Top 50 Songs of 2019

I don’t often make a year end favorite song list. There are a gazillion songs that were released in 2019. And it’s just an overwhelming task to take on – moreso than albums. So these songs are just a small collection of ones I played on my ipod (yeah, I still have mine), and Spotify. It’s random, it’s funny, it’s head scratching, it’s booty shaking, it’s whatever got me through this ridiculous year of 2019. Enjoy.

And Happy New Year.. it’s a wrap. FINALLY.

50. Harry Styles – Watermelon Sugar
49. Beck – Star
48. Bishop Briggs – Champion
47. SebastiAn – Handcuffed to a Parking Meter (Feat. Sparks)
46. Michael Kiwanuka – You Ain’t the Problem
45. Lil’ Kim – Pray for Me (Feat. Rick Ross and Musiq Soulchild)
44. Dermot Kennedy – Moments Passed
43. Hayley Kiyoko – Demons
42. Lady Antebellum – Be Patient With My Love
41. Brandon Banks – 8 Figures
40. The Black Keys – Every Little Thing
39. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Giannis (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
38. Hayden James – Better Together
37. Jamie Cullum – Taller
36. Lucky Daye – Concentrate
35. Lizzo – Tempo (Feat. Missy Elliott)
34. Billie Eilish – Bad Buy
33. Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
32. Post Malone – Circles
31. Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello – Senorita
30. Iggy Azalea – Sally Walker
29. Ed Sheeran – Beautiful People (Feat. Khalid)
28. P!nk – Hurts 2B Human (Feat. Khalid)
27. Mabel – OK (Anxiety Anthem)
26. Rob Thomas – Timeless
25. Ben Platt – Honest Man
24. Miley Cyrus – Mother’s Daughter
23. NF – Time
22. Snoh Aalegra – Love Like That
21. Tori Kelly – Pretty Fades
20. Lizzo – Juice
19. Megan Thee Stallion – Hot Girl Summer
18. Niall Horan – Nice to Meed Ya
17. Backstreet Boys – New Love
16. The Weeknd – Heartless
15. Jonas Brothers – Sucker
14. Sleater – Kinney – RUINS
13. Labrinth & Zendaya – All For Us
12. Taylor Swift – You Need to Calm Down
11. Fitz and the Tantrums – 123456

FINAL TEN SONGS
10. Tegan and Sara – Don’t Believe the Things They Tell You (They Lie)
9. Normani – Motivation
8. Summer Walker – Come Thru (Feat. Usher)
7. Missy Elliott – Throw it Back
6. Halsey – Graveyard
5. Ariana Grande – thank you, next
4. Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing with a Stranger
3. Raphael Saadiq – Sinners Prayer
2. Lil’ Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix) (Feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)
1. Lizzo – Truth Hurts

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Top Albums of 2019

Alright. It’s been a while, I admit. Life continues gets in my way. Constantly. And frankly it sucks. But I thought I would give you all a list of my top 50 albums of 2019. I like everyone else in the country depend on lists to get through life. So I thought I’d go ahead and show you mine, so to speak. I know some of these selections are nothing new if anyone knows me. And there were some surprises I must say. Music in 2019 was stellar for the DIYs, the left of center folks, and alternative music, and most IMPORTANTLY, WOMEN. Yup, women ruled this year in music. We were everywhere. And some of us finally got the LONG overdue recognition that was well deserved. Pop music – eh. Not so much to me. So. Without further ado, here are my favorites…in really NO particular order – OTHER than the top 10:

50. While We Wait – Kehlani

49. Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

48. Guache – A People’s History of Guache

47. Fitz and the Tantrums – All The Feels

46. Logic – Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

45. Galcher Lustwerk – Information

44. Wale’ – Wow… That’s Crazy

43. Mark Ronson – Late Night Feelings

42. The National – I Am Easy to Find

41. Sudan Archives – Athena

40. Emily King – Scenery

39. The Raconteurs – Help Us Stranger

38. IDER – Emotional Education

37. The Coathangers – The Devil You Know

36. Young M.A. – Herstory in the Making

35. Escort – City Life

34. Tank and the Bangas – Green Balloon

33. Girlpool – What Chaos is Imaginary

32. Charly Bliss – Young Enough

31. Harry Styles – Fine Line

30. Chance the Rapper – The Big Day

29. Fever 333 – Strength in Numbe333rs

28. Emeli Sande – Real Life

27. Karen O & Danger Mouse – Lux Prima

26. Jamilia Woods – Legacy

25. Black Pumas – Black Pumas

24. Beyonce’ – Homecoming: The Live Concert

23. Empath – Active Listening

22. Gallant – Sweet Insomnia

21. Backstreet Boys – DNA

20. Broods – Don’t Feed the Pop Monsters

19. GoldLink – Diaspora

18. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka

17. The Highwomen – The Highwomen

16. Bat for Lashes – Lost Girls

15. Tyler, The Creator – IGOR

14. Jenny Lewis – On the Line

13. Chaka Khan – Hello Happiness

12. Sturgill Simpson – Sound and Fury

11. Wallows – Nothing Happens

And the TOP 10:

