This "best of" list isn't for everyone. In fact, it may not be for anyone aside from myself.
After all, we have our different, individual tastes is music. Sometimes they mesh. Other times they clash. Perhaps a couple below may have you go, "Uhhh, who?"
Hopefully, though, a few of these strike a nice, positive chord with you.
So, without further ado ... (just click the highlighted portion to watch the video with each)
19. Universe – Hudson Moore
Not really sure how this young guy hasn’t hit it real big yet. He’s put out some high-quality material over the last handful of years, ranging from sweet, like this song, to rockin’ to totally twangin’ country. This song speaks to me in ways I’d never be able to truly articulate, but it immediately takes me to thoughts of my youngest child, truly a gift I never was expecting.
18. Good Feeling – 311
I realize I may lose a few of ya who took the time to check out this list pretty quick here, but this band won me over with a nifty little hit released back in 1996 titled “All Mixed Up” … and it only took them another 23 years to catch my ear. Hey, to me, it’s good. It’s different. But it’s good.
17. Had It All – Parachute
If I’m in a soft-rockin’ kinda mood, which I often am, I go to this band right here … and this song ranks among its best, coming out early in 2019 before I got to hear them play it in concert in April 2019, and play it, well, incredibly. Front man Will Anderson, to me, is a true talent – with his voice, guitar and piano playing.
16. Timebomb – Walk the Moon
Hey, you come up with 2014’s sensational “Shut Up and Dance” and I’ll be on the lookout for your stuff. WTM has produced a couple cool songs since then, including this. Just love the vibe of their stuff. Very ‘80s slant to it, which does nothing to deter me from liking it.
15. Tip of My Tongue – Kenny Chesney
What can I say? He broke the country barrier for me. About 13 years ago now. Ever since, he’s produced a song every year or so worthy of any “best of” list I’d have for any single year, this one being no different.
14. P.S. I Hope You’re Happy – The Chainsmokers, featuring Blink-182
Have always liked both bands, and, for me, with this, they work together. I get it, neither may be anyone’s cup of tea. But they’re innovative, and, frankly, tight musically.
13. Problems – A R I Z O N A
Never heard of this band until a month or so ago, and, surprising or not, this song and a couple others by them blew me away. I’ve posted the “official” version of this season, but, honestly, the acoustic version may be better. At least the lead singer doesn’t seem as stiff in it.
12. Kiss & Tell – Angels & Airwaves
One of Tom DeLonge’s offshoot projects from Blink-182, and, I guess, now his main focus musically, does it for me a lot of times. With the background vocals paving the way for Tom’s lead vocal belting paired with great instrumental work, I’m sold. Once this one kicks in, I’m hooked, hardcore.
11. Hold On – Hootie & The Blowfish
All I can say is I smiled when I came across this. Had no idea the band was reuniting. Then I played the video, and my smile grew. Just good, solid music with a backbone.
10. All to Myself – Dan + Shay
This tandem is quite the sensation, especially among country-pop crossover folks, which I’d fall into. Weird thing is, they’ve been putting out hits for years and I never paid much notice. Once I did, well, I got the sensation a little better. Great tune.
9. Body Back – Gryffin, featuring Maia Wright
Maybe it’s with still having a pre-teen or that I’ve always liked dance music, the EDM stuff works for me, and this guy’s stuff, and how he pieces it together, is eerily similar to a favorite of mine, The Chainsmokers, while somehow maintaining his own style.
8. The Bones – Maren Morris
Possessing a great voice and oozing sexuality is a tough combo to beat. Heard this, and she really solidified my interest after initially catching it a couple years ago with the song “The Middle” along with Zedd.
7. Memories – Maroon 5
The band and its lead, Adam Levine, are hit-or-miss with me, and often I can’t describe why I like one song and not another. I like this one. A lot. Why? Not really sure. I never am with these guys.
6. The Last Time – The Script
Brilliant band. Brilliant song. Enough said.
5. Nice to Meet Ya – Niall Horan
A back-to-back shot of Irish works for me. My oldest loved this kid in One Direction, but he seemed to be just another guy. I was wrong. This isn’t his first hit as a solo artist, but it’s the one that won me over. Even enjoy the video. Oozes an everyman coolness.
4. Push My Luck – The Chainsmokers
The DJ-based musical acts seemed goofy to me at one time, too. But these guys are tremendous, in studio and live. For me, this is another great one by them.
3. One Man Band – Old Dominion
My favorite band … ever. Once I heard this, yet another catchy, heartfelt, deep, thoughtful song – and that’s without even factoring in lyrics – I figured it was all over for my favorite song in 2019. Shockingly, I was wrong. Twice. Still, a classic by these guys. Again.
2. Slow Dance in a Parking Lot – Jordan Davis
Song touched me immediately. From the first note. Then it grabbed me tighter and tighter with each passing one. The guy is amazing. Compared to many in the biz, he works in near obscurity. But he always puts out a hit every year.
1. Cool Anymore – Jordan Davis, featuring Julia Michaels
Uh, make that two in 2019 for this year. There is a cuteness, sweetness and realness to this song, and video, that defies description for me. Her voice, and presence, adds an incredibly irresistible touch for me.
OK, that’s my 19 … but, for good measure, I couldn’t pass up working in this – my favorite video, ever, since it dropped in 2019. So, here you go, a bonus track.
BONUS | Top Video: Living – Dierks Bentley
A good song, for sure, it isn't quite a top 19 for '19 in my eyes. But the video is just wonderful. A must-watch for any parent.