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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Jinx makes End Of Year lists (Pt. 2)

Part 1 (2009-2005) here: http://www.australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=45194&pages=

(I shall make an effort to close off the previous thread in due time, I'm just not egotistical enough to bump it up for this purpose).

But anyway, as the previous thread has gotten to being a bit of a laborious load, I'll start a new one here. If all goes to plan, this thread will cover 2004 back to 2000.

Naturally first off that rank is 2004. By my standards, this has been a bit of a gap between making these lists, but that's only on the surface as I have assuredly been working very hard on this list. All up I've listened to roughly 2,000 different songs for this over the course of about 200 hours and played sooo much Rocket League in the process. So I'd like to think I know 2004 pretty well now, but I'll perhaps expand on that in my preamble which is the only thing I haven't finished writing for this.

The important thing is that the broadcast I'm looking at having for this is scheduled to be around 7pm AEST on Friday the 27th, provided internet & uni don't cause any trouble with that.

Fun to be had, peace up a-town down or something like that, yeah?
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As always looking forward to it
2004

(In vague keeping with tradition, there is nothing about music in the first two paragraphs, so if you don't care about my anecdotes, you may as well skip those)

I guess we'll just have to adjust. 2004 was just good vibes all around in hindsight though. It's certainly a year in school I can look back over fondly. The last year of primary school, and thus the last year of having across-the-classroom Jenga wars, the last year of having free reign to hop on the computer in the back of the classroom and just play Worms 2. Heck, it was the last year for that classroom as it would get demolished over the summer. Good times were had though. For the second time, I put real commitment into the class tipping, and for the second time, I was unlucky enough to finish in 2nd. I made up for it though as the only person to pick the Brownlow though. Few times I've ever felt so good about myself as much as walking into class the next day, with plenty of people well aware that I'd called it.

As per certain family matters mentioned in the 2005 write up, it was also the last year I got to live in a swanky bank-owned house at (not the bottom or the middle but) the top of a hill. I've had a tendency to move house every 2 or 3 years since, so it's really hard to ever match the connection I had to that place which I'd lived a relatively large 7ish years in. It was the perfect place to grow up too, with an assortment of quirky places inside and outside. Incidentally, most of 2004 for me was spent inside. It may have been a carry over from 2003, but my older brother had came across the art of game emulating which meant that I could play all the Gameboy Advance games that I otherwise couldn't, on the computer, which was insane to me at the time. I spent many afternoons perched with my terribly unbalanced Pokemon team, or trying to save state manipulate my way to victory in Advance Wars or whichever Yu-Gi-Oh game I was playing. I also was still never growing up with regards to TV, and primarily watched Cartoon Network & The Simpsons. Also in a rare foray into free-to-air TV, I got really into Big Brother that year despite having never heard of it before. Incidentally, it was through my obsession with all things Dragonball (which goes way further back so no point mentioning it too much) that I randomly discovered a cool website called funtrivia, which was basically the largest assortment of user-generated quizzes. I found myself enthralled by all the super hard quizzes on topics (generally Dragonball or The Simpsons) that I considered my knowledge adept for. It inspired me to want to create my own quizzes, only to learn I needed to be a member, and I didn't even have an email address at the time. Flash forward to 2008 and I remembered the site existed, I joined it, made a heap of quizzes (mostly on the Hottest 100), and for a few years, it was my aus-charts really. The site used a system of teams to build communities, and I had good relations with a fair few people in my team, even if I think they were generally around 30-40 years older than me. There's even a vague link to aus-charts because a bunch of us were really into a certain shortlived murder mystery show where nearly every character got killed. I am fairly certain that I have interacted with nearly all 12 people around the world who were fans of the show. 2004 is also the year "Cave Story" was released, which might be familiar to my listeners as I've been using a track from it in most of my special broadcasts. Until this year, it was my favourite indie game which was primarily developed by 1 person over the space of a few years, and primarily characterised by quirky and likeable characters who occasionally have computing-related names, plot elements including some sort of war between different species, and people being trapped underground. I highly recommend it to any fan of old school sidescrollers.

Now, music in 2004 is pretty special too. I personally was still at the peak of my loathing of music phase so I didn't take much from it. I remember I really liked "My Band" but my dad very much did not, I remember during the Brownlow Ceremony, they played that 'wake me up inside' song and I got pretty addicted to it afterwards. I also found that I was not at all a fan of that 'we're gonna party like it's your birthday' song that seemed to get sung along. I'm well aware both of those songs came out in 2003, but hey rural towns lol. Also incidentally I'd nowadays slightly prefer hearing "In Da Club" over "Bring Me To Life", though the latter is great for memes. Oh and the meme of my class was to sing the tune to the Cottee's ad, which also for some reason involved banging on tables. I had never managed to see this commercial at the time but I thoroughly loathed it.

But anyway without getting sidetracked, 2004 has since for me seemed to be a key year for music. I tend to associate it with an explosion of indie rock, that through way of some catchy, danceable tunes, asserted itself into the popular consciousness, and really re-shaped what popular alternative music was all about. It's certainly much more apparent on the UK charts, whereas here, 2004 was defined by the kooky physical singles market on the wane. The #1 single would often be whichever Australian Idol contestant just released a single, or whoever just put 'F**k' in the name of their song, it's a match made in heaven.

I've felt too that 2004 is a gift that keeps on giving, where I've found more and more to come up to par as my taste in music has developed. At one point it would be like 'oh yeah, "Hot Fuss" & "Franz Ferdinand" came out that year, awesome! Then it'd be "oh, not just that, but also "Funeral" and "Aha Shake Heartbreak", and then I'd be adding "Colour The Small One" & "The Overture and the Underscore", and most recently I've fallen for "The College Dropout" and "Madvillainy". I haven't been making year end album lists because I don't feel like I know enough to field a good list, but 2004 is one year in the 2000s that I could definitely put up a strong list. In general though also this is a transitional year, lots of my favourite artists will be showing up for just about the last time, so 2003 will feel like a totally different field I think.

This station is non-operational...but it will be in about 38 minutes http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748
100. Brandy (feat Kanye West) - Talk About Our Love

I don't think I even knew this song existed before doing this. Kanye did a whole heap of collaborations around this time, which often weren't credited so it'd always be a surprise when he'd pop up next. Apart from the fact that he produced it, I don't think his appearance is essential to this one, partly as I'm already pretty much sold in the first minute. The hook is dynamite.

Other EOY positions (Brandy):
2005Bring Me Down (with Kanye West)#85

Other EOY positions (Kanye West):
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69

99. Eskimo Joe - From The Sea

It is always interesting when a band have a big breakthrough, but then that's not enough and they go even bigger for the next album. Eskimo Joe arguably did that at least 3 times. It's especially apparent here though, and they could have easily packed it up with this one. So natural in its approach that it's hard to really fault it.

Other EOY positions:
2006Black Fingernails, Red Wine#55
2009Foreign Land#45

98. Sia - Numb

2004 Sia is my favourite Sia. Things are simple and easier to digest. You can tell the work with Zero 7 has rubbed off here as it sounds a bit like it could be one of their tracks.

Other EOY positions:
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49

97. Madvillain - Meat Grinder

For ages, the most memorable thing about "Madvillainy" were the song titles, so unique, but often concrete and easy to remember. "Meat Grinder" especially is a good case of that. The song itself is not especially showy but serves quite well.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23

96. Phoenix - Everything Is Everything

This song is distinguished by its hollow guitar that sits in front of the mix, if you've played SongPop enough you'll recognise it quite quickly. Thomas kind of plays off vocally with a totally different tune, so the song as a whole never feels as empty as its individual components. The chorus wraps it up together pretty nicely as well.

Other EOY positions:
2006Long Distance Call#92
2009Lisztomania#70
2013Oblique City#21
2013Entertainment#37

95. Missy Higgins - The Sound Of White

I've just always adored this tune. "Nightminds" off the same album is quite strong too, but this one in particular sticks out in her catalogue for me. Good bit of tension to spice up the bridge too.

94. Sufjan Stevens - He Woke Me Up Again

"Seven Swans" is pretty much the obvious place to go to next after "Carrie & Lowell", but I didn't know that at all at the time. It's another great album though, and this particular track does it for me. Very lightweight musically, but hits the spot with a sweet tune.

Other EOY positions:
2005Chicago#9
2005Come On Feel The Illinoise!#53
2015Should Have Known Better#3

93. The Waifs - Bridal Train

Actually I feel I could say a lot of the same for this section. This one especially sticks out as I've never really been a fan of The Waifs until I remembered this song existed. It really is a lovely tune and I remain a sucker for melody.

92. Ryan Adams - I See Monsters

I really don't know very much about Ryan Adams' music apart from the occasional songs that turn up in my playlists as I'm making these lists. Those songs are generally quite pleasant without amounting to much. This one amounted to quite a bit though, as it fits in that dark side of folksy music that occasionally really strikes a chord with me (see Husky, Winter People). Perhaps the most intimate of this folksy section on the list, also THE GAUNTLET IS DOWN BRYAN.

91. Madvillain - Figaro

I very rarely listen to this album out of sequence, so one oddity of doing this list is hearing where these songs actually start, often not at what seems like a natural starting point so for the first 10 seconds here we get a funky tune. DOOM almost never stops to catch a breath the whole way through, delivering another tight verse.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23
90. My Chemical Romance - Thank You For The Venom

I'm pretty sure when it came to making the next album, Gerard got some sort of inspiration in this song, I mean that 'carry ooooooon' sounds so good but it's only in here once. This is all just rollicking good fun though and that's what matters.

Other EOY positions:
2006Welcome To The Black Parade#6
2006Dead!#16
2006Famous Last Words#30
2006The Sharpest Lives#33
2006Teenagers#41
2006House of Wolves#51
2006This Is How I Disappear#63
2006Mama#75
2010Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)#18
2010SING#85

89. Sarah Blasko - At Your Best

Controversial though it may be, I really love Sarah's first album. It is a little light on obvious single cuts, but the ones it has cut quite deeply. Just a really sweetly sung and calming song.

Other EOY positions:
2005Flame Trees#79
2006Amazing Things#7
2006Planet New Year#61
2006Queen Of Apology#66
2006{Explain}#89
2009Bird On A Wire#42

88. The Go! Team - LadyFlash

WHERE DOES A GENERAL KEEP HIS ARMIES? WHICH OF THE FOLLOWING DO YOU NEED TO BUILD A GREEN HOUSE? Sorry, memories flashing up. This is really something quite interesting though, a molding of so many different samples into something that doesn't really fit into any genre either. The important thing is that it's never boring in the process.

87. Phoenix - Run Run Run

A song I was surprised at one point to learn was by Phoenix just because it really sounded nothing like them to me. Quite relaxing though, as seems to be a common trend this year. I guess it makes a nice counterpoint to "Everything Is Everything".

Other EOY positions:
2004Everything Is Everything#96
2006Long Distance Call#92
2009Lisztomania#70
2013Oblique City#21
2013Entertainment#37

86. Franz Ferdinand - The Dark of the Matinée

I dunno if you know this but that "Franz Ferdinand" album is really filled with super catchy tunes. This one is anchored by a pretty sweet riff, but it mixes it up a bit too which makes the pre-chorus stick out too.

Other EOY positions:
2005Do You Want To#67
2005Walk Away#69
2005The Fallen#73
2008Ulysses#69
2009Live Alone#90
2013Love Illumination#86

85. Madvillain - Curls

I just wanna say congrats because this is by far the shortest song to ever make my EOY and it'll be hard to top. There's something to admire in this with how Madlib's production morphs throughout the song and fits with DOOM's tones quite well.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23

84. Straylight Run - Existentialism On Prom Night

Nope I had not heard of this band at all a month ago. I understand though it's a side project, as the lead singer of this band is better known for being in Taking Back Sunday. This seems to be their most popular song too, and I found it quite easy to like too as it fits snugly between American Football & Brand New.

83. My Chemical Romance - The Ghost Of You

This sticks out a bit as it's borderline a ballad which is not super common in their discography at this stage. Also helps that it's more than compotent at that. The chorus soars, helped by the way the guitar & vocal lines mimic each other for the hook which makes it stick out nicely.

Other EOY positions:
2004Thank You For The Veom#90
2006Welcome To The Black Parade#6
2006Dead!#16
2006Famous Last Words#30
2006The Sharpest Lives#33
2006Teenagers#41
2006House of Wolves#51
2006This Is How I Disappear#63
2006Mama#75
2010Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)#18
2010SING#85

82. Ben Lee - Gamble Everything For Love

'Tis the year for amnesty I suppose. I'd like to see a version of me who got into music a few years prior, and so heard this before "Catch My Disease" and got to have polarising reactions fitting in with the new release cycle. I dunno why exactly this song stands out so much for me, but I guess the song is best characterised by the downbeat guitar.

81. Kanye West - We Don't Care

"The College Dropout" begins with a skit where DeRay Davis does an outrageous Bernie Mac impression and tells Kanye that he needs to make an uplifting song for the kids to sing along to. It segues right into this track, and it signals in about 10 seconds that you're gonna have a good time with this album. The joke continues as he gets a kids choir to sing the chorus later on. It's Kanye at his most lighthearted and likeable.

Other EOY positions:
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69
80. The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk

I think I just remember seeing the video for this on a plane and thinking it sounded cool. About 10 years later it really sticks, though quite a bit away from being my favourite Hives song now. It's kind of a goofy song considering how nonsensical the hook is, and there's pretty much nowhere to go from there so they basically restart the song.

Other EOY positions:
2007Tick Tick Boom#36

79. The Dissociatives - Somewhere Down The Barrel

It does somewhat amuse me that the international reaction to this album is 'Silverchair sucked, now he's trying to be artsy?', and the Australian reaction is 'This isn't Silverchair, this sucks'. But oh well, it's fine tuned just for me with the very satiating melodies. The production is also quite quirky at that.

78. Madvillain - Rhinestone Cowboy

This is a rare Madvillain track that could work as a proper single since it's nearly 4 minutes long. What it is though is a great curtain call at the end, complete with audience applause.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23

77. Spiderbait - Black Betty

Yep this sure is a thing I enjoy listening to. Is it because I was still in primary school when it came out? Maybe. I do kind of like that there exists a band who have a Hottest 100 #1 and an ARIA #1 and not only are they different songs, but nearly a decade apart. I am strongly inclined to say I prefer "Buy Me A Pony", but let's just wait and see when that list turns out!

76. Jeff Buckley - Forget Her

I can't say I've ever been thrilled at the prospect of posthumous material, I mean, Jeff Buckley 'released' a new album earlier this year and I've no plans to listen to it at all. I only got to this one because the Hottest 100 obligated me to. And I have to give credit that this song is just about good enough to go onto "Grace". I've no idea how much of this song he completed, but he feels in total control of it.

75. TV On The Radio - Staring At The Sun

Slowly getting into TV On The Radio it would seem. There were a few quality singles they put out in 2004 I could have picked but it was this one that got across the line. Compared to my typical TVOTR favourites, this song is considerably restrained. That doesn't stop it from being an intense listen though, with a synth throbbing in the background from start to finish.

Other EOY positions:
2006Wolf Like Me#1
2008Halfway Home#50
2013Mercy#71

74. Blonde Redhead - Elephant Woman

Here's me learning more about this band as I go back, as otherwise I'd still only know 1 of their songs. The lesson I learnt with this is that not all of their songs feature the high pitched vocals right at the front of the mix...but this one sure does! The instrumentation here is beautiful though, and there are a lot of pleasing tunes to dig into here, often at the same time.

Other EOY positions:
200723#12
2007Silently#94

73. The Long Blondes - Giddy Stratospheres

The world of songs that I knew at the time but most people don't know still is quickly running out of space. Such is the desperation that I need to rely on the fact that this song was re-released about 3 years later and I'm guessing landed back on triple j then. I guess it fits in 2007 though, and even managed to be a UK top 40 hit then; this song is more popular than "Ocean Drive" clearly. Anyway, another expert application of the surprise chorus, which is probably the only way the song can justify being nearly 5 minutes.

72. Kanye West (feat Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)- Two Words

Back before Mos Def was terrorising Kanye's website when everyone was waiting for Pablo to drop, he had bars upon bars here. This is a surprisingly dark production for "The College Dropout" though, and makes it a bit of an oddball there, I mean it follows two skits! As is the case with a few Kanye tracks around this time (or even as recently as 2016...), the choir really adds to the grandness of it all.

Other EOY positions (Kanye West):
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69

Other EOY positions (Mos Def):
2010Stylo (with Gorillaz)#63

71. The Killers - All These Things That I've Done

This is the song with the funny refrain. It's pretty err, killer otherwise though, with some of the most commanding vocals on "Hot Fuss".

Other EOY positions:
2006Bones#17
2006For Reasons Unknown#42
2006Read My Mind#72
2007Tranquilize (feat Lou Reed)#84
2008Spaceman#37
2008A Dustland Fairytale#78
2008Human#91
2012Runaways#64
2012Battle Born#91
70. Powderfinger - Bless My Soul

I mean they kept going as a band for about 5 more years but for me this is the last really great single they put out. It was the last time they cracked the Hottest 100 top 10 too so I'm probably not the only one who thinks so. I guess the fact that it was for a Greatest Hits album is the warning sign. But still, while this is clearly in the style of '00s Powderfinger, I think it still has the bite of '90s Powderfinger that helps it rise right above the pack.

69. Belle and Sebastian - Your Cover's Blown

I feel like Belle and Sebastian's peak was quite behind them by the time I heard about them, so I always found it surprising for instance how high their standing is for most played artists on last.fm, they've only very recently been knocked out of the overall top 100. I quite like them too, and here they get their first addition to my collection that wasn't an obligation. It's quite a strange song really because it inexplicably goes for 6 minutes and may as well be 2 songs, but it was just for a quick EP so why not do something different.

68. The Panda Band - Sleepy Little Deathtoll Town

I got brass in Atlanta, twisting dope horns and the banter.

67. Kings of Leon - King of the Rodeo

There's a Mighty Boosh episode where they get marooned on an island, but Noel Fielding's character is ok because the one thing he brought with him was the 2nd Kings of Leon CD, which is not only great but they also released it quite soon after the 1st one. What's always been a highlight for me is this track, which sticks out for the daggy nature of sharing a word with the band nature, but it has a pretty distinctive riff that does the job quite nicely too.

Other EOY positions:
2007On Call#17
2007McFearless#86
2008Closer#54
2008Sex On Fire#64
2008Use Somebody#75
2013Supersoaker#12

66. Death From Above 1979 - Black History Month

I know I'm pretty much wrong for liking Royal Blood more considering they really just do the exact same thing Death From Above 1979 do, and it's kind of amusing that they wound up releasing albums in the same year considering DFA1979 had not released an album since this one. But anyway, I finally found a song of theirs that hits the spot with no side qualms (ok there's a slightly distracting guitar riff during the verses that really doesn't need to be there). But then heck, you could tell someone this is Royal Blood and you couldn't tell the difference here.

65. Zero 7 (feat Sia) - Somersault

It is no surprise for me to say this is not my favourite Zero 7/Sia collaboration, but let's not go discrediting this one at all. Admittedly the ideas per minute rate is not the highest on this one but it's one of those lovely tunes that you could just listen to for ages if it kept going.

Other EOY positions (Sia):
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49

64. The Killers - Smile Like You Mean It

I always partner this one up with "All These Things That I've Done" as the very competent follow up singles that don't quite hit the magic of the ones before them. This one especially so as there's not much of distinction you can point out (or mock?). The guitar tone is very nice though

Other EOY positions:
2004All These Things That I've Done#71
2006Bones#17
2006For Reasons Unknown#42
2006Read My Mind#72
2007Tranquilize (feat Lou Reed)#84
2008Spaceman#37
2008A Dustland Fairytale#78
2008Human#91
2012Runaways#64
2012Battle Born#91

63. Sia - The Church Of What's Happening Now

Sia is very good at making choruses that I really look forward to hearing. You won't hear it on this broadcast but the song reaches a really satisfying finish in the last 2 minutes where things are built upon the opening foundation.

Other EOY positions:
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49

62. Twista (feat Anthony Hamilton) - Sunshine

I wonder if this was too poppy for the US in 2004. It strangely wasn't released there, where Twista was riding high on a huge era, but it made it over here and even peaked at #3 in the UK. This song is pretty heavily built on a Bill Withers sample and it really does the trick and makes for a nice & uplifting tune.

61. Kanye West (feat Jay-Z & J. Ivy) - Never Let Me Down

Probably the first great collaboration of JayYe on the mic. J. Ivy's verse also helps it become one of those great gospel Kanye tracks. Not a bad verse in sight really. Jay-Z's final spiel about being a living legend is one of his most memorable lyrics for me too.

Other EOY positions (Kanye West):
2004Two Words (with Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)#72
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69

Other EOY positions (Jay-Z):
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (with Kanye West)#1
2007Umbrella (with Rihanna)#100
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)#10
2011No Church In THe Wild (with Kanye West)#50
2011Made In America (with Kanye West)#84
60. Manic Street Preachers - Empty Souls

Manics are obviously a fair bit more revered for what they did in the '90s, but they still had some pretty nifty singles well into the '00s. This song in particular has that earlier spark, being a reaction to the September 11 attacks. That actually bears it an odd fact that a line about 'collapsing like the twin towers' is re-worded in a single edit, but seemingly by accident, you can still hear the backing vocals very clearly singing the original line.

59. Kings of Leon - The Bucket

Another one of those bands with breakthrough after breakthrough after breakthrough. This went top 40 in the Hottest 100 but they had so much more to show for it after that. I remember it being one of the first early Kings of Leon songs I really liked.

Other EOY positions:
2005King of the Rodeo#67
2007On Call#17
2007McFearless#86
2008Closer#54
2008Sex On Fire#64
2008Use Somebody#75
2013Supersoaker#12

58. The Killers - Midnight Show

I think this song goes a long way in preventing "Hot Fuss" from being a bit top heavy. I still like the back half, but all the singles are right up front and it's hard to ignore that fact. This has all the urgency of one of those big singles, but stays tucked away as a nice hidden gem. Or at least as hidden as you can be on an album that's sold 7 million copies.

Other EOY positions:
2004Smile Like You Mean It#64
2004All These Things That I've Done#71
2006Bones#17
2006For Reasons Unknown#42
2006Read My Mind#72
2007Tranquilize (feat Lou Reed)#84
2008Spaceman#37
2008A Dustland Fairytale#78
2008Human#91
2012Runaways#64
2012Battle Born#91

57. Rise Against - Give It All

Rise Against at this point is almost a different band. They ARE the same band, but I always found it a shock just how much less polished they are, Tim really screams a lot on this album. This song was probably a turning point though as it remains just as catchy as their later material.

Other EOY positions:
2006The Good Left Undone#25
2006Prayer Of The Refugee#28
2008Re-Education (Through Labor)#7
2008Savior#30
2011Architects#17
2011Make It Stop (September's Children)#57
2011Help Is On The Way#67

56. Lior - This Old Love

I'm not sure when I came across this, but it really is quite lovely. I feel like it's relatable enough to have crossover potential, though that never really happened. The chords are nice and gentle and fit well.

Other EOY positions:
2007Heal Me#22

55. The Vines - Ride

It's quite amazing how quickly The Vines fell off the rails. Craig's antics probably contributing to that, but they just couldn't find a way to keep up the momentum for very long. "Ride" is a good shot though, a great gut-punch that has all that energy of their debut.

54. End of Fashion - Rough Diamonds

To quote Zurg, we meet again, FOR THE LAST TIME! This is a nice bit of mellow rock. Only have to take points off for the lazy 'la la la' at the end, but otherwise really on point.

Other EOY positions:
2005The Game#8

53. Sia - Breathe Me

I think for most people, their favourite Sia song is usually either this or "Chandelier", and well fair enough. They've proven to probably be the most pivotal songs in her career, as the story goes, before this song got a huge profile boost via Six Feet Under, Sia was pretty much done with music. It's probably responsible with her label pigeonholing her into doing more music like this, but she eventually got what she wanted so all's good. This song packs a pretty powerful emotional punch of course.

Other EOY positions:
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49

52. Franz Ferdinand - Michael

I absolutely forget that this song was a single because all I was going to say is that it's absolutely good enough to be one. They must have picked those singles pretty dang well *shifty eyes*. Obviously it's a load of fun.

Other EOY positions:
2004The Dark of the Matinée#86
2005Do You Want To#67
2005Walk Away#69
2005The Fallen#73
2008Ulysses#69
2009Live Alone#90
2013Love Illumination#86

51. My Chemical Romance - To The End

I guess this song is why the album cover is what it is (fun fact: Gerard drew it himself which fits in with his strong interest towards comics). It's a dang fine singalong of a chorus I reckon.

Other EOY positions:
2004The Ghost Of You#83
2004Thank You For The Venom#90
2006Welcome To The Black Parade#6
2006Dead!#16
2006Famous Last Words#30
2006The Sharpest Lives#33
2006Teenagers#41
2006House of Wolves#51
2006This Is How I Disappear#63
2006Mama#75
2010Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)#18
2010SING#85
50. Interpol - Evil

Well I have to make up for "No I In Threesome" don't I? This is arguably Interpol's most popular song, as probably the best meeting point between making a catchy tune, and one that utilises all those tasty guitar transitions. Or it helps that it was on the album where they started to reap the slow building hype of their previous album and because it had a greater peak of concentrated interest, it reached people that only hear stuff when it reaches said peak and...OR IT'S JUST A PRETTY DANG GOOD SONG.

Other EOY positions:
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
49. Elliott Smith - Memory Lane

Well if I'm going to have a posthumous Jeff Buckley song, let's chuck in one for Elliott Smith too. At least with him, it's easier to believe he had more tucked away as he'd recorded far more than just 1 album. It really was a bit of a whiplash when I learnt what this song was. I'd known this since around 2007 but didn't know who it was by, so listening to this Elliott Smith song for the first time and connecting the dots was just a little unsettling. It's kind of interesting though that this is the song that got a good push at the time, as it's oddly upbeat and positive.
48. Madvillain - All Caps

This isn't really an album of hit singles but I'd hazard a guess that this is one of the biggest? If nothing else, it's the song with the immortal calling for all caps when you spell the man name. Frivolous and exciting production to boot though.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23
47. Modest Mouse - Float On

It's a scientific fact that essentially all of Modest Mouse's most popular songs have water related titles, and this is the king of all of them, even getting some pop airplay for a band who went on for many years without it. The start of it sounds suspiciously like the bayou music in Donkey Kong Country 2 or maybe it's just me.

Other EOY positions:
2014Lampshades On Fire#69
46. Sia - Sweet Potato

The production behind this song is just so lush. It's a bit of a meeting point between all the other Sia songs so far. It's a lovely tune in its own, but those little flourishes tip it a little bit higher for me.

Other EOY positions:
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
45. Madvillain - Accordion

Apart from an intro skit, this is essentially the opening track to "Madvillainy", and as such, one of the most memorable; I can quote the opening pretty flawlessly. There are memorable lines all the way through though, but most importantly, it proves some worth of one of the most annoying musical instruments ever.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23
44. Ben Folds - Adelaide

There's something charming about seeing non-Australian artists acknowledge Australia, like how Anne-Marie did a SAFIA cover for Like A Version the other week. This has some sense in that Ben Folds spent a while living in Adelaide, and it's kind of that LCD Soundsystem style tribute that doesn't give you much closure. I've always found it pretty dang catchy though.
43. Kanye West (feat Twista & Jamie Foxx) - Slow Jamz

Without double checking, I'd say this is probably my favourite US #1 hit in the 2000s that wasn't by OutKast. This is cheating a bit though, because this isn't the version that hit #1. It was originally released in late 2003 as a lead single for Twista's album, but it also wound up on Kanye's album a few months later with this new version. It's essentially the same but with a bit more story to it. It's a great build up to the punchline that is essentially just that Twista can rap really fast. It also has that great Michael Jackson lyric.

