We are halfway through 2019 and getting closer to starting a new decade. Still not sure how to feel about all of that, but I’m going to face it with dignity. For this post I wanted to explore some of my favorite songs and albums released in 2019. Since I can’t really rank for the life of me, y’all will just get a list.
To kick things off, I’ve really been digging NCT 127’s new EP “We Are Superhuman”. It’s an overall cohesive album that does a good job showcasing the group’s talent. Standout tracks for me are the title track, “Superhuman”, and “Highway to Heaven”. “Superhuman” is an invigorating song that supercharges you to be your best. “Highway to Heaven” is a more chill song but no less powerful.
Little Simz is an artist you definitely need to keep an eye out. She has a new album out titled “GREY Area” that’s available on Spotify. One song that caught my eye was “Venom”. I’m not going to pretend to know all the rap lingo, but even I can tell her flow is top-notch.
Another album I’ve been feeling is Monsta X’s “We Are Here”, a folow up to their previous album “Are You There?”. One of my favorite tracks from the album is the Steve Aoki produced “Play It Cool”. It’s a short yet effective song that is great for setting up the mood to go party. Other stand out tracks include “Ghost”, “Rodeo”, and “Stealer”.
“Dancing with a Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani is a cool jam to play as you’re driving around town. I personally prefer the acoustic version, but the regular version is just as good.
Maybe it’s because I don’t listen to the radio like I did in the past, but this song nearly swooped past me. Thanks to YouTube I found out about the Katy Perry and Zedd collaboration, “365”. It’s a great tune that is about realizing that this love isn’t a fling, but the real deal.
One of my favorite songs comes from new k-pop girl group, Everglow. “Bon Bon Chocolat” is a fun song with an infectious beat that makes you want to attempt the dance move seen in the music video.
While the movie not be getting the most rave reviews (an understatement), at least the song inspired by the movie is good. Emeli Sandé strikes gold again with this song about finding the extraordinary in who you are and to embrace it. If you like this song I recommend checking out her other songs like “Hurts” and “Next To Me”.
Are you into opening songs for anime? Look no further than Dreamcatcher’s “Piri” from their most recent EP. The song starts off strong and continues to take us on a magical journey.
If I had to name one pop group to be on the lookout for it’s ATEEZ. The eight-member boy band from South Korea has been creating buzz and for good reason. One of my favorite songs of theirs from this year is “Hala Hala”. A boisterous and dramatic tune that makes you want to go out and tackle whatever problem you’re facing for the day. I would highly recommend watching the performance of the song.
“Dionysus” by BTS. While I wasn’t feeling their new EP, this song was the exception with its high energy mix of hip-hop and rock and roll. It’s a perfect party song.
“Come Home” by Anderson. Paak featuring Andre 3000 reminds me of my childhood with the soul and R&B station on as my family and I drove around. I found out about Anderson from his Coachella performance and decided to give him a listen and was not disappointed. And there’s nothing more I need to say about the legendary Andre 3000. I would definitely recommend giving his new album, “Ventura”, a listen.
“No” by CLC is as simple as its title, but a powerful song about empowerment that will make you want to say “no” to anyone who wants to put you in a box.
And those are my favorite songs/albums so far. Let me know in the comments some of your favorites. Tell me your thoughts on any of the songs I listed above.