Lana Del Rey – The Greatest
If you want to see me lifted to another plane, play Norman Fucking Rockwell from start to finish. When ‘The Greatest’ was released as a double single with ‘Fuck It I Love You’, I instantly knew that Lana is one of the best songwriters of our generation and sorry to anyone – sorry to this man – who refuses to believe that. Her self-awareness, her sadness and her despondency are all used so cleverly. It’s the kind of sadness that gets everyone else to wake up to their own actions. That’s my girl.
Georgia – About Work the Dance Floor
This song makes me violent I love it so much. Simmering synths, key changes, power choruses. Christ. Hook it up to my veins.
Sharon Van Etten – Seventeen
During her gig in Vicar Street this year, Sharon Van Etten screamed the chorus into my face and it was the most religious experience of my life. She works up pain, loss and anger into a whirlwind but takes the charge even further into the storm.
Marie Davidson – Work It (Soulwax Remix)
‘Work It’ is like an invisible thread that connects me to all of my favourite people. As soon as it thuds into action, it summons all the sounders together and we work it, until sweat is dripping down our balls.
Caroline Polchek – Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings
Whenever I see a good looking human, I get a fright so I resonate with the message of this song a lot.
Carly Rae Jepsen – Too Much
Once again, Carly Rae Jepsen gave us more than what we deserve this year with her album Dedicated. Another pop goddess who knows how to factualise feelings, ‘Too Much’ is an embodiment of all that I stand for, and that is wearing everything into the ground until it’s dust. It’s a fine way to live.
Charlotte Adigéry – High Lights
Lizzo may be the queen of self-love anthems but Charlotte Adigéry celebrates Caribbean heritage and all things hair in such a fun and unabashed way on ‘High Lights’. It’s an explosion of femininity and individualism that I am always here for.
Mango x Mathman – Deep Blue
‘Deep Blue’ pinpoints the crossroads that so many people in Ireland are standing at right now. To love or leave the sod is a debate many young Irish people play over in their heads and while it feels like this country can drag us under, there’s power in staying and fighting for a better future.
Miley Cyrus – Slide Away
The melody of the chorus and the way that Miley rolls the words “Back to the ocean, I’ll go back to the city lights” inwards is pure perfection. I think this might be Miley’s best song ever and trust me when I say that I don’t say that lightly.
Royal Yellow – Aruba
Do you hear that at 1:16? That’s the sound of the angels rejoicing as your crush looks over and takes you in. Now that’s a fucking achievement.
Louise was also kind enough to include her top ten Irish tracks of 2019 too.