Best Of 2019

Best Of 2019: TECHNOLOGY

2019 was a year defined by advances and refinements in technology. From the latest consumer goods to noble experiments in cutting-edge labs, this was the year technology assumed center stage in American life. And when you think about it, it just makes sense. After all, technology is more than a box with wires in it; it’s an entirely new way of inventing products, services and systems that improve our lives. It’s the result of years of hard work. And that’s why 2019 will forever be known as “The Year Technology Grew Up.”


In honor of technology, I am happy to offer this list of the TOP TEN TECHNOLOGIES OF 2019:

10. Space technologies

9. Medical technologies

8. Experimental technologies

7. Phones

6. Virtual reality

5. Patterns and systems

4. When Tony says he’s got the latest technology and you’re like, “Tony is a high-tech guy”

3. Some of the coolest tech of 2019

2. Balloons … but with a high-tech twist

1. The ultimate technology

Best Of 2019: MOVIES


From superhero franchises to the latest art-house flops, 2019 was truly a year of movies. We went to the movies in order to learn more about our world; to escape our humdrum lives; and to laugh and cry at the follies of our fellow humans and animals . While every art form has its strengths, cinema is unique for showing us the best — and worst — that movies have to offer.

Even as streaming services and IMAX technology continued to change the way we watch movies, some things stayed the same for movies in 2019: Great storytelling, directing, acting and lighting were the keys to unlocking great cinema. So whether you watched the latest movie on your phone, in a grand multiplex, or just read about it online, you could rest assured that in 2019, movies truly were at the heart of every conversation.

Let’s continue that conversation now, by listing the TOP TEN MOVIES OF 2019:

10. Domestic dramas

9. Quality comedies designed to make us laugh

8. Family movies

7. Horror

6. (TIE) Movies featuring remarkable performances / Movies that became part of the national conversation

5. Stimulating cinema

4. “Hennnry!” “Yes, dear?” “Do you buy tickets to the movies?” “Yes, I bought them online, we can pick them up at the movie.” 

3. Good-but-not-great movies, we honor them for trying

2. Animated movies that are even better regular movies, America when did we lose our way

1. Oscar winners

Best Of 2019: FASHION

“The clothes make the man” … “Every girl crazy about a sharp-dressed man” … “Women love clothes” … Our culture has many expressions about the importance of clothes. In fact, when it comes to our outward appearance, clothing is one of the most important factors, outside of grooming and body size / facial expressions. If I don’t know you, your clothing can tell me what you value, how you style yourself, and why you look so good! And this is precisely where fashion comes in: To help turn hum-drum clothing into high-octane, unforgettable means of personal expression. “Expression of what?” Expression of style.


Simply put, fashion is where clothing goes to Grow Up and Get It On. We live in a cultural moment when fashion is more important than ever — it helps us navigate our identities in a changing landscape, and allows us a bit of fun while we wear our clothes, shoes, and makeup. And in case you’re wondering, 2019 was no different: A year defined by the strides made in the fashion world.

Here, then, are the TOP TEN FASHIONS OF 2019:

10. Women’s fashions

9. European clothing that stretches one’s mind to the breaking point

8. Shoes and socks

7. “Damn, son, are you seriously killing it in those fashions very much? Answer: YES”

6. Acoustic fashions

5. Capes and swords

4. Glorious fashions, simply glorious

3. Some of the hottest fashions of 2019

2. Elite fashions from iconic houses

1. A coat that makes ya go “Hmmm?” And then you say “I love that coat.”




Best of 2019: SONGS

11th Anniversary

BEFORE I BEGIN, A FEW WORDS ABOUT THE TIMING OF MY LISTS: I’ve been making year-end lists on this web site for eleven years. In that time, not much has changed. However, there have been some changes, and one of these changes which I have noticed is that other publications are putting out their year-end lists earlier and earlier each year. Sometimes these lists are even being seen as early as Thanksgiving!

It gives me no pleasure to start my lists so early, but if the fake lists are starting earlier and earlier, then the real lists (mine) must do so as well — in order to stay competitive. This is how the Marketplace of Ideas works in the no-holds-barred world we live in, both online and off. It’s a shame but it’s what I must do in the service of the greater good (my lists). Simply put? If we want to thrive in today’s world, we must adapt. That means my lists must start earlier this year. They must start TODAY.

I wonder … will we live to see the day when a year-end top-ten list is published in October? It could happen … though I doubt it. On the other hand, perhaps it will. We have no choice — have no choice — but to continue making my lists to the best of my ability in the hopes that you, my readers, take them for what they are: The best lists you have ever seen, the greatest of all lists. And there’s simply no timetable for that.

So without further ago, the moment you’ve been waiting for all year … the “highlight of the holiday season” … the beginning of my lists! “Ready, aim … FIRE (lists)!”

Here are the TOP TEN SONGS OF 2019:

10. Country songs

9. Rapper songs

8. Online songs of 2019

7. Restaurant songs

6. Slow songs

5. Loud songs

4. Good songs

3. Songs to be enjoyed by all

2. Songs that cross over and gain popularity in 2019

1. The top songs, never to be equalled again

Annnd they’re off! The first list is out of the gate, sure to be followed by many more wonderful lists! Stay tuned and remember to credit, your ONLY source for the HOTTEST lists.