IT'S ONCE again time to talk about good music.
I don't know why we always wait until the end of the year to talk about the best music that's out. And so, a few months back, I started compiling my list of the best songs released so far in 2019. It's time to make an update. The following are my latest favorites, which you can add to your playlists or pick up at your local record store.
And no, this list does not include "Old Town Road," a novelty song that is perfect for this moment in time. It's a catchy blend of country and hip-hop by an unknown artist who record labels, charts and other artists just don't know how to handle. It's a perfect symbol for the current era of the music industry, but it is also a bad, bad song.
Here we go.
Anderson .Paak, "King James" Listen to it on repeat. That's what I've been doing. It's a funky, catchy song that also happens to be a damning protest song.
Bruce Springsteen, "Hello Sunshine"
The Boss is done with the hard times, and he's turning his face toward the sunshine for once. This strummer is easy to listen to.
Get past the "best music" and "DJ Khaled!" shout-outs that accompany every one of his songs, and the man is good for some great collaborations. This time, DJ Khaled brings together Justin Bieber, Quavo and Chance the Rapper for a great pop/hip-hop jam.
Charli XCX, Lizzo, "Blame It OnYour Love"
Two of my favorite women come together on a fun pop song.
Carly Rae Jepsen, "TooMuch"
She continues to be a delight, and her new record is no exception. All of "Dedicated" is great, but this is the best track on it.
The National, "I AmEasy to Find"
This is a slow-burner, a beautiful piece of music with a sad story underneath. Sounds like The National.
They keep doing what they do best, a bluesy rock throwback full of crunchy guitar, big choruses and a tasty little keyboard riff.
The Lumineers, "Gloria"
A strummy song to sing along to? That's what we're used to from The Lumineers, but this one features an off-putting story about booze and falling on the floor and saying prayers.
The Head and the Heart, "Living Mirage"
The band graduates from foot-stomping folk to more of a Fleetwood Mac layered rock/pop vibe, and I am totally cool with that.
Blink-182, "Blame It On My Youth"
A bright rock jam about being a kid? Yeah, I'm into it. Looking forward to seeing them play it live this summer.
Luke Combs, "Beer Never Broke My Heart"
It's not groundbreaking songwriting, but it's a perfect bit of novelty to jam while you're tailgating.
Billie Eilish, "When the Party's Over"
The phenom's best song is gorgeous because it's almost entirely based on her vocal performance.
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