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Just like certain other members on this forum, I have started making EOY lists from years from before I was making them. I already did one of 2015 August last year. I didn't make a thread back then, but now I've actually written commentary about the songs so I decided a thread was necessary.

Tomorrow (or today depending on your timezone) April 30th at 5 PM AEST the broadcast of my 2014 list will start. You can tune in here when the time arrives: https://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s40&p=17068
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100. CHVRCHES - Dead Air

We hold up to an idea and we'll fight it, what we can't see

While they certainly have good moments, the singles of the current CHVRCHES era have been rather disappointing for me. Especially considering the period of their first 2 albums where they could do pretty much no wrong for me. That also includes this single from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 soundtrack, which is a movie I may or may not have seen. Though they certainly have better songs in this vein, the melody puts this rather high in my standings nonetheless.

99. Seekae - Test & Recognise

When you asked me for some more I was energized

The first Australian song to appear today. You wouldn’t think this is a banger at first but it kind of becomes one? Front man Alex Cameron has in recent years garnered more notability overseas with his rockier solo stuff and also co-wrote several songs on the latest Killers album.

98. Kimbra (feat. Bilal) - Everlovin’ Ya

What. Is it. About you. don’t tell me. ‘Cause I don’t wanna knoooow

Being fairly impressed by the singles and generally quite intrigued based on what I heard, I decided I should give The Golden Echo a full listen. Spoiler alert: none of the singles actually made the top 100. This album track that features American singer Bilal quickly stood out thanks to some utterly mesmerizing production.

97. Caribou - Silver

I guess I don’t need her. It doesn’t mean I can’t get over her

Our Love is quite a good album, though perhaps a bit frontloaded. This is a relaxed track that I can very easily get lost in. iiIIIIiii.

96. Sue The Night - Top Of Mind

Somber songs on a high, they got to me

Sue The Night is the most consistent Dutch artist on my EOY for the sole reason that she has actually made more than one of my EOY’s (“The Whale” in 2015, “The World Below” in 2016 and in 2017 “Wonderland” made my top 200. I guess she is only allowed to get in my top 100 with songs whose title start with the letter ‘T’). This was her debut single and it’s the kind of colorful indie pop we don’t really get much here or on any of her later singles even.

95. Angel Olsen - Windows

What's so wrong with the light?

I actually don’t remember much from My Woman, Angel Olsen’s most recent album. Not because it’s unmemorable or anything, but because I was in Aus-charts chat for the first time while I was listening and I was super nervous and thus kind of distracted and I’ve not found time to revisit it yet. Despite that I decided to listen to her previous album Burn Your Fire For No Witness for this list and I quite enjoyed it. The rather emotional closing track ended up being my favorite. Also this was used in 13 Reasons Why apparently. (I wonder if I would connect with this song more or less had I watched that)

94. Taylor Swift - Wildest Dreams

Say you'll remember me, standing in a nice dress staring at the sunset, babe

#Tay4Villages2014EOY. Really I don’t actively dislike too many Taylor Swift singles. Even reputation was okay other than some choice cuts. This song has always been my favorite of hers primarily because it is very lovely. It also provides an interesting lyrical twist on the ‘Taylor only writes songs about her exes’-stereotype, being about being afraid that her current relationship won’t work out.

93. iamamiwhoami - chasing kites

Over the ocean outcast, with nowhere to go

Partially thanks to half of the album ending up on my playlist I gave iamamiwhoami’s BLUE a full listen and I quite liked it (songs from albums I like ending up here seems to be a recurring theme. HOW ODD). Perhaps it’s not a big surprise that I enjoyed a synthpop album. It was kind of hard to pick my favorite from this album but “chasing kites” ended up ahead of the pack thanks to the chorus and being generally one of the more energetic cuts.

92. Kimbra - Carolina

I don't know why, but I'll soon find out

I’m honestly not sure how to justify this being my favorite song from The Golden Echo. It’s kind of similar to “90s Music” in that it’s a post break up song with some weird musical choices and off kilter vocal moments, but not as out there as “90s Music” because very few things are as out there as “90s Music”. It feels like the start of a big journey which I guess is kind of what the song is about as well.

91. Mac DeMarco - Salad Days

Acting like my life’s already over. Act your age and try another year

I listened to Mac DeMarco’s album of the same name because: a. It was short and b. I heard this song on the radio and I liked it. This song is rather short and I don’t have much more to say about it. La dee da da da.
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90. SAFIA - Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds

Close my eyes and count to ten, the walls on either side are closing in

It’s a close battle with “Embracing Me” but perhaps this qualifies as my favorite SAFIA song now. I like how it manages to be spooky and atmospheric at the same time. This song certainly conveys paranoia and ghosts but I’m not entirely sure about other sounds. The start sounds like it’s saying ‘I set the table ready’ in Dutch which is weird.

89. Marmozets - Captivate You

I will find the time to help the soul and heal a bit uhhh miiiiiind

While their album from this year was enjoyable enough this is definitely my favorite Marmozets song. The opening riff that plays throughout is very endearing and it is probably a song I would shout along to if that was a thing I did.

88. Cayetana - Scott Get The Van, I’m Moving

The hardest part of moving out is I remember moving in

Camp Cope had not even formed in 2014 but they still impact this list in a way because I likely would not have heard of Cayetana if they didn’t do a split EP with Camp Cope last year. This is a generally less polished song than “Mesa” but it’s quite fun. ‘Scott’ and ‘The Van’ are never mentioned but MOVING OUT MOVING OUT definitely is.

87. Run The Jewels (feat. BOOTS) - Early

Get out, get out, get out, get out

Very lukewarm take here but Run The Jewels 2 > Run The Jewels 3. 3 is good of course but 2 has all the bangers you need in 40 minutes. To immediately contradict myself, my favorite song from the albums is one of the more subtle moments. I enjoy the bouncy production and BOOTS’ chorus is very good.

86. Indian Summer (feat. Ginger and the Ghost) - Shiner

Earth dust down below, you're dead to your own

Kind of interesting that all the Australian entries have been in the Dance realm so far. Solely based on the name this could have easily been a non-event, but it was actually one of the songs on my playlist that clicked with me rather instantly. The eerie production combined with the odd voice of Ginger and the Ghost’s singer make for one of the more unsettling bangers I’ve heard.

85. The Dø - Sparks

If someone calls or shows up at the door no one will be there to answer anymore

I get a very cinematic feeling from this song. I think it’s because of the subtle string touch in the chorus. The Dø are perhaps the most convincing argument of Finland actually existing. (I know only the singer is Finnish. Don’t @ me.)

84. Cathedrals - Harlem

You come to pass on my self, on my past

A weird song for me. First off, Cathedrals are possibly the only artist on this list I never heard of before doing this list (the not very Google-able name probably doesn’t help). Then there’s the production of this song which starts off sounding kind of like “Where Is My Mind?” in a End Of Fashion - O Yeah kind of way. The singer has a nice voice and the melodies are quite good which means its already significantly better than O Yeah. Then 2 minutes in there’s a really awesome guitar riff that comes in out of nowhere. That bit is so good that I’m playing that instead of the first minute of the song.

83. Wolf Alice - Moaning Lisa Smile

AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH AH

Wolf Alice with their 8th entry in one of my EOY’s already. That certainly crept up. It’s one of their more accessible songs,(which is probably why it did rather well on American alternative radio) but it’s wild and fun nonetheless.

82. Joanna Gruesome - Psykick Espionage

Space is coming down, I wanna spin it ‘round and throw it around

Above lyric not 100% confirmed to be correct because, uh http://www.metrolyrics.com/psykick-espionage-lyrics-joanna-gruesome.html the lyrics are certainly not whatever that mess is. The shortest song in this list but also the loudest one.

81. Vic Mensa - Down On My Luck

F**K THAT, GET DOWN

Now something that we haven’t had today: A song I actually knew in 2014! This got played a decent amount on a Dutch radio show I listened to on Fridays and I took a liking to it then. I haven’t been too on board with most of Vic’s stuff after this, (his Flume collab was good tho) but this remains an iconic banger.
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80. Warpaint - Drive

I wanna believe it. I want it, I need it [s]everything now[/s]

The only song from Warpaint’s self-titled album you’ll be hearing today. Primarily because that one song was released in 2013. (shout-out to “Disco//Very” though, that one was very close to making it) It’s from the back half of the album where things start to slow down a bit. The surprise hook towards the end (which you won’t get to hear oops) really makes it. Some would say this is fiction but it is not.

79. Mitski - First Love / Late Spring

I was so young when I behaved 25, yet now I find I've grown into a tall child

I’ve been meaning to listen to Mitski’s album from 2016 for a while now. I still haven’t done that but this song from her previous album being good is certainly encouraging. Though of course I don’t if it sounds like this at all. We’ll see I guess. (note: ‘We’ll see I guess’ is my irl catchphrase. This is the last time I’ll be using it on the internet.)

78. The Dø - Despair, Hangover & Ecstasy

It’s like a pain in the CHESS

Weird-comparison-to-song-that-was-released-after-this time: This is kind of like the synthpop “Broke Days, Party Nights”. It’s not quite as manic and the songs don’t sound that similar but… this comparison made more sense in my head but I guess I’m still putting it out there anyway. A probably more accurate comparison is the specific type of manic 80’s synthpop I’m not entirely sure was a thing outside of Europe. Like, listen to this (wait until after the brod tho pls) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p_2aZrqG1GE and tell me it’s not a banger.

77. Highasakite - Since Last Wednesday

Coming forward is one option but not the only one

By sheer coincidence landing at the exact same spot here as it did in the Hottest 100. Uses a fair amount of standard pop tropes but manages to stick out nonetheless. Probably because of the organ (?).

76. The Drums - I Can’t Pretend

I see us die, dying in a mountain

After “Mirror” narrowly missed my 2017 list, The Drums make their mark here with this track. The chorus of this isn’t quite as catchy as the one from “Mirror” but this ultimately gets the edge thanks to the intense climax (which you won’t get to hear of course). I don’t think I realized The Drums were American until doing research for this list. I just assumed they were British really.

75. Caribou - Can’t Do Without You

You’re the only thing I think about, it’s all that I can still do

Major proof that I have no idea how lists like this will turn out before I finish them, because I really pegged this as a potential top 20 finisher at first. That’s not to discredit this at all though. Some effective repetition combined with a progressing build up to a finish that I can only describe as ‘yes baby’.

