What a weird year! AM I RIGHT?! How strange and varied. This year we have seen trends emerging that had been anticipating for years. The album format is already considered an endangered species, and digital sales are prepared for imminent risk. Streaming has managed to take over the entire musical monopoly, for better and worse, changing the way people understand music, revolutionizing charts and creating extremes in this rich universe. The massive and singular success of a song has been extended for months thanks to word of mouth and the way of understanding the music of mass society. And today more than ever, music does not come alone: the digital era, with its memes, videos, tik-toks, etc. has helped the consumer discover and listen more and more. All this has made artists touch the sky and resist here, although their next songs don’t have the same impact. Secondly, we have seen how moderate success is the success sought, and this has taken over most of the songs. It is better to throw a lot of musical material so that they can listen to you, and be on the agenda (you know a lot about this subject, right Nicki Minaj?). The great successes have been enormous, and have occupied for weeks the tops of the charts. Either you win big or you stay swarming the top10 or 20, adding up gradually. This has helped that an evolutionary trend has hatched in a striking and beautiful way: a year where variety, freedom, self-being has also reigned. Pop is no longer pop, R&B is no longer R&B, dance is no longer dance. Everything is something else, everything has the unique touch of each artist. We have seen how a huge number of artists have presented a more personal sound, the record companies are beginning to bet on the vision of the artist (thank you!). Thousands of shapes, bodies, faces and sounds have come together in our ears, listening to endless musical genres reinvented and evolved. The originality has gained ground to the generic in many ways (and I no longer speak only of music), so I appreciate this good year, which, without standing out from the rest for its lack of highlights, is presented as a good and unique harvest. New artists have taken the revelation of the legends, which are presented as musical avant-garde, able to offer novelty and inspire. Taking music to a new level. This year presents a new hope for everyone who wants to be heard. 2019, the year of the visionaries. Note: make it clear that this is a personal top where you have taken into account own taste, quality and success.