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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Irelander's End of Year Lists (Pt. 3)

This project continues to move along as we dive deeper into my childhood!

Part 1 (2006-2009 & 2015): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=45336
Part 2 (2003-2005, 2016 & 2017): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=47922
2010-2014 EOYs updated following the Mid-Decade: http://pastebin.com/uvydXbAG

Year#1Most entries per year
1999Pearl Jam - Last KissMoby - 7
2000The Avalanches - Frontier PsychiatristThe Avalanches - 8
2001Muse - Citizen ErasedSystem of a Down / The White Stripes - 7
2002Foo Fighters - LowPearl Jam - 10
2003The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To ButtonThe White Stripes - 11
2004Franz Ferdinand - Take Me OutFranz Ferdinand - 11
2005The White Stripes - Blue OrchidFranz Ferdinand - 15
2006Muse - Knights of CydoniaThe Fratellis - 11
2007Battles - AtlasQueens Of The Stone Age - 7
2008The Presets - Kicking & ScreamingChildren Collide - 9
2009Franz Ferdinand - UlyssesFranz Ferdinand - 11
2010Children Collide - My EagleTwo Door Cinema Club - 5
2011Aloe Blacc - I Need A DollarTaking Back Sunday - 8
2012Boy - WaitressKendrick Lamar / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 5
2013Bear In Heaven - The Reflection Of YouFranz Ferdinand - 6
2014Jonathan Boulet - CreeperDZ Deathrays - 8
2015FIDLAR - West CoastDjango Django / Father John Misty - 5
2016The Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle AlignerKind Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 5
2017alt-J - 3WWKendrick Lamar - 9
2018Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk ItFather John Misty - 6

Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand16Father John Misty12Linkin Park
31Muse15MF DOOM12MGMT
29The White Stripes15Vampire Weekend12Yeah Yeah Yeahs
28Kendrick Lamar14Coldplay11Arcade Fire
27Kings Of Leon14Foo Fighters11Beck
26Kanye West14Powderfinger11Cloud Control
25Jay-Z14System of a Down11DZ Deathrays
24Radiohead13Interpol11Tame Impala
23Queens Of The Stone Age13Midnight Juggernauts11The Avalanches
21Arctic Monkeys13Outkast11The Presets
21Pearl Jam13Taking Back Sunday10alt-J
19The Fratellis13The Strokes10Grizzly Bear
18Children Collide12Grinspoon10The Killers
18Red Hot Chili Peppers12Kasabian  

Favourite album
1999Moby - Play
2000The Avalanches - Since I Left You
2001System of a Down - Toxicity
2002Pearl Jam - Riot Act
2003The White Stripes - Elephant
2004Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
2005Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
2006The Fratellis - Costello Music
2007Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
2008Children Collide - The Long Now
2009Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
2010Children Collide - Theory of Everything
2011Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
2012Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
2013Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
2014Temples - Sun Structures
2015Django Django - Born Under Saturn
2016King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
2017alt-J - RELAXER
2018La Luz - Floating Features

Note: some 2009-2014 songs were ranked in accordance with chart year not release date
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So the next stop is 2002! The EOY broddy will take place this Sunday 13 May 7pm AEST, coverage on chat and in the thread as always
Dedication to Anne-Marie's latest single about to start at http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s28&p=17862

hope you enjoy "99 Problems"

2002

1Foo FightersLow
2Sigur RósUntitled #1 (Vaka)
3Queens Of The Stone AgeNo One Knows
4Pearl JamThumbing My Way
5Pearl JamSave You
6The Flaming LipsDo You Realize??
7GrinspoonLost Control
8Groove ArmadaPurple Haze
9Groove ArmadaBut I Feel Good
10Queens Of The Stone AgeGo With The Flow
11Foo FightersAll My Life
12Flogging MollyDrunken Lullabies
13EnonNatural Disasters
14Foo FightersTimes Like These
15Queens Of The Stone AgeFirst It Giveth
16Red Hot Chili PeppersCan't Stop
17ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head
18Groove ArmadaMadder
19CaesarsJerk It Out
20Queens Of The Stone AgeYou Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire
21Broken Social SceneLover's Spit
22The Easy Access OrchestraI'll Take You There
23In-GridTu es foutu
24Augie MarchThe Vineyard
25Pearl JamI Am Mine
26Saint EtienneAction
27Godspeed You! Black Emperorrockets fall on Rocket Falls
28LCD SoundsystemLosing My Edge
29Pearl JamAll or None
30InterpolUntitled
31Maroon 5She Will Be Loved
32Motor AceCarry On
33System Of A DownA.D.D. (American Dream Denial)
34ColdplayClocks
35Sigur RósUntitled #4 (Njósnavélin)
36Pearl JamLove Boat Captain
37BeckLonesome Tears
38Machine Gun FellatioTake It Slow
39ColdplayThe Scientist
40Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang TwinsGet Low
41ClinicWalking With Thee
42Red Hot Chili PeppersBy the Way
43The KnifeHeartbeats
44Queens Of The Stone AgeThe Sky Is Fallin'
45Pearl JamYou Are
46Machine Gun FellatioPussy Town
47Sigur RósUntitled #3 (Samskeyti)
48Johnny CashHurt
49EminemLose Yourself
50Hell Is For HeroesNight Vision
51Pearl JamCan't Keep
52David BowieSlow Burn
53Jurassic 5What's Golden
54Sigur RósUntitled #2 (Fyrsta)
55The MusicThe People
56InterpolRoland
57ColdplayIn My Place
58X-Press 2 feat. David ByrneLazy [Radio Edit]
59Red Hot Chili PeppersUniversally Speaking
60GrinspoonNo Reason
61The Polyphonic SpreeSection 8 (Soldier Girl)
62Red Hot Chili PeppersDosed
63Benny BenassiSatisfaction
64ColdplayGod Put a Smile Upon Your Face
65Machine TranslationsShe Wears A Mask
66Groove ArmadaEasy
67Eddie VedderYou've Got to Hide Your Love Away
68Foo FightersHave It All
69GrinspoonChemical Heart
70InterpolPDA
71Queens Of The Stone AgeHangin' Tree
72Red Hot Chili PeppersMinor Thing
73Sleater-KinneyFar Away
74Red Hot Chili PeppersWarm Tape
75NasMade You Look
76Charlton Hill2's Company
77Pearl JamCropduster
78Maroon 5Harder To Breathe
79ColdplayPolitik
80Junior SeniorMove Your Feet
81Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Zephyr Song
82Pretty Girls Make GravesSpeakers Push the Air
83SilverchairThe Greatest View
84Wilcannia MobDown River
85Pearl JamGreen Disease
86The Flaming LipsApproaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)
87InterpolObstacle 1
88Pearl JamBu$hleaguer
89System Of A DownInnervision
90OK GoGet Over It
91The Flaming LipsFight Test
92Maroon 5Sunday Morning
93The RaptureHouse of Jealous Lovers
94Melody ClubElectric
95Ben LeeSomething Borrowed Something Blue
96SilverchairWithout You
97CartmanShock (Living Without You)
98ColdplayDaylight
99MobyWe Are All Made Of Stars
100System Of A DownHighway Song

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100. System Of A Down - Highway Song

Previous entriesYearPosition
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84


99. Moby - We Are All Made Of Stars


98. Coldplay - Daylight

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37


97. Cartman - Shock (Living Without You)


96. Silverchair - Without You


95. Ben Lee - Something Borrowed Something Blue


94. Melody Club - Electric


93. The Rapture - House of Jealous Lovers

Previous entriesYearPosition
Get Myself Into It2006#23
No Sex for Ben2008#78


92. Maroon 5 - Sunday Morning


91. The Flaming Lips - Fight Test

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)2006#63

90. OK Go - Get Over It

Previous entriesYearPosition
Here It Goes Again2005#65
WTF?2010#93


89. System Of A Down - Innervision

Previous entriesYearPosition
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84


88. Pearl Jam - Bu$hleaguer

Previous entriesYearPosition
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


87. Interpol - Obstacle 1

Previous entriesYearPosition
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82


86. The Flaming Lips - Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fight Test2002#91
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)2006#63


85. Pearl Jam - Green Disease

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


84. Wilcannia Mob - Down River


83. Silverchair - The Greatest View

Previous entriesYearPosition
Without You2002#96


82. Pretty Girls Make Graves - Speakers Push the Air


81. Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Zephyr Song

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

80. Junior Senior - Move Your Feet


79. Coldplay - Politik

Previous entriesYearPosition
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37


78. Maroon 5 - Harder To Breathe

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sunday Morning2002#92


77. Pearl Jam - Cropduster

Previous entriesYearPosition
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


76. Charlton Hill - 2's Company


75. Nas - Made You Look


74. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Warm Tape

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67


73. Sleater-Kinney - Far Away


72. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Minor Thing

Previous entriesYearPosition
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67


71. Queens Of The Stone Age - Hangin' Tree

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

70. Interpol - PDA

Previous entriesYearPosition
Obstacle 12002#87
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82


69. Grinspoon - Chemical Heart

Previous entriesYearPosition
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52


68. Foo Fighters - Have It All

Previous entriesYearPosition
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41


67. Eddie Vedder - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away

Previous entriesYearPosition
Guaranteed2007#6
Society2007#73
Longing To Belong2011#59


66. Groove Armada - Easy


65. Machine Translations - She Wears A Mask


64. Coldplay - God Put a Smile Upon Your Face

Previous entriesYearPosition
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37


63. Benny Benassi - Satisfaction


62. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Dosed

Previous entriesYearPosition
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67


61. The Polyphonic Spree - Section 8 (Soldier Girl)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Section 12 (Hold Me Now)2004#55
You Don't Know Me2013#43

60. Grinspoon - No Reason

Previous entriesYearPosition
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52


59. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Universally Speaking

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67


58. X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne - Lazy [Radio Edit]


57. Coldplay - In My Place

Previous entriesYearPosition
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37


56. Interpol - Roland

Previous entriesYearPosition
PDA2002#70
Obstacle 12002#87
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82


55. The Music - The People


54. Sigur Rós - Untitled #2 (Fyrsta)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Glósóli2005#16
Sæglópur2005#76
Hljómalind2007#63
Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur2008#74


53. Jurassic 5 - What's Golden


52. David Bowie - Slow Burn

Previous entriesYearPosition
New Killer Star2003#42
I Can't Give Everything Away2016#75


51. Pearl Jam - Can't Keep

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

50. Hell Is For Heroes - Night Vision

♫ Wide awake I see in the dark, see the fences breaking apart ♫

I can’t say I know too much about this band other than the song really jumped out at me on jinx’s list. Their Wikipedia page has a shitty edit, I wonder if you can spot it.

49. Eminem - Lose Yourself

♫ God only knows he's grown farther from home, he's no father. He goes home and barely knows his own daughter ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Like Toy Soldiers2004#83
Berzerk2013#89

So perhaps I’m just a normie like everybody else, because this ends up being my highest placing Eminem track so far after really thinking I preferred “Like Toy Soldiers”. Many reasons can explain this: it has aged far better for me, mom’s spaghetti, it’s meme-friendly, it has a perfect balance of solid rap flow and great lyricism, and mom’s spaghetti.

48. Johnny Cash - Hurt

♫ And you could have it all, my empire of dirt ♫

I have Johnny Cash’s “Essential” compilation in my collection which I haven’t scrobbled in full but I’ve certainly heard all the way through. This isn’t part of it as its album was released several months after that compilation, but even still this iconic cover sits on its own as a very different part of Cash’s musical journey. Less than a year later Cash had passed away and we had lost not only one of the world’s best-selling musicians of all time, but also one of its most recognisable.

47. Sigur Rós - Untitled #3 (Samskeyti)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Untitled #2 (Fyrsta)2002#54
Glósóli2005#16
Sæglópur2005#76
Hljómalind2007#63
Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur2008#74

It takes quite some time to get to it but the key change is just such a beautiful moment, of which “( )” has in spades. When I listen to post-rock that I don’t enjoy, I pretend I’m listening to this and all is well.

46. Machine Gun Fellatio - Pussy Town

♫ I got long fingers, gonna draw you in ♫

Perhaps a minor change of pace here. Throughout my childhood and adolescence, I can only admit to knowing this band for “The Girl Of My Dreams Is Giving Me Nightmares” but my repertoire has expanded in recent memory. I find their backstory almost as interesting as their song titles; with a band name like theirs, I can’t be surprised with the controversies they’ve created over the years, but learning that the one and only Connie Mitchell was briefly a band member before they broke up was a massive wtf moment.

45. Pearl Jam - You Are

♫ Love is a tower and you're the key, leading me higher when you let me in ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

It should slowly become clearer to you that while I’m a forced Pearl Jam fan, I love their 2002 record “Riot Act”. At the time of its release I was a massive fan of “You Are”, which at my very young age I was immediately drawn to the rather distant but dominant riff.

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

♫ Close your eyes and see the skies are falling ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

Whenever I seem to have one of QOTSA’s lengthy rockers stuck in my head for no good reason, most of the time it’s this one. Homme’s vocal delivery suits the track perfectly, the chorus is iconic and most importantly the guitars are just relentless.

43. The Knife - Heartbeats

♫ To call for hands of above to lean on, wouldn't be good enough for me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
You Take My Breath Away2003#94
Marble House2006#67

Swedish band The Knife broke through in a big way in 2002 with “Deep Cuts” which contains this tight piece of synthy goodness. I’m stuck on exactly what it is I’m reminded of but the synths at the end of each line in the chorus are surely reminiscent of some old school video game or song. Either that or it just sounds so inviting that my brain is just playing tricks on me.

42. Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way

♫ Ooh aah, guess you never meant it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

Lastie would have you believe I’ve heard this song around a dozen times, but I can assure you that you need to multiply that number by at least 30 to get the accurate number across my whole life. The year is 2002 and ALL my parents want to listen to is this and Pearl Jam’s albums, which remained on decent enough rotation for the best part of the next decade. The songs mostly stand the test of time, however, as is the case with this title track. Kiedis’ rapping style may not be to everyone’s taste but there is just so much personality in what they bring to each track that makes it worthwhile.

41. Clinic - Walking With Thee

♫ As you climb up the stairs and come back forever, summer's in the house, untamed it was, walking with thee ♫

Clinic have only released albums in even-numbered years, but have missed out for six years having last dropped their seventh LP back in late 2012. The Liverpudlians also received a Grammy nomination for this record for Best Alternative Album, and if every track sounds remotely this exciting, you can see why they were hard to ignore.

40. Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz feat. Ying Yang Twins - Get Low

♫ 3 6 9, damn she fine, hoping she can sock it to me one more time ♫

Previous entries [Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz]YearPosition
Last Call (with Outkast)2003#16

NEED FOR SPEED UNDERGROUND. WHITE CHICKS. “TO THE WINDOW, TO THE WALL”. These are all relevant to remember when discussing this song.

39. Coldplay - The Scientist

♫ Nobody said it was easy, it's such a shame for us to part ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
In My Place2002#57
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37

Back when Coldplay were the kings of sadboi white rock, they wrote songs like this. It takes you nearly to the halfway point of the track when the drums actually come in, and you wonder where all that time has gone. Martin’s falsetto is so great that it takes over the piano and becomes the star of the show.

38. Machine Gun Fellatio - Take It Slow

♫ Get on your music and dance with me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pussy Town2002#46

This is my opportunity to say this definitively – I cannot stand “Rollercoaster”. It’s an absolute trainwreck of a song and I can’t comprehend its H100 popularity. This, on the other hand, is a real gem. Although it’s delivered in a strange manner, the synths are just so irresistible and allow the vocals to fade into the background.

37. Beck - Lonesome Tears

♫ How could this love, ever turning, never turn its eye on me, how could this love, ever changing, never change the way I feel ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Broken Drum2005#54
Girl2005#79
E-Pro2005#85
Cellphone's Dead2006#39
Chemtrails2008#21
Gamma Ray2008#79
Blue Moon2014#67
Dreams2015#69

I still have a real hard time with “Sea Change”, and ultimately I conclude that it’s a pleasant enough album to put on but with only a few tracks to really stand up to Beck’s extensive catalogue. In this particular case, “Lonesome Tears” manages to achieve this with ease. There’s not much more to say other than the strings are so beautifully arranged and Beck does an amazing job on vocals, it’s all great.

36. Pearl Jam - Love Boat Captain

♫ Is this just another phase, of earthquake making waves? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

The most significant change for the sound of Pearl Jam during the “Riot Act” era was the introduction of a permanent organist in Boom Gaspar, who joined on the recording of this album and has toured with them ever since. I don’t believe he’s ever been acknowledged as an official band member but his influence is most profound on “Love Boat Captain”. The other major change in Pearl Jam’s career at this time happened two years prior to this album, when nine fans died at a festival in Denmark during their performance, with the tragedy’s impact substantial on the band and inspiring many of the lyrics in this track.

35. Sigur Rós - Untitled #4 (Njósnavélin)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Untitled #3 (Samskeyti)2002#47
Untitled #2 (Fyrsta)2002#54
Glósóli2005#16
Sæglópur2005#76
Hljómalind2007#63
Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur2008#74

The meaning of “Njósnavélin” is “The Spy Machine” but the song is more commonly referred to as “The Nothing Song” by the band. With a live recording of the song being used for the Vanilla Sky film, the band gave it a refined recording for the “( )” album. The dramatic ending signifies the halfway point of the record, with the second half diving into much darker and dramatic territory.

34. Coldplay - Clocks

♫ Am I a part of the cure or am I part of the disease? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Scientist2002#39
In My Place2002#57
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37

There’s something so unforced about this song, I didn’t feel the need to relisten for the purpose of this list (though I did of course). It takes the beauty of “The Scientist” and cranks it up just a few notches, with the bridge being one of the best passages of music Coldplay have ever created.

33. System Of A Down - A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)

♫ We don't give a damn about your world, with all your global profits and your jewelled pearls ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

I find “Steal This Album!” to be a fascinating follow-up, as it just doesn’t seem to stick out in their discography. It must be why the band seems to prefer this album, despite the fact that it was born out of frustration for unfinished material finding its way onto pirating websites. This is the album’s grandest moment, with verses that build dramatically into a wild chorus, and a rocking bridge that takes the song to another level.

32. Motor Ace - Carry On

♫ We just stare while the wheels fall off but everyone seems to carry on, carry on, no time to tell you how much we lost, 'cause everyone needs to carry on, carry on ♫

It’s somewhat interesting that I didn’t know Motor Ace were Australian until quite recently, as the signs of multiple H100 entries but yet very few genuine hits didn’t click enough for me for some reason. This is a song that most people that encounter it seem to at least enjoy, even if it was for the inescapable TV ads back in the day promoting a newspaper.

31. Maroon 5 - She Will Be Loved

♫ Tap on my window, knock on my door, I want to make you feel beautiful ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Harder To Breathe2002#78
Sunday Morning2002#92

***alert alert this used to be top 100 BOAT material for me but now not so much alert alert** I still love this song, it’s just quite dated and now I’m much older it’s easy to hear the lyrics and see that this isn’t all that sophisticated. But with that said, it’s very well delivered, the melodies are great and I have fond memories of following its progress on Rage when it conquered the ARIA chart.

30. Interpol - Untitled

♫ I will surprise you sometime, I'll come around ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Roland2002#56
PDA2002#70
Obstacle 12002#87
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82

This song might not say much but this shines through on their debut LP. The riffs are so engaging yet relaxing which is not an Interpol I’m used to.

29. Pearl Jam - All or None

♫ And I'm starting to believe that this hopeless situation is what I'm trying to achieve ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

I’m pretty sure this is one of my mum’s favourite Pearl Jam songs. The melody really drives nicely and as always Vedder knows exactly how to deliver it.

28. LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge

♫ I hear that you and your band have sold your guitars and bought turntables. I hear that you and your band have sold your turntables and bought guitars. I hear everybody that you know is more relevant than everybody that I know ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
New York, I Love You but You're Bringing Me Down2007#25
North American Scum2007#34
All My Friends2007#44
Someone Great2007#99

I am familiar with 9 of the 53 artists that James Murphy namedrops in this song, so it’s fair to say that – as I have known for many years – I was not there. I love how quickly this song slips into total insanity, with the protagonist desperate to cling onto any nostalgia that makes their music tastes somehow more sophisticated.

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

There is a (possibly demonic) part of me that is absolutely THRILLED this made the top 50 so I can play all 20 minutes and 42 seconds of this wonderful instrumental. The riffs are surprisingly accessible, and then after a long section of quiet tension, it all comes up even louder than before. Just before the 17-minute mark is where it is especially captivating, but I’m sure you’re counting.

26. Saint Etienne - Action

♫ Back in sweet suburbia, middle of the road, looking for the action everywhere I go ♫

This is not the first I’ve heard from the London three-piece but it’s definitely their most fun track I’ve come across. It takes a while to get to the good bit (a comment which is slightly on the nose after the last song) but once it does it proves to a very danceable track.

25. Pearl Jam - I Am Mine

♫ And the feeling it gets left behind, all the innocence lost at one time, significant behind the eyes, there's no need to hide, we're safe tonight ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

Childhood me preferred this track to everything else on “Riot Act” and I’m really not sure how I came to that decision. This decision was made before I saw them live in early 2003, which at the age of 8 was my first ever concert. I remember when this began I got my first ever feeling of recognising a song I especially enjoy being played in front of a sizeable crowd. This is still a perfect feeling that I fall for most times I go to gigs some 15 years later. Despite the goggles I’m still very fond of this, the chorus is so cheerful and the riff really sticks in your head.

24. Augie March - The Vineyard

♫ And when you see just how they dress and how they speak and act too, well all you'll want to do is dress up in their white linen too ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
One Crowded Hour2006#6
The Cold Acre2006#76

Funny story with this one, it wasn’t even on my shortlist because I was focusing too much on TRAAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNN which didn’t make this list, and then before it was too late I forgot that this was an ARIA entry and I should give it a proper chance. I had certainly heard it at least once before but I really forgot how good this is.

23. In-Grid - Tu es foutu

♫ Tu m'as promis le soleil en hiver et un arc-en-ciel ♫

This was on a jewellery ad of some description and I find it really catchy and now I’m going to go buy some jewellery.

22. The Easy Access Orchestra - I'll Take You There

♫ Follow me, follow me, I'll take you there ♫

Where do I start with this spacey jam? I was for a brief moment quite into the US TV show “Portlandia” a number of years ago when this ended up in a hilarious episode. In short, a couple gets so involved in the decision making process of ordering a meal at a restaurant that they go to the chicken farm that supplies the restaurant and end up joining what happens to be a cult on the farm. It’s a well selected song for the laidback absurdity of the situation, with these really out of place and loud riffs surprisingly complementing the other more loungey instruments in the mix. This song has taken on a very weird life of its own where I love listening to this much more than any episode that show has put out.

21. Broken Social Scene - Lover's Spit

♫ They listen to teeth to learn how to quit, take some hands and get used to it ♫

I can’t claim to know much about Broken Social Scene other than they’re an ensemble more than a band and they’ve had members of Metric, Stars, Land of Talk and of course Feist (also, the one and only Len), however I am not surprised by reading that this is a preferred choice among their diehard fans. Canadian baroque rock from the ‘00s is not new to me but this stands out so much from the very first listen.

20. Queens Of The Stone Age - You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire

♫ Shrunken head I love to adore, B-movie gimme some gore ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

You Might Think He Ain’t Worth… yeah ok I get this song title mixed up with the Death Grips song, get over it. This has been one of my all-time favourite QOTSA songs and for it to randomly appear on The Avalanches’ new record via a clever sample was a massive delight. It’s also interesting to note that it’s Nick Oliveri on lead vocals here, who was fired from the band not long after the release of “Songs for the Deaf”.

19. Caesars - Jerk It Out

♫ Shut up, hush your mouth, can't you hear you talk too loud? No I can't hear nothing 'cause I got my head up in the clouds ♫

Sometimes I feel that the way I know I’m not totally out of touch with reality because all of the idc music I listen to is by randomly hearing this song in places. Cafés, sports events, video games, iPod commercials, you name it, and Stockholm-based Caesars knew this very well, because rather confusingly they included “Jerk It Out” on 3 of the 6 albums they released.

18. Groove Armada - Madder

♫ Now if I ever needed inspiration right about now where I lose my patience ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Easy2002#66

There is an excellent Aussie film called “Gettin' Square” which features this, “Easy”, a number of unrelated Machine Gun Fellatio tracks, and the iconic “Into My Arms”. But if you haven’t seen it, check it out because it’s heaps of fun. As far as I can tell this is only an album track but the power the hook contains would have you question why. It’s rare that electronic music can create such a loud rocker like this, but then maybe we should give Groove Armada another $20 to cover their guitar expenses.

17. Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head

♫ And I know the mistakes that I made, see it all disappear without a trace ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Clocks2002#34
The Scientist2002#39
In My Place2002#57
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37

This is a much better title track than “X&Y” but then as you can see I also think this is Coldplay’s best album to date by some distance. While admittedly a bit repetitive, this is just such a well-performed track with the melodies effortlessly being delivered. It’s a fairly simple formula but across six minutes it plays out wonderfully.

16. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop

♫ Can't stop the spirits when they need you, this life is more than just a read-through ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

I can understand why this gets remarkably decent radio airplay even to this day because it manages to be ridiculously catchy without sounding “namamanannaanananaaROCKINGINCALIFORNIA”-level RHCP. That’s an extremely hard balance to strike, but with so many great ideas packed into one track it makes so much sense.

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15. Queens Of The Stone Age - First It Giveth

♫ First it giveth then it taketh away ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

As an interlude between “No One Knows” and this track (more accurately, tacked onto the end of the latter) is a Spanish-language radio announcer who declares that next we will hear “First It Giveth”. With some of the band’s simplest lyrics to date, it’s all about the riffs on show here. That section straight after the chorus, so great.

14. Foo Fighters - Times Like These

♫ It's times like these you learn to live again, it's times like these you give and give again, it's times like these you learn to love again, it's times like these time and time again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

There is a compelling argument against the depth of “One by One” as a record and I’ll hear it any day of the week. In reality, it’s an album which starts out very strong and then loses its way halfway through, before concluding with many half-baked and pointless ideas. In 2018 this is quite how indicative of I feel about Foo Fighters in general, but I’m not here to be negative. I’ve had significant exposure to this song and it has been pretty much entirely positive. The riffs are so great, Grohl’s lyricism makes this one of their most accessible hits, and me getting this confused with The Cult’s “She Sells Sanctuary” back when I was young duped me into thinking this was on Gran Turismo 3 until recently.

