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Pick Your Poison: Monday 1-13-20

After close to a month off for the holidays, Pick Your Poison returns with a vengeance in 2020! Well okay, we’re starting out at a relaxed pace because it’s better to ease into a new year. Definitely listen to at least a few of these songs if you get the chance though, no pressure or anything. Highlights come from Forever (ft. Just John), Mac Miller (RIP), and Mick Jenkins. After the jump you’ll discover fresh tracks from ARMNHMR (ft. Sunnie Williams), Bad Ambassadors, Conan Gray, J Hus, Kennebec, STROM, The Wants, World/Inferno Friendship Society, and youbet.

Forever – Make It Happen (ft. Just John)

Mac Miller – Good News

Mick Jenkins – Carefree

The Top 50 Albums of 2019

Before we get into the nitty gritty of this Top 50 Albums list, let’s first talk about the honorable mentions. This is the space reserved for 2019 albums I also loved, just not quite enough to include as part of the main list. If this had been a worse year for music, they probably would have made the cut. It runs the gamut from two of the biggest pop stars in the world all the way down to some tiny names you’ve probably never heard before. These 10 albums are ordered alphabetically by artist.

Ariana Grande – thank u, next
Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy
Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Black Belt Eagle Scout – At the Party With My Brown Friends
Caroline Polachek – Pang
Floating Points – Crush
Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
Peaer – A Healthy Earth
Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury
Wilco – Ode to Joy

As I was reflecting on the year in music and putting together draft after draft of this Top 50 Albums list, one of the main things I came to realize was that 2019 was a bit of a down year for hip hop. Familiar names like Drake, Jay-Z, and Kendrick Lamar took the year off for the most part, only dropping in with an occasional guest verse. Some of the established names that did put out records, such as Kanye West and Chance the Rapper, didn’t quite live up to their creative peaks. To a degree, that left room for others to step up and fill the voids left by these superstars. We were lucky enough to get some great introductions to names like DaBaby and Megan Thee Stallion in 2019, and it was refreshing to add their voices to the mix (though only one of those two is represented below). Other rappers managed to show significant growth and put out some of their best material to date. Shout out to Polo G, Rapsody, and Little Simz. Overall though, there are less rap albums in this year’s Top 50 than in previous years, and that’s a bit of a shame. I guess they can’t all be great, and given how much the hip hop scene has grown overall in the past decade we’re lucky to have reached this point. I’m excited to hear what the next 10 years will bring!

Beyond the scope of hip hop, there’s been plenty of music to love in 2019. It goes well beyond just songs too, because even though we continue to live in the era of the single, it takes a true talent to stretch beyond one or two great tracks and instead turn in an entire album’s worth. The 50 highlighted below each brought me considerable joy and comfort throughout the year, and they’re the ones I turned to over and over again to soundtrack everything from driving around running errands to cleaning my apartment on a rainy day to throwing a summer party to laying in bed feeling depressed after a long day. There’s a little something to satisfy just about any mood or particular taste. Chances are you haven’t heard all of these records, and I encourage you to check them all out! Even if they’re not to your liking, I applaud you for at least attempting to discover something new outside of your comfort zone. One last thing before we jump right into it: I haven’t included any direct links to places where you can find these albums, but Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp are all your friends. Use their search functions and you’ll be fine. That said, here are my Top 50 Albums of 2019. Enjoy!

The Top 50 Songs of 2019

It seems like every year I comment about how challenging it is to put together a “Top Songs” list, because unlike albums, which are larger works meant to be taken as a whole, songs are fractions of that whole. There are multitudes more songs in the world than albums, so in essence it’s like splitting hairs. Imagine my surprise then, when this Top 50 Songs of 2019 list came together rather easily. Perhaps there were fewer standout tracks than normal to really catch my attention. It was a slightly “off” year for music, so that might have helped too. Color me clueless as to the actual reason, because all that matters is these are 50 songs I can say without a doubt are the ones I loved and in many cases listened to most this year. My sincerest apologies if your personal favorite didn’t make the cut. Everybody has their own unique tastes, and while I’d hope most of these songs will satisfy, you might feel differently. That’s okay! The songs on this list span across nearly every genre of music and range from dancefloor bangers to depressing bops and back again. My sincerest hope is that you’ll discover something new you haven’t heard before, and may even fall in love with it as much as I have. There are really only two rules I set when composing this list:

1. Songs must appear on an album, EP, or standalone single released in 2019 (so no new Tame Impala, Grimes, The 1975, etc. from 2020 LPs).
2. Only one song per artist, to help spread the love around (featured guest vocals don’t count).

