During the latter half of November 2019 I’m going to be doing a little write up on my top 50 songs of 2019. This is just a draft for now really, and is more accurately my top 50 songs from December 2018-September 2019. I’m without a computer at the moment so have been unable to listen to the last 7 weeks of music, but once I have caught up I will post a final ‘Top 50 of 2019’ list, which will be much more accurate.
I’ll be doing this in 10 parts (with 5 songs each), with the first being Tuesday 19th, and another coming out each day for the following 2 weeks. So, with that said, read on, listen to some of the songs, and let me know what you think, hopefully you discover some songs you enjoy!
• Stormzy – Vossi Bop
The reason I like ‘Vossi Bop’ by Stormzy so much is really in the name of the track, it’s just a real bop. Stormzy delivers a range of fun bars with amazing charisma, all over this beat which revolves around a simple piano loop, which creates this real infectious vibe throughout the song.
The beat is primarily just drums and this simple piano loop which is played for the duration of the song. The beat changes up slightly at times, with this hi-tempo bass which really drives the song and gives the song more of an upbeat vibe, as opposed to the chill vibe set by the piano. The hook is one of the best parts of the song, being one of the catchier hooks of 2019 so far. Vossi Bop has 2 verses, both of which are full of great wordplay, and delivered clearly and with utmost confidence, making the whole song incredibly enjoyable.
Overall this song is just such a Bop, one you can’t help but bob your head along too. Combining this simple piano loop with some solid delivery and enjoyable bars gives a fantastic final product. Vossi Bop also does a great job at not overstaying it’s welcome, starting strong from the start and cutting off right as the last hook ends, not dragging on at all. On top of all that, Vossi Bop has a great video, which can be found here.
• Post Malone – Take What You Want (ft. Travis Scott & Ozzy Osbourne)
‘Take What You Want’ is my personal favourite track from Post Malone’s 2019 album Hollywood’s Bleeding. The song features rapper Travis Scott and Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne, and does an exceptional job at showcasing the strengths of each of the three artists.
The song features Ozzy Osbourne on the chorus, but one of my favourite factors of this song is that Post Malone has Ozzy do the first chorus, handles the second chorus himself, and then harmonises with Ozzy on the final hook, a nice creative touch which makes this song standout for me. The chorus itself is catchy, and amazingly delivered by both Post and Ozzy. Ozzy Osbourne in particular has an extremely impressive performance and his delivery on his choruses is one of the best parts of the song. There are verses from both Post Malone and Travis Scott, with Posts verse showcasing his amazing singing and ability to tell a story, whereas Travis’s verse showcases his signature slurred auto tune delivery. Both artists discuss a relationship with a girl that’s broken their hearts, but both really shine with their deliveries, with them sounding full of emotion and making this sound sound almost like a love ballad.
An electric guitar is the main feature of the beat in this song, being combined with a basic drum beat to give this real nice rock/hip hop fusion. The guitar picks up in intensity at certain times, notably in the chorus, to really assist the lyrics in hitting harder. The song also features an amazing guitar solo as an outro, and although I’m not usually a fan of songs with long instrumental outros, this one is extremely well utilised and does an amazing job at adding to the overall rock vibe that’s on show for most of the song. During the solo the drums also pick up the pace and start to sound much more like live instrumentation than the drum beat on the rest of the song.
Overall, this was a big surprise for me. The combination of Post Malone’s Ballad-like delivery, Travis Scott’s autotuned crooning and Ozzys timeless rockstar sound gave us an end result which just sound super clean, well mastered and enjoyable. Post Malone utilised the strengths of a couple of vastly different artists, and executed it amazingly. Would recommend this to anyone who is a fan of either Ozzy Osbourne music or Post Malone’s music, its a great mix of the 2!
• Moneybagg Yo – Style Ain’t Free (ft. Offset)
‘Style Ain’t Free’ is one of my personal favourite songs from Moneybagg Yo’s lone 2019 project ‘43va Heartless’. The song features Offset with one of his best feature verses of the year, as well as some ridiculous rapping by Moneybagg on both the hook and a verse of his own.