13. Enon - Natural Disasters

♫ We'll keep the conversation keep it clean and dry, and if they never finish then we won't ask why ♫

New York band Enon released seven LPs in a 12-year period before calling it quits in 2011. The album from which this comes from, “High Society”, is definitely an interesting listen but nothing else containing the tight guitar play of this beauty. There is SO much tension caused by those riffs and I just think this is very special.

12. Flogging Molly - Drunken Lullabies

♫ Must it take a life for hateful eyes to glisten once again, 'cause we find ourselves in the same old mess singing drunken lullabies ♫

Give me a copy of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 and I will show you how to do a kick flip; give me a real-life skateboard and I will embarrass myself every time. This is one of the biggest ohhhhhhhh-it’s-this-song moments in quite some time and it slays that stupid Dropkick Murphys song.

11. Foo Fighters - All My Life

♫ Nothing satisfies but I'm getting close, closer to the prize at the end of the rope ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

I am clearly very fond of the first section of “One by One”... oh wait I already said that. There has been a period of time where I grew very sick of this track but in preparing this list I found it would be foolish to dismiss its excellent control of loudness (something that Foo Fighters do not always get right).

10. Queens Of The Stone Age - Go With The Flow

♫ It's so safe to play along, little soldiers in a row, falling in and out of love, something sweet to throw away ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
First It Giveth2002#15
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

The world in 2002 certainly had an overexposure of Grohl but the payoff was huge. This song was originally a massive wtf moment for me with it making the ARIA top 50 instead of “No One Knows”. In fact, there was a brief period of time where I thought this was a mistake on this website because I just couldn’t believe it. But in reality it ticks many of the same boxes despite being uncharacteristically to the point (somewhat helped by the lack of a substantial radio station segment at the end), and it’s Homme bringing his A-game.

9. Groove Armada - But I Feel Good

♫ I found a driver here's a fiver, I'll have to lend you excuse me is this the venue ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Madder2002#18
Easy2002#66

Ticking another song off the list where my initial exposure to it was via a video game – in this case the mediocre “Brian Lara International Cricket 2007”. This takes the Groove Armada approach to dance music to another level because this clearly just sounds like a spiteful parody of some unpopular reggae song from the ‘90s. excuse me is this the top 10?

8. Groove Armada - Purple Haze

♫ My recipe is Jack Daniels, non-filtered Camels ♫

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But I Feel Good2002#9
Madder2002#18
Easy2002#66

I began this project for many reasons, but one key aim was to improve my understanding of what the Hottest 100 was like before my present-day engagement with it. This was one of the very first songs I decided to download from it, many thanks to Hijinx for including towards the very bottom of his comprehensive H100 countdown. Meanwhile though, I love the absurd lyricism happening throughout the track, which combined with the riff creates a very fun listening experience. I can clearly identify with the 2002 voter who put in this their list, it’s clearly a song that you would love to hear on the day of the countdown.

7. Grinspoon - Lost Control

♫ Not so bad if you follow the plan, that's how it goes with your head in the sand ♫

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No Reason2002#60
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52

Ticking another song off the list where my initial exposure to it was via a video game [342345325]

Did any of y’all play AFL Live 2004? Well I can’t anymore because the disc stopped working many years ago this was the opening theme to the game which when you weren’t in a rush to get playing you would want to hear in full every time. I link the excitement of hearing this song with the excitement of being able to play at Kardinia Park for the first time in the AFL video game series, yes exciting I know. My childhood Grinspoon knowledge somehow spans even earlier than this track but this is one of their very finest moments.

6. The Flaming Lips - Do You Realize??

♫ And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know you realise that life goes fast, it's hard to make the good things last ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)2002#86
Fight Test2002#91
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)2006#63

An interesting part of this project is finding songs that I initially thought were BOAT-worthy, but when pitted against a clearly defined range (one year) of songs lose its shine somewhat. Despite this, I still rate this song very highly and as clearly the greatest song The Flaming Lips have ever released. A song so worthy it was for a period of time the official rock song of Oklahoma, which I maintain is understandable that it was stripped of them and instead awarded to Hinder’s “Lips of an Angel”.

5. Pearl Jam - Save You

♫ You helped me when I was down, I'll help when you're down. Why are you hitting yourself? Come on hit me instead ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

One of the stranger parts of loving “Riot Act” in the ‘00s was the fact that I wasn’t close to being okay with swearing yet being in a position where I enjoyed this song. I’m pretty sure I always knew the entire song is completely expletive-ridden, but I don’t think I ever had the time to double-check what or why so I just went along with not singing the chorus until I was comfortable to do so. Back on more pressing matters, this album is so consistent that it was nearly a decade at the time since they put out a project that had this much depth. In a political climate of uncertainty, there was plenty of uncertainty on this album, with forthright rockers blending in seamlessly with haunting ballads. Speaking of which…

4. Pearl Jam - Thumbing My Way

♫ I can't see what's next from this lonely overpass, hang my head and count my steps as another car goes past ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

Ha! This had more recently become my pick from the record so you could say that I’ve changed my mind about my favourite song from this album more than most records. However, unlike many of the songs I’ve included from them today, I don’t really feel like I grew up with this song. It wasn’t really until I critically analysed Pearl Jam’s work when I grew more aware of different styles that I realised how approachable and stunning this is. I love the idea of celebrating small wins, and this song demonstrates the harm in not allowing oneself to do that. Comfortability isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, which I should tell my 2002 self who thought “I Am Mine” was the superior choice.

3. Queens Of The Stone Age - No One Knows

♫ And I realise you're mine, indeed a fool am I ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Go With The Flow2002#10
First It Giveth2002#15
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68

Strangely I still don’t prefer this to “Sick, Sick, Sick” but then again 2007 is the superior year. This was (and is) the Queens Of The Stone Age song. If you only know one song of theirs, it can only be this song, and chances are if you were on the Grohl train in 2002 you were all for this taking out the H100 in the January that followed. Unlike any other QOTSA song, my relationship with this song is distantly nostalgic, as I have most certainly came across this on multiple radio stations over the course of the decade. I did eventually get serious about paying attention to what QOTSA have been doing all these years, so you could say indeed a fool was I.

2. Sigur Rós - Untitled #1 (Vaka)

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Untitled #4 (Njósnavélin)2002#35
Untitled #3 (Samskeyti)2002#47
Untitled #2 (Fyrsta)2002#54
Glósóli2005#16
Sæglópur2005#76
Hljómalind2007#63
Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur2008#74

This was most certainly an above average year for post-rock. I do vividly recall the day I found this track on YouTube and I had realised quite quickly that this was going to make a very profound impact on my tastes. If I am going to admit one thing about my Year 12 adventure with this wonderful band, it’s that perhaps I was not a particularly skilled writer in explaining why I felt so strongly about what this album was doing. But then again, I’m still crap, and this song still kicks my ass all these years later.

1. Foo Fighters - Low

♫ You'll be my passerby, I'll be your new one to pass through. Screws inside turn so tight, turning on you, I'm hanging on you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

It took many years of evolving my tastes for Foo Fighters songs beyond which ones I’ve heard the most to realise that they have not even come close to sounding this good. It works on so many levels too! Want to watch a hilariously demented music video with Jack Black and Dave Grohl trashing a hotel room? It’s great – while I can’t say it complements the song that well it’s so amusing. This track is so clean, loud and relentless all at the same time, which combined with an in-form Grohl & band is one great combo (yes I get that I said all those things I said about the second half of “One by One”; let’s just say that it’s no coincidence that the four songs that have made this list happen to also be the songs with individual Wikipedia pages).

While this song has always just been there, my nostalgia really only spans the last 6 or so years where I’ve realised how much I actually love it. Growing up I was exposed to all of their albums but this album never featured that prominently, perhaps because I don’t think it was a much of a parents’ favourite. To that end, my exposure was mostly hearing “All My Life” and “Times Like These” a lot, and then “Have It All”, “Overdrive” and this occasionally. I don’t always react well when music is force-fed to me, and sometimes it works very well (“Riot Act”) but others not so much (see Crash Test Dummies). Here is a happy medium. I can’t see myself growing tired of this, and that gives me plenty of joy.

Good to see Sigur Ros up there - () was a great album. I'm sure OBOne will agree
1Foo FightersLow
3Queens Of The Stone AgeNo One Knows
4Pearl JamThumbing My Way
5Pearl JamSave You
6The Flaming LipsDo You Realize??
7GrinspoonLost Control
10Queens Of The Stone AgeGo With The Flow
11Foo FightersAll My Life
14Foo FightersTimes Like These
15Queens Of The Stone AgeFirst It Giveth
16Red Hot Chili PeppersCan't Stop
17ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head
25Pearl JamI Am Mine
29Pearl JamAll or None
31Maroon 5She Will Be Loved
32Motor AceCarry On
36Pearl JamLove Boat Captain
39ColdplayThe Scientist
42Red Hot Chili PeppersBy the Way
45Pearl JamYou Are
48Johnny CashHurt
49EminemLose Yourself
51Pearl JamCan't Keep
52David BowieSlow Burn
55The MusicThe People
57ColdplayIn My Place
59Red Hot Chili PeppersUniversally Speaking
60GrinspoonNo Reason
63Benny BenassiSatisfaction
64ColdplayGod Put a Smile Upon Your Face
65Machine TranslationsShe Wears A Mask
67Eddie VedderYou've Got to Hide Your Love Away
75NasMade You Look
76Charlton Hill2's Company
77Pearl JamCropduster
78Maroon 5Harder To Breathe
79ColdplayPolitik
80Junior SeniorMove Your Feet
81Red Hot Chili PeppersThe Zephyr Song
83SilverchairThe Greatest View
85Pearl JamGreen Disease
87InterpolObstacle 1
88Pearl JamBu$hleaguer
89System Of A DownInnervision
91The Flaming LipsFight Test
92Maroon 5Sunday Morning
95Ben LeeSomething Borrowed Something Blue
96 SilverchairWithout You
97CartmanShock (Living Without You)
99MobyWe Are All Made Of Stars

sorry I missed this last night!

Good to see Sunday Morning, The Greatest View, The Zephyr Song, Move Your Feet, Harder To Breathe, Chemical Heart, satisfaction, Lose Yourself, Hurt, The Scientist, Clocks, She Will Be Loved, Tu Es Foutu (surprised this is so high but yay!) and Times Like These all in there.
♫ It might sound silly for me to think childish thoughts like these, but I'm so tired of acting tough and I'm gonna broadcast what I please ♫

My 2001 EOY will be broadcasted on Sunday 22 July 7pm AEST, coverage on chat and in the thread as always
About to stream Dr. Dre's album "2001" over at http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s28&p=17862

2001

1MuseCitizen Erased
2Echo & The BunnymenIt's Alright
3The White StripesFell In Love With A Girl
4System of a DownPrison Song
5System of a DownChop Suey!
6Roots ManuvaWitness (1 Hope)
7MusePlug In Baby
8System of a DownToxicity
9RadioheadKnives Out
10Groove ArmadaSuperstylin'
11Basement JaxxWhere’s Your Head At
12RadioheadPyramid Song
13The White StripesExpecting
14Jay-ZHeart Of The City (Ain't No Love)
15Gorillaz feat. Del the Funky HomosapienClint Eastwood
16Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubRed Eyes and Tears
17Felix da HousecatSilver Screen (Shower Scene)
18The White StripesWe're Going To Be Friends
19New Order60 Miles an Hour
20Immortal Technique feat. DiabolicDance With the Devil
21The StrokesLast Nite
22New OrderSlow Jam
23MuseNew Born
24The White StripesHotel Yorba
25CakeShort Skirt/Long Jacket
26RadioheadTrue Love Waits
27Alisha's AtticPretender Got My Heart
28MuseFeeling Good
29The White StripesThe Union Forever
30Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubRifles
31JamesGetting Away With It (All Messed Up)
32RadioheadPulk/Pull Revolving Doors
33GarbageCherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)
34System of a DownAerials
35Jimmy Eat WorldThe Middle
36GerlingDust Me Selecta
37WeezerIsland in the Sun
38Sophie Ellis-BextorMurder on the Dancefloor
39The FallCrop-Dust
40Basement JaxxRomeo
41David ByrneEveryone's In Love With You
42LashTake Me Away
43Daft PunkSomething About Us
44Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American
45Gary JulesMad World
46No DoubtHella Good
47The White StripesI'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman
48Manic Street PreachersOcean Spray
49Ben FoldsRockin' the Suburbs
50The StrokesSomeday
51System of a DownShimmy
52...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadHomage
53ResThey-Say Vision
54R.E.M.Imitation of Life
55The White StripesDead Leaves And The Dirty Ground
56The StrokesNew York City Cops
57Kelis feat. Pusha TPopular Thug
58JamiroquaiYou Give Me Something
59Rocket ScienceBeing Followed
60RadioheadPackt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box
61Antony & The JohnsonsI Fell in Love with a Dead Boy
62Missy Elliott feat. Eve4 My People
63MuseBliss
64Camera ObscuraAnti-Western
65Something For KateMonsters
66Missy ElliottGet Ur Freak On
67The Cruel SeaCocaine
68ResGolden Boys
69Jay-ZNever Change
70Azure RayDon't Make a Sound
71The StrokesHard To Explain
72Something For KateJerry, Stand Up
73RadioheadI Might Be Wrong
74Jay-ZIzzo (H.O.V.A.)
75Circulatory SystemInside Blasts
76FeederTurn
77System of a DownBounce
78Circulatory SystemYesterday's World
79DntelAnywhere Anyone
80TISMFive Yards
81Something For KateThree Dimensions
82Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsAs I Sat Sadly By Her Side
83SquarepusherMy Red Hot Car
84EelsSouljacker Part I
85ShakiraObjection (Tango)
86MuseMap Of Your Head
87Yeah Yeah YeahsArt Star
88Daft PunkHarder Better Faster Stronger
89...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of DeadRelative Ways
90Lazaro's DogHome Entertainment System
91System of a DownJet Pilot
92SparklehorsePiano Fire
93Daft PunkVeridis Quo
94Roots Manuva feat. RiddlaHol' It Up
95Michael BubléSpiderman Theme
96The OnesFlawless (Radio Edit)
97Jay-ZTakeover
98The ChurchNumbers
99RegurgitatorSuperstraight
100N*E*R*DRock Star

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100. N*E*R*D - Rock Star

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Spaz2008#44
Everyone Nose (All the Girls Standing In the Line for the Bathroom)2008#58
Lemon2017#15
10002017#21
Rollinem 7's2017#92


99. Regurgitator - Superstraight

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Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62


98. The Church - Numbers


97. Jay-Z - Takeover

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99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind2009#14
Already Home2009#29
So Ambitious2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52


96. The Ones - Flawless (Radio Edit)


95. Michael Bublé - Spiderman Theme


94. Roots Manuva feat. Riddla - Hol' It Up


93. Daft Punk - Veridis Quo

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Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007)2007#91
Starboy (with The Weeknd)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with The Weeknd)2016#74


92. Sparklehorse - Piano Fire


91. System of a Down - Jet Pilot

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A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

90. Lazaro's Dog - Home Entertainment System


89. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Relative Ways

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The Ghost Within2014#96


88. Daft Punk - Harder Better Faster Stronger

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Veridis Quo2001#93
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007)2007#91
Starboy (with The Weeknd)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with The Weeknd)2016#74


87. Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Art Star

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Maps2003#5
Pin2003#17
Y Control2003#20
Date With The Night2003#21
Black Tongue2003#36
Cheated Hearts2006#21
Phenomena2006#41
Down Boy2007#98
Heads Will Roll2009#22
Zero2009#75
Dull Life2009#92


86. Muse - Map Of Your Head

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Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48


85. Shakira - Objection (Tango)


84. Eels - Souljacker Part I


83. Squarepusher - My Red Hot Car


82. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - As I Sat Sadly By Her Side

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O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90


81. Something For Kate - Three Dimensions

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Down The Garden Path2006#86

80. TISM - Five Yards


79. Dntel - Anywhere Anyone


78. Circulatory System - Yesterday's World


77. System of a Down - Bounce

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Jet Pilot2001#91
A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84


76. Feeder - Turn


75. Circulatory System - Inside Blasts

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Yesterday's World2001#78


74. Jay-Z - Izzo (H.O.V.A.)

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Takeover2001#97
99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind2009#14
Already Home2009#29
So Ambitious2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52


73. Radiohead - I Might Be Wrong

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There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


72. Something For Kate - Jerry, Stand Up

Previous entriesYearPosition
Three Dimensions2001#81
Down The Garden Path2006#86


71. The Strokes - Hard To Explain

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Reptilia2003#25
12:512003#68
Juicebox2005#7
You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
On The Other Side2006#53
Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54

70. Azure Ray - Don't Make a Sound


69. Jay-Z - Never Change

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Izzo (H.O.V.A.)2001#74
Takeover2001#97
99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind2009#14
Already Home2009#29
So Ambitious2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52


68. Res - Golden Boys


67. The Cruel Sea - Cocaine


66. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On


65. Something For Kate - Monsters

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Jerry, Stand Up2001#72
Three Dimensions2001#81
Down The Garden Path2006#86


64. Camera Obscura - Anti-Western

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Razzle Dazzle Rose2006#24
Lloyd, I'm Ready to Be Heartbroken2006#35


63. Muse - Bliss

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Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48


62. Missy Elliott feat. Eve - 4 My People

Previous entries [Missy Elliott]YearPosition
Get Ur Freak On2001#66

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Rich Girl (with Gwen Stefani)2004#50


61. Antony & The Johnsons - I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy

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Hope There's Someone2005#75
Drone Bomb Me2016#28

60. Radiohead - Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box

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I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


59. Rocket Science - Being Followed


58. Jamiroquai - You Give Me Something

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Automaton2017#71


57. Kelis feat. Pusha T - Popular Thug

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Milkshake2003#40

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Mercy (with Kanye West)2013#10


56. The Strokes - New York City Cops

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Hard To Explain2001#71
Reptilia2003#25
12:512003#68
Juicebox2005#7
You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
On The Other Side2006#53
Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54



55. The White Stripes - Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground

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The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18


54. R.E.M. - Imitation of Life


53. Res - They-Say Vision

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Golden Boys2001#68


52. ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead - Homage

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Relative Ways2001#89
The Ghost Within2014#96


51. System of a Down - Shimmy

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Bounce2001#77
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Radio/Video2005#84

50. The Strokes - Someday

♫ And now my fears they come to me in threes ♫

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New York City Cops2001#56
Hard To Explain2001#71
Reptilia2003#25
12:512003#68
Juicebox2005#7
You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
On The Other Side2006#53
Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54

This was always one of the more memorable cuts from “Is This It”. In terms of how much this album influenced so many indie rock bands to come this has to be one of the most powerful too. They play a game of Family Feud against Guided By Voices in the film clip, who themselves happened to get a song to my second shortlist. I guess The Strokes really did win in the end, right?

49. Ben Folds - Rockin' the Suburbs

♫ I take the cheques and face the facts, that some producer with computers fixes all my shitty tracks ♫

Speaking of memorable songs, I think I have known this one longer than most. In fact it’s entirely possible I heard this before “Brick” because I remember it receiving so much airplay at the time. But of course, Ben Folds doesn’t earn the right to be this modest, it’s not just the production!

48. Manic Street Preachers - Ocean Spray

♫ Oh please stay awake, and then we can drink some ocean spray ♫

Not being overly familiar with these guys, I came into this one totally fresh. I get mega-“OK Computer” vibes out of this but it’s delivered in such a tight way that it really makes no difference.

47. The White Stripes - I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman

♫ But if I held the door open for you, it wouldn't make your day ♫

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Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

Not being overly familiar with these guys, admittedly this and “Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground” were hard to split. This has the piano in the main riff that would come up in so many future White Stripes classics and it just has a bit more energy to push it forward.

46. No Doubt - Hella Good

♫ You hold me like you should so I'm gonna keep on dancin' ♫

Perhaps more so than any other No Doubt song, this has such an element of omnipresence. Heck, I feel like I grew up on that chorus, it’s just too much to resist.

45. Gary Jules - Mad World

♫ And I find it kind of funny, I find it kind of sad, the dreams in which I'm dying are the best I've ever had ♫

I’m pretty sure I’ve always had this credited in my library as a Gary Jules song because I must have realised it was first included on an album of this, which is why it’s really strange that I still credited it under the Donnie Darko soundtrack. In any case, the single release made this a pretty big deal a couple of years later when it was credited as a collaboration with producer Michael Andrews. It has lost its shine over the years but it’s still so powerful.

44. Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

♫ Salt sweat sugar on the asphalt, our hearts littering the topsoil ♫

So all is redeemed for “I Will Steal You Back” missing out on its revised EOY. Like all good Jimmy Eat World songs, this gets in, does the job and gets out, all the while giving a great singalong chorus to hold onto.

43. Daft Punk - Something About Us

♫ But there's something about us I've got to do, some kind of secret I will share with you ♫

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Harder Better Faster Stronger2001#88
Veridis Quo2001#93
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007)2007#91
Starboy (with The Weeknd)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with The Weeknd)2016#74

I will put my hand up and admit I underestimated this track. It plays into some of Daft Punk’s softer tropes but it has so much more impact than their bigger hits of the time.

42. Lash - Take Me Away

♫ Don't wanna grow up, I wanna get out, hey take me away ♫

The nostalgia goggles might be up every time I hear “ON AND ON AND ON AND ON” but I have always had so much love for this song. I do get it now but I was rather shocked when learning this never made the H100 because it felt like a neat fit.

41. David Byrne - Everyone's In Love With You

♫ I guess I'll never understand the things she does to all my friends ♫

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Lazy [Radio Edit] (with X-Press 2)2002#58

David Byrne in 2001 was to Microsoft as U2 in 2014 were to Apple. I remember not thinking much of “Like Humans Do” whenever I had no other music to use as a test for Windows Media Player. I love how the hooks lead you to believe there will be an epic instrumental bridge but it never comes, instead it finishes rather abruptly.

40. Basement Jaxx - Romeo

♫ You keep on giving me the hold up, you know I wish you'd make your mind up ♫

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Good Luck2003#27

I was impressed with several songs on “Rooty” but this made a huge impact on first listen. The Wikipedia article for this has some very questionable sentences, including an implication that Basement Jaxx are not a duo but rather an R&B singer. Also some of the critics have even listed the song on their best lists AND top lists, I mean what does that make me? In all seriousness, we have fairly obscure singer Kele Le Roc on vocals here and it all keeps a nice bouncy vibe for its three and a half minutes.

39. The Fall - Crop-Dust

♫ It is cruel and blind, and does not compensate. The brutal fracture, leaves sprout all over ♫

Meanwhile, there is nothing bouncy about this. I can’t say I know much about The Fall other than knowing how a lot of knowledgeable people on the internet make a pretty big deal about them, but of all the third tracks on a band’s 22nd album, this has to be up there. I could probably listen to the late Mark E. Smith (RIP) rambling all day Michael Gira-style in front of those rollicking guitars (and seriously how good does the riff sound at the end??).

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Cropduster2002#77

38. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Murder on the Dancefloor

♫ If you think you'll get away I will prove you wrong ♫

I don’t absolutely love this but I can see why there are so many on this site that do. For this time, after featuring on a #1 euro house smash hit, it appears to be fairly common for artists to fade into the background (it wasn’t #1 but just look at “Romeo”). Meanwhile, “Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)” was a terrific springboard, with Ellis-Bextor later achieving an impressive list of hits, none however more prominent or memorable than this.

37. Weezer - Island in the Sun

♫ We'll run away together, we'll spend some time forever, we'll never feel bad anymore ♫

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The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)2008#19
Pork And Beans2008#77

All the nostalgia in the world couldn’t prepare me for this one. My parents to this day still joke that this was MY happy song. Years later, it sticks out like a sore thumb on one of Weezer’s most inconsistent releases to date. Of course I recall seeing the film clip many times, and it helps that small children are big fans of both pop songs that are simple and catchy, and small animals (seriously who in their right mind voluntarily watches the Mexican wedding version??). Oh and not much has changed.

36. Gerling - Dust Me Selecta

♫ I'm coming back to you, good things will come back to you ♫

And while we’re on the topic of happy songs, here’s this one that I couldn’t recall the sound of but surprisingly the film clip looks familiar. The chorus has so much euphoric fun, it’s just so wonderful.

35. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle

♫ It just takes some time, little girl you're in the middle of the ride, everything everything will be just fine, everything everything will be alright ♫

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Bleed American2001#44

And here’s the Jimmy Eat World song I always knew and loved well before I even gave music an ounce of thought. It’s one of the great pop punk choruses, and it’s little wonder it basically single-handedly propelled the band’s career forward.

34. System of a Down - Aerials

♫ Life is a waterfall, we drink from the river, then we turn around and put up our walls ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Shimmy2001#51
Bounce2001#77
Jet Pilot2001#91
A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

The quality of the “Toxicity” track listing is quite evenly spread out, with this track a remarkable way to close this wonderful album. I’ve both known versions with and without the hidden track (a.k.a. “Arto” performed by Arto Tunçboyacıyan); while it’s a bit annoying it does add an interesting element to the record.

33. Garbage - Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)

♫ You're such a delicate boy in the hysterical claim, of an emotional landslide in physical terms ♫

In 2001, Scottish-American rockers Garbage were at the top of their game, contributing to two big ‘90s soundtracks and with two successful albums already under their belts at this point. “Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)” is an instant pop classic, packed with melodies and with the same tight production we know and love the band for.

32. Radiohead - Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors

♫ There are doors that let you in and out but never open, and there are trapdoors that you can't come back from ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

So sometimes I like my Radiohead on the odd side. This is mostly about doors and not the “People Are Strange” type. The shattering production is so overwhelming and the final minute where it continues to build up and up is an intense moment.

31. James - Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)

♫ Daniel drinks his weight, drinks like Richard Burton, dance like John Travolta ♫

I’m not sure I knew this but it certainly feels like I should have. It’s so welcoming that it feels familiar after just a couple of listens. Tim Booth sounds amazing on lead vocals and it’s sad that this was the last single they released before he left the band for a six year period.

30. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Rifles

♫ Now you come alive with the world at your side ♫

There are many cool ideas on “B.R.M.C.” but this is the Kasabiany one. It makes me wonder why I haven’t (properly) come across this band sooner, this is so up my alley. There is a version on some releases of this album which is an extra 1:32 longer titled “Take My Time/Rifles” where the only difference appears to be a rather pointless and annoying intro. Eat your heart out, 2016 Kanye.

