AC Entertainment’s Staff 2019 Album Picks!

12/20/2019

As we near the end of 2019, let’s take a look at the top albums our staff have loved, admired, and replayed (over and over) this year. From modern classical to country pop, this list covers every crack and corner of music and proves the invaluable diversity and wild creativity of our staff. Scroll through our collective top albums and individual picks below and prepare to have your music tastes blown!

Oh, you thought we would just list the top albums and best singles/EPs of the year? Nah, we made a playlist for you to enjoy too. Listen now!

Top Albums

1. Lizzo – Cuz I Love You

2. Sturgill Simpson  –Sound & Fury

3. Billy Strings – Home

4. Vampire Weekend – Father of The Bride

5. Clairo – Immunity


Individual Picks

Jesse

  • Changes by Neal Francis
  • Jaime by Brittany Howard
  • Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson
  • C’est La Vie by Phosphorescent
  • Country Squire by Tyler Childers

Skinny P

  • TIM by Avicii
  • JESUS IS KING by Kanye West
  • HIXTAPE by HARDY
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • Good Faith by Madeon
  • 7 EP by Lil Nas X (Favorite EP/Single)

Jonathan Felix

  • Building Balance by Allen Stone
  • Wilder Woods by Wilder Woods
  • Feral Roots by Rival Sons
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?  by William Eyelash
  • Astronaut by City and Colour (Favorite EP/Single)

@rneelzy

  • Fever by Megan Thee Stallion
  • The Lost Boy by YBN Cordae
  • MAGDALENE by FKA twigs
  •  The Kids Are Coming by Tones and I
  • Ghosteen by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • EP 6 by Qveen Herby (Favorite EP/Single)

Basplin

  • Perpetual Groove by Perpetual Groove
  • Teskey Brothers by Run Home Slow
  • Van Morrison by Three Chords and the Truth
  • The New Mastersounds by Shake It
  • The New Deal by Phoenix
  • Ron Artis II by Broken (Favorite EP/Single)

Ranchel

  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • Ventura by Anderson .Paak
  • Heard It in a Past Life by Maggie Rogers
  • Norman Fucking Rockwell by Lana Del Rey
  • Lights Up by Harry Styles (Favorite EP/Single)

shelbybuenos

  • Immunity by Clairo
  • thank u, next by Ariana Grande
  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • First Place by The Brook & the Bluff
  • The Balance by Catfish and the Bottlemen
  • Miss You by Claud (Favorite EP/Single)

Scor

  • Sturgill Simpson by Sound & Fury
  • Billy Strings by Home
  • Better Oblivion Community Center by Better Oblivion Community Center
  • HIXTAPE: Vol. 1 by HARDY
  • Damn I Need a Dirt Road by Muscadine Bloodline (Favorite EP/Single)

ben t o

  • Occabot (Rad Cult Records) by The Stargazer Lilies
  • Strangers From the Far East (Guruguru Brain) by Khana Bierbood
  • Gece (Glitterbeat Records) by Altin Gün
  • A Gaze Among Them (Southern Lord Records) by BIG|BRAVE
  • uknowhatimsayin¿ (Warp Records) by Danny Brown
  • Untitled (Posh Isolation) by oqbqbo (Favorite EP/Single)

Ben C.

  • Now, Not Yet by Half-Alive
  • Size of Relief by Young & Sick
  • The 12 Views Of Beatenberg by Beatenberg
  • Lately EP by Still Woozy (Favorite EP/Single)

Director of Bracelet Sales

  • Daylight by Grace Potter
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go by Billie Eilish
  • ZUU by Denzel Curry
  • The Kids Are Coming by Tones and I
  • Sofi Tukker by Purple Hat (Favorite EP/Single)

Country Brad

  • Heard It In A Past Life by Maggie Rogers
  • Mirrorland by Earthgang
  • First Place by The Brook and The Bluff
  • What You See Is What You Get by Luke Combs
  • Lover by Noah Gundersen
  • Telephone by Scott Ruth (Favorite EP/Single)

Becca Castle

  • Father of the Bride by Vampire Weekend
  • Jaime by Brittany Howard
  • Immunity by Clairo
  • Pony by Rex Orange County
  • i,i by Bon Iver
  • Indiana by Briston Maroney & What’s It Like? by Sure Sure (Favorite EP/Single)

Crow

  • Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson
  • Home by Billy Strings
  • Mirrorland by EARTHGANG
  • No Geography by The Chemical Brothers
  • Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet is Coming
  • Old Town Road (Remix) by Lil Nas X ft. Billy Ray Cyrus (Favorite EP/Single)

Office Plant Mom

  • Signs by Tedeschi Trucks Band
  • The Highwomen by The Highwomen
  • Country Squire by Tyler Childers
  • Home by Billy Strings
  • Ventura by Anderson .Paak
  • Stay High by Brittany Howard (Favorite EP/Single)

Xtina

  • Pony by Rex Orange County
  • Pony by Orville Peck
  • Immunity by Clairo
  • Cheap Queen by King Princess
  • I Am Easy to Find by The National
  • Table of Context by Cautious Clay (Favorite EP/Single)

Cameron

  • Thanks for Dance by Leonard Cohen
  • America Utopia on Broadway by David Byrne
  • I Also Want to Die in New Orleans by Sun Kil Moon
  • Lover by Noah Gundersen
  • New Ways by Leif Vollebekk
  • Anymore – Gentle by Cameron Matthew Ray (Favorite EP/Single)

BReese

  • Living Mirage by The Head and The Heart
  • Tides of a Teardrop by Mandolin Orange
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO by Billie Eilish
  • Noom by Lo Noom
  • The Wolves by Mandolin Orange (Favorite EP/Single)

John 

  • Feral Roots by Rival Sons
  •  This Land by Gary Clark Jr.
  • Almost Free by FIDLAR
  • You Deserve Love by White Reaper
  • Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson
  • Dirty Honey by Dirty Honey
  • Sunday Driver by The Raconteurs (Favorite EP/Single)

Madeline

  • Potluck by Earl St. Clair
  • Highwomen by The Highwomen
  • Launch Fly Land by Dreamers
  • Champion by Bishop Briggs
  • Phantoms by Marianias Trench
  • Even Though it Hurts by Devon Gilfillian & Bout Time by Bones Owens (Favorite EP/Single)

Mathan

  • Fear Inoculum by Tool
  • Psychodrama by Dave
  • Sound & Fury by Sturgill Simpson
  • True North by Borknagar
  • Zenith Rise by I Built The Sky

B-potz

  • Community Inn by Goodbye June
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo
  • How It Feels To Be Lost by Sleeping With Sirens
  • Fine Line by Harry Styles
  • Thoughts On Letting Go by Harbour
  • Joyous Wolf ‘Place In Time’ EP / Friday Giants ‘Something Worth Saving EP’ / Kiss Kiss Bang ‘Hearts On Fire’ EP / Joshua & The Holy Rollers ‘Patience’ EP (Favorite EP/Single)

Tess

  • Dragons by Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
  • By and By by Caamp
  • III by The Lumineers
  • The Highwomen by The Highwomen
  • Cuz I Love You by Lizzo

Sorry i can’t follow the rules

  • Not by Big Thief – my 5 year old daughters fave song of the year – and mine.
  • Fishing for Fishies by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and Infest the Rats (also fave live show of the year)
  • DHL by Frank Ocean – not an album but if it was it would be album of the year
  • Ghosteen by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ive cried reading the Red Hand Files more than once this year
  • Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery by The Comet is Coming
  • Only Human by Four Tet (Favorite EP/Single)