Billie Eilish

We're roughly two months into a collective crisis that's kept us sheltered in place, cut off from friends and fearful for the future of our health, our families and our economic well-being. Our emotions frequently form a thick slurry of anxiety, worry, boredom, rage and desperate desire for threads of normalcy; for moments of mundanity; for the calming comfort of the familiar.

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Short of Lana Del Rey, it's hard to imagine a modern pop star better suited to James Bond themes than Billie Eilish

By the end of the 62nd Grammy Awards on Sunday evening, a major star had been crowned: 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish, who swept all four of the night's biggest prizes — Best New Artist, Song of the Year, Record of the Year and Album of the Year — along with honors for Best Pop Vocal Album.

But that rush of awards came only at the tail end of a long, strange and emotionally ambivalent ceremony held Sunday night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Here are my favorite 20 songs released in 2019. I dug them and think you will too.

Jon Mooneyham's 10 Favorite Albums of 2019

Dec 27, 2019

Jon Mooneyham, host of Everything All At Once Forever, shares his 10 favorite albums of 2019.

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his 15 favorite albums of 2019.

These are my favorite albums of 2019. The flood of music and the variety of music in 2019 felt exhilarating, though also overwhelming. I couldn't keep it to my usual top ten, so I extended it to twenty.

George Lang's Best Albums of 2019

Dec 18, 2019

George Lang, host of Spy 101, shares his 15 favorite albums of 2019.

The 25 Best Songs Of 2019

Dec 11, 2019

This list was made by writers, editors and producers at NPR Music operating under two rules: Songs had to be released during 2019 and no lead artist was allowed to appear on both this list and our list of the 25 Best Albums of 2019. You can find the rest of our picks for the best music of 2019 here.

The Best Debut Albums Of 2019

Dec 11, 2019

Who made a big noise — or cast an intoxicating spell — with a debut album in 2019? There are many more answers to that rhetorical than we could compile here. And let's state for the record that while Lil Nas X might have had the biggest breakout year, that was on the strength of an unignorable single, much more than his mixed-bag debut EP. (Anyway, "Old Town Road," technically a 2018 release, gets its due elsewhere in this year-end package.) With no further preamble, here are 14 arresting albums by artists who broke through the din.

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