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As September sets in and summer leaves us once more, it departs with a ton of new music from popular artists and upcoming sensations. From stars known around the world to smaller musicians just coming onto the scene, here are some of my top songs, albums and artists of the Summer 2019.
“Norman F**king Rockwell” - Lana Del Ray
Lana Del Ray’s newest album just released on Aug. 30. Her newest music is a smash hit as always, using stellar lyrics and beautifully written stories to affect her audience. Two of my favorite songs on the album are "Doin’ Time" and "Cinnamon Girl."
“Lover” - Taylor Swift
As a huge Taylor Swift fan, I am excited to say that her newest album lives up to her legacy. The songs are personal and relatable. Some of my favorite songs on “Lover” are "Paper Rings" because of its retro sound and "I Think He Knows" because of the lyrics and upbeat tune. One of the more touching songs on the album concerns Swift’s mother battling cancer in "Soon You’ll Get Better." Some of her best songwriting is seen in one of her singles, “Lover."
“The Big Day” - Chance the Rapper
Chance the Rapper is someone who can consistently come up with new music that pushes boundaries in his genre. This album contains a lot of features that add to the overall vibe of the album. My favorite songs are "Ballin Flossin" feat. Shawn Mendes and "Handsome" feat. Megan Thee Stallion.
“Late Night Feelings” - Mark Ronson
Mark Ronson has written outstanding songs for many popular artists, but his newest album really showcases his talents. All the songs have features on them except the first prelude. In my opinion, Lykke Li and Camila Cabello steal the best songs on the album with "Late Night Feelings" and "Find U Again," respectively.
“Apollo XXI” - Steve Lacy
I did not find Steve Lacy until recently, but his music is jazzy and funky. It has a very different sound than much of the popular music on the radio today. I am a big fan of "Lay Me down" and "Love 2 Fast." The beats are interesting and have introduced me to a new type of music to love.
“X” - The Driver Era
Ross Lynch and his brother Rocky Lynch have formed a new band that released its first album this summer. The songs are fantastic and combine many genres of music between grunge, indie rock and alternative. Two songs you should check out are "Afterglow" and "Low."