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The Music 2019 Writers Poll: Hannah Story

24 December 2019 | 5:01 pm | Hannah Story

Here's what The Music's writers rated in 2019…

Album Of The Year

  1. Stella Donnelly - Beware Of The Dogs
  2. The National - I Am Easy To Find
  3. Sharon Van Etten - Remind Me Tomorrow
  4. Mark Ronson - Late Night Feelings
  5. Better Oblivion Community Center - Better Oblivion Community Center
  6. Julia Jacklin - Crushing
  7. Ariana Grande - Thank U, Next
  8. Montaigne - Complex
  9. Pond - Tasmania
  10. Foals - Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2



Song Of The Year

  1. Sharon Van Etten - Seventeen
  2. King Princess - Cheap Queen
  3. Sleater-Kinney - Hurry On Home
  4. FKA twigs - Cellophane
  5. Taylor Swift - The Man


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Artist Of The Year

  1. Stella Donnelly
  2. Sharon Van Etten 
  3. King Princess
  4. Julia Jacklin
  5. The National


International Artist Live Performance Of The Year

  1. Mitski
  2. The Cure
  3. Sharon Van Etten
  4. Iggy Pop
  5. Death Cab For Cutie


Australian Artist Live Performance Of The Year

  1. Stella Donnelly
  2. Paul Dempsey
  3. Hugh Jackman
  4. You Am I 
  5. Hatchie


TV Show Of The Year

  1. Fleabag
  2. BoJack Horseman
  3. Big Mouth



Movie Of The Year

  1. National Theatre Live: Fleabag
  2. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum
  3. Animals


Highlight Of The Decade

It's been a massive decade artistically – we've seen the theatre and film industries shift to include more women's voices, and, in the wake of #MeToo, try to change their practices to make women feel safe. We've seen complicated, difficult women lead major movies and critically acclaimed TV shows. We've listened to the rise and rise of sad girl pop music, my favourite genre. And there are women around the world slaying their comedy specials. 

On a personal level, I've lived in three countries over the decade, travelled through Europe and the US, and read many, many books. I've been incredibly privileged to see theatre in New York and London and Edinburgh and across Australia, and to interview some real heroes of mine, from Kim Gordon to Carrie Brownstein to Paul Dempsey (repeatedly). I've forced myself to sit with discomfort, I've manned taps, I've travelled alone, I've gotten weirdly into second grade NRL, I've been catastrophically dumped and then deeply reckless. And I've found my people, here and in the UK. Look, mum, I'm a big girl now!

Prediction For Next Decade 

We decide that there is simply too much content for any one person to consume, so people finally stop pressuring me to watch Twin Peaks.