Essential songs and artists of 2019

A critical ranking of the top 20 songs of the year, independent of personal chart placement

Artist of the Year


  • Dido
  • Ellie Goulding
  • Lizzo
  • Pink

Breakthrough Artist


  • Billie Eilish
  • Galantis
  • Maluma
  • Swae Lee

Song of the Year

Billie Eilish – Everything I Wanted

  • Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
  • Flume – Let You Know (feat. London Grammar)
  • Lizzo – Juice
  • Pink – Happy

Remix of the Year

Ellie Goulding, Diplo, Swae Lee – Close To Me (Felix Cartal Remix)

  • Celine Dion – Flying On My Own (Dave Aude Remix)
  • Grimes – We Appreciate Power (BloodPop Remix) (feat. HANA)
  • Madonna, Swae Lee – Crave (Tracy Young Dangerous Radio Edit)
  • Tiësto, Jonas Blue, Rita Ora – Ritual (David Puentez Remix)

Top 20 songs of 2019

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