Lizzo, Sho Madjozi, Billie Eilish and more: Here are 19 songs we loved in 2019

Sho Madjozi (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)
Sho Madjozi (PHOTO: Getty Images/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – What 2019 has taught us is the value of streaming algorithms and how the lines between genres are so blurry that some artists defy them. 

From South African stars like Sho Madjozi and Kabza De Small and Nasty C to international breakthroughs like Lizzo and Billie Eilish 2019 was the year of talented performers breaking new ground. 

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So, to look back at this year in music we've compiled a list of our favourite 19 songs in 2019.

Obviously, there are a lot more songs we could include, but we limited ourselves to this number and have listed them in no particular order for your listening pleasure all in one playlist. 

READ NEXT: Kabza De Small has taken amapiano to incredible levels by being streamed over a million times on Spotify alone, making him the most streamed local artist in 2019. 

There are also some less well-known artists that have really gotten our attention that we've included to give them some shine. 



1. Clairo – Bags

2. Lizzo – Truth Hurts

3. DJ Maphorisa x Kabza De Small- Amantombazane Featuring Samthing Soweto & MFR Souls

4. Harry Styles - Watermelon Sugar

5. Kwesta - Khethile Khethile featuring Makwa, Tshego AMG, Thee Legacy

6. Maggie Rogers - Love You A Long Time

7. James Blake - Barefoot In The Park (feat. ROSALÍA)

8. YoungstaCPT - To Live And Die In CA

9. Billie Eilish - Bad Guy

10. Megan Thee Stallion - Hot Girl Summer ft. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign

11. Normani – Motivation

12. Nasty C - SMA (Vol. 1) ft. Rowlene

13. Ariana Grande, Social House – Boyfriend

14. Sho Madjozi – John Cena

15. Jorja Smith - Be Honest (feat. Burna Boy)

16. Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings (Official Video) featuring Lykke Li

17. Caroline Polachek - So Hot You're Hurting My Feelings

18. Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now

19. Master KG - Jerusalema [Feat. Nomcebo]