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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

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