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Billboard's The 50 Best Albums of 2019: Staff Picks

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Will the 2020s face the same ongoing discussions about the Death of the Album that the 2010s did? Will the format be as alien to us now in 2029 as it would be to listeners in 2010 seeing what it's become today? The answer to both is probably yes -- and we'll probably still be doing a top albums of the year list then, too.



1

thank u, next

Ariana gets real about pain, fame, and your girlfriend.


Ariana Grande

Pop ·


2

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

“This is my child, and you get to hold it while it throws up on you.”


Billie Eilish

Alternative ·


3

Lover

Taylor’s new album is a love letter to love itself.


Taylor Swift

Pop ·


4

Cuz I Love You

“Stand the f-ck up, y’all, Lizzo’s here!”


Lizzo

Pop ·


5

Heard It in a Past Life

Meet Maggie Rogers—this time on her own terms.


Maggie Rogers

Alternative ·