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NPR Music's 25 Best Albums of 2019

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This list was made by writers, editors and producers at NPR Music operating under two rules: Albums had to be released during 2019 and no lead artist was allowed to appear on both this list and our list of the 25 Best Songs of 2019.



Success isn’t worth much to the Brooklyn singer if it can’t be shared.


Alternative ·


Shea Butter Baby

Dreamville’s singer-songwriter processes pain with frankness.

Ari Lennox

R&B/Soul ·


Songs of Our Native Daughters

Historical revision and collective expression from a roots supergroup.

Our Native Daughters

Folk ·


Titanic Rising

Grand '70s-style chamber pop with a deep, nostalgic ache.

Weyes Blood

Alternative ·


Ancestral Recall

“All forms of expression in sound are valid, as all people are… this is the mantra of Ancestral Recall.”

Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah

Jazz ·