The albums that defined this year marked how true grit got artists back on top — or on top for the first time in their careers. But what is your favorite album of 2019?
For starters, seven acts earned their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, including Young Thug (So Much Fun), Tyler, the Creator (IGOR) and DaBaby (Kirk), as well as The Raconteurs (Help Us Stranger), Luke Combs (What You See Is What You Get), Khalid (Free Spirit) and Billboard‘s 2019 Woman of the Year Billie Eilish (When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?).
As for the returning guests to the penthouse suite of the Billboard 200, there are seven: pop veterans Madonna (Madame X), Céline Dion (Courage), Jonas Brothers (Happiness Begins), Ariana Grande (Thank U, Next) and Billboard‘s current cover star Taylor Swift (Lover), as well as indie rockers Vampire Weekend (Father of the Bride) and the guy who listeners can’t pinpoint the direction of his music Post Malone (Hollywood’s Bleeding). Madonna leads the list, with her 14th studio album marking her ninth chart-topper.
As for Malone and DaBaby, each song from their 2019 LPs — 17 from Hollywood’s Bleeding and 13 from Kirk, respectively — made it onto the Billboard Hot 100. Additionally, Maren Morris and Bad Bunny appear twice on Billboard‘s 50 best albums of the year. The country starlet notched her No. 4 album GIRL in March, while The Highwomen (Brandi Carlile, Natalie Hemby, Morris and Amanda Shires) secured the No. 10 spot later in September (with both albums locking down the coveted No. 1 spot on the Top Country Albums chart). Meanwhile, Latin pop hitmaker Bad Bunny peaked at No. 11 with his solo project X 100pre before breaking into the top 10 with his No. 9 collaborative album Oasis with reggaeton sensation J Balvin.
So which is your 2019 album of the year? If your favorite isn’t in the list, let us know your pick in the “Other” field and vote below!