29. The White Stripes - The Union Forever

♫ There is a man, a certain man, and for the poor you may be sure that he'll do all he can ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

Some bands have those songs that simply come alive when played in a live setting – and the closest thing I’ll ever have to seeing The White Stripes live is the amazing “Under Great White Northern Lights” live album, where I made a rare exception for my unwillingness to seek the format. The version of “The Union Forever” on this live album is what really got me interested in the track as it takes a wild and loud chorus straight to the third verse which is as basic as it is compelling.

28. Muse - Feeling Good

♫ F**king f**king little f**king f**king f**kers yeah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

This is almost as amazing as “Sit the f**k down”, but not quite. Originally a show tune but made famous by Nina Simone, it was an interesting choice of cover for Bellamy & co. for “Origin of Symmetry”. This song always needs a more than capable vocalist in control, and this is where he really shines.

27. Alisha's Attic - Pretender Got My Heart

♫ Love was a game and he won too fast ♫

I know very little about this duo and after doing ten seconds of research it’s sad that this was their last ever single. The “I found you out” etc. whispering goes really well in tandem with the instrumental hook.

26. Radiohead - True Love Waits

♫ I'm not living, I'm just killing time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

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what is this 2016 song doing in this list

live album, where I made a rare exception for my unwillingness to seek the format

l i v e a l b u m, w h e r e I m a d e a r a r e e x c e p t i o n f o r m y u n w i l l i n g n e s s t o s e e k t h e f o r m a t

I clearly have no issue in contradicting myself so suddenly. But of course Radiohead released two albums in 2001, the second of which “I Might Be Wrong: Live Recordings” being the first time we hear a recording of one of the band’s most well-known then-unreleased tracks. Recorded on 9 September 2001 as the penultimate track in their setlist in Oslo, Thom performs this song in such a wonderful way that to me is superior to the version that ended up on “A Moon Shaped Pool”.

25. Cake - Short Skirt/Long Jacket

♫ She is fast, thorough, and sharp as a tack, she is touring the facility and picking up slack ♫

I cannot find it anywhere but we once owned a Nova FM compilation promoting the radio station’s launch, which was essentially like an edgy So Fresh containing many semi-jjj, semi-commercial hits. It included this, Jebediah’s “Fall Down”, Gorillaz’s “Clint Eastwood”, Fatboy Slim’s “Weapon Of Choice”, and potentially Mademoiselle’s “Do You Love Me” as well. I love how naïve I was at the time for thinking how ground-breaking it must have been for a rock song… to have a trumpet?!?! Much like “Rockin’ the Suburbs” though this was quite a memorable hit of the early ‘00s that I should always love.

24. The White Stripes - Hotel Yorba

♫ Well it's 1 2 3 4 take the elevator at the Hotel Yorba, I'll be glad to see you later, all they got inside is vacancy ♫

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The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

I knew this song waaaaay before I realised what it was called, through an awesome band parody from The Chaser in which Andrew Hansen sings about how he accidentally mixed his whites and reds and now all his clothes became pink. Named after an old hotel in Detroit, the song recalls Jack’s country and blues influences growing up whilst still achieving to be one of the band’s catchiest ever songs.

23. Muse - New Born

♫ Destroy the spineless, show me it's real, wasting our last chance to come away ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

There was probably a brief period where I thought the big singles from this album were amongthebestevvaaaaaa and maybe this song has something to do with it. It’s larger than life, for starters it’s six minutes long, but then growing up with this band I can certainly lay claim to many great memories rocking out to that insanely loud riff.

22. New Order - Slow Jam

♫ I don't want the world to change, I like the way it is, just give me one more wish, I can't get enough of this ♫

This is not the only song here I’ve known partly for being in an ad (hey “Someday”) but then I still can’t get my head around the fact that “Someone Like You” was picked as a single over this.

21. The Strokes - Last Nite

♫ And say people, they don't understand, your girlfriends they can't understand, your grandsons they won't understand, on top of this I ain't ever gonna understand ♫

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Someday2001#50
New York City Cops2001#56
Hard To Explain2001#71
Reptilia2003#25
12:512003#68
Juicebox2005#7
You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
On The Other Side2006#53
Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54

For quite some time I knew this as The Song for The Strokes, in the sense that it was clearly a big H100 hit and it was the main song I knew for many years. It’s not quite their best but it’s really not far off, it at least has to be one of their greatest music videos ever (omg mostly at: the game of naughts and crosses, the map where it looks like a plan to invade the world, and of course the microphone stand dominoes). This, “Take Me Out”, “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” - the stories for these wonderful indie rock hits for bands so early in their career are often so similar.

20. Immortal Technique feat. Diabolic - Dance With the Devil

♫ A hardcore n***a is all he ever wanted to be, and so he met them Friday night at a quarter to three ♫

Is this what you use when someone who thinks “Rockstar” (Postie) is hard so you tag them in a Ricky Gervais gif? I certainly seem to think so. It’s strange that I remember seeing this on some FB meme page, which was weird because although it’s his most played song on lastie it only appears on some of his setlists. Of course, I should address the elephant in the room…

This song is really long because it has a big hidden track at the end. I know, it’s quite controversial and I’m usually against such an atrocity but I can look past it. There is nothing else of note to say.

19. New Order - 60 Miles an Hour

♫ I'll be there for you when you want me to, I'll stand by your side like I always do ♫

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Slow Jam2001#22

It may seem strange for New Order to have two tracks so high on this list but all is remembered when you dive deep into them. That bridge might be pretty basic but it’s just so powerful.

18. The White Stripes - We're Going To Be Friends

♫ There's dirt on our uniforms from chasing all the ants and worms, we clean up and now it's time to learn ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

There’s a famous live performance of the band in Brazil where Jack decides to leave the theatre rather foolishly and perform the song on the edge of a balcony while trying to remain heard amongst screaming fans. It is perhaps more generally known as the most innocent White Stripes song of them all, it’s so pure and wholesome that it’s basically the opposite of “Blue Orchid”.

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

♫ Sweet seduction in a magazine, endless pleasure in a limousine, in the back shakes a tambourine, nicotine from a silver screen ♫

If this was what “Eat Sleep Rave Repeat” was aiming for, then I get it. A banger running for just over four and a half minutes and it doesn’t overstay its welcome for one second.

16. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Red Eyes and Tears

♫ These are my reasons, the truth is never filled, I'm never filled, never filled, I'm in love ♫

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Rifles2001#30

The big difference between this and “Rifles” is that this is simply more fun and rocks much harder. The riffs are just amazing and the deadpan vocal style employed by Peter Hayes complements them well.

15. Gorillaz feat. Del the Funky Homosapien - Clint Eastwood

♫ The essence, the basics, without it, you naked, allow me to make this, childlike in nature, rhythm you have it or you don't, that's a fallacy ♫

You know you have hit an important part of someone’s childhood for a person is currently in their twenties when they remember how much they loved this song growing up – enter me. For some reason it really bothered me when “Feel Good Inc.” became the bigger hit several years later, perhaps it was my first I-like-your-old-stuff-better-than-your-new-stuff moment. Also, very niche comment here, but this was a really interesting addition to Hunting Grounds’ setlist when I saw them live six years ago or so.

14. Jay-Z - Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)

♫ Look scrapper I got nephews to look after, I'm not lookin' at you dudes I'm lookin' past ya ♫

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Never Change2001#69
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)2001#74
Takeover2001#97
99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind2009#14
Already Home2009#29
So Ambitious2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52

This song is how rap music can use sampling so effectively to create a memorable result. The original by Bobby “Blue” Bland was a top 100 hit back in 1974, and Kanye West incorporates this into the production in such a fantastic way. This song was part of my Jay-Z discoveries at uni and it still stands out so much on this excellent album. Although I’ve really only given this thought recently, I will add that it is interesting how many rappers have spoken out about the regret for using homophobic and/or sexist (in this case the former) lyrical content in songs in the ‘90s and early ‘00s. It’s a problem that hip hop probably hasn’t completely gotten over but a true test of character is someone who can admit to needing to evolve (see “Smile”)

13. The White Stripes - Expecting

♫ I came back with handfuls, I did what you asked me ♫

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We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

Jack White messing with the timing of notes on this song is just the best, the whole thing seems so slow when really it’s just riffs starting half a note later than the last time just to tease the listener. This became a real love for me while on my post-Year 12 holiday, where I realised that the band’s music wasn’t just great to listen to when writing hundreds of practice essays and exams.

12. Radiohead - Pyramid Song

♫ And we all went to heaven in a little row boat, there was nothing to fear and nothing to doubt ♫

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True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

Interestingly this employs a similar strategy to “Expecting” ***makyouthink***. Although I’ve grown up discovering the back catalogue of Radiohead and falling in love with so much of it, this has never felt like an instant obsession like perhaps it should. Part of its beauty to me is the feeling of numbness, where it compels you to listen but not because it’s lovely or pleasant in a way that many ballads usually are.

11. Basement Jaxx - Where’s Your Head At

♫ Don't let the walls cave in on you, we can live on, live on without you ♫

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Romeo2001#40
Good Luck2003#27

2002 was the year of video game songs, so it’s only fair that 2001 is the year of non-video game-related sugar rushes of nostalgia. After all, I only got my first console for Christmas in 2002, so my main exposure to music was usually from either my parents or what I heard at school. Where the video for “Island in the Sun” was so endearing and watchable for a small child, you can’t quite say the same here. I’m sure I wasn’t the only primary schooler at the time that was simultaneously freaked out and hooked by what was going on here.

10. Groove Armada - Superstylin'

♫ Enter in the dance, plug it in and we begin, crowd up in the centre, they watch be dibidim ♫

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Purple Haze2002#8
But I Feel Good2002#9
Madder2002#18
Easy2002#66

This epic blend of reggae and house is one of my earliest memories of Groove Armada, and for a group (well, duo) that I really didn’t think I cared much for initially, they’ve done rather nicely on these lists thus far. Earlier in the week for Franz Ferdinand’s J Files, Alex Kapranos spoke about the music that inspired the band in its early days and how much of this was the diversity of the UK electronic scene at the time, and of course this song was mentioned. My hesitation may come from still being torn on “Paper Romance”, but that’s all irrelevant as this could be four times as long and I don’t think I would mind one bit.

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9. Radiohead - Knives Out

♫ Look into my eyes, it's the only way you'll know I'm telling the truth ♫

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Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

While I was instantly drawn to “Pyramid Song”, ultimately this is a more satisfying pay-off in the long run. So much of my love for this song is how the listener’s attention is either on the unforgettable yet soft riff or Thom’s commanding and vast vocal performance. Although this is so familiar with me, “Amnesiac” was a very fun album to revisit.

8. System of a Down - Toxicity

♫ Eating seeds as a pastime activity, the toxicity of our city, of our city ♫

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Aerials2001#34
Shimmy2001#51
Bounce2001#77
Jet Pilot2001#91
A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

This is the sleeping giant of the album, perhaps because of its sophomore single status making it forever in a shadow. But, like all songs that end up in my top 20 sections, when on its own this song shines brightly. Containing one of System of a Down’s greatest ever choruses AND one of its most spine-tingling bridges? Just awesome.

7. Muse - Plug In Baby

♫ Now it's time for changing and cleansing everything to forget your love ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

It’s crazy to think that I’ve known this song almost as long as I haven’t, such is my age showing that it is increasingly irrelevant that I was rather late to the Muse party. There was still a party to be had though, as it was way before the band started just reheating expired ideas it found in the fridge. “Origin of Symmetry” contains many of the band’s most iconic riffs, with this one also contained a certain chunkiness (best description I could think of) of the arrangement here always making it a joy to listen to.

6. Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)

♫ But we should know that discipline maketh the geez ♫

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Hol' It Up2001#94

I’m quite sure this was a Rage discovery at some point because I can’t have randomly come across that video in any other context. The song on its own is brilliant but it’s one of the most entertaining music videos ever made. I like how some geezer wrote on Genius this was the best hip hop track the UK has ever produced. U wot? Innit it though.

5. System of a Down - Chop Suey!

♫ I don't think you trust in my self-righteous suicide, I cry when angels deserve to die ♫

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Toxicity2001#8
Aerials2001#34
Shimmy2001#51
Bounce2001#77
Jet Pilot2001#91
A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

To reopen the box of my childhood memories of notable rock songs, this is the weird cousin of “Last Nite”, “Take Me Out” and “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”. Although it’s just as catchy (this really weirded me out back in the day) the key differences are that it’s a lot heavier and it’s hard to think of how this could possibly be imitated with any level of authenticity. I’ve always known this, and most people my age probably have, so for my money I can’t think of any metal album that has ever come close to sustaining my interest like “Toxicity” does.

4. System of a Down - Prison Song

♫ The percentage of Americans in the prison system (prison system) has doubled since 1985 ♫

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Chop Suey!2001#5
Toxicity2001#8
Aerials2001#34
Shimmy2001#51
Bounce2001#77
Jet Pilot2001#91
A.D.D. (American Dream Denial)2002#33
Innervision2002#89
Highway Song2002#100
B.Y.O.B.2005#30
U-Fig2005#60
Attack2005#64
Radio/Video2005#84

And you thought they were done! This takes their mantra of vicious riffs and intense screaming vocals to the next level; unsure if it’s anything to do with the political commentary, though at times I feel I’m somewhat blinded by that: I think it’s easy to think that this song rocks more because there’s a social element to the lyrics, or even that more was put into it because there was such a clear message going on, when in reality the two complement one another and this just happens to be super effective and I’m an idiot as always. They’ve often been a band to fight for the minority, particularly given their background and the matters they have sung about regarding that, and in this song they combine their ability to write cleverly structured songs with pointing out hypocrisies in the war on drugs (and no, not the WOO! kind).

3. The White Stripes - Fell In Love With A Girl

♫ Can’t think of anything to do, yeah my left brain knows that all love is fleeting ♫

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Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

I’ve said it once before but it bears repeating now: I love this band. The lego animation music video is something else as well, let’s just say they had a knack for finding music video directors that wanted to work their absolute asses off. What it manages to lyrically cram inside 110 seconds of music is impressive as well. Like we needed further proof for the weird people that only like “Elephant”, here this is.

2. Echo & The Bunnymen - It's Alright

♫ Here they come again, whispers in my head, same old sad refrain, wished I'd never said what I said yeah ♫

I’d like to think for many years now I’ve been trying to find a song that adequately fits many of the tropes that make a great indie rock song, and do so in such a way that it makes the perfect indie rock song. This might just be it – what a wonderful discovery this was recently, and I don't think I'll ever tire of hearing it.

1. Muse - Citizen Erased

♫ For one moment I wish you would hold your stage with no feelings at all, open-minded, I'm sure I used to be so free ♫

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Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

In fairness, I had decided very early on into my Muse fandom that “Plug In Baby” was the superior track without really taking the time to sleep on it and have a good think about it. After many years of loving both (as well as “New Born” and “Feeling Good” at similar levels at times too), I can’t help but admit that this comes out on top. Comfortably.

The opening riff is a huge hit of energy and from there it’s a compelling journey that keeps you hooked through its every turn. Perhaps now as I’ve begun to enjoy more diverse music over the years, I’ve found myself endeared to this song even more, but within the song itself this can be said about the softer parts more so as well.

Also I rarely ever want to explore a Muse forum to find something useful, but in amongst my anger for this being totally snubbed by many critical outlets including Pitchfork, one thread managed to sum up the clickbait bullshit that they pervade http://board.muse.mu/showthread.php?t=89284 (i.e. they’d rather shit on the new obviously inferior albums than make mention of what got them there in the first place – obviously more prominent with bands that aren’t American, and that of course speaks to a mentality that goes well beyond the music world) sorry for being so grumpy

This song really makes me impressed with the career that Muse have had to this date, and it didn’t take me long to realise why this weird & long album track was so heavily praised by fans of the band. This was the sound of a band conquering all before it, and it’s one of the more splendid ways to do so.

The last year to cover in the noughties is nearly ready, so I should mention that I will broadcasting my top 100 songs of 2000 next Friday 14 December 7pm AEST, with coverage on chat & thread.
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Reminder that this is happening tomorrow night
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Sorry for the delay - should be up in just over 5 minutes!
Variations of said Silverchair anthem to be broadcast over at http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s28&p=17862

2000

1The AvalanchesFrontier Psychiatrist
2RadioheadIdioteque
3The Gentle WavesFalling From Grace
4The AvalanchesExtra Kings
5OutkastMs. Jackson
6Teddybears STHLMMove Over
7Rage Against The MachineRenegades Of Funk
8ColdplayYellow
9The Offspring feat. RedmanOriginal Prankster
10The AvalanchesTwo Hearts In 3/4 Time
11PowderfingerMy Happiness
12U2Beautiful Day
13Linkin ParkIn the End
14Linkin ParkOne Step Closer
15Deltron 3030 feat. Damon AlbarnTime Keeps On Slipping
16ColdplayDon't Panic
17The White StripesHello Operator
18The AvalanchesFlight Tonight
19Eminem feat. DidoStan
20LifehouseHanging By A Moment
21HooverphonicVinegar & Salt
22The White StripesApple Blossom
23Godspeed You! Black EmperorSleep
24King Biscuit TimeI Walk the Earth
25Deltron 3030Things You Can Do
26Deltron 30303030
27PowderfingerMy Kind of Scene
28ClearlakeDon't Let the Cold In
29The FallDr. Buck's Letter
30At the Drive-InInvalid Litter Dept.
31GoldfrappUtopia
32U2Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of
33Porcupine TreeShesmovedon
34The Dandy WarholsBohemian Like You
35ClearlakeWinterlight
36Green DayWaiting
37Pearl JamLight Years
38The AvalanchesLittle Journey
39PowderfingerWaiting for the Sun
40RadioheadThe National Anthem
41Linkin ParkWith You
42ElectrelaneFilm Music
43Sleater-KinneyAll Hands on the Bad One
44PowderfingerThrilloilogy
45ZedRenegade Fighter
46KosheenCatch
47OutkastB.O.B
48Linkin ParkPoints of Authority
49Fatboy Slim feat. Bootsy CollinsWeapon of Choice
50BroadcastCome On Let's Go
51PowderfingerThe Metre
52RadioheadOptimistic
53The White StripesI'm Bound to Pack it Up
54RadioheadEverything In Its Right Place
55Deltron 3030 feat. Sean LennonMemory Loss
56Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-BextorGroovejet (If This Ain't Love)
57OutkastSo Fresh, So Clean
58Green DayWarning
59Deltron 3030Virus
60No DoubtEx-Girlfriend
61DovesThe Man Who Told Everything
62Super Furry AnimalsYmaelodi Â'r Ymylon
63Saint EtienneHeart Failed (In The Back Of A Taxi)
64Daft Punk feat. RomanthonyOne More Time
65The AvalanchesSince I Left You
66Black Box RecorderThe Art of Driving
67Modest MouseDark Center of the Universe
68Jedi Mind TricksRetaliation
69ClinicThe Return of Evil Bill
70Green DayMinority
71Ghostface Killah feat. GZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna & Masta KillaWu Banga 101
72EnyaOnly Time
73múmThe Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records
74The Sleepy JacksonGlasshouses
75Ghostface Killah feat. RZANutmeg
76The AvalanchesTonight
77Belle and SebastianThere's Too Much Love
78Pearl JamOf The Girl
79Machine Gun FellatioUnsent Letter
80The White StripesYou're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)
81PowderfingerLike a Dog
82Sheena RingoYokushitsu
83The GatheringAmity
84Outkast feat. KhujoGasoline Dreams
85PJ Harvey feat. Thom YorkeThis Mess We're In
86KentMusic Non Stop
87Royce da 5'9"Boom
88Pearl JamNothing as It Seems
89RadioheadHow To Disappear Completely
90GrandaddyThe Crystal Lake
91The SuperjesusGravity
92The Living EndDirty Man
93Destiny's ChildIndependent Women, Pt. I
94The AvalanchesRadio
95PlaceboSpecial K
96Queens Of The Stone AgeFeel Good Hit Of The Summer
97Lo-TelTeenager Of The Year
98ObliviaMind Bomb
99GoldfrappPilots
100PowderfingerUp and Down and Back Again

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100. Powderfinger - Up and Down and Back Again

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Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93


99. Goldfrapp - Pilots


98. Oblivia - Mind Bomb


97. Lo-Tel - Teenager Of The Year


96. Queens Of The Stone Age - Feel Good Hit Of The Summer

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No One Knows2002#3
Go With The Flow2002#10
First It Giveth2002#15
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68


95. Placebo - Special K

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Bitter End2003#35
Infra-Red2006#42


94. The Avalanches - Radio

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Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47


93. Destiny's Child - Independent Women, Pt. I


92. The Living End - Dirty Man

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got2004#67
Wake Up2006#29


91. The Superjesus - Gravity

90. Grandaddy - The Crystal Lake


89. Radiohead - How To Disappear Completely

Previous entriesYearPosition
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


88. Pearl Jam - Nothing as It Seems

Previous entriesYearPosition
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


87. Royce da 5'9" - Boom


86. Kent - Music Non Stop


85. PJ Harvey feat. Thom Yorke - This Mess We're In

Previous entries [Thom Yorke]YearPosition
Harrowdown Hill2006#46


84. Outkast feat. Khujo - Gasoline Dreams

Previous entries [Outkast]YearPosition
Roses2003#2
Last Call2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams2006#18


83. The Gathering - Amity


82. Sheena Ringo - Yokushitsu


81. Powderfinger - Like a Dog

Previous entriesYearPosition
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

80. The White Stripes - You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18


79. Machine Gun Fellatio - Unsent Letter

Previous entriesYearPosition
Take It Slow2002#38
Pussy Town2002#46


78. Pearl Jam - Of The Girl

Previous entriesYearPosition
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


77. Belle and Sebastian - There's Too Much Love


76. The Avalanches - Tonight

Previous entriesYearPosition
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47


75. Ghostface Killah feat. RZA - Nutmeg

Previous entries [Ghostface Killah]YearPosition
Nutmeg2000#75
Six Degrees2015#18
Food2015#27
Ray Gun2015#32
Gunshowers2015#94


74. The Sleepy Jackson - Glasshouses

Previous entriesYearPosition
Devil Was In My Yard2006#57
God Lead Your Soul2006#84


73. múm - The Ballad of the Broken Birdie Records


72. Enya - Only Time


71. Ghostface Killah feat. GZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna & Masta Killa - Wu Banga 101

Previous entries [Ghostface Killah]YearPosition
Nutmeg2000#75
Six Degrees2015#18
Food2015#27
Ray Gun2015#32
Gunshowers2015#94

70. Green Day - Minority

Previous entriesYearPosition
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78


69. Clinic - The Return of Evil Bill

Previous entriesYearPosition
Walking With Thee2002#41


68. Jedi Mind Tricks - Retaliation


67. Modest Mouse - Dark Center of the Universe

Previous entriesYearPosition
Float On2004#43


66. Black Box Recorder - The Art of Driving


65. The Avalanches - Since I Left You

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47


64. Daft Punk feat. Romanthony - One More Time

Previous entries [Daft Punk]YearPosition
Something About Us2001#43
Harder Better Faster Stronger2001#88
Veridis Quo2001#93
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007)2007#91
Starboy (with The Weeknd)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with The Weeknd)2016#74


63. Saint Etienne - Heart Failed (In The Back Of A Taxi)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Action2002#26


62. Super Furry Animals - Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon


61. Doves - The Man Who Told Everything

Previous entriesYearPosition
Kingdom Of Rust2009#35

60. No Doubt - Ex-Girlfriend

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hella Good2001#46


59. Deltron 3030 - Virus


58. Green Day - Warning

Previous entriesYearPosition
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78


57. Outkast - So Fresh, So Clean

Previous entriesYearPosition
Gasoline Dreams2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams2006#18


56. Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis-Bextor - Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)

Previous entries [Sophie Ellis-Bextor]YearPosition
Murder on the Dancefloor2001#38


55. Deltron 3030 feat. Sean Lennon - Memory Loss

Previous entries [Deltron 3030]YearPosition
Virus2000#59


54. Radiohead - Everything In Its Right Place

Previous entriesYearPosition
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


53. The White Stripes - I'm Bound to Pack it Up

Previous entriesYearPosition
You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)2000#80
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18


52. Radiohead - Optimistic

Previous entriesYearPosition
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


51. Powderfinger - The Metre

Previous entriesYearPosition
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

50. Broadcast - Come On Let's Go

♫ What's the point in wasting time on people that you'll never know? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
America's Boy2005#66

I find it interesting this has outpeaked “America's Boy” but I suppose that track has grown on me much more since that… broadcast. I think it might just be the way the track is mixed but I wish the melodies were a bit more pronounced and obvious.

49. Fatboy Slim feat. Bootsy Collins - Weapon of Choice

♫ You can blow with this or you can blow with that ♫

Nostalgia has really taught me to always love this song but in recent times I haven’t been as passionate about this track. Although, with one of the all-time great music videos featuring a dancing and floating Christopher Walken, this remains one of Norman Cook’s most recognisable career highlights.

48. Linkin Park - Points of Authority

♫ Forfeit the game before somebody else takes you out of the frame and puts your name to shame ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Numb2003#23
Faint2003#39
Breaking the Habit2003#50
Somewhere I Belong2003#54
From the Inside2003#77
Nobody's Listening2003#93
Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z)2004#91
New Divide2009#94

HUGE nostalgia for this album, of course, for those that have been playing at home this entire time, “Meteora” was the first album I purchased. On the other hand, I am convinced that “Hybrid Theory” was the first CD I received, with a copy of it given to me an older relative. “Points of Authority” has at least always been an essential Linkin Park song for me.

47. Outkast - B.O.B

♫ Weather man tellin' us it ain't gon' rain, so now we sittin' in a drop-top, soakin' wet ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
So Fresh, So Clean2000#57
Gasoline Dreams2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams2006#18

Recognised by many as one of THE great hip hop songs, and I haven’t always held it up in a high regard but have grown to enjoy it more with time. Just preceding their first major commercial hit, hence receiving more critical than commercial success.

46. Kosheen - Catch

♫ Out of my way I'm running, I'm gonna catch you if I can ♫

British group Kosheen led by vocalist Sian Evans released several singles a year after forming, and then re-released two of them to greater success. “Catch” is a song from my childhood which has remained inescapable purely because I kept on seeking it out. Dramatic and punchy pop music done extremely well.