Every song on this Top 50 is accompanied by a link to stream it (and in many cases watch the video) on YouTube. There’s also a Spotify playlist embedded below, organized just like this list, from #50-1. Please enjoy, and feel free to share your own opinions or lists in the comments!

Pick Your Poison: Monday 12-16-19

We’ve arrived at the final Pick Your Poison for 2019! Don’t worry, I’m thrilled to share so many more songs with you in 2020, it’s just these last couple weeks of the year most of the focus will be on the holidays and year-end stuff. Speaking of which, I’ll have a Top Albums and Top Songs list for you coming up at some point before the end of the year! Hopefully you’ll like it. At some point I also hope to put together a “Best of the ’10s” retrospective, but that probably won’t arrive until January or February. Gotta give some time for the new decade to find its footing before reflecting back on the previous one. So let me tell you about the highlights in this set of songs. Fetty Wap, Lauren Sanderson, and Patio lead things off, and I hope you’ll give those tracks a listen. You’ll find even more after the jump from artists like Anson Seabra, Anthony Flammia, Bear Grillz (ft. rx Soul), Jose James (ft. Aloe Blacc), kenzie, keshi, KILLY, Mykki Blanco, and The Score (ft. XYLO).

Fetty Wap – Fresh N Clean

Lauren Sanderson – To the People I Hurt

Patio – Reality State

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 12-11-19

There are some fun ones in today’s Pick Your Poison, particularly the three tracks sitting right at the top of this set from 070 Shake, Hayley Kiyoko, and MIKE. Those may be the highlights, but you’ll find even more delights after the jump, including songs from Lolo Zouai, NLE Choppa, Souly Had, StayLoose & Last Heroes (ft. Soundr), THYLA, Tiesto (ft. Steve Appleton), Tycho, and The Voidz.

070 Shake – Under the Moon

Hayley Kiyoko – Runaway

MIKE – Numbered Dayz

Pick Your Poison: Monday 12-9-19

This might be the only extended edition of Pick Your Poison for December, but we’re going to make the most of it! Don’t miss downloads in this set from Fassine, Greta Jaime, Lev Snowe, The March Divide, and The People Versus. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Chelsea Cutler, City Morgue, D. Munoz, Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse (ft. MF Doom), EDEN, The Kid LAROI, Phoebe Ryan, Pop Smoke, Rich the Kid (ft. Quavo), Teyana Taylor, Tisoki (ft. Kozze), and more!

Fassine – Limbs

Greta Jaime – Internet Love

Lev Snowe – Dim Light

The March Divide – Crowded Room

Mortem Atra – Frozen Illusion

The People Versus – Ground Opening

teuteu – Soda Magique

Thom Sawyr – Help Me Out

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 12-5-19

Things get a little quiet in December so there won’t be as many Pick Your Poison posts, but the good news is that allows for a greater focus on quality. Case in point, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien is stepping out on his own with a solo record, and you can hear the first song from it below. We’re gearing up for a new Hinds album in 2020, so you can get an early preview right now. And Polica continues to turn in some surprisingly exceptional music, the track below included. After the jump you’ll also find music from Alice Longyu Gao, Bad Ambassadors, CODE, DRAMA, House of Feelings (ft. Dave Harrington), MELODOWNZ (ft. Denzel Curry), RIPSAW, Slotface, and TOKiMONSTA.

EOB – Brasil

Hinds – Riding Solo

Polica – Forget Me Now

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-27-19

A new one from City Girls kicks off this pre-Thanksgiving edition of Pick Your Poison. I know I’m also thankful for songs from Dawn Richard and The Weeknd to help round things out. You can find more music after the jump from notable names such as ARMNHMR (ft. Micah Martin), CLEAR, Club 8, Coloray, God Colony (ft. Samirah Raheem), LT, Oceanvs Orientalis, The Skeleton Collective, and Unbroken Expanse.

City Girls – You Tried It

Dawn Richard – Easy

The Weeknd – Heartless

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 11-21-19

Things are starting to slow down as part of the end-of-year madness, but I’m grateful to still have some new music to share even if Pick Your Poison might be less frequent leading up to January. Let’s get things started with highlights from Army Navy, Dennis Lloyd, and Nik Freitas. You’ll discover even more tracks after the jump, including ones from Bear Grillz & HALIENE, Carlie Hanson, De Rien, Gorgon City, Johan Lenox (ft. Yung Pinch), Kastra & Modern Machines (ft. Bianca Linta), Lolo Zouai, maxime., and PARTYNEXTDOOR (ft. Drake).

