Best Albums of 2019

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It’s been a few years since I’ve made an Albums of the Year list, but I really felt compelled to make one for 2019. Here are the audio compilations from the recent past that really made an impact on me:

14. Camila Cabello, Romance – Fun and bouncy.
13. Harry Styles, Fine Line – I like where Harry is headed.
12. Beck, Hyperspace – Reliable Beck.
11. Brittany Howard, Jaime – Great, big rockin’ voice goes solo.
10. The Black Keys, Let’s Rock – They never stopped rocking.
9. Ariana Grande, thank u, next – Lots of adventure from Ari.
8. Sleater-Kinney, The Center Won’t Hold – Band broke up, music’s still great.
7. Tyler, the Creator, IGOR – I feel so comfortable inside this album.
6. FKA Twigs, MAGDALENE – FKA reminds me of Bat for Lashes.
5. Vampire Weekend, Father of the Bride – Those Vampire Weekend guys have still got a hold on me.
4. Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell! – What a soundscape!
3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? – Just plenty of fun.
2. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You – I love you, too!
1. The Chemical Brothers, No Geography – Apocalyptic concept album.

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 18, 2018

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Each week*, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

*-This will be my last Billboard Hot 100 re-ranking post, at least for the foreseeable future, as these posts have become a bit too rote for my tastes. But I will still scan the charts each week, and I might occasionally write down some reactions should anything catch my fancy.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
3. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
4. Travis Scott – “Sicko Mode”
5. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FEFE”
6. Post Malone – “Better Now”
7. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
8. Travis Scott – “Stargazing”
9. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
10. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
11. DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo – “No Brainer”
12. Drake – “Nice for What”
13. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
14. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
15. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
16. YG ft. 2 Chainz, Big Sean, and Nicki Minaj – “Big Bank”
17. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
18. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
19. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
20. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 11, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FEFE”
4. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
5. DJ Khaled ft. Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, and Quavo – “No Brainer”
6. Post Malone – “Better Now”
7. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
8. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
9. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
10. Drake – “Nice for What”
11. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
12. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
13. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
14. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
15. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
16. Drake – “God’s Plan”
17. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
18. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
19. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
20. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of August 4, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
4. 6ix9ine ft. Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz – “FeFe”
5. Post Malone – “Better Now”
6. Drake – “Nice for What”
7. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
8. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
9. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
10. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
11. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
12. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
13. Drake – “God’s Plan”
14. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
15. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
16. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”
17. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
18. Khalid and Normani – “Love Lies”
19. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
20. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of July 28, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
4. Drake – “Nice for What”
5. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
6. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
7. Post Malone – “Better Now”
8. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
9. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
10. Drake – “God’s Plan”
11. Ariana Grande – “God Is a Woman”
12. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
13. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
14. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
15. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
16. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
17. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
18. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”
19. Ed Sheeran – “Perfect”
20. Drake – “Nonstop”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up
3. God Is a Woman

Billboard Hot 20 – Week of July 21, 2018

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Each week, I check out the Billboard Hot 100, and then I rearrange the top 20 based on my estimation of their quality. I used to rank all 20, now I just rank the cream of the crop.

Original Version
1. Drake – “In My Feelings”
2. Cardi B, Bad Bunny, and J Balvin – “I Like It”
3. Maroon 5 ft. Cardi B – “Girls Like You”
4. Drake – “Nice for What”
5. Ella Mai – “Boo’d Up”
6. Drake – “God’s Plan”
7. Juice WRLD – “Lucid Dreams”
8. Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry”
9. Post Malone ft. Ty Dolla $ign – “Psycho”
10. XXXTentacion – “Sad!”
11. Drake – “Nonstop”
12. Post Malone – “Better Now”
13. Zedd, Maren Morris, and Grey – “The Middle”
14. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be”
15. Taylor Swift – “Delicate”
16. Drake – “I’m Upset”
17. Lil Baby and Drake – “Yes Indeed”
18. Tyga ft. Offset – “Taste”
19. Bazzi – “Mine”
20. Marshmello and Anne-Marie – “Friends”

Jmunney’s Revision
1. No Tears Left to Cry
2. Boo’d Up

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