74. Wye Oak - Glory

I lose my way inside a prepositional phrase

The main thing that the 2 Wye Oak songs I really like have in common is that they have solid verses that do the job and very good choruses. Though to only give credit to the chorus here is a bit unfair. The bassline is pretty tight and the weird instrumental bit at the end is cool as well.

73. Cloud Nothings - Psychic Trauma

I can't believe that what you're telling me is true

I have to make this clear: Here and Nowhere Else is unironically a ripper of an album. It’s a bit underrepresented in this list probably because it is rather short. I feel like this song distills the album’s appeal rather well.

72. Christine and the Queens - Science fiction

Des astres épars d'où l'on ne revient jamais

This is where it would become very obvious I’m European if that wasn’t already known because I don’t think this album was released outside of Europe until 2015. This stood out on the album thanks to the production that fits the title rather well.

71. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Shitsville

You wake up everyday and pray before you sleep, right? You motherf***ers just like me

I’ll admit that the rap picks in this list are a bit basic. This kind of feels like the exception, with this getting my attention thanks to the very aus-charts specific popularity this has. I accidentally listened to the instrumental version of this the first time and I barely noticed anything was wrong because this beat is very good. That said Freddie Gibbs definitely spits fire on this song. The outro is also essential of course.

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70. The Aston Shuffle (feat. Elizabeth Rose) - Back & Forth

You know what you're doing, I know what you're thinking. My heart is aching for you

I’m glad I can finally give Elizabeth Rose some credit here after being close to making both my 2015 & 2016 lists. She does very good here. The Aston Shuffle are I think the first triple j hosts to make one of my EOY’s proper. (Saskwatch are in fact #101 on this list) I know there’s a radio edit but the 7 minute version let’s the song breathe very well I think.

69. Ben Howard - I Forget Where We Were

Oh hey, I wasn’t listening. I was watching Syria blinded by the sunshine strip

A song I really liked in 2014 and it has aged surprisingly well for me. Ben Howard’s music feels a lot more ambitious compared to other acoustic guitar dudes, which is something I hadn’t given him credit for until recently. In this song Ben is rather distressed by the state of the world and it ends up putting a strain on his relationship.
I SWEAR THIS WAS NOT INTENTIONAL: http://dutchcharts.nl/showitem.asp?interpret=Ben+Howard&titel=I+Forget+Where+We+Were&cat=s

68. Cults - Being It

Ladies on the bridge yeah (???)

This feels like an oddball pick to say the least. It’s a cover recorded for a tribute album that covers the work of influential experimental artist Arthur Russell. The original is a woozy but fascinating experience. Cults turned it into an upbeat Cults song which I’m totally here for. Impressively the very small amount of lyrics on the song manage to sound even more obscured on Cults’ version.

67. Christine and the Queens - iT

And I won't let you steal it, I bought it for myself

We stay in the realm of ‘it’ for a bit. When I first heard this song in 2014 or 2015 I honestly thought the lyrics were French. In reality it was one of the few songs on Chaleur Humaine that was in English even before the non-European version was released. One of the last fm comments on this song is ‘More like "lit"’ and nothing I write today will top that.

66. St. Vincent - Psychopath

Keep me in your soft sights when all of the rest have moved on

This song sounds like Sugababes - Push The Button. CHANGE MY MIND. I would make a mash up if that was something I had the time for. I don’t know if that connection helped this placement, but it’s certainly interesting that this became one of my favorites from the album after not standing out too much initially.

65. clipping. - Inside Out

STORM COMING $#$*)#*#)(%*!(#!@(#

Just pure chaos. I *$(#*#(##*#(@##*@)!)@(@(#*(@*@*@() and that’s that really.

64. JUCE! - Call You Out

I take caution with girls who steal my jokes

Seemingly the most popular song from this British group. It has a chill vibe that I really get down with. The above quoted line is an instant classic.

63. ODESZA (feat. Zyra) - Say My Name

You may think that she doesn’t matter but no one knows you better

A song I knew rather well in 2014 thanks to the same radio show I mentioned in the “Down On My Luck” commentary. The production here is delightfully bouncy and upbeat. Zyra’s very British delivery also adds to the track’s character greatly.

62. Chet Faker - 1998

We used to be friends. We used to be inner circle

Obviously not the most popular Chet Faker song released in 2014 but its always been my pick of the bunch. Chet goes full dance here to great effect. It impressively does not have any boring moments in the 6 minutes it goes on for. Inner Circle did release an album in 1998 in case you were wondering.

61. Mac DeMarco - Go Easy

It can be tough without your friends beside you

I don’t think anyone considers this a Salad Days highlight but its certainly up there for me. It hits a similar spot for me as 2017 EOY top 200 entry “Moonlight On The River” but does so in a shorter running time.
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60. Christine and the Queens - Christine

Je ne tiens pas debout. Le ciel coule sur mes mains

I definitely endorse Chaleur Humaine as a whole but this is still my favorite song on it. The reason I prefer this to “Tilted” (the English version of this song) is likely that I’ve known this for a much longer time. If I recall correctly I first heard this late 2014 and when it ended up briefly charting here at the start of 2015 I was very happy. I feel like there are a few songs on this list I could describe as understated pop gem, but I don’t want to overuse that term so I’m using my ‘understated pop gem’ card on this song.

59. Methyl Ethel - Rogues

I don't want to be a photograph, another photograph in your album

Yep, Methyl Ethel released music before [s]”Ubu”[/s] 2015. This song is on their debut album and got some triple j airplay late 2015/early 2016 after “Twilight Driving” took off, which is how I’m familiar with it. It’s kind of a mysterious song that does not even imply what direction their music would later go in, but it’s a compelling listen nonetheless.

58. Cymbals Eat Guitars - Warning

You're looking mighty ghostly just like Bowie on Soul Train

If things were getting a bit too slow these past few songs we are picking things right up again here. There’s energy rush and there’s this song. Everything here is huge but special shout out to the chorus. We’re all some kind of handful when you really think about it.

57. Hiatus Kaiyote - Molasses

Might not, might not get, might not get any better

Hiatus Kaiyote’s Choose Your Weapon is definitely one of the more interesting albums from…. 2015 I’ve heard. As it turns out my main highlights from it were released in 2014. Interestingly their songs have been sampled a few times on songs from several high profile American R&B/Hip Hop artists. This song is sampled on Anderson. Paak’s “Without You” and a sample of another Choose Your Weapon cut “Building A Ladder” is literally the first thing you hear on Drake’s More Life. I’d say things might not get any better but there still 56 songs to go.

56. The Dø - Opposite Ways

What if I'm wrong to think there's nothing wrong with me?

The 2 other songs we’ve heard from Shake, Shook, Shaken today clicked with me rather instantly but this was more of a grower. One of the best choruses here which is good because that’s a large part of the song. Sorry about this.

55. Flight Facilities (feat. Owl Eyes) - Heart Attack

I can't operate without you. No, I could never live another day

In 2014 Flight Facilities released their debut album which included most of the singles they released throughout 2010-2014 and some new songs I guess. My favorite of those new songs is this cut that features the lovely vocals of Owl Eyes who BETTER DROP SOME NEW MUSIC THIS YEAR. Sorry, I got carried away there. It’s easy to compare this to “Back & Forth”, this is more in the chill lane I guess which is more my area (I guess?). Oh, and congrats to one person: https://twitter.com/villagemdt/status/967002655942987776

54. Mac DeMarco - Chamber Of Reflection

No use looking out. It’s within that brings that lonely feeling

Unsurprisingly my favorite song on Salad Days is the synth heavy one. I can’t explain why but this song in particular gives me an intense Phil Collins vibe. Maybe I just really wanted to type the phrase ‘intense Phil Collins vibe’.

53. E^ST - Old Age

'Cause I'm a young blood with an old heart and eyes that see more than they should

In a big plot twist my favorite CHVRCHES song of 2014 is actually by E^ST. I was gonna say fitting that it’s from an artist that has a name that is a standard word in all caps with a slight twist, but I think she still went by ‘East’ at this point. Kind of surprised she was only 16 when this came out!

52. Banks - F**k Em Only We Know

I'd run away with you, would you run with me?

I’ll admit there are some weird album deep cut choices in this list. This is one of the harder ones to justify because I have not even listened to this album. My best guess is I randomly heard it on triple j once. It’s surely one of the more low key songs I know that has a swear word in the title.

51. Charli XCX - Boom Clap

You're picture perfect blue sunbathing on the moon

I have certainly enjoyed Charli XCX’s more out there mixtape stuff from last year. That said my favorite song of hers is still this, which is the ultimate proof that I’m basic. A great pop song that I appreciate more now than I did in 2014 to my surprise.
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50. Tei Shi - Bassically

Please don’t think that I'm begging you for love

Tei Shi’s “How Far” was #103 on my 2017 list, so barely sneaking into the top 50 here is a good way to make up for that. The title is supposed to be a pun, right? Like you have the word ‘basically’ and this song I guess has bass so you get BASSically. Some high level comedy here. This is an understa- oh wait I already used that. uhhhhhhhhh, this is a sensual bop?
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49. Honeyblood - Killer Bangs

I don’t wanna have to go, goooooo on without you, but I have to

I was under the impression that Honeyblood were Scandinavian for some reason but they’re definitely Scottish. The song is about the singer having to move on after the other member of the band left to pursue other endeavors. It’s a belter. (see, I do know words other than banger)
48. The Peep Tempel - Carol

I don’t wanna be a f***ing Christmas ham

I listened to the album this is from and it was the most Australian experience of my life. Of course, this song is mostly known as the precursor to Tame Impala’s relentless crusade against Trevor in 2015. (#F**kTrevor) Memes aside, this is one hell of a high energy rocker.
47. Rustie (feat. Danny Brown) - Attak

We know you be hustlin' backwards, electroslide and rewind

Just casually, Rustie and Danny Brown drop the banger to end all bangers. I just transcend during the last verse. Apologies if I’m not alive after this finishes.
46. Babaganouj - Bluff

I don't think I can say what you want me to say

Okay I’m back on earth. I mostly knew Babaganouj as the Unearthed band who had a song in 2016 I randomly heard on the radio and really liked. (“Sorry”) The singer of the song that you’re currently hearing is Hatchie, who was in this band before her solo career took off. (actually she might still be in this band I’m not sure) Compared to Hatchie’s dream poppy solo stuff this is more in the 90s pop rock vein.
45. Eleanor Dunlop - Rough Side Of Town

