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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Jinx makes End of Year Lists (Pt. 3)

Part 2 (2000-2004) here: https://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=46695

If you thought I was done at the year 2000, that would be a very fair assumption to make because these lists take a very long time to make. But no, I've kept at it and have recently finished a 1999 list, and man, it's a hot one. I might change things up depending on how it goes but I'm looking at streaming it from 5pm AEDST on Wednesday this week. It'll be at the usual place here http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748

If you need something to hype yourself up for that, here's a bunch of songs that won't be appearing on it, because I made a top 250 of the 2000s list ages ago and am just now posting it https://pastebin.com/TgyFzvQt

But I still have to write 11 more commentaries so I'll stop wasting my time padding out this post.
The 90s were a nice place Looking forward to seeing your list.
1999

I don't wanna go back, back to 1999. I hate to agree with the sunscreen song but nostalgia is often a bit of a miss that reveals itself once you realise how much of what you take for granted now has only recently started existing. Either way I don't miss being small and extremely limited in my options.

But still music keeps on existing and is good. I've been looking forward to reaching the '90s for this thing to finally see for myself how it really weighs up. I had a warped perception as someone who leans towards genres of music that were at their peak in this era, that the '90s really were where it's at, and it will certainly be interesting to see if I ever see a dramatic change in the way the lists stack up. For 1999 it's certainly inconclusive, but it has been interesting to see just how much of this list didn't come from my pre-existing iTunes library. Some albums I'd not heard a single song from prior to this have come up remarkably strong in here.

But if you would leave after reading this it'd be a crying shame, so listen in here http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s6&p=14748
100. Texas - In Our Lifetime

You might remember Texas's 1999 album for the fact that not one of its singles really took off here despite being primed to do so considering it followed their most well known hit just a year before. It probably just isn't the right mood in comparison. I have a lot of nostalgia for this song which I only recently realised because for some reason my mum had this album and seemingly played it a lot because I'm really familiar with all the singles. "In Our Lifetime" is perhaps the most tasteful of those with its blissful uplifting pop sound.

99. Grinspoon - Ready 1

Holds up really nicely. It's one of the Grinspoon song titles I've known the longest but I don't think I heard the song for quite a while after it. I like the title though, it's much more distinctive than if it were called "Already One", fitting the frenetic energy of the track too.

Past entries:
2007Black Tattoo#97

98. American Football - Never Meant

The first self-titled American Foolball album is not an overly gratifying listen as it's very minimalist and doesn't provide much in the way of hooks. This isn't me cheesing it off as not being accessible enough because I'm pretty sure that's half of the point. "Never Meant" is sometimes seen as a meme for being the most straightforward song on the album, though I did nearly also include "I'll See You When We're Both Not So Emotional" in this list too. The guitar noodling in here is rather distinct and memorable.

97. Pet Shop Boys - I Don't Know What You Want But I Can't Give It Anymore

Sneaking closer and closer to Pet Shop Boys in their prime and look at that form improvement from 3 years prior! Nonetheless I'll avoid the low effort puns and note that this is pretty much what you're after from these two. Remarkably layered to compensate being a little lengthy, so there's a fair bit to get out of this.

Past entries:
2002Home and Dry#99

96. Pavement - Carrot Rope

This is the last song on Pavement's last album. Because of how it's listed on the back of the CD, even Spotify calls it "...And Carrot Rope". From what I know of Pavement, this is a bit of a goofy song as vocal lines run over each other, while the chorus tricks you into thinking it'll be more chill than it ends up being.

95. Jimmy Eat World - Lucky Denver Mint

I'm not sure I even realised Jimmy Eat World were making music this far back. It's certainly not far removed from their later material and feels a bit ahead of its time for that. While it's far from their most explosive chorus, it still serves rather well at it.

Past entries:
2001Bleed American#3
2001The Middle#62
2004Pain#29
2005Disintegration#3
2010My Best Theory#19

94. The Chemical Brothers - Hey Boy Hey Girl

Long time coming for this song. I specifically remember doing my 2008 work experience where there was a radio playing in the background. I picked up a small handful of songs I learnt to dislike via that, notably this one with its annoying hook, which all made me a bit disappointed to learn it was The Chemical Brothers as I reasonably liked the two songs of theirs I knew from 2007. Long after that though I've wanted to like this song more because it has a monster of an instrumental behind it. Nowadays I don't mind the vocals apart from the fact that they don't properly match up with the title and I'm not sure why they did that.

Past entries:
2002Star Guitar#35
2002Come With Us#71
2005Galvanize (feat Q-Tip)#25

93. Kelis (feat Pusha T) - Good Stuff

Though I'm aware he's been around for quite a long time, hearing Pusha T turn up out of nowhere on a 1999 Kelis song was quite a surprise for me. I'm not sure if I knew this song before or I've just fabricated fake nostalgia from making this list (more on that later) but it sounds like a recognisable hit. At the very least the 'huh-uh!' hook does. YUGGHCK!

Past entries (Kelis):
2002Help Me (with Timo Maas)#40
2003Milkshake#86

Past entries (Pusha T):
2010Runaway (with Kanye West)#13
2012Mercy (with Kanye West)#45
2014Meltdown (with Stromae)#34

92. Dr. Dre (feat Eminem & Xzibit) - What's The Difference

SEAN DE PAUL AND BLU...I mean not really but at the same time, what's the difference? Hearing this song for the first time is a real head turner and it never really stops feeling weird to realise this entire instrumental was sampled. "2001" is a fun listen but the highlights aren't super frequent. This track is a great one though, strong verses from everyone, and c'mon, we all know that instrumental rules.