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10. Anderson .Paak – Ventura

9. Tegan and Sara – Hey I’m Just Like You

8. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby

7. Megan Thee Stallion – Fever

6. Dave – Psychodrama

5. Ex Hex – I’m Real

4. Ariana Grande – thank you next

3. Sleater-Kinney – The Center Won’t Hold

2. Brittany Howard – Jaime

…and NUMBER 1:

1. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You – There is no way you could escape the badass force that is Lizzo this year. 2019 was HER year. From the club to the radio to commercials, Lizzo was pretty much in every year, on every playlist, or playing in every car. She’s a beacon of light in a world that was filled and is STILL filled with hate and evil. Her views on body positivity and self worth is something all of us of every size need to hear and live by on a daily basis. She’s all about love y’all. And she’s not going anywhere, and for that, she made 2019 great for music.

That’s it for now. Have a wonderful new year everyone and fingers crossed 2020 is a stellar year for music.

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My Favorite 50 of 2018

The only thing I can depend on is music. Good or bad, it’s there for me. Either to make me smile or to make me cringe, music is never boring. This year brought quite the feast to intake. Some comebacks. Some missteps. Some head scratchers. Some twerkworthy.
And then came the women.
This year was filled with women singers and songwriters making names for themselves. Vets and newbees… There wasn’t one time on the radio this year I didn’t hear a woman’s voice belting her heart out or showing a melodic side to make you dance. I am proud of all of them. They didn’t disappoint and we are all better for it. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to a variety of ladies singing like their lives depended on it. And really, they kinda were. Women staked claim on everything, and left everything they had on the stage. I can only imagine what 2019 has in store for my ears. Once again, I am giving you a list of what I found to be worthy for a second or tenth spin on my iPod or my car. They are in no particular order, except for the top 10. They, my friends, are the most worthy.
50. Lauren Daigle – Look Up Child
49. Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears
48. boygenius – boygenius
47. John Coltrane – Both Directions At Once
46. Angelique Kidjo – Remain in Light
45. Marian Hill – Unusual
44. Chvrches – Love is Dead
43. Hinds – I Don’t Run
42. Superorganism – Superorganism
41. The War and Treaty – The Healing Tide
40. Nothing – Dance on the Blacktop
39. Tash Sultana – Flow State
38. IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance
37. Bishop Briggs – Church of Scars
36. Cardi B. – Invasion of Privacy
35. Air Waves – Warrior
34. Pale Waves – My Mind Makes Noises
33. My Brightest Diamond – A Million and One
32. Drake – Scorpion
31. Grapetooth – Grapetooth
30. Georgi Kay – Where I Go to Disappear
29. Franz Ferdinand – Always Ascending
28. Amy Shark – Love Monster
27. Amos Lee – My New Moon
26. Amen Dunes – Freedom
25. (Tie) Courtney Barnett – Tell Me How You Really Feel/The Glands – Double Coda
24. The Weekend – Dear, Melancholy
23. H.E.R. – I Used to Know Her: Part 2 and the Prelude
22. The Aces – When My Heart Felt Volcanic
21. Blood Orange – Negro Swan
20. Peabo Bryson – Stand for Love
19. Brandi Carlile – By the Way, I Forgive You
18. Screaming Females – All At Once
17. Mariah Carey – Caution
16. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour
15. Kane Brown – Experiment
14. A.A.L (Against All Logic) – 2012-2017
13. Panic! At The Disco – Pray for the Wicked
12. Anderson .Paak – Oxnard
11. Twenty One Pilots – Trench
The Final TEN:
10. Tori Kelly – Hiding Place
9. Christina Aguilera – Liberation
8. Snow Patrol – Wildness
7. Fantastic Negrito – Please Don’t Be Dead
6. Mike Shinoda – Post Traumatic
5. Hayley Kiyoko – Expectations
4. Jorja Smith – Lost & Found
3. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life
2. Ella Mai – Ella Mai
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1. Janelle Monae’ – Dirty Computer
It would be hard to say you’re a music fan and NOT have heard of Janelle Monae’ at all. It’s not everyday you see a queer Black woman at the forefront of the music industry and she had everyone right where she wanted them. Representing female empowerment, self love, self respect, high self esteem, and fighting for equality all across the board from the boardroom to the bedroom, Janelle hit everyone with a tremendous amount of fierceness. And we were definitely accepting. If you haven’t heard Dirty Computer, then by all means, give her your full attention.
I must give an Honorable Mention to Mabel and her mixtape, “Ivy to Roses.” She’s a rising star in the r&b world in the UK and I’m really hoping she makes a dent into the US. She’s got the singing chops and enough dance melody to hold onto my attention.
Happy New Year!!

