Today I’m giving you a list featuring my top songs of 2019 and to be honest, compiling this list was not a easy task at all. I had to sit down and really think before making this list.
I had to do this, this year some really great music releases and to list them all would be an impossible task. The good news is that I managed to narrow it down to 10 songs.
Here’s my Top 10 songs of 2019:
10. Matthew Mole – “Let Me”
Matthew Mole released this track in September 2019. It was released as the first single on his new album, Ghost. I’ve been following his career for a long time and I must admit that he’s come quite a long way from the first time that I watched him perform at one of Arcade Empire’s acoustic nights in 2012.
“Let Me” is a little poppy, but it has really catchy lyrics. It’s hard not to sing along to this tune.
9. Aston Wylie – “Stormy Waters”
This song is driven, emotional and uplifting. “Stormy Waters” was written by Aston Wylie in mid 2018 with nature and more particularly, the ocean as inspiration.
I have to admit that pop is not my favourite genre, but this is one hell of a song. It truly has all the elements that just hook you into it. Crank it up below if you don’t believe me.
8. HONEYMOAN – “Sweating Gold”
I was listening to my Release Radar on Spotify one day and this song popped up on that playlist. This has to be one of the best songs that I’ve heard from a South African act in 2019.
It’s a laid back track that has an extremely relaxing effect on me every time I listen to it. A little bird told me that HONEYMOAN completely blew away audiences at Endless Daze festival in November. Let’s hope that we see them on more festival line-ups in 2020. I definitely want to see them live.
7. Francois Van Coke featuring Spoegwolf – “Dagdrome in Suburbia”
This is the title track off Johannesburg in August.
I have to admit that I’m not a huge fan of Francois’ 3rd solo album, but this is definitely one of the best tracks off it. It’s a fact that if you think back of 2019 in the future, you will remember this song.
6. Demob Happy – “Less is More”
In case you did not know, UK Alternative Rock band Demob Happy have been around since 2008. The band have released 2 studio albums to date and supported Jack White on his October 2018 tour of the UK.
“Less Is More” was released as a single in February 2019. It’s a catchy rock ‘n roll tune filled with a surprising variety of great riffs. It’s definitely one of my favourite tracks of 2019.
5. Rival Sons – “Do Your Worst”
I can’t believe that it has been five years since I watched Rival Sons perform at South Africa one day.
“Do Your Worst” was first released as a single in September 2018, but it’s on their 2019 studio album, Feral Roots (which was released in January). I simply can’t get enough of it.
4. Biffy Clyro – “Balance, Not Symmetry”
Biffy Clyro surprised everyone when they dropped this soundtrack album in May 2019. Simon Neil actually co-wrote the screenplay for the film of the same name (which was premiered in Scotland in June and was released in the rest of the UK in August).
The title track completely blew me away and it’s definitely one of the best songs of 2019 (in my books).
3. The Tazers – “Plastic Kids”
Joburg rockers, The Tazers finally released their debut studio album Plastic Kids in November 2019. The album features some great riffs and catchy lyrics and it’s definitely one of my favourite albums of the year.
The title track from their debut just had to be on this list. I’m curious to see what The Tazers throw our way in 2020.
2. DZ Deathrays – “In-To-It”
Aussie Rockers DZ Deathrays released a brand new album entitled Positive Rising: Part 1 in August 2019. The first single off it, “In-To-It” is one of the most rocking tunes of the year.
I was fortunate enough to catch these blokes live twice when they visited South Africa in March 2018. Let’s hope they come back in 2020 to promote their new album.
1. The Black Keys – “Lo/Hi”
The Black Keys released a new album entitled Let’s Rock in June 2019. “Lo/Hi” is the first single of the album and probably the song that I’ve listened to the most in 2019.
The reason for this is probably because it has such a damn catchy riff. I also think that I was just very happy because The Black Keys released a new album, who knows?
Well, there you have it, my top 10 songs of 2019. If there’s another song that belongs on this list, feel free to comment below and let me know.
Alternatively, crank up my playlist of top 50 songs of 2019 on Spotify.
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