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This was originally published as free content, in Robert Christgau's And It Don't Stop newsletter. You can have Christgau's posts delivered to your mailbox if you subscribe.

2019: Dean's List

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  1. Billie Eilish: When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? (Darkroom/Interscope)
  2. Todd Snider: Cash Cabin Sessions, Vol. 3 (Aimless)
  3. Chance the Rapper: The Big Day (self-released)
  4. Purple Mountains: Purple Mountains (Drag City)
  5. Carsie Blanton: Buck Up (Carsie Blanton)
  6. Kim Gordon: No Home Record (Matador)
  7. Danny Brown: uknowwhatimsayin? (Warp)
  8. Sonic Youth: Battery Park, NYC: July 4th 2008 (Matador)
  9. Kalie Shorr: Open Book (Kalie Shorr)
  10. The Paranoid Style: A Goddamn Impossible Way of Life (Bar/None)
  11. Bruce Springsteen: Springsteen on Broadway (Columbia '18)
  12. Salif Keita: Un Autre Blanc (Believe/Naive)
  13. Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs (Secretly Canadian)
  14. Big Thief: Two Hands (4AD)
  15. 75 Dollar Bill: I Was Real (Glitterbeat/Tak:til)
  16. Harriet Tubman: The Terror End of Beauty (Sunnyside '18)
  17. black midi: Schlagenheim (Rough Trade)
  18. Tanya Tagaq: Toothsayer (Six Shooter)
  19. The Delines: The Imperial (Decor/El Cortez)
  20. Chai: Punk (Burger)
  21. Lee "Scratch" Perry: Rainford (On-U Sound)
  22. The Ex: 27 Passports (Ex '18)
  23. that dog.: Old LP (UME)
  24. Tyler Childers: Country Squire (RCA/Hickman Holler)
  25. Leyla McCalla: Capitalist Blues (PIAS America)
  26. Sleater-Kinney: The Center Won't Hold (Mom + Pop)
  27. Jeffrey Lewis & the Voltage: Bad Wiring (Don Giovanni)
  28. Alex Chilton: From Memphis to New Orleans (Bar/None)
  29. Ezra Furman: Twelve Nudes (Bella Union)
  30. Lizzo: Cuz I Love You (Atlantic/Nice Life)
  31. Diabel Cissokho: Rhythm of the Griot (Kafou Music)
  32. Miranda Lambert: Wildcard (RCA)
  33. Craig Finn: I Need a New War (Partisan)
  34. Charly Bliss: Young Enough (Barsuk)
  35. Little Simz: Grey Area (Age 101)
  36. Ariana Grande: Sweetener (Republic '18)
  37. Rapsody: Eve (Jamla/Roc Nation)
  38. The National: I Am Easy to Find (4AD)
  39. Guy Clark: The Best of the Dualtone Years (Dualtone '17)
  40. Youssou Ndour: History (Naïve/Believe)
  41. Rachid Taha: Je Suis Africain (Naïve/Believe)
  42. Taylor Swift: Lover (Republic)
  43. Hama Sankare: Ballébé (Clermont Music '18)
  44. Pedro the Lion: Phoenix (Polyvinyl)
  45. Malibu Ken: Malibu Ken (Rhymesayers)
  46. The Coathangers: The Devil You Know (Suicide Squeeze)
  47. Chuck Cleaver: Send Aid (Shake It)
  48. Oumar Konaté: I Love You Inna (Clermont Music)
  49. Epic Beard Men: This Was Supposed to Be Fun (Strange Famous)
  50. Jamila Woods: Legacy! Legacy! (Jagjaguwar)
  51. Derek Senn: How Could a Man (self-released)
  52. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Miri (Out Here)
  53. Amber Mark: Conexão EP (Virgin EMI '18)
  54. Nicki Minaj: Queen (Young Money/Cash Money/Republic '18)
  55. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD)
  56. Slowthai: Nothing Great About Britain (Method)
  57. Tyler Childers: Live on Red Barn Radio I & II (Thirty Tigers/Hickman Holler '18)
  58. 100 gecs, Dylan Brady & Laura Les: 1000 gecs (Dog Show)
  59. Sudan Archives: Athena (Stones Throw)
  60. Thiago Nassif: Três (Foom '18)
  61. Priests: The Seduction of Kansas (Sister Polygon)
  62. Saba: Care for Me (Saba Pivot '18)
  63. Madonna: Madame X (Interscope)
  64. The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard: Original Soundtrack (GNP Cresendo/Big Beat)
  65. Raphael Saadiq: Jimmy Lee (Columbia)
  66. Khalid: Free Spirit (RCA)
  67. Quelle Chris: Guns (Mello Music)
  68. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts: Milano (30th '17)
  69. Lewis Capaldi: Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent (Capitol)
  70. Jealous of the Birds: Wisdom Teeth (Atlantic)
  71. Dua Saleh: Nur (EP) (Against Giants)
  72. Sneaks: Highway Hypnosis (Merge)
  73. Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)
  74. Alex Chilton: Ocean Club '77 (Norton '15)
  75. Serengeti: Dennis 6e (People '18)
  76. Bob Mould: Sunshine Rock (Merge)

And It Don't Stop, Jan. 26, 2020

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