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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
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

Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand16Pearl Jam11Arcade Fire
27Kings Of Leon15Vampire Weekend11Cloud Control
26Kanye West14System of a Down11DZ Deathrays
26Kendrick Lamar13Midnight Juggernauts11Interpol
25Muse13Taking Back Sunday11Tame Impala
24Jay-Z13The Strokes11The Presets
23The White Stripes12Coldplay10Father John Misty
22Queens Of The Stone Age12Kasabian10Foo Fighters
20Arctic Monkeys12MF Doom10Grinspoon
19Radiohead12MGMT10Grizzly Bear
19The Fratellis12Red Hot Chili Peppers10The Killers
18Children Collide12Yeah Yeah Yeahs  

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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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10002017#21
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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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Numb/Encore2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair2006#99
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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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Innervision2002#89
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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
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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

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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

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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
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Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
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59. Rocket Science - Being Followed


58. Jamiroquai - You Give Me Something

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57. Kelis feat. Pusha T - Popular Thug

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Milkshake2003#40

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56. The Strokes - New York City Cops

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Hard To Explain2001#71
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12:512003#68
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You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
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Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54



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

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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
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51. System of a Down - Shimmy

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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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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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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
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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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 ♫

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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.


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