This is the first in a set of three end-of-year 2019 music stats posts. Going with songs first because they are the most ephemeral, followed by top artists, then top albums. I keep track of every track and podcast episode I listen to on Itunes, my Ipods, Spotify, YouTube, etc. by way of scrobbling. This is a list of the songs I listened to the most.

*A complete Spotify playlist of my top 50 songs of the year can be found at the end of the post.*


1. “Halo” – Beyoncé

“It’s like I’ve been awakened
Every rule I had you break it
It’s the risk that I’m taking
I ain’t never gonna shut you out”

2. “goodbye” – Billie Eilish 

“Please, please
Don’t leave me be”

3. “Before I Let Go” – Beyoncé

“You make me happy
This you can bet, yeah
It’s clear right beside me, yeah (come on, come on)
And I won’t forget (come on, come on)”

4. “Freakum Dress” – Beyoncé

“When you put it on it’s an invitation
When they play your song, get on up and shake it
Work it out your back, you don’t have to waste it
Spin it all around then take it to the ground and ooh”

5. “I Care” – Beyoncé

“I know you don’t care too much
But I still care, baby”

6. “Drunk in Love” – Beyoncé

“Surfboard, surfboard
Grainin’ on that wood, grainin’, grainin’ on that wood
I’m swerving on that, swerving, swerving on that
Big body been servin’ all this
Swerve, surfin’ all in this good-good”

7. “Countdown” – Beyoncé

“Oh, killing me softly and I’m still falling
Still the one I need, I will always be with you
Oh, you got me all gone, don’t ever let me go”

8. “Irreplaceable” – Beyoncé

“I can have another you by tomorrow
So don’t you ever for a second get
To thinking you’re irreplaceable”

9. “Make Me Feel” – Janelle Monáe

“It’s like I’m powerful with a little bit of tender
An emotional, sexual bender
Mess me up, yeah, but no one does it better
There’s nothin’ better”

10. NPR Tiny Desk Music Concert – Sheryl Crow


Published by Jessica M. DeWitt

Dr. Jessica M. DeWitt is an environmental historian of Canada and the United States. She is passionate about the use of digital technologies to bridge the gap between the public and researchers. In addition to her community and professional work, she offers various editing and social media consultancy services.

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