I see the wonderous things in what you could have been

One of the surprisingly potent discoveries of my 2014 playlist. From what I can gather, she’s one of those (probably many) Unearthed artists who never really had a breakthrough (the interview on her profile is from 2007!). Despite not having a huge amount going on it still manages to engage me musically and her voice is just lovely. I initially thought she didn’t release anything else after this, but it turns out she’s making music under a different name now and with a more electronic bent (which seems to be the cool thing to do nowadays).
44. PAWWS - Sugar

Found the beat in a lost romance

Extremely synth heavy dream pop? Yes, give it to me. I don’t think she’s released any music after the EP this is from, which is unfortunate. Maybe it’s because this song is like no other and cannot be replaced.
43. Ryn Weaver - Octahate

You shot me down from the live WIIIIIIIIIIIRE

So as it turns out “Boom Clap” isn’t the highest Charli XCX involved song in this list. She co-wrote this song along with Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat and also Michael Angelakos from Passion Pit. This song is kind of a mess but that’s kind of what makes it great. The production in the verses is minimalistic but feels unique nonetheless. Then the chorus hits and I just feel so much. I totally understand why this didn’t take off as a hit but it would have been so fascinating if it did.
42. Ásgeir - King and Cross

Soothed by southern winds; I’ve found my strength now

Probably the most surprising song to make the Hottest 100 top 10 this decade. It manages to be a unique entity with a nice blend of lush horns and subtle electronic flourishes. I’m impressed how not awkward most of the lyrics on this album are considering it was originally entirely Icelandic.
41. Phantogram - Fall In Love

To see, I was the reason you feel sick inside

I’ve been familiar with this one for a while. It’s surprisingly replayable I’ve found. I like how the soul sample gives this a disjointed effect. It really feels like a part of the song despite clearly being a sample.
40. JUCE! - 6th Floor

So call me, come find me, whatever-ever

As much as I like “Call You Out”, I’m surprised that this isn’t their more popular song. Even ignoring that I prefer this one, it just seems like the more accessible/instantly catchy of the two. It’s pretty much a HAIM song but with a British R&B tinge and I’m super here for that.
39. Childish Gambino - Sweatpants

Fiskers don't make noise when they start up... just so you know

Weirdly, probably the most fun song in this list. Gambino drops some wordplay, that I feel like is intentionally trying to be as lame as possible while somehow coming back around to being kind of clever, over a delightfully bouncy beat.

WHAAAAAAAAAAAAA.
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38. Banks - Beggin For Thread

Try to hide it out but my tracks are better

Here we have the more obvious Banks pick from this year. I actually did know this in 2014 but I didn’t really get into it at the time. Shame on you, 2014 me. I guess I just wasn’t ready for this ‘darker’ sound then. Nowadays I find the production and general melody of this so captivating.
37. Hiatus Kaiyote - By Fire

Regret less the knot yes I give you the end to hold

The song that got me interested in hearing more from them. It’s still my favorite but I guess this isn’t something that you just casually make twice. It’s simultaneously high energy and kind of chill. A thrilling listen for sure.
36. Alvvays - Archie, Marry Me

Too late to go out. Too young to stay in

They didn’t really exist on this forum until last year but Alvvays’ self-titled debut album is pretty good I reckon. This is the most popular song from it. It’s really sweet but not overbearingly so. In case they haven’t made it obvious or clear to you, they spell it out for you at the end. A-R-C-H-I-E.
35. Glass Animals - Pools

Shake my little soul for you now, toy and I settle up into a world of noise

Another song I knew rather well in 2014. I’m honestly surprised how well this has held up for me. I never really got into “Gooey” which lives up to its title slightly too well for me. I just always got an adventurous vibe from this song.
34. Peking Duk (feat. Nicole Millar) - High

All that you give is what you don't deliver

‘The drop sounds like a dying pelican but I think that's why I like it.’ - me a year ago. That description is true, but despite that its totally a euphoric banger as well. Peking Duk have not gotten to this level for me again after this. As for Nicole, “Gimme A Break” is great and I possibly like it more than this but that’s more a bop than a banger. #KnowTheDifference
33. DZ Deathrays - Night Slave

Still living for the weekend, since a decade ago

I generally like DZ Deathrays but this has quickly become my favorite song of theirs by a large margin. It’s kind of a shame this was never pushed as a single. (triple j has not even played this once despite featuring the album at the time) I find this one of their most musically exciting efforts, with it becoming borderline funky at times. The chorus is also a huge one. CAN’T LOVE YOU WROOOOONG. It slaps.
32. Alvvays - Party Police

Fighting through the fog, I can't believe it rained all summer long

This really snuck up on me to end up becoming my favorite from Alvvays. It’s like the dark follow-up to “Archie, Marry Me” with this signaling the end of a relationship. It is still very nice sounding track but the music is clearly a bit more ominous this time around. The last 10 seconds are particularly fire.
31. Susanne Sundfør - Fade Away

This is the kind of love that never goes out of style

I didn’t write commentary for my 2014 list so now is a good opportunity to say that Ten Love Songs is a very good album. After the intensity of “Accelerate” we get this song, which is one of the more conventional pop moments on the album. My favorite thing in this is the microwave sound effect at 1:47.
30. …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - The Ghost Within

I want you to let go and I want you to come home

My knowledge of this band before doing this list was that their music was quite acclaimed in the early 90’s/late 00’s and they were still around I guess. This was the first song on my playlist (which was in alphabetical order) that really jumped out and it really ended up exceeding my expectations here. It’s an emotionally intense rock song that really stands out thanks to that beautiful piano melody that recurs throughout the song.
29. Porter Robinson (feat. Amy Millan) - Divinity

Lean into my side, never felt alive

Worlds definitely is a fascinating album but all I need is pretty much contained in this album opener. It probably could have worked as an instrumental but the vocals definitely give the song a necessary balance. Those vocals are provided by Canadian indie rock artist Amy Millan who is, like all other Canadian indie rock artists, one of Broken Social Scene’s roughly 5 million members.
28. Pulled Apart By Horses - Hot Squash

What he told you (I should have known)

Actually maybe this is the loudest song in the list. Other material I’ve heard from Pulled Apart By Horses is really not even remotely in the same ball park quality wise as this. It absolutely shreds but what really puts this high in my standings is how good that chorus melody is. I should have knoooooooown.
27. The Antlers - Palace

When heaven has a line around the corner, we shouldn’t have to wait around and hope to get in

This was a tough one to rank. It’s a great song but it feels so out of place here for some reason. Gorgeous and managing to be sad and triumphant at the same time. The above quoted lyric is my favorite line delivery in this entire list.
26. clipping. (feat. Cocc Pistol Cree) - Work Work

Let the cop pull you over, say somethin' slick on some JAY-Z 99 Problems-type s**t

I’ve said this in my review but it’s so weird to me that this made the Hottest 100. As shown by this placement that is obviously not a complaint. The beat is all kinds of wonderful & Daveed and Cocc Pistol both go in on it.
25. Ball Park Music - Error Playin'

As my eyes roll back into my yard and I deliver little shivers with the tips of my fingers

There seems to be at least one Ball Park non-single per album that strongly clicks with me. Joining the ranks of “Blushing” and “The End Times” there’s this song. It was originally written 2 years earlier for Sam Cromack’s solo project My Own Pet Radio but this version is definitely an improvement thanks to the fuller band sound. The warm and somewhat familiar melody really works a treat here.
24. Röyksopp & Robyn - Do It Again

Wait for it, wait for the buildup

I liked this song a lot in 2014 and I like it even more now. Röyksopp & Robyn were of course a proven good combination at this point. And yeah I’m gonna [s]do[/s] say it again it’s a banger. An immense one I’d say even.
23. Little Dragon - Pretty Girls

You magnify the universe. Grab your purse, grab your luck

I just really enjoy this song’s atmosphere. The production is very low key but it still exudes something epic to me somehow. Oh and the strings, those are very nice of course. I’m not sure if the Iggy Azalea verse was necessary though.
22. Flying Lotus (feat. Kendrick Lamar) - Never Catch Me

This that out-of-body experience, no coincidence you been died

Yes, I quite enjoy Kendrick Lamar’s music in case you didn’t know. That said, both artists are at the height of their powers here. Kendrick rides this beat so well and the instrumental bit at the end is just pure bliss.
21. Bombay Bicycle Club - Luna

There's a lot of words to call out just waiting for the perfect hideout

I knew this song in 2014 but this actually wasn’t the main Bombay Bicycle Club song that I liked back then. I actually preferred a different single from the album called “Feel” which managed to barely sneak into the top 200 of this list. On “Feel”, fading love is compared to an old song being forgotten. It made me realize that a lot of songs that I like won’t be remembered at all years from now. Back then that thought made me kind of sad. Nowadays, I’m just glad that if I’ve heard a song that I really like that I’ve heard it all. For example, I just feel so good whenever I listen to this. I’m totally okay with no one else caring about it because it made my day better. So while “Feel” hasn’t aged musically as well as this song has for me, it inadvertently made me realize that as cool as it is when someone else is as passionate about a song I like as I am, the only thing that really matters is my own enjoyment of the music.
20. Ásgeir - Torrent

This old house is full of leaks and mold on the walls

As a contrast to my last story, I preferred this to “King and Cross” in 2014 and I still do. It’s his rockiest song and I’ve always loved the gentle uptemponess of it. His vocals on the chorus are also pretty good. The intro of this is notably similar to sleepmakeswaves’ “Great Northern” which didn’t quite make the top 100 of this list.
19. Little Dragon - Paris

A part of me drift away with you and will never return

OH MY GOD IT’S GRIN ZU FIRE. It was hard to choose if I liked this or “Pretty Girls” more but I ended up going with the song I was actually familiar with in 2014. Back then this sounded like nothing else I knew and it still doesn’t to some extent. I suppose the production is kind of synthpop-ish but it feels far darker than most synthpop in this list. The breakdown before the last chorus is just perfect.
18. #1 Dads (feat. Ainslie Wills) - So Soldier

Fearing is a feeling of mine and everybody's doing their time

After 3 songs I’ve known since 2014, here’s something I’ve known for a shorter period of time. #1 Dads is a side project from Big Scary’s Tom Iansek. This is probably my favorite Big Scary-related song AND favorite Ainslie song (though “Drive” is close). I kind of associate it with “Uptown Folks” in the sense that they’re both extremely chill indie rock songs from side projects from established Australian artists that I randomly like a lot.
17. A Sunny Day In Glasgow - In Love with Useless (The Timeless Geometry in the Tradition of Passing)