45. Zed - Renegade Fighter

♫ I'm a lover, I'm a winner, I'm a fighter, gonna set your soul on fire ♫

This is probably my first mention of my “Songs To Try” list in my EOY spreadsheet which essentially is a list of songs that I liked when I heard them but because I’m not up to those years yet (i.e. this ended up on that list because I automatically included every 5 or 6 star review). It’s a neat place to keep them ready for when their year rolls around. Anyway, New Zealand four piece Zed only released two albums in a seven year career and I can’t say I recognised anything else they’ve put out, but this is an impressively catchy made-for-radio rock tune.

44. Powderfinger - Thrilloilogy

♫ So many pieces still unsolved, you're not quite who you think you are ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

Excluding one massive hidden track thing, this is the longest Powderfinger song in my collection clocking in at just over six minutes. Perhaps for that reason I’m more familiar with the hook & intro than the more placid second half, but it’s just all so lovely.

43. Sleater-Kinney - All Hands on the Bad One

♫ You can't get to heaven in your Sunday best ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Far Away2002#73

Within ten seconds of hearing this for the first time, I knew this would be a near certainty for the list. High octane punk is what Sleater-Kinney do extremely well and this is my favourite of my limited knowledge of their stuff. Side note: unless some stan is playing a Wikipedia prank TIL their name is pronounced SLAY-ter kin-ee.

42. Electrelane - Film Music

The first single from English post-rock band Electrelane, this instrumental track eventually ended up on their debut album the following year. I like to think this accompanies the album cover in a rather apt way, in the sense that this could be the theme music to an avant-garde carousel.

41. Linkin Park - With You

♫ With you (you, now I see, keeping everything inside) ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Points of Authority2000#48
Numb2003#23
Faint2003#39
Breaking the Habit2003#50
Somewhere I Belong2003#54
From the Inside2003#77
Nobody's Listening2003#93
Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z)2004#91
New Divide2009#94

The nostalgia goggles remain in place for this track, definitely one of the first times I jumped on board an album track in such a big way. The to-and-fro between Bennington and Shinoda on the chorus is excellent, and it’s complete with one of the more dramatic bridges on the record too.

40. Radiohead - The National Anthem

♫ Everyone, everyone is so near, everyone has got fear ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

This was a big wtf moment when first listening to “Kid A” several years ago and it definitely drew me to the track as a highlight on first listen. I quite like that this was designed to sound like a traffic jam, and I can only imagine how stressed this must have made their label at the time prior to its release.

39. Powderfinger - Waiting for the Sun

♫ For every step you're further away from me my love ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

One of the most commonplace Powderfinger songs in terms of it just being really well-known without being one of the bigger commercial hits. It is one of the album’s standouts and in this case I think the chorus really gets this over the line for me.

38. The Avalanches - Little Journey

♫ Well I'd have to say, bon voyage ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47

So, I get the chance to start talking about this album. For starters, the album is all one long song so it’s hard to split this up without acknowledging “Summer Crane” and “Live at Dominoes”, but this does much more than those two tracks in a much shorter space of time. It might seem short but this is only the 9th shortest song to make it onto my EOYs so far, and even The White Stripes managed a shorter in this particular countdown so far.

37. Pearl Jam - Light Years

♫ We were but stones, your light made us stars ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

I love that this album came out in the wake of Pearl Jam’s highest charting single to date across the world, which meant that after the high peak of “Nothing as it Seems” a lot of non-fans had serious buyer’s remorse. Nonetheless, this is the better single and for a number of years I kept forgetting what album this was from, because “Binaural” is not exactly a fan favourite album either. The concept of the album was to use binaural recording techniques, which for a muggle such as myself doesn’t seem to make much sense. However it does sound like a transition for the band, with it also marking the first appearance on a studio album of former Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron.

36. Green Day - Waiting

♫ I'm so much closer than I have ever known, wake up ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

Maybe it has taken me a while to realise this remains one of Green Day’s punchiest singles to date, so much so that they’ve equalled their highest ever position on these lists. There’s a complete lack of filler here, to such an extent that the main hook pretty much starts as soon as the song kicks off.

35. Clearlake - Winterlight

♫ So just you mark my words with your brightly coloured lips, and that should warm things up at least a little bit ♫

I’ve only known this song for a month or so and already it just feels so timeless to me. The album version released the year after is an extra 2+ minutes long, but then as I’m happy with this one I’m able to avoid the whole which-year-to-include-the-song-under conundrum which I care about far too much.

34. The Dandy Warhols - Bohemian Like You

♫ No I haven't heard your band 'cause you guys are pretty new ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
We Used To Be Friends2003#84
Smoke It2005#27

This is one of their most successful but also one of their best. One of those songs that seem to inevitably find its way onto television advertisements, in this case a sign of how catchy the melodies are in conjunction with how accessible it ends up being.

33. Porcupine Tree - Shesmovedon

♫ She changes every time you look, by summer it was all gone, now she's moved on ♫

I’m not a huge Porcupine Tree fan by any stretch but the melody in this song is just so wonderful. They narrowly missed out in 2005 so it’s great that they rectified that here.

32. U2 - Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of

♫ And if your way should falter along this stony pass, it's just a moment, this time will pass ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own2004#12
Vertigo2004#52
XXX. (with Kendrick Lamar)2017#72

One of many U2 songs that are easy to recall, but also after revisiting in the last few weeks has clearly refreshed my memory as to why I’ve especially given it attention. Perhaps giving credit to the concept that most of U2’s best songs seem to be the extremely long or short titled ones.

31. Goldfrapp - Utopia

♫ I forget who I am when I'm with you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pilots2000#99

Definitely from the first moment I had heard this, I was sold that this is my favourite Goldfrapp song and I don’t ever see that changing. Not sure what the point of the so-called “Genetically Enriched” version is; other than being far too sped up it just sounds wrong.

30. At the Drive-In - Invalid Litter Dept.

♫ On my way, nails broke and fell into the wishing well, wishing well, wishing well ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Incurably Innocent2017#35

Oh crap they broke up again This is such a monster of a song with so many peculiar lyrical moments and it’s impossible to pick out my absolute favourite. The song goes to the next level just before the five-minute mark when Cedric changes to a soft vocal moment before all hell breaks loose.

29. The Fall - Dr. Buck's Letter

♫ Checklist, I never leave home without: 1. Sunglasses - I wear them all year around, and seem to need them more often, it's a habit; 2. Music - cassettes, CDs; 3. Palm Pilot - it's my lifeline. I think it's my P.A.'s computer, she rules my diary and I download it; 4. Mobile phone; 5. Amex card - they made such a fuss about giving it to me but I spend more time getting it turned down ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Crop-Dust2001#39

Meanwhile, Mark E. Smith sounds even more like Michael Gira than on “Crop-Dust”. It’s hard to know exactly if Dr. Buck is the friend or just a doctor but there are some very quirky lyrics delivered in Smith’s monotone style, in addition to the thumping beats which I just love the sound of.

28. Clearlake - Don't Let the Cold In

♫ I don't want to go back but it's too late ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Winterlight2000#35

Clearlake are another Domino label band that have broken into my lists in recent years and now join Clinic in getting their second entry. This appears to have been the second single after “Winterlight”, and while that song perhaps had a stronger melody, this is the more impressive listen. The buzzing guitars against frontman Jason Pegg’s vocals are delightful, and not dissimilar to the likes of Maxïmo Park and Kaiser Chiefs who would start releasing music in the years to follow.

27. Powderfinger - My Kind of Scene

♫ Tell me where I'm supposed to begin, move out of sight and onto some life I'm dreaming of ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

It is both one of the simpler and more reflective tracks on “Odyssey Number Five”. First released in its inclusion on the Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack, and I must inform that this is the only track from that to make it here – apologies fans of Uncle Kracker and that Limp Bizkit song (not throwing shade on the latter).

26. Deltron 3030 - 3030

♫ Yo it's 3030, I want y'all to meet Deltron Zero and Automator ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Memory Loss2000#55
Virus2000#59

The first proper statement on the record and it’s pretty inescapable once you’re into it. The production is absolutely first class and Del sounds great as always.

25. Deltron 3030 - Things You Can Do

♫ Runnin' amok with technology with no apology, shout it out to my colony with 3rd eye physiology ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
30302000#26
Memory Loss2000#55
Virus2000#59

I found it hard to split these two even though they are vastly different, but then to avoid splitting hairs I chose this purely because the sample makes this track that little bit more memorable.

24. King Biscuit Time - I Walk the Earth

♫ When I walk through the earth, I get stuck in the middle ♫

King Biscuit Time is the solo project of Steve Mason, lead singer of The Beta Band, a band in which one of its other members is the brother of the Django Django drummer. And although the links between the two groups mostly end there, I hear an eerily similar sound to some of DD’s early deep cuts. Having two of the hookiest earworms in the list next to one another along with “Things You Can Do” is a happy accident.

23. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Sleep

♫ I still remember in my mind how things used to be, and uh, you know, I feel very bad ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
rockets fall on Rocket Falls2002#27

As I have personally discovered, nostalgia is quite the double-edged sword. People usually only look back and dwell on the good memories to think positively on how something used to be and filter out the faults of that time, and going the other way it can be used to think negatively about something in its current state. Murray Ostril links both of these in together with how he feels about his beloved Coney Island, but of course with exception of Franz Ferdinand confirming in 2005 that its rollercoaster is good enough to run to, it does look slightly run down imo. This song is an absolute monster of course, narrowly pipping “rockets fall on Rocket Falls” in both position and length. I would say they’re pretty hard to split in quality too, even taking into account that I am still much less familiar with this. This may be one of the few songs this low in the countdown to be the same number of minutes in length as its position – at least for the sake of not making my broadcasts run into overtime every time GY!BE release an album, I would hope so. Eh, I love it.

22. The White Stripes - Apple Blossom

♫ A little light is blinking, and I will come and rescue you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I'm Bound to Pack it Up2000#53
You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)2000#80
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

I didn’t exactly discover this through this EOY per se (I first scrobbled it over seven years ago!) but I seriously underestimated how massively catchy it is. I seem to have unfairly judged at least this record, and probably the debut somewhat as well which I am looking forward to next year, which should be one last hurrah for this amazing band.

21. Hooverphonic - Vinegar & Salt

♫ I am the vinegar and salt and you are the oil that dissolves, my frustration, honesty's limitations ♫

Lost Frequencies certainly never made my list so I’m thinking that Hooverphonic are the first Belgians to make my EOY lists. I certainly like songs from Soulwax and The Subs but not enough; plus Gotye does not count. I just love the way this is produced, the recording just sounds so crisp and the use of loudness throughout the track is delivered wonderfully.

20. Lifehouse - Hanging By A Moment

♫ I'm standing here until you make me move ♫

Led by frontman Jason Wade, LA band Blyss recorded their debut album under the new name of Lifehouse, which was released under Dreamworks Records. Given that Wade provided his own track onto the OST, perhaps in a different reality they release a slightly quirkier and more film-friendly version of this song which gets included on the Shrek soundtrack, and “I’m a Believer” by Smash Mouth never happens, in turn “All Star” and Shrek itself never become memes, forever changing the world as we know it. I think we’re all just thankful for this song in its actual form, and particularly recently I’ve grown very fond of it.

19. Eminem feat. Dido - Stan

♫ You know the song by Phil Collins, "In the Air of the Night" about that guy who coulda saved that other guy from drownin', but didn't, then Phil saw it all, then at a show he found him? ♫

Previous entries [Eminem]YearPosition
Lose Yourself2002#49
Like Toy Soldiers2004#83
Berzerk2013#89

Previous entries [Dido]YearPosition
White Flag2003#80

Yet another song from my childhood that the old me wouldn’t have expected to be this high, except in this case I had really not been a fan of this song at all until much more recently. Part of growing up with so many Eminem hits lodged in my memory, sometimes I’m just convinced I will never grow to some of them – this is still most certainly the case with several from this very album – but I’m big enough to concede that on some occasions I’m just flat out wrong. There really is just so much to talk about here, including the more topical point of how he failed at recapturing these ideas on “Walk on Water”, but I’m just glad to have come full circle and enjoy this as a really unique snapshot of hip hop at this time.

18. The Avalanches - Flight Tonight

♫ Book a flight tonight, ah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47

All I can say in terms of context with this album is that I vaguely knew it was well regarded critically and it was always on my to-do list. Around about the same time as my Radiohead fandom exponentially grew, I listened to this for the first ever time on a solo car trip which I knew would last about an hour. I knew I had to give it more time particularly because outside of the two main singles I had no idea what songs I was listening to, but it can be said that as soon as I did that this was one of many cuts that stood out. I want to credit the French rapper in this because he really steals the show, apparently it’s the sample from the Saïan Supa Crew.

17. The White Stripes - Hello Operator

♫ Find a canary, a bird to bring my message home ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Apple Blossom2000#22
I'm Bound to Pack it Up2000#53
You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)2000#80
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

If you only had the chance to hear one song from “De Stijl”, yep it has to be this one. Noticeably raw and simple, even for their standards, it served as the first and only single from the record and is clearly influential on what they would release in years to come (see “The Union Forever”).

16. Coldplay - Don't Panic

♫ We live in a beautiful world ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
A Rush of Blood to the Head2002#17
Clocks2002#34
The Scientist2002#39
In My Place2002#57
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37

THIS is the Coldplay song that for many years I went in and out of remembering the name of and always wanting to, but even remembering which album it came from was a stretch too far at times. It is one of their all-time best of course, despite surely being their shortest single to date.

15. Deltron 3030 feat. Damon Albarn - Time Keeps On Slipping

♫ I remake my universe every time I use a verse, to fulfil my destiny, emcees rest in peace ♫

Previous entries [Deltron 3030]YearPosition
Things You Can Do2000#25
30302000#26
Memory Loss2000#55
Virus2000#59

I liken this to Drake’s “Passionfruit” in that you could pull out all the vocals and just play the beat over and over, and just never get sick of it. This was an album I was happy to discover and was quite surprised when this ended up being my favourite of the lot.

14. Linkin Park - One Step Closer

♫ All these thoughts they make no sense, I find bliss in ignorance ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
With You2000#41
Points of Authority2000#48
Numb2003#23
Faint2003#39
Breaking the Habit2003#50
Somewhere I Belong2003#54
From the Inside2003#77
Nobody's Listening2003#93
Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z)2004#91
New Divide2009#94

Linkin Park close their “Live In Texas” CD with this track and to still connect with the power of this track after so many years is just wonderful. It was probably one of my favourite songs as a kid too, I always liked hearing it because its short run time makes it such a sugar rush of loud riffs.

13. Linkin Park - In the End

♫ I had to fall to lose it all, but in the end it doesn't even matter ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
One Step Closer2000#14
With You2000#41
Points of Authority2000#48
Numb2003#23
Faint2003#39
Breaking the Habit2003#50
Somewhere I Belong2003#54
From the Inside2003#77
Nobody's Listening2003#93
Numb/Encore (with Jay-Z)2004#91
New Divide2009#94

In the end, “In the End” is their highest placed song! It’s hard to call this my absolute favourite though, given that I still have such an affinity with “Numb” and as I have previously stated, it is really hard to compare with songs from the 2003 list.

12. U2 - Beautiful Day

♫ Touch me, take me to that other place, reach me, I know I'm not a hopeless case ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of2000#32
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own2004#12
Vertigo2004#52
XXX. (with Kendrick Lamar)2017#72

Even well into my time here on this site, I still regarded this as BOAT material but much like “She Will Be Loved”, I have certainly scaled back while still acknowledging how great it remains. “Beautiful Day” continues the band’s impressive pattern of positions on my lists but there are still several songs in their back catalogue yet that are sure to feature.

11. Powderfinger - My Happiness

♫ If it ever starts sinking in, it must be when you pack up and go ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

And so we have a quartet of songs just outside the top 10 that I grew up with in a massive way. “One Step Closer” was all about IMMABOUTABREAK, “In the End” was of course my primary school self’s idea of what all post-apocalyptic music sounds like, “Beautiful Day” had the aeroplane in the film clip, and this was all about ye olde slinky. Perhaps the song has somewhat dropped in my mind but this album will always be one of the most iconic in Australian music history. Two Hottest 100 #1s in a row remains unprecedented, unless we all rally around “King’s Dead” this year which is obviously a great idea.

10. The Avalanches - Two Hearts In 3/4 Time

♫ Can't you hear it, money, can't you hear it, money, money, money, yeah, money ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47

The first stunning moment on the album, I even remember it sticking out on first listen. Very easy to get lost in and produced with perfection.

9. The Offspring feat. Redman - Original Prankster

♫ Knock down the walls, it's alive in you ♫

Previous entries [The Offspring]YearPosition
(Can't Get My) Head Around You2003#47
Hit That2003#85

When I think of songs I am massive nostalgic for because of my childhood, I rarely forget about “Original Prankster”. For a band so steeped in more traditional skate punk, this was surely the strangest direction for the band at that point until this decade when they asked everyone if they would like some Triple M rock music served with their sewer water. The contribution of Redman is also hard to wrap one’s head around but the result is easily one of their greatest.

8. Coldplay - Yellow

♫ Look at the stars, look how they shine for you, and all the things you do ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Don't Panic2000#16
A Rush of Blood to the Head2002#17
Clocks2002#34
The Scientist2002#39
In My Place2002#57
God Put a Smile Upon Your Face2002#64
Politik2002#79
Daylight2002#98
Fix You2005#6
Speed of Sound2005#58
Viva la Vida2008#7
Violet Hill2008#50
Paradise2011#37

It was hard to know just how high this would end up because I’ve always found it hard to find flaws in it. The song that catapulted the band to worldwide fame is part of their trio of songs I consider to stand out most.

7. Rage Against The Machine - Renegades Of Funk

♫ Poppin', sockin', rockin' puttin' a side of hip hop ♫

Believe it or not, RATM’s first introduction to my lists was also one I had briefly toyed with placing on top. I had first discovered this about seven years ago and it very quickly become a favourite of mine. Also “How I Could Just Kill A Man” unofficially made the top 139 of this list.

6. Teddybears STHLM - Move Over

♫ I was driving, just driving along one day, and I swear I heard a sound ♫

I will admit any day of the week that Driver 3 or “Driv3r” is a poor man’s Grand Theft Auto. However, it was also one of the most iconic games on our PS2 growing up, and one of many games where instead of following the storyline and doing it properly like normal people, we would mostly spend time just driving around crashing into things including the various sporting fields and causing generally unjustified mischief. This is the iconic theme to that game, released a few years earlier on Swedish band Teddybears STHLM’s third record “Rock 'n' Roll Highschool”.

5. Outkast - Ms. Jackson

♫ Hope that we feel this, feel this way forever, you can plan a pretty picnic but you can't predict the weather ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
B.O.B2000#47
So Fresh, So Clean2000#57
Gasoline Dreams2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams2006#18

It probably wouldn’t be all that just if this outpeaked “Roses” but it’s a lovely song nonetheless. Indeed it’s a great album, they very nearly had another one or two tracks sneak in despite my best efforts in acquainting myself better with the deeper cuts.

4. The Avalanches - Extra Kings

♫ I'm trying but I just can't get you, ever since the day I left you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47

The gorgeous closing track to the album that indeed seems to leave some of its best ideas until last. The conclusion reprising “Since I Left You” but doing so in a much more satisfying way was more than enough evidence to prove its worth so high on this list. Wowsers what a special album.

3. The Gentle Waves - Falling From Grace

♫ If I could tear my heart and keep it miles apart, from love of beast or man and never give a damn ♫

Interestingly, in the year that Belle and Sebastian finally break through onto my lists, then-band member Isobel Campbell released her second solo record under the moniker of The Gentle Waves. In fact, most of B&S seem to contribute to this album & track as well, in addition to an Ed McFarlane that is probably not the Friendly Fires lead singer. This song is achingly beautiful and I wished I discovered it sooner.

2. Radiohead - Idioteque

♫ I'll laugh until my head comes off ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

I find it amusing that “Optimistic” was originally my favourite from the record, but perhaps the shock of this track wore off after a while and I could truly appreciate what was going on here. The booming IDM beats and synthesisers are a world away from fans and critics alike were used to, hence explaining the album’s mixed response upon release. So ahead of its time, even still to this day.

1. The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist

♫ The man with the golden eyeball. And tighten your buttocks, pour juice on your chin, I promise my girlfriend I'd play the violin ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra2016#5
Because I'm Me2016#47

This was likely to always end up as the top two but it was the order I wasn’t sure on until very late in the process. It’s worth mentioning that the last time Radiohead were pipped at the post, it was also by a slightly weirder track, so here’s hoping the curse isn’t as seemingly permanent as their ARIA Albums Chart one. Nevertheless, this song. It’s not a song that I had much exposure to as a child, if at all, perhaps because it just didn’t really translate much as a commercial crossover. But as I was slowly introduced to it, I realised how revered this album was and it drove me to explore it in full before properly passing judgement. So many meticulously sourced samples exemplifying what The Avalanches do so well, particularly on this record. The samples help create some unforgettable lines (“did I ever tell you the story about cowboys?”; “I was in another world, a world of 20,000 girls”; obviously “that boy needs therapy, purely psychosomatic”) many of which are woven into some incredibly solid melodies. I’d be hard pressed to be say this is the best ever song to come out of this country, but if it’s not, it’s damn close.

My 2018 EOY will commence in around 40 minutes!

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2018

And as it keeps on going. I constantly wonder what to say in this bit, mostly because I said a lot last year and I feel like I have so much more to say now. But I don't really have the words. Part of me knows I can only say so much but another part just doesn't want people to worry. Unfortunately a lot of things went wrong for me in 2018, but in fairness I was able to correct a lot of things that went wrong the year before. All in all I am/will be okay.

Not too much changed on the music front in that the music I listened to was pretty diverse. Anything vaguely sad with a trap beat could have been my jam, but then I also have quality standards that eliminate most of what that could sound like. Rock was still a staple, just in different ways. I saw more gigs in 2018 than in any previous year, including when I saw Kendrick Lamar which was such an experience. I saw my favourite ever band Franz Ferdinand for the second time and at the gig I caught up with a friend that I had known for over a decade but had never met in person. I listened to more albums than I ever have, and given my mega playlist of doom I probably tried out more music than ever. I'm still not keen on integrating my Spotify listening onto lastie so the stats will tell you I'm down on total music listening. There was plenty of room for experimentation and collaboration, and at times I went for songs purely because they just sounded wilder. 2018 was one of the best years I've certainly had for music and this list was as solid as they'll come.

I listened to 78 albums & 3 EPs released in 2018. As always I will be counting down my top 25 albums of the year, hence the 78 are all eligible. Full list of these are available here: https://pastebin.com/tq85hhDn

Of course in amongst today I will also reveal #200-101. For something different you will also hear a snippet of each of the honourable but ineligible mentions later in the countdown. I try to recognise songs as much as I can, but this policy has worked well for my recent EOYs and, although I do not judge anyone for not employing it themselves, it's what works for me!

