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Best of 2019: The WDET Playlist

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The albums and tracks that the WDET music hosts couldn’t get enough of this year.

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The roller-coaster that was 2019 is almost over and, as December draws to a close, the WDET music hosts have been reflecting long and hard over what artists, songs, and albums really caught their attention this year. Brittany Howard’s debut solo album burned through the station. Jax Anderson’s powerful EP “Heal” made us feel all the feelings. We ALL celebrated the year of Lizzo.

After careful consideration, here are the albums and tracks that the WDET music hosts and contributors couldn’t get enough of.


Listen to the top tracks of the year:


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Ann Delisi, Ann Delisi’s Essential Music

TOP TRACKS   TOP ALBUMS  
Brittany Howard Stay High Ida Mae Chasing Lights
Nilufer Yanya Baby Blu Waajeed Detroit Love, Vol. 3
Chaka Khan Hello Happiness Jax Anderson HEAL EP
Mike Galbraith   Out Of My Mind Audra Kubat The Sliver and the Salve
Raphael Saadiq So Ready Michael Kiwanuka Kiwanuka

Ann’s Favorite Features of 2019:

Ryan Patrick Hooper, CultureShift

TOP TRACKS  
Waajeed Let Your Love
Paul Cauthen Prayed For Rain
Beck Tarantula
DRAMA Hold On
Freddie Gibbs Crime Pays

Amanda LeClaire, CultureShift

TOP TRACKS  
Telecon Tel Aviv a younger version of myself,
HTRK Mentions
Little Simz Selfish
Swans The Hanging Man
Tempers Capital Pains

Amanda LeClaire’s Favorite Features of 2019:

Ed Love, Destination Jazz

TOP ALBUMS  
Ernie Watts Home Light
Carlos Franzetti Ricordare
Jennifer Wharton Bonegasm
Greg Murphy Trio Bright Idea
Michael Wolff Swirl

Check out Ed’s full list of Highly Recommended New CDs for 2019 »

Jeff Milo, Milo Minute

TOP TRACKS   TOP ALBUMS  
Honey Monsoon Cloud Bars of Gold Shelters
Noveliss Train of Thought Deadbeat Beat How Far
These Are My Ghosts I’d Rather Just Die The High Strung Quiet Riots
Prude Boys The Reunion Leaf Erikson Canvas of Hope
Career Club Toxic Masculinity Audra Kubat Sliver in the Salve

Jeff Milo’s Favorite “Latest in Local” Features of 2019:

Jon Moshier, Modern Music

TOP TRACKS   TOP ALBUMS  
DJ Shadow Rocket Fuel (feat De La Soul) Mattiel Satis Factory
Mattiel Whites Of Their Eyes Fontaines D.C. Dogrel
Fontaines D.C. Boys In The Better Land DJ Shadow Our Pathetic Age
Andrew Bird Sisyphus Hatchie Keepsake
Aldos Harding The Barrel Temples Hot Motion
       
TOP LOCAL TRACKS      
Jax Anderson Fear    
Deadbeat Beat Baphomet    
Matthew Milia Alive at the Same Time    
Stef Chura Method Man    
Minihorse Drink You Dry (feat. Anna Burch)    

Chris Campbell, Progressive Underground

TOP TRACKS  
KAYTRANADA What You Need
The Midnight Hour Harmony
Alton Miller Cool But So (Chaos in the CBD Remix)
Free Nationals Time
GodTet Enumerating

Rob Reinhart, Rob Reinhart’s Essential Music

TOP TRACKS   TOP ALBUMS  
Billie Eilish + Justin Beiber Bad Guy Beck Hyperspace
Lizzo Juice Lana Del Rey Normal F**king Rockwell!
The Raconteurs Bored and Razed India Arie Worthy
JR JR Rip RnR Prince Originals
The O’Jays Above The Law Santana Africa Speaks

Sam Beaubien, Sam’s Jams

TOP LOCAL TRACKS  
Shigeto Back to Basics
Black Loops Higher - Mixed
Nolan the Ninja ORANGES - A COLORS SHOW
Moodymann, Amp Fiddler Got Me Coming Back Right Now
Supercoolwicked Vain

Nick Austin, Soul Saturday

TOP TRACKS   TOP ALBUMS  
Jamila Woods BASQUIAT Anderson .Paak Ventura
Shafiq Husayn Cycles (ft Hiatus Kaiyote) Shafiq Husayn The Loop
Brittany Howard Baby Moonchild Little Ghost
Mahalila What Am I? Zo! FourFront
Charity More Cake Mahalia Love & Compromise

Ismael Ahmed, This Island Earth

TOP ALBUMS  
The Specials Encore
Lakou Mizik Haita Nola
Mollywop! Stand Up
Groupo Fantasma American Music Vol. 7
The Bongo Hop Satingarona Pt 2

Meta Stange , Digital Producer

Meta Stange is the Digital Producer for 101.9 WDET, running the station’s social channels and creating digital editorial content. She enjoys reading, making bad jokes, and hanging out with her dog, Salmon.

Meta.Stange@wdet.org Follow @METASTIC

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