The Top Albums of 2019

Other years, I say more about music, or the albums themselves, but this year has been busy and I have not made time to even think about this. Suffice it to say that I started this year with Anthony Kiedis’s autobiography, and ended it with Flea’s. Music is always present, and I’m excited for what the next decade will bring – including the RHCP reunion with guitarist, John Frusciante.

In line with other years, and to end the decade with the same tradition, the following list compiles 10 albums that have stood out for me in the year —no matter the release date—and are listed in the order I encountered these. I am not ranking the albums. 

Rosalía – El Mal Querer (2018)

Top Songs: “Malamente” & “Bagdad”

Various Artists – One Month Study Project Vol. 1 (2019)

Top Songs: “Catsy” & “Careful” and all of the rest. All of them, really.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (1999)

Top Songs: ” Around the World”, “Parallel Universe”, “Porcelain”, “Road Trippin” – and let’s be honest, the whole thing.

LSD – Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present… LSD (2019)

Top Songs: “Thunderclouds” & “Audio”

Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (2018)

Top Songs: “Slow Burn” & “Oh, What a World”

Lizzo – Cuz I Love You (2019)

Tops Songs: “Juice”, “Soulmate”, “Tempo”, “Truth Hurts”

DJ Koze – Knock Knock (2018)

Top Song: “Music on My Teeth” feat. José González

Mateo Kingman – Astro (2019)

Top Songs: “Lúmina”, “Tejidos”, “Religar”

Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager (2010)

Top Songs: “Mr. Rager”, “All Along”, “Trapped In My Mind”

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell! (2019)

Top Songs: “Mariners Apartment Complex”, “fuck it i love you”, “Doin’ Time”, “Cinnamon Girl”

Other albums that almost made the list and deserve the mention:

  • James Blake – Assume Form (2019)
  • Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d. city (2012)
  • Kendrick Lamar – DAMN. (2017)
  • NoMBe – They Might’ve Even Loved Me (2018)
  • Rawayana – Trippy Caribbean (2016)
  • Taylor Swift – “Lover” (2019)
  • Shawn Mendes – Shawn Mendes (2018)
  • Kanye West – JESUS IS KING (2019)

Links to playlists I made this year:


another word for rage


This year I took an unexpected trip to the Holy Land (Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Israel), and one of the trip’s leaders said: At the beginning of this year, did you imagine you’d be here? None of us had. That’s the funny thing about years, decades, and lifetimes – there are so many surprises waiting in the wings.

Peace, love and music always. Happy New Year and decade!


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