Past entries (Eminem):
2000Stan (feat Dido)#10
2000Kim#60
2000The Real Slim Shady#79
2000The Way I Am#88
2002Without Me#28
2002Lose Yourself#31

91. Boredoms - (spiral)

Boredoms' album from 1999 is a rather peculiar listen, where genre tags can't really properly explain what you're getting into. I can't really even describe this song except for its blistering guitar solos particularly near the end of the track which are why it's in here.
90. Orbital - Nothing Left 2

At long last, one of those legendary 8 minute dance tracks from the UK Chart makes it in here! Well it's cheating a bit because Orbital are on the more credible side of things and this technically wasn't a chart entry on its own. There are in fact two Nothing Left tracks as the name partially implies, and I nearly considered combining them for this list as the first one segues into this, which would make for a 17 minute track but I decided against it. Much like Pendulum's two part "The Island" track, this second one is where the payoff really hits. Also notably the vocalist who you probably won't recognise is actually Alison Goldfrapp.

89. MF DOOM (feat Pebbles The Invisible Girl) - Doomsday

I can't imagine it was intentional but "Operation: Doomsday" was released on 4/20. This is effectively the first track and MF DOOM's most popular solo track. It's impressive just how much he already feels like he's in his element even on his really early work. The production is a little dated but his flow & voice are as sharp as ever.

Past entries (MF DOOM):
2003Raid (as Madvillain) (feat MED)#37
2003America's Most Blunted (as Madvillain)#87
2004Accordian (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50
2016Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches)#30

88. Cibo Matto - Sci-Fi Wasabi

It's highly likely that you don't recognise this name but you almost certainly will recognise a voice from it, because one of the two vocalists of this peculiar US/Japanese band was the original voice of Noodle from Gorillaz. They're a very strange band with their mix of genres but are most noted for their high tendency to write songs about food. Of the songs I've heard, "Sci-Fi Wasabi" clicked the most with its upbeat production, booming chorus, and what sounds like the coin sound effect from when you boot up Super Mario 64.

87. The Roots (feat Dice Raw) - Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New

It's honestly difficult to say anything worthwhile about this apart from it just being The Roots at their typical best. There's a great beat switch that makes for an intense transition of verse.

Past entries (The Roots):
2002The Seed (2.0) (feat Cody ChesnuTT)#4
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94

86. David Bowie - Thursday's Child

Well it's the radio edit from the GH set because I couldn't be bothered buying the song again but it's basically the same song. What I've heard of '90s Bowie is a peculiar thing, kind of an expected case of an aging star trying to connect with more modern times. This isn't really the modus operandi of "Thursday's Child" though, a more sombre ballad that could have been released in any era (though the backing vocals do feel very '90s). Scholars often consider this the companion piece to "Friday" by Rebecca Black, as it compliments the sequence of days mentioned in that song by mentioning the other 4 in order.

Past entries:
2003New Killer Star#81
2016Lazarus#53
2016Girl Loves Me#56
2016Sue (Or In A Season Of Crime)#97

85. Coldplay - Brothers & Sisters

I am kind of astounded at just how many times Coldplay have wound up on my lists and they're still not done even beyond the release of "Parachutes" as we now go to their early EPs. The song I've heard that hooked me the most was this one, which is very much in line with their occasional jangle pop sound of the first two albums. The way the instrumental production meshes here reminds me a fair bit of this era of Radiohead so there's another shoe-horned comparison, but there are no surprises when a younger band wants to emulate those which they surely admire.

Past entries:
2000Yellow#64
2000Don't Panic#87
2000Spies#93
2002Daylight#13
2002Politik#14
2002The Scientist#54
2002God Put A Smile Upon Your Face#64
2005X&Y#39
2005What If#88
2008Violet Hill#45
2011Moving To Mars#51

84. Ghostface Killah (feat Raekwon) - Apollo Kids

Also not done is "Supreme Clientele", which was rolling out singles quite a while before it was released in the year 2000. Not much to say here but that it's just more of what made all the highlights on that album from the last countdown so great, booming production and engaging bars. Raekwon is here so the list of individually credited Wu-Tang members on these lists continues to grow.

Past entries (Ghostface Killah):
2000One#42
2000Buck 50 (feat Cappadonna, Method Man & Redman)#45
2000Nutmeg (feat RZA)#49
2000Malcolm#89
2006You Know I'm No Good (with Amy Winehouse)#57

83. Sigur Rós - Ágætis Byrjun

Sigur Rós have basically been an institution as long as I can remember and when that happens it's easy to forget that there has to be a reason for such a following, and my understanding is that it largely harks back to their 1999 album which I don't have the name of in front of me but I imagine I can't spell it anyway. There's a lot to love in it though, as they don't just use their post-rock style as a crutch but more of a starting point to develop songs in interesting ways. I particularly like the shift in chord progression that happens a few minutes into this song, which raises the emotional intensity.

Past entries:
2002Untitled #7 (Dauðalagið)#50
2002Untitled #1 (Vaka)#55
2005Hoppípolla#28
2007Hljómalind#98
2008Gobbledigook#62
2008Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur#98

82. Blur - Tender

It's highly likely that you don't recognise this name but you almost certainly will recognise a voice from it, because the vocalist of this peculiar UK band was the original voice of 2D from Gorillaz. There's something to be said of the excess of Britpop and just generally a lot of '90s rock with a prevailing ideal that more is better. So many songs have been soured by trying to extend codas far beyond reason in hopes of being the next "Hey Jude". "Tender" works for me though, because it feels like the song is nothing but coda. The song is over 7 and a half minutes long but it never feels that long when I listen to it. It's also a simple but effective mantra and a really beautiful song.

Past entries:
2010Fool's Day#60

81. Foo Fighters - Stacked Actors

For me, Foo Fighters are often at their best when a little unhinged, it's why I love their 2011 album "Wasting Light" so much, as it genuinely gets that rough & ready feel that they so often want to go for but frequently get muddied down in bland radio anthems. The lead guitar in "Stacked Actors" frequently makes for a great racket, and speaking of racket, 'ack' is a great syllable to match the off kilter vibe.