(edit) I can now reveal these songs (including their position if hypothetically all the songs were allowed in) are:

Ball Park Music - The Perfect Life Does Not Exist (#163)
illuminati hotties - (You're Better) Than Ever (#159)
Loud Luxury feat. brando - Body (not in the top 200 but close)
Migos feat. Cardi B & Nicki Minaj - MotorSport (#74)
Migos - Stir Fry (#1)
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Top 200

1Migos feat. DrakeWalk It Talk It
2La LuzMean Dream
3Saba feat. theMINDBUSY / SIRENS
4James BlakeDon't Miss It
5Lana Del ReyVenice Bitch
6The VoidzQYURRYUS
7Travis ScottSICKO MODE
8La LuzCalifornia Finally
9The CartersAPESHIT
10CREOPlasticine Mezzanine
11Sarah BlaskoNever Let Me Go
12BlocBoy JB feat. DrakeLook Alive
13Courtney BarnettCity Looks Pretty
14The Goon SaxMake Time 4 Love
15The Pretty LittlesDon Dale
16La LuzDon't Leave Me on the Earth
17Ayo & Teo & Lil YachtyAy3
18DrakeNice For What
19Rich Brianwatch out!
20Courtney BarnettNameless, Faceless
21GengahrBefore Sunrise
22DrakeGod's Plan
23High TropicsWait for You
24Denzel CurrySWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP
25alt-J feat. Pusha TIn Cold Blood [Twin Shadow Version]
26Honey HahsStop Him
27SOPHIEFaceshopping
28Denzel Curry feat. Twelve'len & GoldLinkBLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ
29Lana Del ReyMariners Apartment Complex
30SuperorganismEverybody Wants to Be Famous
31SabaLIFE
32AlunaGeorge feat. Cautious ClaySuperior Emotion
33The VoidzAll Wordz Are Made Up
34The Weeknd feat. GesaffelsteinHurt You
35Rich Brian feat. JojiIntrovert
36James BlakeIf the Car Beside You Moves Ahead
37MitskiNobody
38Django DjangoBeam Me Up
39Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott & OffsetZEZE
40Courtney BarnettNeed a Little Time
41Father John MistyMr. Tillman
42Thom YorkeSuspirium
43La LuzThe Creature
44SuperorganismNight Time
45Courtney BarnettCharity
46Sarah BlaskoA Shot
47InterpolThe Rover
48Johnny Hunter1995
49Father John MistyDisappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All
50Metro Boomin feat. 21 Savage10 Freaky Girls
51The BethsNot Running
52Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James BlakeKing's Dead
53The Lulu RaesThings Change
54E^STAlien
55Alex the AstronautWaste of Time
5688rising with Rich BrianHistory
57KiraIf It Makes You Feel Better
58James BayPink Lemonade
59Father John MistyThe Palace
60IDLESSamaritans
61Django DjangoSwimming at Night
62Oh SeesC
63Phantastic FernitureFuckin 'n' Rollin
64InterpolNYSMAW
65Rich The KidPlug Walk
66Father John MistyJust Dumb Enough to Try
67LulucHeist
68Amyl and the SniffersCup of Destiny
69Tiny Little HousesShort Hair
70Melody's Echo ChamberBreathe In, Breathe Out
71Father John MistyHangout at the Gallows
72Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
73U.S. GirlsRosebud
74La LuzWalking into the Sun
75Cherry GlazerrDaddi
76Ball Park MusicThe End Times
77Father John MistyPlease Don't Die
78JojiYeah Right
79SantigoldRun the Road
80The VoidzWink
81Lykke Lideep end
82Bleeding Knees ClubKitchen
83Jo PassedMDM
84Parquet CourtsDeath Will Bring Change
85AkureiRide Home
86IDLESDanny Nedelko
87The KillsList of Demands (Reparations)
88GengahrWhere Wildness Grows
89Tyga feat. OffsetTaste
90AminéDR. WHOEVER
91Alex the AstronautHappy Song
92J. ColeATM
93Arctic MonkeysThe Ultracheese
94BADBADNOTGOOD x Little DragonTried
95Clean Bandit feat. Demi LovatoSolo
96Pusha TIf You Know You Know
97Jay Rock feat. Kendrick LamarWow Freestyle
98alt-J feat. TukaHouse of the Rising Sun [Tuka Version]
99DrakeThat's How You Feel
100Ellie Goulding & Diplo feat. Swae LeeClose to Me
101Parquet CourtsAlmost Had to Start a Fight / In and Out of Patience
102The VoidzPermanent High School
103MGMTHand It Over
104La LuzLonely Dozer
105The Glitch Mob feat. ElohimI Could Be Anything
106La LuzCicada
107Approachable Members of Your Local CommunitySemiotic Vision
108InterpolIf You Really Love Nothing
109alt-J feat. Little Simz3WW [OTG Version]
110Mick JenkinsUnderstood
111InterpolFlight of Fancy
112Jon HopkinsEmerald Rush
113Baauer, AJ Tracey & Jae Stephens3AM
114Ab-Soul, Anderson .Paak & James BlakeBloody Waters
115The BlazeShe
116IDLESTelevision
117Middle KidsDon’t Be Hiding
118Travis ScottHOUSTONFORNICATION
119DrakeNonstop
120PhosphorescentC'est La Vie No. 2
121The WeekndPrivilege
122Kurt VileBassackwards
123bülow feat. DUCKWRTHSAD AND BORED
124Now, NowMJ
125QuavoL A M B T A L K
126IceageHurrah
127LIONOh No
128Cousin Tony's Brand New FirebirdTransient
129PalmComposite
130GesaffelsteinReset
131Ariana Grandethank u, next
132La LuzLoose Teeth
133Ok Sure feat. TanzerSorry
134SWIDTPraise
135I Know LeopardLandmine
136Dean ForeverEase The Nearing
137BROCKHAMPTONJ'OUVERT
138Franz FerdinandPaper Cages
139Kacey MusgravesHigh Horse
140Jay RockWIN
141Metro Boomin feat. Travis ScottOverdue
142Daniel RossenDeerslayer
143Camp CopeThe Face of God
144Sylvan EssoPARAD(w/m)E
145InterpolIt Probably Matters
146MigosSupastars
147CLEWSMuseum
148The Money WarHollywood
149BeirutGallipoli
150Leikeli47Girl Blunt
151Parquet CourtsTenderness
152Kurt VileRollin with the Flow
153The Presets14U+14ME
154Nas feat. The-DreamAdam and Eve
155IDLESI'm Scum
156Kanye WestYikes
157Father John MistyDate Night
158Lucy DacusAddictions
159HighasakiteElastic State of Mind
160Captain Over feat. TrimSick
161BeneSoaked
162Jai Wolf feat. Chelsea JadeLost
163Ice CubeArrest The President
164AirwaysAlien
165Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursLeave A Light On
166Migos feat. Travis Scott, Ty Dolla $ign & Big SeanWhite Sand
167The KillsSteppin' Razor
168Fraser A. GormanWalking To Oman's
169NAVFreshman List
170Oh SeesOverthrown
171The CoralSweet Release
172MigosIs You Ready
173MGMTTSLAMP
174GoldLink feat. MiguelGot Friends
175IDLESColossus
176Rae Sremmurd feat. Juicy JPowerglide
177JungleHeavy, California
178MigosOpen It Up
179alt-J feat. Danny BrownDeadcrush [Alchemist x Trooko Version]
180Tia GostelowOut of Mind
181CREOIn The Red
182Nat VazerKeep Away From Parks
183alt-J feat. Lomepal3WW [Lomepal Version]
184KlloPotential
185Max FrostEleven Days
186JPEGMAFIA feat. Heno.Does This Ski Mask Make Me Look Fat?
187Oh SeesMoon Bog
188King Princess1950
189Last DinosaursDominos
190Childish GambinoThis Is America
191Parquet CourtsFreebird II
192Travis ScottR.I.P. SCREW
193Owl EyesOn Me
194Mike WiLL Made-It, Pharrell Williams & Kendrick LamarThe Mantra
195Young FathersCocoa Sugar
196Teyana Taylor3Way
197Beach HouseDark Spring
198InterpolNumber 10
199Unknown Mortal OrchestraEveryone Acts Crazy Nowadays
200A$AP Rocky feat. SkeptaPraise the Lord (Da Shine)

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Albums Top 25

1La LuzFloating Features
2Father John MistyGod's Favorite Customer
3The VoidzVirtue
4Courtney BarnettTell Me How You Really Feel
5InterpolMarauder
6IDLESJoy As An Act of Resistance.
7MGMTLittle Dark Age
8Sarah BlaskoDepth of Field
9Tiny Little HousesIdiot Proverbs
10The PresetsHi Viz
11Oh SeesSmote Reverser
12MigosCulture II
13Parquet CourtsWide Awake!
14Travis ScottASTROWORLD
15Franz FerdinandAlways Ascending
16Ball Park MusicGood Mood
17alt-JREDUXER
18Pusha TDAYTONA
19GengahrWhere Wildness Grows
20Denzel CurryTA13OO
21Beach House7
22SabaCARE FOR ME
23KIDS SEE GHOSTSKIDS SEE GHOSTS
24MitskiBe the Cowboy
25Deep Sea ArcadeBlacklight

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100. Ellie Goulding & Diplo feat. Swae Lee - Close to Me

♫ And if it wasn't you, I wouldn't want anybody close to me ♫

Previous entries [Swae Lee]YearPosition
Unforgettable (with French Montana)2017#86

In the sphere of unexplained and slightly random one-off collaborations, the one involving Ellie Goulding, Diplo of Major Lazer fame and Swae Lee of Swae Lee fame was not as far-fetched as first thought. After all, Ellie has collaborated with Diplo before, in addition to her 15698.7 songs with Calvin Harris, and the shock value of rappers jumping on glitzy pop productions like this has more than worn off. By far the most surprising part about this song is that it all comes together as well as it does, with Swae matching the energy of the beat perfectly in his verse and not overdoing it with the occasional ad-libbing. I've been rather disappointed by recent Major Lazer so this was quite a satisfying outcome.

99. Drake - That's How You Feel

♫ Rule number one to be a boss-ass bitch: never let a clown ni**a try to play you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
Hold On, We’re Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37

If there's even one redeeming factor about listening to "Scorpion" as much as I did to the point where it's still probably on my last.fm home page, I would answer that one is absolutely realising how great this to truly is once I gave it a proper chance. I probably could (or should) have included Nicki Minaj's entire verse in the lyric there, but for those unaware we have two extracts sampled from Nicki's remix of a PTAF song called "Boss Ass Bitch". If I'm being honest Nicki's remix is far from her most interesting work (read: she sounds like crap for most of it tbh) and props presumably to producer Noel Cadastre for creatively interpolating it inside a more dramatic and serious-sounding production on this track. And of course, Drake delivers his parts in a particularly catchy way that make this one of the more memorable deep cuts on "Scorpion", an album that is just so insanely overblown, almost as much as this blurb.

98. alt-J feat. Tuka - House of the Rising Sun [Tuka Version]

♫ You remind me of this old folk song that got passed around ♫

Previous entries [alt-J]YearPosition
Tessellate2013#23
Breezeblocks2013#39
Every Other Freckle2014#94
3WW2017#1
Last Year2017#9
Deadcrush2017#18
House of the Rising Sun2017#38
In Cold Blood2017#76

Sometimes you give up on the idea of an album going over well, and then something down the track changes your mind enough to give it a full listen and then you get hooked. That was most certainly "REDUXER" for me, the remix album for alt-J's outstanding "RELAXER" LP from 2017. After being impressed by remixes of "In Cold Blood" and "Deadcrush", it was a particular take on "Last Year" that - although featuring fellow 2017 EOY top 10 alumni GoldLink - completely failed on all levels and made me wonder if this album was even going to go over well. I convinced myself to include it as part of my EOY album listening and this just blew me away. We have Tuka of Thundamentals fame (FYI "Everybody But You" was close but it just missed out on the 200) who delivers some heartbreakingly dark lines that give the Animals original a nostalgic but deeply disturbing family backstory. With the "RELAXER" rendition being a world away from the original, this yet another magnificent leap away from what most people know the song to sound like.

97. Jay Rock feat. Kendrick Lamar - Wow Freestyle

♫ Me and Rock go back like, flippin' mattresses (me and Dot go back like, knockin' addresses) ♫

Previous entries [Jay Rock]YearPosition
Money Trees (with Kendrick Lamar)2012#16
Gumbo2015#21

Previous entries [Kendrick Lamar]YearPosition
Money Trees (with Jay Rock)2012#16
m.A.A.d City (with MC Eiht)2012#17
good kid2012#20
The Art Of Peer Pressure2012#23
Backseat Freestyle2012#81
Swimming Pools (Drank)2013#3
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
i2014#9
1Train (with A$AP Rocky et al)2014#25
Collard Greens (with ScHoolboy Q)2014#34
These Walls (with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)2015#17
How Much A Dollar Cost (with James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)2015#23
King Kunta2015#25
The Blacker the Berry2015#54
Really Doe (with Danny Brown, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt))2016#12
No More Parties In L.A. (with Kanye West)2016#31
untitled 02 l 06.23.2014.2016#79
LUST.2017#8
HUMBLE.2017#11
FEAR.2017#16
Power (with Rapsody & Lance Skiiiwalker)2017#27
YAH.2017#31
Perfect Pint (with Mike WiLL Made-It, Gucci Mane & Rae Sremmurd)2017#41
DNA.2017#49
DUCKWORTH.2017#55
XXX. (with U2)2017#72

Jay Rock's "Redemption" is one of the most polarising albums of 2018 for me, with particular tracks having so much potential to become instant classics and yet bizarre musical choices were made that prevented it from ever really fulfilling Jay's potential as an artist. Even within this song, I appreciate the idea of not being the obviously massive banger they could have made it, and they take it to some very interesting places but there is just a lingering sense of unfulfillment here. Still though, it might not be either Jay or Kendrick's most memorable effort of 2018 but it's worthwhile, with the two trading verses with some reliably solid flow throughout.

96. Pusha T - If You Know You Know

♫ You missed boy, ya numbers don't add up on the blow, that was ten years ago ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Popular Thug (with Kelis)2001#57
Mercy (with Kanye West, Big Sean & 2 Chainz)2013#10

Pusha T sits in this interesting place as someone who has been releasing music since before I was born, and building up respect along the way, but due to the apparent end of Clipse we've only seen actual Pusha records this decade. Perhaps it's a never say never situation that might eventually bring us an André 3000 album one day. But of course, if you've been following rap music this past 12 months, you'll know that what I've writ ten so far is not the main event with King Push. The beef with Drake, the Wyoming Sessions with Kanye, the controversial album cover - let's face it, "DAYTONA" would have done great numbers even if it wasn't as great as it is. To call "If You Know You Know" quirky is almost insulting but that's essentially what makes it so enjoyable - unforgettable like all of the bois at the start plus "we got the tennis balls for the wrong sport" and "coachin' from the side of the ball court". Of course, Kanye is all over the production and even without the context and the build-up most people would have picked that.

95. Clean Bandit feat. Demi Lovato - Solo

♫ Since you've been gone I've been dancing on my own ♫

So far we have more top 50-charting female singers (2) than rock bands (0) in this list, so believe me when I say that 2009/2010 me is shook. Of course we all know about the meaning of this one - subtlety is not its strong suit - and maybe it joins the disputed territory occupied by "Turning Japanese" and probably many others that I can't think of right now. I think my issue with Clean Bandit ever since "Rockabye"/"Real Love" has been that they haven't done much to experiment which to me just keeps their sound way too safe. But in this case it may have been the idea to go completely explicit on the chorus that gave the song the "woop woop woop" which just helped make it one of the catchiest pop songs of 2018.

94. BADBADNOTGOOD x Little Dragon - Tried

♫ I tried to find joy, I tried to find ease, when will the storm desist ♫

Previous entries [BADBADNOTGOOD]YearPosition
Six Degrees (with Ghostface Killah & Danny Brown)2015#18
Food (with Ghostface Killah)2015#27
Ray Gun (with Ghostface Killah & MF DOOM)2015#32
Gunshowers (with Ghostface Killah & Elzhi)2015#94

Previous entries [Little Dragon]YearPosition
Wildfire (with SBTRKT)2011#94
Pretty Girls2014#15
Let Go2015#89
Sweet2017#7

In one sense Little Dragon have made my EOY for the fifth time in five separate years, and on the other hand BADBADNOTGOOD had a collaborative album four years ago that was so good I had to include four songs and since then nothing has been quite goodgoodnotbad enough to make the list. Heck, they're both relative veterans at this point compared to some of the artists we've had so far today. This song is so... subdued and lowkey, you have to pay close attention to realise that Yukimi's lyrics are so desperate and urgent as a cry for help. Again it might be one of many cases that we are now seeing the likes of Bastille and Foster The People also join up to where the band is apparently collabing when really it's just the lead singer.

93. Arctic Monkeys - The Ultracheese

♫ And didn't that used to be part of the fun, once upon a time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor2005#28
When The Sun Goes Down2006#13
A Certain Romance2006#54
From The Ritz To The Rubble2006#88
If You Were There, Beware2007#3
Fluorescent Adolescent2007#7
Brianstorm2007#17
Teddy Picker2007#37
5052007#67
Cornerstone2009#28
Potion Approaching2009#48
Dance Little Liar2009#69
My Propeller2010#76
Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair2011#26
Black Treacle2011#63
The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala2011#82
Brick By Brick2011#93
R U Mine?2012#2
Do I Wanna Know?2013#13
Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?2013#70

The first time I listened to "Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino", I went in having not heard any songs in advance (not that there were any teaser tracks iirc?) and driving home late at night. It might have been the fact that it was Friday night and that I love Arctic Monkeys so much that I was happy to be irrationally optimistic about what I was listening to, but it took me a few days to realise that this just wasn't going to be the album I (and most people) wanted it to be. Of course I just wanted another "Favorite Worst Nightmare" or "AM" or whatever but instead we have 11 lounge songs with Turner singing about living in decades in which he was not alive. That being said, I do even recall on the first listen that the last track had some potential, and later discovered that track was "The Ultracheese". Despite that, after some time had passed I settled on "She Looks Like Fun" to be the song that I would tokenly chart probably on account of it most resembling the rockier tracks on "Everything You've Come To Expect" (in fact that's also an angle I haven't explored much - "Miracle Aligner" being my number one song of 2016, and this being AM's closest move towards the sound of that album, and yet...). However this comes out on top and the band's ability to write a classy ballad has translated beautifully over the very lush and soulful instrumentation. It was the bridge that truly convinced me to put this in the 100 though as without that I'd highly doubt it would even make the 200.

92. J. Cole - ATM

♫ I know that it's difficult, I'm stackin' this paper, it's sort of habitual ♫

Maybe in Australia we're too far removed from the genuine discussion about the movers and shakers in American hip hop that we just don't hear as much from artists like J. Cole, however Australia was one of five countries where "KOD" peaked at #1 so potentially we have already caught up. This song isn't actually about the money as much as J. Cole is simply addicted to money, something that I have confused myself with on more than one occasion, and otherwise the sample of a '60s jazz song by Ahmad Jamal is an interesting and not overly recognisable choice.

91. Alex the Astronaut - Happy Song

♫ Meet me at the old bar, we can keep the cold out, everyone is dancing, singing and we'll feel so safe inside ♫

I made a rather large playlist - I would definitely say too large - in preparation for this list, and maybe for reasons of alphabetical order "Happy Song" was one of the first to resonate with me. It's only been a matter of days since then but I know that I will now always associate this song with the chaos of Hottest 200 day where I kept stuffing up the blurbs in mostly unimportant ways, and then posted "Waste of Time" despite realising that we were all listening to the Shed Mix of this. You will be pleased to know that this is not the Shed Mix. The Shed Mix is inferior in every way. Do not listen to it. The Shed Mix is not your friend.

Numbers 200-176 updated

90. Aminé - DR. WHOEVER

♫ If you feeling worthless you should probably go and tell a friend ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
REDMERCEDES2017#46
STFU2017#56

Although "REEL IT IN" among a couple others are decent, it was probably not Aminé's intention for this to be the best song on the record by far because, well, let's face it - these intros ain't meant to be bangers. He raps about how men - especially young black men - see therapy as a sign of weakness. He clearly views his music as an outlet and the fans are his therapist... okay maybe in my head this description of the song sounded better. But in any cases throughout the track, the metaphors and clever lines are what give this song its edge, and throughout 2018 it was a song that I just kept coming back to for its smart wordplay and production.

89. Tyga feat. Offset - Taste

♫ I am quite the fan of sexual intercourse ♫

Previous entries [Offset]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Metro Boomin)2017#63

… and then we are back to regularly scheduled programming in a hip hop sense. I love that there is a video on Genius "explaining" this song - what's there to explain? Although for the sake of overthinking things because it's fun, I'm happy to get political here because in the outro Tyga raps what every American thinks, that the world is simply is confined to the U-S and A. Interesting to learn that there are some random cameos in the video from Wiz Khalifa and Joyner Lucas among others, and it's a video that Kanye West particularly loves apparently. More importantly for its inclusion on this list, it helps that it is one of Offset's greatest ever verses with his rap flow shining through.

88. Gengahr - Where Wildness Grows

♫ Here it comes now, the fear only waits so much ♫

The title track from Gengahr's second record is one of its softer tunes but easily among the most memorable. Proof was truly in the pudding after listening to it multiple times and still having the melody firmly stuck in my head. The vocals of frontman Felix Bushe may not be for everyone but it is one of a number of reasons why they stand out so much in the English indie rock scene for me.

87. The Kills - List of Demands (Reparations)

♫ I didn't think that it would be a song that you would hear, but when I played it in my head I made you reappear ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pull A U2003#78
Cat Claw2003#95
Murdermile2005#32
The Good Ones2005#74
Days Of Why And How2016#16
Siberian Nights2016#34
Doing It to Death2016#99

The duo of Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince killed it on my chart in 2016 and only had to release a double single in 2018 to make it on this list. Both songs were covers, with "Steppin' Razor" a cover of Peter Tosh, and this track originally a very different sounding song on Saul Williams' self-titled 2004 album. Mosshart delivers the vocals in a less manic way than Williams but the conviction of the riffs and the melodies give this song its life. At this stage I'm unlikely to ever redo the list so the pure injustice of "Future Starts Slow" having never graced my 2011 EOY will probably force me to stan even against my will into the future.

86. IDLES - Danny Nedelko

♫ Fear leads to panic, panic leads to pain, pain leads to anger, anger leads to hate ♫

The D. The A. The N. Th- to save you the trouble they're spelling "Danny Nedelko community so f**k you". Friend of the band and lead singer of Heavy Lungs, Danny Nedelko is an immigrant from Ukraine, but he is merely one figure in IDLES' narrative in this track. Malala Yousafzai, Mo Farah and Freddie Mercury are often the people that are talked about and can be used to great effort, but when immigration becomes a major political debate (read: when conservative f**ksticks deny people the right to better living standards purely because of their background), it's the Polish butchers and Danny Nedelkos that seem to be left out of consideration. I'm proud to live in a country that is not entirely unsympathetic to the plight of other people, but I am often disappointed and let down when elections are prioritised preventing so much more to be done. Oh and this song bangs.

85. Akurei - Ride Home

♫ I've learnt to listen to these silent streets ♫

Pleasantly surprised by this track from the Brisbane producer/singer who is surprisingly easy to find via Google, but of course I found him due to being one of way too many songs on the Hottest 100 voting list that weren't titled ********* *** ****** ************* *** *** or ** or ****** ************* **. I didn't bother to hear anything else which may have been an error but I will certainly pay attention to what he does next.

84. Parquet Courts - Death Will Bring Change

♫ The bottom of this well is rich with bitter water, it lays still, drowsy, dreaming, dying to get out ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Uncast Shadow of a Southern Myth2015#47
Human Performance2016#50

So I will probably not ever know how to approach this song from a lyrical standpoint outside of just saying that on one hand it's a deeply personal change that can affect someone significantly and how you could maybe derive long-term relief from that, or something more broad and that societal views and positions will always progress on average moving into the future because younger people will increasingly demand change as well as slowly becoming the people who ultimately make decisions. It was kind of the left hook that made me rethink how I felt about this album, which initially I wasn't overwhelmed with after their 2016 record "Human Performance". Now I realise it really does hold its own, so certainly you could say that my experiences with this album could be written about in a song entitled "Death Will Bring Change Will Bring Change".

83. Jo Passed - MDM

♫ See me there, see me there, what have we done? What have we done? What have they made us do? ♫

How did it take me so long to realise that the song title is essentially "medium"?? I was perhaps distracted by the album title being called "Their Prime", which of course is fantastic. Also this was a very low charter for me to end up in this list, so when I came to the conclusion this had to be pushed way up the pecking order I was quite excited. The lyrics don't appear to say too much but luckily the heavy riffs and very me sound do the legwork instead.

82. Bleeding Knees Club - Kitchen

♫ Make out, sleep together, nothing can last forever ♫

I was sold on this pretty quickly which was interesting because "Nothing To Do" was the only Bleeding Knees Club song I could remember at that point, purely because it was one of those brief Aussie indie rock songs I downloaded and then totally overplayed during my uni days. "Kitchen" has far more depth as a song even though it might not sound like anything substantial, but the main hook is pretty sticky and gives off a similar emotional vibe to Hockey Dad's excellent "Seaweed".

81. Lykke Li - deep end

♫ Okay, now open your mind up and listen me, Kendrick. I am your conscience, if you do not hear me then you will be history, Kendrick. I know that you're nauseous right now and I'm hopin' to lead you to victory, Kendrick ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I'm Good I'm Gone2008#69
Get Some2011#22

"Swimming Pools (Drank)" is a song by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. It was released on July 31, 2012 as the lead single (second overall) from his major-label debut studio album Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012), by Top Dawg, Aftermath and Interscope. The song was written by Lamar and Tyler "T-Minus" Williams, the latter of whom also produced the song. The song, mixed by Dr. Dre and Top Dawg's engineer Derek "MixedByAli" Ali, propelled Lamar to mainstream popularity. The song peaked at number 17 on the US Billboard Hot 100, in its thirteenth week of charting, after gradually climbing up the chart. It debuted on the Hot 100 at number 100 and progressed from number 55 and 32 to its peak. "Swimming Pools (Drank)" also serves as Lamar's first entry on the UK Singles Chart, where it debuted at number 63.

Albums 25 to 16 updated

80. The Voidz - Wink

♫ You said it was there but it's not over there, oh f**k yeah, it's gonna be somewhere you'll see ♫

I just love the idea and execution of this, it's so daring in what it aims to achieve and it just does it so wonderfully. I am not one for musical theory so here we go, but production wise you're hearing very echoey drums along with tightly produced guitar riffs sitting well up the front of the mix. It's that combined with some funny lyrics, Julian's drunken vocal presentation and that riff later on reminding you surely of Papa vs. Pretty's "Smother" that makes this an essential component of "Virtue".

79. Santigold - Run the Road

♫ Flash that smile, it's an industry of service, don't let 'em in when your humour's too low ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hell (with A$AP Rocky)2014#6

Perhaps despite not giving this proper recognition on my chart, I was pretty set on "Run the Road" right from the start. I was too late on "Disparate Youth" and both of her Hottest 100 entries were unlucky to miss out in 2008, but the song stands up enough on its own to avoid even being thought of as a token entry. It serves perfectly as a pop song in the sense that it really is just one long hook that doesn't stop, and I love it.

78. Joji - Yeah Right

♫ What you know about love? What you know about life? What you know about blood? Bitch you ain't even my type ♫

Few songs in 2018 were as instantly impressive to me as "Yeah Right". It has to take something special for me to be convinced of an EOY placing after just one listen, but that's pretty much what we have here. "Will He" was a low charter in 2017 and so I was convinced that his music would be worth exploring into the future, but I didn't expect it to take such a sudden improvement in quality in the form of this track. His album was good but perhaps there were few ideas that were anywhere near as cohesive as the catchy chorus this has.

77. Father John Misty - Please Don't Die

♫ Oh god you must have woken up to me saying that it's all too much, I'll take it easy with the morbid stuff ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77

"God's Favorite Customer" was a return in some respects to the Father John Misty of old, and without wanting to diss 2017's "Pure Comedy" too much I must say that the quality was back in a big way too. What was somewhat new was the deeply personal darkness that consumed this record; while before there were elements of tragedy and loss being felt on some of his most emotional tracks, most of "God's Favorite Customer"'s biggest songs are lyrically bleak and troubling. Lyrics on this track like "somebody stop this joyless joy ride" proved to be great singalongs musically, but of course are anything but cheerful.

76. Ball Park Music - The End Times

♫ Oh we used to be so close at one point in time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Whipping Boy2016#98
Exactly How You Are2017#88

I was still in high school when I first listened to Ball Park Music some 8+ years ago, and since then I've found them to be pretty reliable. They achieved their sixth top 10 hit in 2018 with "The End Times", following on from seeing the band live and listening to & buying an album of theirs for the first time. The band opened with this track in their live set and it was a brilliant choice. I was not wholly responsible for its ACI success, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't focus a lot of attention on getting it as high up as possible.

75. Cherry Glazerr - Daddi

♫ Don't hold my hand, don't be my man ♫

I really should listen to more Cherry Glazerr. It didn't take me long to enjoy this more than the also good "Told You I'd Be With The Guys". At the time of writing this, their new album is not out, but it will be out by the time this broadcast happens, so hey, maybe I have news to report on this (spoiler alert: I'm lazy and I won't).

74. La Luz - Walking into the Sun

♫ What's the use of being cool all alone inside my room? What's the use of being free if you'll give your heart to me? ♫

YOU:

ME: the penultimate track from La Luz's 2018 record "Floating Features" is entitled "Walking into the Sun". It is perhaps the most '60s-inspired track on the record as I certainly hear plenty of Jefferson Airplane. The doo-wops are gorgeous and wow I love this album.