Don't stop, sometimes I feel so happy

And here we have a song I’ve only known for 2 months! Yes, it’s the highest song in the list that I first heard through the playlist I made. (If you think I’m biased towards the start of the alphabet, this band is actually filed under ‘S’ by Spotify) A Sunny Day In Glasgow are a dream pop/shoegaze band who, despite their name, are American and not Scottish. The melodies here are really nice, but there are also some notably rougher moments here.
16. Kendrick Lamar - i

He said I gotta get up, life is more than suicide

From being in love with useless to loving yourself. What’s the difference? *laugh track plays* As impressive as “Never Catch Me” is, I still prefer this ever so slightly. It’s just a super uplifting vibe and that makes me happy. The version that is included on To Pimp A Butterfly is interesting in its own right. I considered including that version in my 2015 list but ultimately decided it would be redundant.
15. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting On You)

The summer will warm but the winter will crave what has gone

But like of course this was gonna be here. I’ve mentioned synthpop like 7 times today, did you really think I was gonna leave this out? I know now this became notable because of the singer’s dancing during a tv performance, but I didn’t know that when I first heard this song. I just thought ‘Yeah, really good song’ because yeah, it’s a really good song. Just like on the tv performance the singer gives his all here, but really everything about this song is huge.
14. Ball Park Music - She Only Loves Me When I’m There

I got the nervous twitching algorithms right beneath the trees

Until recently this was undoubtedly my favorite Ball Park Music song. I’m not entirely ruling out that it still is but I guess we’ll find out later. After the slow first minute it just utterly kicks into gear and does not lose any momentum. It’s Ball Park at their most fun and ambitious.
13. Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne) - Rather Be

We're different and the same, gave you another name. Switch up the batteries

2014 me is so disappointed this isn’t #1. I heard it on BBC Radio 1 and immediately loved it. I was so happy when it charted here, was overjoyed when it hit #1 for 11 weeks and ecstatic when it ended up being the biggest song of the year here. I guess dreams do come true sometimes. In hindsight this is a hugely formative song in regards to my music taste. Like, if there’s a song that has a prominent usage of strings there is a big chance I’ll like it. I feel like there’s a pretty direct line from me loving this to me loving Holiday Party’s “I’m Still Here” (my EOY #2 of 2017). Really this hasn’t lost its magic for me, of the 12 songs that I ranked above this I only knew 3 in 2014.
12. Yelle - Bouquet final

O.K, avance doucement. O.K, j’ai tout mon temps

Oh, I feel really weird for having ranked this as highly as I have. It feels kind of right at the same time though. The reason I know French electropop act Yelle is that they’ve gotten some triple j airplay in the past, most notably with “Safari Disco Club” which made the Hottest 200 in 2011. I really like that song but I think I pegged them as somewhat obnoxious in my mind because of it. This subverted my expectation by being a dance track that has this really epic feel to it. It’s hard to describe it but I’m really drawn to songs like this. While I haven’t listened to the album I totally see why this would be the closing track. (other than because it has ‘final’ in the title)
11. The War On Drugs - Under The Pressure

Well the comedown here was easy like the arrival of a new day

Because you didn’t ask here’s my The War On Drugs hot take. While Lost In The Dream has the stronger singles (as you can tell by this high placement) I think A Deeper Understanding is the overall more consistent album. I’m kind of baffled that this seems to be their most popular song in The Netherlands (though “Holding On” might pose as a contender now). Of course I’m solely basing that off the Top 2000, which- I don’t want to talk about that now. So yeah, this song is great. It’s the longest song in this list by a decent margin, but every minute feels essential. Yes, even the extended outro.
10. Melody’s Echo Chamber - Shirim

If you try to read my thoughts I hope you don't get close

In slightly over a month this might actually be on an album. Towards the end of 2016, shortly after I joined aus-charts I listened to Melody’s Echo Chamber’s self-titled album from 2012 after coming across a particularly strong highlight from it. Being somewhat desperate for more, I made the rare effort to go out of my way to listen to this song that is not on Spotify. Safe to say this is absolutely up there with the big highlights of self-titled for me. It’s funky in a very uncontrollable way. I just cannot sit still when I listen to this.
9. Gang Of Youths - Benevolence Riots

Ready for anything, ready or not. How long I've waited for some lightning sound

The fact that Gang Of Youths released music before 2015 was initially kind of an afterthought to me. I just kind of assumed none of it would be on the same level as anything from their albums. This song clearly proved me wrong. This was actually released not too long before The Positions but was intentionally left off from it. (Amusingly they performed this on Like A Version about a month before the album came out and even pointed out that it wouldn’t be on it) I understand why this was left off as it does feel a bit lower scale compared to the rest of the album. But this still ends up being top tier Gang Of Youths for me, because wow is it melodically outstanding. Montaigne also provides some prominent backing vocals here. This feels like a good time to mention I have somewhat of an affinity for songs that have male and female vocals at the same time.
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8. St. Vincent - Regret

I'm afraid of heaven because I can't stand the heights

If you were expecting another St. Vincent song on this list, I’m guessing it wasn’t this one. Despite the fact that this was apparently a single, it doesn’t feel like it is mentioned as a highlight. It was my favorite song on the album on first listen and it has remained that way. There’s something strangely glorious about it musically. Lyrically it also feels kind of relatable though I could not tell you in what way exactly.
7. Foxes - Let Go For Tonight

The only thing I know is that I need you here, or you'll be gone forever

Foxes is of course mostly known for featuring on Zedd’s “Clarity”. About a year after that she released this song which absolutely should have been a hit. Though maybe this not being a huge hit is why it ended up aging better for me than “Rather Be”. Really I could just repeat what I said about “Bouquet final” and its hard to describe epic-ness. There are some (probably not real) strings here as well, aren’t there? Yeah, this is definitely villages-core.
6. Cloud Nothings - I’m Not Part Of Me

It's over now, there's a way I was before but I can't recall how I was those days anymore

Cloud Nothings are very good at writing choruses that I enjoy as it turns out. But I was already sold on this song before the chorus comes in and takes it to another level. It’s just utterly cathartic. I did not realize the album title appears in this song until I looked up the lyrics for this list. My perspective is rather limited in this regard but its probably one of my favorite album closers. I mean this both in how much I like the song and how effective it is as an album closer. I usually don’t mention music videos, but the music video for this song deserves a shout out for being incredibly stupid and also kind of charming.
5. Airling - Wasted Pilots

Broken from the head down to the toes, losing everything that you live for

I swear this song is from another universe. After I first heard it, I just became obsessed with this song and there was very little I wanted to listen to besides this. Airling’s generally reserved vocals compliment the production wonderfully. The production is dark but kind of uplifting at the same time, which fits the lyrical themes here I feel like. One of those rare songs I absolutely never get tired of.
4. The Districts - 4th and Roebling

Living lives in two places wear my soul too thin. I was walking from the station just to meet you in the morning

Wow, I actually managed to put a number song in the correct spot. Good job me. This song is extremely lucky to say the least. It was one of the songs I first heard during the making of my 2015 list but then I of course found out it was actually from 2014. I feel like it would have finished around #80 if I put it in my 2015 list but it has become an immense grower for me. This brand of rock doesn’t always click with me so I’m kind of surprised by this. When the chorus comes in for the last time I’m just so shook.
3. FKA twigs - Two Weeks

Higher than a motherf***er, dreaming of you as my lover

I guess lightning can’t strike twice in a row. I really do like LP1 a lot but this ended up being the only song from it I had room for in this list. Of course this is higher than [s]a motherf***er[/s] most songs in this list, so that’s a good thing. This is just so intense and I love it for that. I think it’s very strong melodically as well. I’m not even sure what to point out, everything here is so good. The gauntlet has been thrown, Grizzly Bear.
2. The War On Drugs - Red Eyes

I am trying to see the right, the right way and I don't see it there where I come from….WOO!

Things don’t always go the way you expect them to. For example I was fairly certain this would be #1 on this list for a while. If I was ranking based on how important these songs are to me this certainly would be #1. Like “Rather Be” this is a heavily formative song for me music taste wise. Perhaps more importantly, I think this song is the direct cause of me going out of my way to seek out music. Without this song I might have never signed up to Aus-charts. As for the song itself, it’s just such a rush of excitement.
1. The Dø - Trustful Hands

Comes and goes, comes and goes. Chaos is my second home I don't mind where I land as long as I'm in trustful hands

Because ending this with stats seems anticlimactic, I’ll start with pointing out that The Dø have the most entries in the top 100 with 4. 2014 didn’t really have an album with a lot of high entries like my other lists, but it feels deserving that the honor of most entries lands here. This is the big proof that in the making of this list I was not at all led by nostalgia, because for as many songs that landed high in this list that I loved in 2014 I did not hear this until October of last year. Considering I was 14 in 2014, which is considered a very formative period in life regarding music taste, this is very impressive.

Oh, right I should talk about the actual song. Actually the circumstances of me hearing this are quite weird. I heard a snippet of this in Hijinx’s #1 songs Sporcle quiz and that was enough to make me fall in love with this. The chorus is nicely contrasted with the acoustic elements of the verses and Olivia’s voice is just lovely. The chorus already is amazing to begin with and then it comes back even bigger and I just explode. I guess I’m just a sentimental animal.
What a ripper list, at least I could listen to the pointy end of it! 2014 was an interesting juncture of music for me but yeah great to see a list I can connect with on so many levels I will now attempt to provide my view on songs/artists I have a strong enough opinion of whether you like it or not

Silver is definitely one of his best, great tune. Salad Days is an album I have heard many times and the title track is memorable. Paranoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds is a song that has grown on me over a long period of time, but then I can say that about a number of other SAFIA songs. Early is not my favourite RTJ2 song but then I still think 1 > 2 > 3 Moaning Lisa Smile is far greater than I initially gave it credit for, though understandably Ellie has done better. Down On My Luck is an excellent and I agree that Lose It is underrated.

Since Last Wednesday has grown on me since their latest era I Can't Pretend comes from a frustraing album but I can vibe it enough. Can't Do Without You is another slow burner. I love Psychic Trauma. SHITSVILLE SHITSVILLE OMG. Inside Out what an out of control banger! 1998 is fine Go Easy is not a fav but it's good

Warning is still right up there with my favourite CEG tracks. Heart Attack is not a personal fav but it's nice. Chamber of Reflection is an album highlight. Old Age was when she was East yeah, I think my lastie is still f**ked Attak is one of the tracks I would have much higher on my own list in retrospective, too much of a banger. Eleanor Dunlop had a hit on my chart King and Cross is always fun to randomly come across on radio. Fall In Love was a bonafide a-c smash but I like it ok.