Other EOY positions (Kanye West):
2004Never Let Me Down (feat Jay-Z & J. Ivy)#61
2004Two Words (with Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)#72
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69

Other EOY positions (Twista):
2004Sunshine (feat Anthony Hamilton)#62
42. Air - Cherry Blossom Girl

With all the chill dance on display here, it'd be wrong if Air weren't also in on the party. Compared to their last time on show here, this is much more typical of Air, but it's a really good typical Air song, all the instrumental layers flow together beautifully.

Other EOY positions:
2007Once Upon A Time#44
41. Little Birdy - This Is A Love Song

I always found it interesting just how angry this song sounded compared to all the other songs of theirs I know. It's not unnatural though and works quite well. It's also just really raw sounding for a top 30 hit.
40. Joanna Newsom - Sprout and the Bean

My knowledge of Joanna Newsom is very scarce because she's one of the very rare artists whose music is not on either Spotify OR TIDAL, and she doesn't get much radio airplay because her music is just a bit too out there for it. This one however I did hear enough to get accustomed to it, and it really is quite lovely. She does have a harsh voice, but also a very lovely harp. She knows how to make a song progress too, so it's quite satisfying rather than just much of the same. Also Joanna Newsom & Andy Samberg is easily my favourite musical power couple, just because it makes no sense and it's wonderful.
39. Keane - Somewhere Only We Know

Of 2000s rock bands, I think Keane probably have the least distinct character. They're definitely competent, I'm just not sure what unique feature they have. They can write a very good piano rock tune here though. I think it also helps that this was never subject to overplay, at least for me.
38. Green Day - American Idiot

It's kind of disappointing that for all the pomp of Green Day's mid '00s comeback, they didn't really do much with it afterwards. I mean obviously they released a lot of albums, but they clearly squandered what they had. To be more in focus with what's relevant here, there's still plenty to like about "American Idiot" the album and song. It's definitely one of the few songs I liked at the time without wanting to admit it. I'm pretty sure I thought Green Day were a new band at the time too lol.
37. Madvillain (feat M.E.D.) - Raid

Now I finally have peace because I no longer have to write another bit on an album that really the best I can say is that it's really good. This song I'm saying is my favourite because the sped up flow makes it stick out a bit. I mean how can DOOM preach non-violence when he's packing this :fire:

Oh and naturally congrats Madvillainy for joining the most entries crew: http://i.imgur.com/vO9o8cw.png

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Accordion (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Accordion (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23
36. Sarah Blasko - All Coming Back

This is an opening track that definitely sounds like an opening track, but then it's a great example of my theory that for Australian albums, often if the first track isn't one of the first 2 singles, then it's the instantly gratifying gem that convinces you to listen to the whole thing. This song probably isn't upbeat enough for that but it still did the trick. I'm also quite fond of the way the music intensifies towards the end.

Other EOY positions:
2004At Your Best#89
2005Flame Trees#79
2006Amazing Things#7
2006Planet New Year#61
2006Queen Of Apology#66
2006{Explain}#89
2009Bird On A Wire#42
35. After The Fall - Mirror Mirror

This song is horribly annoying and I love it for it. But really, it makes it stick out from After The Fall's otherwise pretty competent tracks.
34. Straylight Run - Sympathy For The Martyr

There are a couple more songs to come that I was scarcely familiar with before, but this is the highest song that I definitely had not even heard of a month ago. I guess it's pretty catered to me. The outro is quite lengthy, but it's justified as this is a closing track.

Other EOY positions:
2004Existentialism at Prom Night#84
33. N*E*R*D - She Wants To Move

I just like how the way this starts and reminds me of those TV ads from a few years ago with Pharrell introducing the components to making a song. I don't think dogs were part of it but that's ok. At the very least, it proves that rap rock in the 2000s doesn't have to be something to be ashamed of.
32. Bloc Party - Helicopter

It seemed quite convenient that perhaps Bloc Party's most iconic hits both technically came out the year before "Silent Alarm". They're also the two songs that I often got mixed up because the titles do not help at all. This song has a wonderful guitar riff doesn't it?

Other EOY positions:
2005Like Eating Glass#59
2005Two More Years#91
2005Positive Tension#95
2007Hunting For Witches#35
2007Flux#79
2013Ratchet#26
31. Air - Surfing On A Rocket

I had a bit of trouble separating the two Air songs but I sided with this one ahead for being more quirky. There's a nice combination with the guitar and vocals in the chorus. Really it's just Air being very good at being Air.

Other EOY positions:
2004Cherry Blossom Girl#42
2007Once Upon A Time#44
30. Kanye West (feat Syleena Johnson) - All Falls Down

This is one of Kanye's greatest lyrical moments to date. In the first verse alone, you get a relatable topic of the troubles of the education system and the pressures on a student, but it's also got a bunch of silly puns, and a wonderful moment where he slurs his syllables to make a rhyme in the most indurring way. If that's not enough, there's more on systematic racism and psychology of ego. It's one of the first songs from "The College Dropout" I heard and it's really stuck with me.

Other EOY positions (Kanye West):
2004Slow Jamz (feat Twista & Jamie Foxx)#43
2004Never Let Me Down (feat Jay-Z & J. Ivy)#61
2004Two Words (with Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)#72
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69
29. Jimmy Eat World - Pain

I think this song is familiar to me but it's been so long that I can't really remember. Now I'm just surprised this song wasn't a bit bigger for them (well it was an Alt #1 I think) as it definitely feels upbeat and catchy enough to warrant it. It's a huge chorus on par with their "Bleed American" hits.

Other EOY positions:
2005Disintegration#3
2010My Best Theory#19
28. My Chemical Romance - I'm Not Okay (I Promise)

This is like My Chemical Romance at their most pop-rock. The opening riff alone signals that. Oddly it took me years to hear this whereas the other big single from this album I heard not long after "The Black Parade" came out.

Other EOY positions:
2004To The End#51
2004The Ghost Of You#83
2004Thank You For The Venom#90
2006Welcome To The Black Parade#6
2006Dead!#16
2006Famous Last Words#30
2006The Sharpest Lives#33
2006Teenagers#41
2006House of Wolves#51
2006This Is How I Disappear#63
2006Mama#75
2010Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)#18
2010SING#85
27. Green Day - Jesus Of Suburbia

Oh yeah. No idea why this was a single but oh it's for me. It's impressive enough that in 2004 you could find 9 minutes of ideas to chuck into one rock song and never feel totally overblown by indulgence or grandeur. I mean it's no "Wasted Days" on the grand scheme of things but it does have more going on. I can never get sick of it.

Other EOY positions:
2004American Idiot#38
26. The Polyphonic Spree - Section 12 (Hold Me Now)

I mean when a band has like 2 dozen members, you have to make use of them, and I'm pretty sure that's what the chorus of this song is. It's such a glorious moment. They somehow find ways to make the song feel even bigger as it goes on.
25. The Chemical Brothers (feat Q-Tip) - Galvanize

Longevity kings here. How many artists can you name that have a span of Hottest 100 entries longer The Chemical Brothers? I'm pretty sure it's just Dave Grohl. And then how many rappers have stayed relevant as long as Q-Tip? Not many, if any. But still what's been proven now is if you get these two together, you're gonna have a good time. Most of the dance here has been pretty chill but there's nothing chill about this, THE TIME HAS COME TO...GALVANIZE.

Other EOY positions (Q-Tip):
2008Gettin' Up#72
2010Bang Bang Bang (with Mark Ronson and the Business Intl)#32
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2014Meltdown (with Stromae)#34
24. Sia - Where I Belong

Because of my slight "Elastic Heart" disapproval, my favourite song from "1000 Forms Of Fear" is probably "Dressed In Black". I do not recommend it as a listen due to it being quite long and drawn out. You can get a lot of the same effect by listening to "Bird Set Free" really. But my liking of those two tracks really stems from this one. Sia pretty much goes all out freeform jazz in this one. Even with so much going on behind her, she's still in control, she knows where she belongs.

Other EOY positions:
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89

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23. Soulwax - E Talking

This song is about a naughty guy with a bad habit, bad habit for drugs. I've always taken a liking to dance-rock hybrids and this is one of the finest ones. I also kind of enjoy how harmlessly they slipped in all the references to ecstacy here, Mr. Goode would appreciate it.
22. Mastodon - Blood and Thunder

My history with Mastodon really is the album "Leviathan", but it's mainly this track thanks to its inclusion on the soundtrack of a Need For Speed game that I played A LOT as a teenager. It may well be my favourite metal track of the 2000s even, it just has so much power behind it. All in a song inspired by Moby Dick.

Other EOY positions:
2014Chimes At Midnight#7
2014The Motherload#58
21. Soulwax - Any Minute Now

This might just be my preference for the Soulwax tracks since it's the one I knew longer. I remember being surprised that it was them though because this is far more rock-oriented than I associated with them, I feel this could largely pass for a Regurgitator track (also poor guys just narrowly missed another list here).

Other EOY positions:
2004E Talking#23
20. Sarah Blasko - Don't U Eva

This is like peak pop-rock Blasko pretty much. An instant favourite from the first listen. There's tension to it musically that stops it from being run-of-the-mill.

Other EOY positions:
2004All Coming Back#36
2004At Your Best#89
2005Flame Trees#79
2006Amazing Things#7
2006Planet New Year#61
2006Queen Of Apology#66
2006{Explain}#89
2009Bird On A Wire#42
19. Sia - Sunday

Oddly enough, this seems to be the Sia song that gets the most recurrent airplay on triple j. That might be actually what drew me into her back catalogue as it's one that clicked with me quite instantly. It's one where the chord progression is what makes it shine.

Btw, Sia joins that most entries gang as well! http://i.imgur.com/SSNsXb5.png

Other EOY positions:
2004Where I Belong#24
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89
18. Franz Ferdinand - This Fire

This is where it starts to feel a bit blatant just how top heavy 2004 is because I'm pretty sure this could fit into the top 10 of some other years. It feels like a close cousin to The Strokes' "Reptilia" which I have a sneaking suspicion we'll be seeing next year here. Otherwise it was the sort of simple concept that I could grasp at a young age, fire does indeed burn when out of control. All it needs is some mariachi.

Other EOY positions:
2004Michael#52
2004The Dark of the Matinée#86
2005Do You Want To#67
2005Walk Away#69
2005The Fallen#73
2008Ulysses#69
2009Live Alone#90
2013Love Illumination#86
17. Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)

Oh so here's this elephant in the room. This seems to be a favourite from "Funeral" for a lot of people but it doesn't impact me quite as much as the hook doesn't totally work for me. I like pretty much everything else going on with it though, it's so sound that I'd say it could be like a top 2 hit in a parallel setting.

Other EOY positions:
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
16. N*E*R*D - Maybe (Sander Kleinenberg Remix)

I stupidly decided not to tag this correctly in my careless days of using last.fm, because I never listen to the original version. It's still quite good, but I've gotten more accustomed to this version which gets played on the radio more often. The only real additions are a roboting 'n, e, r, d' and a slight drum & bass hit for the chorus. For me this is a big difference.

Other EOY positions:
2004She Wants To Move#33
15. The Dissociatives - Young Man, Old Man (You Ain't Better Than The Rest)

Haha anecdotes are terrible aren't they? I still think this is basically pop perfection though, and I'm reasonably certain I still like it more than any Silverchair song.

Other EOY positions:
2004Somewhere Down The Barrel#79
14. Arcade Fire - Wake Up

This is the other big single from "Funeral" and I think a big part of that is the fact that it has a simple enough name and also it was used quite prominently in a trailer once. Admittedly it's a tiny bit sluggish, but it's paving way for a glorious peak so it's hard to be bothered by that.

Other EOY positions:
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
13. My Chemical Romance - Helena

I've found that even people who can't stand what My Chemical Romance do, respect this song. Gerard is just giving it his all in this, and until around the end there's basically no downtime.

Other EOY positions:
2004I'm Not Okay (I Promise)#28
2004To The End#51
2004The Ghost Of You#83
2004Thank You For The Venom#90
2006Welcome To The Black Parade#6
2006Dead!#16
2006Famous Last Words#30
2006The Sharpest Lives#33
2006Teenagers#41
2006House of Wolves#51
2006This Is How I Disappear#63
2006Mama#75
2010Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)#18
2010SING#85
12. Interpol - Slow Hands

As a lead single for a 2nd album, this song is a slight departure from what made Interpol famous, but it's always worked pretty well for me. There's a lot of power behind the riff, and the non-sensical chorus just does things for me. Really is quite unlucky that I can't fit this in the top 10.

Other EOY positions:
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
11. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)

Basically Arcade Fire rock the hell out by their standards. No build up too, it's quite clear from the very start. It also has a prominent xylophone that slightly ruins the illusion but who cares, it sounds awesome.

Other EOY positions:
2004Wake Up#14
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82

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10. Annie - Heartbeat

I kind of love that in a year so associated with indie rock, Schreiber & co. gave this song top billing. It's obviously not quite my favourite but it still deserves all of it. It's also a song that's grown on me insanely in the last year or so. Not a moment is wasted on this.
9. Kanye West - Jesus Walks

I've always gotten a kick out of the fact that such a serious song gets its first point across with a dodgy Happy Gilmore quote. It kind of paints Kanye's odd position as a huge name in pop that has little interest in watering himself down for radio airplay. But airplay he did get and he'd go on to change the shape of modern hip-hop for the next decade to come.

Oh, and Kanye has the most entries too, for a record 3rd time http://i.imgur.com/D0u2iAt.png

Other EOY positions:
2004All Falls Down (feat Syleena Johnson)#30
2004Slow Jamz (feat Twista & Jamie Foxx)#43
2004Never Let Me Down (feat Jay-Z & J. Ivy)#61
2004Two Words (with Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)#72
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69
8. The Killers - Somebody Told Me

By the way "Mr. Brightside" came out in 2003. That in itself could be a laugh as maybe it'll end up ranking higher than this one because of that. Anyway I pretty much loved this from the get-go and I was surprised there wasn't already a band called The Killers because that's totally the name I'd have gone for at the time. But then they didn't even come up with the name anyway! At least for the time being those rankings speak for themselves as this is probably still my favourite song of theirs, just a barrel of joy.

Other EOY positions:
2004Midnight Show#58
2004Smile Like You Mean It#64
2004All These Things That I've Done#71
2006Bones#17
2006For Reasons Unknown#42
2006Read My Mind#72
2007Tranquilize (feat Lou Reed)#84
2008Spaceman#37
2008A Dustland Fairytale#78
2008Human#91
2012Runaways#64
2012Battle Born#91
7. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)

One of the most emotionally stirring moments on "Funeral". It even has that sort of 'growing up' theme that they'd explore moreso later on "The Suburbs". This doesn't prevent it from having a huge chorus and some potent strings along the way too.

Other EOY positions:
2004Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)#11
2004Wake Up#14
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
6. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out

I mean it's one of those few songs on here that surely everyone knows, what more is there to say? I think it remains wonderfully interesting and entertaining for its refusal to stay at one pace, and then for the core of the song you just get the tightest groove.

Other EOY positions:
2004This Fire#18
2004Michael#52
2004The Dark of the Matinée#86
2005Do You Want To#67
2005Walk Away#69
2005The Fallen#73
2008Ulysses#69
2009Live Alone#90
2013Love Illumination#86
5. Bloc Party - Banquet

I'm never getting sick of this one again. Syncopated drum fills and jagged guitars make it a defining track in the 2000s post-punk revivalist movement. There's even those little moments where the chorus pauses for even more drum fills. This would possibly be #1 if it were released alongside the rest of the album, both it and 2004 are that good.

Other EOY positions:
2005Helicopter#32
2005Like Eating Glass#59
2005Two More Years#91
2005Positive Tension#95
2007Hunting For Witches#35
2007Flux#79
2013Ratchet#26
4. Arcade Fire - Crown Of Love

This has always been a personal favourite of mine just in regards to me liking it more than most as it's not quite my favourite on the album. There's an emotional build up akin to many Arcade Fire tracks, but this one is never rushed and is very drawn out. I find that the tune captures my interest well before that anyhow with a pleasant swinging tune.

Other EOY positions:
2004Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)#7
2004Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)#11
2004Wake Up#14
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
3. Arcade Fire - In The Backseat

This is a distinctly different moment that closes "Funeral". Partly because Win does none of the vocals, and the whole thing is very peaceful, which is fitting of being about the peace of being in the backseat. The soundscape of it all is absolutely beautiful though, and helped make a track I didn't originally take much notice of, become a real favourite nowadays.

Other EOY positions:
2004Crown Of Love#4
2004Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)#7
2004Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)#11
2004Wake Up#14
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
2. The Walkmen - The Rat

Put simply, one of the greatest straight up rock tracks of the 2000s. It's a little similar to The Buzzcocks "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)", from which I feel the riff is inherited, but it's also clearly more modern. So much force too, from the finnicky drums, the relentless guitar, the "YOOOOOOOU'VE GOT A NERVE...". It's pretty monumental.
1. Arcade Fire - Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)

And yet, this has been one of the absolute easiest decisions for the #1 pick yet. It's like the zenith for modern indie rock. This is while being the first song Arcade Fire put out on their first album, but with all the expertise of veterans. A record with so much packed into its 5 minutes that I still find new things to perk up my ears at all these years later. I think one thing Arcade Fire have always been good at is capturing the naive spirit of youth, where the world and all your problems are essentially as big as well, your neighbourhood. I feel like nostalgic longing for youth when based around material concepts & popular culture is often misguided for more than a few reasons. But that feeling of innocence that's untainted even by all the surrounding turmoil, that's something you can never truly relive. This is a very special song.

Naturally, Arcade Fire ALSO have the most entries. Funnily enough, the 3 other albums all have lead singles released in 2003 that might get in, but really it's only fair Arcade Fire get their share of it http://i.imgur.com/imKghIk.jpg

Other EOY positions:
2004In The Backseat#3
2004Crown Of Love#4
2004Neighborhood #2 (Laïka)#7
2004Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)#11
2004Wake Up#14
2004Rebellion (Lies)#17
2007No Cars Go#6
2007Black Mirror#14
2007The Well and the Lighthouse#39
2007Intervention#55
2010The Suburbs#5
2010Ready To Start#7
2010Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)#30
2010Modern Man#67
2011Culture War#95
2013Reflektor#1
2013Normal Person#32
2013Afterlife#53
2013You Already Know#73
2013Here Comes The Night Time#82
Cool seeing From The Sea, Black Betty, All These Things That I've Done!!!!!!!, Smile Like You Mean It and Midnight Show all make it in. Hoping Mr Brightside does get an even higher spot over Somebody Told Me on the next one.
Four Hot Fuss song, nice! Naturally I was hoping for more, but that's a great effort, and those four are among my favourites. Willing to admit I was completely unaware of Mr. Brightside being a 2003 release, and I was getting very pleased when it hadn't showed up and you were up to the top ten....I'll look forward to the 2003 list for it now. Since I occasionally like songs by people who aren't in The Killers, I'll call out From The Sea, Gamble Everything For Love, This Old Love, Float On, Somewhere Only We Know, I'm Not Okay (I Promise), Helena and Take Me Out as particular faves.
I'm here to report to those who do not follow my social media musings that I have another one of these lists presumably going down on Friday this week, at the usual time of roughly 7pm AEST. We'll see a record challenged and a wide variety of genres as I go back to the wacky times of 2003.
Ach, where was I when you posted 2004? Liked your opinions on Banquet and Don't You Eva. Looking forward to seeing what you make of 2003
2003

Typing this up, knowing full well that my keyboard seems to be somewhat deteriorating* and several left hand homekeys in particular either don't seem to input consistently, or input 2 or 3 times at once for seemingly no reason? It scares the hell out of me. What to say about 2003? Feels like a relatively low key year for me. School was in a constant state of development that while I was grading up, the layout was keeping up with me so long story short, I had the same physical classroom 3 years in a row. Some friends had it 4 in a row. It was mainly nice because it allowed for me to set up the computer in the back of the room to my liking for a few years. This also harks back to some early programming interest from me because I believe it was when I first started using Excel, learning my way around some of the most basic formulae. Perhaps more pertinent for my interest was that I had a continued interest in designing games in unused school books. With a couple of friends I had a lot of good fun drawing up designs for what was essentially an Age of Empires/Warcraft etc rip off RTS, which obviously had no way in hell of ever making it past design, but I still hold a lot of sentimental value to it. It was partially born from my love of the somewhat lesser known title Warlords Battlecry II, which was a real time strategy with RPG aspects to it. As in most stages of my life, I loved gaming, but was behind the times so could only be jealous of the kids who had the new Pokemon games.

I kind of have the same low key feeling about music this year. There are certainly some huge songs that came out in 2003, but as a whole it doesn't feel like it has a distinct identity to me the same way 2004 (and later 2002) does. Perhaps then it's fitting that I have a more eclectic set of entries here. Large thanks as always goes to my Spotify playlist (though it is the same reason these take so long to make. This is the first year that I've never previously made an end of year list for, because it was territory so generally foreign that I didn't have the knowledge to do it. Suffice to say, I've buffed that knowledge quite a bit this year and a huge chunk of these tracks I've heard only very recently. From that I can rate this year a lot higher.

*If anything delays my 2002 list it will be this, because this slight irritance really does push away my motivation to compile a very large Spotify playlist

http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748
100. Appleton - Don't Worry

When I put my Spotify playlists together, I have no time to learn anything about the artists I'm listening to. That usually happens afterwards and even then only if they're lucky. So I'll get random surprises when a random band sounds exactly like Korn and it turns out the lead singer is Jonathan Davis's brother. Or in this case where I thought I was hearing the poor man's All Saints with ridiculous lyrics. Not this song, but "Everything Eventually" which is perhaps the only hit song that mentions listening to Harry Potter on an audio cassette tape. I of course realised later that this is in fact the Appleton sisters from All Saints who had moderate success on their own. As for this song, it didn't forge an identity quite as quickly as "Everything Eventually", instead it's all played out at a slow pace, capturing that sort of chill vibe of the time but in a straight forward, pleasing manner.


99. The National - Cardinal Song

I am in fact contractually obliged to have a song by The National in my EOY whenever they put out an album, and perhaps sometimes when they don't! Anyway, 2003's contingent comes from the opening track to "Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers", which seemed to make the best impression on me. Certainly it's still The National as we know them, but this track does not meander...a good idea when it goes for 6 minutes. Not their hookiest song, but impressively fleshed out.

Other EOY positions:
2005Mr. November#60
2007Mistaken For Strangers#37
2007Fake Empire#76
2010Bloodbuzz Ohio#42
2010Anyone's Ghost#81
2010Conversation 16#93
2013Pink Rabbits#61
2015Sunshine On My Back#71


98. Melanie C - Here It Comes Again

Well we've already had side projects from girl groups, so now let's have the solo career. It's kind of funny how it turns out. I have this distinct memory from the Top 1000 Artists countdown on this site where I groaned at the Spice Girls because of course I would, and because I really didn't think I enjoyed any of their singles, certainly not their ubiquitous #1 smash. Flash forward to now and not only are the singles I don't like in the minority, but I find something worthwhile in all the solo careers as well; an Emma Bunton track came close to getting in here as well. This might be a one off fluke in terms of the end of year lists, but that'd be fair enough because I do think Mel C is my favourite vocalist in the group. Or at least, she's the most distinctive and memorable for me. Anyway this song? Doesn't really sound like the Spice Girls at all, more in a pop-rock vein with the general feel of the music perhaps reminding me of a certain Little Birdy song? It comes close to post-grunge territory, but I think her voice is always the main focus of the song and it shines through.


97. The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To Button

You have to admit that The White Stripes did a dang good job with their music videos back then. They seemingly had a knack for creating a visual presentation that was distinct and memorable, such that it's hard not to think of it when listening to the songs. "The Hardest Button To Button" is an obvious example of that; it was even parodied on The Simpsons! I feel it simultaneously points out and perhaps justifies the simplistic nature of the arrangement.


96. Blu Cantrell (feat Sean Paul) - Breathe

Also featuring Sean Paul, Sean Paul & Sean Paul, shout out to iTunes there. If this is a surprise to you, don't worry because it's a surprise to me too! It's a song that always interested me because the two performers contrast greatly but still prove to be vital to the song's potency. I know versions exist without Sean Paul but I couldn't bring myself to listen to them. I think though in saying that, another big part of it that makes it work is just the confident swagger of the tune. It's a bit out of the place in the charts with its low tempo and throwback motif. I think the title track to Ariana Grande's latest album shoots for a similar thing actually.


95. Goldfrapp - Black Cherry

If you don't pay attention to Goldfrapp then you might not realise just how thoroughly they mess with their fans on a regular basis. Not in any mean spirited way, but just that they refuse to stay in one place, to the point that their career may as well be split up into two distinct Goldfrapps, the downtempo Goldfrapp, and the electropop Goldfrapp. 2003's "Black Cherry" was the first slice of the latter, though incidentally this title track was probably the closest call back to their debut, which I cannot wait to evaluate for this.

Other EOY positions:
2005Satin Chic#55
2005You Never Know#68
2005Number 1#74
2005Lovely 2 C U#80
2005Fly Me Away#81
2008Happiness#65
2008A&E#99
2013Drew#8


94. Powderfinger - (Baby I've Got You) On My Mind

This may have been my favourite Powderfinger song at some stage. I was certainly under the impression that this was perhaps their biggest hit, which is a little off though it didn't do too badly for itself. If anything, it's pretty much peak Triple M-core Powderfinger, and offers just enough intrigue to its composition to remain dear to me. Being very catchy never hurts either.

Other EOY positions:
2004Bless My Soul#70


93. Sia - Don't Bring Me Down

I repeat, with the exception of "Chandelier", every Sia album's lead single was released the year before the album. So we're still dealing with "Colour The Small One" here. It's perhaps as intimate as it gets too. There's a distinct lack of bombast here, and even the big sweeping moments are done with restraint. The arrangement is simply beautiful.

Other EOY positions:
2004Sunday#19
2004Where I Belong#24
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89


92. Death Cab For Cutie - Title and Registration

I've always felt that I'd like Death Cab For Cutie more if I were a bit older and started listening to music when they were at the height of their relevance. I dare say there's some proven truth to that because I now come with the heightened knowledge that their 2003 album "Transatlanticism" packs quite a bit of emotional punch. This track perhaps sums it up best because the opening lines are the most Ben Gibbard lyrics I've ever heard, but it's touching all the same.

Other EOY positions:
2008Cath...#90
2015Black Sun#23


91. Azure Ray - New Resolution

Perhaps my favourite part of research is listening to artists I've never listened to before and finding things to like amongst it. If I'd done it sooner perhaps I could have nominated this song for QLVG a while ago with Azure Ray being a female dream pop duo. With that considered, the instrumentation here is quite organic for dream pop, reliant largely on jolty keys & strings. It's those strings that come in during the chorus that really give the song a bit of spark.
90. Muse - Apocalypse Please

It was inevitable. If "Drones" & "The 2nd Law" can find a place in my EOY lists there's no way "Absolution" won't. Anyway, if you're as familiar with the album as I am, you'll know this is the first pwopah track on the album, and sets the stage for what's to come. I think of "Absolution" as Muse's first album where the piano starts to take some precedence over the guitar, and what better showcase than this? (Actually there might be a better showcase but let's not get ahead of ourselves). Recalling a past hobby of slamming down on the low end keys of the piano to make the most noise possible, only this sounds coherent in its form. I also possibly think that this is the song with the "Mercy" arpeggios that I've been looking for but it still doesn't sound quite right so I'm not closing the case still.

Other EOY positions:
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


89. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Y Control

Back when Yeah Yeah Yeahs mucked around with their guitars in the way that a post-punk revivalist band should. This song sets itself apart by just how distinct and memorable those guitar lines are. The best moments in the song are the bridging parts where you get a good sample of this creativity.

Other EOY positions:
2006Gold Lion#64
2006Phenomena#86
2007Down Boy#57
2009Dull Life#38
2009Heads Will Roll#51
2009Zero#85


88. Amy Winehouse - Take The Box

I feel like it's not even popular knowledge that Amy Winehouse even had an album before "Back To Black", I certainly didn't know until it of course wound up high on the charts due to the unfortunate circumstances. Took me even longer to really take much notice of the music amongst it. "Frank" is a bit different to "Back To Black", notably in where it draws its influences. The title is of course an allusion to Sinatra, but the thing I took most notice of is the heavy inclusion of jazz. "Take The Box" in particular drew me in. It's a song that feels beyond her years, considering that she would have been about 18 when it was recorded, but she has the vocal control of a pro. The lyrics drew me in as well, as a sort of petulant break up that is so destructive she feels the need to cut off anything that remotely reminds her of the guy.