Past entries:
2002All My Life#24
2002Low#89
2005No Way Back#66
2007The Pretender#41
2011Bridge Burning#28
2011Rope#40
2011Arlandria#70
80. The Dismemberment Plan - Gyroscope

I've been faking nostalgia a lot in my life (more on that later) so it might just be from this list making but the cover to this album is vividly familiar for something I never listened to, perhaps it was someone's avatar on something. Anyway, "Emergency & I" is great if you're ever looking for some heavily hook-laden but also complex and creatively written indie rock. The vocalist gives me heavy Car Seat Headrest vibes with the way the lyrics are shot out to fit the meter. I was a little concerned listening to the lyrics which initially read as pretty gross, but in the full context of the song it's quite a moving story of having to mask your true feelings to get through it, come on, come on, come on.

79. Fiona Apple - On The Bound

If I need to fill a word count quota of some sort then all I need to do is read out the name of this album. But nonetheless Fiona Apple's ode to Chess is a rather compelling album and I find myself particularly drawn to this opening track. The jaunty piano makes an instant impression and I also find her big husky singing moments to be quite compelling alongside it.

78. Bloodhound Gang - The Bad Touch

This is a really dumb song but it's also surprisingly clever. Only the Bloodhound Gang would put so much effort into their innuendo that the joke often comes from just how roundabout they go to talk about sex. It's a very '90s song with regards to so, so many of its lyrics too which makes it a fascinating artifact. The main thing that helps the song endure though is that it manages to work as a stupidly catchy dance track. I don't even know if I knew what they were talking about at all but hearing a song on the radio mentioning The Discovery Channel was so funny to me as a kid and it was a big favourite when it came out.

77. Beth Orton - Stolen Car

I've listened to a bunch of Beth Orton's songs for this project to the point that she feels like a familiar face in it even though she really isn't. This song really clicked with me though. I need to stop saying it over and over again but the songwriting approach in this is so very '90s. It reminds me a fair amount of "Carnival" by Natalie Merchant with how breezy and articulate it is. I could totally imagine a version of this that's totally focus grouped to hell and back with all the rough edges cut out to be a popular hit because the hooks are there, but I rather like it like this.

76. Mos Def - UMI Says

I mostly know Mos Def for his song "Auditorium" and also some guest appearances here and there. So this is another case of an unexpected artist to learn has actually released critically acclaimed work, but indeed his 1999 album "Black On Both Sides" is pretty great. "UMI Says" is a bit different to the bigger songs on the album as it's more singing than it is rapping. As a chill moment it's quite cathartic but the message is still just as potent.

Past entries:
2004Two Words (with Kanye West)#72
2010Stylo (with Gorillaz)#63

75. Tori Amos - Bliss

I'm almost certain that I should like Tori Amos a lot but I just haven't gone deeply enough into her catalogue. From what I have heard though, "Bliss" is a big highlight. A dark song but with an uplifting chorus. I refuse to believe she is actually saying 'bliss' just because I've been fooled before.

74. Augie March - Asleep In Perfection

This is a rather chill section! Even the song titles are reflecting it at this point. A big breakout hit for Augie March here, this is a really lovely song that I don't have much to say about. The bridge feels very inspired by Powderfinger though I do like the tension in it.

Past entries:
2001There Is No Such Place#43
2002This Train Will Be Taking No Passengers#25
2002Little Wonder#65
2006One Crowded Hour#3
2006The Cold Acre#27
2006Stranger Strange#96
2008Watch Me Disappear#100

73. Emilíana Torrini - Dead Things

Though she hasn't appeared in these lists very often at all, I do have a lot of love for Emilíana Torrini. As I've often said, I find her voice hits the closest approximation to what I love in Owl Eyes. As an added bonus, I took a particular liking to her 1999 album which really hits the right spot with its somewhat trip hop inspired production. "Dead Things" makes for quite a moody affair.

Past entries:
2009Me and Armini (Dan Carey Mix)#47

72. The Cranberries - Promises

The Cranberries are pretty good hey? They don't always hit it out of the park but they have a nice mix of styles and a good ear for melody at times. "Promises" is not remotely one of their most well known songs and I didn't know it at all before this but it's become one of my favourites. I do admittedly wish the production was a little more crisp, but I do really enjoy it when Dolores really gets to cut loose on the chorus.

71. XTC - Harvest Festival

Back when I was younger, not young enough that I wasn't already on this site, but long enough ago that many people reading this may well not remember, I had a certain fascination with my alphabetised reviews list. I was fascinated at one point with the idea of having done so many reviews that every single letter of the alphabet could potentially have an entire page to itself. For most letters that's a trivia affair but of course there are those later letters that are harder to come by. So pretty much entirely because their name started with the letter X, I listened to a lot of XTC. I didn't even know their bigger songs at that point but nonetheless I found myself liking them quite a lot. I don't think I stumbled upon much if any of their late '90s material so that has been new to me for this. I ended up buying their 1999 album largely because it's not on Spotify and I quite like it. I wouldn't say it's their best album but late in their career there are still some rather inspired moments like this one. They're so creative and unique with their approach to lyrics & melody, making for a really enjoyable listen.
70. Emilíana Torrini - Baby Blue

Because you treat me like shi...wait never mind. This is a rather sorrowful track though. Not quite the sorrow of always having snow in your driveway but you get what you get. It's when the title does come around that this song hits its high mark for me however, as it's punctuated with a really lovely chord to accentuate the mood.

Past entries:
1999Dead Things#73
2009Me and Armini (Dan Carey Mix)#47

69. Something For Kate - Electricity

This is one of the first Something For Kate songs I heard that wasn't from their 2006 album, because it was played on JTV one day. I can't exactly remember the context but I remember parsing from it that this was their debut single. It's not even close but it was their first top 50 hit so I guess it was a big deal in that sense. It took me a while to latch onto the song as the hook didn't really come through in a way that I was accustomed to. In fact it's a really strange one where it's mainly building up to a faster guitar riff, which I now have to say sounds really nice.