Sweatpants is not quite Attak-level banger but still one in its own right. Beggin For Thread was on the radio earlier today Archie, Marry Me is a song my brother raves about and I think it's fine Pools is fun. High is great. Night Slave is one of the best deep cuts from one of the greatest Aussie rock albums this century. The Ghost Within SLAYSSSSS but wow their early work is disappointing HOT SQUASH. I have so many memories with this song. Similar timing with Palace too, which has broken me down so many times. Work Work never stops being awesome. Do It Again is one of my favourite Royksopp productions, so crisp. Pretty Girls is captivating, I loved Let Go as well from this album. Never Catch Me is pretty good though I never really jumped on it. Luna is excellent and I still back Feel as it's a great album overall.

Paris is ok, but yeah it's no Let Go or Pretty Girls. i is a song that has really changed my whole outlook on music in general, it's just so powerful. Seasons (Waiting On You) is another essential 2014 hit. She Only Loves Me isn't my favourite BPM track but then again I'm a flop BPM fan Rather Be is pretty good. I liked Bouquet final! Under The Pressure eventually grew on me Shirim got me into Melody, I'm now really interested to hear the album even though I don't love everything she's released. I saw Gang Of Youths live in 2014 so that counts for something I guess Interesting you describe Let Go For Tonight as villagescore, but yeah it's a well-written piece of pop for sure. omg I totally forgot about I'm Not Part Of Me, I remember picking and just going with Psychic Trauma at the time but this is a reminder to self that I really do like it, particularly given that it sounds quite like the very good Sight Unseen I prefer Video Girl but Two Weeks is definitely solid. Red Eyes is of course amazing. omg jinx totally called it, I like On My Shoulders a bit more but Trustful Hands is a good #1
I'm gonna have to take a bit to process all that text, irelander.

Thanks to everyone who listened, it was a lot of fun.
Here are the songs that just missed out: https://pastebin.com/1mL9tzTP
It's been a little while but this Sunday the 18th at roughly 7 PM AEST I will be broadcasting my top 100 of 2013. In other words it will be going down and the word 'Timber' will possible be yelled (okay that didn't make it in).
100. Milky Chance - Stolen Dance
Stoned in paradise, shouldn’t talk about it
Starting off with a song I’m sure everyone here is familiar with. I could have probably put this in my 2014 list instead without much blowback but since I first heard this in December 2013 this felt more accurate to me. To me this song represents a weird middle ground between the early 2010’s indie boom on the charts & the early Deep house hits (i.e. stuff like Wankelmut’s remix of “One Day/Reckoning Song” & Ben Pearce’s “What I Might Do”). This likely would not have been a hit during any other time after 2014 so I’m glad the Milky Chance boys got the opportunity to bring this song to the floormf.

99. Okkervil River - Down Down The Deep River
But it’s not alright, it’s not even close to alright
Coming from a concept album about growing up in the 80’s it should not come as a surprise that this song heavily plays into nostalgia for that era. It goes a bit further than other indie rock in this vein as the main riff interpolates John Mellencamp’s “Miami” (admittedly that song came out in 1979). The sample sounds significantly grander compared to its original context. I almost wonder if it’s supposed to be an allegory for songs that you heard in your youth sounding much better in your head than they do in reality. I’m probably looking too deep into it.

98. Jenny Hval - Innocence Is Kinky
That night, I watched people f***ing on my computer
Opening lyrics don’t get much better than that honestly. This could not be any more different from “Spells” a song I’ll most likely have more to say about early next year. You could arguably make fun of this song being so edgy, despite it essentially just being about watching porn (I’m probably heavily oversimplifying it).

97. Alvvays - Adult Diversion
How do I get close to you?
Alvvays get one more entry here with the very first single they ever released. It’s significantly cheerier in sound than their 2 other entries from this album, so of course it’s about being a stalker.
Previous entries:
2014Party Police#33
2014Archie, Marry Me#37
2017Not My Baby#50
2017In Undertow#88

96. George Ezra - Budapest
Give me one good reason why I should never make a change
It’s kind of weird to think about the fact that this is not his biggest hit anymore (unless you’re American). While I’m certainly not opposed to riding shotgun, I definitely still prefer this tune. It has always felt like a rather sincere song to me despite George Ezra having never actually been to Budapest when he wrote this song, let alone owning a house there. I wonder if that’s why it only peaked at #19 in Hungary.

95. Milky Chance - Flashed Junk Mind
We were bound to the city life
It’s possible I only prefer this over “Stolen Dance” because I’ve heard it less often. That said I personally find this song just a tad bit catchier. The flourishes of piano that appear in the chorus also help in making it stand out for me.
Previous entry:
2013Stolen Dance#100

94. The Bamboos - Avenger
Take me down and I'll keep breaking out and out
The Bamboos are usually billed as a funk and/or soul band but this song edges a bit towards rock for me. This is one of those songs I heard on triple j and clicked with rather instantly. I only recently learned that Ella Thompson of GL & Dorsal Fins is the vocalist on this.

93. My Bloody Valentine - In Another Way
Close enough to be alive
In 1991 My Bloody Valentine released Loveless, possibly the most acclaimed shoegaze album of all time. They did not follow that album up until 2013 which is the year of music I’m currently talking about in case you couldn’t tell. “In Another Way” ended up as my pick of the bunch from that comeback record. It is the roughest and most exciting moment on the album for me.

92. D.D Dumbo - Tropical Oceans
I opened my skull you were looking at me
3 years before surprisingly (but well deserved in my opinion) winning a J Award for his debut album D.D Dumbo released his first EP which featured this song on it. It has a very relaxing tune but there is definitely an undercurrent of tension here. It also has lyrics that I struggle to make sense of even within the song’s context (who is Freddy and why did he remix your chord?) which is certainly not the last time that happened in one of his songs.

91. The Preatures - Manic Baby
I’m gonna get you alone
I almost forgot about this song since it wasn’t included on their album. I guess because it wasn’t as big as ..... that other song, I can’t remember the name of it currently. It’s short but it slaps.
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90. Owl Eyes - Golden Lies
You keep taking sides in this heart of mine
I’m just saying, in my 2014 commentary I very politely asked if Owl Eyes could release new music and look where we are now! For whatever reason Nightswim has only been released as an EP outside of Australia, meaning I had to seek out the songs that weren’t released here in somewhat less legal manners. It’s a good thing I did that because this song would not have been in this list otherwise.
Previous entry:
2014Heart Attack (with Flight Facilities)#55

89. ScHoolboy Q - Man Of The Year
BOUNCE
This is just a lot of fun. ScHoolboy Q raps over a Chromatics sample because why not I guess? Unfortunately I just can’t agree with musikmannen’s review of this song, though I’m sure he worked very hard on it.

88. The Smith Street Band - Ducks Fly Together
I miss you but it feels good this way
I’m guessing this was The Smith Street Band’s breakthrough hit? I’m solely basing that statement on the fact that it was their first Hottest 200 entry. They’re not for everyone for pretty obvious reasons but I do generally enjoy The Smith Street Band’s music. “Ducks Fly Together” is probably my favorite song of theirs due to its strong melody and chorus.

87. Wet - You’re The Best
I think we'd better quit while we're ahead
Wet’s main claim to fame is that they released a song called “Dreams” and sadly I don’t have a good joke about that. This is a break up song but it’s one of the ‘I still really appreciate this person but we don’t really fit together’-variety which I do always feel is a nice sentiment. This might be one of the biggest beneficiaries of a song that I discovered in my 2014 playlist getting pushed back to this year. The minimalistic electronic production sounded a bit jarring at first but I’ve come to really dig it.

86. Queens Of The Stone Age - My God Is The Sun
Heal them with fire from above
While their other 2 Hottest 100 entries from this year are also pretty good, “My God Is The Sun” has the edge over them because it just shreds. This was the perfect lead single to reestablish themselves after a 6 year absence.

85. AlunaGeorge - Attracting Flies
Little grey fairy tales and little white lies
Remember that meme where a simple phrase is written in an increasingly sophisticated manner? ‘Everything you exhale is attracting flies’ is basically that for ‘You’re talking bulls**t’ (it’s also probably better for radio). For the sake of my own amusement, I like to interpret that this song is about someone who literally has bad breath.

84. Agnes Obel - The Curse
Their hope grew with a hunger to live unlike before
I was certainly aware of Agnes Obel before, but after hearing this I definitely feel like I should check out more of her stuff. Despite being from Denmark she is surprisingly popular here in the Benelux region. This song was even a top 50 hit in the French speaking part of Belgium, which is pretty impressive for such an unassuming song.

83. Everything Everything - Duet
I don’t wanna be here when the sky is gone
Everything Everything tend to be known for their more frantic tunes, but this song proves they can pull off a pretty solid ballad as well. The instrumentation comes together really well towards the end which makes it a bit unfortunate that I don’t get to play this in full but it is what it is.
Previous entries:
2015Regret#68
2017Desire#92

82. HAIM - Days Are Gone
Sometimes I wish I didn't miss you at all
Throwback to when this album cover was my Twitter profile picture. I’m a little bit surprised this wasn’t a single actually. It has a decidedly more modern touch while still fitting within a similar mold as the big singles. “My Song 5”, while good (it’s not on this list though), was probably a bit jarring for a lot of people who were only familiar with the previous singles.'

81. Classixx (feat. Nancy Whang) - All You’re Waiting For
Hey, wait a minute, just a minute
American DJ duo Classixx were primarily known for their remixes initially. In 2013 they released their debut album which featured this groovy track. Nancy Whang is primarily known as a member of LCD Soundsystem, who were of course broken up during this time period.
80. Disclosure (feat. AlunaGeorge) - White Noise
I’m hearing static, you’re like an automatic
Disclosure whipping out one of their best melodies right here. Disclosure & AlunaGeorge both being hot new British acts that filled a somewhat similar niche, this was a collaboration that almost made too much sense. But of course the most important thing to note is that this is the first song to be #69 in the Hottest 100 to make one of my lists.
Previous entry (AlunaGeorge):
2013Attracting Flies#85

79. Daft Punk (feat. Panda Bear) - Doin’ It Right
If you lose your way tonight that’s how you know the magic’s right
I’m glad I didn’t hear Random Access Memories until the hype had seceded. It’s a pretty solid album, though it might be slightly too long admittedly. “Doin’ It Right” is a very simple song which I feel like is the point. Daft Punk’s robot vocals and Panda Bear’s hook go very well together.

78. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - So Good At Being In Trouble
It’s a strange old state of mind
I do always enjoy a low-key reflective tune I guess. Unknown Mortal Orchestra definitely got more ambitious musically with their next two albums (Multi-Love probably deserved more than 1 entry in my 2015 list). This definitely continues to be a strong favorite for me though.
Previous entry:
2015Multi-Love#96

77. The Avener - Fade Out Lines
Did we build all those bridges to watch them thin down to dust?
I really think this song owes its success to “Prayer In C”. Both songs having the formula of originally being a slow French indie song (in this case Phoebe Killdeer’s “The Fade Out Line”), then getting slightly sped up and having a beat added to it (I’m obviously not saying this song only exists because of the “Prayer In C” remix since it predates it by about a year, but it didn’t become a chart hit until after “Prayer In C” came out). The Avener does a good job in retaining the original’s grit whilst also making it a bit more interesting.

76. CHVRCHES - Tether
I’m feeling capable of saying it’s over
In 2013 CHVRCHES released their debut album. I think it’s pretty good. With a build up to a drop I guess you could consider this the blueprint for “Clearest Blue” (well okay Depeche Mode’s “Just Can’t Get Enough” was probably the actual blueprint for that). While “Clearest Blue” is the better song I do appreciate the more reserved approach taken here.
Previous entries:
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100

75. CHVRCHES - You Caught The Light
I hear you when you call
Speaking of CHVRCHES and their more reserved side. Here we have the closing track of The Bones Of What You Believe, where Martin takes the lead vocals instead of Lauren. This is a significantly slower song for them to the point where I’d almost peg this closer to shoegaze/dreampop instead of synthpop. An odd sidestep but definitely a welcome one. If this snippet feels significantly longer than 1 minute that’s because it is. The vocals come in a bit late in this one.
Previous entries:
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100

74. Kanye West (feat. God) - I Am A God
Hurry up with my damn croissants
It doesn’t get more Kanye than this. In this instance I very much mean that in a good way. While a lot of Yeezus’ strengths lie in the production for me, I can’t help but be entertained by Kanye’s occasionally outrageous bars. God also manages to get his first entry here. It remains to be seen if the New Testament can sneak in once I get to it, he had some bars there if I remember correctly.

73. Owl Eyes - Closure
Do not fear, I was just talking to myself
The most popular song off Nightswim and for a good reason I think. The pop sensibilities are very much there but it still is appealing for a triple j audience. The production gives me this soap opera-esque (yeah, I have no good explanation for that) vibe that I really enjoy.
Previous entries:
2013Golden Lies#90
2014Heart Attack (with Flight Facilities)#55

72. Bonobo - Cirrus
Not a single instrumental made it into my 2014 list (though certainly not because there weren’t any I liked). Seemingly to balance that a few managed to get in this time around. At 6 minutes “Cirrus” is very easy to get lost in. It’s almost hypnotic when I’m in the right mood.

71. Violent Soho - Covered In Chrome
HELL F**K YEAH
YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH YEAH.
70. Pusha T - Numbers On The Boards
YEAHHHH
YEA- Okay I’ll stop now. Earlier this year Pusha T released the Kanye-produced 7-track album DAYTONA. While it was solid, it was a bit too short to leave a strong impression on me (which I guess you can say about all the 7-track Kanye-produced albums from this year). This song more than proves that the Pusha/Kanye combo can produce some magic though. The minimalist production here is utterly captivating.

69. Anna Calvi - Sing To Me
We are in love with you
A few songs from Anna Calvi’s One Breath ended up in my 2014 playlist (the album came out in 2013, a fact you might have been able to infer by this song being in this list and not the previous one). I gave the whole album a listen and I quite enjoy it. “Sing To Me” is one of the most stripped back moments on the record, which gives an opportunity for Anna’s voice to really shine through.

68. CHVRCHES - Recover
I’ll give you one more chance, say we can change or part ways
Initially I didn’t really get why this was their biggest Hottest 100 entry (other than: ‘Because “The Mother We Share” was released in 2012’). Over the years this song has risen in my stocks a fair bit however. The chorus is just too good though admittedly there isn’t really much to the verses, which are fairly short to begin with.
Previous entries:
2013You Caught The Light#75
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100

67. The Avalanches - Stalking To A Stranger (Planets Collide Remix)
It trembles
We’re still very much in the time period where it seemed like the second Avalanches album would never happen so it must have been surprising when they contributed a remix to a Hunters & Collectors tribute album of all things. I imagine the novelty of it being the closest thing to new Avalanches music in a long time is why it almost made the Hottest 100. While fairly true to the original “Talking To A Stranger”, the bigger emphasis on the somewhat eerie synth and the subtle title change make it feel a bit more paranoid.

66. Cults - I Can Hardly Make You Mine
We both know what it’s like to be lonely
”I Can Hardly Make You Mine” is one of the best examples of Cults’ enhanced 60’s pop sound. The intro always gets me pumped up and I’m a big fan of the ghostly, detailed production.
Previous entries:
2014Being It#68
2017I Took Your Picture#27

65. Little Scout - March Over To Me
It’s a dull mess the way the seasons are changing
Incidentally this song reminds me quite a bit of Cults. Little Scout called it off after only 2 albums but their members are still fairly active. Lead singer Mel is a member of Holiday Party, who have been quite successful on my chart. Her sister Kirsty makes music under the name Exhibitionist and also had a minor hit on my chart.

64. James Holden - The Caterpillar’s Intervention
You know that song “Atlas” by Battles? Imagine the opening riff of that song played on a loop. Then imagine that loop consistently getting louder and getting several chaotic sounding brass instruments laid on top of it.

63. Anna Calvi - Piece By Piece
How long are you gonna stay?
This is basically a St. Vincent song except, like, waaaaaay gloomier. This is a good thing, of course. Props to Anna Calvi for being so committed to remembering Kelly Clarkson’s Billboard top 10 smash though.
Previous entry:
2013Sing To Me#69

62. CHVRCHES - Lies
Faster, faster, you won’t go far
This is the CHVRCHES song I heard the most by far around 2013/2014. I liked it at the time but I got tired of it after a while. Having spent some time away from it before hearing it again I can confirm it is, in fact, a banger.
Previous entries:
2013Recover#68
2013You Caught The Light#75
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100

61. Daughter - Youth
If you’re in love, then you are the lucky one
This is probably Daughter’s (not to be confused with Daughters who I assume sound nothing like Daughter) biggest hit and that makes a lot of sense. An emotional song with a very inviting melody, which is likely why it’s seen a lot of usage in TV shows. I also suspect that melody inspired James Bay’s “Let It Go”, which has seen even more usage in TV shows.
60. Owl Eyes - Diamonds In Her Eyes
Tell me I’m your lucky star
I totally played myself here. Since Owl Eyes isn’t exactly a big international name, lyrics of her songs as posted on the internet are far from guaranteed to be correct. I thought I found another case of that when I saw the chorus of this song written as ‘Tell me what you want’ when I thought it was ‘Tell me what you are’. As I was thinking about it, I realized the former makes way more sense considering the context of the rest of the song. Oops.
Previous entries:
2013Closure#73
2013Golden Lies#90
2014Heart Attack (with Flight Facilities)#55

59. Le Youth - C O O L
Think I wanna make a move
This feels like such a BBC Radio 1 hit, which makes it surprising to me that Le Youth is actually American. This song is of course heavily based on Cassie’s “Me & U”, with the vocals being pitched down a bit & put under a more playful beat. While I’m talking about misheard lyrics, the chorus will always sound like ‘This song is s**t cool’ to me even though I know it’s not the line.

58. Childish Gambino - 3005
When I’m alone I’d rather be with you
Man, he’s so 3005 while we’re so 2000-and life. Leading into a much more pop friendly sound following up from Camp, which ironically makes this way more radio friendly than his 2 actual big hits from later on. This song is essentially about not wanting to be alone which, um yeah, big mood.
Previous entry:
2014Sweatpants#39

57. Anna Calvi - Cry
Show me where it hurts
Writing multiple blurbs about the same artist is hard. That one riff is so good like, goddamn. You could almost say it makes me cryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
Previous entries:
2013Piece By Piece#63
2013Sing To Me#69

56. Touch Sensitive - Pizza Guy
The highest instrumental track in this list. Naming this song “Pizza Guy” was a really smart move honestly. Almost everyone likes pizza so you likely have positive associations with this song just from the title. As you might be able to tell, I ate pizza the day I wrote this. Once you actually listen to the song you’re treated to a very smooth synthy throwback.

55. HAIM - Running If You Call My Name
With my eyes closed I’m leaving it all behind
Just like CHVRCHES, HAIM slow down the pace a bit for the closing track of their debut album. Though this still fits in with their usual influences, just a different side of them. I might like this song more than most people because I tend to like songs that subtly feature a piano, which is somehow both a very specific and a very broad statement.
Previous entry:
2013Days Are Gone#82

54. CHVRCHES - We Sink
I'll be a thorn in your side 'til you die
It is very amusing to me that the first 2 songs from CHVRCHES’ debut both have an f-bomb and not a single song they’ve made afterwards have had any swearing. Compared to the other singles this feels fairly underrated. It has one of the most thumping beats on the album.
Previous entries:
2013Lies#62
2013Recover#68
2013You Caught The Light#75
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100

53. Tennis - Timothy
Jut some things down on a list under the header ‘Things to fix’
Aus-charts’ favorite member returns with another lovely indie pop track. Tennis is a band name that is pretty hard to Google and I’m going to use that as my excuse for not having much to say here.
Previous entry:
2017No Exit#35

52. Disclosure (feat. London Grammar) - Help Me Lose My Mind
Talk to me and watch me crumble
It feels weird that this is likely my favorite song of both artists involved. It does a pretty good job in playing up both of their strengths even more so than “White Noise”. I’ll admit I didn’t hugely get into Settle but Disclosure certainly delivered here.
Previous entry (Disclosure):
2013White Noise#80

51. Dessa - Call Off Your Ghost
I'm ready to let you go
I’m sure Spectrum Pulse would be proud. While Dessa is ostensibly a rapper a lot of what I’ve heard from leans more on singing with this being a good example. This song recounts the somewhat awkward situation of her coming across an ex at a mutual friend’s wedding and her coming to terms with the feelings regarding their relationship. The production is splendid here, even ignoring my violin bias.
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50. Hannah Peel - Harbour

You’re not alone and there may be hurt from all sides

Hannah Peel is a Northern-Irish singer who also plays a fair amount of instruments. I liked this song rather instantly when it came up on my playlist but I initially though it would make a more modest impact. By the time it came to ranking this list though I really felt like it belonged in the top 50. While less songs from my 2013 playlist stuck with me compared to my 2014 playlist, I think the playlist songs overall in this list. (for the record plenty of songs before this were also from that playlist but there’s no real need to mention that for every song)
49. Bastille - Laura Palmer

The night was all you had, you ran into the night from all you had

’Laura Palmer‘ refers to a character from Twin Peaks. Since I’ve never seen that show I have no idea if Bastille even come close to capturing any of its essence. That said, this song always did feel like it was telling some kind of dramatic story. Plus, it has some great melodies to boot.
48. Kanye West - Black Skinhead

Number one question they asking, f**k every question you asking

For about a year I only knew this song through a commercial for a movie. In spite of its abrasiveness, this song seems to have influenced a decent amount of pop songs. The abrasiveness doesn’t necessarily carry over to those songs, it’s more the force that it brings and WOW what a force this song is. (can you tell I wrote this at 2 AM?)

