Can I just say, wow, for me personally, it has been an amazing past year or so music. Most of my favorite artists have released new albums recently and I am 100% here for it.
How I listen: streaming, digital, vinyl, CD, cassette
Favorite songs – I Think He Knows, Lover, It’s Nice To Have A Friend, Afterglow and The Man
Overview: Taylor is my favorite artist and has been for some time, I really didn’t think this would be one of my favorite albums from her though. I absolutely love it, second favorite after RED. Most would consider 1989 to be the peak of career but it’s my least favorite album lol. I think right now she’s making her best music and I’m looking forward to what she makes next even though this just came out. The highlight of Lover is the fact that she is truly in love with someone which produces the most amazing love songs. "I like shiny things, but I'd marry you with paper rings," is everything I've ever needed.
How I listen: streaming
Favorite songs: Symptoms and Insomnia
Overview: perhaps the most underrated album/artist of 2019, this is one of my favorite albums of all time and I wish I could get it on CD or vinyl. When I first started listening to pop music I loved all the Disney singers, Ashley, Hilary Duff, Selena Gomez, etc, and I still love them! Only now I think their music is improving so much, Ashley was one of my favorite singers before Taylor Swift came along but I really didn't know many of her songs. It took her like ten years to release a new album and it's pretty short, nine songs, but it's absolutely amazing. The lead single Voices In My Head released in fall of 2018 was such a surprise to hear and I was so excited about the new album, but also fearful it wouldn't be as good as the lead single. It's better, actually. The first song on an album sets the entire scene and is so important, the first song is the title track which is my favorite song on the album. I love the vibe of this album that hits as soon as I hit play and I love that Ashley is finally expressing what she has been struggling with for years behind the spotlight, her anxiety and depression. This album deserves way, way more recognition than it has.
How I listen: streaming
Favorite songs: Nothing Good Comes Out Of California, Roses and Skeletons
Overview: maybe the most artistic album on the list, containing 10 songs from the 2018 American Idol winner. I never watched the show until last year, I believe it was after Laine Hardy won when I looked into Maddie's music out of curiosity. I'd heard Made You Miss me at some point and thought it was a good song, but I skimmed through a couple of her other songs before giving the whole album a try. It's no real secret that I'm a little hard to please when it comes to new music, I would love to listen to other artists but it's hard to vibe with someone you don't know, you know? Most of the time you just hear a song you like on the radio by a new artist and go from there, seeking someone out is more difficult because you don't know what to expect and maybe try to hard to like it. At least it's that way for me, anyway. I listened to the whole album and thought wow, this is amazing, and it still is. It's not country, but it's not pop. It kind of seems like a genre I write in myself most of the time but does not have a name, I like it. I really love this album, but it's yet another underrated album that I enjoy. It seems like winning American Idol should get famous superstar status, but it's just not that big of a deal anymore. I hope that more people will pay attention to Maddie in the future because she is amazing. Another album I wish was on CD.
4. Singular Act 2
How I listen: streaming, vinyl
Favorite Songs: In My Bed, Take You Back and I'm Fakin
Overview: I wasn't overly impressed with Act 1 when it first came out so I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this album. In My Bed is one of my favorite songs from 2019 and still a total jam. It's a little difficult to watch someone change their music so much in five years when you liked the way they were before, but I understand that Sabrina is in a difficult contract situation and I have to respect her newer music because she wrote it. I became a fan of her because of Eyes Wide Open, but she didn't write that and I'm a lover of songwriters and I think once I realized that I was able to enjoy Sabrina's past few albums a lot more. Sabrina is one of my favorite artists and deserves so much more attention than she gets. Singular was a great growth project and I'm excited about what's coming next.
Carly Rae Jepsen
How I listen: streaming, vinyl (cassette wishlist but it's rare)
Favorite songs: Party For One, Want You In My Room, Right Words At The Wrong Time, Automatically In Love, The Sound, I'll Be Your Girl, Julien
Overview: I list quite a few songs I like from this album, but I was disappointed when it first came out and for awhile afterwords. Party For One was such a good single and I was so excited for the album, but it just didn't match up to the lead single. I also really just don't like the cover art which shouldn't matter, but XD I didn't like it all, but I gave it more than two listens and it grew on me. It's not Carly's best, but it's enjoyable and interesting.
