With the demise of beloved New York City alt-weekly The Village Voice in 2018, you can turn to Glenn Boothe and Keith Artin’s own version of the paper’s famous Pazz & Jop, an annual poll of top music releases in a given year compiled from music writers and editors across the country.
Their so-called “Village Voice Paz & Jop Rip-Off Poll” was conduced via private Facebook group, which now includes over 1,100 members—music writers, business execs, or artists themselves. Hundreds of people added their Top 10 Albums of 2019 picks, and the results are now available.
You can see the full list here, follow along with a playlist via Spotify here, and check out the top twenty winners below. Clearly, a lot of people loved and mourned David Berman this year (including us), as you can see from the number one spot.
1. Purple Mountains, s/t
2. Angel Olsen, All Mirrors
3. Billie Eilish, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
4. Lizzo, Cuz I Love You
5. Weyes Blood, Titanic Rising
6. Sharon Van Etten, Remind Me Tomorrow
7. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Ghosteen
8. 75 Dollar Bill, I Was Real
9. Lana Del Rey, Norman Fucking Rockwell
10. Fontaines DC, Dogrel
11. Cate Le Bon, Reward
12. Mdou Moctar, Ilana (The Creator)
13. Big Thief, Two Hands
14. Big Thief, U.F.O.F.
15. Kim Gordon, No Home Record
16. Aldous Harding, Designer
17. The Paranoid Style, A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life
18. Ex Hex, It’s Real
19. Brittany Howard, Jaime
20. Tyler, the Creator, IGOR