Past entries:
2001Monsters#4
2001Jerry, Stand Up#31
2001Say Something#47
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47

68. The Dismemberment Plan - 8 1/2 Minutes

It's okay it's not even 3 minutes long. This is one of those songs that is an absolute mess everywhere except for the chorus which makes it ever so out of place. It's just a brief super catchy hook surrounded by math rock and elaborate dystopian lyrics.

Past entries:
1999Gyroscope#80

67. Filter - The Best Things

Filter's "Title Of Record" album is peculiar to me because it feels like two different albums awkwardly meshed into one. The album before and after "Take A Picture" is in two very different places and I wonder how it was for people who bought the album on the strength of that single. It's not in this list but I do still really like it, one of the stranger sounding radio rock hits. I find myself quite enjoying Filter's more industrial side, which is at times still pretty radio friendly.

66. The Roots - The Spark

Something you might notice distinctly in this song is that Black Thought isn't even on it. All of the rapping in this song is done by Malik B, who actually left the group right after this album came out. Incidentally it's quite a heavy song dealing with personal & international issues that I won't even pretend to fully comprehend. It's provocative though, it gets the people making that reference again.

Past entries:
1999Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (feat Dice Raw)#87
2002The Seed (2.0) (feat Cody ChesnuTT)#4
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94

65. Something For Kate - Whatever You Want

For a lot of people this is a massive highlight in Something For Kate's catalogue. If memory serves me correctly, Kingsmill named it one of his favourite songs of all time, and it's something that took me a while to get to grips with. Once again Something For Kate aren't really taking the most crowd-pleasing approach. The song is really mellow and barely has a chorus, but it still works like that. Surely one of Paul's greatest vocal performances.

Past entries:
1999Electricity#69
2001Monsters#4
2001Jerry, Stand Up#31
2001Say Something#47
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47

64. Emilíana Torrini - Unemployed In Summertime

This is much more in line with what I'm used to with her music as a pretty chill song. The unique flourishes can be found though, and there's a rather strong bass simmering in the background. The lyrics are appropriately calming to go with it.

Past entries:
1999Baby Blue#70
1999Dead Things#73
2009Me and Armini (Dan Carey Mix)#47

63. Muse - Sunburn

One last hurrah for Muse as I've at last reached their first album. "Showbiz" often gets brushed aside when people talk of Muse's career peak but I find it a bit underrated and it holds up pretty well. Certainly the albums that followed were more ambitious but it's still an exciting band here with engaging ideas. "Sunburn" is pretty typical of Muse with the light piano and chugging riffs, but with enough going for it that it's always been one of my favourites.

Past entries:
2001Plug In Baby#2
2001Citizen Erased#11
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86

62. Doves - Sea Song

There are a few songs on this list that are probably a little dodgy with their classification because it's not always easy to put together all the necessary information to make the right judgement call. This song was included on Doves' debut album in 2000 but was released prior on an EP in 1999. I don't know if it was different then but this is the judgement call I made and I think I made the opposite call elsewhere. As for this song though, it was an instantly appealing track with its repetitive instrumental riff that carries the song through its lengthy run time.

Past entries:
2000The Man Who Told Everything#25
2002Pounding#33
2002There Goes The Fear#95
2005Black and White Town#93
2009Kingdom Of Rust#46
2010Andalucía#27

61. Custard - Ringo (I Feel Like)

This is a pretty silly song but I've always taken a big liking to it. I'm inclined to say that it's because it reminds me of Custard's biggest hit, to the point that it even has an equivalent to the Julio Iglesias interlude. Relatively poppy for Custard, and it's a lot of fun.
60. Sleater-Kinney - Get Up

Finally breaking out of the 70s for a all time new peak, it's the semi-regular return for Sleater-Kinney. The lesson to be learned is that they've been consistently good for so many years which I probably would have cottoned onto sooner had they not gone about a decade without releasing new music. They're also consistent in that their sound hasn't really changed all that much in all those ensuing years, all of their recent entries they've had here could easily belong to the same album without it being too jarring.

Past entries:
2002Far Away#75
2005Jumpers#76
2015No Anthems#72

59. Dot Allison - Close Your Eyes (Steve Lironi Mix)

I'm pretty sure the version of this song isn't too important but this is the only one that's on Spotify and iTunes. Dot Allison is yet another artist I have become relatively aware of due to continually popping up while doing these lists, and "Close Your Eyes" has given me the best impression so far. Though she's known as an electronic producer, this feels more like an eclectic pop song, a bit similar to "Army Of Me" by Bjork actually.

58. Dr. Dre (feat Eminem) - Forgot About Dre

Given the popular trend with hip hop buyers to latch onto anything with Eminem's name attached, it really surprises me that this isn't a more popular song nowadays. Even without him, it feels like a really commonly referenced track, and yet in my experience of cataloguing iTunes purchases, it's not even the 2nd most popular song on "2001". It's not like Eminem's phoning it in here either, both his hook & verse contributions are very strong. In fact, the whole song comes together really well. There's no shortage of great instrumentals on this album and this one is quite a distinct entry.

Past entries (Dr. Dre):
1999What's The Difference (feat Eminem & Xzibit)#92

Past entries (Eminem):
1999What's The Difference (with Dr. Dre)#92
2000Stan (feat Dido)#10
2000Kim#60
2000The Real Slim Shady#79
2000The Way I Am#88
2002Without Me#28
2002Lose Yourself#31

57. Mos Def - Speed Law

This song just kept growing on me while making this list considering I nearly put it about 40 places lower. Compared to "UMI Says", this is Mos Def more in his element as he effortlessly flows over a subtle but effective beat.

Past entries:
1999UMI Says#76
2004Two Words (with Kanye West)#72
2010Stylo (with Gorillaz)#63

56. Kelis - Caught Out There

It really amazes me that this song was as much of a hit as it is. As potent as the message is, it doesn't feel like something that could easily fit on Australia's very safe radio playlists to reach enough of an audience, especially as The Neptunes' production style was far from established as a winning formula. This was their first ever hit in Australia in fact. Nonetheless as they would prove again in the future, it's a winning formula, alongside Kelis delivering one of the most memorable kiss offs in pop history, aaaarrghh!