Previous entry:
2013I Am A God#74
47. Lorde - White Teeth Teens

I know you love it when the hairpins start to drop

Which album is better: Pure Heroine or Melodrama? I really don’t know. What I do know is that more songs should feature organs. Lorde makes a very good point here: brushing your teeth is EXTREMELY overrated.

Previous entries:
2017Green Light#10
2017Sober#41
2017Writer In The Dark#78

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46. Chastity Belt - Black Sail

I’m not one of them

I listen to way too many albums and you’re not gonna stop me. Chastity Belt released an album last year that I’ve definitely heard, but it didn’t really leave much of an impression. It was a nice surprise when this song off the intentionally misspelled No Regerts clicked with me. I’m not entirely sure if this song is about a boat or if it’s just a metaphor. I’m leaning towards metaphor.
45. HAIM - If I Could Change Your Mind

Visions of our love remind me

Out of HAIM’s singles this is certainly the Fleetwood Mac-est, which is definitely a real adjective. The chorus is great but the pre-chorus is even better here.

Previous entries:
2013Running If You Call My Name#55
2013Days Are Gone#82
44. TORRES - Honey

Come over here and let me put you back together

BROCKHAMPTON/Robyn/Olympia etc. are shaking. After “Skim” came fairly close in 2017 and not hearing “Sprinter” until I had already done my initial 2015 list, TORRES finally gets in here properly. Like those 2 songs this is very much a slow burner. Speaking of burning, this YouTube comment chain is great: https://imgur.com/a/HWCdI4H .

Previous entry:
2015Sprinter#55

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43. Owl Eyes - Nightswim

It’s colder when you’re out there

Obviously it’s called Nightswim because I want to drown myself in it. I was initially not huge on this song but the synths stuck with me to the point that I had to give it several more chances. Owl Eyes having 2 songs 30 positions apart from each other on 2 separate occasions in this list is pretty satisfying.

Previous entries:
2013Diamonds In Her Eyes#60
2013Closure#73
2013Golden Lies#90
2014Heart Attack (with Flight Facilities)#55
42. Klingande - Jubel

Save me

I’m aware that this song is somewhat of a meme on this website, but trust me when I say that I’ve always liked it quite a bit. The sax just cannot be held down. Klingande was apparently a duo at this point which I feel like was something I knew before but forgot until I did research for this list.
41. Cloud Control - The Smoke, The Feeling

When you reappear it’s like we’re still waiting

Sometimes album tracks can be uninteresting filler, but they can also be an opportunity to produce something that’s a bit more out there like Cloud Control have done here. There’s a colder, more electronic sound here particularly in the vocals. This causes the riff (coincidentally, it sounds kind of similar to the riff from the earlier played “Black Sail”) to stand out more than it usually would.

Previous entry:
2017Treetops#83
40. Big Deal - In Your Car

I wanna be wherever you are

It’s very possible that my liking of this song comes down to the line ‘Driving in your car’ reminding me of The Smiths’ “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”. It’s almost like the upbeat version of that song. An American-British duo, most of Big Deal’s music from what I’ve heard has both members on vocals in a way that very much appeals to me. Sadly they broke up in 2016.
39. Goldroom (feat. Ariela Jacobs) - Embrace

It’s like you never went away

Oh my my my. This does feel like a rather random song to have this high up (for me that is). This melody is just so joyous. George Maple co-wrote this song and there is a version where she sings on it instead but it just doesn’t feel the same.
38. Laura Jansen - Queen Of Elba

I’m never coming home

It’s time for the obligatory Dutch entry! Laura Jansen’s breakthrough hit was, of all things, a stripped back cover of Kings Of Leon’s “Use Somebody”. While not Calum Scott bad or anything, I never really found much merit in it. She had a few more minor hits afterwards with this song being one of them. It references Napoleon’s exile to the island Elba, where Napoleon was forced to rule as emperor.
37. Drake (feat. Majid Jordan) - Hold On, We’re Going Home

You left your mark on me

With how much music Drake has released in the past few years this feels closer to a decade old than it does 5 years. The fact that Drake sounds a bit younger here, which tripped me up a bit when I listened to this song for the first time in a while for this, also adds to that. While Drake has admitted this song was his attempt at channeling Michael Jackson, the production here feels unique and unlike anything else on the charts when it came out. (this was Drake’s first top 40 hit as a lead artist in the Netherlands)
36. The Jezabels - The End

Michelangelo would pray to paint the floor

Pretty much every reasoning as to why I like this song so much boils down to ‘I’m basic’. In an unfortunate way this song was somewhat prophetic as this turned out to be the end of The Jezabels’ ability to get into the Hottest 100.
35. Daft Punk (feat. Julian Casablancas) - Instant Crush

And we will never be alone again

I did not think I’d be putting this so high, but man that melody and that guitar. This song feels closer to Julian Casablancas’ solo material than The Strokes but it’s significantly more low key than either of them.

Previous entry (Daft Punk):
2013Doin’ It Right#79

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34. Still Corners - The Trip

So many miles away

This is probably one of the most soothing songs I’ve heard. This could have easily ended up being boring but it’s pleasant in such a manner that I cannot resist it. I don’t have a car but I imagine driving at night with this song playing would be amazing.

Previous entry:
2015Horses At Night#76
33. Emma Louise - Freedom

It’s not over ‘til the weekend

This year Emma Louise released an album where she pitched down her voice for every song, which is an admirable leftfield turn. By contrast, “Freedom” here is probably her most pop-friendly song other than “Illuminate”. I love the production, which manages to capture the spirit of freedom rather well while still being rather slick.
32. Lorde - 400 Lux

We’re never done with killing time, can I kill it with you?

Most of the production on Pure Heroine is cold and rather minimalist, which for better or worse is how I’d describe a lot of pop music currently. This is a really lovely song that’s about a relationship that’s going really well, surprisingly enough. And I like this song.

Previous entries:
2013White Teeth Teens#47
2017Green Light#10
2017Sober#41
2017Writer In The Dark#78
31. Bibio - À tout à l'heure

Look how we live, look how we laugh

Despite that title this song is mostly in English (it means ‘see you later’). Bibio is a fairly prolific British producer who I mostly know because he did a song with Gotye once. I think this song has a lot of reverb and I’m into that.
30. Anna Calvi - Carry Me Over

I can hear you moving on like the tracks of a train

This only barely made the final phase of my playlist, which means this either grew on me really quickly or my taste depends heavily on what mood I’m in. Probably both. This is a bit longer than the other Anna Calvi songs in this list thanks to the large focus on the instrumental in the second half. It really stands out because of it.

Previous entries:
2013Cry#57
2013Piece By Piece#63
2013Sing To Me#69

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29. Midnight Juggernauts - Ballad Of The War Machine

Godspeed, travel well. Lightning in a bottle cracks a spell

Midnight Juggernauts really have matured quite a bit over the years. To think, just 6 years earlier they couldn’t even tell the difference between a radio and a tombstone. But seriously, I was very surprised to hear such a refined synthpop tune from Midnight Juggernauts. In an interesting viral strategy, they initially put out this song pretending it was made by an obscure Russian group from the 80’s.
28. HAIM - Falling

Never look back, never give up

I mean are you really surprised at this point? I think this song’s main strength is that it just has so many hooks, maybe even more hooks than [REDACTED]. Also, Flight Facilities totally ripped off this bassline with “Hold Me Down”.

Previous entries:
2013If I Could Change Your Mind#45
2013Running If You Call My Name#55
2013Days Are Gone#82
27. Wolf Alice - Nosedive

You play the drums and we'll make the rhymes

Going all the way back to Wolf Alice’s debut EP here. What really strikes me about this is how surprisingly peppy this sounds compared to their later stuff. The theme of being outcasts, which comes up in plenty of later Wolf Alice songs, is definitely present here. It’s over rather quickly but that means it benefits from repeat listens.

Previous entries:
2014Moaning Lisa Smile#82
2015Lisbon#18
2015Freazy#26
2015Fluffy#40
2015Giant Peach#67
2017Planet Hunter#9
2017Don’t Delete The Kisses#27
2017Heavenward#43
26. Lorde - Team

We live in cities you’ll never see on screen

When I first heard this song I knew I really liked it but I could not even remotely not put into words why I did. I have absolutely not changed since then is what I’m saying. You can tell a lot has changed in pop music the past 5 years however. I honestly cannot remember the last time a song has told me to put my hands up in the air, it’d be such a weird thing to complain about now.

Previous entries:
2013400 Lux#32
2013White Teeth Teens#47
2017Green Light#10
2017Sober#41
2017Writer In The Dark#78
25. Bastille - Pompeii

How am I going to be an optimist about this?

2013 me is so disappointed this isn’t #1. This was pretty much my favorite song as soon as I heard it. It really felt like I willed this song into being a hit over here. It was in the bubbling under for a while and then didn’t chart. A few months later Bastille played some festivals here, the song got pushed to radio again and BOOM it was a hit. Admittedly considering this song is about dying a horrible death in a volcano eruption, the ‘ey oh’s’ feel a bit too cheery. On the other hand, it’s definitely a big part of why the song works as well as it does for me.

