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Beau Brady's Top 10 Songs of 2019

Beau Brady of Excuse Me shares his 10 favorite songs of 2019.

10. White Reaper - “Might Be Right”

I was skeptical of the new and improved version of White Reaper. Now, I only wish there were more songs like “Might Be Right” on their newest album.

9. Charli XCX feat. Christine and the Queens - “Gone”

Charli is a pop music genius. “Gone” is now her greatest example of how she can straddle future-pop and modern-pop while making it so uniquely her own.

8. Burial - “Claustro”

Burial’s recent output had been leaning towards quieter atmospherics (see the B-side “State Forest” from this release as evidence). But “Claustro” recalls Burial’s early work from the previous decade but infused with all the experiments he’s concocted throughout this decade.

7. DIIV - “Blankenship”

Hiding at the end of DIIV’s new album, sandwiched between two longer, prettier songs, lies “Blankenship” in all its seething glory. With sights aimed at those who flippantly destroy our planet, “Blankenship” is the most raw and alive I’ve ever heard DIIV.

6. Denzel Curry - “RICKY”

This was the year I finally discovered Denzel Curry and it is because of this song.

5. Mannequin Pussy - “Drunk II”

This was the song of the summer for those of us not bopping “Old Town Road”.

4. Angel Olsen - “All Mirrors”

You know what’s better than a good title track? When an artist uses it to usher in a stylistic reinvention with flying colors. Angel Olsen has always been a force, but it’s staggering to see her music evolve into something this powerful.

3. Tyler, The Creator - “EARFQUAKE”

Rumor has it Tyler offered this song to Justin Bieber and Rihanna, but they both turned it down. Whoops!

2. Nilüfer Yanya - “Heat Rises”

You could make a case for any of the songs on Miss Universe as a top song of the year. This hidden gem in the album’s midsection turned my head on my first listen and it rightfully became another single from this album.

1. Frank Ocean - “In My Room”

Call it recency bias, but I have been listening to this song on loop and can’t think of any other song this year I’ve given that treatment. My close friend said it best this summer, “If there’s one thing I know about you Beau, it’s that you love some Frank Ocean.”

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