2019 had its share of hits and misses, with plenty of memorable new songs, TV shows and movies, and even more forgettable ones. With 2020 having finally arrived we are sure to see more of the same. Here is our list of the best of 2019, and what we’re looking forward to in the new year.
Music: While there were plenty of new songs from artists such as Dua Lipa, Post Malone, Taylor Swift and Ariana Grande, it’s hard to deny that 2019 was Billie Eilish’s year. The Bad Guy singer made a huge splash when her album When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? was released in March. It topped charts around the globe, and made the 18 year old a household name. For 2020 lots of artists have already thrown their name in the hat when it comes to new albums being released. Bands such as Pearl Jam, Evanescence and The Killers have already stated new works are on the way, while Selena Gomez, Kesha, Green Day and The 1975 have given actual release dates. The most anticipated new music though is from The Weeknd, Rihanna and Lady Gaga. Those three artists have the potential to give us the best new music of the year, whenever, and if, they decide to drop it.
TV: 2019 continued the trend of streaming television becoming stronger than traditional cable, with shows such as Russian Doll, Fleabag and The Mandalorian leading the way. You can’t count out cable yet though, as HBO released the Watchman to critical acclaim and their final season of Game of Thrones brought them huge numbers. NBC’s The Good Place continued to entertain as well. While any of those could easily top our list, it’s Amazon Prime’s Undone that we couldn’t get enough of. This trippy, animated series is best described as surreal, and something you really don’t want to miss out on. 2020 has several shows wetting our appetites, including a reboot of Party of Five, Stephen King’s The Outsider, Awkwafina Is Nora From Queens, the final seasons of Homeland and How To Get Away With Murder, and the returning Better Call Saul. It’s the new Star Trek series Picard however that has us the most intrigued. The series marks the first time Patrick Stewart has returned to the franchise since 2002’s Nemesis, and we’re curious to see how it plays out.
Movies: 2019 saw Quinton Tarantino return with Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the end of the original Star Wars Saga with The Last Skywalker, Martin Scorsese bring us The Irishman, Knives Out brings us the first really good murder mystery in years, and a film focused on the Batman supervillain Joker, without showing the caped crusader. Honestly, choosing the top film of the year is extremely difficult, but we will have to go with Avengers: Endgame if for no other reason than this, it is now the highest grossing film of all time. 2020 has an impressive lineup of films as well, from Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story, to a remake of Dune, to a time travel film by Christopher Nolan called Tenet and another James Bond film. The film everyone seems to be talking about though is Wonder Woman 1984, which sees Gal Gadot return to the title role. Part of the anticipation comes from wanting to know if the film can hold up to the 2017 hit, while another part is curiousity at seeing how Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor character comes back from the dead and whether or not Kristen Wiig can play a convincing villain.