We love lists. When we can’t be bothered having to decide anything for ourselves, we turn to lists to make our decisions about what to like or dislike.  Therefore, to complement my list of the best movies of 2019, I thought I should also share my thoughts on the best music releases of last year.

Now, this list is compiled only from music I have purchased this year in any format (digital, CD, vinyl etc).  After all, if a piece of music isn’t worthy of your money, it can’t be that good. If you say you ‘love’ a band or artist, but you only listen to them on streaming services, then you don’t really like them at all. I mean, anything that is free is good and of course we like stuff that is free, so the fact that somebody listens to music free on Spotify is hardly an endorsement as to the talents of an artist or the quality of their music.

If you like it, buy it (and attend concerts and buy merchandise as well) so that artists can actually make some money and be in a position to release some more music that you might also like.

So, that being said, here is a list of the music that has really impressed me this year. It includes a lot of new discoveries and quite a bit of Australian content as the local scene is thriving at the moment in terms of quality releases from great artists. The list only includes albums released in 2019 and purchased between January 1 and December 31 and therefore excludes individual song releases or EP’s, regardless of when they were released.  Having said that, there were some cracking singles and EP’s released last year from the likes of Sahara Beck, Flossy, Middle Kids, Eliza & The Delusionals, The Buoys and Jaguar Jonze, just to name a few.

The strong prevalence of female artists on the list isn’t indicative of anything other than the fact that, at the moment, women are absolutely smashing it across all genres.

Anyway, sharing is caring, so here are 20 great album releases from 2019, not in any particular order, that stand out for a whole range of reasons:

Ali Barter– Hello, I’m Doing My Best

Amyl and The Sniffers – Amyl and The Sniffers

Marika Hackman – Any Human Friend

Mannequin Pussy – Patience

Mattiel – Satis Factory

Thelma Plum – Better in Black

Pinch Points – Moving Parts

 Laura Imbruglia – Scared of You

 Faye Webster – Atlanta Millionaires Club

 Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

 Julia Jacklin – Crushing

 Priests – Seduction of Kansas

 Nots – 3

 Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs

 Jade Bird – Jade Bird

 Ex Hex – It’s Real

 Angie McMahon – Salt

 Alex Lahey – The Best of Luck Club

 Bleached – Don’t You think You’ve Had Enough

 Miss June – Bad Luck Party