It’s that time again! A whole year of music listening gets distilled down to a choice of five top albums and seeing if any of them can break into my top ten of all time. I don’t usually enjoy this process and this year hasn’t been any different, although if I’m honest, the choice was slightly less inspiring than usual.
It felt like the year was very top heavy in terms of stand-out albums, and as I was reviewing my shortlist, none of them were really jumping out.
That being said, I have come up with a top five that I’m happy with.
- GIRL by Maren Morris
- Sucker Punch by Sigrid
- WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? by Billie Eilish
- DNA by Backstreet Boys
- Love and Compromise by Mahelia
Billie Eilish has been on an interesting journey in my music tastes. When I listened to the album, I thought it was amazing but not one I would actually want to listen to often. Then I watched her performance at Glastonbury and thought it really brought everything to life. Since then, everything I’ve seen and heard from her has impressed me - she’s so talented and still so young! Her recent trip with James Cordon was excellent.
I also need to give an honourable mention to Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend. That album is as polarising as it can be within my own head. It has some of the greatest songs on it alongside some of the worst. I do think This Life is my top song of the year if not the past several years, and yet some of the other tracks on there are unlistenable for me. That’s why it doesn’t make the top five but somehow I still can’t ignore it.
As mentioned above, none of those albums are enough to break into my overall top ten, which, after careful consideration this year looks like this:
- Come On Over by Shania Twain
- Rumours by Fleetwood Mac
- Millennium by Backstreet Boys
- Staying at Tamara’s by George Ezra
- With His Blue and Hot Guitar by Johnny Cash
- Who Built the Moon? by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
- Chaleur Humaine by Christine and the Queens
- Days Are Gone by HAIM
- WALLS by Kings of Leon
- Storyteller by Carrie Underwood
I find it such a weird process, picking out ten best albums, as they’re all so different - from different eras of music, and various times of my life - so hard to compare. But I’ve done it and I don’t have to do it again for another twelve months!
2019 is wrapped up then, and the 2020 music adventure is about to begin. Here’s to more highs and lows, tunes and disasters, greatness and disappointments. It’s gonna be brilliant!