Music of the Year: 2019

Yes, that’s right, it’s time for the arbitrary list of probably-new-to-me songs that I heard in the last year and chose to put on a list. This year, I once again ordered it by the date I first wrote down the song’s title.

I subjected various selections of siblings to various parts of the list, and recorded their comments for posterity.

Spotify Playlists

Main Playlist

Honorable Mentions

The Songs

  • Lil Wayne - Uproar

    C: “You don’t know this song?”

    Ka: “This song is for the young folks.”

    Kr: “I like it.”

    L: “No, I don’t like it.”

  • Sundressed - A Little Less Put Together

    Ka: “I’ve only heard it once and I can sing it perfectly. That means it repeats too much. But I like whiny white boy music.”

  • The HU - Wolf Totem

    Ka: “I already told you how I felt about it last time you made me listen to it.”

    L: “Does he really do that with his voice?”

  • Thunderpussy - Speed Queen

    Ka: “It’s too honky-tonk.”

    L: “It’s not honky-tonk enough.”

    Ka: “It can’t make up its mind about its honky-tonkness, and I resent that.”

  • Rhiannon Giddens - Wayfaring Stranger

    Ka: “She has a really good voice.”

  • Billie Eilish - Bury A Friend

    L: “Well, I will give you this: it’s better than several of the songs you’ve played today.”

    Ka: “This is the one Brick keeps sending me.”

  • Ali Barter - Girlie Bits

    L: “I’ll show you a smile.”

  • Anti-Flag - American Attraction

    Ka: shaking her fists and saying doon doon doon

  • Brass Against - Figure It Out

    Ka: “Why don’t you like good music?”

    L: “It’s a bit brassy, but not in an interesting way.”

    Ka: “You know what’s good? Ska.”

  • Kesha - Rich, White, Straight, Men

    Ka: “So you know how postmodernists?”

    Me: “Yes.”

  • KEiiNO - Spirit In The Sky

    N: “He doesn’t have animal ears because he doesn’t have hair.”

  • Kongos - Come With Me Now

    Ka: “Ooh, he has pretty hair.”

    Ka: “I’m not sure that all of the people in this band are working with the same aesthetic.”

  • King Princess - Cheap Queen

    Ka: “No, no more on this list. I hate King Princess.”

    L: “‘Cheap Queen’ is my favourite of her songs.”

  • A Tribe Called Red feat. Black Bear - The OG

    L: “There were no words.”

    C: “There were a few words.”

  • Amy Shark - Adore

    J: “Snake!”

    C: “I thought there was a branch?”

    J: “There was a branch, and there was a snake.”

    J: “No, I think they chopped someone’s head off and left it in the forest.”

  • BAILEN - I Was Wrong

  • Bring Me The Horizon feat. Rahzel - Heavy Metal

    Ka: “Did that just say ‘the label had fell off?’ Nuh-uh. Turn it off.”

  • Steam Powered Giraffe - Shattered Stars

    Ka: “He’s very fluid.”

    L: “Not good at being a robot.”

  • Halestorm - Uncomfortable

  • Rammstein - Radio

    L: “I don’t hate this one.”

  • Lindemann - Steh Auf

    Ka: “You think I choose creepy music?”

  • Babymetal - Pa Pa Ya!!

    Ka: “C loves it.”

  • Duolva Duottar - Márkanstállu

    L: “They’re such an interesting duo. The other one really looks like a dad.”

  • Yonaka - Rockstar

    L: “It wasn’t annoying.”

  • Sub Urban - Cradles

    Ka: “Finally, you’re playing a song I like.”

    L: “Where have I heard this?”

  • Mother Marrow - Lady Heron

    L: “I like it a lot.”

Honorable Mentions

  • Belzebubs - Cathedrals of Mourning

    Trve kvlt animated cuties.

  • Skáld - Flúga

    Nice use of some traditional instruments, but not as compelling a sound as The HU.

  • Hatari - Hatrið Mun Sigra

    Usually I start working on this and immediately cut all of the Eurovision songs out of the list because they’ve failed to hold my interest. This year Hatari’s entry fell off the main list, but I still like it.

  • King Princess - Hit The Back

    Ain’t I the best you had?

  • Halsey - Finally // beautiful stranger

    I liked this, but not as much as I wanted to.

  • Ali Barter - Big Ones


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