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Last Podcast of the Year! Come and Get It…

Not going to lie to you. 2018 sucked.

It was a horrible year for many, and that includes music. But through all the suckiness, there were gems. Gems that get you through all the grief, the struggle, the sadness, and the ridiculous. I have returned to play a few standouts that I aaaaaaa-dorrred this year. So sit back, relax, enjoy. And I will see you next year…hopefully, with new music. Meanwhile I will once again be cleaning out my ipod to make room for new tunes. Oy.

And keep an eye for my list of my favorite albums of 2018.

Listen here —->  Last Poddy of 2018

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Best of 2018

Chlorine – Twenty One Pilots

Cheap Shot – Ella Mai

Drown – Polyphia

Feelings – Hayley Kiyoko

Trouble – Grapetooth

1999 – Charli XCX

Like I Do – Christina Aguilera

Wham! Bang! Pow! Let’s Rock – Art Brut

Dogpile – Swearin’

A No No – Mariah Carey

The Way I am – Charlie Puth

The Friendship Song – Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Moths

Honey – Robyn

Tints – Anderson .Paak

Lover Chanting – Little Dragon

Too Little Too Late – JoJo

My My My! – Troye Sivan

I Like That – Janelle Monae

(Fuck a) Silver Lining – Panic! At the Disco

Happy New Year Fanatics!

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March 2018: The Return of the Beatcast

Welp. I’m back again. Here’s a new podcast for a new year. A mix of old, new, odd, and wonderful. It’s my favorite cosmic slop. No coffee necessary. Just hit play. So here I am sharing with you. I’m trying to get into the groove again, so it’s going to take some time. But these songs help me get through the day. I hope they do the same for you.

Enjoy.

Click here for listen/download —->  First of 2018

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Intro song: A Living Human Girl – The Regrettes

Sympin’ (Remix) – Boyz II Men

The Joke – Brandi Carlile

Glass House – Screaming Females

Brand New – Craig David

Right Now – Dream Wife

Perm – Bruno Mars

Black Sheep – Milck

Slither – Velvet Revolver

Real Friends – Camila Cabello

Rollin’ With Kid N’ Play – Kid N’ Play

Would? – Alice in Chains

Give Me a Reason – Ibibio Sound Machine

Violet Moon – Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Killer – Seal and Pete Tong

Get Away – Kehlani

Do What You Gotta Do – Nina Simone

Nobody Can Save Me – Linkin Park

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My Favorite Albums of 2017.

It’s that time of year again. Seems like yesterday 2017 began and now it’s over. So that means I’m going to share my favorite 30 albums of the year. I’m not going to call them the “best” but these 30 albums were on rotation for a period of time this year on my ipod. I enjoyed them all. They helped me stay sane, awake, and got me through the day when I felt like the world was just setting up shop on my shoulders, never to leave. There was a lot of fluff this year though. I will not share that with you. Some music left me scratching my head and thinking, “Really? People LIKE this?” But that’s for another discussion. If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen random one liner tweets about bands or singers that caught my ear and held onto my attention. If you haven’t listened to anyone on this list, and you want to broaden your mind, check them out. Don’t close off your mind to new music. There are plenty of diamonds in the rough. I would also be remised if I didn’t give a huge shout out to all the ladies who made some great music this year. I truly got a kick out of going back and seeing how many albums on my hard drive and ipod I had that were made by ladies, young and old. To quote Annie Lennox, “Sisters are doing it for themselves.” Whether the songs were about love, or injustice, or family issues, the voices of women made a huge impact this year. And I hope for years to come. So, here is the list. Happy New Year One and All..

30. Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile –Lotta Sea Lice
29. Jamey Jasta – The Lost Chapters
28. Alex Lahey – I Love You Like a Brother
27. Annie Mac – Annie Mac Presents 2017
26. Blush – Blush
27. Beware of Darkness – Are You Real?
26. Gorillaz – Humanz
25. Tove Lo – Blue Lips
24. LCD Soundsystem – American Dream
23. Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears – Backlash
22. Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra – Ibiza Classics
21. David Banner – The God Box
20. Whitehorse – Panther in the Dollhouse
19. Daddy Issues – Deep Dream
18. Curtis Harding – Face Your Fear
17. Larkin Poe – Preach
16. St. Vincent – Masseduction
15. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly, and James McAlister – Planetarium
14. Demi Lovato – Tell Me You Love Me
13. Grace and Rachel – Gracie and Rachel
14. The National – Sleep Well Beast
13. Syd – Fin
12. Jay Z – 4:44
11. Frankie Rose – Cage Tropical

And the final ten….

