Sunday, January 5, 2020

Guest List Week 2019: Year In Review

I started doing Guest List Week back in 2012, and since then it has become one of my favorite annual traditions, something I look forward to all year long. Guest List Week has been a lifeline for me - it's a reason to reconnect with old friends, and a chance to get to know new friends better through music.

Over the last eight years, thirty-five different people have submitted lists, including both my oldest friend in the world (Hi Curt!) and six people I met in the last year, friends from Minnesota to California to Mexico (Missed you this year, Dio!) to The Netherlands (and I'm pretty sure Gene submitted at least one list from Nigeria), friends from school and work and dog rescue, friends of Ilana's who have become friends of mine, and even one person* who has both appeared on a list and submitted one. Two people (Congratulations Curt and Carl!) have participated all eight years, and a bunch of other people have only missed one (If you or anyone you know have information regarding the whereabouts of Ilana's possibly apocryphal 2014 list, please contact the relevant authorities).

* (So far!)

2019 marks the biggest Guest List Week ever with nineteen lists, and the fact that it is now spread over three full weeks means we probably need to rename it for 2020. To commemorate such a great year, I wanted to take a look at the list we made as a group, tallying up all of our picks to see what 2019 really looked like. So here it is.


In total, 407 different songs* appeared on at least one list, and 79 different songs appeared on more than one.

* (Defining a song to include all versions - for example, both the original and remix of Taylor Swift's "Lover" made different lists, that counts as one song.)

Our Song of the Year was a tie between Taylor Swift's "Cruel Summer" and the Charli XCX / Christine & The Queens duet "Gone," both of which appeared on seven lists. 

Our Top Songs (song appearing on at least three lists):

Taylor Swift - "Cruel Summer" (7 Lists)
Charli XCX and Christine & The Queens - "Gone" (7 Lists)
Dua Lipa - "Don't Start Now" (6 Lists)
Normani - "Motivation" (5 Lists)
Sharon Van Etten - "Seventeen" (5 Lists)
Better Oblivion Community Center - "Dylan Thomas" (4 Lists)
Bon Iver - "Hey, Ma" (4 Lists)
Sam Smith - "How Do You Sleep?" (4 Lists)
Lizzo - "Juice" (4 Lists)
Katy Perry - "Never Really Over" (4 Lists)
HAIM - "Now I'm In It" (4 Lists)
Billie Eilish - "bad guy" (3 Lists)
Alex Lahey - "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself" (3 Lists)
Vampire Weekend - "Harmony Hall" (3 Lists)
Kygo and Whitney Houston - "Higher Love" (3 Lists)
The Highwomen - "Highwomen" (3 Lists)
Big Thief - "Not" (3 Lists)
Ashley O - "On A Roll" (3 Lists)
Lizzo - "Soulmate" (3 Lists)
HAIM - "Summer Girl" (3 Lists)
Matt Beringer, Phoebe Bridgers - "Walkin' On A String" (3 Lists)
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Want You In My Room" (3 Lists)


With collaborations, features, and remixes, it's hard to say exactly how many artists made at least one list. If we restrict it to lead artist only, I can tell you that 61 artists had at least two songs that appeared on at least one list. 

Our Artist of the Year is also a tie, between Ariana Grande and Lizzo, both of whom had seven* different songs appear on at least one list.

* (Lizzo's appearance on Charli XCX's "Blame It On Your Love" would be an eighth if you're looking for a way to break the tie.)

Our Top Artists (artists with at least three songs that made a list):

Ariana Grande (7 Songs)
Lizzo (7 Songs)
Carly Rae Jepsen (6 Songs)
Lana Del Rey (6 Songs)
Maggie Rogers (6 Songs)
Taylor Swift (6 Songs)
The Highwomen (5 Songs)
ROSALIA (5 Songs)
Better Oblivion Community Center (4 Songs)
Beyonce (4 Songs)
Big Thief (4 Songs)
Charli XCX (4 Songs)
Jenny Lewis (4 Songs)
Kim Petras (4 Songs)
Vampire Weekend (4 Songs)
Billie Eilish (3 Songs)
Bon Iver (3 Songs)
Harry Styles (3 Songs)
Maren Morris (3 Songs)
Martha (3 Songs)
Michael Kiwanuka (3 Songs)
MUNA (3 Songs)
The National (3 Songs)
Sturgill Simpson (3 Songs)

