The Office Essentials 2019 Soundtrack to the Workplace

Andrew Corns & Greg Bussmann from The Sports Take Lunch Break crew team up with podcast newcomers (soon to have their own new show!) Ellie Dixon & Emily Buerk for a very special crossover episode.

They’ve put together a comprehensive list of the top songs of 2019 which were the soundtrack to our workplace. You can find and subscribe to this playlist on Spotify here:

Bad Guy by Billie Eilish

  • Picked by Andrew Corns & Greg Bussmann
  • Why (Andrew): I thought Billie Eilish was the biggest artist of the year and this song was a perfect introduction for her style. – Andrew
  • Why (Greg): I thought Billie Eilish deserved a spot on the list of top songs of 2019 due to her dominance of the charts this year, and this was my favorite track off her album.

Beer Never Broke My Heart by Luke Combs

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: Luke Combs had a huge year in country music and this song just has such a hook that I felt even non-country music listeners would enjoy it.

Borderline by Tame Impala

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: This band has set the bar for psychedelic rock and this is one of their best tracks in the catalog.

Breaking Down by The Black Keys

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: Not the most popular song off the Black Keys new album “Let’s Rock” but I love the hook.

Calm Down by Pete Yorn

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: As a long-time Pete Yorn fan, anything new from him is likely to end up on my top played list. This is the song I kept coming back to.

Crash my Car by COIN

  • Picked by Elli Dixon
  • Why: This is such a fun song I found that has been on repeat for the last half of 2019. It is a little outside of the usual genre of music I listen to so I thought it would be fun to include.

Cruel Summer by Taylor Swift

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: This was my favorite song from Taylor Swift’s new album!

Descending by Tool

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: Was a 13 year wait worth it for another Tool record? Simple answer, yes!

Everyday Life by Coldplay

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: Coldplay is another longtime favorite. Had to give them some representation on my list.

Gloria by Laura Branigan

  • Picked by Every St. Louis Blues fan
  • Why: Because it helped inspired the team to win the Stanley Cup!

Good as Hell by Lizzo

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: Lizzo had a big splash in 2019 for her music and this is just such a fun song that can really get people pumped up!

Hey Child by X Ambassadors

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: Anthemic chorus, great beat and exciting new rock band for the next decade.

I’ll be Back Someday by Tegan and Sara

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: I saw them do this song on Colbert and it was love at first listen. Super catchy.

I’m So Tired… by Lauv & Troye Sivan

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: This is a very catchy song and I love the artist Lauv. This is one I love to sing in the car!

Juice by Lizzo

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: What’s not to like about Lizzo? Juice is the sauciest of her songs if you ask me.

Longshot by Catfish and the Bottlemen

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: One of my favorite newer alternative rock bands, this is another strong song.

Lose You to Love Me by Selena Gomez

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: Such a beautiful sounding song, a great welcome back to music for Selena Gomez, and a very classy clap-back to Justin Bieber for all the drama he said about her post breakup.

Make It Better by Anderson.Paak featuring Smokey Robinson

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: Smokey Robinson having one of my favorite songs of 2019 was not something I expected to be typing right now, yet here we are.

Make You Mine by PUBLIC

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: I love this cute little love song- for me it’s the perfect “guilty pleasure” cheesy song!

Middle Child by J. Cole

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: Hip hop had a great year and J. Cole is among the greatest artists going today. Would have been a crime to leave this track and genre off our list.

Not by Big Thief

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: This was an accidental discovery for me, but a fortunate one. Raw, full of emotion, a slow burn, this is the kind of song you jus can’t stop listening to.

Old Town Road by Lil Nas X

  • Picked by Apparently everyone from April – August
  • Why: We assume because it was really catchy and different.

Really Shouldn’t Drink Around You by Teddy Robb

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: The singer Teddy Robb performed quite a few times this year in Oxford, OH which is where I went to college. My friends and I always came to his performances and this is his first single!

Saint Honesty by Sara Bareilles

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: There is something so amazing about a person singing their heart out behind a piano and nobody did it better than her this year.

SOS by Avicii feat. Aloe Blacc

  • Picked by Andrew Corns
  • Why: Tim Bergling (Avicii) sadly passed away too soon, but we were left with one final and poignant album that featured this emotionally profound song.

Sucker by Jonas Brothers

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: I have loved the Jonas Brothers since I was a young teenager and this big come back for them needed to be mentioned with Sucker being their first released song of the comeback

Sunday Driver by The Raconteurs

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: This is a great little groove by a hard-rocking band.

Surefire by Wilderado

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: Wilderado is my favorite musical discovery of 2019. They are a blend of great songwriting, rock, a little country twang maybe, some buttery harmonies and hooks for days. This song, the only one they released in 2019, features all of those things prominently.

Talk by Khalid & Disclosure

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: I am a big Khalid fan and this was my favorite song of his this year! I think it is a catchy song and an easy listen.

To a T by Ryan Hurd

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: This is one of my favorite country songs of the year!

Truth Hurts by Lizzo

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon & Emily Buerk
  • Why: Total girl power anthem of the year!! -Ellie
  • Why: – Total empowerment song of 2019. I can’t help but sing (and by sing I mean yell) along with this

Used to Be by Jonas Brothers

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon
  • Why: This is my favorite song from the Jonas Brothers’ comeback. I think it is a more unique song from them but is still fun and “danceable.”

When the Party’s Over by Billie Eilish

  • Picked by Ellie Dixon & Emily Buerk
  • Why: I think this is such a beautiful and relaxing song. I love to listen to it on repeat while I am getting ready for bed!- Ellie
  • Why: – I think this shows the skill and range she has and proves her level of talent – Emily

Whirring by The Joy Formidable

  • Picked by Greg Bussmann
  • Why: Ok, disclaimer, this is not a new song, but it was reissued in 2019 which is a good enough reason for me to bring it to your attention. It rocks, hard. Just listen to it and thank me later.

Whiskey Glasses by Morgan Wallen

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: For country, this was another hit song of the year for its catchy rhythm and “not too twangy sound” for me!

Why Do You Love by Chainsmokers & 5 Seconds of Summer

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: Chainsmokers always come out with quality songs that I always get stuck in my head and it just instantly puts me in a good mood.

Wow by Post Malone

  • Picked by Andrew Corns & Emily Buerk
  • Why (Andrew): This is Post’s world and we’re all just living in it. Hands down my favorite song of the year. Good luck not losing your mind once that bass drops.
  • Why (Emily): – How can you not just get into this song when you hear it?! So good!

Youngblood by 5 Seconds of Summer

  • Picked by Emily Buerk
  • Why: This song is so catchy, upbeat, and different from the sounds o other popular music right now ! I cannot even describe it in words. Just trust me on this if you don’t already!
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Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, and father to four teenage daughters. He spends his spare time providing rides, chaperoning dates and trying to keep track of his credit cards. He also enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals when it's his turn to use the remote. Email Greg anytime.