms in your hips, knees, and toes—and twerk. —Nerisha Penrose



“I Do not Care” by Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber

It’s been virtually two years since Ed Sheeran rolled out any new music, so I’ll take something my favourite ginger Brit has to supply. However he didn’t return solo; Ed Sheeran pulled Justin Bieber out of retirement for this sweetly sappy love music about how a particular somebody can flip your dangerous days into good ones. —Nerisha Penrose



“BMO” by Ari Lennox

I known as it from the second I heard Ari Lennox’s newest 12-track effort Shea Butter Child: “BMO” is my Saturday morning tune. The groovy ’90s-inspired feel-good music is simply nearly as good a companion on the practice throughout your morning commute. Lennox’s velvety wealthy voice over the nostalgic R&B beat makes this an immediate summer season bop. —Nerisha Penrose



“Julien” by Carly Rae Jepsen

As soon as once more, Carly Rae Jepsen has put emotions and glitter right into a blender and whipped up some upbeat pop for the gently fevered. Her new album Devoted’s lead music “Julien” possesses a spry ’80s electro beat however its gothic lyrics (“I will be whispering ‘Julien’ / By the final breath that I breathe”) make it really feel like Kate Bush wandered onto the dancefloor at Limelight. —Estelle Tang



“Cellophane” by FKA Twigs

FKA Twigs took a while out after laparoscopic surgical procedure, and her return heralds a sonic shift for the usually trippy singer. Stripped all the best way again to a easy piano line and her eerie voice, “Cellophane” showcases Twigs’ obsession with want, repulsion, and the opaque areas between two individuals. —Estelle Tang



“King James” by Anderson .Paak

One nice ideas his hat to a different on Anderson .Paak’s “King James,” which celebrates basketball legend Lebron James—notably his generosity and neighborhood spirit amid ongoing racism and oppression. “And we salute King James for utilizing his chains / To create some equal alternatives,” sings the California rapper on the lead single from his fourth album, Ventura. —Estelle Tang



“Juicy” by Doja Cat

I’m asking everybody to say a prayer for me. There’s nothing improper me per se—it’s simply that I can’t cease listening to Doja Cat’s bouncy monitor “Juicy.” It’s three minutes of pure magic and an important music in my Spotify Heavy Rotation library. The ethereal, bubbly synths and Doja’s flirty lyrics about her, properly, booty, have the ability to make me shake what the nice Lord gave me. It additionally cleared my zits and gave me a wholesome glow. —Nerisha Penrose



“Outdated City Street (Remix)” by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus

You may’t escape “Outdated City Street”—not that you simply’d need to. The plaintive music first blew up on TikTok, then the Billboard charts, together with the Scorching Nation Songs chart….earlier than it was quietly eliminated. The transfer wasn’t sufficient to discourage the burgeoning star, so what does he do? Recruit Billy Ray freaking Cyrus for a remix. The rap/nation hybrid is constructed round a thick thumping bass and banjo strums, and begins with Cyrus singing the refrain; he additionally returns on the finish with mic-drop worthy bars. —Nerisha Penrose



“Binz” by Solange

Within the self-filmed video for “Binz,” Solange is all smiley and bubbly as she twerks to the groovy, jazz-inflected melody. So, after all, out of the blue you end up all smiley and bubbly and twerking. On “Binz,” Solange goals of the residing a lavish life, like waking up “to the suns and Saint Laurent” and getting away from bed on “CP time.” Similar, sis. —Nerisha Penrose



“Sucker” by the Jonas Brothers

Sorry, however this music is simply actually good. Harry Potter put a spell on me or one thing, as a result of I am completely powerless within the face of this pop comeback. What with its nostalgic boy-band enchantment and impeccably catchy swagger (to not point out the cute video starring IRL Jonas companions Sophie Turner, Priyanka Chopra, and Danielle Jonas), “Sucker” does what it says on the package deal. You bought me, Jonii! —Estelle Tang



“Handmade Heaven” by Marina

Marina’s “Handmade Heaven” is a breath of contemporary air. Expressing the need to really belong, in a time when it is really easy to really feel misplaced and overwhelmed, she tries to navigate her place on the planet and it is easy to narrate to her sincere lyrics. —Starr Bowenbank



“Riot” by Summer time Walker

You may’t simply take heed to Summer time Walker in any setting. A correct Summer time Walker listening session requires Rituals’ Goji Berry candle burning, a glass (or two, or three) of Riesling, and tears—numerous tears. “Riot” is the haunting sluggish burner that tells the story of a dying relationship that’s “too routine.” Summer time’s lover is content material with doing the naked minimal (“And also you consider roses and daisies”) however the sad singer requires a love extra passionate than the everyday. —Nerisha Penrose



“Please Me” by Cardi B and Bruno Mars

Final we heard of Bruno Mars and Cardi B, that they had followers doing the old-school wop and Child ‘n Play dance to their ’90s-inspired gem “Finesse.” For the duo’s sequel, “Please Me,” Bruno and Cardi depart the Home Social gathering and head straight to the bed room. “Please me, child / Flip round and simply tease me, child,” Bruno’s velvety voice purrs over a mattress of swirling synths, balancing out Cardi’s brash, sex-drenched lyrics about her bed room abilities. —Nerisha Penrose



“Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I am Bored” by Ariana Grande

The title alone is *chef’s kiss,* however the precise music—the attractive kicker of Grande’s feverish post-breakup album Thank U, Subsequent—is even higher. Her voice dripping with assertive sensuality, Grande lays it on a hapless dude: “Took one fuckin’ take a look at your face / Now I wanna understand how you style.” Good luck getting away, man! —Estelle Tang



“Bury a Pal” by Billie Eilish

“Bury a Pal” would possibly appear to be a sinister directive, however whenever you discover out that 17-year-old Billie Eilish wrote this single “from the angle of the monster below my mattress,” that makes it higher, proper? No? I suppose there is no getting away from the truth that this downbeat single will get below your pores and skin. “I may be the monster below your mattress,” Eilish teased. Eep. —Estelle Tang



“Nights Like This” by Kehlani ft. Ty Dolla $ign

“However all that glitters is not gold, I used to be blinded / Ought to have by no means gave you my coronary heart on consignment,” Kehlani sings out the gate on her new music “Nights Like This.” It feels like Kehlani’s having a kind of nights. She’s serious about a dishonest somebody who “took my emotions and simply threw ’em out the window” and now she’s left to choose up the items of her damaged coronary heart. The mommy-to-be brings Ty Dolla $ign into the combination, and the west coast crooners’ voices mix seamlessly till the music’s finish. —Nerisha Penrose



“Dancing With a Stranger” by Normani, Sam Smith

There’s loads to like about “Dancing With a Stranger.” For starters: Normani and Sam Smith. Two soulful, passionate voices harmonizing about a fascinating stranger over a colourful, upbeat rhythm. You may’t assist however stand up and, properly, dance—whether or not by your self, with buddies, or with the cutie you simply swiped proper on. —Nerisha Penrose



“Virtually (Candy Music)” by Hozier

Hozier returned on the prime of the 12 months together with his first music in virtually 5 years, and every little thing you really liked in regards to the singer who gifted us “Take Me to Church” in 2013—his wealthy, throaty vocals and addictive soul-flavored instrumentals—stays intact. —Nerisha Penrose



“Music 31” by Noname ft. Phoelix

“I promote ache for revenue, not propaganda” Noname says matter-of-factly on her latest single “Music 31.” She additionally silkily raps in regards to the penalties of capitalism, manufacturing unit farming, and staying unbiased. Shut collaborator Phoelix joins in for a refrain as easy as it’s sharp. —Nerisha Penrose



“Hope Is a Harmful Factor for a Girl Like Me to Have, However I Have It” by Lana Del Rey

The beginning of the brand new 12 months normally finds most individuals in a contemplative state, and Lana Del Rey’s solemn ballad suits proper in. The singer’s wistful vocals pour over a fragile piano melody; though she battles along with her personal demons (“Do not ask if I am joyful, you understand that I am not / However at finest, I can say I am not unhappy”), Del Rey forges forward in direction of happiness. Although having hope is harmful, it is not as dangerous as residing with out it. —Nerisha Penrose



“Juice” by Lizzo

Generally you simply must scream “I am targets” to your self. Even in the event you’re not fairly there but, Lizzo’s “Juice” is there to provide the enhance you want. “Ain’t my fault that I’m out right here makin’ information”? The self-love queen positive got here out robust in 2019. —Estelle Tang



“Snowblind” by Tanya Tagaq

Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq’s forthcoming EP, Toothsayer, was really created as an accompaniment to an exhibition at London’s Nationwide Maritime Museum. Its first single, “Snowblind,” is stuffed with thrumming echoes not dissimilar to flurries of snow; its fairly eeriness is ideal for the winter. —Estelle Tang



“Anti-Lullaby” by Karen O

Per the title, do not take heed to this one earlier than you go to mattress. Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O channels the darkness on this “anti-lullaby,” which comes from the forthcoming Amazon Prime sequence Hanna. “Don’t sleep / She waits so that you can sleep,” she sings: very chill, not scary in any respect. —Estelle Tang



“Wasted Nun” by Cherry Glazerr

“Individuals need women to be robust, I need to be robust, however I simply really feel offended, and people are two very various things,” mentioned Cherry Glazerr’s Clementine Creevy in a press launch. That is the sensation driving “Wasted Nun,” a type of primal scream that’s terrifyingly relatable. Wind down all of the automobile home windows and get all of it out. —Estelle Tang



“Seventeen” by Sharon Van Etten

5 years after she launched her final album (she went again to varsity and had a child within the meantime), Sharon Van Etten follows within the custom of artwork dedicated to New York Metropolis with this bittersweet tribute, which she calls a “love letter” to town. It is simply certainly one of many uncooked, understanding, and loving tracks from her 2019 album Remind Me Tomorrow. —Estelle Tang


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