Full Breakdown

Here is a playlist of every song on every list:

And, because we show our work here at Burn Your Hits, here is every song and artist to appear on more than one list:


7 Lists

Taylor Swift - "Cruel Summer"
Charli XCX and Christine & The Queens - "Gone"

6 Lists

Dua Lipa - "Don't Start Now"

5 Lists

Normani - "Motivation"
Sharon Van Etten - "Seventeen"

4 Lists

Better Oblivion Community Center - "Dylan Thomas"
Bon Iver - "Hey, Ma"
Sam Smith - "How Do You Sleep?"
Lizzo - "Juice"
Katy Perry - "Never Really Over"
HAIM - "Now I'm In It"

3 Lists

Billie Eilish - "bad guy"
Alex Lahey - "Don't Be So Hard On Yourself"
Vampire Weekend - "Harmony Hall"
Kygo and Whitney Houston - "Higher Love"
The Highwomen - "Highwomen"
Big Thief - "Not"
Ashley O - "On A Roll"
Lizzo - "Soulmate"
HAIM - "Summer Girl"
Matt Beringer, Phoebe Bridgers - "Walkin' On A String"
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Want You In My Room"

2 Lists

Georgia - "About Work The Dancefloor"
Ariana Grande - "Bad Idea"
Charli XCX - "Blame In On Your Love" (f/ Lizzo)
Ariana Grande - "Bloodline"
Charly Bliss - "Capacity"
Megan Thee Stallion - "Cash Shit" (f/ DaBaby)
Big Thief - "Cattails"
FKA Twigs - "cellophane"
ROSALIA - "Con Altura"
The Highwomen - "Crowded Table"
Kim Petras - "Do Me"
Julia Jacklin - "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You"
SG Lewis - "Easy Loving You" (f/ Kamille)
Maggie Rogers - "Fallingwater"
Meek Mill - "Going Bad" (f/ Drake)
Jenny Lewis - "Heads Gonna Roll"
Kriss Kross Amsterdam - "Hij Is Van Mij" (f/ Bizzey)
King Princess - "Hit The Back"
Tacocat - "Hologram"
Hot Chip - "Hungry Child"
Nilufer Yanya - "In Your Head"
Illuminati Hotties - "I Wanna Keep Yr Dog"
BLACKPINK - "Kill This Love"
Angel Olson - "Lark"
Rosie Tucker - "Lauren"
Maggie Rogers - "Light On"
Taylor Swift - "Lover"
Better Oblivion Community Center - "Little Trouble"
Martha - "Love Keeps Kicking"
Maggie Rogers - "Love You For A Long Time"
Sturgill Simpson - "Make Art Not Friends"
Sturgill Simpson - "Mercury In Retrograde"
White Reaper - "Might Be Right"
ROSALIA - "Milionaria"
Martha - "Mini Was A Preteen Arsonist"
Miley Cyrus - "Mother's Daughter"
Saweetie - "My Type"
Charli XCX - "Next Level Charli"
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Now That I Found You"
MUNA - "Number One Fan"
Lil Nas X - "Old Town Road"
Jenny Lewis - "On The Line"
Sir Babygirl - "Pink Lite"
Tove Lo - "Really Don't Like U" (f/ Kylie Minogue)
YBN Cordae - "RNP" (f/ Anderson .Paak)
Woahnows - "Skin Peels"
Craig Finn - "Something To Hope For"
Brittany Howard - "Stay High"
Ariana Grande - "thank u, next"
Ciara - "Thinkin Bout You"
Maggie Rogers - "Tim McGraw"
Carly Rae Jepsen - "Too Much"
Mark Ronson - "True Blue" (f/ Angel Olson)
Bon Iver - "U (Man Like)"
Oso Oso - "the view"
Tanya Tucker - "The Wheels of Laredo"
ROSALIA - "Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi"


7 Songs

Ariana Grande ("Into You," "imagine," "NASA," "bloodline," "bad idea," "ghostin'," "thank u, next")
Lizzo ("Like a Girl," "Juice," "Soulmate," "Cuz I Love You," "Tempo," "Lingerie," "Good As Hell")

