Our favourite 57 albums of 2019

It feels like it was a long, long year - how on earth was Sharon Van Etten's record released this year?

Whatever happens though there's always lots of good music. So much than we've got a bumper edition this year - a nice, round number of 57 of our favourite albums.

Here they are in some sort of order - it changes all the time so y'know, whatever.

We put it all together in this Spotify playlist.


***Quick note*** Here's some albums it seems we forgot when putting this together that should be in there somewhere:

Floating Points - Crush

Stormzy - Heavy Is the Head

57. Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe

A very exciting talent to emerge from 2019.

56. Stealing Sheep - Big Wows

Big wows at their Clwb gig.

55. PARCS - I'm Not Having a Nice Time

Our favourite south Wales trip-hop team.

54. Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars

Maybe the production is ever-so-slightly too slick for our tastes, but the songwriter is still the boss.

53. Craig Finn - I Need a New War

The lead singer from the Hold Steady knows how to tell a cracking story in a song.

52. Y La Bamba - Mujeres

Y La Bamba had two albums this year. Both are good, this one is very rhythmic and explorative. Great cover too.

51. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

Aussie-Welsh with catchy hooks for days.

50. Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?

She's a big deal.

49. These New Puritans - Inside the Rose

There New Puritans create a dark and delicious sound.

48. Arthur Russell - Iowa Dream

An album of off-cuts from a hero.

47. Jamilia Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

Sumptuous R&B.


Another album of bops from the prolific boys.

45. Y La Bamba - Entre Los Dos

Second entry for Luz Elena Mendoza. She's a unique musician and the world is a better place because of her vibrant music.

44. Silent Forum - Everything Solved at Once

Superb post-rock about office work. One of the best live shows around too.

43. Barker - Utility

EDM that's perfect for jogging.

42. Vanishing Twin - The Age Of Immunology

The smooth groove you deserve.

41. Kero Kero Bonito - Civilisation I

Stonking little EP.


Wonderful pop-punk from Japan. Play for fun times.

39. Burna Boy - African Giant

Political and pumpin' Afro-fusion.

38. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

A whole bunch of pop gems.

37. Baroness - Gold & Grey

A welcome addition to their ongoing colours records.

36. Bennie Maupin - The Jewel in The Lotus

You have reached the jazz section.

35. Sampa the Great - The Return

Come this way for absolute hip-hop belters.

34. Tyler The Creator - IGOR

Refinement of the Tyler sound and lots of soul.

33. 5K HD - High Performer

Buckets of cool and fun ideas.

32. Caroline Shaw - Orange

Caroline Shaw has produced for Kanye and The National, and here she drops a beautiful classical album with the Attacca Quartet.

31. Cass McCombs - Tip of the Sphere

Cassy gets a bit rocky.

30. Thom Yorke - Anima

Thom gonna Thom.

29. Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising

Gloriously cinematic ballads.

28. Clairo - Immunity

We were the oldest folks in the crowd at her gig and the kids aren't wrong. This is a sumptuous album and Clairo is wonderful and expressive musician.

27. Angel Olsen - All Mirrors

An album that oozes the class of an indie star at the height of her powers.

26. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love

Tip-top art-pop. She makes it feel so light and effortless.

25. slowthai - Nothing Great About Britain

No one waves around a severed prime ministerial head quite like him.

24. Cate Le Bon - Reward

We lover the Cate's wonky pop.

23. Solange - When I Get Home

A little revolution in R&B going on.

22. Aldous Harding - Designer

Showing off her catchy folk licks.

21. Holly Herndon - Proto

I read that algorithms were used to make this album. The results are astonishing. Computer magic.

20. Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstacy

Another delightful Hot Chip record. Big beats, big feels.

19. The Comet is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

Forget everything you think you know about saxophones and 'Jazz'.

18. Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿

So so so inventive and maybe more accessible on this album than ever before.

17. Bill Callahan - Sleeping in a sheepskin vest

Snug warm folk, just sheep's wool.

16. Charli XCX - Charli

Full pop power.

15. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Blew everyone away this year with probs the best bangers of the year.

14. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

One of the best song writers around, no doubts about it.

13. Flying Lotus - Flamagra

Four sides of the most inventive sounds you'll hear this year.

12. Big Thief - U.F.O.F.

A very exciting band, making very exciting music all the time.

11. Big Thief - Two Hands

Alright Big Thief, we get it, you're good. 'Not' makes a push for year of the song too.

10. Sunn O))) - Life Metal

Sometimes all you need is a really really really good drone.

9. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

Production that's as breathtaking as ever with a bit of extra introspection.

8. Helado Negro - This is how you smile

Blissful, chilled out and deep album.

7. Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons

Went to see her at Tramshed and had a little cry, it was that good.

6. Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains

A masterful record from an artist who will be much missed.

5. Little Simz - Grey Area

Best flow in the game, not a single filler track on there.

4. Richard Dawson - 2020

His last album was a Medieval village pressed into vinyl. This one brings us right to moment of the start of the new decade and all the time's anxieties and worries.

3. Anderson .Paak - Ventura

Funky and sexy as hell. YES LAWD