Moneybagg handles the hook and the first verse of the song, and does an amazing job at starting the song out on a high note. The hook is catchy, and a great showcase of Moneybaggs strong wordplay and his affinity for using ad libs in a smart and creative way. His verse carries on from the hook, with Moneybagg changing up his flows and delivery repeatably throughout, with his delivery during the last 8 bars in particular being the part I find most enjoyable. Offset has the second verse, and is one of his best features of the year. Although the beat is quite obscure, made up of this UFO sounding electronic synth and some oddly timed 808s, Offset rides the beat with incredible ease, actually having the standout verse of the song. He also plays around with his flows, with a number of enjoyable flows throughout, and all while delivering a bunch of enjoyable bars and wordplay.
Overall, this song is just so much fun from start to finish. The beat bumps so good throughout, and both Moneybagg and Offset do an exceptional job at riding the beat with a range of impressive flows and enjoyable bars. This is another great example of Moneybagg Yo being able to craft a super enjoyable song from start to end.
• Machine Gun Kelly – 5:3666 (ft. Phem)
Machine Gun Kelly had an incredible album in 2019, Hotel Diablo. The song that I have found myself coming back to most since listening is ‘5:3666’, a song featuring female vocalist Phem, and telling story of MGK laying awake at night, unable to sleep due to his battles with his inner demons.
The highlight of this song is definitely the storytelling provided by MGK. Not only are the lyrics themselves exceptional, but the delivery throughout the song is clear, concise, and full of emotion, and is all aided by the addition of a beautifully sung hook and a slow, somber instrumental. As mentioned earlier, the story revolves around MGK laying in bed unable to sleep (at 5:36 in the morning), and the dark thoughts that go through his head at that time. He gets extremely personal throughout his verses, with the first verse focussing on his problem with cocaine addiction, and the second verse talking of his family, who seem to be taking advantage of him now that he has seen success.
The hook, sung by singer ‘Phem’ is a beautiful little addition to the song, being delivered amazingly and setting the tone for the song. The beat is primarily just a boom bappy drum pattern, combined with some female ‘ooh ooh’ vocal samples of some sort, as well as a mellow piano melody which is played in the background throughout.
Overall this is actually one of my favourite storytelling songs of 2019 so far. The story itself is easy to follow, and delivered with such emotion and clarity that it’s hard not to appreciate. The hook and the beat add to the story as a whole, and do a great job at pulling the whole song together. Really, this is just an amazing showing of Machine Gun Kelly’s talent as a rapper and as a writer.
• Yung Gravy – Whip A Tesla (ft. Bbno$)
‘Whip A Tesla’ is easily one of the most addictive songs of 2019, and is one of the only ones I find myself liking more and more literally every listen. From Yung Gravy’s 2019 album ‘Sensational’ and featuring frequent collaborator Bbno$, Whip A Tesla combines a dreamy atmospheric beat with some thumping bass and playful bars from both Bbno$ and Yung Gravy to create this overall good vibe that’s hard not to love.
Both Yung Gravy and Bbno$ showcase their humour and their incredible charisma on this track, as well as their long-standing chemistry, whose strength becomes apparent as the song progresses. The structure of the song is a bit loose, with both artists delivering the hook, and each verse being made up of each rapper delivering a few bars before throwing over to the other. The hook is one of many in 2019 which is delivered by 2 artists, and in this case is extremely well done, with the hook sounding catchy whilst maintaining the high level of humour used during the verses. Both Yung Gravy and Bbno$ have incredible enjoyable contributions to the verses too, with each of them delivering a plethora of hilarious bars and ridding the best with ease, though that’s more so a nod to the insane beat.
The beat is one of my favourite of the year, mainly because of how well crafted it is in relation to the lyrics and the flows of each artist. There are many layers to the beat, mainly this childish xylophone sounding melody, and this high pitched flute-like instrument which is played for a majority of the song. The beat also features some solid drums, namely this thumping bass which seems to hit at all the perfect times, adding a touch of perfection to the song. The beat as a whole just sounds like it was mixed and mastered around the vocal performance, and as a result it really helps to enhance the song overall, and gives it this real addictive quality.
Overall, this is one of the biggest ‘growers’ of the year for me, being a song I wasn’t sure about at first but have liked more and more ever since to the point it may be in my current top 10 of the year. An insanely enjoyable hook along with some funny bars and one of the best crafted beats of this year make this an all round enjoyable song from start to end!
Summary & Discussion
Spotify playlist of all songs here!
Apple Music of all songs here!
Have you heard any of these songs before? What are your opinions on them?
Do you have any recommendations for me based off these songs?
If you havn’t heard them before, I’d highly recommend giving them a listen and letting me know what you think!
– Shan –