6 Songs

Carly Rae Jepsen ("Now That I Found You," "Want You In My Room," "Too Much," "Feels Right," "For Sure," "Party For One")
Lana Del Rey ("Norman fucking Rockwell," "Love song," "California," "The greatest," "Bartender," "hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have - but i have it")
Maggie Rogers ("Light On," "Say It," "Fallingwater," "Burning," "Love You For A Long Time," "Tim McGraw")
Taylor Swift ("Cruel Summer," "Lover," "Miss Americana & The Heartbreak Prince," "Paper Rings, "Death By A Thousand Cuts," "Afterglow," "Lover"

5 Songs

The Highwomen ("The Chain," "Crowded Table," "Highwomen," "Redesigning Women," "If She Ever Leaves Me")
ROSALIA ("Aute Cuture," "Con Altura," "Milionaria," "A Pale," "Yo x Ti, Tu x Mi")

4 Songs

Better Oblivion Community Center ("Dylan Thomas," "Forest Lawn," "Dominos," "Little Trouble")
Beyonce ("all of Homecoming," "Diva," "MOOD 4 EVA," "SPIRIT")
Big Thief ("Not," "UFOF," "Cattails," "Orange")
Charli XCX ("Blame It On Your Love," "Next Level Charli," "Gone," "Shake It")
Jenny Lewis ("Heads Gonna Roll," "Red Bull & Hennessy," "Hollywood Lawn," "On The Line")
Kim Petras ("Got My Number," "Do Me," "If U Think About Me...," "< demons >")
Vampire Weekend ("Harmony Hall," "This Life," "Sympathy," "Stranger")

3 Songs

Billie Eilish ("lovely," "bad guy," "i love you")
Bon Iver ("Faith," "Hey, Ma," "U (Man Like)")
Harry Styles ("Adore You," "Fine Line," "Watermelon Sugar")
Maren Morris ("GIRL," "All My Favorite People," "Common")
Martha ("Heart Is Healing," "Mini Was A Preteen Arsonist," "Love Keeps Kicking")
Michael Kiwanuka ("Rolling," "I've Been Dazed," "Money)
MUNA ("Number One Fan," "Motivation," "Stayaway")
The National ("Quiet Light," "I Am Easy To Find," "Rylan")
Sturgill Simpson ("Ronin," "Make Art Not Friends," "Mercury In Retrograde")

2 Songs

Alec Benjamin ("Jesus in LA," "Let Me Down Slowly")
Alex Lahey ("Don't Be So Hard On Yourself," "Welcome To The Black Parade")
Andrew Bird ("Bloodless," "Olympians")
Angel Olsen ("Lark," "What It Is")
Avicii ("SOS," "Heaven")
Beach Bunny ("Dream Boy," "Ms. California")
BLACKPINK ("Kill This Love," "Don't Know What To Do")
Charly Bliss ("Capacity," "Young Enough")
Clairo ("Closer To You, "Softly")
Craig Finn ("Something To Hope For," "It's Never Been A Fair Fight")
Dave ("Professor X," "Location")
DIIV ("Skin Game," "Blankenship")
Ed Sheeran ("Beautiful People," "Take Me Back To London")
FKA Twigs ("cellophane," "sad day")
HAIM ("Now I'm In It," "Summer Girl")
Hand Habits ("Placeholder," "Can't Calm Down")
Hatchie ("Her Own Heart," "Without A Blush")
The Head and the Heart ("See You Through My Eyes," "People Need A Melody")
Jamila Woods ("BASQUIAT," "BALDWIN")
Julia Jacklin ("Pressure To Party," "Don't Know How To Keep Loving You")
Khalid ("Better," "Right Back")
Mandy Moore ("I'd Rather Lose," "When I Wasn't Watching")
Mannequin Pussy ("Drunk II," "Who You Are")
Mark Ronson ("Nothing Breaks Like A Heart," "True Blue")
Miley Cyrus ("Mother's Daughter," "The Most")
Oso Oso ("the view," "impossible game")
pronoun ("run," "sadie")
Sam Smith ("Dancing With A Stranger," "How Do You Sleep?")
Sebastian Yatra ("Un Ano," "Runaway")
Slaughter Beach, Dog ("Good Ones," "Tangerine")
Stormzy ("Own It," "Vossi Bop")
Strange Ranger ("Leona," "Living Free")
Tame Impala ("Borderline," "Patience")
Tones and I ("Dance Monkey," "Jimmy")
Toro y Moi ("Freelance, "Who I Am")
Tove Lo ("Are U gonna tell her?," "Really don't like u")
Wilco ("Everyone Hides," "Hold Me Anyway")

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