As 2019 unspooled on a weekly basis, certain artists and albums dominated the discourse, gathering so much attention that it sometimes seemed that there wasn't much notable music outside of this chosen few. Often, this music was worthy of attention. It's hard to deny the teenage angst of Billie Eilish, the full-blooded soul hip-hop of Lizzo, the return of FKA twigs, Lana Del Rey's Southern Californian melodramas, the country defiance of the Highwomen, or the wry melancholy of Purple Mountains, the last record from singer/songwriter David Berman.

Beyond this cluster of acclaimed albums lies a vast array of idiosyncratic riches from every imaginable style of music. Jamila Woods dug deeper into her poetic contemporary R&B with LEGACY! LEGACY!, while the Comet Is Coming charted the outer limits of jazz on Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery, and Natalie Mering found soul on Titanic Rising, the latest record by her outfit Weyes Blood. Steve Gunn modernized the classic Greenwich Village folk scene, Mary Timony's Ex Hex stuck to their AOR guns, William Tyler painted an evocative instrumental portrait of the American West, and Jessica Pratt somehow managed to get softer on Quiet Signs, her third album.

These are just a handful of the albums AllMusic editors selected as their personal favorites for 2019. They're surrounded by remarkable records made by artists both well-known and obscure, artists that gave us many reasons to love 2019.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Mike and the Moonpies - Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold
Vampire Weekend - Father of the Bride
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Ex Hex - It's Real
Tyler Childers - Country Squire
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Tanya Tucker - While I'm Livin'
that dog. - Old LP
Miranda Lambert - Wildcard
Yola - Walk Through Fire
Robert Ellis - Texas Piano Man
Charley Crockett - The Valley
Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
The Comet Is Coming - The Afterlife
The Highwomen - The Highwomen
The Cactus Blossoms - Easy Way
Taylor Swift - Lover
The Delines - The Imperial
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Dee White - Southern Gentleman

Heather Phares
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
Ex Hex - It's Real
FKA twigs - Magdalene
Beth Gibbons/Krzysztof Penderecki/Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra - Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 "Symphony of Sorrowful Songs"
Helado Negro - This Is How You Smile
Holly Herndon - PROTO
Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
Bobby Krlic - Midsommar
Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
Loscil - Equivalents
Matmos - Plastic Anniversary
Pere Ubu - The Long Goodbye
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Rustin Man - Drift Code
Susanna & the Brotherhood of Our Lady - Garden of Earthly Delights
that dog. - Old LP
TR/ST - The Destroyer, Part 1
Unloved - Heartbreak
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology

Tim Sendra
Comet Gain - Fireraisers Forever!
Rocketship - Thanks to You
Patience - Dizzy Spells
Young Guv - Guv I
Eerie Wanda - Pet Town
Froth - Duress
I Was a King - Slow Century
Duster - Duster
The Dates - Ask Again Later
Altin Gün - Gece
Vivian Girls - Memory
Pip Blom - Boat
Corridor - Junior
Stroppies - Whoosh!
Parsnip - When the Tree Bears Fruit
Deadbeat Beat - How Far
Monnone Alone - Summer of the Mosquito
Edwyn Collins - Badbea
Honey Radar - Ruby Puff of Dust
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology

John Bush
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Sacred Paws - Run Around the Sun
Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between

Lone - "How Can You Tell"
Fort Romeau - "Eye of Re"
Hoover1 - "Hoover1A"
Refreshers - "Double Dip"
Intr0beatz - "Nobody Else But You"
Kresy feat. Javonntte - "Think of You"
John Daly - "What If?"
John Tejada - "Performance Review"
Gunnar Haslam - "Cacique de Poyais"
J. Albert - "Joy of Rebirth"
Plaid - "Maru"
Hidden Spheres feat. Oscar Jerome - "Words Can't Explain"
Sissel Wincent - "Tungsten"
Proc Fiskal - "Death"
Lurka - "Bodied"
Joe - "Line to Earth"
Project Pablo - "Dead Channel"
Weval - "Same Little Thing [Michael Mayer Mix]"
Rick Wade - "Admantium"
Lost Souls of Saturn - "Lost Souls of Saturn [Extended]"