Other EOY positions:
2006You Know I'm No Good (with Ghostface Killah)#57


87. Madvillain (feat Lord Quas) - America's Most Blunted

You thought it was over?? Because of single release dates we get one extra dose of this classic album, and perhaps the most pro-weed song we'll get until the heyday of Cypress Hill. I'm most reminded of the Dangerdoom album just because Lord Quas has the most unusual voice that really sounds like an Adult Swim character or something. Also the song has a charming xylophone moment...about marijuana. I am not endorsing it, but I do endorse this album.

Other EOY positions (MF DOOM):
2004Raid (as Madvillain) (feat M.E.D.)#37
2004Accordion (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50

Other EOY positions (Madlib):
2004Raid (as Madvillain) (feat M.E.D.)#37
2004Accordion (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2014Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)#23


86. Kelis - Milkshake

I can't help it, Kelis sufficiently brought me to the yard with this one. Few songs in 2003 are this infectious, because this hits you with everything. There's that unforgettable hook, the incessent beat, the one moment where it sounds like she's actually pouring a milkshake, and of course that ting (hi Drake). Actually there's a part of me that wishes the ting was timed more in sync with everything else, because there's the line at the start of the song that says 'the thing that makes me...' and I just really want the ting to come in half a second later than it does. I guess we have The Pussycat Dolls for that but still.


85. Muse - Falling Away With You

This is one of very few songs on Muse studio albums that haven't been played live, as apparently it just doesn't work live according to Matt Bellamy. On first glance it seems too innocuous to be the case but I do wonder if it's those arpeggios (omg I hear "Mercy" in this as well). The arpeggios are the best thing about the song though, and feel like a proto-"Invincible". Teaming up with the drums, they really fill out the chorus in a big way.

Other EOY positions:
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


84. Epicure - Life Sentence

I don't quite love Epicure but I love the general idea of it. A sort of wayward approach to vocals in front of all manner of guitar noodling. They get some great results out of it sometimes. I suppose part of me wants them to be a little heavier because it could give an extra dynamic in this 5 minute song. Don't get me wrong, I like it a whole lot, all those guitars rest on top of each other in a pleasing way, I just hear a slightly better version in my head. Or maybe they already wrote that a year earlier...?


83. OutKast - GhettoMusick

I'm quite looking forward to hearing OutKast's music to the fullest as I go back here. I see their first 3 albums brought up in such reverence on a regular basis and I've yet to hear anything from them. Working my way up to that though I did listen to their 2003 double album which like basically all double albums, could probably go better off with half as many tracks, but there is a lot of experimentation in there I respect. Big Boi's side of the album is especially rooted in southern rap. There's no better showcase than in this riot of a single which hits like a power drill and only briefly leaves time to catch your breath. Feels good, feels great.


82. Belle and Sebastian - Step Into My Office, Baby

This is of course the Belle and Sebastian song that broke into the Hottest 100, which seems kind of arbitrary but at the same time feels right. I suppose it's the same league of voters who 7 years later would get The John Steel Singers' "Overpass" into the list. Lovely arrangement which manages to be accessible and obtuse, there is an a capella interlude after all.

Other EOY positions:
2004Your Cover's Blown#69


81. David Bowie - New Killer Star

Like a lot of people, I've learnt a lot about David Bowie's music this year and come to really appreciate a lot of what he did. Like OutKast it's another progressive walk through the discography though I imagine this one will take considerably longer since he has no less than 25 studio albums. "New Killer Star" comes from "Reality", which was almost a retirement album as he wouldn't release another until 2013's "The Next Day". It wasn't quite as revered as 2002's "Heathen" (which netted a Mercury Prize nomination), but it did contain this cracking lead single. Not exactly a classic, but a song with a fair bit going for it. The main riff is more than serviceable, and the whole thing feels like a bit of a journey thanks to an inspired pre-chorus in particular.

Other EOY positions:
2015BlackstarTBD
2015LazarusTBD

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80. Beyoncé (feat Jay-Z) - Crazy In Love

A younger me found this song to be the staple inclusion in industry top 10 lists for the decade and could not at all make sense of it. Most likely because it was Beyoncé, who didn't at all fit into the paradigm of music that I thought was worth considering good. I was not a good person but I didn't know any better. I still can't arrive at the same reverence, but that might just be due to overplay dulling some of the luster. In what it's doing, it's incredible though. The horns have so much power to them, and Beyoncé dominates it all. It's kind of funny to listen to in a post-"Lemonade" context because this song is seemingly just about how awesome Jay is. I think few rappers are as good at saying how great they are as he is. Across so many songs I've just heard it in so many different ways that it's hard not to give him credit.

Other EOY positions (Jay-Z):
2004Never Let Me Down (with Kanye West)#61
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (with Kanye West)#1
2007Umbrella (with Rihanna)#100
2011Ni**as In Paris#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)#50
2011Made In America (with Kanye West)#84


79. Metric - Hustle Rose

It's common to link music to a time or place in your life, I think you're a bit weird if you don't do it to some extent. It's just that I don't have the most extravagant of lives so while this still happens to me, it's often more mundane. So while Metric's debut album could potentially remind someone of their high school days, or a first crush or something like that, it forever reminds me of Shovel Knight, the video game which I was generally playing when I was getting into this. It's a very chronologically screwy system in that though, because this 2003 album with very '80s synths of course reminds me of a 2014 video game which I played in 2015 and harks back to 8-bit platformers of the early '90s! I mention this for "Hustle Rose" because this is a song where the biggest hook really is the sonic palette, and thus it's the biggest reminding point for me. I mean it's not without actual hooks, but I just think of it as a great showcase of what Metric were doing with this album.

Other EOY positions:
2005Patriarch On A Vespa#6
2005Poster Of A Girl#71
2007Grow Up and Blow Away#61
2007Raw Sugar#99
2009Sick Muse#2
2009Gimme Sympathy#3
2009Satellite Mind#23
2009Gold Guns Girls#37
2009Front Row#79
2009Help, I'm Alive#93
2010Black Sheep#74
2012Speed The Collapse#15
2012Lost Kitten#24
2012Synthetica#46
2012Youth Without Youth#98


78. Something For Kate - Kaplan/Thornhill

The title sure invokes a whole lot of nothing for me which isn't helped by the fact that I'm pretty sure it doesn't appear in the song. Anyway, I could repeat a fair bit of what I said about Metric here, because this is pretty much just what Something For Kate sounded like in 2003. This song in particular getting through is probably helped by its inclusion on their Best Of, though I will note that "Song For A Sleepwalker" was a near miss for this list. Songwriting chops are just as strong as ever here, sounding equal parts hopeful and remorseful.

Other EOY positions:
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47


77. Black Box Recorder - These Are The Things

Not to be confused with the Black Box of "Ride On Time" fame, nor the Black Box of 392's chart fame, though those two can readily be confused as I'm pretty sure they're the same one. Anyhow, a fun aspect of my process here is that I get to hear artists' career trajectories in reverse. By 2003, Black Box Recorder's best year was beyond them, with this just barely scraping the UK chart at all. So perhaps when I get to their hit potent times I could like them even more, but this is a more than satisfying introduction. A lot of this tune reminds me of the Pet Shop Boys, which is never a bad thing.


76. José González - Crosses

You know that cover of The Knife's "Heartbeats" that he put out in 2006? He actually put it out in 2003, not long after the original came out. Also included on that same album is this gem which I never learnt the name of until this year but I've certainly heard plenty of prior. It does make me think a lot of his sole Hottest 100 entry "Down The Line". I guess thiss time round I'm just a bit more in the mood? For me it's a pleasant change of pace.


75. Sugababes - Hole In The Head

It's funny because I even went back to this song about a month prior for one of the QLVG's and though I liked it, I never thought much more of it. Then when I did this it just clicked in a way it hadn't before, perhaps as a wonderful breath of fresh air compared to some of the stuff I listened to. I suppose it's a slight offshoot of my circa-2008 love of anything with a persistent acoustic strum to it, even if this is in a bit of a different realm. There's also a lot to love about the hook and how heavily emphasized every 'ooh boy' rhyme is.


74. Muse - Eternally Missed

Now to throw off any "Absolution" fans because this track isn't even on it. It's a B-side to...some other song on the album. As far as Muse B-sides go, this is one of the meatiest. Though it does sound like a B-side, I could definitely imagine a refined version of it making the album. In its current state, it's a wild beast of many hats.

Other EOY positions:
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


73. Hilltop Hoods - Testimonial Year

In one of the oddest moves in hindsight, this was initially the only single released from "The Calling", a decision that I imagine was changed after the Hottest 100 result. Not that this isn't plenty serviceable as a single, because it works great as an introduction. Nevermind that it's their 3rd album and as you'll no doubt hear, they've been at it for more than 10 years. Though I'm personally most fond of the origami lyric from "Dumb Enough", this also serves as a great way to distinguish Suffa & Pressure. It's also a showcase of DJ Debris at his best, because this chill coffeehouse vibe just works so well.


72. Rachel Stevens - Sweet Dreams My LA Ex

Another song I was a bit slow to take to but it wasn't the song itself's fault. Because years of following Popjustice and the like has made it very apparent to me that "Some Girls" is a song that is well liked and well I just can't quite share the sentiments for reasons that may be obvious in due time. This song too was probably a beneficiary of my very gradual list culling process as it was ample time for it to slip under the radar and grow on me immensely. If you couldn't have guessed, it's super catchy, but it also has a great air of brash confidence to it. Most importantly I just can't get it out of my head. If Iiiiiiii...


71. The Knife - Pass This On

There's a hint of irony to The Knife's "Deep Cuts", it's perhaps their one album where the deep cuts really are not important (well depending on how you feel about some of the stuff on their most recent album...I've not made up my mind). That's ok though because the singles still rule. For this song in particular, I just have one word in mind and that's marimbaaaaa. I think anyway. It's the leading synth melody and it's to die for.

Other EOY positions:
2006Marble House#14
70. Death Cab For Cutie - Tiny Vessels

Let it be known that I'm not immune to bro-ness, because this track stuck out immediately to me for its moment of loudness. There's still a part of me that wishes it could last a little longer, or come back again. I suppose though it's fair enough as is, as a great way to grind anguish through the teeth. Otherwise it's a rather dignified track.

Other EOY positions:
2003Title and Registration#92
2008Cath...#90
2015Black Sun#23


69. The Herd - 77%

Read "To Kill A Mockingbird".

Other EOY positions:
2008The King Is Dead#43


68. Ratatat - Seventeen Years

Very lucky is this song. Originally missing the cut for my 2004 list, only for me to find out that it's actually from 2003, and since it was so close, I figured it would have a chance to get in with a weaker year. That turned out to be true, but it still managed to grow on me considerably in that time to land where it is. Surely everyone knows Ratatat's deal by now. This song is a good example of just why they're often lauded as much as they are, as it's just a treat to the ears. You've got a rhythmically focused hook and a melodically focused one. You've got a bridge that slows things right down and ease your way out of the track. It's all just so exciting.

Other EOY positions:
2009Pursuit Of Happiness (with Kid Cudi)#75
2015Abrasive#12


67. Scribe (feat Savage & Con Psy) - Not Many - The Remix!

If this is not the current New Zealand nation anthem, then it was just usurped by Lorde. Anyway what is there to say about this explosive track that downright refused to leave the ARIA Charts in 2004? Not much, at a hunch. In saying it though it's interesting as one of the biggest hits that just feels like a posse cut, and end up featuring less names than you might guess. It's all in those little details though, like the elongated 'Rrrrrock a show like this', or a personal favourite of mine with Savage threatening to 'rock your face with a pool stick', which is an image so vivid that I can't not believe it.


66. The Distillers - Coral Fang

The Distillers are quite good based on the sampler I've heard recently. Kind of punk rock but a bit more accessible than that would imply. I'd previously heard them via a Tony Hawk soundtrack as often is the case, so I do recommend "Beat Your Heart Out" which is probably more appealing than this to most. But gosh what an explosive impact this makes. It's all about Brody (who if you're not listening, is a woman) and her vocal prowess, sounding downright scary during the verses. And in the chorus we're treated to a wonderful moment where she manages to stretch out the title drop into more syllables than seems right. I choose to believe that she's actually saying 'collateral fang' for this reason.


65. The Boxer Rebellion - In Pursuit

It's kind of funny for me to see these guys here because for the longest time I've known them solely for a free iTunes download I've had since 2009, but is also DRM-locked so I haven't played it since 2009. I would not have guessed them to be a band who actually used to chart quite well in the UK. I also would not have expected them to be a band who are still going, but they in fact released a new album not too long ago and about a month ago, scored a minor hit on my chart (which is "Weapon", which feels like a bit of a departure for them). I'm inclined to recommend "Code Red" which nearly made my 2004 list, a sprawling rock track with a massive hook. This track of course still would suffice. Still has the massive hook, though there's more quivering in his voice which makes it sound a bit haunted. I'm personally just most fond of the way the track starts, there's so much clarity to the guitar riff that the rest of the song doesn't quite match.


64. Beyoncé - Naughty Girl

I'll edit it some day but haha my review of this is a laugh. Really the lesson in all of this is not that I've been too harsh on Beyoncé, but I've been too harsh on Scott Storch. Between this and Kelly Rowland's "Work", he's more than paid his dues for other greivances...though I suppose he'd prefer to be able to pay his bills. Anyway, interpolate one of the sexiest songs of all time, and it can pay off for you. A bit of that intimacy is lost thanks to me hearing 'lick me up and down' as a mondegreen, but otherwise everything is in its right place.

Other EOY positions:
2003Crazy In Love (feat Jay-Z)#80


63. Downsyde - El Questro

There is as it turns out, more to Western Australia's hip hop scene than Drapht. This is very early in the days of Australian hip-hop getting traction too, helped by a very listener friendly hook which I want to believe is a sample but I can't find any info on it online. It's an altogether very solid effort though.


62. Muse - Time Is Running Out

It's funny because I'm always quick to downplay this track as not a particular favourite, much like Birds of Tokyo, when you start to hear that breathing, you don't un-hear it, and only question why it was kept in there. But like I was saying, despite that, this was a pretty integral song for me getting into Muse at the time. I'm certain it was the first pre-BH&R track I heard, and it was very easy to latch onto. It just has a cool swagger to it, and some very digestible hooks.

Other EOY positions:
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


61. Death Cab For Cutie - We Looked Like Giants

Evidently, this does what I want "Tiny Vessels" to do. It comes packed as well with even more poignant lyrics of past memories. There's great imagery to go along with it, and a hint of coy innocence when you get lines about 'we worked out how our bodies worked'. All while giving a great adrenaline kick for most of the song.

Other EOY positions:
2003Tiny Vessels#70
2003Title and Registration#92
2008Cath...#90
2015Black Sun#23
60. Kings Of Leon - Red Morning Light

Y'know I'm fully aware that no Kings of Leon retractor circa-2008 is going to be overly convinced by their earlier material, if anything they might find it more annoying, but oh do I love it. Really it's just amazing how much they transitioned, from 'southern Strokes' to 'southern U2'. I cannot disapprove of the extremely lively guitar in this case.

Other EOY positions:
2004The Bucket#59
2004King Of The Rodeo#67
2007On Call#17
2007McFearless#86
2008Closer#54
2008Sex On Fire#64
2008Use Somebody#75
2013Supersoaker#12


59. OutKast - Prototype

One of two songs I can strongly thank Tame Impala for getting me into. The other is of course S.O.A.P.'s "This Is How We Party", but that's a story for another day...or year. This song they did for Like A Version a couple years back, and it's one I'd not taken notice of but just found myself loving the vibe. I go to the original and find it's very much in the same vein and I'm all for it. It's all about hitting those sweet spots with the guitar. The way the bass slides back into place when the chorus starts is an absolute joy.

Other EOY positions:
2003Ghettomusick#83


58. The White Stripes - Seven Nation Army

Obviously a very enduring and beloved track, though strictly mid-tier for my interest. What I said about "The Hardest Button To Button" holds true here, in that it's hard to listen to this track without visualising the stunning video that accompanies this song. Just be warned when watching it as there is no prior warning and the video may be 3spooky5u. Obviously it's all about that guitar riff. I'd say bass, but of course we all know that there is in fact no bass guitar on this song.

Other EOY positions:
2003The Hardest Button To Button#97


57. The Strokes - 12:51

A wonderful track if you like to muck up Excel spreadsheets. Otherwise it's a more than serviceable Strokes track. A bit calmer compared to a lot of "Is This It", but it feels distinct in its place. Has a side-effect of sounding like a nursery rhyme.

Other EOY positions:
2005Juicebox#25
2006Heart In A Cage#15
2006You Only Live Once#65
2011Under Cove Of Darkness#14
2011Metabolism#82


56. Metric - Combat Baby

While not quite on the heavier spectrum for Metric, there's a seethingness (this is definitely a word) to it that substitutes it. It's the sort of thing that hooks me considering that the song is relatively straightforward. Oh and that riff is more than nice.

Other EOY positions:
2003Hustle Rose#79
2005Patriarch On A Vespa#6
2005Poster Of A Girl#71
2007Grow Up and Blow Away#61
2007Raw Sugar#99
2009Sick Muse#2
2009Gimme Sympathy#3
2009Satellite Mind#23
2009Gold Guns Girls#37
2009Front Row#79
2009Help, I'm Alive#93
2010Black Sheep#74
2012Speed The Collapse#15
2012Lost Kitten#24
2012Synthetica#46
2012Youth Without Youth#98


55. Muse - Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist

There's a strong level of synergy between title & hook that have made this always a memorable track. That and it's just an excitingly paced track that's been a big favourite for as long as I can remember. All it needs is an explosive chorus and wild solo during the bridge...and both are covered.

Other EOY positions:
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


54. Alicia Keys - You Don't Know My Name

Now, I'm not making any accusations, but this is a song about a waitress who finds herself interested in a customer of hers that she sees regularly and he always buys the same thing, while any interest she shows towards the guy is unnoticed and unrequited, to her, he probably doesn't really even notice her. I'm not saying this song is about Seth Sentry but I'm not saying that it's not ~ Regardless, what a wonderful track this is. I've always had an admiration for Alicia Keys as she's clearly quite talented, and it was hard not to gravitate to a pianist whether or not her name was a dodgy pun. I never minded her music either even if it wasn't exactly what I'd ever be going out of my way to listen to. I've found even more appreciation going back to it as well, as her songs often had so much of worth tucked into them, particularly this one. The chromatic slide at the start of the chorus really just is a wonderful thing.


53. Muse - Fury

Another one that could potentially be foreign as this was originally just a Japanese bonus track (much like "Glorious"), though nowadays seems to be included on the digital release here. Now, when you think of Muse and you think of distortion wobbles, you perhaps think that they should stay as far away as possible (or at least be used with more tact). This song is not dubstep but it's anchored around a similar idea. After that, the song just stomps around wildly while also featuring another one of those huge choruses that you pretty much come to expect at this point.

Other EOY positions:
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86


52. A Perfect Circle - The Outsider

I know it's crazy to be hearing Maynard in these lists so soon after the last instance. In fact A Perfect Circle released all 3 of their albums in only a 4 year timeframe! "The Outsider" comes from the most recent one and is a single that I feel doesn't get the same attention as a fair few others of theirs, but it's one that I gravitated to pretty quickly. You could say it's a bit like if Tool wrote a perfectly radio friendly hit, though it's not totally watered down either.


51. Powderfinger - Sunsets

I will readily admit that this is peak MOR AOR Powderfinger but I've always been drawn in by this track. There's just enough emotional resonance still within it, and the little riff that comes after a lot of the lines hits the spot too. I'm possibly also influenced by the video which I may have only seen once or twice, but it just puts me in a good mood listening to the song.

Other EOY positions:
2003(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind#94
2004Bless My Soul#70
50. The Shins - Saint Simon

"Port Of Morrow" is far from The Shins most popular album, and in fact might rank at the bottom, but there's still plenty I got out of it. One that comes to mind is the title track which has a hint of melancholy uncharacteristic of The Shins, while still feeling a bit bubbly and relaxing, characteristic of The Shins. I felt a similar feeling when I went back to "Chutes Too Narrow" recently and got to this track. Certainly another track that sets the stage perfectly, but also doesn't stick at that, arriving at so many different points with disregard for typical structure. Also since percussion seems to be such a big thing this year, there's this tiny twinkly xylophone moment about a minute in that I love.

Other EOY positions:
2006Phantom Limb#11
2007Sea Legs#19
2007Australia#29
2012Simple Song#66
49. The Cooper Temple Clause - Promises, Promises

Despite the fact that the two bands were at their peak at the same year, I can't see any online discourse noting the fact that the lead singer of this band sounds so much like Craig from The Vines. Really for that matter I liken this to what it would sound like if The Vines stepped a bit out of their usual boundaries in terms of songwriting. This song is a huge adrenaline kick that just makes you wanna scream 'GO! GO!'
48. Brad Paisley feat. Alison Krauss - Whiskey Lullaby

I do like country music. Or at least as much as you can have an all-encompassing stroke of enjoyment for a whole broad genre. So better terms is that I'm not instantly reviled at the notion of it. This is something I specifically mention here because I hardly get a real chance to show it. Because I readily accept that pretty much all the music I listen to, arrives at my ears having gone through at least one, but possibly multiple gatekeepers. It's actually something that fascinates me how you have to go out of your way to escape your own echo chambers that feel like they've been pre-arranged for you. I now want to write an extended version of this in a review because I'm getting off track, but the point is as someone who typically listens to the music I listen to, country music is something that gets overlooked. I make huge playlists to prepare for these but because of where I get these from, you basically never see country music, unless it's only there because it's so out of left field that it doesn't really match the spirit of the genre. As well as that, it's just not a very showy genre a lot of the time, which is fine but I often lean to stuff that stands out...I mean look at which band is coming up the most in this list :p

So all of this is to preface that I love this song. It benefitted by catching my attention enough immediately, and only growing further as I unpacked more of what's going on with the song. The story of it is absolutely tragic, akin to Romeo & Juliet. Guy & girl love each other, guy & girl have a break up, guy can't get over girl, guy drinks himself to death over it, girl feels guilt about it, girl does the same thing. It's handled with a lot of grace too, and clever wordplay. Brad & Alison didn't write the song but they're well equipped to tackle it. I'm fond of Brad's southern drawl, and Alison's voice is always pleasant to hear.
47. Kings Of Leon - Molly's Chambers

For the longest time I thought this was my favourite Kings of Leon song. Certainly it was the one from this album with the easiest hook to sink in, even though it does sound like Caleb is slipping a 3rd syllable into 'Molly'. Quite straight forward really but it does the job. I continue to be bad at putting extensive wordcounts into rock songs.

Other EOY positions:
2003Red Morning Light#60
2004The Bucket#59
2004King Of The Rodeo#67
2007On Call#17
2007McFearless#86
2008Closer#54
2008Sex On Fire#64
2008Use Somebody#75
2013Supersoaker#12
46. Brand New - The Quite Things That No One Ever Knows

The lesson from doing these lists is that I like Brand New, like a lot. Fair going for a band I never took much notice of for years. Depending on who you ask, their peak is either with "Deja Entendu" or "The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me". I've not listened to both albums in near enough proximity to make up my mind, but the point is that they're both very good. This song here is one that has the most straightforward appeal (though "I Am A Nightmare" could be a challenger now) and I actually had the longest time working out whether I actually liked this song or it just struck a chord of familiarity. The result perhaps is evident at this point. The guitar is pretty huge after all.

Other EOY positions:
2006Jesus Christ#10
2006Sowing Season (Yeah)#49
2009At The Bottom#26
45. Kanye West - Through The Wire

One last time. At the start of the decade, Kanye was known only as a producer, and his fresh take at the time was pivotal for Jay-Z's "The Blueprint" for instance. He wanted to be a rapper, but the record executives weren't feeling it...there's a long spiel at the end of his first album about this. In 2002, he was in a near-fatal car crash that resulted in his jaw being wired shut, which I imagine social media would have a field day with had it happened 10 years later. But taking inspiration from that, he wrote this song, and also recorded it while his jaw was still wired shut. In line with what he was known for, the song features a sped up sample of Chaka Khan's "Through The Fire", which does a very nice job of compiling the whole package. I also want to believe that this is the first ever use of the 'kanye to the' lyric, which is very important obviously.

Other EOY positions:
2004Jesus Walks#9
2004All Falls Down (feat Syleena Johnson)#30
2004Slow Jamz (feat Twista & Jamie Foxx)#43
2004Never Let Me Down (feat Jay-Z & J. Ivy)#61
2004Two Words (with Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)#72
2004We Don't Care#81
2004Talk About Our Love (with Brandy)#100
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (feat Jay-Z)#1
2005We Major (feat Nas & Really Doe)#2
2005Roses#20
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone#27
2005Gone (feat Cam'ron & Consequence)#36
2005Hey Mama#72
2005Bring Me Down (feat Brandy)#85
2005Drive Slow (feat Paul Wall & GLC)#90
2007Flashing Lights#42
2008Paranoid (feat Mr Hudson)#18
2010POWER#2
2010Runaway (feat Pusha T)#13
2010All Of The Lights#53
2010Dark Fantasy#92
2010Alors on danse (with Stromae)#97
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Jay-Z)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Jay-Z)#50
2011Made In America (with Jay-Z)#84
2012Mercy (feat Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz)#45
2013Thank You (with Busta Rhymes)#14
2013Black Skinhead#33
2013New Slaves#79
2015All Day (feat Theophilus London, Allan Kingdom & Paul McCartney)#26
2015Only One (feat Paul McCartney)#69
44. Kylie Minogue - Red Blooded Woman

I really do wish this brand of pop was ever more in vogue, it's the kind of wishful thinking that would see CHVRCHES have hits, but ultimately it's somewhat of a niche compared to the greater trends at hand. Not enough of a niche that it's not plentiful though, and I find myself very much tuned into this era of Kylie that plays right into that hand. It definitely helps that she so readily adapts to it; certainly the star of the show rather than just an asset. I've always been drawn in by the assertive way she sings 'freaking' in the chorus.
43. Halogen - Caught Me

Allow me to do service in promoting obscure bands because this has less than 1,000 plays on Spotify and thus a good chunk of those would be mine. They're from WA, got some triple j airtime, never really hit the big leagues, and are apparently still around though I can find no evidence to support any activity. I also have the slightest feeling that this band might be fond of The Superjesus. The musicianship is tight though with some splendid rollicking guitars, and a lot of force that goes into the chorus.
42. Snow Patrol - Run

I don't talk about the Leona Lewis version. This is still for me, Snow Patrol's definitive hit, though this album had a fair few more nuggets than I was expecting to go along with it ("Whatever's Left" & "Chocolate" in particular are quite good). A tremendous work of crescendo though, the chorus gets me so involved. I also think that the song winds down at about the right moment, if you compare to "Chasing Cars" which I still think could use another measure or two before the end.

Other EOY positions:
2006Set The Fire To The Third Bar (feat Martha Wainwright)#78
2006Hands Open#96
2011Called Out In The Dark#96
41. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Fortune Faded

At last! It seems right that Red Hot Chili Peppers' era in here ends with the Greatest Hits. And quite unlike "Wheels" I still reckon that this is one of their best. It's another rollicker; the intro commands so much attention. I feel with that, this is not quite in the top tier of overplayed Red Hot Chili Peppers songs, so it has a bit of freshness to it.
40. Mew - Am I Wry? No

From the album "Frengers" as in 'Not quite friends, but not quite strangers'. I didn't expect to see Mew here again but I can't pretend they didn't impress me a lot this time around. This is also a song that is in a mostly standard format, but since it's 5 minutes long, there's room to slot in some extra things as well. For me I'm always drawn into the softly sung outro passage ('Diamond ring, diamond ring'), which ends it all on a high note.