10. Talib Kweli – Radio Silence

 

9. Miguel – War and Leisure

 

8. Fergie – Double Dutchess

 

7. Jlin – Black Origami

 

6. Partner – In Search of Lost and Time

 

5. Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

 

4. Alvvays – Antisocialites

 

3. Beck – Colors

 

2. SZA – CTRL

 

1. Kendrick Lamar – DAMN

 

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Thank you, Chester.

I remember the first time I heard Linkin Park. I was still living at home, watching MTV – back then they did something unheard of now – AIR MUSIC VIDEOS. And I heard this song, this really loud, loud, song. I looked up at the screen and I saw this intense looking young man, with bleach blonde spikes (it was the early 00s..a lot of dudes did that to their hair), brown eyes but with this stare and intensity that has yet been unmatched to me with any other singer. He lip synced, “Everything you say to me takes me one step closer to the edge and I’m about to break.” And from that moment on, I was hooked. He sang everything I was feeling. I was a broke graphic designer, who no one would listen to despite having an education. I was frustrated, angry, disappointed, and done with the world. Truth be told, that’s not too far from how I’m feeling now but that is beside the point. He was angry. I was angry. He was frustrated. I was frustrated. I watched this very very weird conceptual video and waited to see who the band was.

Linkin Park.

My first thought was that they were from DC, because there is a Lincoln Park here, and they just changed the spelling to be cool. But there is pretty much a Lincoln Park everywhere in the US. My bad. I kept watching MTV that night because I KNEW at some point, they’d show the video again (remember, this is when MTV knew that the M stood for “music” in their name). And rest assured, they did air the video again and I watched it. I was fascinated with the visual imagery, and the lyrics spoke to every young person who was just fed up with life, and what little it had to offer. “One Step Closer” was the name of the song. I learned all the words and sang along every time I saw the video. I just couldn’t get over how melodic the song was yet so dark, so heavy. Everything made sense lyrically. And there was no turning back for me. I later did a search for the band, and found the band names online.

Chester Bennington.

He was my everything. His voice was so strong, so hard, and passionate. You could hear the pain in his voice, the anguish, yet sound so gentle at times. I honestly hadn’t heard of any voice like that since Chris Cornell (and yes, I see how creepy this comparison would become). The name of their album was Hybrid Theory. Songs like “Crawling,” “In the End,” “Runaway,” spoke to many people my age – pain, isolation, frustration, and not knowing if there was going to be a light at the end of a very dark – for many extremely dark – tunnel. Listening to Chester’s voice was comforting, even when he was screaming his heart out. The fans got it. They got the lyrics. They got his personality. And so did I. Chester was such a commanding presence on stage. And he got our attention. Each and every time. His music was a way of battling and overcoming his previous demons in life. I had no idea Chester was molested as a kid, and it explained so much behind his actions from that point on (drugs, alcohol, etc). But from where fans were standing, he seemed to have his act together. And the music seemingly proved it. Seemingly, being the main word.

From Hybrid to Meteora, A Thousand Suns, and so on, Chester gave us his all. Some songs were not pretty, and they weren’t supposed to be. They were a way of cleaning out a toxic system that had a negative effect on his life. And fans were along for the ride. For those coping with similar demons, or other demons, Linkin Park and Chester were are saviors. No one else understood, but LP got it. Even though their musical style changed dramatically with this recent album, “One More Light,” the lyrics remained true – fight, battle, tooth and nail if you have to – to overcome things keeping you down. I can respect that, even if the music behind the lyrics sounded like the everyday dance pop you hear on the radio (a bone of contention from old school LP fans like myself). We still loved LP though, no matter what.

Finding out on July 20th, 2017, that Chester Bennington took his own life left me and millions of fans heartbroken, confused, hurt, and pissed. We don’t understand why someone with so much promise and still had a LOT to offer to the music world, took his life. I believe the demons that he fought for SO long, took over and the pain was just much too great to bear. I understand. I’m dealing with quite a few myself. I understand the route to take to end it. But he was so loved, by his wife and family, and the band, and friends, and fans… it’s just hard in that regard to wrap my brain around it. I guess I never really will. Nor will the rest of fans.

So. I hope Chester found peace. I hope he knows he was loved by so so many people. I hope he will watch over not just LP members and his family, but fans too. Because we love him. Always will. He helped us. I just wish we could’ve helped him in return.

RIP Chester. You will always be in our hearts. Your star will most definitely shine bright everywhere.

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