The Five

The Five Songs of 2019

When you’re not covering the music world, it’s tougher to keep tabs on it.

Especially if you have two young children. It seems you’re more likely to pick up on the most recent Wiggles or Sharon and Bram track.

But, I still seem to be in tune with a small portion of music, glossing over genres like EDM, country, rock and jazz.

Without further ado, here are my five favourite songs from 2019.

Song: “Lo/Hi”
Album: Let’s Rock
Artist: The Black Keys
Release: March 7, 2019
Why: Simply put, it’s the return of the bluesy, country-twanging hipster rock duo.
Song: “Kiss The Go-Goat”
Album: Seven Inches of Satanic Panic
Release: Sept. 13, 2019
Why: I never caught on to the whole Ghost trend until recently, and perhaps all it took with a dark ’60s menace to do so.
Song: “Doin’ Time”
Album: Norman Fucking Rockwell!
Artist: Lana Del Rey
Release: May 17, 2019
Why: I think if I were to pick an artist I listened to the most this decade, it would be a toss up between LDR and Jack White. This tune continues in that ethereal, ’60s Cali vibe.
Song: “Bad Guy”
Album: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
Artist: Billie Eilish
Release: March 29, 2019
Why: Invisiline aside, this song throbs with malicious delight. It smacks of Fiona Apple — with a market more interested in that kind of melancholia. “Bury a Friend” is also up there.
Song: “Sometimes (I Don’t Feel Like Trying)”
Album: Help Us Stranger
Artist: The Raconteurs
Release: June 21, 2019
Why: There’s a deep, brooding truth to this plaintive tune. The plight of the modern man.

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