First of all, I want to thank everyone who suggested songs for this list, from the readers who left so many good recommendations in the Comments on this post last November to my NCS comrades who offered some of their own. With more than 450 songs on the final list of candidates compiled from those sources, plus my own ideas (which I assembled as 2019 went along), it’s obvious that what I chose was going to be massively incomplete. For the sake of accuracy I should consider re-naming this “Among the Most Infectious Extreme Metal Songs of the Year“.
As I’ve made clear already, I forced myself to stop yesterday, not because I was completely satisfied that I’d gone far enough, but because I want to start devoting more time to 2020 music. At the end, I included 60 songs on the 2019 list, compared to a whopping 99 on the 2018 list, 78 from 2017, and 71 from the year before that. Below I’ve listed all the songs I chose, in the order in which I rolled them out, and I’ve hyperlinked them to the original posts where you can listen to the music. (I know it would have been easier on listeners if I had included all the streams right here in one place, but that would have taken more time than you probably realize. HOWEVER, one of our supporters, matt, has created a Spotify playlist that includes almost all the songs, and you can find that here.)