Previous entry:
2013Laura Palmer#49
24. Speedy Ortiz - No Below

You didn’t know me when you were a kid

Time to get a bit personal here. In the verse before the first chorus the singer mentions how her childhood friend tried to help with her depression but that it didn’t really work out. Whenever I try to help people out I feel like I’m only making things worse, because I’m just not good at certain things or I misunderstand certain statements. On the other side of the coin there was the time in middle school where I was very much the outcast, which I think was at least partially because I was a bit annoying back then. This was not helped by the fact that there was one kid that seriously bullied me, I don’t blame myself for that at least. I eventually transferred to a different school and things got a lot better afterwards. I always appreciated this song musically, but I’ve recently realized it cuts rather deep lyrically for me is what I’m trying to say with this.
23. James Blake - Retrograde

Ignore everybody else, we’re alone now

James Blake’s vocal performance on this song is one of the best in this entire list in my opinion. Combined with the production the last chorus is particularly transcendent. After that last blurb I guess I can get away with writing a bit less here.
22. The Drones - Nine Eyes

Yeah I’m all I need, I’m finally on my own

The Drones are a really interesting band that I should get more into than I already have. I can’t think of many bands that wrote a song about looking up your childhood home on Google Street View. When the singer finds out that the person who lives there now is a total bogan he is not very happy. While the subject of this song is certainly a curiosity, the real attraction is the absolute monster chorus.
21. Thumpers - Unkinder (A Tougher Love)

Getting our hair coot and teeth cut

Thumpers feel like they’re from an alternate universe where St. Lucia were British. [s]ignoring that St. Lucia used to be a British colony[/s] The main difference being, besides the accent, that they are a bit more chaotic than St. Lucia. In what seems to be a trend among UK-based bands that I only know because of research for this list, they broke up earlier this year.
20. Bad//Dreems - Hoping For

And I feel like I can change

Bad//Dreems is not a really band I’m into but this song very much does it for me. Likely because this is one of their most gentle melodies, which I guess isn’t saying much. The lyrics seem to play with the idea of self-improvement. Whether that is something he can actually go through with is not really clear. Feeling that you can change is ultimately not the same as actually doing it.
19. Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams) - Lose Yourself To Dance

I know you don’t get a chance to take a break this often

This is basically the extremely self-indulgent version of “Get Lucky”. I really don’t think this would have taken off the same way as that if this was released as the lead single instead. While this song might have held up better in some regards…..

Previous entry (Daft Punk):
2013Instant Crush#35
2013Doin’ It Right#79
18. Daft Punk (feat. Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers) - Get Lucky

We’ve come too far to give up who we are

….You just cannot beat the Sound of the Summer. I mean it’s almost summer in Australia, right? The insane hype for this song felt really weird as someone who was certainly aware of Daft Punk at the time but didn’t think they were some massive name. It’s safe to say the song itself more than justified the hype.

Previous entries (Daft Punk):
2013Lose Yourself To Dance#19
2013Instant Crush#35
2013Doin’ It Right#79

Previous entry (Pharrell Williams):
2013Lose Yourself To Dance (with Daft Punk)#19
17. The Preatures - Is This How You Feel?

I could keep on with the same mistakes or I could make them with you

COOK A CHICKEN. COOK A CHICKEN. COOK A CHICKEN. Earlier this year The Preatures were on triple j’s ‘Inspired’ segment where they mentioned that they were listening to The Cure’s “Close To Me” and, wow, you can really tell from the verses.

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2013Manic Baby#91

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16. Petal - Comeback

I’m still waiting for you to look at me

‘Emotional indie rock’ feels like a term that could describe a lot of songs I really liked in 2018, which kind of makes me afraid my next list is going to be boring to a lot of people. Oh well, it’s my list. It makes me realize comparing songs I’ve heard for the first time this year to songs I’ve known for 5 years is weird but also kind of fun. Anyways, this song is good. Petal released an album this year that I haven’t listened to yet so it remains to be seen whether she’ll make a ……….. return.
15. Warpaint - Love Is To Die

It’s not necessary to be so dark

I think I basically promised this would be here in my 2014 commentary so here it is! Out of context the above quoted line feels like the song making fun of itself, because yeah it’s pretty dark. Considering this is unquestionably their most popular song, I’m quite surprised it doesn’t have a music video.

Previous entry:
2014Drive#80
14. Arcade Fire - Reflektor

I thought I found a way to enter

I found a fair bit to like about Reflektor, a few album cuts got culled fairly late during the process of making this list. That said it is certainly a very lengthy album and some of the weaker cuts could honestly fit right on Everything Now. The title track is the ambitious and tasty jam that most people have said it is.

Previous entry:
2017Everything Now#21
13. HAIM - The Wire

Always keep your heart locked tight, don’t let your mind retire

The last time HAIM will be appearing in this countdown. They get an impressive 5 entries which could have possibly been more if some of the singles weren’t from 2012. “The Wire” is the most purely fun they have released and it’s pretty cool that it was a chart hit in Australia.

Previous entries:
2013Falling#28
2013If I Could Change Your Mind#45
2013Running If You Call My Name#55
2013Days Are Gone#82
12. Jen Cloher - Hold My Hand

How did we meet again?

A greatly upsetting fact is that this song’s music video has more dislikes than likes. I strongly suspect that it has nothing with the song or the video. This song is about her mother who had Alzheimer’s and how she does not remember meeting her husband. Death is already a terrifying concept to me. Not remembering anything about the people I know and love in the final years of my life seems even scarier. This song would be great even if it remained just a ballad, but then it gets loud in the last 2 minutes and it feels more than earned.
11. Austra - Home

What is it that keeps you there, keeping you occupied?

There are a lot of songs called “Home” and this is definitely one of them. I’m not confident enough to say that this is my favorite out of all of them, but it is certainly up there. I just love the prominent flutes in the second half here, it gives the song a fairytale-like atmosphere.
10. Sky Ferreira - You’re Not The One

It’s the middle of the night and I’m so gone

As it turns out my favorite HAIM song of 2013 was not made by HAIM. I remember hearing this on triple j and not really caring too much about it. Then a few months later I heard it again and I was suddenly super into it. The light sounding verses and the strong riff in the chorus are an excellent combination. (since this worked for Owl Eyes last time: I do hope Sky can put out new music soon, even if I’m not exactly huge on the album this song is from)
9. St. Lucia - Elevate

You know that I want to get away and I cannot wait for another day

I included their British counterparts, so it’s only fair St. Lucia get an entry of their own here. There are some borderline depressing songs in this list but this song is the exact opposite of that. The final chorus with the additional instrumentation borders on being clichéd but it works very well for me.
8. CHVRCHES - Night Sky

We can never look back

Yes, it’s another The Bones Of What You Believe deep cut. I’m kind of struggling to justify why this song is such a big standout for me. The melodies here are top notch and the production is some of the most exciting stuff I’ve heard from CHVRCHES. Also the chorus sounds like ‘I’m a nice guy’.

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2013We Sink#54
2013Lies#62
2013Recover#68
2013You Caught The Light#75
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100
7. Austra - We Become

It could be islands. It could be better

I feel comfort in knowing that things can in fact be islands. Despite having spent slightly more time with “Home”, this has, ahem, become my favorite song off Olympia. I’m not sure why but this song strongly reminds me of The Knife’s earlier stuff. Which is a good thing because The Knife certainly didn’t sound like that at this point. (I don’t mean this as a diss, one song from The Knife made it reasonably far in my culling process for this list)

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6. Paramore - Ain’t It Fun

Cause you’re on your own in the real world

Small brain: wow I can’t believe a Billboard top 10 hit from this decade features a gospel choir.
Big brain: wow I can’t believe a Billboard top 10 hit from this decade features a xylophone.

This was basically Paramore’s turning point where they went from being a pop punk band to more mellow pop rock. I’m not really familiar with their older stuff, (same with other similar bands from that era like Fall Out Boy, they just simply did not have much chart success here) but I’ve always loved this song. It’s a good way to remind myself that things aren’t always gonna go my way.

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5. No Joy - Lunar Phobia

Hear it now, hear it now. World keeps losing out somehow

A big [citation needed] on the above lyric. I guess that’s kind of inevitable with shoegaze. Though really this song makes me wonder where shoegaze ends and dream pop ends. The vocals being low key to the point of the lyrics being hard to decipher feels like shoegaze, but melodically it feels more like dream pop. Genre classifications aside, I definitely know this song is extremely for me.
4. Good Girl And The Bad Times - Cute When I Cry

There’s a hole in my heart where you punched right through

The highest song in this list that I discovered through my research playlist. It feels like a bit of an oddball. Good Girl And The Bad Times very briefly made my chart at the start of this year. While that song was more something chill and deep house-esque, this is …….. a neo soul song about a relationship that ended badly? This really doesn’t feel like something I’d normally put this high. But then again: piano-led instrumentation + very strong melody = I like this song a lot.
3. CHVRCHES - Gun

There is no other way, you won’t go far

But of course this is my favorite CHVRCHES song, I’m not THAT crazy. This is really is just CHVRCHES at their best in just about every regard. I also like that it has fadeout, which isn’t really common these days. With a total of 7, CHVRCHES comfortably have the most entries here. As much as I like Every Open Eye (It is the first album I ever chose to listen to so it does have a special place in my heart), I prefer The Bones Of What You Believe. It just ticks most of the boxes for me.

Previous entries:
2013Night Sky#8
2013We Sink#54
2013Lies#62
2013Recover#68
2013You Caught The Light#75
2013Tether#76
2014Dead Air#100
2015Clearest Blue#47
2015Leave A Trace#65
2015Keep You On My Side#100
2. Lurch & Chief - We Are The Same

Oh I got it all, I’m not leaving. Want to take a trip you know I need it.

Hell yes. This is just an utter banger of a rock song. Every time the chorus kicks in I just get unreasonably excited. It is pretty sad Lurch & Chief called it quits before they even released a full length album. I don’t know if they could have ever topped this but it would have been nice if they tried. This song is so good, I guess I could say ‘this is it ch-*gets arrested by the ‘memes that will make this commentary look dated in a few months’-police*

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1. Arcade Fire - Afterlife

Can we just work it out? Scream and shout until we work it out?

Unlike previous years I did not really go into the making of this list with an idea of what was going to be #1. It was only yesterday that I really felt confident that this song was my #1 pick. It is kind of funny that despite several new discoveries stirring up the pot, the top 3 songs here were ones I was always fairly certain were going to do well. (Though I only heard “We Are The Same” at the start of this year admittedly)

One of Arcade Fire’s trademarks is that the second-to-last song on all of their albums is a stirring, emotional experience. Even on Everything Now the fairly solid “We Don’t Deserve Love” fits this role. “Afterlife” really feels like Arcade Fire at their biggest in terms of sound. Every moment in this song feels like it matters and it all sounds so good.

So, what happens next? I’m not sure but this felt like a good way to end. I’ll see you guys at the start of 2019 hopefully for my favorite songs of 2018.

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2013Reflektor#14
2017Everything Now#21

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