Best Songs of 2019
“Old Town Road” is a song by American rapper Lil Nas X, first released independently in December of 2018. Lil Nas X also recorded a remix with American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, which was released on April 5, 2019. The song has been widely labeled as “country rap“, a genre that had only become mainstream a year prior to release. Dutch beat producer YoungKio produced the instrumental and made it available for purchase online in 2018. It features a sample of a banjo from the instrumental piece “34 Ghosts IV” by American industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails. The sample was placed behind trap-style Roland TR-808 drums and bass. Lil Nas X purchased the instrumental for US$30 and recorded “Old Town Road” in one day. At the time, he had been living with his sister after dropping out of college; his real world struggles served as an influence on some of the lyrics.
Although originally released in September 2017 this song didn’t become a hit until 2019. 2019 was Lizzo’s year for sure! “Truth Hurts” became a viral sleeper hit in 2019 after gaining popularity on the TikTok video sharing app. The song’s popularity was also bolstered by its appearance in the Netflix film Someone Great (2019). The accompanying music video has amassed more than 150 million views on Youtube. On its fourth week at number one, it became the longest-leading rap number one single by a female artist unaccompanied by another act in the chart’s history, surpassing Cardi B‘s three-week reign with “Bodak Yellow” in October 2017.
“Señorita” is a song by Canadian singer Shawn Mendes and Cuban-American singer Camila Capello. “Señorita” reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, as well as thirty-five other countries including the United Kingdom, Australia and Mendes’ native Canada. The song was originally conceived during a studio session between Charli XCX, Ali Tamposi, Jack Patterson of Clean Bandit, and Andrew Watt, the latter who produced the song. Watt, prior to the studio session, created a guitar melody that he described as being reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and Jose Feliciano. He played the guitar melody during the studio session where ideas for melodies and lyrics were created to accompany it. The melody and lyrics for the chorus of the song eventually formed, including what would become the opening line, “I love it when you call me señorita”.
Watt sent the rough chorus of the song to Shawn Mendes, suggesting that the song be recorded as a duet, to which Mendes agreed and said that Camila Capello would be “the only person” who he could do the song with.
“Loco Contigo” (English: “Crazy for You”) is a song by French DJ and record producer DJ Snake, Colombian singer J Balvin and American rapper Tyga. It was released on 14 June 2019 by DJ Snake Music Productions and Geffen Records. “Loco Contigo” was written by J Balvin, Tyga, Justin Quiles, and DJ Snake who also produced the song.
Whitney Houston covered the song in 1990 and it was included as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of her third studio album I’m Your Baby Tonight. James Vincent McMorrow covered the song in 2011, on his first album “Early in the Morning”. In June 2019, Norwegian DJ Kygo reworked Houston’s cover into a tropical house track and it was released as a single worldwide, and on August 21, 2019, their version hit number one on Billboard magazine’s Dance Club Songs chart, making it Houston’s highest-charting posthumous release to date. This is “Higher Love”
“Tempo” Again by Lizzo. One of the hottest female artists of 2019.
“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish The song was described as pop-trap and nu-goth pop in press reviews, for which synth bass, a kick drum, finger snaps and 808 bass provide minimalist instrumentation. During the song’s lyrics, Eilish taunts her lover for being a bad guy although suggesting that she is more resilient than him, and further touches on themes about misandry and sarcasm. Tough to mix into a dance set but, requested often!
“Con Calma” is a song by Puerto Rican rapper Daddy Yankee featuring Canadian rapper Snow. The track is a reimagination of Snow’s 1992 single “Informer“. The song was written by Daddy Yankee, Snow, and Juan “Gaby Music” Rivera, and was produced by American production duo Play-N-Skillz and co-produced by David “Scott Summers” Macias. A remix version featuring American singer Katy Perry was released on April 19, 2019.