At the end of every month, I put the songs that I especially enjoyed from that month’s playlist into a Best of (Year) playlist. It’s fun to listen to in December and enjoy all my favourites from the year before I start blasting the Christmas music.
There’s a lot, so I’m not going to write about about each song or we’ll be here until next December, but I’ve put them into a playlist (including the songs from October and November) so you can have a listen if you feel so inclined. I’ve written a few words about a selection of them though so without further ado.
Disclaimer: I honestly can’t remember who suggested what each month so if none of your choices are on the playlist that doesn’t mean I didn’t enjoy them. I’m just looking at the ones that particularly stood out to me for one reason or another.
The Eve of the War – Jeff Wayne, Richard Burton & Justin Hayward
Confession: I have never read War of the Worlds, and I’ve never seen any adaptation of it. I enjoyed this track though, and it’s made me want to check out the musical at some point.
Keep Yourself Alive – Queen
Despite the fact that I grew up listening to a lot of Queen this isn’t a song I’d ever heard before it cropped up on one of my playlists. I liked it though. Feels very much like a classic Queen song.
It’s My Life – Talk Talk
Another confession: Prior to this I’d only ever heard the version by No Doubt and I had no idea it was a cover. The original is great, though and I really love Talk Talk’s vocals.
Feel the Pain – Dinosaur Jr.
This is just one of those songs that got stuck in my head and I found myself humming it at work even when I wasn’t listening to it.
Square Hammer – Ghost
I just love the guitars and beat on this one. It’s one of those songs that had me tapping on the steering wheel every time it came on while I was driving.
’39 – Queen
This is honestly unlike most Queen songs I know. Almost entirely accompanied by acoustic guitars and with Brian May singing the lead vocals. It’s a really beautiful song.
Whole Lotta Woman – Kelly Clarkson
I challenge any female identifying person to listen to this and not feel just that little bit more empowered.
Time to Pretend – MGMT
This song comes with heaps of nostalgia for me. Back when I used to work night shifts this song was on the radio a lot. I never knew who it was by or what it was called but as soon as I heard it on my playlist it took me straight back to that time. It’s a great song, too.
Closer to Fine – Indigo Girls
I love everything about this song. The tune is great, the lyrics are meaningful and interesting. It’s just an all around fantastic song.
Over the Hills and Far Away – Patty Gurdy
Folk isn’t a genre of music I listen to much, but this tells such a brilliant story it reminds me of the sort of thing bards used to sing.
Danger Zone – Kenny Loggins
Time for another confession: I have never seen Top Gun. I’ve seen the volleyball scene and, really, that’s the only important bit, right? Anyway, despite that this song is a classic and I love it.
Sovngarde Song – Miracle of Sound
If you’re a fan of video games and songs inspired by video games I can highly recommend Miracle of Sound. While this song (inspired by Skyrim) was new to me their Dragon Age and Mass Effect songs are also excellent.
Make A Wish – CHUNG HA
This song is just so joyful even if I didn’t understand most of the lyrics you can’t help but sing along.
Screaming – Dimash Kudaibergen
If I had to pick one song from the whole year that I loved most it would probably this one. The vocals are absolutely incredible.
One Day More – Les Miserables 2010 Cast
So, there’s a chain of events with this song. I saw it performed on The Magicians, someone recommended this version, I fell in love with it, and then I ended up going to see Les Mis performed on stage. No regrets. I didn’t realise until I saw it performed properly just how bad the movie is which is the only version I’d seen or heard prior to this.
The Bard’s Song – Blind Guardian
I actually thought this was another Skyrim inspired song but it was released in 1992 so clearly not. It’s a great song though and I really enjoyed singing along loudly in the car.
Don’t Lose Ur Head – SIX
I’m very easily swayed by songs from musicals. This is absolutely brilliant and I definitely want to check out the show at some point.
Change – The Lightning Seeds
This was a major trip down memory lane. This song came out when I was in my teens and is very much part of my coming of age soundtrack.
Fly Again – Man With A Mission
I generally try and start each month’s playlist with something upbeat to get me going in the morning and this is definitely one of those.
Blue on Black – Five Finger Death Punch
This is one of those bands that pops up at least semi regularly in recommendations and I have to say I’m halfway to becoming a fan. I particularly enjoyed this song and their cover of House of the Rising Sun
Stupid Thing – Nikel
My first ever online fandom was Buffy the Vampire Slayer and as soon as this song came on I slapped the steering wheel and yelled ‘OH MY GOD IT’S THAT SONG FROM BUFFY’. I don’t think it was ever included on the soundtrack but I’m not going to forget the song from the episode that introduced my favourite character, Spike.
Truth Hurts – Lizzo
2019 has definitely been Lizzo’s year and this song was my introduction to her. It’s a fantastic song with an iconic first line.(now with the correct credit).
Simple Life – Rising Sons
This song appeared on the playlist when I was playing a lot of Stardew Valley and, honestly, the lyrics fit that game so well. It’s such a great one to sing along to as well.
Born to Run – Bruce Springsteen
Springsteen is one of those artists where I know a few songs just by osmosis. This song cropped up on a playlist not long after I saw Blinded By The Light at the cinema (fantastic movie, I’m going to write about it at some point) and it gave me a newfound appreciation for this song.
Connected – Elastica
This is another one of those songs (along with a lot of other Britpop) that made up my teenage years. I never got into Elastica the way I did some of the other bands at the time but this is a fantastic song.
The Git Up – Blanco Brown
I blame TikTok for this entirely. This song was huge for a couple of months with everyone doing dances to it on the app. For about a month I’d only ever heard the chorus but the rest of the song is pretty fun too.
So there we have my best of 2019. I’m just getting ready to put together my January 2020 playlist so I’ll be back at the end of Jan to talk about those songs.
Happy New Year, everyone!