Past entries:
1999Good Stuff (feat Pusha T)#93
2002Help Me (with Timo Maas)#40
2003Milkshake#86

55. Rage Against The Machine - Sleep Now In The Fire

I'm almost certain that this and "Testify" are both the same song but I could only really include one of them and I've known this one far longer. Oddly enough "Testify" is more popular on Spotify, but maybe being Track 1 on the album helps. Nonetheless this is an essential Rage track for me, the rollicking riff being a joy every time it comes through.

Past entries:
2000Renegades of Funk#67

54. Friendly (feat Sia) - Some Kind Of Love Song

Ah weren't these some wild times when Sia was so anonymous with her music that she wasn't actually credited on this song. I feel obliged to do so though because she's so central to the song's appeal. While it's not quite showing off her full vocal prowess, you can definitely get a sense of her idiosyncratic approach through the stilted delivery in this song. The song wouldn't be anywhere near as good without a vocalist of her caliber.

Past entries (Sia):
2000Little Man#65
2001Destiny (with Zero 7)#5
2001Distractions (with Zero 7)#68
2003Don't Bring Me Down#93
2004Sunday#19
2004Where I Belong#24
2004Sweet Potato#46
2004Breathe Me#53
2004The Church Of What's Happening Now#63
2004Somersault (with Zero 7)#65
2004Numb#98
2007Day Too Soon#68
2008Soon We'll Be Found#1
2008The Girl You Lost To Cocaine#8
2008I Go To Sleep#40
2008Academia#47
2009Buttons (CSS Remix)#43
2009You've Changed#48
2010Stop Trying#15
2010Never Gonna Leave Me#40
2010The Fight#51
2010Bring Night#56
2013Elastic Heart (feat The Weeknd & Diplo)#49
2015Alive#89

53. R.E.M. - The Great Beyond

I'm pretty sure this is the first R.E.M. song I ever knew, as it was a pretty big radio hit when I was a kid. I also remember rather liking it for its strangely worded chorus which left an impression on me for a long time. While I tend to lean towards the band's earlier albums more now, I've still got a lot of love for this one. The way that Stipe emotes some of the lines ('crashing to the ground', 'flowers in full bloom') really lifts the track.

Past entries:
2001Imitation Of Life#76

52. DMX - Party Up

I remember taking a really long time to find out what this song was called and I don't really think I can justify that when I've known how to use Google as long as I've used the internet. I suppose I can understand why DMX never had a top 50 hit in Australia but this one feels like it really should have been one, just for how recognisable it is. At least we had Israel Cruz's unforgettable song of the same name manage to get up in here, up in here.

Past entries:
2003X Gon' Give It To Ya#21

51. Jimmy Eat World - Clarity

The title track to this album and my favourite. The way the guitar riff underpins the chorus is just so good and gives the song a really potent rough edge. Yet another track from this band that I could totally imagine winning over a relatively bigger audience, making for a shame that they're still only really thought of for one song of theirs.

Past entries:
1999Lucky Denver Mint#95
2001Bleed American#3
2001The Middle#62
2004Pain#29
2005Disintegration#3
2010My Best Theory#19

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50. Emilíana Torrini - Easy

"Easy" sure is easy listening. Instrumentally I get a bit of a Zero 7 vibe from it, which is to say that I am extremely pre-disposed to liking it. This is just ever so smooth, in what one might argue was the smoothest year in popular music.

Past entries:
1999Unemployed In Summertime#64
1999Baby Blue#70
1999Dead Things#73
2009Me and Armini (Dan Carey Mix)#47
49. The Dismemberment Plan - A Life Of Possibilities

This is the opening track on "Emergency & I" and serves as a fairly gentle way in, but it's also pretty quickly indicative of what's going to follow. For as mellow as it is, the syncopated drum loops, the guitar riffs, everything feels so off kilter. Things take a bit of a turn halfway in when the song reaches its proper peak.

Past entries:
19998 1/2 Minutes#68
1999Gyroscope#80
48. Mirwais - Disco Science

I'm not just saying that this song is in the list because it's the song from that scene in "Snatch", after all, I'd be proper f**ked if I started including songs I didn't even like in these lists. But it IS the song in that scene from "Snatch" and there's not much else I need to say except that I'm impressed at just how well the song stands up on its own devoid of the context. You could fit a jumbo jet across the amount of joy that sleazy synth line brings me. Just don't listen to it if you're travelling alongside Beth Orton, she wouldn't want you to damage the seats.
47. Muse - Uno

Here we are, the first ever Muse single and thus the last time they're appearing in this list...wait never mind it doesn't work that way. But it certainly raises a curious question as to why the song is called "Uno", to mark said occasion or the fact that the chorus says that 'You could have been number one', and if there's one thing Muse love doing, it's askewing the notion of properly mentioning song titles in the lyrics. It's an interesting choice for a single though, as it's a bit off the rails at times, did you ever notice that little wild western twang bit only shows up once in the whole song? There's certainly an element of mucking around to fill out a 3 and a half minute song here.

Past entries:
1999Sunburn#63
2001Plug In Baby#2
2001Citizen Erased#11
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
46. Spiderbait - Shazam!

Shit, what was this song called again, can anyone find out? Nonetheless as tends to be the case, I often like Spiderbait for their short & sharp tracks, which can definitely apply to this barely 2 minute song. I've always liked the way the music intensifies during the verses and it sounds like Kram is singing different syllables in time with it.

Past entries:
2001Outta My Head#27
2004Black Betty#77
45. Mos Def - Mathematics

Now onto the more famous single. This song is of course noted by the many statistics presented in the song which being 20 years out of date don't always hold up...40 percent of people own cell phones after all. It's such a good instrumental loop though, and it will shock nobody to know that the massive A Tribe Called Quest fan is very much into the sampling which is smooth like butter.