Other EOY positions:
2005Apocalypso#57
39. Britney Spears - Toxic

Hardly need to justify this one at this point. This is just dynamite pop that is produced within an inch of its life and through the process comes out stronger...than yesterday. Britney gets kudos too. She has an odd, if distinct style of singing that sometimes misses the mark for me, but she brings the a-game here, proving to be just as malleable as the production. At under 3 and a half minutes too, this is a song that never wears out its welcome, and never tires on me.
38. Hilltop Hoods - The Nosebleed Section

I don't know if you know, but this song is kind of a big deal. People know it. What I find most impressive and admirable about this song's canonisation is that it's a song that's done it all on pure merit and fan dedication. When you look at triple j All Time lists of late, you'll spot a trend where most of the entries are songs whose legacy and popularity extends well beyond triple j. There's often a lot of international influence in what does get canonised and it's songs like these that get the leg-up in this situation. It's kind of like trying to get into the Spotify top 50 without being on a major playlist. If the songs aren't canonised in that way, then it's often a case of them being used in a movie or something, which is less contrived to the general public as a whole, but still puts those without these benefits out of luck. Just think, when did you hear M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes"? In 2007 when triple j were flogging it and all it was, was the latest current popular song on their playlist, or in 2008/2009 when it became unavoidable by way of trailers and the like? It's as if at that point onwards, there was an aura around the song and THAT'S what has made it endure.

In a way, that's what's so great about this song. It finds its way to get voted extremely high in polls all while having no leg-up outside of its own charisma. What better song for it to be than a song about being broke as hell. Lyrically it's just great and filled with quotables, and of course there's the wonderous sample that Suffa just couldn't believe no one else had used before. It makes me happy every week this makes the cut for the Unofficial Catalogue Chart.

Other EOY positions:
2003Testimonial Year#73
37. OutKast - Hey Ya!

And for all I said just then, here's a hip-hop song whose all-conquering status is in another league. It was like Ned Flanders, everyone (who counts) loves Hey Ya! And it's pretty much for the simple reason in that it offers so much on so many levels. A fusing of genres to make it feel right at home with most, a simple hook that's easy to get with, endearingly cheesy pop culture references, and a not-so-remotely subtle subtext about a relationship that's falling apart at the seams...which is easily ignored if it's not a thing you want to hear. Oh and that music video? That's a fine example of a laborious day's work that's more than justified itself.

Other EOY positions:
2003Prototype#59
2003Ghettomusick#83
36. The Shins - So Says I

This could easily be the definitive Shins song. Not their most popular, but the one that sounds the most like them. That being said, for a band that isn't known for it, the guitar in this actually rocks pretty hard, which is an interesting contrast to the pure whimsy that is James Mercer and this song.

Other EOY positions:
2003Saint Simon#50
2006Phantom Limb#11
2007Sea Legs#19
2007Australia#29
2012Simple Song#66
35. Mew - Comforting Sounds

I had the hardest time ranking this song because it's the hardest to digest in the list, and I'm only still scarcely familiar with it at this point. It doesn't sound out of place for Mew, but this is definitely much further into the post-rock spectrum, sounding a bit like that Sigur Ros stuff that I may or may not be tackling in the next list. Like any good post-rock song, it knows how to pace itself, and the last half feels like a triumph. To complete my entry level references, it's very Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Just massive really.

Other EOY positions:
2003Am I Wry? No#40
2005Apocalypso#57
34. Scarling. - Band Aid Covers The Bullet Hole

I found when I was looking over my new discoveries that it was surprisingly potent in shoegaze & noise pop. Maybe that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who knows me, but maybe I'm just surprised that I was coming across it by happenstance, since they're not the radio friendly sort you expect, and nothing of my sources was overly niche to accommodate such a thing. Nonetheless, a lot of that stuff fell just short of the cut off, though maybe I'll end up downloading them anyway. This song in particular was one that stuck out to me. The band is a second outing for their lead singer Jessicka who was originally in a riot grrl band in the '90s. She is in fact what caught my attention in this song because of how well her vocals come through here. The song has a bit of a quiet verse, loud chorus dynamic, and when I say loud, I mean insanely loud. It's even better exemplified in the only other track I've heard of theirs, a cover of Radiohead's "Creep" which was a b-side to this. It's played mostly straight until the chorus hits and we are greeted by demented screams and endless guitar feedback. As an amusing side note, the 'Listeners Also Bought' for this single contains 3 different covers of "Creep" (the top one sounds like Marilyn Manson!), which means there is someone in this country who collects cover versions of "Creep".
33. The Dresden Dolls - Girl Anachronism

Here's some more female fronted trains going well off the rails. All in jolly good fun though. Amanda Palmer is just so good at getting into character for the song, sounding utterly demented and terrifying. It's kind of refreshing to know that Ben Folds isn't the only person who can get into the Hottest 100 by way of jaunty piano.
32. The Shins - Kissing The Lipless

Back in the days when I was in South Australia and thus could listen to triple j live just by turning on the radio, I actually did some of the whole talkback, competitions etc. Never had too much luck except for this one time when I was woken up at about 7am so my mum could put me on the phone for a quiz question about triple j's Impossible Music Festival, which is where they do a mock radio festival with a bunch of big name Live At The Wireless spots. It just so happens that the question I had to answer was about who was the first band on the lineup, and I just happened to know that it was Kings of Leon. So I won a Live At The Wireless compilation CD but found myself not listening to it too much because the tracklisting wasn't too much to my fancy. This was in a time before I realised that "Caught By The Fuzz" is in fact the best Supergrass song, but let's wait about a decade more before revisiting that chestnut. It also had The Shins, but not one of their fun songs I liked, ie not "Phantom Limb" or "Australia", but this. Actually as a fun back to back, "Girl Anachronism" was on it and I did like that at the time. Suffice to say, while this isn't my favourite Shins song by a decent stretch, I'm very welcome to hear it now. If I were to isolate one great thing about it, it would be the way it picks up as the verses go, there's a sharp jolt with the guitars, and some Mercer screaming to go with it, good stuff.

Other EOY positions:
2003So Says I#36
2003Saint Simon#50
2006Phantom Limb#11
2007Sea Legs#19
2007Australia#29
2012Simple Song#66
31. Cursive - Art Is Hard

I'm not sure if you know this but there are A LOT of meta songs out there. It feels like a very 2000s thing with the way the industry was evolving with technology (though in saying that we can't forget #100 in the 1995 Hottest 100). I hear heaps of them as I go through my lists, and perhaps unsurprisingly it's a bit hit & miss. Comedy tracks tend to have that problem because there's often a compromise in making the music similarly engaging. As far as songs like that go, this one absolutely stole the show for me. It's a song that you could easily ignore the lyrics to and enjoy on the base level, and that does help a lot, but it's really the lyrics that do it for me. It's a very cynical look into the ways of the troubled artist, the artist whose misery becomes a selling point moreso than anything else they try to convey. Except in this case, the misery is contrived, and the audience catches onto this, making the artist struggle to repeat their success. It even has a part about breaking your leg on stage to gain more sympathy, now why does that sound familiar?
30. Hilltop Hoods - The Calling

Oh but I actually like this more than "The Nosebleed Section". There are possibly a multitude of reasons but the main one is Suffa's production work. The beat to this song just exudes melancholy and fits the vibe of the song perfectly. This is the Hoods still on the come up without a breakthrough, the sort of scenario that breeds the most hunger through verses, and funnily enough that's largely what Pressure's verse is about so here's some more meta stuff. Once an artist has made it, it's not easy to recapture that drive. Hilltop Hoods have clearly done alright, but "The Calling" remains my favourite album and song.

Other EOY positions:
2003The Nosebleed Section#38
2003Testimonial Year#73
29. Muse - The Small Print

When people talk about Muse, they'll make it seem as though Matt Bellamy is the face of the band and responsible for the musical direction at all points. As it turns out, this song is on the album because Matt wanted "Fury" to be there instead, but was outvoted by Chris & Dom. My time spent on the Muse boards has had me know that most people very much would have preferred "Fury" but I've always been in this song's corner. It's a tighter package I think, and packs more of a punch to boot. I mean that opening riff! I'm also reminded of how much I fail as an Anglophile because the lyric '15 pounds per year' was confusing to me as a teenager. No I wasn't an absolute idiot, the term just didn't instantly fit in my head.

Other EOY positions:
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
28. Metric - IOU

What an opener this is, gets me hyped for listening to "Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?" and not just because those are the opening lyrics. It's kind of a deceiving song because it opens with this killer guitar riff but that quickly retreats to the back and the song becomes more piano driven with lyrics delivered at possibly less than 1 per second. But that in itself is the deception as it all picks right up for the chorus. I just love the lyric "Every ten year-old enemy soldier thinks falling bombs are shooting stars sometimes, but she doesn't make wishes on them", which sounds like absolute clutter written down, but Emily makes it work so well and it sticks in the brain. Just to make sure of it, the song ends with a synth solo to the tune of that lyric and it is awesome.

Other EOY positions:
2003Combat Baby#56
2003Hustle Rose#79
2005Patriarch On A Vespa#6
2005Poster Of A Girl#71
2007Grow Up and Blow Away#61
2007Raw Sugar#99
2009Sick Muse#2
2009Gimme Sympathy#3
2009Satellite Mind#23
2009Gold Guns Girls#37
2009Front Row#79
2009Help, I'm Alive#93
2010Black Sheep#74
2012Speed The Collapse#15
2012Lost Kitten#24
2012Synthetica#46
2012Youth Without Youth#98
27. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp

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Now here's a perfect example of what I was saying about "The Calling". If you're only aware of Dizzee through his pop hits, his raved-upon debut album could be quite a culture shock. Punches are not pulled and the dude just sounds well...bonkers in the process. I want to give a lot of props to "Jus' A Rascal" which was close to making this list as well, that's admittedly a song where he goes in harder lyrically. But in the end, I can't say no to the big beat. 2003 was a good year for Billy Squier as you might see here? Here his song serves as the groundwork and it's a great combination. You don't often hear drums so overpowering in the mix as here, but Dizzee's flow rides on it with no problems. Also Ric Flair would approve.

Other EOY positions:
2008Dance Wiv Me (feat Calvin Harris & Chrome)#31
26. The Mars Volta - Inertiatic ESP

Guys I think he may be lost. I've wanted to rank The Mars Volta in this before but it's hard because they don't exactly make accessible songs a lot of the time. Or in the one time they do, the actual song turns out to be 12 minutes and not only not available for individual purchase, but with no radio edit available either. I'm not saying that's why "L'via l'viaquez" wasn't on my list when available, but "L'via l'viaquez" was not on my list for some reason. Thankfully we've still got this gut punch that was able to sneak into the Hottest 100 and sound utterly ridiculous inbetween The Cat Empire and the most peaceful Blur song ever (shout out to "Out Of Time" though, the theoretical #101 of this list).
25. The Knife - You Take My Breath Away

The Knife at their most pop sensible perhaps. It's very straightforward so the only obstacle is the vocals and particularly the way 'reEeeEeEeEEeEEeeeEEeEEEd' is said, though that is for my money probably the best thing about the song. It's in a similar sonic palette to "Pass This On", but with what I would say is a tighter melody. Very much my word though as that song seems to oddly be much more popular and I've not been able to understand how.

Other EOY positions:
2003Pass This On#71
2006Marble House#14
24. Goldfrapp - Strict Machine

I have a recollection of knowing very little about Goldfrapp back in 2013, but I was reading a Popjustice rank thread for their discography and found myself rooting for this, as I'd identified it as my favourite Goldfrapp song. It did end up winning and I was happy, but I probably shouldn't have been because it would only further delay me from diving into their catalogue and realising how much more there was on offer. Why would I do it then when I've heard what has been decided by those in the know the be the best on offer?? Anyway though this is still awesome, no idea why it wasn't a bigger hit as it feels to have endured to some extent. I suppose it's the victim of being pilfered, first by Rachel Stevens and later to a lesser extent by Muse, who both got top 10 hits out of it. At least they'll always be on top in my books.

Other EOY positions:
2003Black Cherry#95
2005Satin Chic#55
2005You Never Know#68
2005Number 1#74
2005Lovely 2 C U#80
2005Fly Me Away#81
2008Happiness#65
2008A&E#99
2013Drew#8
23. Karnivool - L1fel1ke

It's a nightmare finding out the release date of this track, I'm too scared to go back and look, and I've seen sources say it's actually from 2001, but I found myself most ready to trust 2003 for it. In any case it does feel weird to separate it from the other "Themata" hits, though it does mean I don't have to rank it against any of them which is good because I've always put it on a similar tier to "Shutterspeed" and I don't feel confident in making the call. Otherwise it's a Karnivool song, it's loud, 'IT'S NOT MY FAULT!' and I love it.

2005Themata#4
2005Shutterspeed#21
2005Roquefort#35
2007The Only Way#11
2009Set Fire To The Hive#7
2009All I Know#27
2009Goliath#35
2009Simple Boy#52
2013We Are#41
2013A.M. War#46
2013Alpha Omega#80
22. Muse - Butterflies and Hurricanes

I think possibly one of Muse's most fun songs. If nothing else it has the coolest title. It's also maybe the first real time that Matt properly showed off his piano skills because this has a wonderful grand piano solo running right down the middle and I just couldn't imagine the song without it. I feel like slotting in a 'JUST! DO IT!' meme here too because you've got to be the best.

Other EOY positions:
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
21. DMX - X Gon' Give It To Ya

If you don't know me, I don't really watch movies. That's not to be a dig against the format, it just doesn't fit in well with my schedule which usually involves a lot of PC multi-tasking and in addition to that, I rarely find anything that piques my interest. Maybe in the future, but not now. This particular song has had a second life this year thanks solely to "Deadpool". One can only wonder how this would have done for me otherwise but I'd like to think that I was already endeared to it years back when it was used to wonderfully comical fashion in a Yu-Gi-Oh! Abridged episode, which for those who don't know, is an internet fad based around re-dubbing anime for comedic effect. It means I can never make fun of blockbuster movies being adapted from comic books because I will always be the severely lamer nerd. Anyway, the important thing is that this song is everything. It's just amazing how hyped DMX sounds here considering that this song was just done for a different movie soundtrack and also was at the tail end of his peak relevance when he was getting so many US #1 albums. Now it's probably retroactively his biggest hit, and I'm okay with that.
20. Brand New - Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention

This is a song with a lot to offer. It's something I could imagine being a single if it were of the standard length, because it's one of their strongest hooks in my opinion. Mind you, it probably wouldn't be quite as good cut down because I find myself most drawn into the outro. One of those glorious guitar solos that could really go on and on forever and I probably wouldn't mind. There's some terrific bass that comes in alongside that too.

Other EOY positions:
2003The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows#46
2006Jesus Christ#10
2006Sowing Season (Yeah)#49
2009At The Bottom#26
19. Scissor Sisters - Laura

A belated first (and last I suppose) appearance in this. "She's My Man" was one of the last songs I culled for 2006's list. This has pretty much always been my favourite Scissor Sisters song and I'd like to think it's not hard to see why unless you take issue with kazoos. That's not all it has though, because aside from the commanding piano keys, there's also some wonderful wobbles in the middle of the song.
18. Placebo - The Bitter End

I've found that most people who have some inclination towards Placebo agree that this song is the bees knees. While maybe not in the classic Placebo era, it's a track that does not compromise or feel watered down. I find that Placebo are at their best when their songs have a sense of fear & urgency to them. Or specifically when they embrace their industrial influences to the fullest. This delivers in that regard by how off kilter everything sounds individually, and for that matter detached. The main guitar riff is two quick notes, and the chorus is topped off by more quick pairs of notes. Suffice to say, it sounds like the bitter end.

Other EOY positions:
2006Song To Say Goodbye#70
2006Infra-Red#74
2006Meds#84
2009Battle For The Sun#15
2009For What It's Worth#88
17. Radiohead - 2+2=5

"Go To Sleep" is the higher charting single from this album, but let's be honest that song is hardly A-grade Radiohead. I choose to believe it only made the top 50 because of its strong set of B-sides. Now this song is one that has a case. Even as Radiohead gradually stepped away from the rock side of things, they could still readily put together a nugget in that vein. Not that this is apparent straight away, and in fact a bit like that other song on this album, this song only steps up into top gear in the final act. You don't even have to be paying attention, paying attention, paying attention to notice.

Other EOY positions:
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
16. Kings of Leon - Holy Roller Novocaine

This song is where it all comes together most effectively I think. The intro does perhaps remind me of that Jet song but I can ignore that because of how smooth a ride it is. Gently bubbling until hinting towards something big just before the chorus, and then it explodes into an incoherent hook and I can't not sing along. Even after looking it up I still choose to believe that it goes 'Bob don't get us back'.

Other EOY positions:
2003Molly's Chambers#47
2003Red Morning Light#60
2004The Bucket#59
2004King Of The Rodeo#67
2007On Call#17
2007McFearless#86
2008Closer#54
2008Sex On Fire#64
2008Use Somebody#75
2013Supersoaker#12
15. The Living End - End Of The World

One of these days, I'm going to get on a quiz show and they're going to ask me to name as many songs by The Living End that have 'end' in the title and I'll make a killing. More importantly why was this not a single? This was later included in the soundtrack to a Tony Hawk game which makes me think that to a US audience, this is their next biggest song after "Prisoner Of Society". It in a way feels like a successor to it as it harks back to a similar energy, minus a lot of the brattiness. A lot of my favourite moments with The Living End is when they truly embrace their rockabilly nature and just go wild with their instruments, aka the bridge to this song. It's probably their best song not on the self-titled album, it's awesome.

Other EOY positions:
2006Wake Up#79
2008Moment In The Sun#55
2008White Noise#80
2011Song For The Lonely#25
2011Machine Gun#90
14. Jay-Z - 99 Problems

At long last, Jay-Z appearing on his own in these lists. Hopefully not for the last time, though "The Blueprint"'s absense from Spotify sure is LAAAAAAAME. Anyway this is a modern classic in hip-hop. It's a song that's as hard hitting in its lyric as it is in its music. The 2nd verse in particular always stands out, where rather than just play the victim of racial profiling, Jay-Z turns the tables and outsmarts the cop. It's a good bounce back when just a couple years ago he was getting called out...ethered you might say for selling out to pop, but in this song he does the opposite, which I again mean in both the music and the lyrics that essentially say 'f**k off' to radio stations. "99 Problems" was not a very high charting single from this album.

Other EOY positions:
2003Crazy In Love (with Beyoncé)#80
2004Never Let Me Down (with Kanye West)#61
2005Diamonds From Sierra Leone (with Kanye West)#1
2007Umbrella (with Rihanna)#100
2011Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)#10
2011No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)#50
2011Made In America (with Kanye West)#84

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13. Something For Kate - Déjà-vu

The "Into You" of its time. Hitting #11 in a Hottest 100 where the top 10 was half filler. Yes I'm dissing songs that made my list, but only because they just don't hold a candle to this one. It's all typical Paul Dempsey making me have feelings. One of the most exquisite uses of strings in an Australian rock song from the 2000s, and you should know there's a lot of that on the way!

Other EOY positions:
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
12. The Killers - Mr. Brightside

I raised the question last time as to whether or not this would beat "Somebody Told Me". Not to drum up suspense but because I genuinely didn't know until I finally got to ranking this last week. It in fact does not outrank it but still lands wonderfully high to compliment how wonderful it is. I do feel like in a way Australia has ever so slightly missed the boat, because I just get jealous *insert labrinth thumbnail* of the way this is in the UK top 100 just about every week, but here it was just a minor hit at the start of 2005 that has never returned to the chart, and only sells sort of decently on average. No doubt it's very loved but it could have it so much better. I guess you could say that I'm filled with jealousy, turning saints into the sea, swimming through sick lullabies, choking on your alibis...

Other EOY positions:
2004Somebody Told Me#8
2004Midnight Show#58
2004Smile Like You Mean It#64
2004All These Things That I've Done#71
2006Bones#17
2006For Reasons Unknown#42
2006Read My Mind#72
2007Tranquilize (feat Lou Reed)#84
2008Spaceman#37
2008A Dustland Fairytale#78
2008Human#91
2012Runaways#64
2012Battle Born#91
11. Little Birdy - Relapse

I only had to hear this song once to be mesmerised. I think the video does a good job with that too because it's a simple, but captivating concept. A big hit for them no doubt but I'm surprised it wasn't bigger. Katy's singing is just remarkable and I love all the affectations that come along with it.

Other EOY positions:
2004This Is A Love Song#41
10. Muse - Sing For Absolution

This song will alway be special to me. I've mentioned plenty of times about my having spent about a decade having piano lessons and not being particularly good at it. But I had my moments. In 2009 I was made to ponder about what song to learn next. I caught my eye to a book my teacher had lying around with was "Play Piano with Keane, Coldplay & Muse". I don't know if I knew it at the time but that was a very misleading title because there was only 1 Keane song and only 1 Muse song on it. But nonetheless that one Muse song caught my eye because it was a song I loved, and from that I spent a very long time learning to play it. Most excitingly, I got to play it at a piano recital, which meant that I got to Museroll hundreds of people. It was though I think, the best setting to experience the song; it feels like a night time song. Nonetheless in doing so, I grew a stronger attachment to the song than ever before, not just because it made me listen closer to it and peek out more elements in the song. It is a beautiful song, though I do have a lot of love for the big climax in the song.

Other EOY positions:
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Maps

Now a song that I have no personal connection to but wow it cuts deep. Something that took me a while to realise because for ages this just seemed less exciting than other Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs I was liking, but it has gone up in my stocks in a big way since then. I may have thought the guitar was pretty boring but there are so many tightly woven layers that just hit the spot, it's certainly on par with the best moments of "Turn On The Bright Lights", but more on that next time. The main draw of the song though is just how heartbreaking it is. It serves a good time to draw comparison to Beyoncé's "Hold Up", which is of course anchored around the hook to this song, reworded and tweeted years ago by Ezra from Vampire Weekend, and then repurposed into "Hold Up". You might think that changing two words of it doesn't matter much, but once you wrap your head around it, it really changes the whole meaning of it. Otherwise it's fun to watch indie kids backpedal when they try to diss it. Also as a crazy fact, this is one of those 2000s classics that of course never made the Hottest 100 in their day, but did you know that this song never even had a chance? It was released as a single in 2004, but prior to that the voting list instead managed to favour half a dozen different tracks from this album. In an era where word spreads quickly, and labels look into public conversation to gauge future single choices, it's hard to see something like that happening again.

Other EOY positions:
2003Y Control#89
2006Gold Lion#64
2006Phenomena#86
2007Down Boy#57
2009Dull Life#38
2009Heads Will Roll#51
2009Zero#85
8. Brand New - Sic Transit Gloria ... Glory Fades

Woah. Another one I didn't expect to be ranking in the top 10 but here we are. I'm intrisically reminded of blink-182's "Feeling This" which came out in the same year and features similar form by way of melodic hook and a lot of yelling. There's a semblance of that here but it's really re-arranged all over the place. If I ever have a jaw injury, it will be due to rapidly perking up in order to get in time with the chorus of this song, which just hits with so much force. I kind of like the pre-empting that happens just as it's getting there, where the backing vocals sneak in and slowly take over. Alongside all this is just a wonderful bass line that is easy to overlook too.

Other EOY positions:
2003Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention#20
2003The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows#46
2006Jesus Christ#10
2006Sowing Season (Yeah)#49
2009At The Bottom#26
7. Muse - Hysteria

Speaking of bass lines? It's pretty dang hard to ignore this one though, as far as bass lines on Muse songs go, this is probably the most famous. I don't even have much of a backstory with this song. It's just one of the best Muse songs there are and it always has been. I do have some fun with muddling up words in the chorus though, as it seems like they're ever so slightly changed on returning iterations. Beastly guitar solo too while I'm at it.

Other EOY positions:
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
6. Metric - The List

Without a doubt the most 'random' song in this top 10, and not just because of Metric's relative popularity compared to other bands. This just isn't a single, nor a song I see get a lot of attention, but then it wouldn't really be my list if I didn't have something like that, it would just be THE list...wait that analogy's not working for me. Anyway, it's a similar deal to "IOU", with some repeated features, but I find this to be a much tighter package. Synth rock does not get better than the coda to this song, I'm fairly certain.

Other EOY positions:
2003IOU#28
2003Combat Baby#56
2003Hustle Rose#79
2005Patriarch On A Vespa#6
2005Poster Of A Girl#71
2007Grow Up and Blow Away#61
2007Raw Sugar#99
2009Sick Muse#2
2009Gimme Sympathy#3
2009Satellite Mind#23
2009Gold Guns Girls#37
2009Front Row#79
2009Help, I'm Alive#93
2010Black Sheep#74
2012Speed The Collapse#15
2012Lost Kitten#24
2012Synthetica#46
2012Youth Without Youth#98
5. Little Birdy - Baby Blue

I mean I get it with "Relapse", you'd be right to question me if I didn't considering its standing in this list and the time I just spent praising it. But still this is where it's at for me. In this, the tempo is a little higher, but it's also a song that doesn't give up everything it has to offer right away. Also really I'm just a sucker for those sorts of melancholic guitar chords. A gloomy tune like this just makes it feel like there's always snow on my driveway.

Other EOY positions:
2003Relapse#11
2004This Is A Love Song#41

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4. Radiohead - There There

Once again Radiohead play the long game. A song that could potentially just be meandering endlessly, takes the right time to kick right into gear halfway through. Oh but that's still not enough so it does it again halfway through that! That one line keeps ringing through, 'we are accidents waiting to happen', but it never quite feels as complete as until we have a jagged guitar riff jamming in the background, and then an especially mighty one that just briefly stops by. "Hail To The Thief" is far from the best Radiohead album but it certainly houses some serious keepers, the latter I suppose is true of all Radiohead albums that aren't "Pablo Honey".

Other EOY positions:
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
3. Muse - Stockholm Syndrome

I remember I used to relish in the art of shit talking the fact that Muse didn't pick good singles, which has gotten progressively more true in recent years, but that was after the fact. For some reason I just wasn't satisfied enough that this behemoth was the lead single to "Absolution", in lieu of some certainly serviceable picks with plenty more hit potential. Really this feels more like a buzz single if they even existed back then, to let the fans know that they're moving on up but not abandoning their roots. As far as 'heavy' Muse goes, there aren't many as relentless as this. There's rarely a moment when there isn't an instrument going all out. Even on the blatantly softer chorus, you can still hear a guitar going pretty hard behind it. Pretty much everything is utilised to the fullest though. The only thing I think could have more going for it funnily enough is the opening riff, which only very briefly turns to a different gear. Forever an exhilerating listen though.

Shockingly http://i.imgur.com/DtiYCmV.jpg

Other EOY positions:
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

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2. The Postal Service - Such Great Heights

This is one of the ultimate slowburning non-hits. A song that never impacted the charts, but grew to greater notoriety than probably any Death Cab song. There's a lot going for it to justify that. I always find myself enamoured by the intro, which is a great way to test your headphones, and something that YouTube users (and I think listeners to this stream) just cannot enjoy D: I think though the song hits its mark most strongly is in its lyrics. They're very Gibbard once more, but perhaps more hopeful than any "Transatlanticism" counterparts. No way is it a sign that the freckles in their eyes are mirror images, but what a charming thought. Let it be known that I wanted to be less boring and shine light on more Postal Service songs, because I do enjoy their album, but they just couldn't quite make the cut. Certainly check out "We Will Become Silhouettes" and "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" though if you haven't. In generally it all just feels a bit ahead of its time, and really not something I think has been matched in its field.
1. The Strokes - Reptilia

I reserve the right to absolutely give in to my inhibitions. This song just does it for me. It's like the high watermark for modern rock because it never strays from the general formula but just hits all the right spots. There are like 3 different guitar riffs in play and 2 of them are godly. Ask Meat Loaf for further platitudes. Of interest though is that I've always had love for this, which strays a bit from the songs that I have generally been putting at #1 prior. Most of those had periods in limbo, or were in situations where I didn't take much notice of them, but I cannot remember a time I did not love this song, once I had heard it. I will admit that much like "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)", this isn't *quite* on the same tier as others, so there is very much a (small) league above this, but there's no shame in not reaching a quality that only really arrives once every 2 years.

