The Top 60 Albums of 2019

Ranking the best albums of the year shouldn’t have to be about consensus. Heck, I’ve been making this yearly list for over 12 years and while I’ve sometimes fallen victim to the pitfalls of slotting and naming certain albums on the list because of the prevailing critical belief about their greatness, that approach is now effectively out the window.

What you’ll find in Everything Ecstatic’s Top 60 Albums of 2019 list, is a direct reflection of the best music I listened to and enjoyed the most this year; whether it’s by a mainstream artist, or someone you may have never heard of before. The latter, is what I think has made EE’s Albums list great for so long. ‘Cause at the end of the day, this site is about discovery and enthusiasm for said discoveries (of course). Stylistically, it’s always gonna be all over the map, from jazz to hip-hop to indie, electronic and beyond…from all over the globe.

Lastly, I’ll say this: I’m glad that I waited until 12/23 to release these picks, because the more days we have to listen to the insane amount of tunes that are getting released throughout the year, then the less likely it is to miss something you absolutely needed in your life (Jamila Woods’ incredible Legacy! Legacy! for example, would not have made its way onto the list, let alone into the Top 10 if this list was finalized in early December. )

So with that, here’s Everything Ecstatic’s Top 60 Albums of the Year, along with a Spotify playlist of them all at the bottom of the post. Follow @EcstaticBlog us on Twitter and like the EE Facebook page to get music shouts on the regular and to stay up on the EE live events series.


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Stellar Spins (60-51)

60. Arthur Russell – Iowa Dream

59. Kedr Livanskiy – Your Need

58. Rosie Tucker – Never Not Never Not Never Not

57. Hand Habits – placeholder

56. Hot Chip – A Bathful of Ecstasy

55. Skepta – Ignorance Is Bliss

54. San Fermin – The Cormorant 1

53. Bedouine – Bird Songs of a Killjoy

52. Nate Mercereau – Joy Techniques

51. Jordan Rakei – Origin

The Top 50

50. Black Belt Eagle Scout – At The Party With My Brown Friends

49. Mndsgn – Snaxx


47. Kindness – Something Like A War

46. Salami Rose Joe Louis – Zdenka 2080

45. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

44. Kassa Overall – Go Get Ice Cream And Listen To Jazz

43. Danny Brown – uknowhatimsayin¿

42. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors

41. Little Brother – May The Lord Watch

40. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Bandana

39. Weyes Blood – Titanic Rising

38. Durand Jones & The Indications – American Love Call

37. Blockhead – Free Sweatpants

36. Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs

35. Brijean – Walkie Talkie

34. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel

33. Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaire’s Club

32. Rexx Life Raj – Father Figure 3: Somewhere Out There

31. Sampa The Great – The Return

30. Spellling – Mazy Fly

29. Moonchild – Little Ghost

28. Boy Scouts – Free Company

27. Angie McMahon – Salt


25. Priests – The Seduction of Kansas

24. Thom Yorke – ANIMA

23. Black Marble – Bigger Than Life

22. Meernaa – Heart Hunger

21. Sessa – Grandeza

20. Big Thief – U.F.O.F.

19. Big Thief – Two Hands

18. Toro y Moi – Outer Peace

17. Quantic – Atlantic Oscillations

16. Flying Lotus – Flamagra

15. Nicola Cruz – Siku

14. Bayonne – Drastic Measures

13. Nilufer Yanya – Miss Universe

12. Theo Croker – Star People Nation

11. The Cinematic Orchestra – To Believe

10. Jamila Woods – LEGACY! LEGACY!

9. Pivot Gang – You Can’t Sit With Us

8. Monster Rally – Adventures On The Floating Island

7. Jessica Pratt – Quiet Signs

6. Jai Paul – Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)

5. Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – Ancestral Recall

4. Julia Jacklin – Crushing

3. Aldous Harding – Designer

2. Teebs – Annica

  1. Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile

Hope you enjoyed y’all! Playlist is below and subscribe to it here on Spotify.