My Favorite Music of 2019

Future Generational Superstars

Maggie Rogers Heard It in a Past Life. I predict she will be this generation’s Joni Mitchell.

Billie Eilish When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? She is this generation’s Kurt Cobain.

Future Generational Superstar if People Will Care More About R&B

H.E.R. I Used to Know Her. She is this generation’s mystical combination of Lauryn Hill, Jazmine Sullivan and Erykah Badu.

Current Superstar Going to Supernova Status

Ariana Grande Thank U, Next

My Boys

Adam Lambert Velvet: Side A

Carlos Santana Africa Speaks

Adam’s best work of an already impressive body of work. Carlos’ album was #3 on the New York Times 2019 list of best albums.

My Friends

Joanna Connor Rise

Zarni De Vette Tidal Wave

Brandy Neelly[1] Honest


Banks III

Black Keys Let’s Rock

Black Pumas Black Pumas

Melanie Martinez K-12

Within Temptation Resist


Delain Hunter’s Moon

Kara Marni No Logic

PVRIS Hallucinations

Tallulah Purple

Zealyn A Weekend in Maine

More than ever, in 2019 I felt the tension of too much music available and too little time to keep up with it. A music writer I follow said a list is just what somebody listened to. Out of the oceans of instantly accessible music we are all floating in, this was my little pond for the year.


[1] Technically we’ve never met but we have had some contact and I’m friends with her mom.

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