The top five here represents the five albums I returned to the most over the course of the year. However, don't let rankings fool you; 2019 was an insanely good year for music, with a literal ton of albums being released worthy of attention. Below is my attempt to capture some of the music (and releasers of music) that kept my attention in 2019.

Top 5 Albums (in no particular order)

Mega Bog: Dolphine
Purple Mountains: s/t
Lana Del Rey: Norman Fucking Rockwell
Empath: Active Listening: Night on Earth
Strange Ranger: Remembering the Rockets

Top 5 Labels:

Fire Talk Records
Paradise of Bachelors
Constellation Records
Double Double Whammy
Sacred Bones Records

Other albums you should listen to from 2019:

Honey: Lungbutter
Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain
Rico Nasty: Anger Management
JAB: Erge Herbe
Orville Peck: Pony
Dave: Psychodrama
Fontaines DC: Dogrel
Patio: Essentials
Low Life: Downer Edn
French Vanilla: How Am I Not Myself?
Black Midi: Schlagenheim
Mannequin Pussy: Patience
Cereal Killer: The Beginning and End of Cereal Killer
Horse Jumper of Love: So Divine
KOKOKO!: Fongola
Florist: Emily Alone
Tyler Childers: Country Squire
Possible Humans: Everybody Split
Squid: Town Centre
100 Gecs: 1000 Gecs
Long Beard: Means To Me
(Sandy) Alex G: House of Sugar
Girl Band: The Talkies
Thigh Master: Now For Example
Richard Dawson: 2020
Great Grandpa: Four of Arrows
Matana Roberts: COIN COIN Chapter 4: Memphis
SUSS: High Line
Polo G: Die a Legend
Duster: s/t
Spelling: Mazy Fly
Black Marble: Bigger Than Life