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09th Mar 2019

Music critics put together a list of the 25 songs that matter the most right now

Rory Cashin


How many do you agree with? How many have you even heard of?

The New York Times have published their 2019 Music Issue, and in it they have put together the 25 most important songs

They’ve amassed a crew of music journalists, interviewers, reviewers, authors, and more besides to put together the eclectic list, which features some old-school talents (Bruce Springsteen, Weezer) mixed with some relatively brand new acts (6ix9ine, Post Malone).

Some of the choices on the list may seem odd – from the inescapable ‘Baby Shark’, to why they chose this particular Gaga track over ‘Shallow’? – but all of the decisions make perfect sense when you read the research behind each track’s inclusion.

Here is the list, with the top-line description of those songs as per the listicle:

Bruce Springsteen – ‘Born In The USA’

Ariana Grande – ‘thank u, next’

Mariah Carey – ‘A No No’

Meek Mill – ‘Trauma’

Travis Scott – ‘Sicko Mode’

Lady Gaga – ‘Why Did You Do That?’

Pinkfong – ‘Baby Shark’

The Carters – ‘Apeshit’

Juice World – ‘Lucid Dreams’

Kacey Musgraves – ‘Slow Burn’

Post Malone – ‘Sunflower’

Tierra Whack – ‘Bugs Life’

Parquet Courts – ‘Before The Water Gets Too High’

Grimes featuring Hana – ‘We Appreciate Power’

Julia Holter – ‘I Shall Love 2’

Maroon 5 – ‘Girls Like You’

6ix9ine – ‘Stoopid’

Robyn – ‘Honey’

Rosalia – ‘Malamente’

Marie Davidson – ‘Work It’

James Black – ‘Assume Form’

The 1975 – ‘Love It If We Made It’

Weezer – ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’

Sharon Van Etten – ‘Comeback Kid’

Sons Of Kemet – ‘My Queen Is Harriet Tubman’

Yep, a pretty strong mix of well known artists, and a there is also likely to be at least a handful of artists in there that the majority of folk haven’t even heard of before.

The NYT have even put together a handy little Spotify playlist of the tracks, should you wish to expand your musical horizons a little bit.


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