We asked the opbmusic staff to each name their top five albums of the year. As always, it was a pretty tortured process. We laughed. We cried. But when the dust settled, we were left with this impressive and incredibly eclectic list of music.

Here are just some of the albums we loved in 2019, along with Spotify and Apple Music listening links and a selection of videos for songs from albums listed in bold.

Read our Best Songs list here.


Tasha Hewett, opbmusic DJ

Chelsea Wolfe - “Birth Of Violence” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “U.F.O.F.” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Helado Negro - “This Is How You Smile” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Michael Kiwanuka - “Kiwanuka” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Cherry Glazerr - “Stuffed & Ready” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Chance Solem-Pfeifer, opbmusic DJ

Aldous Harding - “Designer” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Sharon Van Etten - “Remind Me Tomorrow” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Julia Jacklin - “Crushing” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Better Oblivion Community Center - “Better Oblivion Community Center” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Stella Donnelly - “Beware of the Dogs” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Michael Cavazos, opbmusic DJ

Sleater-Kinney - “The Center Won’t Hold” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Vagabon - “Vagabon” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Rapsody - “Eve” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Fontaines D.C. - “Dogrel” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Nilüfer Yanya - “Miss Universe” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Chris Spicer, opbmusic DJ

Jamila Woods - “LEGACY! LEGACY!” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Emily King - “Scenery” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Jenny Lewis - “On The Line” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Angel Olsen - “All Mirrors” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Pure Bathing Culture - “Night Pass” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Mike Dempsey, opbmusic contributor

PUP - “Morbid Stuff” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Tiny Ruins - “Olympic Girls” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Burna Boy - “African Giant” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Helado Negro - “This is How You Smile” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “Two Hands” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Emily Reiling, opbmusic DJ

Sudan Archives - “Athena” (Spotify | Apple Music)
James Blake - “Assume Form” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Anderson .Paak - “Ventura” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Helado Negro - “This Is How You Smile” (Spotify | Apple Music)
King Princess - “Cheap Queen” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Jonny Polivka, opbmusic DJ

Fruit Bats - “Gold Past Life” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Jenny Lewis - “On The Line” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Deerhunter - “Why Hasn’t Everything Already Disappeared?” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Sleater-Kinney - “The Center Won’t Hold” (Spotify | Apple Music)
The New Pornographers - “In the Morse Code of Brake Lights” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Francis Storr, opbmusic DJ

The Wildhearts - “Renaissance Men” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Tool - “Fear Inoculum” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Elbow - “Giants Of All Sizes” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Refused - “War Music” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Alex Lahey - “The Best Of Luck Club” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Matthew Casebeer, opbmusic DJ

Andrew Bird - “My Finest Work Yet” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Karen O & Danger Mouse - “Lux Prima” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Charly Bliss - “Young Enough” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Superet - “How To Work A Room” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Cataldo - “Literally Main Street” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Morgan McDonald, opbmusic DJ

Bibio - “Ribbons” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Moon Duo - “Stars Are the Light” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Solange - “When I Get Home” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Sudan Archives - “Athena” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Toro Y Moi - “Outer Peace” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Arthur C. Lee, opbmusic DJ

Fruit Bats - “Gold Past Life” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Purple Mountains - “Purple Mountains” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Woolen Men - “Human to Human” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Y La Bamba - “Mujeres” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “U.F.O.F.” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Nate Sjol, opbmusic videographer

Sharon Van Etten - “Remind Me Tomorrow” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Brittany Howard - “Jaime” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Stef Chura - “Midnight” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Strand of Oaks - “Eraserland” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Sturgill Simpson - “SOUND & FURY” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Steven Williams, opbmusic DJ

Jessica Pratt - “Quiet Signs” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Cate le Bon - “Reward” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Kelsey Lu - “Blood” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Karen O & Danger Mouse - “Lux Prima” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Nicola Cruz - “Siku” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Sararosa Davies, opbmusic contributor

Better Oblivion Community Center - “Better Oblivion Community Center” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Julia Jacklin - “Crushing” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “Two Hands” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “U.F.O.F.” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Maggie Rogers - “Heard It In a Past Life” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Evan Anderson, opbmusic DJ

Tinariwen - “Amadjar” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Y La Bamba - “Mujeres” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Jamila Woods - “LEGACY! LEGACY!” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Andrew Bird - “My Finest Work Yet” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Black Belt Eagle Scout - “At the Party with My Brown Friends” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Gerard O’Sullivan, opbmusic contributor

TK and the Holy Know-Nothings - “Arguably OK” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Billy Strings - “Home” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Andrew Bird - “My Finest Work Yet” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Daniel Norgren - “Wooh Dang” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Big Thief - “U.F.O.F.” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Ray Gill, Jr., opbmusic DJ

Brittany Howard - “Jaime” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Black Pumas - “Black Pumas” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Sego - “Sego Sucks” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Blossom - “Maybe” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Courtney Barnett - “Everybody Here Hates You” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Isabel Lyndon, opbmusic contributor

Gemma - “Feeling’s Not a Tempo” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Boy Scouts - “Free Company” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Denzel Curry - “Zuu” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Summer Walker - “Over It” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Caroline Polacheck - “Pang” (Spotify | Apple Music)


Jerad Walker, opbmusic music director

The National - “I Am Easy To Find” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Angel Olsen - “All Mirrors” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Julia Jacklin - “Crushing” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Elbow - “Giants Of All Sizes” (Spotify | Apple Music)
Frankie Cosmos - “Close It Quietly” (Spotify | Apple Music)