Matt Collar
Ralph Alessi - Imaginary Friends
Itamar Borochov - Blue Nights
Bremer/McCoy - Utopia
Theo Croker - Star People Nation
The Dangerous Summer - Mother Nature
Joey DeFrancesco - In the Key of the Universe
Ex Hex - It's Real
The Heavy - Sons
Jazzmeia Horn - Love and Liberation
Jimmy Eat World - Surviving
Kim Lenz - Slowly Speeding
Lost Under Heaven - Love Hates What You Become
Joe Lovano - Trio Tapestry
The Mattson 2 - Paradise
Bobby Oroza - This Love
Preservation Hall Jazz Band - A Tuba to Cuba
Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider - Sun on Sand
Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee
Typical Sisters - Hungry Ghost
Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!

Mark Deming [Spotify]
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Chris Stamey - New Songs for the 20th Century
Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock
Gary Clark, Jr. - This Land
The Messthetics - Anthropocosmic Nest
The Yawpers - Human Question
The Minus 5 - Stroke Manor
Leonard Cohen - Thanks for the Dance
The Pernice Brothers - Spread the Feeling
Tindersticks - No Treasure But Hope
Wilco - Ode to Joy
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
The Schramms - Omnidirectional
Sasha Bell - Love is Alright
The Muffs - No Holiday
Kacy & Clayton - Carrying On
Joan Shelley - Like the River Loves the Sea
Tim Heidecker - What the Brokenhearted Do
Orville Peck - Pony

Marcy Donelson [Spotify albums/singles]
Big Thief - U.F.O.F.
Julia Jacklin - Crushing
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
(Sandy) Alex G - House of Sugar
Lucy Rose - No Words Left
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Francis Lung - A Dream Is U
Tiny Ruins - Olympic Girls
Frankie Cosmos - Close It Quietly
Deadbeat Beat - How Far
Yves Jarvis - The Same But by Different Means
Teebs - Anicca
William Tyler - Goes West
Florist - Emily Alone
Aldous Harding - Designer
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Jazzmeia Horn - Love and Liberation
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Bodywash - Comforter
Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm

Lucy Rose - "Song After Song"
Sondre Lerche - "Slip into Character"
Weyes Blood - "Movies"
FKA twigs - "Cellophane"
Failed Flowers - "Broken Screen"
Frankie Cosmos - "Rings (On a Tree)"
Tiny Ruins - "Holograms"
Pavo Pavo - "Mystery Hour"
Kishi Bashi - "Summer of '42"
Deadbeat Beat - "The Box"
Jay Som - "Superbike"
Trudy and the Romance - "Doghouse"
Stef Chura - "Scream"
John Eatherly - "Burnout"
Girl Friday - "Headstones"
Yves Jarvis - "Talking or Listening?"
Penelope Isles - "Chlorine"
Wallows feat. Clairo - "Are You Bored Yet?"

Andy Kellman [Spotify]
Raphael Saadiq - Jimmy Lee
Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah - Ancestral Recall
Shafiq Husayn - The Loop
Damon Locks Black Monument Ensemble - Where Future Unfolds
Tomeka Reid Quartet - Old New
Taylor McFerrin - Love's Last Chance
Sault - 5
Loraine James - For You and I
Sudan Archives - Athena
Zo! - FourFront
Anderson .Paak - Ventura
Devin Morrison - Bussin'
Floating Points - Crush
The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
Solange - When I Get Home
Laurel Halo - DJ-Kicks
Kindness - Something Like a War
Andrés - Andrés IV
Telefon Tel Aviv - Dreams Are Not Enough

Sault - "Don't Waste My Time"
Jessie Ware - "Mirage (Don't Stop)"
Raphael Saadiq - "So Ready"
Resavoir - "Taking Flight"
Michael Kiwanuka - "You Ain't the Problem"
Joe Armon-Jones - "Yellow Dandelion"
The Vision - "Heaven [Nightmares on Wax Extended Remix]"
Octo Octa - "I Need You"
Charlotte Adigéry - "High Lights"
Taylor McFerrin - "Love and Distance"
Claro Intelecto - "The Thunderdome"
Little Simz - "Venom"
Tawiah - "Lost in a Dream"
Mariah the Scientist - "Reminders"
MoRuf - "Canal Street"
Waltaa - "Ready or Not"
Zonal - "System Error"
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - "Flat Tummy Tea"
Norken - "Arp Galaxy"

