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Top 30 Albums of 2019

I listened to a lot of new music in 2019 so I thought that, for the first time in my life I would (drum roll please) – rank my top 30 albums of the year!

Yes, 2019 proved to be a very strong year indeed for music, arguably the best of the decade. There were terrific albums from breakout pop stars Billie Eilish and Lizzo. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion and goth-country crooner Orville Peck released standout records that placed them among the many up-and-comers to watch. There were also impressive efforts from indie veterans Jenny Lewis and Sleater-Kinney. Even a fellow named Bruce released one of his best albums in years.  Rock thrived as well in 2019. (Check my top rock picks of 2019 here.)

Perhaps most importantly, 2019 showed that the album format isn’t going away any time soon. Artists across all genres continue to embrace the long-playing album.

Let’s get on with it. Presented refreshingly free of comment, I give you my favorite albums of 2019:

30) The Menzingers – Hello Exile

Hello Exile

29) Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Remind Me Tomorrow

28) Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

27) Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold

The Center Won't Hold

26) Gary Clark Jr. – This Land

This Land

25) Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind

We Are Not Your Kind

24) Denzel Curry – ZUU


23) Big Eyes – Streets of the Lost

Streets of the Lost

22) Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

Fever [Explicit]

21) Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars

Western Stars

20) Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger

Help Us Stranger

19) King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest

Infest The Rats' Nest

18) Tyler, The Creator – Igor


17) Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

Lux Prima

16) Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

Cuz I Love You [Explicit]

15) Little Simz – GREY Area

GREY Area [Explicit]

14) Lana Del Rey – Norman F***ing Rockwell

Norman Fucking Rockwell! [Explicit]

13) FKA Twigs – Magdalene


12) Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains

Purple Mountains

11) Sturgill Simpson – Sound & Fury

SOUND & FURY [Explicit]

10) Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?


9) Jenny Lewis – On The Line

On The Line (LP)

8) Durand Jones & The Indications – American Love Call

American Love Call

7) Angel Olsen – Mirrors

All Mirrors

6) Orville Peck – Pony


5) Brittany Howard – Jaime

Jaime [LP][Black & White Marble][Deluxe]

4) Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel


3) Mannequin Pussy – Patience


2) Michael Kiwanuku – Kiwanuku


1) Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising

Titanic Rising

So there you have it. Once you’ve listened to all 30, email us on enco360sound@gmail.com and let us know you’re down with the 360°Sound.

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