Other EOY positions:
200312:51#57
2005Juicebox#25
2006Heart In A Cage#15
2006You Only Live Once#65
2011Under Cove Of Darkness#14
2011Metabolism#82
Excellent seeing Run get in which I only started getting into myself earlier this year.
Also good seeing The Bitter End, Hey Ya, Deja Vu and the best one on this list Mr Brightside also appear.
Ah 2003, agree it was a pretty meh year musically.

Good to see Relapse so high, and Muse as well.
It's been a long time coming, but after many distractions we're back in business here.

On Sunday, June 4th, I'll be counting down my top 100 of 2002 and broadcasting it as I tend to. I've got a lot of commentary to write up in the mean time, see you there!
Oh, I never commented on 2003, though I did see it. Loving the Muse entries in the top ten, and throughout as well, and 11-13 are all very strong, especially the central one of those. Shame it couldn't quite crack the top ten, but #12 is aces. Also very pleased with entries for The Shins, Brad/Alison, Britney, Outkast, Snow Patrol, Beyoncé, Epicure, Blu Cantrell and The National, a band I somewhat like. Also very pleased about personal favourites from Kylie Minogue and Hilltop Hoods appearing.
2002

Here's where I'd subtlely put reference to a key artist/song which may or may not allude to them taking the top spot here, but you're always calling my bluff, so I won't do that. Meanwhile, in my previous commentary, I mentioned that my deteriorating keyboard would delay this list, and that's probably true to an extent. I have a new one, but I was also super distracted by whatever else and only really put this in motion in the last month or so. I'm expecting the 2001 list to get finished a bit quicker because I've already made the playlist (and it's shorter!) but maybe I shouldn't predict things.

2002 in my life I have some trouble remembering specific incidents. Mainly because I spent the adjacent years in the same general classroom, everything that isn't a teacher related incident kind of blurs amongst those years. One notable thing that year is that it was the first and oddly enough last time I've ever been outside of South Australia or Western Australia, as I went on a 2(ish) week holiday over to Melbourne in the middle of the year. It was quite eventful at times, I fell in a river at the zoo! I did really badly at bowling but then reaped a jackpot at one of those luck based chocolate dispensing machines at the venue. Someone let me have all their Pokemon cards but by the time we left, I couldn't find them. There was a dictionary and among other rude words, I finally learnt how to pronounce that weird 'Rendezvous' word that was both the name of a Craig David song, and part of a mission on the Facility level on GoldenEye 007. I went to my first (I think only?) AFL match, and I was the only person who adamantly and incorrectly tipped Richmond against Western Bulldogs. Despite that error, when I came back to class I found out that my pre-chosen tips for those missing weeks had netted me quite a bit of success, and I wound up leading the tips for almost the entire way except I'm still convinced my teacher cheated the final result and beat me by 3 tips. Among my wacky school antics, I got in serious trouble for hiding in the bathroom during an extra long school mass/assembly, partly because I didn't want to go and partly because I was too scared to re-join the group after a genuine toilet break. This was also a time where I was spurred on by my brother with a creative streak. For one, having watched plenty of Yu-Gi-Oh! at the time, we'd made our own decks to do battle of questionable balance issues and fairness. More notably was something I briefly mentioned last year, in that I would take unused school books and use them to design games, basically because my brother did it first and it looked cool. I was quite dedicated to it though, I have a Banjo-Kazooie knock-off which over the course of the next 6 years, I designed all the enemies, items, levels, bosses, and even wrote out walkthroughs along the way, which are probably useful to the me of today to understand my occasionally twisted logic puzzles. I even started on both a sequel and a prequel to this game which were generally better designed but nowhere near as finished. I also made a series of turn based fighting games called Basher Smash, where characters charged up magic each turn which could be converted into using a series of increasingly powerful attacks. I ended up making 5 Basher Smash games, all but the first one I still have in my possession. In my high school years they actually became a fun lunchtime/in class activity with friends as everyone would have their own characters and they would get to level up with experience...some people actually paid me small change for experience points, here I am pioneering 'free-to-play' gaming(!). The early characters I designed were very crude in both design and often name, but even the first characters I ever created became franchise mainstays. It was like I'd invented my own game universe, which appealed to me given how many of the actual games I played were just Mario/Donkey Kong spinoff titles. I even specifically created my own other universes that were specifically 'war' based. One involved 6 different characters who had their own specific complimentary stats, just as usual they were very crude, but notably they included one called Dircashede. The other was probably drawn on my love of Conker's Bad Fur Day, which was a series of 'WAR's where I would list off a bunch of armies who'd each have their own population count, and I'd gradually shrink them down. Though I never generally finished them, there were something like 20 different WARs each with a documented winning team.

As for music, if you know me, you might have heard me speak lowly of 2002 in music beforehand. It partially stems from the fact that it was a bit of a deadzone in my iTunes library, particularly compared to 2001 and all the huge albums that came out that year. Further experience only strengthened my resolve, and I always found the Hottest 100 for that year to be particularly unexciting compared to most other years. It's what I would say is the peak of rock in the countdown, which manifests itself in a bunch of artists getting heaps of multiple entries, and the top 20 being a non-stop riff-fest which also has Eminem. It's not that I don't like rock, far from the truth obviously, but it does lack a certain variety, and can be exhausting. It's why I've especially needed to thoroughly search through the year's notable releases to put together this list. I was worried while I was doing it that it might just end up being a white rock dude fest, and to some standards it still is, but I'm happy with the variety of wonderful music I've ended up discovering for this.

Probably by the time you see this, I'll have hit play here https://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748
100. Boards Of Canada - Music Is Math

One of the albums I chose to listen to while preparing for this list was "Geogaddi" by Boards of Canada. Though I'd never really connected with their music, I felt it was worth checking out, and I found myself surprised at just how accessible it is. Relatively speaking of course, these aren't radio hits, but they're filled with pleasing melodies and progressions. "Music Is Math" is a peculiar cut too, starting off standard and growing more and more twisted towards the end.

99. Pet Shop Boys - Home And Dry

While I often focus on the fact that each year, some artists will be having their earliest releases, and thus the last time they can appear on these lists. Of course the opposite is true too, and so each year, there'll be longstanding artists who are just cracking the list for the first of potentially many times. Pet Shop Boys of course have never stopped making music, but "Home and Dry" is the first one in this project that's really clicked with me. It has a familiar sounding beat, particularly if you've ever heard the song "Titanium". It acts as the tough skeleton to the track which otherwise goes a little through the motions.

98. Weezer - Keep Fishin'

Also known as that video with The Muppets. Mid-career Weezer is always sketchy territory. They rarely abandon their power pop sensibility, but it misfires so tragically frequently. "Keep Fishin'" keeps its sights not too high and mostly gets through unscathed. The backing vocals are not particularly good but they have a memorable charm to them as well.

Previous entries:
2009(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To#58

97. Wilcannia Mob - Down River

I find it hard not to be charmed by the success of this song. Nowadays it's easy to be skeptical of everything, industry plants and whatnot, but it's impossible not to see this as genuine. Just a bunch of kids with a didgeridoo and no filter for conformity. It took me quite a while to warm to it because it lacks the studio polish of most things you'll hear on the radio. I love the fact that it ended up sampled by M.I.A., so anyone who listens to the "Paper Planes" album will hear it. Also Keith is a deadset legend.

96. X-Press 2 (feat David Byrne) - Lazy (Radio Edit)

One of those bizarre collaborations that work out surprisingly well. For the most part, David Byrne is rather restrained, with I suppose you could say is appropriate for the song. It's not a song that does a lot, but the peaceful beat is nice on the ears.

95. Doves - There Goes The Fear

A huge breakout hit for Doves, debuting at #3 in the UK which is the same peak as "Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)". It's evidently an ambitious track at over 6 minutes long and I do think it suffers a little for it. Can't fully begrudge it though, as they avoid overblown rock tropes and make for a more gentle ride from start to finish.

Previous entries:
2005Black And White Town#93
2009Kingdom Of Rust#46
2010Andalucía#27

94. Spoon - Someone Something

Spoon basically exist to be referred to as that consistent band who never broke through in a major way but have never meandered with their music. Every time they put out an album there's always at least a couple of choice cuts that impress. "Someone Something" is a more upbeat track, held up by a jaunty piano line, the only problem being that it sort of lacks a chorus.

Previous entries:
2007The Underdog#20
2007My Little Japanese Cigarette Case#46
2010The Mystery Zone#45

93. Bic Runga - Get Some Sleep

I believe this is Bic Runga's 2nd most popular song, at the very least I am able to remember it from when I was younger. There's obviously much more I can say about her breakout hit when the time comes, but this is rather pleasant Hot AC fodder. There's a decent amount of vocal range contained in the song that sticks out with the contrast, particularly in the latter part of the chorus.

92. Interpol - The New

I've been waiting a while to talk about this album. "The New" is an odd place to start though admittedly. It's rather unsteady with a slow start and a mostly instrumental second half. That instrumental part is what does it for me though, as the guitars get tuned way down for some striking riffery that sounds quite unlike anything else.

Previous entries:
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40

91. The Drugs - The Bold And The Beautiful

I can't help myself, I just have way too much fun listening to this. If you're not acquainted, it's a novelty song about getting incredibly invested in the wacky plots of everyone's favourite of the main long running US soaps. That's partly a joke but also partly serious because the local syndication of TB&TB here means that around the time I heard this song, I also knew more than someone like me should know about the show. It was particularly amusing to realise that I recognised the majority of the character names despite this song being over a decade old. It ends up being a hilarious deconstruction of the flimsy state of marriage in the show, where people will marry multiple siblings, or even the daughter of their former spouse.
90. Queens Of The Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire

Me getting into this song was a long time coming. For the longest time I was absolutely baffled that it made the Hottest 100, being a song that doesn't start until halfway through and considerably lacks the radio friendly filter of the other hits, particularly in the vocals. In that regard I'm reminded a lot of "White Limo" on the 2011 Foo Fighters album. Similarly, it grew on me a lot, and it makes for a great intro into the album, it's wonderfully vicious.

Previous entries:
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78

89. Foo Fighters - Low

Just like the Hottest 100, it's unsurprising to know that this list may well turn into a Grohlfest. He was just too prolific this year to help it, like the Quavo of 2002. I feel like "Low" unfairly missed a chance on a Hottest 100 slot by not being on a voting list, you can tell that "Disenchanted Lullaby" only got in because every Foo Fighters song on that list did, and it landed considerably lower than the actually popular ones. "Low" is an instant pleaser for how thick the guitars sound right from the get go. There's even some fun panning between audio channels. The only reason it's not higher on this list is because for how instantly gratifying it is, the song admittedly doesn't go anywhere.

Previous entries:
2005No Way Back#66
2007The Pretender#41
2011Bridge Burning#28
2011Rope#40
2011Arlandria#70

88. Waikiki - Here Comes September

Because of my age I always think of Howling Bells first, essentially the same band but a few years later. It was Waikiki who broke through with a decent level of success and it's easy to see why. I've always been drawn to "Here Comes September", a mostly standard radio hit that's greatly elevated by Juanita's conviction in her vocal performance. She really conveys some subtle scorn in the verses. The intro guitar is really peculiar too, sounding oddly post-punk and feeling out of place with the rest.

87. The Whitlams - Fall For You

Speaking of pleasant radio hits, that's basically The Whitlams in a nutshell. This is a while past their peak, but this song has always gelled well with me. Another great Australian vocalist on show here too, Tim Freedman controlling the show as always. It's a little odd to hear such a prominent backing vocalist in the chorus but they serve a purpose as well.

86. Interpol - Leif Erikson

My main memory of this track is from a long time ago when aus-charts' reviews section wasn't broken. There was a feature to see what the highest rated songs were, which inevitably resulted in a constantly shifting lead because there's always gonna be that guy. I seemed to recall "Leif Erikson" sitting at the top for a while, and I found it surprising because it wasn't one of the Interpol songs I knew. Evidently it was just big fans rating it and it was just the album track that resonated the most. Definitely has a strong charm to it even if it lacks a bit of pace.

Previous entries:
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40

85. Ms. Dynamite - It Takes More

I can only imagine that circa 2002, the UK press was all over Ms. Dynamite. In a way it's easy to see, at least from what I've heard, she makes for a forward thinking direction for pop to counter the stagnating Britpop of the time (Oasis would continue to score #1 hits with diminishing returns for a while). Her debut album ended up winning the Mercury Prize, and unlike Speech Debelle, actually had some popular hits on it. With "It Takes More" she teams up with Bloodshy for a lively beat. Ms. Dynamite's performance is also top notch here, doing well to direct the track.

84. Spoon - The Way We Get By

Maybe the closest thing Spoon have ever had to a hit. This song was practically made for movie trailers and endures as pretty recognisable to this day. Just like "Someone Something", it's anchored by a piano melody, though it's a little slower this time, which helps the rest of the components to swing into place.

Previous entries:
2002Someone Something#94
2007The Underdog#20
2007My Little Japanese Cigarette Case#46
2010The Mystery Zone#45

83. Interpol - Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down

When you think of a man yelling the name 'Stella', I'd like to imagine we think of the same thing, otherwise you're putting me through hella and I can't always rely on the pop culture knowledge of strangers. While that's rather compelling, this track also uses a classic trick in Interpol's wheelhouse of constantly changing the tune of the guitar riff. Unlike in "The New", for this track it always sounds natural and there's a lot of gratification to be had, so it makes for an unconventionally hook-laden track.

Previous entries:
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40

82. Matchbox Twenty - All I Need

This track never really set the charts on fire like some of their more inescapable singles so it feels a bit forgotten for the most part. I suppose I'm not surprised but the song could do with a bit more love. It's extremely well executed for the most part. I really dig the jangly guitar intro, but of course my favourite feature is the always appreciated surprise second chorus. I don't even know why it's in there and they could've easily left it out, but it really perks the track up. Rob Thomas kills it too.

81. Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe

The scourge of pop radio for the last 5 years, but that feels like a totally different band. I'd say there were better days for me with Maroon 5 back in the day but I never felt fond of them then either. In hindsight though, there's nothing really objectionable about their first 3 albums. Maybe because I can now better observe the contrasts, there's something admirable about their lightly funky pop rock stylings. Over the years I've found myself warming to some songs I really loathed at one stage. "Harder To Breathe" though I don't think I ever disliked. I guess it appealed to me on a surface level because it felt rougher than their usual, which in hindsight I think is a good fit because it fits the petulant attitude of the lyrics, something you cannot say of their most recent singles.
80. Queens Of The Stone Age - Another Love Song

A distinguished moment on "Songs For The Deaf" as it's actually Nick Oliveri on vocals here. Admittedly it's a bit of a "Mankind" by Pearl Jam case where he doesn't have quite the same charisma, but he's serviceable enough. True to the title, it's a more conventional entry this time around, with some distinctive riffs.

Previous entries:
2002You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire#90
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78

79. Ms. Dynamite - Dy-Na-Mi-Tee

Pure swagger. It really sticks out on the Hottest 100 list which in 2002 was largely rock-driven. Even compared to other singles from this album this lacks rock elements. I find it hard not to get down with it though, she makes for a compelling MC.

Previous entries:
2002It Takes More#85

78. The Flaming Lips - Fight Test

There's a certain Flaming Lips song that came out this year that you'd naturally expect to find here, but as it is, it's a song that affects me too strongly to ever want to go out of my way to listen to it. I find it easier to go with the lower stakes of something like "Fight Test". It's relatively repetitive, but it's such a captivating groove from start to finish.

77. Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit

I mainly take note of this band because they occasionally share members with Metric and that means that they come up on my social media feeds pretty regularly. The album that this came from is pretty acclaimed though, to the extent that their long awaited comeback several years later debuted straight at #1 in Canada. I've often had trouble getting into them, but "Lover's Spit" did the trick for me, a slow burning track that really strikes a chord.

76. Ben Harper - Strawberry Fields Forever

This is pretty much just a cover version that was recorded for a movie soundtrack because they couldn't get the rights to use the original Beatles recordings. It seems an odd inclusion here, but when it comes down to it, "Strawberry Fields Forever" is an excellent song, and I find I get a lot out of this version which has updated production. I wouldn't say that it's an improvement, but I get enough from Ben Harper's performance that there's value in this version as well for me.

75. Sleater-Kinney - Far Away

Still yet to miss an EOY when they have an album out, we've got the ever consistent Sleater-Kinney. It's impressive how I can keep going further back into their career and the music still sounds just as vicious as it intends to be, without feeling dated. As tends to be the case, "Far Away" gets in on the back of a compelling vocal performance and creative song structuring.

Previous entries:
2005Jumpers#76
2015No Anthems#72

74. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers

Pretty much all hype for The Rapture comes down to this song. I kind of feel like it's Pitchfork's version of "Be Here Now", where the hype wasn't as fruitful as anticipated and now this band don't get all that much discussion. The album "Echoes" has some rough patches for sure but it's hard to deny this song. Part jagged riffery, part cowbell, part sheer chaos, it makes for a wild ride.

Previous entries:
2006Get Myself Into It#40
2006Whoo! Alright - Yeah... Uh Huh#80
2011How Deep Is Your Love?#80

73. Tegan and Sara - Monday Monday Monday

It's been quite a while between drinks. I like a lot of Tegan and Sara's music but they've generally been missing out on these lists. This one caught me by surprise as it seemed likely to be yet another casualty, but I just kept enjoying it more and more. I choose to believe it's partially due to the fact that Sara wrote this song and I've tended to prefer her songs over the years. Granted it's mostly standard indie pop rock for the most part but it hits a terrific stride after the main chorus, so I'm inclined not to damn their moodswings.

Previous entries:
2009Hell#31

72. 1200 Techniques - Karma

I feel like in the early 2000s Australian hip hop, really hip hop in general was a tough sell to a lot of Australian listeners unless it was Eminem. It kind of feels like when an artist that's getting broken out, starts off by featuring on some other hits to generate some hype for their own releases (which may well come backed with bigger named features). What I'm saying here is that there's probably a good reason that there was a lot of rock-infused rap at the time and it wasn't necessarily all bad. I think this, in combination with an eye-catching video and strong hook is how "Karma" caught on so well, even a year before Hilltop Hoods broke through. This also means that there's a bit of a 'proto' quality to it, but the song holds up well enough either way to be a lot of fun.

71. The Chemical Brothers - Come With Us

Speaking of proto, this song could almost pass as a prototype for "Galvanize", while not performed the same way, the main beat to this song gives a similar effect. I also see it as being similar to previous single "It Began In Afrika" with the way some of the vocal snippets are included, but it gets to business with more gusto. It's incredible to think that this was a #1 album in Australia. I haven't heard it all, but just looking at the tracklisting, I know it's a ripper 👌

Previous entries:
2004Galvanize (feat Q-Tip)#25
70. Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies

No this isn't the Dropkick Murphys. Yes there can be two unironic Celtic rock bands out there. As if I haven't said it enough, I played a heck of a lot of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater games in my youth and those are some formative soundtracks for me. This song is so shameless in being what it is, but it's also so much fun.

69. Groove Armada - Madder

It's really difficult to pin Groove Armada down. Just the songs I've heard from this album are so varied and interesting. "Madder" is the song that really caught my attention though. It's rap-infused dance rock that provides all the adrenaline you expect from those 3 components. Suffice to say, certified banger.

68. Nirvana - You Know You're Right

Trigger warning for Bowling For Soup fans. It really puts it into perspective just how much of an impact Nirvana made on their fans. To the point that people would claw to grasp any new recordings there were. After a legal battle between Courtney Love and the surviving members of Nirvana, this song was released in 2002 as the band's last ever single, appropriately as it was probably one of the last things that Kurt Cobain recorded, just a couple months before his death. Such was the impact that this song went right to the top of the Alternative charts, and landed very high in the Hottest 100. It's easy to see the appeal too, leaning to the rougher concepts they had delivered on their last album. Kurt is of course the star of the show, with his affected growls being particularly appealing in this instance.

67. Ms. Dynamite - Put Him Out

It's an impressive set of 3 entries for Ms. Dynamite this year. "Put Him Out" has the most instant hook with a huge repeated guitar riff that sounds like Santana or something. It's kind of interesting to hear a song about denouncing a man, but rather than being veiled as man-hating, the song even says that the no-good boyfriend is making men in general look bad.

Previous entries:
2002Dy-Na-Mi-Tee#79
2002It Takes More#85

66. Clipse (feat Pharrell) - When The Last Time

I really wanted to get in on the "Grindin'" train because that's obviously the iconic track, but the song has never been able to impact me enough. This track on the other hand works well for me. The production is lively, while Pharrell & Pusha both have strong contributions.

Previous entries (Pharrell):
2013Get Lucky (with Daft Punk)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (with Daft Punk)#52
2015WTF (Where They From) (with Missy Elliott)#85

65. Augie March - Little Wonder

It seems odd that this song never made the Hottest 100 because as far as early career Augie March is concerned, this is the song I'm most familiar with. It's pretty much what you'd expect from Augie March with a delicate tune bordering on a lullaby. There are some hints of experimenting later in the track with the bridge, but they know when to reel it back in and make for a pleasant listening experience.

Previous entries:
2006One Crowded Hour#3
2006The Cold Acre#27
2006Stranger Strange#96
2008Watch Me Disappear#100

64. Coldplay - God Put A Smile Upon Your Face

I knew Mark Ronson's cover version of this before I heard the original. That version is entirely instrumental so it was odd when I found out that there were actual lyrics to go along with it. It does prove to be largely guitar driven though, and it's one of their strongest tunes. It also excels with a grand sweeping chorus, something that they particularly nailed on this album.

Previous entries:
2005X&Y#39
2005What If#88
2008Violet Hill#45
2011Moving To Mars#51

63. Beck - Paper Tiger

Beck's "Sea Change" was released in 2002 but you'll probably remember it for winning the Grammy Award for Album Of The Year in 2015. It's a credit to his versatility that someone known for making off-the-wall, weird & fun music can also excel in a completely different setting. It's hard to see "Paper Tiger" as being completely downbeat though, as it's punctuated by some very intrusive string sections, very similar to Radiohead's song "The Numbers" from last year.

Previous entries:
2005Girl#99

62. George - Breaking It Slowly

Though you'd probably think of Katie Noonan as the lead vocalist for George, it's kind of a half & half situation. On their debut album "Polyserena", she trades lead vocals with her brother Tyrone track by track. It also makes for a curious pattern where they scored 6 Hottest 100 entries across 3 years, each year getting a pair of entries with different vocalists, and all 6 tracks ending up on the same album. While Tyrone doesn't quite have the operatic chops of his sister, he has a distinctly strong tone as well, reminding me quite a bit of Jeff Buckley.

61. Bright Eyes - Lover I Don't Have To Love

I quite liked a lot of tracks from Bright Eyes' 2002 album with a long title. This was the track that really stuck out to me, and it seems appropriate because I can't have my favourite Bright Eyes song being a happy one. It's keeping up this run of dramatic production, which compliments Conor Oberst's passionate cries.

Previous entries:
2005First Day Of My Life#98
60. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots, Pt. 1

Sometimes a song can inhabit its own internal world to represent itself. Sometimes that internal world is one where someone has to train hard in order to defeat killer robots and save the world. It's kind of peculiar to find the name of this Flaming Lips album and then realising there's a song that is entirely about the concept. It's a very similar soundscape to "Fight Test", though with a bit more character. And twinkly sounds.

Previous entries:
2002Fight Test#78

59. Motor Ace - Carry On

2002 is of course the peak of Australian bands branching out to mature territory by adding dramatic strings. I have no doubt that if I was listening to triple j in 2002, this song would probably end up on my Hottest 100 vote. The chorus is peculiar in that it seems like it's trying to make a statement about how the world keeps turning and the sheeple need to wake up, but then it ends up accepting that they have to deal with it and carry on like everyone else. Essentially, https://xkcd.com/610/ but it's catchy.

58. Jakatta - One Fine Day

When I first heard it, I called it the mid-point between Zero 7's "Destiny" and Ainslie Wills' "Constellations", and unsurprisingly I took quite a shine to it. A lot of credit to vocalist Beth Hirsch, who takes you through this gentle journey.

57. George - Strange Days

George know their way around a hook. "Polyserena" is full of them, though sometimes the songs could use some refinement and cutting of the fat. "Strange Days" is a little guilty of this too, with its verses running a little long without excitement, but the chorus is sheer triumph. Katie's voice cuts right through, and accompanied by effective backing vocals, it just keeps building until the late climax.

Previous entries:
2002Breaking It Slowly#62

56. System Of A Down - Innervision

I put this way too low on my Hottest 100 ranked list. Admittedly it's a song without many bells & whistles, it's not even particularly long. But some times I just have to crave to my IN-HI-BI-TIOOOOOOOOOONS because this song shreds. This is before Daron took over often, so Serj has many different volumes on display.

Previous entries:
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

55. Sigur Rós - Untitled #1 (Vaka)

Sigur Rós's album "()" is really quite a delightful listen. I found it tough ranking songs for it because they aren't easy to recall the tunes for, given the lack of comprehensible lyrics or titles. "Untitled #1 (Vaka)" is one I've known a long time though, and it always gets a strong reaction out of me. It uses sustained piano chords to make for a beautiful ambience.

Previous entries:
2005Hoppípolla#28
2007Hljómalind#98
2008Gobbledigook#62
2008Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur#98

54. Coldplay - The Scientist

If you look back at Coldplay's charting history, it's not particularly impressive apart from their longevity. It becomes increasingly clear though that they have won the war on the long run. Not just for their songs re-entering the charts over and over again, but "The Scientist" has an unrivaled number of plays on Spotify for a song of its age. It's easy to dismiss it as a poor man's "Pyramid Song", but that's underselling what the song manages on its own. It's a very simple concept, starting with barebones piano and gradually adding layers upon layers every minute or so, culminating in a grand climax. I never said it was easy, but Coldplay can make a lot work with a little.

Previous entries:
2002God Put A Smile Upon Your Face#64
2005X&Y#39
2005What If#88
2008Violet Hill#45
2011Moving To Mars#51

53. Common (feat Laetitia Sadier) - New Wave

I've been generally aware of Common for quite a while now, as he had some popular singles on the radio back around 2007, and of course he has the wonderful combination of Kanye West & John Mayer in "Go!" which nearly made my EOY for 2005. "New Wave" caught me by surprise though. It has a very prominent piano driven beat that is not dissimilar to Kendrick Lamar's "HUMBLE." though it's just a little less aggressive. There's also a softly sung hook which hits the spot just fine.

52. Queens Of The Stone Age - The Sky Is Fallin'

Shout out to anyone who's played "Wario Land 2" and remembers all those ruins levels (like that one where you can just roll from the start to the finish and beat the level in like 15 seconds??). I've always associated those levels with Stone Temple Pilots' "Interstate Love Song" because I was listening to that song a lot when I replayed the game at some point earlier in the decade, but I can also say that of this without that association. The music in those levels is a bit more up-tempo than usual and has a certain sense of frantic panic (even though it's a game with no time limits or even death). It's that vivid image that comes to mind with the relentless riffery that plays out for the majority of this song. It's one of the best cuts on "Songs For The Deaf" for sure.

Previous entries:
2002Another Love Song#80
2002You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire#90
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78

51. Hot Hot Heat - No, Not Now

I've paid closer attention to Hot Hot Heat than most because we had their album "Happiness, Ltd." in 2007 and there are even deep cuts on it that I remember quite well. The main thing to note about Hot Hot Heat is that they have a very distinctive vocalist which can take a bit of getting used to, also they have a band of jizz on their legs and their arms for you. "No, Not Now" utilises this characteristic as a strength, as it's a song of valiant defiance, with its chorus of 'no, I won't be that child anymore'. Wringing all the emotion out of those words, makes for one of the catchiest tunes of the year.
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50. Sigur Rós - Untitled #7 (Dauðalagið)

I have a bit of a thing for a crescendo, which may make itself clear a little later. This is a song that takes its time to get to it, as outside of one minor peak, it's pretty restrained for the first 6 and a half minutes. But it's those climaxes that make it all worthwhile, even if it's in a nonsense language (no I'm not making fun of Iceland, it's literally a nonsense language) that I couldn't begin to understand. But Jónsi makes it sound so impassioned that I can't not be affected by it all.