James Christopher Monger
Lankum - Livelong Day
Benoît Honoré Pioulard/Sean Curtis Patrick - Avocationals
Goon - Heaven Is Humming
Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Opeth - In Cauda Venenum
Plaid - Polymer
Aldous Harding - Designer
Maps - Colours. Reflect. Time. Loss.
Bibio - Ribbons
Ezra Furman - Twelve Nudes
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Alcest - Spiritual Instinct
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Andrew Bird - My Finest Work Yet
John Southworth - Miracle in the Night
Jesca Hoop - Stonechild
The New Pornographers - In the Morse Code of Brake Lights
William Tyler - Goes West
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka

Big Wreck - "Voices"
The High Strung - "Summer of Night"
Weyes Blood - "Movies"
Pixies - "Catfish Kate"
Joan Shelly - "Coming Down for You"
Carmelo Torres y los Tescos - "Mi Machete"
Big|Brave - "Muted Shifting of Space"
Sasha Bell - "Candy Mountain"
Goon - "Check Engine Light"
Ghost - "Kiss the Go-Goat"
Maps - "The Plans We Made"
Better Oblivion Community Center - "Chesapeake"
Great Grandpa - "Digger"
Bonnie "Prince" Billy - "In Good Faith"
Jake Xerxes Fussell - "The River St. John"
Brittany Howard - "Stay High"
The Futureheads - "Good Night Out"
The Hu - "Shireg Shireg"
The Divine Comedy - "Queuejumper"
Robyn Hitchcock - "Take Off Your Bandages"

Timothy Monger
Bibio - Ribbons
William Tyler - Goes West
Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
A-Wa - Bayti Fi Rasi
Bedouine - Bird Songs of a Killjoy
Joan Shelley - Like the River Loves the Sea
Jake Xerxes Fussell - Out of Sight
John Southworth - Miracle in the Night
Little Simz - Grey Area
Sigrid - Sucker Punch
Lisel - Angels on the Slope
Anna Meredith - FIBS
Gianluigi Trovesi/Gianni Coscia - La Misteriosa Musica Della Regina Loana
Kate Tempest - The Book of Traps and Lessons
Lankum - Livelong Day
Esther Rose - You Made It This Far
Donna Regina - Transient
Pure Bathing Culture - Night Pass
Paul & the Tall Trees - So Long

Augustine - "Luzon"
Sambassadeur - "Foot of Afrikka"
Yola - "Faraway Look"
Crumple - "Piltdown Man"
Aldous Harding - "Designer"
Ghost - "Kiss the Go-Goat"
Kishi Bashi - "Marigolds"
Golden Daze - "Took a Fall"
Tiny Ruins - "School of Design"
Kacy & Clayton - "The Forty-Ninth Parallel"
Chris Forsyth - "Tomorrow May as Well Be Today"
(Sandy) Alex G - "Hope"
Rozi Plain - "Swing Shut"
Lau - "She Put On Her Headphones"
Martin Frawley - "Something About Me"
Elizabeth - "Meander"
Ralph McTell - "Oxbow Lakes"
The Cactus Blossoms - "I Am the Road"
SOAK - "Knock Me Off My Feet"
Andrew Bird - "Archipelago"

Paul Simpson [Spotify]
CFCF - Liquid Colours
Loraine James - For You and I
HTRK - Venus in Leo
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Duke - Uingizaji Hewa
J Majik - Full Circle
Kedr Livanskiy - Your Need
Fly Pan Am - C'est ça
Telefon Tel Aviv - Dreams Are Not Enough
Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis
Pedestrian Deposit - Dyers' Hands
Jayda G - Significant Changes
Angel-Ho - Death Becomes Her
DJ Nate - Take Off Mode
Shlohmo - The End
Quelle Chris - Guns
Jamila Woods - LEGACY! LEGACY!
Kokoko! - Fongola
Negativland - True False
Deathprod - Occulting Disk

