We All Want Someone’s Best Shows of 2019

By Will Oliver, December 19th 2019 Best Of List

Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall
2019 was an interesting year in many ways. While I steamrolled through my show count early on, I slowed down drastically in the last few months of the year, not coming close to my insane 200+ show count of 2018.

With that said, I spent many nights in clubs and big rooms of all sorts, taking in all the best music that my ears could possibly find. From finally checking a few major bucket lists legendary rock bands off my list, to seeing new bands that will define the next few years, I can’t wait to do it all again in 2020 and start the next decade strong.

But for now, here are the 50 best shows I saw in all of 2019:

50. Bombay Bicycle Club at Brooklyn Steel

49. The Lonely Island at Kings Theatre

48. Friendly Fires at Elsewhere

47. Amen Dunes at Warsaw

46. MGMT at The Capitol Theatre

45. Say Sue Me at Baby’s All Right

44. Pip Blom at Rough Trade NYC

43. Ty Segall at Bowery Ballroom

42. Operators at Bowery Ballroom

41. (Sandy) Alex G at The Sultan Room

40. Aldous Harding @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

39. Big Thief at Brooklyn Steel

38. Muse at Madison Square Garden

37. Massive Attack at Radio City Music Hall

36. White Reaper at Bowery Ballroom

35. Imogen Heap at Town Hall

34. Black Midi at Bowery Ballroom

33. Death Cab for Cutie at Forest Hills Stadium

32. Sharon Van Etten at Webster Hall

31. Julia Jacklin @ Bowery Ballroom

30. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever at Warsaw

29. Glen Hansard at Strand Book Store

28. Sturgill Simpson at Music Hall of Williamsburg

27. If I Had A Song at Newport Folk Festival

26. Chromatics at Brooklyn Steel

25. Hot Chip at Elsewhere

24. Foals at Brooklyn Steel

23. The Raconteurs at Kings Theatre

22. Oh Sees at Warsaw

21. Vampire Weekend at Madison Square Garden

20. The Who at Madison Square Garden

19. The Rolling Stones at Metlife Stadium (Night 2)

18. The National at Beacon Theatre

17. Viagra Boys at Rough Trade NYC

16. Idles and Fontaines D.C at Brooklyn Steel

15. The Antlers at First Unitarian Church

14. Dawes at The Capitol Theatre

13. Black Midi at Warsaw

12. Fontaines D.C at Union Pool

11. Sylvan Esso at Beacon Theatre

10. My Morning Jacket at The Capitol Theatre

9. The National at Prospect Park (Night 2)

8. Future Islands at White Eagle Hall

7. Better Oblivion Community Center at Bowery Ballroom

6. The National at Agganis Arena

5. Elton John at Madison Square Garden

4. Fontaines D.C. at Bowery Ballroom

3. The Rapture at Music Hall of Williamsburg (April)

2. The Raconteurs at Coney Island Baby

1. Vampire Weekend at Webster Hall