Previous entries:
2002Untitled #1 (Vaka)#55
2005Hoppípolla#28
2007Hljómalind#98
2008Gobbledigook#62
2008Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur#98
49. Nas - Made You Look

10/10 beginning to the song. It's such a great instrumental too, sampling a cover of "Apache" for a menacing guitar line that fades in and out without discretion. It's kind of funny that something like this comes on the same album as Nas's biggest commercial hit, and for the love of all that is good, if that's all you know him for, you're missing out big time.

Previous entries:
2005We Major (with Kanye West)#2
48. Epicure - Armies Against Me

As I may have alluded to earlier, this is basically the improved version of "Life Sentence" that came out first. It's also something that kind of bugs me because it's another of those songs with melodies that sound really familiar, but cut out halfway. Actually "Interstate Love Song" might be the only other one but it doesn't hurt to mention that song again. Nonetheless, it's very dignified pop rock that strays away from showing off the guitars too much, focusing much more on the conviction of the vocalist.

Previous entries:
2003Life Sentence#84
47. Interpol - Roland

It's kind of an indie rock cliche at this point but I do love the muffled vocal effects on display here, I suppose it's a way on this album to portray a more angry vocal performance without overtaking the prominent guitars...the opposite of the last song really. Let's make no mistake, the guitar work on this song is excellent, from the instant gratification at the start to the immense solo at the end, it's a joy from start to finish.

Previous entries:
2002Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down#83
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
46. Dixie Chicks - Travelin' Soldier

I suppose I've just overlooked this song for years. When I listened to it for this project I was instantly on board with it. It's country that's hard to object to as it's very pop friendly even with all the cadence. The guitar strumming is gentle but effective with how many notes get plucked out, while Natalie sells a very impassioned performance.
45. Boards Of Canada - Alpha And Omega

I feel as though Boards Of Canada songs are hard to write about and if I were to blurb every song on this album I would be saying the same thing over and over again. Good thing this is the last one I'm writing on. Though it's IDM at heart, there's a strong Drive soundtrack/the 3rd boss theme in Furi vibe to the main groove. Just like in "Music Is Math", this goes on for a while before it gets consumed by the chaos at the end.

Previous entries:
2002Music Is Math#100
44. Sugababes - Stronger

Here's a song I never realised I loved so much! I'm not even sure I knew it before, as it wasn't a particularly big hit. It's very atmospheric for a pop hit, though I suppose this sort of style was in vogue at the start of the decade. But it's top of the line production that tends to prove that Sugababes were ahead of the pack. Actually it reminds me a little of that song on their 1st album I love even more, being very drum-based, and a distinct feature being all the vocal runs & ad libs, which is rarely done better elsewhere.

Previous entries:
2003Hole In The Head#75
43. Interpol - Obstacle 2

I'm not entirely sure why this song bears this title, though it does have some slight similarities to its predecessor with how the guitars are laid out. The main attraction is very different though, I always find myself compelled when the chorus peaks with a "MY, OH MY", one of the best vocal performances on the album.

Previous entries:
2002Roland#47
2002Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down#83
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
42. Queens Of The Stone Age - First It Giveth

Now we're getting into the big singles. This is a bit similar to "Innervision" actually in how the guitar gets utterly relentless and doesn't let up. Well it does let up for like 1 second just to signal the start of the chorus, and then it seems to get a little bit meatier to boot. So there aren't many tricks in play, but it still does the job with just that.

Previous entries:
2002The Sky Is Fallin'#52
2002Another Love Song#80
2002You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire#90
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78
41. N*E*R*D - Rock Star

This song in particular is amusing to compare to Pharrell's huge hits a decade later. For a song that crossed over to an extent, it's incredibly in your face and aggressive, even going so far as to tell the listener that they're fakes and can't match up to them. Every time the drum break comes back in it's a thrill, and there's something so vivid about the image of 'running on the top of a cop car', I mean Kanye, Beyonce & Kendrick could never. But the most important thing of all is that Pharrell reminds you that they swallow guys, it's just amazing that this happened.

Previous entries:
2004Maybe (Sander Kleinenberg Remix)#16
2004She Wants To Move#33
40. Timo Maas (feat Kelis) - Help Me

Of the few singles I heard from Timo Maas's "Loud" album, this is the song that left the strongest impression on me. It's very subtle dance, with Kelis's performance also being rather restrained. All up it ends up sounding awfully spooky with the willowing background sounds. Thoroughly satisfying from start to finish.

Previous entries (Kelis):
2003Milkshake#86
39. Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow

Like a rickety train ride that's on the verge of going off the rails. I may or may not be slightly influenced by the video. I sits similarly high to "First It Giveth" as it's rather similar, just in a different setting with the abrasive guitars replaced by perpetual keys.

Previous entries:
2002First It Giveth#42
2002The Sky Is Fallin'#52
2002Another Love Song#80
2002You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire#90
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78
38. Sarah Blasko - Your Way

I have to be honest, as much of a fan I am, I only recently became aware that Sarah had first released an EP in 2003. This was the first single to gain radio traction. The EP was meant to serve as an introduction and there are shades of that here. Still, even this far back, she still had a way with compelling tone. Combine that with the production and it ends up sounding surprisingly edgy and scornful.

Previous entries:
2004Don't U Eva#20
2004All Coming Back#36
2004At Your Best#89
2005Flame Trees#79
2006Amazing Things#7
2006Planet New Year#61
2006Queen Of Apology#66
2006{Explain}#89
2009Bird On A Wire#42
37. OK Go - Get Over It

Also I didn't even know OK Go were around this far back either. I remember this song though, which seems to have wound up on a bunch of soundtracks that I've never encountered. Still, it's before OK Go became known as the music video band, and like ZHU, they let their music speak for them. I've heard differing opinions on how they were in general, but this song tends to be accepted as a bit of a jam. This is how to yell 'HEY!' in a chorus.
36. Silverchair - Across The Night

"Diorama" was the ambitious album where Silverchair mostly left behind their past and tried something totally different. Well it wasn't completely gone, but it's curious to hear one of the big singles which has practically no guitars to guide the ship. They do well with their string escapade though, not having it as just one motif, but also making the song develop into unexpected directions. The first time I heard the second half of the song I was floored.

Previous entries:
2007Young Modern Station#28
2007If You Keep Losing Sleep#45
2007Reflections Of A Sound#50
35. The Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar

Instrumental bliss. The image I always get from listening to this is driving through a long tunnel, everything zooming past at rapid speed. It's a song that knows how to release tension and make it extremely satisfying in the process.

Previous entries:
2002Come With Us#71
2004Galvanize (feat Q-Tip)#25
34. Interpol - PDA

If you have ever wondered why I have an odd tendency to tweet about couches, this song is largely to blame. This is one of the first tracks on "Turn On The Bright Lights" that I really got into. The guitars feel a bit more pronounced than usual here, completely dominating the mix. The solo near the end is particularly delightful too. Oh, and couches.

Previous entries:
2002Obstacle 2#43
2002Roland#47
2002Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down#83
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
33. Doves - Pounding

The name "Pounding" is appropriate. The first thing I remember about this track is the persistent drumming, which also kicks up a gear during the chorus. That chorus just gives me life as well, and the whole thing just reminds me of "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)", which is about as high a compliment as I can give.

Previous entries:
2002There Goes The Fear#95
2005Black And White Town#93
2009Kingdom Of Rust#46
2010Andalucía#27
32. Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey (feat The Flipmode Squad) - I Know What You Want

Like "One Sweet Day" before it, this collaboration almost feels like it was designed to be a Hot 100 #1...except it only reached #2. Nonetheless it's a very worthwhile listen, with both artists managing to fit a middle point that works a charm. It's always impressive that Mariah made her name as a belter, but her lower range is so seductive. I always find it odd when an intimate song has multiple voices, but the addition verses from several Flipmode Squad members I've not heard elsewhere are solid enough.

Previous entries (Busta Rhymes):
2013Thank You (feat Q-Tip, Kanye West & Lil Wayne)#14
2016Dis Generation (with A Tribe Called Quest)#19

Previous entries (Mariah Carey):
2005We Belong Together#51
31. Eminem - Lose Yourself

It feels like it's *too* obvious to include this spaghetti. It's just about the most iconic spaghetti of the 21st century, and it's the biggest hit ever on my Unofficial Spaghetti chart. Nonetheless, I can finally say welcome to Eminem on these lists, who has had just a slightly troubling last decade and a half in his career. I'm fully on board with the earlier years though, when he was truly on top of the game. Leave aside the memes, and this song is a masterclass of flow & rhyming patterns, making it better than it even needs to be.
30. Wilco - Jesus, Etc.

"Yankee Hotel Foxtrot" was like a really big deal when it came out. Actually the delayed release is quite a bizarre story. Who knows though, maybe the early online release meant that it had set in for many by the time it was released, it's one of the last albums to get a 10 on Pitchfork, who I think miss the call nowadays because the scores are set in stone about a week after the album was released (I'm certain they regret the TPAB score). I do find it odd that such a beloved album is so unassuming, I actually have trouble really getting into it. This song is the definite exception though. Delightful piece of Americana.
29. The Vines - Get Free

In comparison, there is no subtlety and class to this song. It was included in Weird Al's "Angry White Boy Polka" after all. Still manages to be an absolute thrill ride that comes and goes in just over 2 minutes.

Previous entries:
2004Ride#55
28. Eminem - Without Me

Guess who's back, back again. One of the best songs to ever be the highest seller of the year in Australia. It's kind of a bizarre song to do it considering it's not even Eminem's most popular song from 2002, but as tends to be the case, timing is everything. With this being slightly less overexposed than "Lose Yourself", I find it's more of a thrill to listen to nowadays. Not to mention the fact that it combines being incredibly catchy & impressive flow-wise, to being filled with great punchlines. Also if I still preferred "Lose Yourself", then I wouldn't have been able to use that intro joke.

Previous entries:
2002Lose Yourself#31
27. Hell Is For Heroes - Night Vision

One of those bands that I imagine had strong at-the-moment marketing because the only reason I've heard of them is because they were all over the UK Chart for a brief spell. I don't think I've ever seen anyone bring them up in an online discussion. Don't let that sell them short though, the few tracks I heard were very impressive, most of all this one. Great control of melody in the chorus, and a strong riff that isn't muddied up by the production. Sounds a fair bit like Jebediah in the verses actually.
26. The Living End - One Said To The Other

YEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH. Gotta be one of my favourites from this decade for The Living End. It's an excellent choice to have the chorus come up first of all because it always gets me pumped up. The pre-chorus drumming is top notch, and the guitar solo is pretty tops too.

Previous entries:
2003End Of The World#15
2006Wake Up#79
2008Moment In The Sun#55
2008White Noise#80
2011Song For The Lonely#25
2011Machine Gun#90
25. Augie March - This Train Will Be Taking No Passengers

TRAAAAAAAAIIIIINNNN, ok I'll stop that now. Considering what I said about "Go With The Flow", I feel this is a song that especially was going for that image. For the Augie March I know, this is quite a departure as it's rather upbeat and dare I say fun. A totally chaotic song that's hard to pin down an actual chorus for, it's the middle section that sticks out the most for me. The backing vocals descend into extended vowels and sound haunted. Also that crescendo at the end, this is the "One Crowded Hour" band.

Previous entries:
2002Little Wonder#65
2006One Crowded Hour#3
2006The Cold Acre#27
2006Stranger Strange#96
2008Watch Me Disappear#100
24. Foo Fighters - All My Life

A new height for Foo Fighters in these list as we approach their imperial phase. "All My Life" is the sort of explosive track that they excel at. I don't like to compliment Dave Grohl very often, but he absolutely owns the role of frontman on this track, giving the chorus a life of its own.

Previous entries:
2002Low#89
2005No Way Back#66
2007The Pretender#41
2011Bridge Burning#28
2011Rope#40
2011Arlandria#70
23. Interpol - Say Hello To The Angels

This is one of the most distinctive songs on "Turn On The Bright Lights" because the guitar is utilised rather differently. As opposed to the stiffly formed walls of sounds, this song is oddly bouncy, like "Town Called Malice" or something. Also follows the league of a certain R.E.M. song once the chorus arrives and you get to yell 'alsdkfjalksalksdjflaksdjfaklsdfj5alksdjflaksfad MOVING THROUGH MY HEAD SPAAAAAACE'. Not a word often used for Interpol but this song is just so fun.

Previous entries:
2002PDA#34
2002Obstacle 2#43
2002Roland#47
2002Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down#83
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
22. Beck - Sunday Sun

I feel this song sums up the sonic stylings of "Sea Change" more than anything else. "Morning Phase" too from what I can recall. It's all big gentle chords with a beautiful chorus. I find it hard to describe really but it just accomplishes its goals so well.

Previous entries:
2002Paper Tiger#63
2005Girl#99
21. U2 - Electrical Storm

The 2000s have not been kind to U2. I feel as though their pursuit of maintaining their position as the biggest band in the world lead to ruining their reputation, turning a political and exciting band into a bland template for stadium rock. Still it wasn't all bad, and sometimes they did get it right. "Electrical Storm" has to thank William Orbit's production for the most part. When it came to producing hits, he could almost do no wrong, and does well to keep the track restrained for the most part. The only time it goes wrong is during the last 40 seconds or so where the synth makes this weird farty noise in the left channel and it never stops being hilarious to me.
20. The Polyphonic Spree - Soldier Girl

I'm not convinced I prefer this to "Section 12 (Hold Me Now)", because 2004 was a much stronger year than 2002. This song is admittedly a fair bit more repetitive. Mostly relying on a single refrain, but oh what a hook it is. As is often the case, the so many band members makes for a choral effect that few can match. Oddly all the bombast is stripped away for the last minute of the song which gets muffled, it's oddly charming.

Previous entries:
2004Section 12 (Hold Me Now)#26
19. Muse - Dead Star

A bit of a surprise for me here. There are a lot of Muse songs like this one that I'm not quite as enamoured by anymore. Muse used to be everything to me after all. This song was part of a double A-side released to promote the "Hullabaloo Soundtrack" compilation, and despite this niche entry point, this song gets played bizarrely often on triple j to this day. It's one of those things that I love about triple j, and the song holds up beyond that niche as well. Muse at their absolute most twisted.

Previous entries:
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

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18. George - Spawn

A song I did not realise I would be ranking so soon. It was in searching for release dates for everything that I only belatedly learnt that the version of this song I've been listening to all these years, is not the same as the version that polled two years previously in the 2000 Hottest 100. So what I have here is the polished up version for the album which is quite a bit different from the original, and much more to my preference. Katie just owns this performance, particularly in the middle section of the song where she lets out a huge high note.

Previous entries:
2002Strange Days#57
2002Breaking It Slowly#62
17. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz (feat Ying Yang Twins) - Get Low

I like to believe that I am someone who is respectful to women. I just have a slight problem with how much I enjoy this ridiculously offensive song. I suppose you can take it as something that's just so over the top that it's clearly a joke, and maybe the joke is making the catchiest hooks out of things I'd rather not describe. There's an amusing Chris Rock stand up performance about it https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcqJDDhoUlc Also you have to hand it to this song that it's so filthy that the clean version has to say 'skeet' additional times compared to the beautiful explicit version.
16. Silverchair - The Greatest View

The central meeting point of all of Silverchair's career. It has the grand sweeping arrangements of their latter career while still being smothered in the grunge guitars of the past (the guitar before the second verse sounds oddly reminiscent of "Tomorrow" also). And of course it's got, the greatest hook from here.

Previous entries:
2002Across The Night#36
2007Young Modern Station#28
2007If You Keep Losing Sleep#45
2007Reflections Of A Sound#50

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15. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - rockets fall on Rocket Falls

If you know GY!BE, you know what's in store. With their 2000 album "Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas to Heaven" they released the most iconic and beloved post-rock album of all time. The album is just shy of 90 minutes among all 4 of its tracks, and is all about crescendo and release. It can manage to be both terrifying and beautiful. This comes from the follow up album "Yanqui U.X.O." which actually is rather different overall to the previous album. This song is relatively straightforward which might be why it particularly appealed to me. Two big climaxes spread in these 20 minutes, enjoy.
14. Coldplay - Politik

This was a song that made me re-estimate Coldplay many years ago. I believe it was from reading on a forum where someone pointed out there's so much more to Coldplay that most are unaware of, citing this song. I was instantly floored by it. Understandably so because it was partially inspired by Muse, which absolutely shows. it's utter bombast while still totally sounding like Coldplay.

Previous entries:
2002The Scientist#54
2002God Put A Smile Upon Your Face#64
2005X&Y#39
2005What If#88
2008Violet Hill#45
2011Moving To Mars#51
13. Coldplay - Daylight

Except maybe this is my real favourite now. This time I discovered it for myself having bought "A Rush Of Blood To The Head" and digging into the deep cuts. "Daylight" was immediately a big favourite. It has an odd composition really, with a guitar riff that's reminiscent of psych rock, but still a big sweeping Coldplay-esque chorus. It's so good that I'd never put it in a game which involves irritating music being played in obfuscated locations.

Previous entries:
2002Politik#14
2002The Scientist#54
2002God Put A Smile Upon Your Face#64
2005X&Y#39
2005What If#88
2008Violet Hill#45
2011Moving To Mars#51
12. Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground

This is so much better than it should be. Obviously Girls Aloud have no shortage of quality under their belt, but this was their first single, released after winning a reality show and released to battle for the Christmas #1 in the UK, the decade that's followed this gives nothing but a bad name to this concept, but here stands a triumph. Perhaps it reflects a more interesting time for British pop, where garage influences were surprisingly potent. But this song doesn't stop at that, because we've also got a "Misirlou"-like guitar rollicking in the chorus, occasional synths and of course it's still pure pop. Songs like this are the whole reason Popjustice exists.

Previous entries:
2005Biology#44
2007Call The Shots#85
2008The Promise#82
11. The Music - The People

I first heard of The Music in 2008 when I believe their 3rd album "Strength In Numbers" was a feature album on triple j. I didn't take too much notice of it except for the fact that the band had a peculiar name and the tracks I heard were alright. Later on they'd be a case like Doves where I'd find their chart history in Australia and realise that they were evidently more popular before I'd heard of them. I'd eventually hear these older songs (not sure when I first heard this) and get a better understanding of why. "The People" is just absolutely exhilerating with its nonsense hook that reminds me of "Touched" by VAST or "Breathing" by Jason Derulo depending on who's reading this. This is all while the guitars are creating utter chaos in the background.
10. Johnny Cash - Hurt

Ultimate sadboys anthem. Surely everyone knows the story by now. It's a cover of a Nine Inch Nails song which was released on Johnny Cash's "American IV" album in 2002 with the saddest music video of all time, released with Cash well aware that he was not long for this world. Indeed he passed away the following year, and after a 5 decade spanning career, this became his calling card. Stripped back covers are dime-a-dozen, and it's often hard to pull it off in a convincing way (or, I'd like to believe this, but that awful Robyn cover is still in the charts), but when it's so real like this, it's hard to hold back the tears.
9. The Music - Getaway

Determining my favourite of these two songs by The Music was one of my biggest conundrums when making this list. I'd frequently listen to them back to back and still not be able to make up my mind. Evidently I settled on "Getaway", but it was a tough call. Both songs release the same kind of thrill, a steady build to a tremendous hook. The edge that makes me favour "Getaway" is the tremendous peak towards the end, where the guitar disappears for a short moment, only for everything to come back at once for an explosive finish.

Previous entries:
2002The People#11
8. Melody Club - Electric

2002's big surprise for me. Swedish band I've never heard of who I feel might have deserved more, just based on this one song. It feels ahead of its time with its Killers/Bravery style dance rock. The chorus is the ultimate pick-me-up that makes me want to dance like I have headphones that aren't considerably limiting for that activity.
7. LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge

"All My Friends" is the ultimate midlife crisis song, but then so is "Losing My Edge" for totally different reasons. On the other hand, this song is totally for music nerds, and is totally targeted at them. It's a song about someone who despite being old enough to witness & influence critical moments in music, they're now losing their edge to the new kids who now have all of this information at their fingertips via the internet. It's like a depressing realisation that all your experience can amount to nothing in the future, after all, some kid on RateYourMusic has probably heard every good song from 1972 to 1976. It ends up being hilarious on the whole though as the rambling eventually descends into chaotic namedropping. It takes 7 minutes before reaching the only thing resembling a chorus.

Previous entries:
2005Tribulations#38
2007All My Friends#1
2007New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down#8
6. Interpol - Obstacle 1

Sometimes it's hard to really pin down the appeal of this song. I was introduced to it via Guitar Hero and because of its simple track, I didn't think much of it. It eventually grew on me though thanks to its anthemic chorus. As tends to be the case though, it's all about the guitar, and the many tracks on this song are just divine. I always find myself getting lost in the pre-chorus where two guitars duel on opposing audio channels. My stories are boring and stuff.

You knew this was coming http://i.imgur.com/qgocJDj.jpg

Previous entries:
2002Say Hello To The Angels#23
2002PDA#34
2002Obstacle 2#43
2002Roland#47
2002Stella Was A Diver And She Was Always Down#83
2002Leif Erikson#86
2002The New#92
2004Slow Hands#12
2004Evil#50
2007Pioneer To The Falls#9
2007Mammoth#27
2007No I In Threesome#51
2010Barricade#80
2010Summer Well#90
2014My Desire#20
2014All The Rage Back Home#40
5. Nas - Last Real Ni**a Alive

This pretty much exists to be analysed on a line by line basis. It comes on the tail end of Nas's beef with Jay-Z and rather than "Ether"'s err ether, this song comes with more maturity as Nas clarifies a lot of the surrounding situation. I'm surprised the song doesn't get more attention because the beat is killer and the hook is pretty infectious.

Previous entries:
2002Made You Look#49
2005We Major (with Kanye West)#2
4. The Roots (feat Cody ChesnuTT) - The Seed (2.0)

Wonderful masterclass of sampling and just production in general. Again it feels like a case of selling rap to Australian audiences by including the right amount of rock influence, though this is much more dignified than that usually is. Sometimes I think that Cody ChesnuTT is singing some ridiculous things, but then he sells it with so much passion. Quickly became a big favourite for me.

Previous entries:
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94
3. The Knife - Heartbeats

The circlejerk around Jose Gonzalez's cover of this song does a disservice to two discographies that should probably get more attention. For how off kilter The Knife have tended to be, this is surprisingly refreshing in its approach as a slick electro pop song. The instrumental is something I could probably listen to on repeat for quite a lot of time. Though it sounds repetitive, it's filled with lots of little flourishes that continue to reward on repeated listens.

Previous entries:
2003You Take My Breath Away#25
2003Pass This On#71
2006Marble House#14
2. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows

For once, the #1 song in the Hottest 100 is actually the best song on the list. For modern radio rock, this song is like the zenith. Excessively catchy without sounding watered down, massively appealing on the 1st and 100th listen. The entire instrumental break near the middle is an utter joy with how it flows casually from quiet to loud and back to quiet. As with the rest of the album, it's Dave Grohl guesting on drums and giving so much life to the rollicking chorus.

Previous entries:
2002Go With The Flows#39
2002First It Giveth#42
2002The Sky Is Fallin'#52
2002Another Love Song#80
2002You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar, But I Feel Like A Millionaire#90
2005Everybody Knows That You're Insane#43
2005In My Head#52
2005Little Sister#56
2007Sick, Sick, Sick#2
20073's & 7's#53
2013My God Is The Sun#20
2013I Sat By The Ocean#47
2013Kalopsia#64
2013I Appear Missing#78
1. Beck - Lonesome Tears

Perhaps Queens Of The Stone Age can take solace in the fact that the first time I heard this song, I thought it was Josh Homme singing. If that sounds odd to you, keep in mind that I was barely awake at the time. It was quite a shock to learn that this was by Beck, as at this point I'd heard nothing from his "Sea Change" album and mostly associated him with his more fun singles. For someone like that, this is quite a departure. Wacky studio tricks are replaced with just a light drum track and heavy strings. The end result is utter heartbreak. Rightly so as it's all about the bitter reality of love's twists and turns. It's only fitting that 2002 should end with a mammoth string section, one that as has also been synonymous with this year, slowly morphs with what sounds like a rocket launching off.

Previous entries:
2002Sunday Sun#22
2002Paper Tiger#63
2005Girl#99
0. System Of A Down - Chic 'N' Stu

It was nice to see some cool songs like Lazy, Made You Look, Go With The Flow, and Star Guitar, and a couple of surprises like the Dixie Chicks. As the first broadcast I've listened to of these charts, I look forward to future ones.
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Haha, after I put it on, I started regretting not fitting the song onto the actual list. Plenty of System on the next one though for sure

Also btw irelander has a similar countdown on Sunday next week with 2004 songs
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Thanks HiJinx, been looking forward to this list for ages. Looking forward to seeing what you make of 2001, and previous years.
In particular, love your #2,
#10,
#11,
#18 (must admit I prefer the original version, though Polyserena was indeed one of the albums of 2002 IMO),
#21 (best U2 song in a long time),
#24,
#28,
#35,
#36,
#39 (this song shades First It Giveth for mine),
#41,
#50 (loved the 'brackets' album, songs #5-#8 are one big crescendo)
#55,
#56,
#59,
#68,
#72,
#87 (the last great Whitlams song),
#91
#97,
#98
Cool seeing several Coldplay tracks, 2 of Eminems best tracks and especially good seeing Hurt get so high.
Yeah, I do wonder if my Spawn preference is just a first come/best served scenario, as I hadn't heard the original until I did this and it can be hard to get used to slight changes in something you're so familiar with.

By the way Lifter, Coldplay nearly had an extensive haul, In My Place & A Rush Of Blood To The Head were among the last I cut for this list.
Amber! Is a scammer from the wrong side of the tracks! Still love The Bold and The Beautiful; it's so much fun, and it's always helped that it was released when I still lived at home so I'd often see the show as my mum watched, so I know all about the characters and storylines referenced in the song. So good!

Waikiki, The Whitlams, yes, yes. Great to see Matchbox twenty make it in, and a somewhat surprising choice, but a good one. And Maroon 5 right after; excellent! Coldplay and George are nice too, and there's Motor Ace, who I continue to love too much. Carry On is so good!

The Scientist! Amazing song, love, love, love! I also am fond of Epicure, Dixie Chicks, Silverchair, Busta/Mariah, Eminem, The Vines, Foo Fighters, U2, Silverchair, Coldplay, Girls Aloud, Johnny Cash and QOTSA.
Haha, I am anticipating a much higher finish when you get up to this year
This time I didn't take longer than before, so we're back in business with the 2001 countdown on Sunday, December 3rd (probably around 7pm AEDST). Get ready to yell random words.
2001

Well if nothing else, you can trust in my self-righteous claims of being able to complete this list faster than the last one because it only took me 6 months! As I said with last year's list, 2001 is a year that I have a bit of a foggy time remembering exactly what happened and when. I do remember finding some old report cards which suggested that I was borderline failing Japanese class, which just 4 years later I would go on to be getting straight A's for most of the rest of my schooling. I don't really get me either. Basically all I did around this time was listen to music and play video games. I'm boring now, but it's nothing compared to childhood me.

When it comes to music, it's one where I can clearly have different eras of opinions defined by then and now. Because I really was super into music, or maybe specifically the 10 or so songs I really liked. This might also be attributed to my maths nerd status, because our radio/stereo thingy had a shuffle feature that marked off the track numbers that had been played, so I liked to try and predict which track would get played last. And of course I knew nothing that wasn't on the radio, so now I come with an extended perspective where I know 2001 to be seen as a landmark year. Really it's the moment that the 2000s came into their own identity, as some big players from the years to come were making their first impressions.

