The songs that shaped 2019

What a year. We’ve seen the rise of TikTok, memes that seem to become more popular than the music, and songs that have broken records around the world. If this was 2019, what will 2020 bring?

Lil Nas X – Old Town Road

Lil Nas X gave us our first viral hit of the year. The late 2018 release spawned a raft of memes and ‘Old Town Road’ took over the internet and the charts. Who knew a backing track bought online for $30 could turn into a song that would overtake ‘One Sweet Day’ (Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men) as the longest running #1 on the Billboard Hot 100?

And of course, we can’t ignore what a *masterpiece* the music video… sorry… movie is.

Tones And I – Dance Monkey

Homegrown legend Tones and I (real name Toni Watson) has dominated the charts in the second half of 2019. At the time of publication of this article ‘Dance Monkey’ had held the #1 spot on the ARIA Charts for 20 weeks (Ed Sheeran held the previous record at 15 weeks), and she had become one of three female artists to hold the top of the UK charts for 10 weeks (joining the likes of Rhianna and Whitney Houston). After some strong US TV appearances (The Voice, The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon) she’s cracked the top 10 in the US too.

Onwards and upwards Tones!

Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved

If we can thank 2019 for one thing, it’s bringing Lewis Capaldi and his Instagram into our lives. Although ‘Someone You Loved’ was released in 2018, it became part of Capaldi‘s debut album Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, and peaked at #1 on the UK Singles Chart. After sitting on the US charts for six months, ‘Someone You Loved’ climbed to the top, and thus, America’s Sweetheart was born.

But enough about charts; please do yourself a favour and follow him on social media. You won’t be sorry.

Billie Eilish – bad guy

With the release of Billie Eilish‘s debut studio album When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? came ‘bad guy’, co-written with her brother Finneas O’Connell. ‘bad guy’ dethroned ‘Old Town Road’ from a huge 19 week run atop of the US Billboard chart; and as if we couldn’t love it any more, it’s been revealed that ‘bad guy’ has a sneaky sample of an Aussie pedestrian crossing hidden in it!

Billie brought her tour to Australia in early 2019, and we loved what we heard – or rather, what we would have heard if we could hear over the screaming crowd. Mental note, bring earplugs to gigs from now on.

Lizzo – Juice

We love Lizzo. Like, really love Lizzo. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that Lizzo entered the charts this year with ‘Truth Hurts’, a song she originally released back in 2017. It’s really giving new meaning to never giving up! 2019 saw Lizzo releasing her debut major-label album Cuz I Love You, along with lead single ‘Juice’. Hoo boy, what a banger! The New York Times call it Lizzo‘s “defining anthem” and we can’t help but agree.

What will the new year bring for Lizzo? A trip to Australia to play FOMO Festival, and some very special shows in Melbourne and Sydney.

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