Trevor Graham’s Top Albums of 2019

What a year. It feels like at least one Friday a month I was rambling around the site about another incredible release day we were being treated to. When I sat down to make this list, the number of albums I’d listened to this year that I enjoyed wound up at about 270. And sure, there are some obvious factors to this that I think a lot of us share — the way this decade has sculpted how we consume music, for one. The 2010’s made discovering new music one of the single easiest things a person can do, and one of the most entertaining activities with ten bucks in your pocket and an internet connection.

But I think the ease and passion for discovery are only the cause for a bigger reason why this was such a remarkable year in music. Because naturally with more music will come more open mindedness, more inspiration, and more tools for artists to create a unique price of art. With each year, that tool belt grows, and we see artists framing their vision of certain sounds differently than we could have ever imagined — blending influences from all directions and being encouraged to tell their stories. In the passing of time, it becomes more difficult to not fall in love with an astonishing amount of music.

Anyway, that’s my ramble. Can’t wait for 2020. Here are my 50 favorite records of 2019!

  1. The Japanese House – Good At Falling
  2. DIIV- Deceiver
  3. Clairo – Immunity
  4. Jay Som – Anak Ko
  5. Whitney – Forever Turned Around
  6. Issues – Beautiful Oblivion
  7. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
  8. Anderson Paak – Ventura
  9. Long Beard – Means To Me
  10. White Reaper – You Deserve Love
  11. Turnover – Altogether
  12. The Maine – You Are OK
  13. HOMESHAKE – Helium
  14. Origami Angel – Somewhere City
  15. Greet Death – New Hell
  16. Grayscale – nella vita
  17. Tiny Ruins – Olympic Girls
  18. Maggie Rogers – Heard It In A Past Life
  19. Boogie – Everything’s For Sale
  20. German Error Message – Mend
  21. Bon Iver – i,i
  22. SWMRS – Berkley’s On Fire
  23. Mannequin Pussy – Patience
  24. La Bouquet – Sad People Dancing
  25. Crumb – Jinx
  26. Lucky Daye – Painted
  27. Unwed Sailor – Heavy Age
  28. Charlie Collins – Snowpine
  29. Vacationer – Wavelengths
  30. LITE – Multiple
  31. Big K.R.I.T. – K.R.I.T. IZ HERE
  32. Khalid – Free Spirit
  33. Somos – Prison On A Hill
  34. The Early November – Lilac
  35. Hovvdy – Heavy Lifter
  36. OWEL – Paris
  37. Copeland – Blushin
  38. Lazerbeak – Luther
  39. Press Club – Wasted Energy
  40. Tank And The Bangas – Green Balloon
  41. Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz
  42. Loyal Carner – Not Waving, But Drowning
  43. Spotlights – Love & Decay
  44. American Football – American Football (LP3)
  45. Tyler, The Creator – IGOR
  46. Lakes – Constance
  47. Raveena – Lucid
  48. Dawn Richard – new breed
  49. Petrol Girls – Cut & Stitch
  50. Flying Lotus – Flamagra
Trevor Graham
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