Paste's 15 Best Pop Albums of 2019

Paste's 15 Best Pop Albums of 2019

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15. Tegan and Sara - Hey, I'm Just Like You

Tegan and Sara - Hey, I'm Just Like You
September 27, 2019
Critic Score
76
14 reviews

14. Tinashe - Songs For You

Tinashe - Songs For You
November 21, 2019
Critic Score
74
4 reviews

13. Sir Babygirl - Crush on Me

Sir Babygirl - Crush on Me
February 15, 2019
Critic Score
75
4 reviews

12. Taylor Swift - Lover

Taylor Swift - Lover
August 23, 2019
Critic Score
73
24 reviews

Throughout the album, Swift essentially lists the things she loves: her mother, her boyfriend and, let’s face it, love itself. While these are all heartwarming sentiments, they amount to a statement lacking any profound meaning, backed by music that struggles to make a lasting impression.

11. Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life

Maggie Rogers - Heard It In A Past Life
January 18, 2019
Critic Score
71
25 reviews

Maggie Rogers is a pure pop star and a deserving one, at that. She’s self-assured in a way other radio stars aren’t, never afraid to fold in her folk background and do whatever she wants. And you just can’t help but root for her.

10. Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?

Billie Eilish - WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO?
March 29, 2019
Critic Score
79
23 reviews

WHEN WE ALL FALL ASLEEP, WHERE DO WE GO? has its faults, not quite hitting its full potential, but it gets damn well close, delivering an infectious record for the post-party hangover.

9. Charli XCX - Charli

Charli XCX - Charli
September 13, 2019
Critic Score
80
26 reviews

Charli rockets down the same hyperspeed lane as Pop 2, and like its predecessor, it’s home to a staggering number of unyielding future-pop anthems.

8. Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend

Marika Hackman - Any Human Friend
August 9, 2019
Critic Score
84
19 reviews

This album—a treasure trove of zippy guitar hooks, glimmering synths and lemony vocals expertly curated by Hackman—is all about human connection. She hones in on her emotional and sexual connections both to herself and others post-breakup.

7. Ariana Grande - thank u, next

Ariana Grande - thank u, next
February 8, 2019
Critic Score
82
26 reviews

6. Clairo - Immunity

Clairo - Immunity
August 2, 2019
Critic Score
74
21 reviews

Immunity has just enough unforgettable glimmers to justify Clairo’s buzz.

5. Lizzo - Cuz I Love You

Lizzo - Cuz I Love You
April 19, 2019
Critic Score
82
27 reviews

Her music and her persona may be inextricably entwined, but it’s a delightfully fun package.

4. Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!

Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!
August 30, 2019
Critic Score
86
31 reviews
The pop star has graduated from queen of bygone California beach vibes to a new title: President of Our American Feelings

3. Caroline Polachek - Pang

Caroline Polachek - Pang
October 18, 2019
Critic Score
80
16 reviews

An immense, nearly overwhelming spaciousness takes over Pang, which is intricately produced and layered with resplendent, crystalline trinkets of noise and sound unspooling around Polachek, whose vocals, immaculate and exacting, are amplified and crushed by reverb and vocoder.

2. FKA twigs - MAGDALENE

FKA twigs - MAGDALENE
November 8, 2019
Critic Score
89
29 reviews

MAGDALENE is the sound of an artist gluing together the million tiny shards in which she found herself after an explosive breakup.

1. Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated

Carly Rae Jepsen - Dedicated
May 17, 2019
Critic Score
77
26 reviews

Dedicated could’ve easily been either a woebegone heartbreak record or a carefree, lovestruck free-for-all had it been dreamt up by someone else. Instead, thanks to Ms. Jepsen’s talent for processing feelings, it’s an intersection of those two ends of the pop spectrum and a daring display of chart-topping sounds from across the decades.

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2mo
No male artists in this list.....I’m kicking off
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