Just about to hit play here: https://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748
100. Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off

Suffice to say this has completely gotten out of hand. For those who don't recall (which should be everyone), this song gained infamy for me when I was making my combined Hottest 100 list. It was a song that I found uncomfortable to listen to at first and didn't think I'd rank it highly. However when it came to ranking, this song just kept sliding past elimination to the point that it spent so long in consideration that I realised I actually liked it a bit. In the end I really don't understand how it was a top 50 hit because it's far from the crowdpleasers that make up most of Basement Jaxx's hits. I feel this icy and confronting nature makes it sticks out.

99. Weezer - Island In The Sun

On the other hand, here's a song that's kind of gone the other way around. At one point I put this in my top 100 of all time. I would possibly attribute that to nostalgic familiarity running wild, though it's not as if the appeal has disappeared for me. It still fills its intentions for a chill and relaxing track, I just know that my ultimate Weezer preferences reside in the '90s these days, as does my former one in this countdown ~

Previous memories:
2002Keep Fishin'#98
2009(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To#58

98. Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of My Head

Now we alternate back to growers, but we're also staying in the realm of simplicity as well. Obviously it's a song I've know pretty much as long as it's existed. For a lot of that time, it's been a song I can't really make any impression on, possibly because it feels like it's always been there. Nowadays I find it rather forward thinking in its approach. It kind of reminds me of Daft Punk instrumentally how it's never overloaded, but there are a lot of components meshing together, shifting in and out, making for sheer aural pleasure that ends up being exactly what it says on the tin. Kylie does her job here very well as too, giving some additional tonal shifts as she goes through a range of emotions here.

Previous entries:
2003Red Blooded Woman#44

97. The Strokes - Take It Or Leave It

I often find myself conflicted wondering whether or not the general consensus of The Strokes' debut album surpasses my own opinion on it or not. It feels prophetic that it's called "Is This It" because of how lauded the album is then you hear it and you probably won't be blown away. Coming back to it this year, I think I get it more than ever before. The answer to 'Is this it?' is in fact yes. The album is just a series of tightly recorded alternative rock tracks. Whether they work or not, every song has some sort of hook, and they play well from end to end. I find myself favouring the songs with a hint of progression in them, which is how we find "Take It Or Leave It" here, a song whose verse & chorus feel somewhat disparate. That hook is pretty much just Julian over-doing the indie rock megaphone vocals cliche before it really was a cliche.

Previous entries:
2003Reptilia#1
200312:51#57
2005Juicebox#25
2006Heart In A Cage#15
2006You Only Live Once#65
2011Under Cove Of Darkness#14
2011Metabolism#82

96. Kylie Minogue - Come Into My World

More Kylie! I really had trouble separating this from "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" as they're rather similar as mid-tempo numbers loaded with hooks and all sorts of sultry delivery from Kylie. Perhaps I favour this one as it's just a little less overexposed, so its tricks have a better time working their magic over me, and I don't always see everything coming.

Previous entries:
2001Can't Get You Out Of My Head#98
2003Red Blooded Woman#44

95. System of a Down - Science

"Toxicity" is a peculiar album to talk about. Part of me wants to say that if you've heard the singles, you've almost heard the whole thing because they're among the very select few tracks on the album to feel like cohesive, complete ideas. This sounds like criticism but it's far from it, because I never get enough of all the nonsense I get to yell. "Science" is relatively tame on that side of things even though it has one of the most frantic guitar riffs on the album.

Previous entries:
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

94. Something For Kate - Three Dimensions

I've been waiting a long time to get into "Echolalia", one of those albums I just adored the first time I heard it. Just the singles don't fully do the album justice in that regard as some of them go a little through the motions at times. "Three Dimensions" distinguishes itself with its lyrics. It's weirdly cheesy when you think about it, 'I spoke to an echo' with echoed backing vocals, and then the borderline dad joke of 'echolalalalia'. It's a peculiar song in general too since it never builds into the chorus in the same way.

Previous entries:
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47

93. You Am I - Get Up

Now for another one of those iconic bands of yesteryear who are getting their first ever entry. This was pretty much the tail end of You Am I's relevance beyond their die hard fanbase. Reasonably far into their career, this is one of their most engaging rockers, with a chorus that really sticks in my head.

92. Eve (feat Gwen Stefani) - Let Me Blow Ya Mind

I don't remember what I felt about this song when it was a hit, but it's always been a hit I've had a level of fondness towards. With a beat as good as this, it's hard to really go wrong. That's not to say Eve does a bad job, as I've grown to rather like her through paying more attention in this project (admittedly I think I like her verses more in her other 2001 song "Who's That Girl"). But then the main reason we're here is for Gwen's dynamite hook. Evidently there was chemistry considering they collaborated again a few years later to similarly strong results.

91. Muse - Hyper Music

As someone who is very qualified to comment on it, Muse can often be a messy band. Though that's mainly in their b-sides, so it's kind of peculiar when something bizarre gets through to the album cuts. "Hyper Music" feels like a centrepoint of "Origin Of Symmetry", representing just how wild the band would get at times. And of course it's called "Hyper Music". Most of this mess is anchored in the distorted guitar riff, which is just wild at times.

Previous entries:
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

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90. Radiohead - Dollars & Cents

Poor Radiohead got the honorary #101 slot with "You And Whose Army?", I hope they'll be ok with that. At least it's not all they have to show for themselves because here they are in the actual list! "Amnesiac" is just like "Hail To The Thief" in that they're slotted between two particularly iconic Radiohead albums to the point that they feel like also rans. That almost literally describes "Amnesiac" because the album was made from songs left over from the "Kid A" sessions. "Dollars & Cents" is a prime example of the general feel of those two albums, driven by moody guitar and moody Thom. Despite the lethargic description, they're not afraid to kick it up a notch later in the track, where the originally steady drums that had been anchoring the track, kick up a few notches all at once.

Previous entries:
2003There There#4
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
2016Daydreaming#6
2016Burn The Witch#22
2016Decks Dark#27
2016Identikit#34
2016Present Tense#59
2016The Numbers#93

89. Daft Punk - Veridis Quo

"Discovery" is a bit of a mixed bag when you look at individual songs even though as a whole piece it's rather refreshing. A lot of the songs themselves however, are often formed with few distinct ideas that can get overwhelming, particularly when there are vocal hooks. "Veridis Quo" is instrumental however, so it never really gets in the way. The only thing that resembles a hook here is one instrumental layer akin to a flute that chimes out some pleasant melodies over the top of the track.

Previous entries:
2007Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Radio Edit)#59
2013Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (feat Pharrell Williams)#52

88. Res - Golden Boys

It's always interesting to come across artists that time has seemingly forgotten, or at least as much as I'd like to think I knew the music of my time, Res is a name that's completely new to me. And yet she feels totally familiar to me. I'm surprised she wasn't bigger but perhaps she just didn't stand out enough in a time where her R&B/pop sound was reasonably in vogue. Her two biggest songs are this and "They-Say Visions", two songs that are somewhat opposites considering the way the tones change in the chorus, but both worthwhile listens.

87. Elbow - Any Day Now

Elbow are such a weird mixed bag of a band. It just seems that every now and then, they come out with something that effectively clicks with me. Incidentally, "Any Day Now" is very different to the bombast of "Leaders Of The Free World", as the volume is consistently on the low end for this one. It's kind of impressive that they manage to keep it engaging for a whole 6 minutes, through shifting the arrangement ever so slightly over time. I find the slight acapella sections to be particularly memorable.

Previous entries:
2005Leaders Of The Free World#16

86. System Of A Down - Psycho

And thus we come to the source of one of my dumb Twitter poll jokes. There's not much else you can say after 'PSYCHO! GROUPIE! COCAINE! CRAZY!', you could see it as a proto-"Feel Good Hit Of The Summer" if that hadn't already been released. Nonetheless, this has always made "Psycho" one of the more memorable cuts on "Toxicity" for me.

Previous entries:
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

85. Kasey Chambers - Runaway Train

Another one of the lessons I've taken away from this project is that I really do rather like Kasey Chambers. That is a surprise to me as growing up with "Not Pretty Enough" inescapable made me pretty certain I didn't enjoy her voice. But now pretty much every time I hear a song of hers, new or old, I find something to be impressed about. Country music has a habit of being easily pigeonholed into a few templates, but Kasey is rather creative with how she delves into different musical styles. "Runaway Train" is relatively straightforward in that regard, but it feels more catered for me as well. Maybe there's a link to "Bridal Train" being my favourite Waif song. Autistic people are supposed to like trains yeah?

84. P!nk - Family Portrait

Speaking of surprises. This is probably a bigger surprise for me than anyone else. For all my life I've found P!nk's music to generally be ok. The hyperbole she generates (because I live in Australia) always makes me never count her out, but it still just never really resonates with me, even if in hindsight some of her tracks from over the years I've grown to like. None moreso than this one though! Even though P!nk's music is omnipresent, and this was a hit, my first memory of this song is Australian Idol doing a P!nk week, and someone doing this song. As it wasn't a recognised song, it felt to me that they were getting the short end of the straw. I don't think I even processed the song, nor remembered it then either. It's only years later that I've come back to it and found myself thoroughly engaged. She takes a simple concept of a family that look happy together in photos but are in utter disarray otherwise and gets some great mileage out of it. I love the children's choir towards the end which caps it off well.

83. Something For Kate - Happy Endings

This song is characterised by some rollicking riffs that poke up and down with a lot of character to them. It makes for quite a contrast with how the opening bars are pretty relaxed. Also the start of the appearances for generally massive Paul Dempsey chorus hooks. It really exemplifies what they do best.

Previous entries:
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47

82. System Of A Down - Needles

As you may have learnt from last year's broadcast, System Of A Down have some particularly silly songs. Whether or not they're bragging about endowment or giving you a recipe for a ripping chicken stu. This time they're not in the helm of course, as Serj's tapeworm tells him what to do. It's absolutely chaotic and high on the list of things you should definitely not sing along to in public.

Previous entries:
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

81. Ash - Burn Baby Burn

This is Ash's first appearance on this list but they came ever so close in 2007 with their song "You Can't Have It All", the song I thought was the first of theirs I knew until I remembered...another song. That song is great pop rock that I'm taking the time to recommend as it's likely lesser known than this one. This song does play well to Ash's roots though, as a somewhat bratty pop rock band signified by the fact that they were super young when their debut came out.
80. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl

One of those many White Stripes songs that are perhaps best recognised by the iconic imagery of the music video. It also sticks out (moreso nowadays) for how different it is to The White Stripes' more recognised style. This is pure quick punk brattiness that ends as quickly as it starts.

Previous entries:
2003Seven Nation Army#58
2003The Hardest Button To Button#97

79. No Doubt - Hella Good

I generally enjoy No Doubt's singles though without paying much attention and until now I didn't have a single one in my iTunes library. So they're pretty consistently good, but this track is "Hella Good". It's kind of interesting the way it mixes the pop & rock, where it's clearly a pop song but there's this immense guitar riff that pokes out and becomes what I remember most fondly from it.

78. Daft Punk - Aerodynamic

One of the most fun instrumental pieces out there. It's held together by abrupt bell chimes, but they have a lot of fun with it. Just like another song on "Discovery", the song hits its peak with this ridiculously cheesy hair metal guitar solo in the middle.

Previous entries:
2001Veridis Quo#89
2007Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Radio Edit)#59
2013Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (feat Pharrell Williams)#52

77. Soulwax - Conversation Intercom (Dave Bascombe Radio Mix)

This is actually a '90s song and I have to admit that it doesn't sound particularly different to this 2001 released mix of it. I feel like the prime difference is that this version puts more megaphone effects on the chorus vocals, as was the style at the time. Either way, it seems to be the version of the song that I'm familiar with, much like the remix of N*E*R*D's "Maybe", so there's an inherent fondness derived from that. And even though my first thought of Soulwax is for making dance music, just like their previous entries, this is more of a conventional rock track that is immensely catchy.

Previous entries:
2004Any Minute Now#21
2004E Talking#23

76. R.E.M. - Imitation Of Life

Welcome to the first entry for what will hopefully be a massive legacy for one of my all time favourite bands, R.E.M.. I think I've had a soft spot for them ever since hearing their name, which always stuck out in a memorable way for me. That and of course growing up with a handful of their hits on the radio and rather enjoying them before even knowing who they were by, both before and after R.E.M. became that radio hits band, they've been making wonderful music. "Imitation Of Life" has always been a song I've found weird because how bizarre the lyrics are, but it's always been about those wonderfully pleasant melodies.

75. Björk - Pagan Poetry

"Vespertine" is for many people the absolute peak of Björk's music, something I didn't know much about because it was one of the few albums of hers that I had heard nothing from. I've had a big helping of it now though because I pretty much had to listen to the whole thing for this project and it was thoroughly worthwhile. All of the songs are super lush, and all have some sort of unique hook to them to keep you coming back. It's hard to really write about it, whatever your opinion is about Björk, this song probably won't change it.

74. Paul Mac (feat Abby Dobson) - Gonna Miss You

It's kind of weird to me that Paul Mac's now been responsible for 5 different entries in my lists, I didn't think I had that much of an interest in his music. But you can't say that he doesn't have a lot of diversity under his belt. For this track, he slides the tempo back just a little and recruits the lead singer of Leonardo's Bride for some soulful crooning about death, lovely stuff.

Previous entries (Paul Mac):
2005Love Declaration (feat Aaradhna)#26
2008The Only One (feat Bertie Blackman)#53

73. System Of A Down - Shimmy

This is a song I've heard many times, possibly more than nearly every other song on the album purely because it was included on the soundtrack to Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 4, a severely underrated entry in the series in my opinion. Perhaps it was chosen because it was so short so they didn't need to compress it much and worry about space limits. Otherwise what else is there to say but that it's a song that makes you wanna shimmy, shimmy, shimmy to the break of dawn, yeah.

Previous entries:
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

72. Radiohead - Knives Out

One of the big singles from "Amnesiac" and a song I've always liked without it standing out particularly much as a big Radiohead highlight. It is probably one of their more faithful songs to their '90s material as it doesn't delve much into electronics and remains pretty conventional. It really shows how much mileage the band could get out of those neatly picked guitar riffs, that nicely anchor this song whose tempo never really changes.

Previous entries:
2001Dollars & Cents#90
2003There There#4
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
2016Daydreaming#6
2016Burn The Witch#22
2016Decks Dark#27
2016Identikit#34
2016Present Tense#59
2016The Numbers#93

71. Something For Kate - Stunt Show

"Echolalia" opens with something of a whisper. The first minute of this song is pretty much just Paul and an acoustic guitar. It's only once the chorus finally hits that the song kicks up a gear, and it's just like "Happy Endings" with those evocative hooks. Credit to the rest of the band too, as they get to do some more interesting things with the instrumental later in the track.

Previous entries:
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
70. System Of A Down - Prison Song

Speaking of opening songs, System Of A Down also start with something of a literal whisper, though the whole of this song is far from it. One of their more political songs in such a way that it's impossible to ignore. But the song also sticks out for Serj's particularly speedy delivery in the verses with one of his less conventional tones. The chorus is of course a better sign of what's to come. This song in particular always makes me think back to an instance earlier in this decade where my brother & I were semi-lost driving back from an errand, having to rely on my phone's GPS which I didn't know how to operate outside of being able to tell the current distance from the destination as the crow flies. It's the biggest game of 'Hot or Cold' I've ever played, but we also had the "Toxicity" album blasting which was perhaps my first reminder as an adult of just how much I still loved this album.

Previous entries:
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

69. FC Kahuna - Hayling

The vocalist on this track is Hafdís Huld for the record. Otherwise I'm not quite sure what to say about this. It's a song that's appeared on many a soundtrack though I'm not confident on which one I know it from. Because of that, this feels both like a song I can't remember not existing, and a song whose soothing composition makes it hard to believe it was written by people. It just hits the right spot I think.

68. Zero 7 (feat Sia) - Distractions

You can't go wrong with the combination of Zero 7 & Sia. This is however a song that's new to me but still succeeds no differently to their prior collaborations I'd heard. Even for Zero 7's standards, this is rather reserved, making for some pleasant acoustic-driven electro. But Sia's singing distracts me from that truth.

Previous entries (Zero 7):
2004Somersault (feat Sia)#65

Previous entries (Sia):
2003Don't Bring Me Down#93
2004Sunday#19
2004Where I Belong#24
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89

67. Muse - Space Dementia

Famously featuring Matt's zipper, which you can hear tucked away in the mix during the extended coda. It's also on the front half of "Origin Of Symmetry" which means it's Muse at their most colossal. Interestingly this happens as the guitar largely sits in the background, with some dynamic drumming and piano sliding in the forefront.

Previous entries:
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

66. Cannibal Ox - The F-Word

No, not that f-word, though it does crop up in the lyrics. Instead this song takes inspiration from Thundercat and Papyrus the skeleton's favourite thing, the friend zone! It's kind of interesting that the song sounds the way that it does because it doesn't really match up with the vulnerable lyrics. Personally what made this song stand out for me is the production, which has some really clever tricks up its sleeves. Apparently it was produced by someone called El-Producto, I wonder what he's done since.

65. Tool - Schism

I feel like this is Tool's biggest radio hit which is interesting because it's still 7 minutes long. I still find it hard to comment on Tool's notoriety because I've been following music closely for a little over 11 years which means that I've still never witnessed the rolling out of a new Tool album. It's an easy song to get into though, because I know the pieces fit into a pretty coherent track.

Previous entries:
2006Vicarious#88
2006The Pot#93

64. Mary J. Blige - Family Affair

I know what you're here for so I'll deliver it up front: dancery, hateration, holeration. A track has to be seriously high quality to get away with gall of that caliber, but surely everyone knows that this song is all that. Either way we don't need no haters. It's also just impressive that she had this level of success at this stage in her career, nearly a decade removed from when she released her first album, and then half a decade after that she went on to score the biggest R&B/hip-hop hit of all time according to Billboard. Nothing but respect.

63. Björk - Hidden Place

The opening track from "Vespertine" offers a good example of what's to come. Though the chorus is very limited lyrically, it's accentuated by some really wonderful choral vocals that feel like a hall of ghosts. The electronic stuttering also feels very in line with what she would go on to do, but still remaining reasonably pop friendly.

Previous entries:
2001Pagan Poetry#75

62. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle

Because Taylor Swift told me to, right? But don't write yourself off yet Jimmy Eat World, as no doubt you'll move on from this and release even more songs I love. Even if this isn't remotely my favourite, there's no way I can badmouth it as I probably wouldn't have heard all those lower listed songs if not for my immediate love of this track. Either way it's still pretty great, it never stops being fun.

Previous entries:
2004Pain#29
2005Disintegration#3
2010My Best Theory#19

61. System Of A Down - Bounce

Speaking of fun, this is probably System Of A Down at peak silly fun. I'm always reminded of a post on the Popjustice forums where someone suggested that this could totally make a great Girls Aloud song, and I'd love to see it. Even if my more recently preferred apparatus relating to upward & downward motion is the seesaw, I cannot resist the might of POGOPOGOPOGOPOGOPOGOPOGOPOGOPOGO.

Previous entries:
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
60. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - As I Sat Sadly By Her Side

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds so often come close to these lists without quite making it (even with "Fifteen Feet Of Pure White Snow" in this list!) so this long gap between entries does not at all represent disinterest between, because they're always great and worth my time. Yet again the song that breaks through is the slow brooding one, this time with even more classical instrumentation. The way the piano punctuates the hook is just so expertly crafted to keep you on this ride of ebs & flows.

Previous entries:
2013Jubilee Street#55

59. System Of A Down - Deer Dance

I would say that I'm out of quick and dumb System Of A Down songs but that's a promise I can't keep. It's strange how this song's pre-chorus is so bouncy and fun, but then it leads to "PUSHING LITTLE CHILDREN, WITH THEIR FULLY AUTOMATICS". It's jarring to say the least. I think I most enjoy the bridge of this song, which has the more jolly side of SOAD (kind of like "Radio/Video" but not THAT silly). For a band that's known for being loud, they have really ear-catching guitar tones on the more quiet moments.

Previous entries:
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32

58. Weezer - Hash Pipe

2000s Weezer is just really dumb. I say this as someone who's more apologetic than most, because even the songs I like are often anchored by really meatheaded guitar riffs and lyrics. This is like the beefier "Pork & Beans" before that song existed. Rivers takes his falsetto to places that are perhaps ill-advised, but gahdamn this song just kicks me. I obviously needed to carefully transition out of System with an even louder & dumber rock song.

Previous memories:
2001Island In The Sun#99
2002Keep Fishin'#98
2009(If You're Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To#58

57. Muse - Futurism

Once again, Muse strike gold with what was originally just the Japanese bonus track on the album. While it's one of the loudest moments on "Origin Of Symmetry", it's also relatively cleanly produced which has made it age relatively well for me. That being said, I'm all here for the mechanical chaos of those post-chorus guitars. Matt also manages to tone down the vocal histrionics and yet still craft one of their more compelling hooks.

Previous entries:
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

56. Aaliyah - More Than A Woman

I'm not saying that "We Need A Resolution" would also be on this list if it were on iTunes but I am saying that I'm a very lazy person. Incidentally as far as Aaliyah's 2000s hits, this is one I wasn't very familiar with. Though I gather it's not as well known here as it is in the UK where it was pushed as a posthumous #1 hit for her. And considering the standards of posthumous hits, this is pretty damn great. It really shows how readily she could adapt to modern production techniques, and then makes you think of what could have been had tragic circumstances not come to pass.

55. Alicia Keys - Fallin'

I've always liked Alicia Keys on the basis that I've always liked this song but I have to admit I never realised just how much I did like it until I went back to it and wow this is a winner. It's a perfect blend of soul & pop to make something that hits all the spots for both categories. And of course it was a success, it sounds like an instant timeless classic. Ironically it's kind of surprising that the song has its title given the very unfortunate timing of the song's push. I know the title shouldn't affect a song, but a short & non-complex one fits this song like a glove.

Previous entries:
2003You Don't Know My Name#54

54. Neil Finn - Wherever You Are

Thanks largely to the UK Charts, as I do this process, I come across so many music careers long past their cultural relevance. It's often interesting to hear this material but so often it's just going through the motions and little more. This precedent is why I'm super surprised to have a solo Neil Finn track from the 21st century in my list. Not that I'm not a fan or anything, but I feel like the heyday of Crowded House ends right around the Opera House performance. This track though I feel could totally pass as classic Crowded House, with all the touchstones of the past on full display. Beautiful melodies with pleasant music to soothe the soul.

53. George - Special Ones

To make one last stop on the "Polyserena" stage. While high on the dramatics, it's actually a rather low key affair for the most part with Katie only really showing off her pipes towards the very end of the song. What this means is that it lends the song to more playful and melodic vocals that really show a lot of personality.

Previous entries:
2002Spawn#18
2002Strange Days#57
2002Breaking It Slowly#62

52. Zero 7 (feat Sophie Barker) - In The Waiting Line

So ingrained in the mentality of 'Zero 7's Sia collaborations' are the best, I genuinely thought this was Sia as well. Evidently Sophie Barker has some similar vocal tone, though she goes for a deeper, huskier tone than Sia for the most part here. It probably makes for a better fit as she really makes the chorus go down a treat.

Previous entries (Zero 7):
2001Distractions (feat Sia)68
2004Somersault (feat Sia)#65

51. Felix da Housecat - Silver Screen (Shower Scene)

I do mentally link this with "Hayling" because it's alphabetically close and because I probably also heard it through a soundtrack sync that I don't recall. Other than that, the songs couldn't be much different. This is one of those slimey club bangers that for some reason clicks with me. It also completely justifies how long I took to put this list together because in the middle of making it, this song disappeared from iTunes and Spotify.
50. Alisha's Attic - Pretender Got My Heart

I know that Alisha's Attic had two reasonably big hits here in the late '90s but I don't know how either of them go. This song however feels strangely familiar to me and I don't know whether or not I've somehow gotten to it via Bridget Jones's Osmosis. It's kind of strange for a soundtrack hit though, and it feels older than it is, with the main instrumental hook and whispering vocals making it very reminiscent of The Cure or Siouxsie & The Banshees. Re-discovery or not, it was quite a nice surprise to dig up for this.
49. The Strokes - Barely Legal

Now we finally get back a song whose history is more clear to me. And that history is that this is a song on The Strokes' album "Is This It" which is an album I've heard many times. It's also one of the tracks on it that feel like they must be a single, even though it wasn't one. It's probably the song on the album that has the most to offer with all the sudden tempo shifts, the last one being particularly memorable.

Previous entries:
2001Take It Or Leave It#97
2003Reptilia#1
200312:51#57
2005Juicebox#25
2006Heart In A Cage#15
2006You Only Live Once#65
2011Under Cove Of Darkness#14
2011Metabolism#82
48. Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

Suffice to say I've had a mixed past with this song. My earliest memory is finding it a bit dull even though I loved the viral Daft Hands video that propelled the song further. There was the big live version that was huge on the radio in 2007 that I wasn't too interested in the time but grew to like, while still finding this version dull. I even enjoyed Art vs. Science's Like A Version in 2011 while still not being into the song. It wasn't until the 2013 Hottest 100 special that the song finally clicked with me. This was shortly after "Random Access Memories" was released so I was in a good mood with Daft Punk but I found myself having so much fun with the track. It just does the usual Daft Punk trick of combining a few elements and cycling through them in creative ways to sustain an exciting experience.

Previous entries:
2001Aerodynamic#78
2001Veridis Quo#89
2007Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Radio Edit)#59
2013Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (feat Pharrell Williams)#52
47. Something For Kate - Say Something

Shout out to anyone else who's become a lighthouse over the years. Something of a Something For Kate banger here though. It was such a weird contrast to what I'd heard from the band prior even though it still fits right in. I've always had a lot of fun with this.

Previous entries:
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
46. Missy Elliott (feat Eve) - 4 My People

Now for a new discovery that had me really impressed. I have no memory of either this or the Basement Jaxx edit that made it a hit. I much prefer the original album version here, where the production is more fitting. I guess it's a bit of a "Day N Nite" situation.

Previous entries (Missy Elliott):
2015WTF (Where They From) (feat Pharrell Williams)#85

Previous entries (Eve):
2001Let Me Blow Ya Mind (feat Gwen Stefani)#92
45. So Solid Crew - 21 Seconds

I basically only know this song because it was a UK #1 hit, and for that it's one of the most fascinating there's ever been. Tom Ewing wrote a far better blurb on it than I ever could for Popular here http://freakytrigger.co.uk/popular/2016/02/so-solid-crew-21-seconds/ The main deal is that it's a posse cut based on a simple gimmick of each verse getting 21 seconds. Though it seems silly, it proves oddly potent as no rapper outstays their welcome.
44. The Shins - New Slang

Because the guy from Scrubs made me do it. Although that's only tangentially because I've never seen Garden State, and though I was very familiar with The Shins' later material on the radio, it wasn't until the Hottest 100 of all time that I ever heard this song! But it's a song that's always welcoming, and thus changed my life.

Previous entries:
2003Kissing The Lipless#32
2003So Says I#36
2003Saint Simon#50
2006Phantom Limb#11
2007Sea Legs#19
2007Australia#29
2012Simple Song#66
43. Augie March - There Is No Such Place

Keeping up with the relaxing folksy pop, here's Augie March extending their run of entries that'd still be nearly twice as long if they hadn't just missed in 2014. Even for Augie March standards, this is a really gentle and pleasant track.

Previous entries:
2002This Train Will Be Taking No Passengers#25
2002Little Wonder#65
2006One Crowded Hour#3
2006The Cold Acre#27
2006Stranger Strange#96
2008Watch Me Disappear#100
42. Pulp - Bad Cover Version

First time in for Pulp, who I'm obviously more familiar with the '90s material of, whether or not the material pertains to eras of the 2000s and meeting up and such. For my pick of what I've heard of their later stuff, we have some bell chimes that akin to Florence + The Machine's "Breaking Down", makes it sound borderline Christmassy. Old mate Jarv sells the chorus with so much compassion though, which is what I keep coming back to this song for.
41. James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)

Speaking of '90s bands, here's James! Although I've had much more time to get used to this because it randomly managed them a 2nd Hottest 100 hit many years after their first. It's also very much of a different tone to that, which I suppose was sort of in vogue as it reminds me of a certain Gomez song from a year earlier. The main thing I always took away from this song is that the parentheses could easily be shifted a bit, or just replaced altogether. The chorus keeps it from being gloomy though, with quite a lift in spirit not unlike the prior Pulp song.
40. Sticky (feat Ms. Dynamite) - Booo!