73. U.S. Girls - Rosebud

♫ Use those keys and take a drive through the back alleys of your mind ♫

It feels like an eternity ago but this was an album in the first third of the year that I was quite interested in, but ultimately didn't have the staying power of this single. "Rosebud" highlights the incredible vocal ability of one Meghan Remy, which totally gives off a Kylie vibe on this track and several others on "In A Poem Unlimited".

72. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Lux Prima

♫ No eyes open, no eyes closed, no smoke on your breath, no eyes closed ♫

So this is a fairly long song but it's pretty hard to notice because Yeah Yeah Yeahs lead singer Karen O and the one and only Danger Mouse collaborate on something very special here. Without sounding pretentious there's not a lot I can say to describe it because it's really rare that I come across a song like this. Although I was already hyped for it, their album will be interesting given that the new song more recently released would much more easily pass for a new Yeah Yeah Yeahs song.

71. Father John Misty - Hangout at the Gallows

♫ Whose bright idea was it to sharpen the knives? Just twenty minutes before the boat capsize ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77
Please Don't Die2018#77

In the album notes that I got through the digital version of this album (I like it when that happens *.*) Bobby Krlic is said to be responsible for "strings, hornfuckery" on this song. Also it hints that the alternative title to this song was "You're The Answer", which when listening to the song suggests that the subject of this song's questioning could also be the source of the protagonist's suffering. This track does a good job in helping me mentally link this album to "I Love You, Honeybear", as the title track to that record resembles this one to me along with both being its respective album's opening track.

Numbers 175 to 151 updated

70. Melody's Echo Chamber - Breathe In, Breathe Out

♫ God it's been so long, there must be some kind of light to come ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Shirim2015#61

I often seem to underestimate Melody's songs and somewhere along the line I either forget about them or briefly lose interest, before later on allowing a song to grow on me even more. It happened with "Shirim", and now again with even greater effect here. The song is jam-packed with catchy... err... melodies but certainly the excellent production is further proof that she doesn't need to rely on Kevin Parker just to make a great track. Come to think this was perhaps an album that I had missed in my endeavours but it gets to a point where I need to not.

69. Tiny Little Houses - Short Hair

♫ Do I seem lame? Let me explain, I like to let my short hair down ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Garbage Bin2017#28

The infamous Tiny Little Houses are a great band for milennials because (consults notepad) their songs are catchy and (squints) often are written about very important issues. This comfortably joins their canon alongside "Easy" and "Garbage Bin" but it must be said that it's a great album too. The riff that you could potentially call a guitar solo and I just love so many of the lyrics <3 Also I'm in a tussle between the worlds of Tiny Little Houses and Methyl Ethel because I desperately need a haircut but seriously cannot be bothered.

68. Amyl and the Sniffers - Cup of Destiny

♫ It all makes sense when you get some, it doesn't matter if you're old or all done ♫

I remember when this came up on the mega playlist of doom because it was so refreshing to have something so… not pleasant and abrasive. The vocals are just so raw with some fairly enjoyable lyrics to sing in the most Aussie accent one can pull off. I think I mentioned this when it entered my chart but I was quite disappointed to learn there aren't any sports metaphors or references to be had in the actual song; it's actually just all about being very committed to drinking copious amounts of alcohol.

67. Luluc - Heist

♫ How can you say that? You watch your own back, you know you never gave it up ♫

Indie folk duo Luluc are from Melbourne but are based in New York and are with Sub Pop, so it beats me how it took me so long before I had heard about them. As far as recent EOY alumni is concerned, it's kind of a nice blend between The Weather Station and The Antlers, which if done well can be extremely me. "Heist" is easily their best song and also made for one of my proudest ACI moments of 2018.

66. Father John Misty - Just Dumb Enough to Try

♫ I know my way 'round a tune, won't be a single dry eye in a room ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77
Hangout at the Gallows2018#71
Please Don't Die2018#77

***scrolls through the digital booklet of this album again to find interesting things*** hmm let's see, well there is a long list of well-known '50s, '60s and '70s artists that Tillman provides additional thanks to, with most of the names either crossed out or drawn over, with the exceptions of Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra and Tiny Tim. ***googles tiny tim and pretends to know who he is*** ohh yeahhhh, that guy. This song is great and it might blend into many other FJM songs - even those on this LP - but the chorus is one of Tillman's most passionate and memorable lines of lyrics he has written to date. ***moves onto the next song because I have little more to say and clearly indicates that I need to have lunch soon***

65. Rich The Kid - Plug Walk

♫ Big ol' Bentley it's a spaceship, call me on my phone I don't say shit ♫

Peak me was dropping the ball on "New Freezer" and then learning it may end up in Kendrick's setlist so I listened to it, only for it to not be included in favour of other collabs I already knew well. Rich The Kid thankfully has a song I know better, therefore I think it is also a better song obviously because that's how it works. "Plug Walk" was potentially supposed to feature Drake so it could have been extremely more 2018 me, but I'm only going off a deleted tweet. Anyone can delete tweets, but it takes someone very special to understand how the f**k their plug talks.

64. Interpol - NYSMAW

♫ Swooping in, silent, moving in, cool, firing ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Untitled2002#30
Roland2002#56
PDA2002#70
Obstacle 12002#87
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82

I really enjoyed their live set less than a month ago and this was one of the highlights of the night, even though I was so far away and people kept walking in front of me every few songs. Interesting to find out that it is not "Not Your Suitable Mfor A Work".

63. Phantastic Ferniture - Fuckin 'n' Rollin

♫ I've been waiting to find it, you've been waiting to fly ♫

Not since Shawn Mendes' working title have we seen such flagrant disregard towards people who aren't keen on naughty language. I've known about this band for a while and I was glad to find that their album is a good listen, but clearly "Gap Year" and this are their best two tracks. This was also a song that could have had a better chart run (#28 peak) because by the end of my album listening & song re-visiting, this just had to be here.

62. Oh Sees - C

♫ Awfully swollen, eyes askew, no more human hunter do ♫

Bands with an interesting backstory are great but they're better when they also make great music. Having been around for just over two decades, they have released 21 albums under five different names. TIL that their drummer also tours with EOY alumnus !!! which is cool. Much of "Smote Reverser" appears to be about a large monster destroying a village/city, and "C" is the most psychedelic track on the LP with a retro sound combined with some of their catchiest riffs to date. At least the album proves that Oh Sees are better at describing things than me.

61. Django Django - Swimming at Night

♫ Same line everytime from the book, you give me the same line everytime ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Default2012#3
Found You2015#6
Giant2015#14
First Light2015#29
Pause Repeat2015#39
Shot Down2015#100

Following the release of their worst album to date, I was pretty disappointed (for the most part) with Django Django, but it turned out to work in their favour when they came back so soon with the "Winter's Beach" EP later in the year. This song isn't the only banger from it (hello "Blue Hazy Highs") but this is certainly proof that they can still reach the same level of quality as before. The fact that this would not look out of place on "Born Under Saturn" is the test that this passes with flying colours.

Albums 15 to 6 updated

60. IDLES - Samaritans

♫ Man up, sit down, chin up, pipe down, socks up, don't cry, drink up, don't whine, grow some balls he said, grow some balls ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Danny Nedelko2018#86

Okey dokey. I was probably a bit slow to get to this album (that doesn't sound like me ) but I had heard so many people heap praise on this particular track that I had to try it out. Only a week after downloading "Great" I then had the entire album and it turns out that this song stands out for so many reasons. The key reason is that it is a super catchy punk rock track - something that I really wish I found more often - with the drumming taking centre stage for much of it. I also hate it when people expect stupid things of me. All of the things that males are expected to do purely because that's what society expects... well I guess we do live in a so- ***stubs toe***

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59. Father John Misty - The Palace

♫ Maybe I'll get a pet, learn how to take care of somebody else, maybe I'll name him Jeff. But I think it might defeat the purpose, living on housekeeping and room service ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77
Just Dumb Enough to Try2018#66
Hangout at the Gallows2018#71
Please Don't Die2018#77

As far as lyrical masterpieces go, this is towards the top of the list for 2018. One of Tillman's softest ballads ever - it's just his vocals and the piano afaik - and he really gets into the poem zone here. In this track we find out that maybe the reason he's been in a hotel aren't as normal as they seem. The "I'm in over my head" refrain is such a Tillman line, with this song self-deprecating on a very personal level. The verse about getting a pet feels like something that could almost be in a comedy routine.

58. James Bay - Pink Lemonade

♫ Don't go sounding the alarms, when all I do is want you ♫

James Bay? In 2018? Sounding like this? In this economy? Honestly I've never had a problem with him, as there are always at least a few artists in the top 50 every week that sound ten times more boring than anything he's put out. The main difference is just that this time we have something far more upbeat and danceable that people can disassociate him from the post-"Little Lion Man" sphere. I wouldn't be sad if he found his hat though.

57. Kira - If It Makes You Feel Better

♫ Walk these streets like they're my own, but I'm a million miles from my bedroom ♫

This song is smooooooooooooth just like the silk. I guess there are plenty of artists going around (esp. within the jjj circles) that sound similar to this but this stands out in a massive way. There's not too much known about the London duo except that they are definitely not Kira Puru and they like to stylise their name in Cambria font which I am here for.

56. 88rising with Rich Brian - History

♫ Ain't nobody here know you like I do, ask all your friends if they know 'bout your size of shoes ♫

well this is actually just Rich Brian #whatamess. 88rising aren't the first record label to release an album in the way that "Head in the Clouds" was but unlike other albums they were able to collaborate with non-label artists which was a really interesting move. I don't mind "Peach Jam" but this is just so much more creative. The production is awesome in making you feel like you're playing a video game of some sort, but the rapping and chorus all help push the song along too.

55. Alex the Astronaut - Waste of Time

♫ So wake up late and let's take our time, drink tequila with too much lime ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Happy Song2018#91

"Not Worth Hiding" grew on me post-H100 in a way that I felt I should pay close attention, and this track proved my suspicions right that she is quite a talented songwriter. One of those songs that was harder to fault than most and ultimately was a lock for this list.

54. E^ST - Alien

♫ I don't know how they do it, walking around like humans, I just can't understand it, is anyone from my planet? ♫

E^ST/East was one of those one-song artists in my library for a long time as I really enjoyed "Old Age" but then was really thrilled to see her crack the Hottest 100 in 2017 with her hot Noah and the Whale cover. Although this I would have to say is now her best song in my humble opinion, as this combines some more modern trap-influenced production with some great lyrics about how the Seymour Skinner meme can happen irl.

53. The Lulu Raes - Things Change

♫ I wonder where, where did it go away, I think about you nearly every day ♫

I present to you in my series of songs that sound like "On Melancholy Hill" number 47204.3, this wonderful track from NSW five-piece The Lulu Raes. It's a truly beautiful synthpop song about how feeling upset over a break-up is a lot like feeling upset over other changes in your life. The "oh that's fine it happens every day" is such a combined burn/sad line but because it's delivered in such a bright way I just love singing it every time.

52. Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future & James Blake - King's Dead

♫ La di da di da, slob on me knob ♫

Previous entries [Jay Rock]YearPosition
Money Trees (with Kendrick Lamar)2012#16
Gumbo2015#21
Wow Freestyle (with Kendrick Lamar)2018#97

Previous entries [Kendrick Lamar]YearPosition
Money Trees (with Jay Rock)2012#16
m.A.A.d City (with MC Eiht)2012#17
good kid2012#20
The Art Of Peer Pressure2012#23
Backseat Freestyle2012#81
Swimming Pools (Drank)2013#3
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
i2014#9
1Train (with A$AP Rocky et al)2014#25
Collard Greens (with ScHoolboy Q)2014#34
These Walls (with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)2015#17
How Much A Dollar Cost (with James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)2015#23
King Kunta2015#25
The Blacker the Berry2015#54
Really Doe (with Danny Brown, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)2016#12
No More Parties In L.A. (with Kanye West)2016#31
untitled 02 l 06.23.2014.2016#79
LUST.2017#8
HUMBLE.2017#11
FEAR.2017#16
Power (with Rapsody & Lance Skiiiwalker)2017#27
YAH.2017#31
Perfect Pint (with Mike WiLL Made-It, Gucci Mane & Rae Sremmurd)2017#41
DNA.2017#49
DUCKWORTH.2017#55
XXX. (with U2)2017#72
Wow Freestyle (with Jay Rock)2018#97

Previous entries [Future]YearPosition
1000 (with N.E.R.D)2017#21
Mask Off2017#34

Previous entries [James Blake]YearPosition
The Wilhelm Scream2011#64
Retrograde2013#45

Now I understand some people's hesitation to this, but I so often feel the need to not overthink these bangers because they just feel great to listen to. Future's iconic high-pitched verse actually shouts several influential hip hop songs, one of which A$AP Ferg has previously shouted out which helped it briefly trend on Apple Music. Ok so this isn't "Gumbo" but I am awaiting for when this wonderful band comes back for its next big hit.

51. The Beths - Not Running

♫ How can we rely, demand and supply, if you said goodbye would that be a lie? ♫

A delightful '90s/'00s-rock throwback in the form of NZ outfit The Beths, who probably aren't best known for this song but it's one that struck me as very special quite early on. And it's another in the long line of rock songs that goes so hard that the riff just sounds triumphant, which makes for a euphoric end to the track.

50. Metro Boomin feat. 21 Savage - 10 Freaky Girls

♫ Got a lot of sticks you can get stamped with 'em, tryna mediate the beef you get found with 'em ♫

Previous entries [Metro Boomin]YearPosition
Call Me (with NAV)2017#2
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Offset)2017#63

Previous entries [21 Savage]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with Offset, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50

I will admit that the horns are maybe a bit over-the-top but this is the Metro Boomin production I needed in 2018. I downloaded "Overdue" just 5 days before this and heavily played that track, only for this one to catch up pretty easily. "NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES" was released fairly suddenly in November, with this being one of several on the album choosing a left-field sample to help drive the production. Listening to Kashif and Whitney Houston's "Are You The Woman" now and omg I hear it instantly (ooh it's not a bad song too).

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49. Father John Misty - Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All

♫ Like a constant twitching in my eye, this love of ours will never die ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77
The Palace2018#59
Just Dumb Enough to Try2018#66
Hangout at the Gallows2018#71
Please Don't Die2018#77

A teaser track that Fantano wasn't keen on and it took a while to grow, but it had some impressive longevity in my chart despite an unfairly low peak. Yet again another wonderful piece of lyricism from Tillman, some of those lines are just incredible.

48. Johnny Hunter - 1995

♫ Father god fearing, end my self-loathing, isn’t that what we are here for ♫

The greatest WOOOOO!! of 2018 is finally here. This might excite bluezombie to learn this but Johnny Hunter are in fact a band. I had a mild heart attack when I saw this show up on some 2017 thing but then I listened to it and it's clearly a different recording. I would not have been convinced by that recording either, because what we have here is just so powerful and tightly (well, properly) produced. In a way I've been missing Children Collide so much so this is the closest I have at the moment I can only assume they would be great live and I will definitely be following their next move.

47. Interpol - The Rover

♫ I'm welling up with excitement again, the apex resolves you need to tell your friends ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Untitled2002#30
Roland2002#56
PDA2002#70
Obstacle 12002#87
Evil2004#3
Next Exit2004#34
Slow Hands2004#38
Narc2004#49
Pioneer to the Falls2007#26
Mammoth2007#47
Barricade2010#82
NYSMAW2018#64

Interpol have already followed up with a new single which at the time of writing I'm yet to hear but it is on my playlist. This signalled a welcomed return for the New York rockers who could now be considered veterans, at least in the EOY sense as they are now up to 13 entries in total. I love how this track seems to combine this suspenseful sound with one of the heaviest riffs they have put out in a long time.

46. Sarah Blasko - A Shot

♫ I was naïve to put my trust in you, well I guess I always knew from what I'd observed, you'd one day cut me loose ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Could Never Belong To You2006#10
Bird On A Wire2010#94
Phantom2017#96

Blasko is a national treasure Blasko is a national treas- but holy crap I love this song/album. Right from the opening line straight to the dramatic "there goes my baby…" bridge (also underrated is that guitar riff that comes in at that point), this is one of her strongest ballads to date.

45. Courtney Barnett - Charity

♫ You don't have to pretend you're not scared, everyone else is just as terrified as you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
History Eraser2012#43
Avant Gardener2014#38
Pedestrian at Best2015#78

It's clear that Courtney did more than just sit when writing this album, and that's not just because this has to be one of the better songs to mention subservient. This song related to me far more than I had hoped in 2018, and it's that pent up frustration that she seems to channel so wonderfully. The other angle is of course people that think they're doing great for themselves (and the world), when really their façade is just so obviously present. I'm grateful for being better able to recognise when this happens and when to step away from things I'm not comfortable with.

44. Superorganism - Night Time

♫ They said sleep is for the weak and I gave into the mantra ♫

There are so many great lines in this track and I was pretty happy when Superorganism followed up in such a magnificent way. "My router is a candle" might be the best of the lot. Also them dancing backstage whilst Franz Ferdinand performed "Take Me Out" is extremely me.

43. La Luz - The Creature

♫ Felt it creeping from my head down to my feet, the creature let me know that it would be walking with me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Walking into the Sun2018#74

Somehow there were a few artists that must have conspired to create a collection of songs that in 2018 would remind me of Chris Isaak songs. "Mariners Apartment Complex" and this were two, there was another I think?? Anyway this is a little bit of "Wicked Game" but a lot of La Luz just being incredible. There are so many parts of this of track to unpack, from the verses that have two very catchy melodies working together, following onto the guitar solos which are somehow even catchier.

42. Thom Yorke - Suspirium

♫ All is well as long as we keep spinning ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
This Mess We're In (with PJ Harvey)2000#85
Harrowdown Hill2006#46

I now know why a lot of soundtracks just don't do it for me because it's so long and full of droney instrumentals, but at least this was just a wonderful example of what Thom Yorke can do. The way that the piano intertwines with the other instruments and then rearranges its own melody helps make this a very dark but also sweet ballad. ***googles what would old gold chocolate sound like if it was a song***

41. Father John Misty - Mr. Tillman

♫ Okay, did you and your guests have a pleasant stay? What a beautiful tattoo that young man had on his face and oh, will you need a driver out to Philly? Jason Isbell's here as well and he seemed a little worried about you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings2012#10
This Is Sally Hatchet2013#74
Bored In the USA2014#57
Holy Shit2015#15
The Ideal Husband2015#16
When You're Smiling and Astride Me2015#46
Strange Encounter2015#53
Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)2015#65
Ballad of the Dying Man2017#47
Pure Comedy2017#77
Disappointing Diamonds Are the Rarest of Them All2018#49
The Palace2018#59
Just Dumb Enough to Try2018#66
Hangout at the Gallows2018#71
Please Don't Die2018#77

It takes someone very special to essentially make a song that repeats the same melody over and over again just with different lines, and then write the song itself about a moment of complete delirium and internal insanity at a hotel. Jason Isbell has said that he saw Tillman at that hotel and could definitely confirm that his line is true. The film clip is also a massive mindf**k, and it took me far too long to realise what was happening. As for the song, well there was a moment where I'd thought this would land much higher, despite this holding up well as one of his best tracks.

Numbers 150 to 126 updated

40. Courtney Barnett - Need a Little Time

♫ I'm sorry that I lost my patience, you deserve better, it's true ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
History Eraser2012#43
Avant Gardener2014#38
Pedestrian at Best2015#78
Charity2018#45

Every year there are some songs that I know are going to land around about this location of the countdown, probably from the second or third listen. The guitar work is just delightful, her vocals and lyrics providing such raw sadness and the bridge & final verse takes the track to yet another level. Sometimes it's even a little too raw for me, but above all else it's just wonderful to listen to.

39. Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott & Offset - ZEZE

♫ Flyin' private jet with the rod, this that Z shit, this that Z shit ♫

Previous entries [Travis Scott]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin)2017#50
Pick up the Phone (with Young Thug & Quavo)2016#86
Baptized in Fire (with Kid Cudi)2016#93

Previous entries [Offset]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Metro Boomin)2017#63
Taste (with Tyga)2018#89

Yet another D.A. Doman production featuring Offset in this list which I for one did not anticipate. Especially in this case given that I was hyped for its release after seeing that viral video, but then having heard the track and being rather underwhelmed, I didn't think we would be here. I actually think that what sets it apart from "Taste" is that Travis and Kodak do so much more on this track than Tyga, and although Offset's verse is not quite as good it's still easily the highlight.

38. Django Django - Beam Me Up

♫ Everything leaves me far out of reach, we couldn't see the reason ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Default2012#3
Found You2015#6
Giant2015#14
First Light2015#29
Pause Repeat2015#39
Shot Down2015#100
Swimming at Night2018#61

The rest of this record could have lifted its game but this was certainly worth the listen. It even got a film clip long after I was on board (or at least I discovered it long after) proving my effortless ability to predict what's going to be a hit. At least on this list, or at least to me. It's not much of a film clip anyway. In any case this doesn't feel like the most conventional Django Django-sounding song but there are elements to its structure that are similar to "Found You" among others, proving that sometimes their experimentation last year actually did pay off.

37. Mitski - Nobody

♫ And I don't want your pity, I just want somebody near me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Your Best American Girl2016#36

I see this happening quite a bit with me but the song I knew best totally rocketed up after listening to the album. I was surprised with this sound at first because I just love "Your Best American Girl". The key change hits at a point in the song where you think it surely can't get even better. Flawless.

36. James Blake - If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead

♫ Chemical days so I can draw, conclusions I've come to take as law ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Wilhelm Scream2011#64
Retrograde2013#45
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & Future)2018#52

I can sort of understand why this wasn't include on "Assume Form" (the album is great btw!), that perhaps there's a clearly defined point where an album era starts. Co-produced by Dominic Maker of Mount Kimbie fame, "If the Car…" is a glitchy slice of electronica that takes a while to warm to but is never dull. The film clip accompanies the song perfectly, and I definitely recommend it.

35. Rich Brian feat. Joji - Introvert

♫ Sittin' in my crib thinkin' 'bout shit, that I never done but I wish I did ♫

Previous entries [Rich Brian]YearPosition
History2018#56

Previous entries [Joji]YearPosition
Yeah Right2018#78

Iconic duo etc. but this collaboration worked very well, even after I was already sold on Rich Brian with "watch out!". Joji's chorus really shows off his vocal ability, almost to the same extent as his real classics like "I Will Get A Vasectomy" and "High School Blink193". I was really excited to see Triple J briefly play this even though they went for the inferior "Cold".

34. The Weeknd feat. Gesaffelstein - Hurt You

♫ When you're with him, you close your eyes and think of me ♫

Previous entries [The Weeknd]YearPosition
Starboy (with Daft Punk)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with Daft Punk)2016#74

We didn't learn anything new here in the area of The Weeknd's favourite things to do when he isn't singing. This is a break-up song of sorts, but with the Gesaffelstein production it sets it aside from ever being confused for a standard R&B ballad or a SoundCloud rap song. The collaboration worked very well and is certainly the best from the efforts they have both worked together on so far.

33. The Voidz - All Wordz Are Made Up

♫ I get up and I said it's not my fault, hiding in my way that I wanted to go ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Wink2018#80

So many catchy tunes (or tunez if you prefer) on "Virtue" and this is definitely a good tl;dr for anyone who doesn't seek it out entirely. There's plenty of experimentation and great riffs on this much like the rest of the LP, but also the relatively safer chorus allows Casablancas the space to belt out some wonderful lines like "holding you to those standards they're just too high".

32. AlunaGeorge feat. Cautious Clay - Superior Emotion

♫ And I'm cool for a while, yeah, then I'm looking for that high ♫

Very recent for me in the sense that it was in my mega playlist of doom and stood out immediately. This is a gorgeous piece of dreamy pop produced to perfection, with Aluna and Cautious Clay's vocals working really well together. I particularly love the synth bit that comes in (I think) during the bridge that shares the same melody as "Kickstarts" by Example, but of course that's where the musical similarities end. Maybe with hindsight this has the potential to go much higher but I can at least confirm that this is great.

31. Saba - LIFE

♫ They want a barcode on my wrist, to auction off the kids that don't fit their description of a utopia (black) ♫

I was first introduced to Saba with this incredibly energetic and slightly too brief banger. The production is crisp, the lyrics contain a thought-provoking version of the "you can't if you don't" meme and his rap flow is absolutely excellent. What's not to love?

Albums #5 to 1 updated!

30. Superorganism - Everybody Wants to Be Famous

♫ I think that you and I could set the world alight, 'cause we're all stars tonight, just need to figure out why ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Night Time2018#44

When I heard the follow-up to the wacky "Something For Your M.I.N.D.", this track - one of the very first 2018 songs I think most people on this forum had heard - was quite a shock. Sound-wise there wasn't much to be shocked by as many of the aforementioned song's traits were on display, but the vast improvement to something so much more special was just great to see. With so many killer lines (especially the one in the blurb) it just makes you feel like a boss.

29. Lana Del Rey - Mariners Apartment Complex

♫ You lose your way, just take my hand, you're lost at sea then I'll command your boat to me again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Video Games2011#13
Radio2012#74

[s]This could have been great on Hottest 100 day if people had more taste[/s] American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey released the first of two singles in September, co-produced by Jack Antonoff of Bleachers, fun. and producing for other well-known musicians fame. The song addresses the key issues in Australian football, such as why did Usain Bolt get a trial at all if the club knew he wasn't going to be up to it, or why does Michael McGlinchey get a run even though he is well past his ability to keep up with top-flight football. Oh shit I made a mistake, it's about where the players live, my bad.

28. Denzel Curry feat. Twelve'len & GoldLink - BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ

♫ Heaven or Hell, huh, which one prevails, huh? We gotta go and figure it out ♫

Previous entries [GoldLink]YearPosition
Same Clothes As Yesterday (with Ciscero)2017#6
Roll Call (with Mýa)2017#60

I'm a big fan of GoldLink's 2017 record as you all know so when I discovered that he featured on another rapper's song I was interested. I had seen Denzel Curry's name before but I had no idea what he sounded like, so I was pleased to learn that he's far closer to a Kendrick than he is a Post Malone. This track is a bit of a standout on the album, not just in terms of quality but also because Denzel's rapping is so smooth. I do like when he raps in his more aggressive style but not employing here suits it perfectly.

