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If you’ve never had a summer playlist/mixtape, then you haven’t really lived. Here’s a look at some of the best tracks to commemorate the summer of 2019 (so far.)

“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

Billie Eilish is a phenom. She’s barely 17 and already eons ahead of the game, making music no one else is, and doing it better than anyone else out there. This track does a little dance with the dark side in us all.

“Piece of Your Heart” by Meduza feat. Goodboys

An ode to 90s dance music, this track is sure to have all those past summer memories surface, and also help you create some new ones.

“Taki Taki” by DJ Snake feat. Selena Gomez, Ozuna & Cardi B

No summer music list is complete without a latin track. It makes you feel like you’re partying on the beach, soaking up the sun and having the time of your life. Total vacay mode.

“Do You Remember” by Chance the Rapper feat. Death Cab for Cutie

It’s the musical collaboration you never knew you needed or wanted. The contrasting vocals make it appealing to all music fans, and makes you thing of all the summers past.

“Ocean Drive” by Duke Dumont

Reminiscent of 80s synth-pop era, this track is perfect for any summer road trip. It has freedom written all over it.

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March is one of those months that falls right in the middle of things, this kind of unpredictable lull, which is neither here nor there. The good thing about that is it allows me to take a deep dive into all the new music out there. Here’s what I’ve found.

“Turn the Light” by Karen O and Danger Mouse

Super songstress Karen O (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs) combined forces with producer extraordinaire Danger Mouse (of many projects) to create a collaboration album titled Lux Prima. This track brings the best of both these musical powerhouses to light.

“Here With Me” by Marshmello feat. Chvrches

Marshmello has already established he can make a hit single. But adding the distinct, beautiful vocals of Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry instantly takes the track to another level. Really dig this one.

“Bury A Friend” by Billie Eilish

Okay, so I just want to point out that I’ve been talking about the incomparable Eilish since 2017. Well, now she’s a grown up 17 year old, and recently released her debut studio album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? The entire album is better than anything out there. This track is just the start.

“All Over Now” by The Cranberries

Admittedly, it took me a while to listen to this one. It’s off the Cranberries’ forthcoming album In the End, which is also the last album recorded with lead singer Dolores O’Riordan (RIP.) Her voice is unchanged, expressive as ever, and just makes me miss her even more.

“Dinner & Diatribes” by Hozier

Hozier has one of my favourite vocals out there. He’s soulful, powerful, emotional, and his voice has its own distinctive sound. This track off his most recent album, Wasteland, Baby! is killer.

“Love It If We Made It” by The 1975

Fun track, fun band, fun album (A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships.)

 

2019 is just around the corner (sigh) so let’s recap the best and the worst of 2018, musically speaking. (Disclaimer: as always, the selections are based solely on my opinion, and I have not listened to every single album/song that was released this year. I’m only human.)

Best Newcomer  – Greta van Fleet

With these guys around, rock ‘n roll will never die.

Best Live Show – The Killers

Blew me away, once again.

Worst Grunge Comeback – Smashing Pumpkins

Almost every member of the original band reunited to release Shiny and Oh So Bright Vol. 1/LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun. They shouldn’t have.

Best Collaboration Album – Everything is Love by The Carters (ie Beyoncé & Jay-Z)

This album puts both wife and husband on the same playing field, and finally admits that Queen Bey is actually the boss.

Worst Collaboration Album –  44/876 by Sting & Shaggy

Whose idea was this? Why was this? But mostly, can this never happen again?

Sexiest Sex Symbol – Maluma

That hair, that half smile, that sense of style, that Spanish: impossible to resist.

Best Boy Band Track – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by Backstreet Boys

BSB are the OG boy band. They will always win.

Worst Boy Band Track – “Girls Like You” by Maroon 5 feat. Cardi B

So Maroon 5 isn’t technically a boy band, but close enough. Adam Levine’s voice is whiny (as usual), and as hard as this song is trying to say something, it isn’t.

Best Young Artist – Troye Sivan

At only 23, Sivan’s music has the wisdom, introspection and maturity of someone who’s been around a lot longer.

Worst Young Artist – Lil Xan

At only 22, Lil Xan has managed to make some of the worst music ever, and really should just stop.

Best Rap Track – “Mogambo” by Riz MC

Is there anything Riz MC can’t do? No, no there isn’t.

Worst Rap Track- “Chun-Li” by Nicki Minaj

Is anyone else kind of tired of Nicki?

Best Diss Track – “The Story of Adidon” by Pusha T

The feud between Drake and Pusha T got so heated, Pusha used a diss track to reveal Drake had a son.

Worst Diss Track – “Rap Devil” by Machine Gun Kelly

I don’t understand why this no-name wanna be rapper even tried to take on Eminem.

Most Irrelevant Rap Beef – Ja Rule vs. 50 Cent

Ja and 50 win this one because in 2018, nobody cares about either of them. At all.

Best Break-Up Song – “Thank You, Next” by Ariana Grande

Grande takes the higher road here, appreciating everything she learned from past mistakes, instead of hating, blaming and shaming.

Worst Break-Up Song – “Without Me” by Halsey

She quotes Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me a River”, and makes it part of the track. Huh?

Best Reggaeton Track – “Te Bote” by Casper, Nio García, Darell, Nicky Jam, Bad Bunny, Ozuna

Instant classic.

Worst Collaboration Track – “Havana” by Camila Cabello feat. Young Thug

I just can’t with this song. Nothing original about it, and the extra “na-na-nas” are an earworm no one ever asked for.

Best Collaboration Track – “Nina Cried Power” by Hozier feat. Mavis Staples

All soul, all power, all goosebumps.

Best Video of the Year – “This is America” by Childish Gambino

Was there any other choice?

Worst Video of the Year – “Happier” by Marshmello feat. Bastille

Just to be clear: I love this song. But as a new dog lover, it’s emotionally manipulative, and I’m not here for it. It’s supposed to have a happy ending, but my tears are all sad ones.

Best Drake Song – “Nice for What”

Drake puts the spotlight on strong females, so this track wins.

Worst Drake Song – “In My Feelings”

When a song goes this viral, it should never be played again.

Toughest Musician Death – Dolores O’Riordan 

For me personally, O’Riordan’s was the hardest to handle. Too many memories, and I’m still not over it.

Best Indie Track – “Hymnostic” by Big Red Machine

Anything Justice Vernon (of Bon Iver fame) produces is the most beautiful, eloquent, wonderful, ethereal, musical experience. No exception here.

Worst Indie Track – “Four Out of Five” by Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys went from solid Brit rock, to jazzy elevator music on this track (and the entire album – Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino.) I just couldn’t love it.

Best Slow Jam – “With You” by Mariah Carey

Mimi will always win at slow jams.

Best Soundtrack – Suspiria

Radiohead’s Thom Yorke wrote and performed all the music on this soundtrack, and therefore nothing else can compete.

Best R&B Album – Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae

Start to finish, front to back, this album will electrify you in all the best ways.

Worst Album of the Year – Man of the Woods by Justin Timberlake

I have no idea what this album was: is he trying to convince us he’s a down to Earth lumberjack? That he’s low maintenance? That he lives in the woods? So many questions, not enough answers.

Album of the Year – High as Hope by Florence + the Machine

It’s no secret I’m a little obsessed with Florence + the Machine, but it’s hard not to be when every new album they release is completely different than their last, but equally impressive.

Worst Song of the Year – “No Brainer” by DJ Khaled feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo & Chance the Rapper.

Didn’t this song already happen? (see “The One”)

Song of the Year – “Miracles” by Chvrches

Play it once, and you’ll have it on repeat for days.