Finally we reach the top 50 of the Music Like Dirt end of year list, featuring 24 hours worth of the finest music released in 2019. Yes, I know it’s the arse end of January and you were bored of best ofs three weeks ago but, as I say every year, the music this year has been incredible. Hopefully there’ll be a tune or ten that is new to your ears and perhaps a new artist you’ll treasure for years… alternativly you may just think, oh for gods sake not Old Town Road again.
This year I apologise for the total lack of words. As previously mentioned, it’s late January. I could spend the next few weeks agonising over whether ‘Slap My Butt’ is better than the Hackney Colliery Band and penning some fluffy prose that most people will scroll past anyway or I could just hit PUBLISH… sorry.

Scroll to the bottom for numbers 51-200, or if you prefer playlists, pick your favourite streaming platform below.

(TOP 200 TRACKS OF 2019)



50.Emily Scott Robinson'The Dress'

49.Lil Nas X'Old Town Road (feat Billy Ray Cyrus) (Remix)'

48.Todd Snider'Talking Reality Television Blues'

47.Rapsody'Nina' / 'Whoopi'

46.Jeffrey Lewis'LPs'


44.Headie One'18HUNNA (feat. Dave) (Four Tet Remix)'


42.Joan Shelley'High On The Mountain' / 'The Fading'

41.Ezra Furman'What Can You Do But Rock 'n' Roll' / 'Calm Down aka I Should Not Be Alone'

40.Sinead O Brien'Taking On Time'



37.Jenny Hval'Ashes to Ashes'

36.Declan McKenna'British Bombs'

35.Adrian Sherwood & LSK'The Way Of The World'

34.ROSALÕA'Aute Cuture' / 'Barefoot In The Park (with James Blake)'

33.Eyesore & the Jinx'On an Island'

32.Deafkids'Templo do Caos'

31.Daddy Freddy'Bun Dem Out (feat. Sleepy Time Ghost, Action Fire, Blackout JA)'

30.Julia Jacklin'Body'

29.Mary Lattimore'Hello from the Edge of the Earth'

28.The Chemical Brothers'We've Got To Try'

27.Mac DeMarco'All Of Our Yesterdays' / 'Nobody'

26.Sarathy Korwar'Bol (feat. Zia Ahmed & Aditya Prakash)'

25.Spice'Cool It' / 'Back Way (feat. Vybz Kartel)'

24.Jstar'Rise Up (feat. Kinck & Vursatyl The Great) (Wrongtom Remix)'

23.Tierra Whack'Only Child' / 'Unemployed'

22.Karine Polwart'Don’t Want To Know'


20.Juls'Slow Down (feat. Agent Sasco)'

19.Koffee'Rapture (Remix feat. Govana)'

18.Dave'Lesley (feat. Ruelle)'

17.Donato Dozzy & Anna Caragnano'Parola (Rework)'

16.Marie Davidson'Work It (Soulwax Remix)'

15.Leonard Cohen'Happens to the Heart' / 'Puppets'

14.clipping.'Nothing is Safe'

13.Ashley McBryde'One Night Standards'

12.FONTAINES D.C.'Big' / 'Boys In the Better Land'

11.The Comet Is Coming'Summon The Fire'

10.Victoria Monét'Ass Like That'

9.Kiddy Smile'Slap My B*tt'

8.The Cool Greenhouse'Cardboard Man'

7.Tove Lo'Glad He's Gone'

6.Hackney Colliery Band'Why Yellow (feat. Rob Auton)'

5.SHY FX'Balaclava (feat. MC Spyda and D Double E)' / 'Rudeboy Lovesong (feat. Sweetie Irie & Cara Delevingne)'

4.Tenesha The Wordsmith'Why White Folks Can't Call Me Nigga' / 'Again'

3.Sidhu Moose Wala feat. MIST, Steel Banglez'47 (feat. Stefflon Don)'

2.Moodymann'I’ll Provide'

1.Kate Tempest'People's Faces' / 'Firesmoke'