KCRW Music Announcement

KCRW Reveals Best of 2019

KCRW Reveals Best of 2019; Top 10 Albums, Top 10 Songs, and Best New Artist plus Top Ten Albums of the Decade

Santa Monica, CA (December 5, 2019) – KCRW has revealed its Best of 2019, the coveted list of the year’s Top Ten Albums, Top Ten Songs, and Best New Artist. The annual Best Of recognizes the music and performances that caught KCRW DJs’ attention throughout the year. These artists continually innovate and inspire, while pushing culture forward.

KCRW has also revealed its picks for the Top Ten Albums of the Decade.  

Check it all out at the interactive and immersive KCRW Best of 2019 website, including personal picks for the Top Ten Albums of 2019 from each individual KCRW DJ. 

KCRW’s Top 10 Albums of 2019

  1. Brittany Howard – Jaime
  2. SAULT – 5
  3. Thom Yorke – ANIMA
  4. Men I Trust – Oncle Jazz 
  5. Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee 
  6. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  7. Automatic  – Signal 
  8. Moon Boots – Bimini Road 
  9. Angel Olsen – All Mirrors 
  10. Helado Negro – This Is How You Smile 

KCRW’s Top 10 Songs of 2019

  1. Yola – “Faraway Look”
  2. Lizzo – “Juice”
  3. Karen O & Danger Mouse – “Turn The Light”
  4. Tame Impala – “Patience”
  5. Sudan Archives – “Confessions”  
  6. Amber Mark – “What If” 
  7. Hot Chip – “Hungry Child” 
  8. Jidenna – “Sufi Woman” 
  9. Billie Eilish – “bad guy”
  10. Anderson .Paak – “Twilight” 

2019 Best New Artist – Black Pumas

“From their incredible performance on Morning Becomes Eclectic, to headlining our Summer Nights series at KCRW HQ (along with sold-out and jam-packed houses all over LA), it’s obvious that Black Pumas’ infectious mix of funk, soul and bluesy-influenced rock has emerged as a crowd favorite,” stated KCRW DJ Raul Campos. “Their self-titled gem of an album flawlessly blends raw and uninhibited grooves with heartfelt, and even at times, gut-wrenching vocals. The powerful journey bobs and weaves through themes of the struggles, and tribulations of life, to an uplifting vision of what humanity can be.” 

As KCRW’s 2019 pick for Best New Artist, Black Pumas join Rosalía, Anderson .Paak, and Tom Misch, who have also received this distinguished KCRW endorsement in recent years.

ALBUMS OF THE DECADE (in alphabetical order)

  • Adele – 21 
  • Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color 
  • Anderson .Paak – Malibu 
  • Frank Ocean – Blonde 
  • Kamasi Washington – The Epic
  • Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly 
  • LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening 
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table 
  • Tame Impala – Currents 
  • The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream


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