Past entries:
1999Speed Law#57
1999UMI Says#76
2004Two Words (with Kanye West)#72
2010Stylo (with Gorillaz)#63
44. Slipknot - Surfacing

Something I continue to learn is that in the right setting, I really like Slipknot a lot. I never got the best introduction to them since at my age they were the primary edgy band of choice and I wasn't prepared for that sort of loudness. When I did get to hearing them, I found out that they actually have more of a pop sensibility than you might think, and Corey Taylor is a really good vocalist. Is it just a little nihilistic? With that chorus?! Nonetheless it's easy to see why people might love it and furthermore ride for it.
43. M2M - Don't Say You Love Me

The big elephant in the room regarding this song is that it was released for the soundtrack for the first Pokemon movie. If you know much about me it won't surprise you to learn that I obviously saw that movie in theatres. I have no memory of this song from my childhood and I don't know why that is. Nonetheless in this current decade I've come to know it and realise that I really do love it. So if there's a lesson to be learnt it's that nostalgia for things from your childhood doesn't necessarily pertain to you overlooking faults because you didn't know any better at the time. It can of course mean that something not encountered from the era at the time works because it intrinsically feels like that era, and oh boy does this song ever, and who knows, maybe I wouldn't like this in another era. But then at the end of the day, what so often prevails for me is an effective melody, and the chorus of this song gets me every time. In particular I find that slight chord change on the lyric 'not before I'm ready' just hits that sweet spot for me, it reminds me of how I feel on "Hotline Bling".
42. The Roots (feat Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel) - Adrenaline!

These Roots entries have been generally pretty forceful and upbeat but this song also has the production on its side to add to the urgency. I mean when it's called "Adrenaline!" you've got to do something with that. The chorus of the song is clearly the most undercooked part of it but it's still remarkably engaging for me with its frenetic delivery.

Past entries (The Roots):
1999The Spark#66
1999Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (feat Dice Raw)#87
2002The Seed (2.0) (feat Cody ChesnuTT)#4
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94

Past entries (Dice Raw):
1999Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (with The Roots)#87
41. Aphex Twin - Windowlicker

I mean this had to be in here didn't it? I imagine the provocative video had a lot to do with it, but this must be one of the strangest and most unsettling tracks to ever make it into the ARIA Charts. Does the song truly distinguish itself from Aphex Twin's catalogue to deserve so much attention? I haven't listened to very much of it so I can't say for myself, but I've had plenty of time to get accustomed to every nook and cranny of this song and it's really become a big favourite. I like the part where it sounds like someone is moaning.

Past entries:
2014minipops 67 [120.2] [source field mix]#87
40. Texas - Summer Son

I'm really surprised this song wasn't a hit here but then again as previously established, I have an above average familiarity with this Texas album so maybe this doesn't sound like quite the obvious smash to everyone else. What's interesting to me is that I've always thought of this as a surprising dance direction for the band but the more I listen to the song, the more it feels like straight up pop rock, as the song is very guitar driven. I particularly note the guitar riff that comes in just before the chorus, which sounds remarkably like "Fleur de saison" by Emilie Simon. Nonetheless, whether it's pop, rock or electronic, it's a really delightfully put together track loaded with hooks.

Past entries:
1999In Our Lifetime#100
39. Mr. Oizo - Flat Beat

One of my all time favourite UK #1 hits because how the heck did this even happen. OK once again we can use the whole music video thing because the song has a distinct image that isn't easy to forget, and it was also used in a Levis ad which of course allows pretty much anything, from old dad rock to remarkably mediocre grunge to get a UK #1 single. Still this is a little surprising for how little it provides in the way of convention. There's definitely a chorus, but there aren't many songs out there that use a monotone synth wobble as a primary hook.
38. Mandy Moore - Candy

I had this so perpetually linked with "Don't Say You Love Me" while I was doing this list that I was dreading the fact that I'd eventually have to rank one ahead of the other, which wasn't an easy decision at first. This song I definitely remember as a kid, just like I remembered Mandy Moore's name as a pop star even though she was in and out of the charts in the space of just 2 years. I don't actually really know why I remembered her because I couldn't tell you anything about her that stands out, just that I like a lot of her songs which really epitomise bubblegum pop to the point that this song is called "Candy". She does a good enough vocal performance to lift this song though, though it doesn't wait until the last chorus to do it, it does that Sugababes trick of really accentuating the chorus with the backing vocals in-between the main hook.
37. Moby - Honey

If there isn't a song called "Honey" in it, did your countdown really happen? I should disclose that I'm possibly cheating a little with this entry because it was released as a single in 1998, the year before "Play" came out but this is the album version and there's a slight difference in running length so I choose to believe that this album version can count in 1999. Anyway, if you know one thing about Moby's "Play" it's that the album was licenced to hell and back with more ad placements than an Imagine Dragons album. I am not entirely sure if I'm old enough to remember peak Moby saturation though I definitely remember a lot of the songs from being used in things, including this song, and there's probably some Stockholm syndrome in place because I'm certain I found this song annoying at one point. If I did though, it was probably a fascinated kind of irritation, like I found the conception of the song just so peculiar. It is after all, largely based on a constantly repeating sampled vocal loop, some time. In my opinion though, the real hook for this song is the shift towards the end of this loop. In one instance it's achieved just through the percussion playing a different note, in another there's a little string sample added. For such a simple song there's surprisingly a lot at play.
36. At The Drive-In - Catacomb

Speaking of cheating, I'm not sure conclusive evidence exists to confirm what year this song was actually released, I've seen conflicting evidence and the only concrete red truth (for the 0 of you who have read Umineko no Naku Koro ni) is that it was recorded in late 1999. I didn't properly look into this until I had already done my 2000 list so you could say that I am just including this in 1999 so I can include it at all, or perhaps we could say that it's here to distinguish itself from the version of this song that was released in 2000, titled "Catacombs". Anyway the point is that this song shreds. It does take a while to get there but once the real chorus of this song hits, it's one of the biggest belters I've ever heard from At The Drive-In.

