We break down the essential releases that define music this year.
Emotional honesty—whether it be about love, loss, motherhood, mental health, body image, etc.—is the heart of the best music of 2019. A new generation of artists is not afraid to speak candidly about their struggles, their challenges, their triumphs. Long gone are the days of putting on a facade for the cameras when artists as big as Ariana Grande or as new and explosive as Billie Eilish are fearless in their pursuit of inner sincerity. What defines music in 2019 is fearlessness—the strength it takes to be real about issues that effect all of us no matter how famous we are. These are the best albums of 2019: