My Top Ten Albums of 2019

This is a little late, since we’re over halfway through January, but I thought it might be interesting to some people(and mostly for my own personal records) to record my top 10 favorite albums released in 2019.

  • I Am Easy to Find by The National

This album was my #1 listened to album of the year, because of how much I loved it. It’s a little long — it has 16 tracks, and not every one of them is amazing, but the majority of the album is beautiful, and innovative for The National. I love The National, and this album did not let me down. I also got to see them live in September while they were on tour for this album, so I think it will always have a little bit of a special place in my heart.

  • IGOR by Tyler, The Creator

I haven’t always listened to much Tyler, but when I saw the internet hype around this album, I had to hear what everyone was talking about. And I was not let down. I love the feeling of this entire album. There isn’t a single song on here that I don’t love.

  • Anima by Thom Yorke

I love Radiohead(Like any good music lover does), but for some reason it took me a really long time to get around to listening to this album. I think I actually watched the accompanying short film with the same title before I listened to the whole album. But once I listened, I fell in love. This album is an entire experience. Thom Yorke’s voice is so calming to me, and his music is such an amazing background to his beautiful lyrics and voice.

  • Erotic Reruns by Yeasayer

If you ask me, Yeasayer has never put out a bad album. But their albums also require a period of listening without much enjoyment before I am able to appreciate them. This album was no exception. I liked the singles they released prior to the album, but I thought they were nothing compared to Yeasayer’s previous albums. And when the album came out, I was honestly a little disappointed. But the more I listened, the more I loved the album. It’s short, sweet, and weird.

  • There Existed an Addiction to Blood by clipping.

This is the first album I listened to by clipping. My brother had showed me a few of their songs, but I had never gotten that into it before this album. There Existed an Addiction to Blood is an eerie album that came out just in time for Halloween. The lyrics on this album are chilling and the beats are gripping. Every song impressed me all over again every time.

  • The Center Won’t Hold by Sleater-Kinney

I probably never would have listened to this album if not for the fact that I saw Sleater-Kinney in concert in October. But I’m so glad I did. It’s not most people’s favorite Sleater-Kinney album, but I think it’s fun and a little poppy without losing the girl rock feel of their older music. It was an amazing album to hear live, and I love it more every time I listen to it.

  • Metronomy Forever by Metronomy

Metronomy is a very hit-and -miss band. But their hits are HITS. And this album has enough hits that they easily make up for the misses. Salted Caramel Ice Cream and Wedding Bells are two of my favorites from the album, and they’re both just fun, bouncy, goofy songs, which is always what I’m looking for when I listen to Metronomy.

  • How Do You Love? by The Regrettes

I just recently discovered The Regrettes, but I love them. They are just the kind of slightly angry girl rock I need in my life some days. How Do You Love? is a great album, although a little long, enjoyable and relatable all the way through.

  • i,i by Bon Iver

I feel a little guilty putting this on my list, because I didn’t actually listen to it until 2020, but here it is. This album is probably my favorite Bon Iver. It’s got his classic melancholy, but it’s not overpowering like it is in For Emma, Forever Ago. And while I love 22 a Million, I think i,i brings something old to that more electronic sound and really fleshes it out.

  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend

I actually don’t love this album as a whole, but it made it onto the list because it has so many good songs on it. The album itself drags beyond belief, but I love some of the highlights, like Harmony Hall; This Life; Unbearable White; Stranger; and Jerusalem, New York, Berlin.

This list is not really in a particular order, and it’s based purely on opinion, so if anyone reads this and disagrees, don’t take it personally.

Here’s a list of my top 10 albums I listened to in 2019, according to

  1. I Am Easy To Find by The National
  2. Am I a Girl? by Poppy
  3. The Midnight Organ Fight by Frightened Rabbit
  4. Trouble Will Find Me by The National
  5. Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  6. Pedestrian Verse by Frightened Rabbit
  7. Feel Your Feelings Fool! by The Regrettes
  8. Boxer by The National
  9. Sleep Well Beast by The National
  10. IGOR by Tyler, The Creator

Overall, I think 2019 was a really great year for music, and I’m just hoping for more amazing music in 2020.