Past entries:
2000One Armed Scissor#5
2000Invalid Litter Dept.#18
2000Arcarsenal#53
2000Pattern Against User#57
2000Non-Zero Possibility#73
2017Incurably Innocent#91
35. MF DOOM (feat DJ Cucumber Slice) - Rhymes Like Dimes

One of the most beloved songs from "Operation: Doomsday" because it's just so dang fun. DOOM's flow is pretty consistent here and is a perfect fit for the charming instrumental. DJ Cucumber Slice's outro probably goes just a little too long but it adds to the fun. I look forward to eventually reaching the first ever rap song to say '...you don't stop'. YEAAAAAAH, mashed potatos, apple sauce, buttery...biscuits.

Past entries (MF DOOM):
1999Doomsday (feat Pebbles The Invisible Girl)#89
2003Raid (as Madvillain) (feat MED)#37
2003America's Most Blunted (as Madvillain)#87
2004Accordian (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50
2016Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches)#30
34. The Roots (feat DJ Jazzy Jeff & Jazzyfatnastees) - The Next Movement

"Boom! Shake The Room" is still quite a while away but this should suffice. I've never really been able to place exactly what it's reminding me of, but the chorus of this song I feel could totally pass for a Black Eyed Peas song. Suffice to say that it's one of the more radio friendly tracks on "Things Fall Apart".

Past entries (The Roots):
1999Adrenaline! (feat Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)#42
1999The Spark#66
1999Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (feat Dice Raw)#87
2002The Seed (2.0) (feat Cody ChesnuTT)#4
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94
33. James - I Know What I'm Here For

I mentioned fake nostalgia earlier and this is what I've been leading up to. I had a miraculous sense of nostalgia when I queued this song up for this list the first time, as one of those occasional shocking re-discoveries of a song I must have heard a bunch when I was younger and completely forgot about until now. This being only a relatively minor hit for a band I've never really looked into made it easy to believe that it might be the case. It was not really the case, as I later discovered that the reason it was so profoundly familiar was that it was a song I'd heard when I was making my 2000 list and somehow missed it when I was sweeping the two lists for duplicates. But nonetheless, while the nostalgia might not have been real, the joy I got from the song very much was. I can see why this wasn't a huge hit or anything, as Britpop was in a bit of an awkward phase and I don't think anyone saw this as a signal for the future. Nonetheless, the super goofy instrumental hook is stellar.

Past entries:
2001Getting Away With It (All Messed Up)#41
32. Pavement - Major Leagues

This only really just clicked for me in time before getting the chance to being culled from my list. Pavement are of course a band with quite a strong reputation, to the point that every single one of their albums (at the time of writing this) is bolded on RYM...except for the one that this song is on. Nonetheless this song appears to be regularly cited as a highlight for their whole career. There's not a whole lot to the song either, but it's just a really relaxing and gentle track.

Past entries:
1999Carrot Rope#96
31. Dr. Dre (feat Snoop Dogg) - Still D.R.E.

By including this song in the list, I am of course representing for the gangstas all across the sentence that I cannot dignify finishing. Nonetheless it's a proven fact that Dre & Snoop are a winning combination and few come together as well as this track. STILL, what's most impressive to me is just how much variety there is in the production on this album yet it all feels so definitively D.R.E.

Past entries (Dr. Dre):
1999Forgot About Dre (feat Eminem)#58
1999What's The Difference (feat Eminem & Xzibit)#92
30. Garbage - The World Is Not Enough

Another one in the ever-growing pile of Garbage tracks that had me utterly captivated on just my first listen. Once again the video comes into play with its simple but effective concept that fits well with the fact that it's a Bond theme. It all distracted me from the fact that this is a fair bit different for Garbage given how much the strings dominate the track over the guitar. I also can't help but feel slightly suspicious that the only reason Garbage have done a Bond theme is so that people can make Shirley Manson/Bassey comparisons, which of course people did.

Past entries:
2001Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)#15
2001Androgyny#33
2005Why Do You Love Me#87
2016So We Can Stay Alive#31
29. The Dismemberment Plan - What Do You Want Me To Say?

This song didn't really connect me on my first listen through and I removed it from my list. I then listened to this whole album and put it back in my list and now it's ended up quite high here. It might be the most conventional song on this album, not just because the title is very prominent in the hook but the fact that the hook is very digestible. It's a good contrast alongside the verses though, which thanks to a prevalent guitar riff has a very tense feeling.

Past entries:
1999A Life Of Possibilities#49
19998 1/2 Minutes#68
1999Gyroscope#80
28. Fatman Scoop (feat The Crooklyn Clan) - Be Faithful

From what I can understand, this song was a club hit way back in 1999 and didn't get a proper widespread release for years, which I assume is because of legal issues with sampling (which I'm certain I'll not talk about later in this list). If you weren't aware of that, this might be an incredibly jarring song to see in this list. Not that it isn't incredibly jarring as a pop entity because gosh this is a peculiar song. One where you just have to decide not to question anything and accept it for what it was. I can't imagine whose idea it was to make this song have that random interlude but then I can't imagine the song without it, largely because it transitions back into the main song so forcefully, and so wonderfully. Fatman Scoop puts so much into his performance that I don't even mind the fact that I have to listen to a largely censored version of it, because all the intent still comes through.
27. Emilíana Torrini - To Be Free

Most of Emilíana's entries here have been on the chill side of things which is fine of course, but I think this was the song that stood out the most for me. Even before the guitars come roaring in on the chorus, the song has a certain sinister vibe to it. It's definitely banking on that pay off though, you can tell by how the percussion keeps faking it out by stuttering at the end of lines.

Past entries:
1999Easy#50
1999Unemployed In Summertime#64
1999Baby Blue#70
1999Dead Things#73
2009Me and Armini (Dan Carey Mix)#47
26. MF DOOM (feat King Geedorah) - Red and Gold

This was an instant highlight for me because of the marvellous production. It has a sort of evocative & chill vibe that makes me think of Flume. It also hits surprisingly hard with the drums, but it's a good fit for one of DOOM's more forceful flows.