Caterina Barbieri - "Fantas"
Octo Octa - "I Need You"
Loraine James - "So Scared"
Minimal Violence - "InDreams"
Kompromat - "Herztod"
Meat Beat Manifesto - "Pin Drop"
Fixate - "Ripgroove Refix"
LOFT - "That Hyde Trakk"
Plaid - "Maru [Skee Mask Remix]"
Lanark Artefax - "Corra Linn"
Bubblegum Octopus - "The Group"
Debby Friday - "Good and Evil"
Watabou - "Phantasmagoraphobe"
Davis Galvin - "Loudspeaker Situation"
Photonz - "Ode to Nuit"
HAAi - "6666"
E-Saggila - "My World My Way"
Burial - "Claustro"
Eric Copeland - "United Banana"
Blue Jeans - "We Hate the Summer"

Fred Thomas
Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Cate Le Bon - Reward
100 gecs - 1000 gecs
Foxes in Fiction - Trillium Killer
Empath - Active Listening: Night on Earth
MIKE - tears of joy
Weyes Blood - Titanic Rising
Jessica Pratt - Quiet Signs
Dehd - Water
Matt Valentine - Preserves
Nivhek - After Its Own Death/Walking in a Spiral Towards the House
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Floating Points - Crush
Vivian Girls - Memory
YBN Cordae - The Lost Boy
Mdou Moctar - Ilana: The Creator
Yves Jarvis - The Same But by Different Means
Sunwatchers - Illegal Moves
Liturgy - H.A.Q.Q.
Common Holly - When I Say to You Black Lightning

Neil Z. Yeung [Spotify]
Karen O/Danger Mouse - Lux Prima
Korn - The Nothing
Lindsey Stirling - Artemis
Coldplay - Everyday Life
Sleeping with Sirens - How It Feels to Be Lost
Rammstein - Rammstein
Bring Me the Horizon - Amo
Blaqk Audio - Only Things We Love
LSD - Labrinth, Sia & Diplo Present LSD
Tool - Fear Inoculum
Denzel Curry - Zuu
Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy
Celine Dion - Courage
Billie Eilish - When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Jimmy Eat World - Surviving
Sigrid - Sucker Punch
Bat for Lashes - Lost Girls
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - Watchmen, Vol. 1
Beyoncé - HOMECOMING: THE LIVE ALBUM
Amyl and the Sniffers - Amyl and the Sniffers

Daya - "Insomnia/Left Me Yet"
Lil Nas X - "Old Town Road"
Blaqk Audio - "The Viles"
Rammstein - "Deutschland"
Bring Me the Horizon - "Wonderful Life"
Coldplay - "Arabesque"
Post Malone/Swae Lee - "Sunflower"
Lana Del Rey - "Doin' Time"
Brockhampton - "No Halo"
Sam Smith - "How Do You Sleep?"
Haelos - "Kyoto"
Kesha feat. Big Freedia - "Raising Hell"
BTS - "Dionysus"
Beyoncé - "Spirit"
SZA/The Weeknd/Travis Scott - "Power Is Power"
The Black Keys - "Lo/Hi"
The Darkness - "Heart Explodes"
Vampire Weekend - "Harmony Hall"
Maggie Rogers - "Light On"
The New Pornographers - "Falling Down the Stairs of Your Smile"

James Wilkinson
Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne
The Delines - The Imperial
Cowgirl in Sweden - Cowgirl in Sweden
Justin Hopper & Sharron Kraus with the Belbury Poly - Chanctonbury Rings
Deerhunter - Why Hasn't Everything Already Disappeared?
Hand Habits - Placeholder
Mercury Rev - Bobbie Gentry's the Delta Sweete Revisited
Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
The Specials - Encore
Pye Corner Audio - Hollow Earth
Vanishing Twin - The Age of Immunology
Michael Kiwanuka - Kiwanuka
Death and Vanilla - Are You a Dreamer?
The Resonars - No Exit
The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
The Proper Ornaments - 6 Lenins
Bruce Springsteen - Western Stars
Steve Gunn - The Unseen In Between
Drugdealer - Raw Honey
William Tyler - Goes West