How I listen: streaming (vinyl wishlist)
Favorite songs: Living Proof, Easy, Bad Kind of Butterflies, Senorita and Feel It Twice
Overview: I never really considered myself a fan of Camila, although there's several songs off her debut album I like. I'm not sure what got me hyped for this album, perhaps Senorita being my song of the summer, on repeat everyday. I wasn't overly impressed with the first two singles, but I fell in love with Easy instantly and Living Proof IS ONE OF THE BEST SONGS OF ALL TIME. I love songs that just make you have this desire to scream the lyrics or just not listen. I wasn't as happy with the album when it came out as I'd hoped, but it has grown on me and I enjoy the story it seems to tell.
How I listen: streaming, digital, preordered vinyl (cassette wishlist)
Favorite songs: Rare, Crowded Room, Look At Her Now, Lose You To Love Me, Cut You Off, Ring and Dance Again
Overview: I disagree that this is Selena's first good pop album, Revival was an amazing album, it just happened a long time ago. I've been waiting so long for Selena to release again, but I'm glad she took the time away for her physical and mental help which also added a lot to this album. This chick has been through a lot of shit and I'm glad to see her doing so well now. It just came out recently so it's still growing on me, but the title track is the standout song for sure. I kind of split this album in half because I start to stop listening after song 5 or 6 so more than half of the album has been a bit ignored and I'm starting to listen and enjoy it.
8. Treat Myself
How I listen: streaming, preordered CD (vinyl wishlist)
Favorite songs: Nice To Meet Ya, Evil Twin and Wave
Overview: this album just came out, and while I don't not like it, I'm not crazy about it. I think I was ready for it when it was supposed to be released in August 2018, and then January 2019, and now that it's finally out and it's a nice album but I'm disappointed some of the promotion singles were cut from the album and I wonder what else was cut that we didn't hear. ALL THE WAYS is my favorite song by Meghan but it's only other Target version which means it's not on vinyl, and then the title track itself is only on the Target version. She did that on Thank You too, it's just weird. The title track should be standard! Anyway, Nice To Meet Ya is a bop and features a major artist which helps boost Meghan's career. I hope this album grows on me like other albums on this list have.
How I listen: streaming (cassette and vinyl wishlist)
Favorite songs: Strawberry Shortcake, Wheels on the Bus, Orange Juice
Overview: I wasn't overly impressed with this album, I like the concept but a lot of the songs are like good but not great. Wheels on the Bus is such a great opener but then it just kind of drops a bit. Strawberry Shortcake is such and important and relatable song, that and Orange Juice is probably why this album made the list.
10. WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP WHERE DO WE GO
How I listen: streaming (vinyl and cassette wishlist)
Favorite songs: wish you were gay, when the party's over, my strange addiction and bad guy
Overview: I think this album has good songs, but I don't think it's a very good album if that makes sense? The EP don't smile at me is just a stronger collection to me and there's so many songs that are sleepers in my opinion on this album. After 10/14 songs I just stop listening, there's a few sleepers before that but the last four songs are a total snooze fest even though I know they are supposed to be meaningful. Perhaps if it were arranged differently I would like it better.
Some albums I haven't really listened to fully or more than once but I think they're some of the better albums of the past year or so
thank u, next - Ariana Grande
Cuz I Love You - Lizzo
Happiness Begins - The Jonas Brothers
Head Above Water - Avril Lavigne
Trust - Meg Donnelly
Charli - Charli XCX
Manic - Hasley
Hot Pink - Doja Cat
I'm looking forward to more music this year, I'm hopeful that some of my favorite artists will release, Sabrina Carpenter, Rachel Platten, Cher Lloyd. I think Ava Max is promising, I love So Am I.
also just to note, I would love to have everything on CD as it's still a format I love, but unless it's Taylor I just can't afford to buy so many different formats for one album. These days I seek vinyl first, I'm just starting my cassette collection and they are pretty hard to find so cassette is second as of now, and CD is third. I never buy digital, my digital downloads come with vinyl or other purchases. If there's no physical format available I simply stream.
thanks for reading!