I have to say that if Ms. Dynamite wasn't on this, I might not have given it enough of a chance as it could easily appear to be vintage early 2000s UK chart fodder with the odd difference in that it's 15 minutes shorter than the norm. I will say though that it's not all Ms. Dynamite's work here, as Sticky's production on here makes for one of the tightest garage tunes I've ever heard. That we've got pure fire spitting going on over the top is just a bonus.

Previous entries (Ms. Dynamite):
2002Put Him Out#67
2002Dy-Na-Mi-Tee#79
2002It Take More (Bloodshy Main Mix)#85
39. The Sleepy Jackson - Good Dancers

It feels like I've been waiting the longest time to put this song on one of my lists. At least twice I found out that it was older than I thought and had to shift it back a year, so now I finally get to heap praise on The Sleepy Jackson. While they can be a little hit and miss for me, it's those glorious hits that really do it for me, most of all this track. Luke spares no chance to do the falsetto thing with Empire of the Sun in the future that it gets a little tiring, but here it's quite the delight. Wonderful pop.
38. Ash - Shining Light

This is actually the Ash song that I've known the longest time, so I have a bit of a nostalgic attachment to it that helps override the fact that it's a bit of a cheesy ballad. Calling someone a 'shining light' is only a few tiny steps above a 'wonderwall'. Still, there's so much passion put into it that I can almost buy it. They even turn the cheese up another level with a garish chord change near the end but I don't care, I love it.

Previous entries:
2001Burn Baby Burn#81
37. Björk - It's Not Up To You

Quickly became the "Vespertine" cut I was most enjoying. The production is really tight and not overbearing. It only picks up once the chorus comes which gives one of the strongest hooks I've heard from Björk capped off with beautifully shimmering notes behind her. While listening to Björk can be a taxing experience (in a good way!) this is just pure relaxation.

Previous entries:
2001Hidden Place#63
2001Pagan Poetry#75
36. Radiohead - Morning Bell / Amnesiac

Before I started this project, there were about 3 songs on "Amnesiac" I knew by name, so this was a long awaited moment of putting names to tunes. So "Morning Bell / Amnesiac" was one of those big "Oh it's that song" moments. This is the sort of track that wouldn't be out of place on "OK Computer", considering the occasionally uplifting chorus moments to bring up the mood on what is otherwise Radiohead at their moodiest.

Previous entries:
2001Knives Out#72
2001Dollars & Cents#90
2003There There#4
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
2016Daydreaming#6
2016Burn The Witch#22
2016Decks Dark#27
2016Identikit#34
2016Present Tense#59
2016The Numbers#93

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35. Daft Punk - Something About Us

I mean she's obviously responsible for everything that's ever happened in music, but for a more tangible reason, it's also possible that a lot of these Daft Punk songs are here because of Owl Eyes. I'm pretty sure what happened is that she covered this song a few years ago, which I wasn't familiar with but enjoyed when I looked it up after. I then probably went to iTunes and realised that "Discovery" was really cheap and instead of just buying the one track, bought the whole thing. This track on its own is special of course. As a departure from the mostly club bangers on the album, we get this strangely emotional robotic love song, there's just something about it.

Previous entries:
2001Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger#48
2001Aerodynamic#78
2001Veridis Quo#89
2007Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Radio Edit)#59
2013Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (feat Pharrell Williams)#52
34. Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)

The one thing I have to point out about this song is that THE MUSIC VIDEO IS SOOOOOOOOO GOOD. But the song is really good as well. The production is mesmerising and sounds like nothing else out there, while Roots persistently carries it with great flow.
33. Garbage - Androgyny

I don't know if I was initially aware of this being a Garbage song. That may be partly because I didn't know what Garbage were until I saw the music video for...another song of theirs on a flight many years after this. So it's definitely another one of those songs I know from growing up though I couldn't tell you what I thought of it at the time. Nowadays I know that I really like it. It's Garbage, perhaps at their poppiest, but that's a genre they've never been too far removed from at the first place so it's an easy fit.

Previous entries:
2005Why Do You Love Me#87
2016So We Can Stay Alive#31
32. System Of A Down - Jet Pilot

A late bloomer for me, as for a long time it's not a song that really stuck out to me. The song puts quite a bit of effort into achieving it though because it's one of their most frantic songs from the opening seconds. It's another one of those System tracks that don't really feel finished as it's rather short, but gosh it leaves an impression in those 2 minutes.

Previous entries:
2001Deer Dance#59
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
31. Something For Kate - Jerry, Stand Up

This song is on Something For Kate's Best Of which I've owned for years, but since this is not a song I really recognised, it never really got many plays from me. It wasn't until I went back to "Echolalia" that I realised I already owned this song and it was one of my absolute favourites on it. Another where all it takes to sell me is pure conviction on a hook. Paul Dempsey is a national treasure.

Previous entries:
2001Say Something#47
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
30. Gorillaz - 19-2000

Now here's a song that I can talk about my earliest encounters quite clearly because this was pretty much my favourite song when it came out. To the point where my parents got me the latest So Fresh CD for my birthday that year, purely because this song was on it, and the very first thing I did was put it on. So compared to most things I loved as a kid, Gorillaz really do hold up quite well, perhaps as the music itself is interesting enough to go beyond the novelty of 'hey, they're a cartoon band'. I could only imagine how weird this would have been if it were the debut single, the first thing people heard from this new project from the guy from Blur. Not that I knew what Blur was at the time, I just loved the relaxing tune and I still do.

Previous entries:
2005Feel Good Inc. (feat De La Soul)#33
2005DARE (feat Shawn Ryder)#42
2005Dirty Harry#94
2010On Melancholy Hill#23
2010Doncamatic (All Played Out) (feat Daley)#38
2010Rhinestone Eyes#59
2010Stylo (feat Mos Def & Bobby Womack)#63
29. Kylie Minogue - In Your Eyes

Here's another song I loved at the time. Or at least I think I did. At the very least I was really into it when it turned up on a SingStar game just 5 years later (2001 & 2006 feel a lot further apart than 5 years I must say). Anyone who knows me here has probably been well acquainted with the fact that this is probably my favourite Kylie song so it's no surpriiiiiise to see it here I imagine. Everything about it just comes together so well. Even in a time when I was firmly against auto-tune, I found that the vocoder effect on the backing vocals made for a strong contrast. It all borders on being a blueprint for what I love in dance-pop music.

Previous entries:
2001Come Into My World#96
2001Can't Get You Out Of My Head#98
2003Red Blooded Woman#44
28. Grant Kirkhope - Atlantis

It was inevitable that I'd eventually sprawl into the world of video game music here. Most of the period around 2002-2014 is a bit of a blur to me with video games because I was completely out of touch with the popular trends & games, somewhat accelerated by always getting onto the new Ninty consoles close to the end of their lifespan. I was also possibly pretty jaded about new gaming trends. Even into the late 2000s I was still playing my Nintendo 64 quite a lot because those were the games I truly loved, and getting all the Perfect Agent missions on Perfect Dark is a task I was not ready for when the game first came out :p But as I've said in a review or two in the past, I do think that gaming from around this era really did shape some of my preferences in music. So Grant Kirkhope (and David Wise)'s work soundtracking those classic Rareware games of that time really left an impression on me, which is why I always have an inclination towards pretty melodies in music. A lot of what they did was done with MIDI's, which is a way of compressing sounds into very specific tones so they can be combined in a way that doesn't consume too much memory. And they're made for games like Banjo, which are lively games wherein you spend a long time hearing these tunes on repeat, so they have to be fit for the purpose. I've perhaps more to say when I get further back, but for this time being, we're in the realm of Banjo-Tooie, a game that was perhaps my absolute favourite as a kid for taking the charm of the first game but adding more creative puzzles and expansive worlds to the mix. Worlds really is the right word for it to, with many of the levels like Witchyworld or Grunty Industries feeling like their own self-contained eco-systems, where they're initially very closed off, but then you get a satisfying progression as you gradually open everything up. They have memorable tunes too, but my highlight from the soundtrack is "Atlantis". It's actually the one main tune from the soundtrack that isn't comprising of a whole world, but rather half of one. One of the best tricks they did with the soundtracks of those games is that they'd take the existing soundtrack and modulate it depending on the situation, the most memorable of which being how the tune becomes more muffled when you go underwater. For the 4th world, Jolly Roger's Lagoon, this wasn't enough. As much of it is underwater, the world gets its own second theme in the form of "Atlantis", which is pretty much everything I just said culminated in one track. Nobody likes water levels in platformers, but this tune makes it feel worth it, as a beautiful melodic soundbed to accompany you as you struggle for the 10th time trying to remember how to get items out of the transparent fish.
27. Spiderbait - Outta My Head

I didn't look at my old Hottest 100 thread ranks for this list when I was making it, even though I usually do because I was in a hurry. But one thing I did notice is that this song ranked far lower in that list than what this position dictates. It surprised me because this is always a song I've loved. Like most Spiderbait songs with Janet on lead vocals, it was one of those songs that blew my mind to find out it was by Spiderbait. But still it's just such a fun song that I couldn't justify putting it any lower now.

Previous entries:
2004Black Betty#77
26. System Of A Down - Aerials

We're finally getting into the big guns for "Toxicity" with this being one of those big singles that I'd know even if I didn't own the album. It's also the closing track and a complete change of pace, being more of a rock ballad than anything and probably the best one the band have ever done. Serj doesn't even really put on his angry/shouting voice for this one which is a surprising change. There's also a hidden track at the end that I think Winamp doesn't skip even though I make iTunes skip it, I don't remember anything about it.

Previous entries:
2001Jet Pilot#32
2001Deer Dance#59
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
25. Regurgitator - Fat Cop

Regurgitator got really close to making this list recently with "My Friend Robot", but rather than limping their way in, their first actual impression does them very well. This is a song I'd never heard of until Daniel made that ARIA top 50 re-cap video of 10 years prior back in 2011, and I found this song so peculiar and weird, even for Regurgitator. The riff in particular sticks out as reminiscent of "Kashmir", and even though it's so juvenile, I just love the dumb 'yeah yeah yeah yeah' vocals, in this absolutely not juvenile song about saying a police officer is a blimp in a blue hat.
24. Nas - One Mic

Nas really is one of the greatest of all time. He falls into the trap of making goofy songs with goofy samples for radio hits, but when he's in focus on his albums you've got some of the tightest rapping in the game. This song makes a big impression because it feels like it's going to be a relaxed affair but then it just crescendos into something monstrous. But it leaves an impression on you, which is apt for a song about how all he needs is one mic to do so.

Previous entries:
2002Last Real Ni**a Alive#5
2002Made You Look#49
2005We Major (with Kanye West)#2
23. OutKast (feat Killer Mike) - The Whole World

If that was too heavy though, we're back to being silly. At least only in tone because this is one of OutKast's most playful tunes. I'm actually surprised it wasn't a big hit single (except in New Zealand) but I guess it wasn't really promoted since it's not for a proper OutKast album. Still, despite the cheery piano tune, this is a pretty dark tune lyrically, tackling all sorts of racial prejudice and general schadenfreude, ba ba, ba ba ba da. Also as evidenced by their BET Awards speech several years prior, OutKast are always repping their contemporaries from Atlanta. Case in point, Killer Mike is on this song (wd to the majority on my Twitter poll) and I always find it amazing how he sounds exactly the same here as he does now.

Previous entries (OutKast):
2003Hey Ya!#37
2003Prototype#59
2003GhettoMusick#83
22. System Of A Down - Toxicity

Here's another one of those big singles, and it might actually be the first song I ever heard from this band because I distinctly remember hearing it as the soundtrack to a stickdeath video, which was my favourite website as a kid. It's one of their most complete songs so it's filled with hooks, mostly driven from the way the pace constantly shifts in the chorus. The rollicking bridge is a highlight in itself as well.

Previous entries:
2001Aerials#26
2001Jet Pilot#32
2001Deer Dance#59
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
21. Nobuo Uematsu - To Zanarkand

If my last blurb concerning video games wasn't long enough, I'm here to talk to you about a little game called Final Fantasy X. Excluding Secret Of Mana, which I borrowed from a friend and never finished, this was pretty much the first JRPG that I ever played. It completely blew me away primarily through its graphics which were so many magnitudes further into the future than anything else I'd seen in a video game before. Even now, though a lot of the shading is a bit questionable, the cutscenes in the game are just visually stunning. For a long time that's all I could really remark on because I was mainly watching my brother play through it and I couldn't make any sense of the plot or progression, just that every now and then he'd get to progressively tougher boss battles. What are Japanese games without confusing and expansive plots though? If I could sum up Final Fantasy X's plot, it's supposed to be about a spiritual journey of growth in order to defeat a threat to all life, but along the way you get threads relating to racial prejudice and corruption in leadership & religion. It wasn't until I'd played it through many times that I could piece everything together because there's so much going on and I wasn't very good at analysing plots. It's a story that makes you feel things though, which is primarily why I have a reason to talk about it now. When you boot up the game and don't hit start to skip it, you're greeted by a meandering cutscene with the main characters sitting around, and this song playing. It doesn't really mean much until you find out that what you've just seen is a moment that happens roughly 70-80% of the way through the main story, and only once you get there do you realise the emotional severity of the situation, and once that happens, this song takes on a new life. Even as a long time pianist, I myself am stunned at the way that carefully arranged notes like this can evoke so much out of me.
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20. Muse - Bliss

I refuse to believe any person hears the chorus lyrics to this song correctly without looking it up. I personally find it difficult not to sing along and say 'bliss' anyway. Given Matt's ridiculous speech patterns, it's pretty believable anyway. Either way, this is Muse close to their most grandiose, much of the instrumentation being stripped away for the chorus turns it into this massive moment.

Previous entries:
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
19. Eels - Souljacker Part 1

I don't have particularly high interest in Eels but that might just be because I've heard the wrong songs, and from what I've heard they're far more eclectic than I might be giving them credit for. Mostly though I know them for pretty relaxed songs that sometimes evoke something out of me but not much. All that did is make for more of a surprise when I got to hearing this song and outside of Mr. E's talkbox vocals, it was nothing like I'd known the band. Like Cake's "The Distance", this is a song that gallops out of the gate with quite a stride. The guitar solo that follows the 'oh yeah' is just perfect.
18. Ben Folds - Rockin' The Suburbs

I've known this song for a long time but didn't really get the point of it for most of that. It's possibly because I might have first heard the version of the song in "Over The Hedge" which kind of misses the point of the song, or makes it hilarious to appear in an animated kid's movie if you do know about it, your mileage may vary. You go on to hear the actual song and you're greeted by this super polished (thank you based producers with computers) track about the hardships of being male, middle class & white. Please read that sentence with all the irony in the world before you think that this is the worst thing ever written. But if you don't, maybe you can relate because it'll get you really pissed off and make you wanna say...some word.

Previous entries:
2004Adelaide#44
17. The Strokes - Hard To Explain

I mean obviously this is the best song on "Is This It", that should be certified into law by now. It perfectly encapsulates the thrill that they brought to the table at the time with an immense persisting guitar riff that just never gets old. It's so effective that there's a well known mash up of this with Christina Aguilera's "Genie In A Bottle" which has that riff playing throughout which works really well and does a great service to both tracks.

Previous entries:
2001Barely Legal#49
2001Take It Or Leave It#97
2003Reptilia#1
200312:51#57
2005Juicebox#25
2006Heart In A Cage#15
2006You Only Live Once#65
2011Under Cove Of Darkness#14
2011Metabolism#82
16. Radiohead - Life In A Glasshouse

Radiohead getting all noir up in this. It's heavy on those gloomy (I've used this word a lot I realise) horns that really fit that sort of cynical crime film setting. It's also for me, one of Thom's best vocal performances, emoting so brilliantly over this jazzy tune. Was pretty much an instant highlight the first time I ever listened to the album.

Previous entries:
2001Morning Bell / Amnesiac#36
2001Knives Out#72
2001Dollars & Cents#90
2003There There#4
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
2016Daydreaming#6
2016Burn The Witch#22
2016Decks Dark#27
2016Identikit#34
2016Present Tense#59
2016The Numbers#93
15. Garbage - Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go)

This is of course the Garbage song that I was referring to before. I found the video particularly memorable and ever since it's been a song I've had a lot of love for. Once again it's a wonderful melding of pop & rock with the chorus shifting the tone instantly, but it doesn't feel like it doesn't belong. It all culminates wonderfully towards the end with that glorious chant of 'go baby, go baby'. Shirley really has a lot of range to show off here.

Previous entries:
2001Androgyny#33
2005Why Do You Love Me#87
2016So We Can Stay Alive#31
14. Muse - New Born

"Origin Of Symmetry" at close to its most bloated and ridiculous. You're lulled into a false sense of security with the soft intro before everything lets loose shortly after. Distorted guitar riffs flying everywhere. It's almost as if they had a nice moment going on and just wanted to spoil it. Some of the best drumming on the record as well, with every beat accentuating the roughness of the track.

Previous entries:
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
13. System Of A Down - Forest

A long time personal favourite for me this, it's one of the few tracks I already had on iTunes before I bought the whole album. Despite being an album track, it DOES feel like a complete song, one complete with a rollicking riff and soaring chorus. I'd write more but gosh I've put too much on my own plate haven't I?

Previous entries:
2001Toxicity#22
2001Aerials#26
2001Jet Pilot#32
2001Deer Dance#59
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
12. Immortal Technique - Dance With The Devil

I have to preface this by saying that I absolutely know the reputation this song gets as one of those obvious touch stones of what is for a certain group of people who otherwise loathe most of hip hop, something to be considered 'real' hip hop. A reputation it gets because it's a well known song that tells a memorable story. To be fair, you have to have a high IQ to understand "Dance With The Devil", the humour is very subtle and whatnot. All that aside though, it really is a powerful and poignant track. It's got a chilling beat and atmosphere which gets you focusing on the words, which is something you should do because when you get to THAT lyric for the first time, it's easy to be quite stunned. Also let's not forget that this song was clearly the first to call out Kevin Spacey.
11. Muse - Citizen Erased

Among Muse fans this song has quite a reputation as a favourite. It welcomes it as it was until 2015, the longest song Muse had ever recorded. You could say that it epitomises much of what people love about them. It's kind of like a 7 minute jam fest though it is pretty structured all the same. The main thing I remember about it is just THAT riff, and specifically THOSE notes within that riff which just punch out through the mix. It is a thrill ride.

Previous entries:
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
10. Gorillaz (feat Del The Funky Homosapien) - Clint Eastwood

Now I said that "19-2000" was my favourite song as a kid, but that's only because I had a terrible attention span and readily changed it every few months. Evidently I should have made a personal chart or something. But part of why I loved "19-2000" is because I was primed to liking it through the single that came before it. I had not heard of The Specials at the time so I had heard nothing quite like this, and certainly nothing quite like this that happened to be by an animated band. I was just mesmerised by the chorus even though I had most of the words long, while Del's voice was really cool and interesting. My biggest memory was that in music class in 2001, we had to pick a song for the whole class to learn the words to and sing, and to do that we had a vote. This song won, but there were some murmurs about the fact that the song blatantly includes a swear word, and as it would turn out, the teacher couldn't get a copy of it so we got to do "U.G.L.Y." instead, which only got 2 votes. What an eternally rad song this is though.

Previous entries (Gorillaz):
200119-2000#30
2005Feel Good Inc. (feat De La Soul)#33
2005DARE (feat Shawn Ryder)#42
2005Dirty Harry#94
2010On Melancholy Hill#23
2010Doncamatic (All Played Out) (feat Daley)#38
2010Rhinestone Eyes#59
2010Stylo (feat Mos Def & Bobby Womack)#63
9. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On

Speaking of unique pop hits, something I took for granted for a while is just how there is nothing quite like this. Evidently there needs to be more bhangra in pop hits although maybe this song does enough just on its own. No one knows what it means but it's provocative and gets the people going. But really there just aren't many hit songs that sound this frenetic. Every time the beat stops for Missy to do another quick soundbite is like a moment that adds to the wonderful mystique of the song. HOLLLLLLLLLAAAAAA.

Previous entries:
20014 My People (feat Eve)#46
2015WTF (Where They From) (feat Pharrell Williams)#85
8. Daft Punk - Digital Love

Now we hit peak cheesy love song, courtesy of Daft Punk obviously. This song always makes me feel warm and fuzzy though, probably because they're good at that music thing and know just when to progress the beat here to get you pumped up. And as much as I love the base song, what I love the most is how they completely change the tone about halfway through with one of my all time favourite beat switches. And then they do it again and it's even better because it's bolstered by this gloriously cheesy guitar solo that I never tire of. You may say they're just imitating human speech, but I think machines have feelings too.

Previous entries:
2001Something About Us#35
2001Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger#48
2001Aerodynamic#78
2001Veridis Quo#89
2007Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive Radio Edit)#59
2013Get Lucky (feat Pharrell Williams)#9
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (feat Pharrell Williams)#52

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7. Nobuo Uematsu - Someday The Dream Will End

Now I had to include "To Zanarkand", that's the song pretty much everyone likes, but for my favourite we have to go just a tiny bit deeper, for a song that actually probably is similarly loved, but doesn't have the same point of reference for it to become *the* song. Incidentally, both of the songs appear pretty closely to each other storywise. Either way, it's a much more grand affair than "To Zanarkand" for me, partly because there's more instrumental layers to go around. The whole thing is so beautifully orchestrated, but anchored around an all time favourite melody of mine, something that gets me excited whenever I hear anything that remotely resembles it (it's why I don't hate "We Don't Talk Anymore" like I'm supposed to).

Previous entries:
2001To Zanarkand#21
6. System Of A Down - Chop Suey!

Oh yeah and System of a Down also made this song which is pretty cool I guess. Incidentally it does have the dubious honour of being the first song I ever illegally downloaded back when I was regrettably one of THOSE people (I've of course bought the song for real since). It's also since become largely apparent that this is far less of my song than I probably thought of it at the time, with this being one of those big early 2000s nostalgia hits that still crops up on my catalogue chart from time to time. I believe it is the most streamed song on Spotify from 2001 and if it's not on YouTube as well, it still has a shitload of plays there too. Probably just because it's so gosh darned confronting and memorable. It also features what is clearly one of the greatest brick jokes of all time in that the song is called "Chop Suey!", and half a decade after it was released, the 2 second portion of the music video where Serj is actually eating chop suey became the thumbnail on YouTube. They really do a great job of getting a lot of mileage out of the song though. What could be solely remembered for its shouty chorus has so much more to it, although they do take the piss out of it a little when the slower part of the song is instantly interrupted with a 'DIIIIIIIIIEEEEE'. Oh and System of a Down broke a record this year https://imgur.com/KrRYQA9

Previous entries:
2001Forest#13
2001Toxicity#22
2001Aerials#26
2001Jet Pilot#32
2001Deer Dance#59
2001Bounce#61
2001Prison Song#70
2001Shimmy#73
2001Needles#82
2001Psycho#86
2001Science#95
2002Innervision#56
2005Kill Rock 'n' Roll#5
2005Hypnotize#13
2005Radio/Video#24
2005B.Y.O.B.#30
2005Revenga#32
5. Zero 7 (feat Sia) - Destiny

Let's tone it down just a little though. This is a song that I can't recall when I discovered it, but I know I absolutely adored it when I did. For me it's pretty much the definitive song of that period I call early Sia, an increasingly anachronistic term to just mean Sia songs from before I'd heard of her. One of those songs where the music and the lyrics are so wonderfully married that they accentuate each other.

Previous entries (Zero 7):
2001In The Waiting Line (feat Sophie Barker)#52
2001Distractions (feat Sia)#68
2004Somersault (feat Sia)#65

Previous entries (Sia):
2001Distractions (with Zero 7)#68
2003Don't Bring Me Down#93
2004Sunday#19
2004Where I Belong#24
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#66
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#49
2010Stop Trying#15
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89
4. Something For Kate - Monsters

And this is one of those songs where the lyrics are so strong on their own that they accentuate the song to the fullest. I always will say justice for "King Kunta", justice for "Hey Ya!", justice for...I'll stop before I go overboard, but justice for "Monsters". Truly the all time greatest song about hanging upside down from the overpass and fighting internal demons in order to keep on living like everyone else. It's kind of funny that I remember my first ever post on this forum being one where I made my top 50 Australian songs, and I inserted this song in, not really remembering how it goes but knowing it was a notable song. Nowadays I probably like the song a lot more than my questionable high ranking for it at the time would suggest.

Previous entries:
2001Jerry, Stand Up#31
2001Say Something#47
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
3. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

If it's not clear already, I have a certain thing for a certain brand of high energy rock song that when it's playing, I can't keep still at all. I think nothing accentuates this feeling quite like this song. If you're not yelling 'SALT, SWEAT, SUGAR ON THE ASPHALT*' then I just don't get you. It's so perfectly accentuated by the guitar that picks up right when you expect it to. Even outside of the chorus it's pretty great, I mean that riff on the bridge, my god. Pop punk just doesn't get any better.

*kiss MY asphalt

Previous entries:
2001The Middle#62
2004Pain#29
2005Disintegration#3
2010My Best Theory#19
2. Muse - Plug In Baby

This is also pretty great for similar but different reasons. It is easy enough to say that Matt came up with the most glorious guitar riff ever and then quickly wrote a song around it. Without that riff, there pretty much is no "Plug In Baby", though you cannot deny that they do a good job of keeping up the excitement outside of that (unless you're playing it on Guitar Hero). There's a good reason why this spent a long time as my most played song of all time, and I can safely say that the love remains ever strong.

Previous entries:
2001Citizen Erased#11
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
1. Radiohead - Pyramid Song

But I mean of course this song was gonna be #1, that's been one of the easiest things to decide in a long time. This is like an overloading of the emotional principles behind "To Zanarkand", where much of the evocative nature of this song is not just through the notes themselves, but the unique time signature that directs them. Oddly enough that time signature is arguably 8/8, but played in an unconventional way. I was primed to like this song because the first time I heard of it was coming up to the 2009 Hottest 100 of all time, where they have all the suggestions and things and I remember Sarah Blasko putting this in her vote, which I took a note of because I liked her a lot. It wasn't much later until I finally heard the song and was thoroughly blown away. Of course there's not just piano, and I've always gotten a lot out of Jonny's vintage ondes martenot (which there'll be plenty more of next year!), and of course Thom's soul crushing singing. I know I'm a Radiohead fanboy who'll immediately shout superlatives to the skies, but this song is just one of the all time greats.

Previous entries:
2001Life In A Glasshouse#16
2001Morning Bell / Amnesiac#36
2001Knives Out#72
2001Dollars & Cents#90
2003There There#4
20032+2=5#17
2007Nude#18
2007Jigsaw Falling Into Place#21
2007Bodysnatchers#62
200715 Step#80
2007All I Need#92
2011Lotus Flower#89
2015Spectre#98
2016Daydreaming#6
2016Burn The Witch#22
2016Decks Dark#27
2016Identikit#34
2016Present Tense#59
2016The Numbers#93
Waving at you from Dec 31st, 2000...

Awesome #1 and list in general
Nice list Hijinx. Love the top 4 in particular and the impressive amount of System Of A Down.
Yes to Weezer, Something For Kate, You Am I, Pink, Ash, REM, Paulmac/Abby Dobson (yes!!!), Jimmy Eat World, Alicia Keys, George, The Shins, Gorillaz, Kylie, Ben Folds, Garbage, Zero 7, and of course all that Muse.

I feel like this list had more surprises than any other so far with seemingly several more pop hits than usual. Also a surprise was Alisha's Attic, I've never even heard of anything from them other than the two charting hits they had. Wow!

Special mention to Monsters being top five, fantastic!

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