Rich Wilson [Spotify]
Petbrick - I
JOHN - Out Here On the Fringes
The Murder Capital - When I Have Fears
Notches - New Kinda Love
The Get Up Kids - Problems
Adult Magic - Adult Magic
Big Nothing - Chris
Housewarming Party - Baby Teeth
Kitty Kat Fan Club - Dreamy Little You
Hovvdy - Heavy Lifter
Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
Purple Mountains - Purple Mountains
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
Modern Nature - How to Live
FKA twigs - Magdalene
Efdemin - New Atlantis
Alessandro Cortini - Volume Massimo
The Utopia Strong - The Utopia Strong
Paula Temple - Edge of Everything
Tommy Four Seven - Veer

Liam Martin [Spotify]
Little Simz - Grey Area
Fontaines DC - Dogrel
Durand Jones & the Indications - American Love Call
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Bandana
Sampa the Great - The Return
Black Midi - Schlagenheim
Danny Brown - uknowhatimsayin¿
These New Puritans - Inside the Rose
Hot Chip - A Bath Full of Ecstasy
The Murder Capital - When I Have Fears
Sudan Archives - Athena
The Twilight Sad - It Won't Be Like This All the Time
The Comet Is Coming - Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery
Kit Sebastian - Mantra Moderne
Gnoomes - MU!
Battles - Juice B Crypts
Sacred Paws - Run Around the Sun
The Utopia Strong - The Utopia Strong
Sunwatchers - Illegal Moves
Hælos - Any Random Kindness

Little Simz - "Selfish"
Durand Jones & the Indications - "Don't You Know"
Fontaines D.C. - "Boys in the Batter Land"
The National - "Rylan"
Hot Chip - "Positive"
Flying Lotus - "Post Requisite"
The Twilight Sad - "VTr"
The Murder Capital - "Don't Cling to Life"
Sampa the Great - "Final From"
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - "Giannis"
Broken Social Scene - "All I Want"
Tame Impala - "Borderline"
Slowthai - "Doorman"
Gnoomes - "Glasgow Coma State"
These New Puritans - "Anti-Gravity"
Sacred Paws - "Almost It"
Tropical Fuck Storm - "Paradise"
Sudan Archives - "Confessions"
Versing - "Tethered"
Moor Mother - "After Images"

David Crone [Spotify]
La Dispute - Panorama
Dave - Psychodrama
FKA twigs - Magdalene
Richard Dawson - 2020
The Caretaker - Everywhere at the End of Time: Stage 6
MIKE - tears of joy
Nilüfer Yanya - Miss Universe
Kano - Hoodies All Summer
Jai Paul - Leak 04-13 (Bait Ones)
Malibu Ken - Malibu Ken
JME - Grime MC
J. Lamotta - Suzume
Crumb - Jinx
James Blake - Assume Form
Clams Casino - Moon Trip Radio
Rapsody - Eve
Tyler, The Creator - IGOR
Damien Jurado - In the Shape of a Storm
Spellling - Mazy Fly
M Huncho - Utopia

La Dispute - "RHODONITE AND GRIEF"
Kano - "Class of Deja"
FKA twigs - "Cellophane"
James Blake - "I'll Come Too"
Richard Dawson - "Fresher's Ball"
Dave - "Psycho"
MIKE - "Stargazer, Pt. 3"
Bon Iver - "iMi"
Flume - "Ecdysis"
Wretch 32 - "Mummy's Boy"
SPELLLING - "Golden Numbers"
JME - "How Much"
EARTHGANG - "UP"
Damien Jurado - "Hands on the Table"
Skepta - "Bullet from a Gun"
Malibu Ken - "Suicide Big Gulp"
Headie One - "Both"
Clams Casino - "Cupidwing"
Jammz/Jack Dat - "French Montana [Jammz Version]"
Sheff G - "All My Life"