27. SOPHIE - Faceshopping

♫ My face is the real shop front ♫

I know of SOPHIE for a number of reasons, but (unfairly) very few of those reasons were to do with the solo material. That is until recently, as I quite enjoyed "Ponyboy" and this. I can totally get anyone who says that they aren't keen because it's so extremely boisterous, but that's what makes it so memorable for me. Fair warning re: seizures etc. if you are planning on watching the film clip.

26. Honey Hahs - Stop Him

♫ All about the history, what about the herstory? ♫

In 2018 a trio of teenage/pre-teen girls released a song that proves they are more mature than the U.S. President. Interestingly there were never such comparisons between Obama and Rebecca Black, but in this case we have three sisters from the U.K. that made a big splash with their record "Dear Someone, Happy Something". It's certainly impressive but this track is just so absorbing, and in fact I didn't know about their backstory until after I had gotten into the song which is just wild.

25. alt-J feat. Pusha T - In Cold Blood [Twin Shadow Version]

♫ We just goin' overboard, yacht parties, jet-skis, say you ballin', let's see ♫

Previous entries [alt-J]YearPosition
Tessellate2013#23
Breezeblocks2013#39
Every Other Freckle2014#94
3WW2017#1
Last Year2017#9
Deadcrush2017#18
House of the Rising Sun2017#38
In Cold Blood2017#76
House of the Rising Sun [Tuka Version] (with Tuka)2018#98

Previous entries [Pusha T]YearPosition
Popular Thug (with Kelis)2001#57
Mercy (with Kanye West, Big Sean & 2 Chainz)2013#10
If You Know You Know2018#96

"REDUXER" certainly isn't for everyone but I was pretty happy when I discovered this remix. Twin Shadow makes his first appearances on my charts with this song but alt-J collaborating with another artist well-known to me in Pusha T was such an exciting concept. The Colbert performance is equally awesome and just... strange.

24. Denzel Curry - SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP

♫ You did wrong but it's done for the right, new friends, new flies they swarm to the light ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28

This was pushing to make my chart for a few weeks, and eventually when it did, it just soared to(wards) the top. Denzel constantly switches up his vocal style across the track, which makes for some very catchy verses but also some funny moments where you wonder how this isn't like a rollcall "F**kin' Problems" style song.

23. High Tropics - Wait for You

♫ Can't you see it's going to be alright, if you pack your bags we could leave tonight ♫

One of the first actual 2018 songs in my chart was my first taste of this band "You Never Made It Easy" (at least top 249 on this list) but evidently they followed it up in style. With simple riffs and melodies and even simpler lyrics, it was the lean towards a more surf rock sound as opposed to the more Strokes-esque sound of the aforementioned track that made the biggest difference overall.

22. Drake - God's Plan

♫ '16 Dogs, I even got it tatted on me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
Hold On, We’re Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
That's How You Feel2018#99

This was one of the few hits early in the year on my chart that felt like it deserved to be there - if things didn't pick up in the second half of the year like they did this would have been higher! The film clip is great and the song just makes me happy whenever I hear it. Drake has had his biggest year to date in terms of my charts and playcounts and it's not hard to see why.

21. Gengahr - Before Sunrise

♫ If we just do what we can, it always gets so out of hand with you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Where Wildness Grows2018#88

I charted "She's a Witch" back in the day but since its failure to make my EOY, the singer Res made my retro EOY on two occasions, and if what I am led to believe is true, the band had to change their name to Gengahr to avoid conflicting with the American singer. Also "Before Sunrise" was a somewhat lowkey follow-up hit on my chart this year before randomly I totally fell for it (also see "Breathe In, Breathe Out") and it rocketed it up back to a #2 peak on re-entry.

Numbers 125 to 101 updated

20. Courtney Barnett - Nameless, Faceless

♫ I wanna walk through the park in the dark, men are scared that women will laugh at them. I wanna walk through the park in the dark, women are scared that men will kill them ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
History Eraser2012#43
Avant Gardener2014#38
Pedestrian at Best2015#78
Need a Little Time2018#40
Charity2018#45

I of course won't pretend to know from experience what it's really like, but I have walked home drunk so that's scary in its own way. Courtney's first single leading up to "Tell Me How You Really Feel" was ominous, but also crucial, and it was a song that I warmed to very quickly. With its infectious riffs, intense chorus and lovely bridge, she proves that she is one of Australia's most important musicians going around right now.

19. Rich Brian - watch out!

♫ Taking on the whole word and we learning quick while you out here actin' like a motherf**kin' bitch ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Introvert (with Joji)2018#35
History2018#56

Along with the approachable members of Johnny Hunter, Rich Brian clearly wears his youthfulness as a badge of honour. This is also a banger, albeit in a very different way. That room he is in on the single artwork and the film clip is rather unsettling (wild that I just realised now that they also attempted to sort of recreate that "HUMBLE." angle thingy). This was the first Rich Brian song I had heard and jumped on it because someone (Fantano) recommended it as a "banger". What an inaccurate description, just ridiculous.

18. Drake - Nice For What

♫ That's a real one in your reflection, without a follow, without a mention ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
Hold On, We’re Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
God's Plan2018#22
That's How You Feel2018#99

Ok "Scorpion" was ridiculously long, but in fairness "Views" was only 8 minutes shorter. There were several great tracks but none were better for me than "Nice For What". The bounce-inspired beat and the amazing Murda Beatz production became his third #1 hit in his home country, Australia and on Billboard, whilst this was only a modest #17-peaker for me. It was very close between this and "God's Plan" and I was surprised to see this come out on top, but it's just slightly more memorable and enjoyable.

17. Ayo & Teo & Lil Yachty - Ay3

♫ You ain't on the list, gotta do better than this aye ♫

Ayo & Teo are officially better rappers than Drake, yes I am aware that I am under oath. This is so catchy, and although it's owed in part to the hip hop zeitgeist, it's a song where the subject matter is totally irrelevant and it's just a blast to listen to. Definitely one of the most random hits on my chart this year but you will not hear me complain.

16. La Luz - Don't Leave Me on the Earth

♫ Sweet grease, coloured lights, I could stay here all night ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Creature2018#43
Walking into the Sun2018#74

This was always one of my favourites from the album even though there was so much to choose from. The second shortest track only to the intro, and the final track on the record, "Don't Leave Me on the Earth" contains some amazing harmonies and just effortless melodies especially in the verses.

15. The Pretty Littles - Don Dale

♫ He's on the payroll, I'm on the f**king pavement ♫

The Don Dale Youth Detention Centre does not yield the government its most positive news stories, let's put it that way. The constant reports of abuse resulted in a royal commission but also outrage in the community for its mistreatment of inmates. The Pretty Littles were not a band I had heard anything from before but they tackle the disgraceful situation with a really well-written rocker. The guitar section about a minute into the song is just pummelling in its power, and it's just awesome to listen to. Oh and congrats to them because this was the highest song that originated from the mega playlist of doom [/notreallyspoilinganything] *.*

14. The Goon Sax - Make Time 4 Love

♫ Now it's the night before your birthday, I tired to paint you something but it didn't work out ♫

Yet another clearly Australian song but definitely one that draws on different emotions. Brisbane trio The Goon Sax released their second album "We're Not Talking" in September and I'm pleased to say that Pitchfork didn't irrationally drag it through the mud like they often do. It beats "Stop Him" in the 2018 Battle of the Cowbell™ and there are some really excellent lines in there too.

13. Courtney Barnett - City Looks Pretty

♫ Friends treat you like a stranger and strangers treat you like their best friend, oh well ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
History Eraser2012#43
Avant Gardener2014#38
Pedestrian at Best2015#78
Nameless, Faceless2018#20
Need a Little Time2018#40
Charity2018#45

But then, as I often do, I go for a slightly left-field choice for my favourite from the record, or at least it's left-field simply because it was nowhere to be seen in the H200. So much of this album sounds like it was made to be in her live sets, but this song epitomises that.

12. BlocBoy JB feat. Drake - Look Alive

♫ Came a long way from sitting in the nosebleeds, now a ni**a on the floor talkin' to the athletes, now I'm so close to the game I could steal the stat sheet ♫

Previous entries [Drake]YearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
Hold On, We’re Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
Nice For What2018#18
God's Plan2018#22
That's How You Feel2018#99

https://tinyurl.com/ybmhdn29 ***looks on Google Maps*** err sure Memphis looks great, I guess one person thought it was bin day ... But anyway here's a song that on first listen I thought was fine but not chartworthy, and it wasn't until it made the ARIA chart that I became totally obsessed with it. It is mostly a Drake song until BlocBoy comes in with a killer verse, and everything he's done since just feels like a pale imitation.

11. Sarah Blasko - Never Let Me Go

♫ You're in too deep to give up and you're too cowardly to let go ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Could Never Belong To You2006#10
Bird On A Wire2010#94
Phantom2017#96
A Shot2018#46

When I was growing up, I only knew Sarah through watching the ARIAs every year and wondering why I hadn't heard of her outside of that context. Well, because adult contemporary. Fast forward over a decade later and I'm shattered she didn't make my top 10, but this was one of the year's biggest songs from an album that maybe could have been more consistent but stood up very nicely. It's one of her best vocal performances, the string arrangement is just so dramatic, and the subtle melody sits in the background but never too far away from the listener. soz Florence, you've been outdone with this one.

Section edited into the first post regarding the best ineligible songs!

10. CREO - Plasticine Mezzanine

♫ I'm only happy when I sing this song ♫

Out of all the songs by random Australian rock bands that sound like Silversun Pickups somewhat in 2018, this was THE song by a random Australian rock band that sound like Silversun Pickups somewhat. What an illustrious title. This is such a dramatic song right down to the "I'm only happy when I sing this song" hook. Lead singer Jorjee Haman sure knows how to scream, and it just sounds so great. This song is so special to me.

9. The Carters - APESHIT

♫ I said no to the Super Bowl, you need me I don't need you, every night we in the end zone, tell the NFL we in stadiums too ♫

Previous entries [Beyoncé]YearPosition
Check On It (with Slim Thug)2005#86
Hold Up2016#78

Previous entries (JAY-Z)YearPosition
Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)2001#14
Never Change2001#69
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)2001#74
Takeover2001#97
99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore (with Linkin Park)2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair (with Chris Martin)2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind (with Alicia Keys)2009#14
Already Home (with Kid Cudi)2009#29
So Ambitious (with Pharrell Williams)2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West & Otis Redding)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West & Big Sean)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West & Frank Ocean)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail (with Justin Timberlake)2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52

Combining so many things that I just love: the Migos, the JAY, the hyphen, the Z, the Beyoncé, the Louvre. The latter is relevant because I was there in 2018, so it would totally be eligible for my museum/art gallery EOY if I made one. Let us also not forget that Pharrell had his hands on "Stir Fry" as well. While "EVERYTHING IS LOVE" probably could have been a bit more consistent (it had the potential to be "Watch The Throne"-esque, but alas), I'm glad that we have this. Full of energy, with both of them delivering some of their best bars in years.

8. La Luz - California Finally

♫ I made up my mind some time ago, no one's gonna tell me where I can go ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Don't Leave Me on the Earth2018#16
The Creature2018#43
Walking into the Sun2018#74

I knew "Floating Features" was my favourite album of the year pretty early on into engaging with it and I've never had an easier decision in my a-c era of making albums lists. But it all started with "California Finally", a song that was recommended to me via another a-c member who shall remain nameless, faceless. I was increasingly intrigued with what I was hearing with every listen, and at the time I asked (and in some cases still ask): 1) how am I hearing different lyrics in the chorus every time I hear this song? 2) what is up with the irregular rhythms? 3) why does said drumming sound so amazing? Anyway this was genuinely fascinating and it's proof that years and years after starting this hobby, there's always a chance I can come across something previously unheard of to me and just be constantly floored by it.

7. Travis Scott - SICKO MODE

♫ She's in love with who I am, back in high school I used to bus it to the dance, now I hit the FBO with duffels in my hands, I did half a Xan, 13 hours 'til I land had me out like a light etc. ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pick up the Phone (with Young Thug & Quavo)2016#86
Baptized in Fire (with Kid Cudi)2016#93
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin)2017#50
ZEZE (with Kodak Black & Offset)2018#39

This is a pretty good gift to get for going to a theme park amirite? Maybe this could have been higher but it really is a very competitive top 10. It was pretty cool to pick this out of the bunch when first listening to the album only for most people worldwide to have done the same thing. "SICKO MODE" became Travis Scott's first Billboard #1 hit, from an album that was a huge hit with the critics too. There is a lot that can be said that probably already has been, including all of what Drake does, but I really do have to mention the structure. This could easily have been split up into three tracks or so on the album and all the focus would have shifted to "STARGAZING" or something else, but the fact that it's all rolled into one and mixed in with amazing tran-sitions would be enough to make Fantano proud.

6. The Voidz - QYURRYUS

♫ Minor but major, I was gonna say, that's not your problem, at least not today ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
All Wordz Are Made Up2018#33
Wink2018#80

One of the strangest songs that I happen to love, probably ever. In my travels I occasionally come across very left-field ideas but few have ever come weirder than "QYURRYUS" (pronounced curious). The supergroup including The Strokes' Julian Casablancas had a massive 2018, releasing what I thought was one of the best albums and coming up with songs that explored some interesting territory. Ultimately, this is so entertaining and it's executed wonderfully. Julian borrows only slightly from his Strokes catalogue on the verses, with very lowkey but still catchy lines to build up into the chorus. As for that chorus, you could say it might sound like a top 10 hit released in the year 4018 or something. The auto-tuned vocals sound confronting at first (trust me, I hated this on first listen!) but after getting the album this came together far better. As for the bridge, well it's like they've combined the ideas of the chorus along with like a Soviet-inspired operatic chant! Some people like tuna, I myself prefer a good fruit salad.

5. Lana Del Rey - Venice Bitch

♫ You're in the yard, I light the fire and as the summer fades away, nothing gold can stay ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Video Games2011#13
Radio2012#74
Mariners Apartment Complex2018#29

Not dissimilar to "Need A Little Time" this was canonised very quickly for me, almost too quickly in fact because it just became so hard to rank. Its beauty to me was such that nothing came close for such a long time late last year, and that I was just hooked to keep listening to it more than anything else. Why isn't it higher? Not wanting to be too critical (which isn't easy) I suppose I don't think it holds up as clearly as the top 4. The top 4 actually had quite a distance from the rest of the songs, but this certainly deserved its recognition all the same. So excited for the album <3

4. James Blake - Don't Miss It

♫ When you get to hang out with your favourite person everyday, when the dull pain goes away ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Wilhelm Scream2011#64
Retrograde2013#45
If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead2018#36
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & Future)2018#52

And as it keeps on going. I find it hard to explain my relationship with this song. I suppose it pretty much speaks for itself, and I love it.

3. Saba feat. theMIND - BUSY / SIRENS

♫ I'm havin' a busy day, I'll hit you back right away, I seen that skies were grey, I hope to God you're safe ♫

Previous entries [Saba]YearPosition
LIFE2018#31

Oof in song form. At times I found it too much to listen to which doesn't do well for its playcount, but whenever I keep coming back to it it's more brilliant than almost anything released last year. Chicago is one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S., and Saba losing his own cousin inspired much of the material on "CARE FOR ME". The "BUSY" part of the song was originally a single but the "SIRENS" part was added with theMIND adding a beautiful verse.

2. La Luz - Mean Dream

♫ I eat old meat, anything I get free ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
California Finally2018#8
Don't Leave Me on the Earth2018#16
The Creature2018#43
Walking into the Sun2018#74

awwwwww.w.w.w.w. this song. Warm is a word that comes to mind with the riffs but it doesn't begin to describe it effectively. La Luz use their harmonies to amazing effect here and every single riff played by each band member is iconic in its own way. The heavier sound in the bridge also gives added strength that the song didn't even need, but it's great that it's there. Even the film clip just seems to accompany the vision of the song perfectly. As I have said previously today, this band was a wonderful discovery and it goes without saying that I need to check out more.

1. Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk It

♫ Heard you livin' in a mansion in all your raps though, but your shit look like the trap on this Google Maps though ♫

Previous entries [Drake]YearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky et al)2013#14
Hold On, We’re Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
Look Alive (with BlocBoy JB)2018#12
Nice For What2018#18
God's Plan2018#22
That's How You Feel2018#99

I don't know if anyone has said this before, but in this song, they walk it like they talk it. I make a big fuss about some artists often in (attempted) comedic fashion because they're funny to shitpost about, and many people just don't take them seriously. Well it may not appear dat way, but I take my Migos fandom quite seriously. I also find the idea that people found it necessary to dismiss things as "mumble rap" and assume that they all take a certain approach to songwriting and all sound pretty similar. Granted, there are elements of Migos or trap rappers where a song will just sound a dime a dozen, because there are songs on that particular album that seem to borrow each other's ideas and at times seem to be built around the idea that it would be cool to call a song "*****". But most of all I cannot stand the misconception that by branding these rappers under a particular title - in many cases because they are up-and-comers more than for any other reason - that they have somehow developed this inability to be innovative. The big two songs on "Culture II" completely smash that out of the park.

https://twitter.com/vokolknightmare/status/976053008097095680

And here we are. This tweet would indicate that I was stuck for most of 2018. The best Migos songs aren't easy to compare but I seem to have the most fun whenever they are on. Realising that I was not giving myself enough credit in 2018 feels pretty good. Even better, there was this song that wasn't about much more than clout, boobs and dosh, but happened to have a chorus that gave the answer to most of my problems in the most concise way possible. I'm not saying that this was powerful in the way that "Don't Miss It", "Superior Emotion" or "BUSY / SIRENS" have been, but as Keith Flint might occasionally say, it's an omen. I had so much fun with this song and it eventually made complete sense for this to happen.

The '90s begins! It will provide many opportunities for crappy puns! I shall be counting down my top 100 songs of 1999 on Sunday 16 June 7pm AEST, with coverage here & with the usual chat shenanigans.
to quote a certain me last time I did this, reminder that this is happening tomorrow night
Starting shortly!

Chat at https://www.chatzy.com/61009173008961
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1999

1Pearl JamLast Kiss
2PowderfingerThese Days
3MobyPorcelain
4MuseUnintended
5BlurCoffee & TV
6Red Hot Chili PeppersRoad Trippin'
7MobyWhy Does My Heart Feel So Bad?
8GrinspoonReady 1
9GomezWe Haven't Turned Around
10SilverchairMiss You Love
11The CrashSugared
12Red Hot Chili PeppersCalifornication
13Red Hot Chili PeppersOtherside
14Pearl JamSoldier Of Love
15Macy GrayI Try
16Fatman Scoop feat. The Crooklyn ClanBe Faithful
17Bloodhound GangThe Bad Touch
18Foo FightersLearn To Fly
19Red Hot Chili PeppersAround The World
20Aphex TwinWindowlicker
21MuseMuscle Museum
22MF DOOMDead Bent
23Aimee MannSatellite
24The White StripesAstro
25MuseSunburn
26MF DOOM feat. Kurious?
27SilverchairAna's Song (Open Fire)
28Foo FightersStacked Actors
29Jennifer LopezIf You Had My Love
30SpiderbaitShazam!
31MobyBodyrock
32Bob Marley vs. Funkstar De LuxeSun Is Shining
33blink-182Adam's Song
34R.E.M.The Great Beyond
35MobyHoney
36The White StripesDo
37The AvalanchesElectricity
38Foo FightersGenerator
39Destiny's ChildBills, Bills, Bills
40The Dismemberment PlanWhat Do You Want Me to S
41Red Hot Chili PeppersScar Tissue
42The Magnetic FieldsNo One Will Ever Love You
43MuseFillip
44Macy GrayI've Committed Murder
45FilterTake a Picture
46Red Hot Chili PeppersParallel Universe
47Santana feat. Rob ThomasSmooth
48Skunk AnansieLately
49The Roots feat. Dice Raw & Beanie SigelAdrenaline!
50Killing HeidiWeir
51Mos DefSpeed Law
52The FauvesBigger Than Tina
53Chicane feat. Moya BrennanSaltwater
54blink-182All The Small Things
55TLCNo Scrubs
56MobyMy Weakness
57RhubarbExerciser
58MF DOOM feat. King GhidraRed and Gold
59LowImmune
60GrinspoonBetter Off Dead
61DovesSea Song
62The Chemical BrothersHey Boy Hey Girl
63MadonnaBeautiful Stranger
64Eskimo JoeRuby Wednesday
65LunaSuperfreaky Memories
66MadnessLovestruck
67Ben Folds FiveArmy
68MobyRun On
69Rage Against The MachineGuerrilla Radio
70MuseUno
71Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & XzibitWhat's the Difference
72MobySouth Side
73Ghostface Killah feat. RaekwonApollo Kids
74DeadstarDeeper Water
75Dead PrezHip-Hop
76BeckMilk & Honey
77blink-182What's My Age Again?
78JamesI Know What I'm Here For
79The TenantsYou Shit Me To Tears
80Fiona AppleOn the Bound
81DidoHere With Me
82JebediahHappier Sad
83The Flaming LipsRace for the Prize
84MuseCave
85Dr. Dre feat. Snoop DoggThe Next Episode
86Frenzal RhombWe're Going Out Tonight
87Death In VegasDirge
88IncubusDrive
89Foo FightersFraternity
90Day OneI'm Doin' Fine
91BeckSexx Laws
92Fiona AppleFast As You Can
93BlurTender
94WestlifeIf I Let You Go
95RegurgitatorHappiness
96Pharoahe MonchSimon Says
97Dr. Dre feat. Snoop DoggStill D.R.E.
98SmogCold Blooded Old Times
99Mr. OizoFlat Beat
100BroadcastEcho's Answer

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100. Broadcast - Echo's Answer

Previous entriesYearPosition
Come On Let's Go2000#50
America's Boy2005#66


99. Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat


98. Smog - Cold Blooded Old Times


97. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg - Still D.R.E.

Previous entries [Snoop Dogg]YearPosition
Drop It Like It's Hot (with Pharrell Williams)2004#28
Signs (with Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake)2004#64


96. Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says


95. Regurgitator - Happiness

Previous entriesYearPosition
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62


94. Westlife - If I Let You Go


93. Blur - Tender


92. Fiona Apple - Fast As You Can


91. Beck - Sexx Laws

Previous entriesYearPosition
Lonesome Tears2002#37
Broken Drum2005#54
Girl2005#79
E-Pro2005#85
Cellphone's Dead2006#39
Chemtrails2008#21
Gamma Ray2008#79
Blue Moon2014#67
Dreams2015#69

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90. Day One - I'm Doin' Fine


89. Foo Fighters - Fraternity

Previous entriesYearPosition
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41


88. Incubus - Drive


87. Death In Vegas - Dirge


86. Frenzal Rhomb - We're Going Out Tonight

Previous entriesYearPosition
Looking Good2003#66


85. Dr. Dre feat. Snoop Dogg - The Next Episode

Previous entries [Dr. Dre]YearPosition
Still D.R.E. (with Snoop Dogg)1999#97

Previous entries [Snoop Dogg]YearPosition
Still D.R.E. (with Dr. Dre)1999#97
Drop It Like It's Hot (with Pharrell Williams)2004#28
Signs (with Charlie Wilson & Justin Timberlake)2004#64


84. Muse - Cave

Previous entriesYearPosition
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48


83. The Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize

Previous entriesYearPosition
Do You Realize??2002#6
Approaching Pavonis Mons By Balloon (Utopia Planitia)2002#86
Fight Test2002#91
The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song (With All Your Power)2006#63


82. Jebediah - Happier Sad


81. Dido - Here With Me

Previous entriesYearPosition
Stan (with Eminem)2000#19
White Flag2003#80

80. Fiona Apple - On the Bound

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fast As You Can1999#92


79. The Tenants - You Shit Me To Tears


78. James - I Know What I'm Here For

Previous entriesYearPosition
Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)2001#31


77. blink-182 - What's My Age Again?

Previous entriesYearPosition
Feeling This2003#63


76. Beck - Milk & Honey

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sexx Laws1999#91
Lonesome Tears2002#37
Broken Drum2005#54
Girl2005#79
E-Pro2005#85
Cellphone's Dead2006#39
Chemtrails2008#21
Gamma Ray2008#79
Blue Moon2014#67
Dreams2015#69


75. Dead Prez - Hip-Hop


74. Deadstar - Deeper Water


73. Ghostface Killah feat. Raekwon - Apollo Kids

Previous entries [Ghostface Killah]YearPosition
Wu Banga 101 (with GZA, Raekwon, Cappadonna & Masta Killa)2000#71
Nutmeg (with RZA)2000#75
Six Degrees (with BADBADNOTGOOD & Danny Brown)2015#18
Food (with BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#27
Ray Gun (with BADBADNOTGOOD & MF DOOM)2015#32
Gunshowers (with BADBADNOTGOOD & Elzhi)2015#94

Previous entries [Raekwon]YearPosition
Wu Banga 101 (with Ghostface Killah, GZA, Cappadonna & Masta Killa)2000#71


72. Moby - South Side

Previous entriesYearPosition
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99


71. Dr. Dre feat. Eminem & Xzibit - What's the Difference

Previous entries [Dr. Dre]YearPosition
The Next Episode (with Snoop Dogg)1999#85
Still D.R.E. (with Snoop Dogg)1999#97

Previous entries [Eminem]YearPosition
Stan (with Dido)2000#19
Lose Yourself2002#49
Like Toy Soldiers2004#83
Berzerk2013#89

70. Muse - Uno

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cave1999#84
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48


69. Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

Previous entriesYearPosition
Renegades Of Funk2000#7


68. Moby - Run On

Previous entriesYearPosition
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99


67. Ben Folds Five - Army


66. Madness - Lovestruck


65. Luna - Superfreaky Memories


64. Eskimo Joe - Ruby Wednesday

Previous entriesYearPosition
From The Sea2004#63
Sarah2006#68
New York2006#90
Don't Let Me Down2009#96
Foreign Land2010#32
Losing Friends Over Love2010#79


63. Madonna - Beautiful Stranger

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hung Up2005#70


62. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl

Previous entriesYearPosition
Galvanize (with Q-Tip)2004#23


61. Doves - Sea Song

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Man Who Told Everything2000#61
Kingdom Of Rust2009#35

60. Grinspoon - Better Off Dead

Previous entriesYearPosition
Lost Control2002#7
No Reason2002#60
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52


59. Low - Immune

Previous entriesYearPosition
Plastic Cup2013#57
No Comprende2015#42


58. MF DOOM feat. King Ghidra - Red and Gold

Previous entriesYearPosition
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with Madlib)2003#48
Anti-Matter (with Mr. Fantastik)2003#55
America's Most Blunted (with Madlib)2003#57
Fazers2003#74
Next Levels (with Lil' Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)2003#91
Rapp Snitch Knishes (with Mr. Fantastik)2004#18
Raid (with Madlib & Med)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with Madlib)2004#26
Strange Ways (with Madlib)2004#71
Curls (with Madlib)2004#75
Ray Gun (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#32
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & Danny Brown)2016#5


57. Rhubarb - Exerciser


56. Moby - My Weakness

Previous entriesYearPosition
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99


55. TLC - No Scrubs


54. blink-182 - All The Small Things

Previous entriesYearPosition
What's My Age Again?1999#77
Feeling This2003#63


53. Chicane feat. Moya Brennan - Saltwater


52. The Fauves - Bigger Than Tina


51. Mos Def - Speed Law

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50. Killing Heidi - Weir

♫ Will you fulfil your dreams? Not as easy as it seems ♫

Maybe this one hasn’t aged as gracefully as others in this list but the nostalgia factor is still more than strong enough here. “Mascara” has its strengths too but this is more succinct and catchy. The bridge might not be the most inspired piece of songwriting you’ve heard, but hey, Ella was 16 at the time!

