My best songs of 2019. The top 3-5 songs are probably in right order but it quickly becomes more a collection of great tracks and less in any specific order.
Savannah CristinaRebound A slow beat on repeat, about a relationship lost to another woman and how to bounce back.
Lolo ZouaiHigh hights to low lows A new refreshing sound from this French-Algerian singer-songwriter, perhaps it's the mix of the Amercan and European roots coming through, bittersweet dreamy pop and r&b with vocals in two languages, been on heavy rotation at home, also check out the track Chevy Impala.
Moss KenaNothing breaks like a heart (live acoustic) A cover of the Mark Ronson/Miley Cyrus song and imho far better than the original, the new Sam Smith?
Maverick Sabre w/ChronixxHer grace A potent voice, modern british soul, absolutely heart-breaking story of abuse and unseen tears, gets me every time.
ApparatCaronte Love the voice of Sasha Ring in this beautiful orchestral piece, this is the modern electronic club sound of Berlin (at least for me), also check out the track Dawan.
Tove Lo w/Kylie MinogueReally don't like you Tove is Sweden's main pop star now, the A-game collaboration with Kylie shows, catchy electro pop.
Zedd & KehlaniGood thing Celebrating self-love, "I have everything I need", a song embracing the single life, you need no one else to live your life.
Iman OmariTurmoil Soul mixed with hiphop, a good vibe, silk for you ears.
SiR w/Kadhja BonetNew sky One of the year's best albums, full of solid vocals, love the visuals for this mellow track.
H.E.R.Be on my way Relationship status: it is complicated.
Jhene AikoTriggered (freestyle) A storyteller, most tracks are like small concept scripts for a short film.
James Blake w/Moses SumneyTell them A big track that should be on all "best of" lists (but isn't), Sumney's voice suits the quirky production perfectly.
Summer Walker w/DrakeGirls need love
GrimesViolence Always very artistic but this one is slightly more accessible, I like one of the video comments: Billie Ellish - I am the new futuristic wave! Grimes - hold my long sword.
Babé SilaMaire It's all about the voice
Shawn Mendez & Camila CabelloSenorita A pop song goes a long way, seems lightweight but is a bit grown up, like Cabello's line "You say we are just friends, but friends don't know the way you taste".
DRAM w/H.E.R. & WATTThe lay down More bedroom stuff, a big production and nice vocals
Lil Nas X w/Billy Ray CyrusOld town road "Old Town Road by Lil Nas X does not currently merit inclusion on Billboard's country charts. When determining genres, a few factors are examined, but first and foremost is a musical composition. While Old Town Road incorporates references to country and cowboy imagery, it does not embrace enough elements of today's country music to chart in its current version."
NiiaFace I like her more and more, there is something dark about the sound that I find interesting
Pomplamoose w/Ali Spagnola, Malinda, Jon CozartBeautiful people They had so many excellent covers this year (original by Ed Sheeran).
LizzoJuice Big personality, bit hit. I like the confidence.
Sampa the greatFinal form The track of the year, according to Gilles Peterson. Obviously a big track, big production and one to play a long time.
MabelOK (Anxiety anthem) A strong portfolio of songs, impressive
James Blake w/Travis ScottMile high Fun to see how popular Blake is with hiphop artists
David Guetta w/RayeStay I'm weak for this kind of club tracks
ApparatHeroist The dark electronica, the sound of Berlin
The WeekndHeartless What used to be an endless and real hangover is now more of a show (I'm guessing), maybe it's sad but I like he's back to this kind of songs about drugs and the low life.
Billie ElishBad guy Duh.
Ariana Grande7 rings Look good, feel good. Or is it maybe about recalibrating life and redefining success (that is, not being in love anymore).
Mary J Blige w/NASThriving So powerful performance