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Published on December 22nd, 2019 | by Jerry Doby


Consequence of Sound Releases Annual “Best Of” Lists

After celebrating the best music, film, and television of the decade last month, Consequence of Sound is celebrating its annual “Best Of” lists, kicking off with the Top 50 Albums and Top 50 Songs of 2019.

Songs that took over our eardrums this year included Sharon Van Etten’s teenage reverie with “Seventeen”, the rebellious and captivating “Bad Guy” from Billie Eilish, the anthem of self-love that is “Juice” by Lizzo, Tyler, the Creator’s heartbreaking “EARFQUAKE” and the incomparable rock vibes of “Weird Ways” by Strange of Oaks.

Paired with a quirky gif for each song, this list includes a personal note from a variety of Consequence of Sound staff writers.

“As the year comes to a close and we venture out into a new decade of territory, it might be worth mentioning that there’s room for us all. So, whether you’re a hot girl, sad boy, defiant person, or anything and everything in between, there’s some life out there for you, and we hope this list is made up of more than enough relatable moments to serve as your soundtrack” shares Music Editor Erica Campbell.

You can view the complete list of the Top 50 Songs of 2019 here: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/12/top-50-songs-of-2019/.

In the world of albums, 2019 showed that the format is not dead. Just six months after her comeback record, Ariana Grande gave us thank u, next, proving that both her creativity and our desire for consumption of honest pop music are at an all time high. Angel Olsen delivered orchestral art-pop on All Mirrors, while Jamila Woods gave us one of the best R&B albums in recent memory with Legacy! Legacy!. Vampire Weekend made a triumphant return, sounding like more of a cohesive unit that can touch on classic rock, pop, jazz and even country with Father of the Bride. Tyler, Billie and Lizzo all rounded out the Top 10 in albums coverage, cementing their place in the musical landscape of the end of this decade.

“It might not be the golden age of the album anymore. I’ll admit that. But 2019 assured us that the album is a far, confident cry from deceased,” shares Editorial Director Matt Melis. “How audiences buy and consume music will always change. But as long as artists, like the ones mentioned above, turn to the industry’s traditional long-form format to express themselves, expand their sounds, and reflect on the world around them, consider us ready to sit down and listen front to back. And, as always: no skipping.”

You can view the complete list of the Top 50 Albums of 2019 here: https://consequenceofsound.net/2019/12/top-albums-of-2019/.

Consequence of Sound’s complete Annual Report coverage is available here: https://consequenceofsound.net/category/annual-report-2019/.

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Editor-in-Chief of The Hype Magazine, and internationally published arts & entertainment journalist. Member of the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture as well as the United States Press Corps.

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