Army Navy – Seismic

Dennis Lloyd – Unfaithful

Nik Freitas – Flowers

Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-18-19

Give thanks for this extended edition of Pick Your Poison, which features downloads from Blake Banks, Faultress, J Hacha de Zola, Light FM and Samantha Sidley, among others. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream additional tracks by Agnez Mo, Big Freedia (ft. Icona Pop), Coi Leray, Curbi (ft. RayRay), Grimm Grimm (ft. Laetitia Sadier), Laurel Halo, LouGotCash, Max Fry & Hanz (ft. Still Haze), ORUS, Tim Ayre, Wajatta (Reggis Watts x John Tejada), and Wrenn.

Blake Banks – Blu

Faultress – Marilyn

Greta Jaime – Internet Love

J Hacha de Zola – Bury A Friend

Light FM – Tourist

Samantha Sidley – Drive Like I Never Been Hurt (Ry Cooder cover)

WASTE OF PAINT – Baudelaire Waltz

Whitacre – Peach

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 11-14-19

This is a particularly interesting edition of Pick Your Poison. The new Beck song below might just be the best thing he’s made in quite awhile. I’m also excited to share tracks from Chiiild and Local Natives to help round out the highlights. Keep cruising past the jump for more music from Fat Tony and Taydex (ft. Clarence James), Golden Features x The Presets, HEIR??????, Jessie Reyez, Mike Posner, RALPH, Sunny Jain, and Tatum.

Beck – Everlasting Nothing

Chiiild – Darling

Local Natives – Nova

Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-11-19

It’s 11-11, so make a wish! If your wish was another solid edition of Pick Your Poison, I’ve got good news for you! Highlights today come from courtship., Free Nationals & Syd, as well as the immensely talented Two Feet. Discover more new music after the jump, with songs from boerd, Clouds, Grey (ft. Sofia Carson), Hasse de Moor, Howard, J Hus, maxime., Thyla, and Zebra Katz.

courtship. – NUmber 1

Free Nationals & Syd – Shibuya

Two Feet – BBY

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 11-6-19

A fresh track from Lauren Sanderson gets today’s Pick Your Poison off on the right foot, and then new ones from Lil Baby and Wiki (ft. Lil Ugly Mane & Denzel Curry) bring it home in style. Outside of the highlights, I’d advise that you click on past the jump for more songs from 88GLAM (ft. Lil Keed), Anne Muller, Anson Seabra, AQVOL, BAMBII (ft. Pamputtae), GOLDA, Kodie Shane, LOUSKYLAR (ft. Kavi), and more!

Lauren Sanderson – Upset

Lil Baby – Woah

Wiki – Grim (ft. Lil Ugly Mane & Denzel Curry)

Pick Your Poison: Monday 11-4-19

Chicago’s own Beach Bunny are poised to have a massive 2020, and if you’re not hip to them already then make sure to check out their brand new song below. It’s off a forthcoming album that’ll be out in February. Other highlights in this set come from Dijon and Joywave. Scoot on past the jump for other tracks from Dove Cameron, The Golden Age of TV, Haiku Hands (ft. Mad Zach), John Lindahl, KILLY, Loote, Peach Pit, and Young Bombs (ft. Aloe Blacc).

Beach Bunny – Dream Boy

Dijon – Crybaby :*(

Joywave – Blank Slate

Pick Your Poison: Wednesday 10-30-19

A spooooky set of songs have been collected for today’s Pick Your Poison. Okay, so there’s nothing really Halloween themed in this set, but a lot of these artists are scary talented. Case in point, highlight tracks from Landon Cube (ft. Lil Skies), Trippie Redd, and Chicago’s own Twin Peaks. Click past the jump if you dare and find even more music from BENEE, Empty Country, Failed Flowers, Michael David, Noah Cyrus (ft. London On Da Track), Redrago, Remember Sports, Ricky Remedy (ft. TITUS), and Trouble DTE (ft. Boosie Badazz).

Landon Cube – Carrie (ft. Lil Skies)

Trippie Redd – Love Me More

Twin Peaks – Our World

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