MMM Staff Picks: DeShonna Watson’s Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2019
#10. Kanye West – ‘Jesus Is King’
Love him or hate him! As controversial as they come, West’s ninth official LP had so much anticipation around it alone, he made you wonder just exactly what he was going to deliver this time around. But hey, it just wouldn’t be Kanye without a little drama, right?
#9. Post Malone – ‘Hollywood’s Bleeding’
Whether he’s charming you with break up songs, getting the party started or loathing on oddly relatable self-pity, Post Malone is a “do it all” type of artist. His popularity has become known for bringing an unmatched versatility to his music. Such is the case on his third LP. The fun vibes on tracks like “Sunflower,” and the hearty likeness of “Wow” spearhead a light and wildly adventurous ride that only Post Malone could provide. And its notably his best one yet.
#8. DaBaby – ‘Baby on Baby’
Jonathan Lyndale Kirk a.k.a. DaBaby, was one of the biggest southern breakout rappers of the year! And he brought his southern flavor with him, all the way up the Billboard charts. His jazzy rhymes have the finesse that came with the dominance of Master P’s 1990’s super label No Limit. With bangers like the snazzy “Suge” and his follow up LP Kirk already gaining momentum, who knows how far this fella will go.
#7. Taylor Swift – ‘Lover’
The millennial pop queen’s seventh album Lover was the best-selling album of 2019 and she became the most number-one debuts for a female artist with six, alongside Queen Bey’s Beyoncé, and all eighteen tracks from the album appeared on the Billboard Hot 100. Making it the most simultaneous songs from an album in the Hot 100 for a female artist. Yep, this chick has too many milestones to count!
#6. Kane Brown – ‘Kane Brown’
Country breakout star Kane Brown had a damn good year! His suave vibrato and comfortable storytelling ability is flat out awesome. Notching his first #1 album with 2018’s Experiment, he shows no signs of slowing down. Oh, don’t we all wish we could be as “Good As You” Mr. Brown!
#5. Megan Thee Stallion – ‘Fever (Mixtape)’
Is the feisty chart blazing Houston native the heir to the Queen of raps throne? I don’t know! But I do know, Meg had everyone from the Boogie down Bronx to the Streets of Compton bumping to her sweet stylistic rhymes. Yes, her flows give you life! As she proved she can definitely rock the mic! A HOT girl summer it was indeed.
#4. Ed Sheeran – ‘NO. 6 COLLABORATIONS PROJECT’
What can we say about this guy? He’s killed it with every album. And well, this one was no different! He makes everyone he works with, (from Justin Bieber to Cardi B) a surprisingly decent cohort. One of my absolute favorite male artists in the game. He is a universal BEAST!
#3. Billie Eilish – ‘When we all fall asleep, where do we all go?’
Bonafide L.A. bad girl Billie Eilish had a hell of a lot of fans before her first official studio album was ever even released. Admired by girls and intriguing to the boys, she’s become known for her unorthodox style, and posh live performances. She’s finally hit her stride with radio favorites like the rebellious “Bad Guy”. The young beloved Cali rebel makes being bad look so good.
#2. Khalid – ‘Free Spirit’
Because success has come so fluidly to the kid who reminded everyone of what it’s like to be young, dumb and broke on his debut album American Teen. His sophomore effort Free Spirit was very much underrated in 2019. Massive popular singles like “Talk” and “Better” may have fixed relationships around the globe! In short, Khalid quietly brought some seriously heavy heat musically from every angle this year!
#1. Ariana Grande – ‘thank u, next/Sweetener’
Success is all about impact! With that said, what an eventful year 2019 was for former ‘Victorious’ sweetheart Ariana Grande. From lost loves, break ups to make ups and a lot of growing up, we saw the young songbird go through it all. She had perhaps the most personal growth of anyone on this list on the big stage. Her power to flourish from tragedy to personal triumph cannot be understated. But the best part is that she made two stellar albums from it all! And they were two of my favorites from her thus far. And that is why she is my #1 favorite artist of 2019. Cheers!
Written By: DeShonna Watson