49. The Roots feat. Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel - Adrenaline!

♫ They used to talk shit, but I'ma quiet them, kick in the door wit my boys stick to rioting ♫

I find that these lists have a natural regulation of genres because with heaps of songs I haven’t heard before, I’m hardly going to shortlist the same genre over and over again. In this list tracks like “Speed Law” and “Adrenaline!” stood out for hip hop which is great because I’ve always wanted these artists to make it at some stage. I actually think Dice Raw’s verse might be my favourite.

48. Skunk Anansie - Lately

♫ It all seems like bad means when lovers turn from lust, then I try, try to smoke alone ♫

Skunk Anansie have rarely appeared to be a band that would appeal to me on the surface, but this is a very effective result. Skin’s vocals are so powerful in the very catchy chorus and I love love love the riff in the verse.

47. Santana feat. Rob Thomas - Smooth

♫ I could change my life to better suit your mood, because you're so smoooooooth just like the silk ♫

I know my lists are usually all over the place but this list is taking the cake. And particularly here I think this is very funny in terms of it seeming unlikely. Maybe given I never really thought too hard about this track and that it’s the epitome of mum-and-dad-in-the-people-mover rock, but damn this song really does slap. Some smash hits seem to outlast overplay and for this particular smash hit to do so is pretty cool.

46. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Parallel Universe

♫ I swear it's everywhere, it's everything ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

Far from the most celebrated RHCP track from this era but I’ve always had time for it. The main melody is fairly basic but they do a great job at delivering the verses in contrast to the far louder chorus.

45. Filter - Take a Picture

♫ Hey dad, what do you think about your son now ♫

You could throw this in as a less extreme “Smooth” in that I suppose I’ve always sort of liked it without proper analysing, but damnnnn. Massive mondegreen moment when preparing this list too because I’ve always thought “’cause I won’t even move” – it just seemed obvious. The lyrics are great though, an introspective story of a life that is impossibly out of control.

44. Macy Gray - I've Committed Murder

♫ With a suitcase full of money we flew to a Jamaican paradise, one thing I've learned through all of this is having money sure is nice ♫

It was a real surprise to hear Macy do something like this but boy does she pull it off. I would say what the lyrics are about, but the title and chosen quote do provide some hints.

43. Muse - Fillip

♫ And it's gonna be our last memory, and it's led me on and on to you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Uno1999#70
Cave1999#84
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

A song that I was vaguely familiar for a while but had only rectified this recently, mostly because this is the pre-“Resistance” Muse record I’ve always been least familiar with in general. But I’ve always enjoyed this track somewhat, which was great because it grew on me so much more. It may not be Bellamy’s best songwriting but the riffs are terrific and foreshadow what was to come on future LPs, not to mention his amazing falsetto.

42. The Magnetic Fields - No One Will Ever Love You

♫ If you don't mind, why don't you mind, where is your sense of indignation ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Quick!2012#11
Goin' Back to the Country2012#63

The band that had the most iconic irish stanning of an album in 2012 actually came out with a far more critically iconic album in 1999, one which is literally 69 love songs and is close to 3 hours and lolno I was not listening to all of it. The 30th of the 69 tracks is “No One Will Ever Love You”, with Simms dominating the vocals on this sombre tune.

41. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue

♫ With the birds I'll share this lonely viewin' ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

Okay so maybe in this case I’m not as on board with this one as I was growing up, but it’s still great. The riff does more than enough to get this on the list and the chorus is quite good, even if again I wasn’t always aware of the correct lyrics.

40. The Dismemberment Plan - What Do You Want Me to Say?

♫ I see it coming from a million miles away, what else I can say, the only way you know that I love you ♫

Of the various Dismemberment Plan songs I tried, this stood out as the one with the most going for it. I love the riff that sounds like a perpetually reversing truck, the shouty fun that is the chorus, and also the way it absolutely explodes at the end.

39. Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills

♫ Now you've been maxing out my card, gave me bad credit, buyin' me gifts with my own ends ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Independent Women, Pt. I2000#93

I can definitely see how this is a love-or-meh situation, because I was meh at first but now it’s just wonderful. Familiarity helps, but the beat gives it its own quirky identity, and I love how the chorus repeats itself because it doesn’t have the capability to get old.

38. Foo Fighters - Generator

♫ Yeah can't you hear my motored heart, you're the one that started it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

The love-car clichés are kind of cute, but I insist that this is a well put together effort from Grohl and gang. The distorted wahahwahwahahahwaahhhs are clever because they make this almost annoying in its catchiness.

37. The Avalanches - Electricity

♫ I can see electricity ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Frontier Psychiatrist2000#1
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra (with Danny Brown & MF DOOM)2016#5
Because I'm Me (with Camp Lo)2016#47

Of course I was not done yet with “Since I Left You” because one of its most integral parts first surfaced in 1999. It can be hard to pick what this one is because the title isn’t as obvious as these notes suggest it is. Clever hooks that all blend in to one another, and some delightful record crackling to see it off.

36. The White Stripes - Do

♫ There's somebody there who doesn't think they are true, so think of something new, there's nothing left to do ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hello Operator2000#17
Apple Blossom2000#22
I'm Bound to Pack it Up2000#53
You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)2000#80
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

Stock standard blues from the duo except Jack leans on his more traditional influences to create this result. I am a massive fan of “Ball and Biscuit” so this is pretty much mandatory.

35. Moby - Honey

♫ Can my honey come back sometimes, I want to rap that jack sometimes, I get a hump in my back sometimes, I'm going over here sometimes ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
My Weakness1999#56
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99

Realising that this version doesn’t belong in 1998 was great because I was able to kick out “Next Year” by Foo Fighters which I had changed my mind on Not the most complex track on “Play” but it’s easy to see why people turn to it – it’s so so catchy.

34. R.E.M. - The Great Beyond

♫ I'm pushing an elephant up the stairs, I'm tossing up punch lines that were never there ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Imitation of Life2001#54

When acquainting with this my brain kept tricking me into thinking the verses were going to the lead into the chorus of either “Man on the Moon” or “Imitation of Life”, and even in cases a weird combination of both. But this song does speak for itself and the harmonies and strings are surprisingly effective.

33. blink-182 - Adam's Song

♫ I took my time, I hurried up, the choice was mine, I didn't think enough ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
All The Small Things1999#54
What's My Age Again?1999#77
Feeling This2003#63

It’s hard to talk about this track without acknowledging the lyrics, and the deep connection that they created with the fans. However this is an essential track of theirs, so much so that after finding it too emotionally difficult to perform it live and retiring it from their sets, they brought it back last year in their new lineup.

32. Bob Marley vs. Funkstar De Luxe - Sun Is Shining

♫ When the mornin' gather the rainbow, want you to know I'm a rainbow too ♫

To hear this get absolutely savaged on the greatest podcast of them all was simultaneously oof but funny, as I’d never really seen it as anything other than a euphoric dance jam. Growing up it took me a while to recognise it wasn’t what Bob Marley usually sounded like, and then I connected the dots that this is what European DJs do when they remix songs of other genres, but hey I’ve never minded that.

31. Moby - Bodyrock

♫ We rock the party, rock the party, come on, get down when we're going to make you freak ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Honey1999#35
My Weakness1999#56
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99

Not dissimilar to “Honey” in its repetitive lyrics but providing more punch when it comes to the big hook. The strings and sampling make for a song that ignores musical convention and genre pigeonholing. This is such a party, rock the party, come on.

30. Spiderbait - Shazam!

♫ Hey you, I know you like to prance, so get on up and dance so I can spin you round again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Black Betty2004#30
Fucken Awesome2004#87
On My Way2005#97

Interesting that this placed at the same number as “Black Betty” as I had never held this in as high regard, but it definitely stacks up for what it delivers. Short and snappy Aussie rock and one that I surprisingly recall hearing on the radio every now and then too.

29. Jennifer Lopez - If You Had My Love

♫ If you had my love, and I gave you all my trust, would you comfort me? ♫

In the late ‘90s, the music industry was being introduced to a number of popstars that would go on to dominate for the next decade and more, and “If You Had My Love” is an impressive debut single. The chorus is all class as is the production. At least the song hasn’t aged like the music video, which once and for all proves that Jennifer Lopez Is Online.

28. Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors

♫ Hey now can you fake it? Can you make it look like we won? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

The title drop suggests that the song should be called “Stack Dead Actors” and the confusion around the lyrics has always irrationally bugged me, but on more serious matters this is another seriously good Foo Fighters song. Like many of their singles it has suffered from overplay, but the different styles of guitar riffs helping launch a very powerful chorus make this an essential listen.

27. Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)

♫ And you're my obsession, I love you to the bones, and Ana wrecks your life, like an Anorexia life ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96

I was obviously far too immature and naïve to understand what this song is actually about way back when but even without the understanding, this has always been a masterpiece. The melodies and grungy riffs are beautiful and even the subtle strings and organ play an important role. This truly is a song with so many layers both musically and emotionally.

27. Silverchair - Ana's Song (Open Fire)

♫ And you're my obsession, I love you to the bones, and Ana wrecks your life, like an Anorexia life ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96

I was obviously far too immature and naïve to understand what this song is actually about way back when but even without the understanding, this has always been a masterpiece. The melodies and grungy riffs are beautiful and even the subtle strings and organ play an important role. This truly is a song with so many layers both musically and emotionally.

26. MF DOOM feat. Kurious - ?

♫ By candlelight my hand will write these rhymes 'til I'm burnt out, mostly from experience, shit that I learned about ♫

Previous entries [MF DOOM]YearPosition
Red and Gold1999#58
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with Madlib)2003#48
Anti-Matter (with Mr. Fantastik)2003#55
America's Most Blunted (with Madlib)2003#57
Fazers2003#74
Next Levels (with Lil' Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)2003#91
Rapp Snitch Knishes (with Mr. Fantastik)2004#18
Raid (with Madlib & Med)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with Madlib)2004#26
Strange Ways (with Madlib)2004#71
Curls (with Madlib)2004#75
Ray Gun (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#32
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & Danny Brown)2016#5

Spanning across MF DOOM’s impressive EOY performance, “?” might be one of the most addictive. Fellow New York rapper Kurious has also collaborated with Del tha Funkee Homosapien in the past, but unlike “Rapp Snitch Knishes”, MF DOOM does not let his feature steal the show.

25. Muse - Sunburn

♫ She burns like the sun, and I can't look away, and she'll burn our horizons, make no mistake ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fillip1999#43
Uno1999#70
Cave1999#84
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

One of the first early Muse songs I listened to and it certainly made an impression, without ever becoming a real favourite. The piano that opens the track sets up the melodies very well, all the way through to the screaming guitar in the bridge.

24. The White Stripes - Astro

♫ Maybe Tesla does the astro, maybe Edison is AC/DC ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Do1999#36
Hello Operator2000#17
Apple Blossom2000#22
I'm Bound to Pack it Up2000#53
You're Pretty Good Looking (For A Girl)2000#80
Fell In Love With A Girl2001#3
Expecting2001#13
We're Going To Be Friends2001#18
Hotel Yorba2001#24
The Union Forever2001#29
I'm Finding It Harder To Be A Gentleman2001#47
Dead Leaves And The Dirty Ground2001#55
The Hardest Button To Button2003#1
Little Acorns2003#3
Seven Nation Army2003#6
Hypnotize2003#7
Black Math2003#8
The Air Near My Fingers2003#11
I Just Don't Know What To Do With Myself2003#12
Girl, You Have No Faith In Medicine2003#14
Ball And Biscuit2003#24
There's No Home For You Here2003#28
In The Cold, Cold Night2003#31
Blue Orchid2005#1
My Doorbell2005#52
The Denial Twist2005#69
Conquest2007#11
Icky Thump2007#18

I’m pretty certain that I bought three White Stripes albums in Los Angeles, including this debut, and within a year or so “Astro” became a clear favourite (very odd that I had a four year gap without hearing it though). Simple riff, bluesy hook and Jack’s shouty vocals make for a catchy classic.

23. Aimee Mann - Satellite

♫ ‘cause I'll never prove that my motives were pure, so let's remove any question of cure ♫

There is seriously conflicting information about when this was released but enough evidence is available to suggest that it was initially put out in late 1999. I daresay this problem is only going to become more prominent with the project as the internet was increasingly less prominent. I think I only knew of Aimee Mann’s existence for many years from a Portlandia skit that poked fun at the music industry being terrible. However I have come across the occasional song of hers over the years and this was a massive delight.

22. MF DOOM - Dead Bent

♫ She told him you're the perfect one, for me and you forever will be, he told her I will rock this microphone always ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
? (with Kurious)1999#26
Red and Gold1999#58
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with Madlib)2003#48
Anti-Matter (with Mr. Fantastik)2003#55
America's Most Blunted (with Madlib)2003#57
Fazers2003#74
Next Levels (with Lil’ Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)2003#91
Rapp Snitch Knishes (with Mr. Fantastik)2004#18
Raid (with Madlib & Med)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with Madlib)2004#26
Strange Ways (with Madlib)2004#71
Curls (with Madlib)2004#75
Ray Gun (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#32
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & Danny Brown)2016#5

It wasn't the end of DOOM after all! The Spotify deluxe version of this album has all the instrumentals on it, which would be great if Vokol-Knightmare was to ever cover this track. I forgot to remove most of them from the playlist and ended up stumbling on this instrumental after hearing the proper version, and it must have helped because the beat really sunk in. Production wise it doesn’t get much better than this for an MF DOOM track, and his opening verse is full of bite.

21. Muse - Muscle Museum

♫ Can you see that I am needing, begging for so much more than you could ever give ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sunburn1999#25
Fillip1999#43
Uno1999#70
Cave1999#84
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

There is that story about the band naming this song because they were the two words next to “muse” in the dictionary. Also this has pretty much always been essential in their discography, with every riff and hook landing right where they need to.

20. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker

♫ J'aime faire des croquettes au chien ♫

It’s a shame that “minipops…” dropped out of my 2014 list and I know I don’t listen to anywhere near enough Aphex Twin. Hearing “produk…” in the Fyre festival doco doesn’t count either. Luckily for Aphex Twin though, this is absolutely brilliant. It's so scarily ahead of its time. Speaking of scary, the film clip is somehow much stranger than the song, which if you knew the film clip already you’d say that was an understatement.

19. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Around The World

♫ I know I know for sure that's life is beautiful around the world, I know I know it's you, you say "hello" and then I say "I do" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

Otherwise known as the song that made the ARIA Top 50 with the lyric “ding dang dong dong deng deng dong dong ding dang” without the usual caveat of being by Crazy Frog. It’s one of their heaviest singles in fact, with Kiedis’ screaming adding to the loud-quiet dynamic that they play with here. Even though I have heard it so many times it’s impossible not to dig the riffs throughout.

18. Foo Fighters - Learn To Fly

♫ I'm looking to the sky to save me, looking for a sign of life, looking for something to help me burn out bright ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

A sentimental favourite among Foo Fighters fans, including a crowd of Italians who convinced the band to tour in their town with a cover of the track. The music video (using the song title & lyrics to its full effect) is clearly the most noteworthy media accompanying the song though, deservedly winning a Grammy in the process.

17. Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch

♫ So, if I capsize on your thighs high tide, B-5, you sunk my battleship ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Foxtrot Uniform Charlie Kilo2005#15

Nostalgia can be cringey in so many ways, but this is a very unique breed. The kind where I thankfully didn’t know what any of the lyrics were referring to, but I shudder to think that there were definitely people ever slightly more aware than that that knew exactly what this was about. I had the pleasure of meeting my childhood at a charity do once – it was surprisingly down to earth and VERY funny. But how a song can be this hilarious yet a seriously catchy pop song is most certainly illegal.

16. Fatman Scoop feat. The Crooklyn Clan - Be Faithful

♫ Engine engine number 9, on the New York transit line, if my train goes off the track, pick it up pick it up pick it up ♫

Ah yes that 1999 nostalgia – forgetting that it wasn’t until years later that the song broke the charts. Even back in the day when I knew that Fatman Scoop’s rapping wasn’t for my young ears, the song was still so catchy. I wonder how this song’s streaming numbers were affected by ScoMo’s recent poorly thought-out video.

15. Macy Gray - I Try

♫ Though I try to hide it, it's clear, my world crumbles when you are not near ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I've Committed Murder1999#44

I definitely haven’t always loved this but as I’ve matured with my music listening, there are many hits like this that I just happen to click with now. A totally different strategy to “I’ve Committed Murder” – and “Sex-o-matic Venus Freak” for that matter – in that while the soul is most certainly there, the chorus brings so much joy. Also that bridge, awww just great.

14. Pearl Jam - Soldier Of Love

♫ The weapons you're using are hurting me bad but someday you're going to retreat ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

This cover from the Seattle grunge kings known as Pearl Jam originally by an Alabama singer known as Arthur Alexander was first brought to the mainstream via a cover by a Liverpool band known as The Beatles. “No Boundaries: A Benefit for the Kosovar Refugees” is a varied compilation of songs, also notably with a particularly solid unreleased track from Ben Folds Five and a relatively unlistenable Black Sabbath remix. Eddie sells this almost entirely on his vocal performance alone, which as expected is outstanding.

13. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Otherside

♫ How long how long will I side? Separate my side, I don't, I don't believe it's bad, slit my throat, it's all I ever ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Around The World1999#19
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

This probably did not do my early schooling any good that I think I had thought that “otherside” was genuinely one word. Written in part about late band member Hillel Slovak who died from a heroin overdose, this is understandably one of the darkest songs on the album and indeed in the band’s whole discography. They may not always be at their best when playing it as straight as this, but their own unique style is still more than evident.

12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication

♫ The sun may rise in the east at least it's settled in a final location ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Otherside1999#13
Around The World1999#19
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

I’ve spoken about my overexposure to Red Hot Chili Peppers before but this particular era is the epitome of that; and the majority of the album still surviving through all that is testament to its depth. There are some duds on the LP which is why it doesn’t quite get my album of the year though. I’d thought for a while growing up that this was their second most popular song so when I learnt how its ARIA chart run was even worse than what Magaggie’s would end up being, I knew that that might not have been so accurate. I had this just over “Otherside” as it is just a little bit more memorable, even if the music purchasing public of the time did not see it that way.

11. The Crash - Sugared

♫ Oh without my love I'd be incomplete ♫

I can’t say I know much about The Crash at all, other than they’re from Finland (cop that The Rasmus) and they appear to be quite an eclectic pop rock band. Or that should be that they have been, given that they broke up a decade ago. The verses don’t seem to suggest anything extraordinary is going to happen, and then BAM, this chorus comes in that just completely floors me every time. Almost in the way that Motor Ace’s “Carry On” sounds so large and orchestral but multiplied by a very, very large number. Pop perfection.

10. Silverchair - Miss You Love

♫ I'm not, not sure, not too sure how it feels to handle every day ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ana's Song (Open Fire)1999#27
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96

On the surface it’s more of a straight up love song compared to “Ana’s Song (Open Fire)”, but there’s so much about Johns’ depression that is evident in the lyrics. The heavy bridge has so much anger in it that to call the song a ballad just doesn’t seem accurate, but it’s a song that I’ve always held in very high regard. The iconic and fun “Anthem For The Year 2000” would have been at least in the top 200.

9. Gomez - We Haven't Turned Around

♫ So you want to make catastrophe? Don't you send it right over to me, I got some time, everybody running high ♫

I initially predicted that “Shot Shot” would be a lock for my 2002 list but then it just missed out. This, however, was never in doubt. In a similar way to what Doves were doing at this stage, Gomez have a significant sense of grandiose in this song. So much so that I’d love to get into them more, which I possibly could, but I’m certainly a little bummed that they only have one album left that could potentially make one of these lists retrospectively.

8. Grinspoon - Ready 1

♫ Lost sheep to shepherd, shepherd to lost sheep, come back yeah come back ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Better Off Dead1999#60
Lost Control2002#7
No Reason2002#60
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52

My Grinspoon journey started here. In many ways my love for rock music that wasn’t Pearl Jam or Red Hot Chili Peppers started here. Therefore, it’s safe to say that Phil Jamieson’s frantic vocals and the band’s sludgy riffs have made “Ready 1” such a beloved song for me. It’s hard to split this with “Lost Control” because both carry a very high sense of nostalgia, just in this case the nostalgia carries longer because of it being on the previous album.

7. Moby - Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?

♫ He'll open doors ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bodyrock1999#31
Honey1999#35
My Weakness1999#56
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99

Meanwhile, my relationship with this song has been rather complex over the years. Initially I think I disliked it, and then made fun of it as the sample just didn’t sound like something that should be in a mainstream hit, and that that was something that should be laughed at. But here it was, a song that made the top 20 in the UK and the top 50 in Australia – not to mention from one of the biggest albums of the decade – and it sounds this gloomy and strange. And, as the song indicates, this song opened many doors for the music listening public and Moby himself. But in perhaps a bit of a trend in this countdown, I’ve changed a lot over the years and I can completely appreciate what this song does.

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Road Trippin'

♫ These smiling eyes are just a mirror for ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Californication1999#12
Otherside1999#13
Around The World1999#19
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

Naturally, at least for our family, this was among the first songs on the playlist when we road tripped away from Los Angeles. It probably wasn’t that exact moment that sealed my approval for the song but it’s like the song was made specifically for that moment. Except that there were 5 people in the car and not 3. And the song was actually written about driving on the Californian coast, not inland like we were doing on that particular day. But I won’t let my usual nitpicking get in the way of a good story, or even a barely readable blurb for that matter, and I just love everything that this song does. Sure it’s very drummer-of-band-going-on-acoustic-tour-guesses-he’ll-just-go-f**k-himself, but this song has zero chance of any pretentious vibes as it is so effortlessly authentic.

5. Blur - Coffee & TV

♫ Do you go to the country? It isn't very far, there's people there who will hurt you because of who you are ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tender1999#93

I can’t actually pinpoint when I first heard this song, partly because I have the memory of a goldfish and also because “Song 2” was always The Blur Song™ growing up. In terms of catchy rock songs, this is not only one of them, but in my view one of the very best. Also milky. Also my blurb writing has fallen off a cliff.

4. Muse - Unintended

♫ I'll be there as soon as I can, but I'm busy mending broken, pieces of the life I had before ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Muscle Museum1999#21
Sunburn1999#25
Fillip1999#43
Uno1999#70
Cave1999#84
Citizen Erased2001#1
Plug In Baby2001#7
New Born2001#23
Feeling Good2001#28
Bliss2001#63
Map Of Your Head2001#86
Stockholm Syndrome2003#19
Sing For Absolution2003#38
Time Is Running Out2003#62
Endlessly2003#64
Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist2003#69
Hysteria2003#70
Butterflies & Hurricanes2003#73
The Small Print2003#87
Knights of Cydonia2006#1
Soldier's Poem2006#16
Supermassive Black Hole2006#26
Invincible2006#31
Starlight2006#38
Map of the Problematique2006#59
Assassin2006#70
Uprising2009#18
Resistance2009#36
Undisclosed Desires2009#40
Panic Station2012#48

I suppose that 1999 is a little bittersweet for me with this being the end (start) of both Muse and The White Stripes, but what a way for both of them to start (end). Digging into Muse’s back catalogue several years ago gave me so many wonderful discoveries (as the above table will of course indicate) but few have been as mind-blowing as this. The music video is really great too, using a slit-scan technique which was very interesting to find out about on Wikipedia. A song that I have never tired for hear and definitely the band’s most beautiful chorus.

3. Moby - Porcelain

♫ Tell the truth, you've never wanted me, tell me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?1999#7
Bodyrock1999#31
Honey1999#35
My Weakness1999#56
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99

“Play” is an amazing story of triumph where an artist had seemingly made one last commercial failure, only for it to take off and completely change their career. While Moby’s more recent news has been less triumphant, this track helped me better appreciate this album on what he was trying to achieve. It’s so stunning, and a track that I have long thought of being in BOAT-level status.

2. Powderfinger - These Days

♫ Soon enough it comes and settles in its place, its shadow in my face puts pressure in my day ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
My Happiness2000#11
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

And now for probably my most essential Australian song ever. It has always been my favourite from Powderfinger, and this was the case long before I could explain what I was liking about the music (not that I can do much better… these days). In a not so surprising fact, it was their closing track in their final ever set back in 2010, and it definitely works as their “New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” equivalent.

1. Pearl Jam - Last Kiss

♫ When I woke up the rain was pouring down, there were people standing all around ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Soldier Of Love1999#14
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

Meanwhile, in 1999 Pearl Jam released nothing but covers (that I’m aware of) and they all slapped. I don’t remember hearing the original by Wayne Cochran at all and while the tune is definitely there, (even if I wasn’t so biased) I would still say that this cover was a dramatic improvement. Also, full disclosure on this one just so it’s not missed, yes this song was released as a Christmas single in 1998. I had contemplated which year to include it in and ultimately it didn’t make any sense to put it in a year where only selected people were able to hear it that year (it was only made available to the Pearl Jam’s fan club). Its full release as a single in 1999 when it also became a worldwide hit makes far more sense. Anyway, when I started to follow music charts and realised this was their biggest hit commercially it had me massively confused. Here I was, armed with the thought that they had never come close to topping “Ten”, learning that their best performing single was essentially a charity single (tangent: the “Nothing as It Seems” Trojan horse is still very funny to me). Damn this is simply untouchable.



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