Past entries (MF DOOM):
1999Rhymes Like Dimes (feat DJ Cucumber Slice)#35
1999Doomsday (feat Pebbles The Invisible Girl)#89
2003Raid (as Madvillain) (feat MED)#37
2003America's Most Blunted (as Madvillain)#87
2004Accordion (as Madvillain)#45
2004All Caps (as Madvillain)#48
2004Rhinestone Cowboy (as Madvillain)#78
2004Curls (as Madvillain)#85
2004Figaro (as Madvillain)#91
2004Meat Grinder (as Madvillain)#97
2005Sofa King (as Dangerdoom)#47
2005Benzie Box (as Dangerdoom) (feat Cee-Lo)#50
2016Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches)#30
25. Dream Theater - Home [Scene Six]

I think I was lucky to come across this one because I must have collated my list shortly before this was deleted from RYM's singles database. It's kind of funny that I found it there because despite some highly rated albums, I see almost nothing but hate for this band and their cheesy, over-the-top prog rock. There's no other way to describe this song though, which probably isn't going to change anybody's minds about the genre. For such a long song though, there's surprisingly a good deal going on with just how many different sections there are. There's no way you can justify saying that it's not indulgent but it's just so fulfilling.
24. Sigur Rós - Svefn-G-Englar

Sigur Rós couldn't have known when they made this song that iTunes and most digital outlets automatically make 10+ minute songs album only, and because of that and this song which is 10 minutes and 4 seconds long, I own this whole album. I'm totally content with that because the album is very good, and it's hard to ignore this song which for many is the peak of the band's career. It's a very beautiful track with just enough going on in terms of background feedback. The hook in particular is just so pretty.

Past entries:
1999Ágætis Byrjun#83
2002Untitled #7 (Dauðalagið)#50
2002Untitled #1 (Vaka)#55
2005Hoppípolla#28
2007Hljómalind#98
2008Gobbledigook#62
2008Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur#98
23. Filter - Welcome To The Fold

You've heard "Take A Picture" and you want more. After the 30 second intro, this is the first track you're treated to and it's an instant shock to the system. Even when I went into it expecting something a bit different it still took me by surprise. Not that it's super aggressive but it does start off pretty loud with the softer chorus taking a minute to arrive. The line 'get yourself an ice cold beer' sounds incredibly out of place but nonetheless it's an absolute belter through and through.

Past entries:
1999The Best Things#67
22. Dido - Here With Me

Dido has a bit of an unjustified reputation for being as plain as a certain blue haired cosplayer, which probably comes from her immense success in the early 2000s and remarkably white bread image. It was prevalent enough that I struggled to take her seriously myself, even when I later learned that she did in fact take more diverse ventures with her music. Oddly enough it was a song that I was already very familiar with that won me over. I don't have a WorkSafe joke to make because I grew up in the wrong states, but going back to "Here With Me" many years later had me shocked at just how thrilling it was. As a way to bridge her career from Faithless, this is a really good move to make as it gives the best of both worlds in a pretty seamless package.

Past entries:
2000Stan (with Eminem)#10
21. Mos Def - Ms. Fat Booty

If you can get past the ridiculous title, it's easy to see why this is Mos Def's most popular song. It's one of the best sample loops ever for one, with samples taken from Aretha Franklin's "One Step Ahead". It reminds me a little bit of Jay-Z & Kanye West's "Otis" with just how jarring the sample is at first, and how it doesn't really end in a comfortable way. It's just so effortlessly fun.

Past entries:
1999Mathematics#45
1999Speed Law#57
1999UMI Says#76
2004Two Words (with Kanye West)#72
2010Stylo (with Gorillaz)#63
20. The Dismemberment Plan - Memory Machine

This song is all about the complicated countering necessity of grief and happiness in our lives. The song starts off with the notion that immortality would be a great prospect if not for the eternal mental anguish it brings along with it, but then admitting that even in normal life, he's already had enough of that. But who knows, maybe some day they'll make a machine to expunge all the misery from our lives. Outside of that, it's one of the punchiest songs on the album, I love both the aggressive drum loop and the cathartic chorus hook...which actually fits the theme of the lyrics.

Past entries:
1999What Do You Want Me To Say?#29
1999A Life Of Possibilities#49
19998 1/2 Minutes#68
1999Gyroscope#80
19. Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says

I don't know if this song is super well known but it did make the top 10 on loggy one week for reasons unknown. It's especially difficult to gauge its popularity because it's no longer on iTunes or Spotify, as it's subject to eternal legal trouble since it includes a prominent Godzilla sample which wasn't cleared. The entire album is out of print because of it. It's also a tough position because I can't imagine the song without that sample. It's just such an addictively forceful song, and I find myself highly amused by the notion that all commands upon the audience in music need a 'Simon says' at the front to make it official. A bit like the 'sudo make me a sandwich' xkcd comic.
18. Something For Kate - Hallways

I always feel like nobody rides for this song the same way I do because it's so unassuming but maybe I'm wrong about that. It's also a peculiar song because it only really has 1 verse. Once the first chorus hits it never returns to the original state. Even the chorus doesn't stay the same way each time, adding more and more to it. That's entertainment.

Past entries:
1999Whatever You Want#65
1999Electricity#69
2001Monsters#4
2001Jerry, Stand Up#31
2001Say Something#47
2001Stunt Show#71
2001Happy Endings#83
2001Three Dimensions#94
2003Déjà-vu#13
2003Kaplan/Thornhill#78
2006Cigarettes and Suitcases#22
2006California#43
2012Survival Expert#47
17. Rage Against The Machine - Guerrilla Radio

It is not a wild revelation to say that I played a lot of Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 in my youth. An extremely censored version of this song is featured on it and through that it's probably the one Rage song I've heard more than any other. Since the credits never showed up on screen during the game though, I never even knew it was by them, which is interesting because I spent a good amount of the 2000s continually encountering the band without making the connection. This year also featured "Spray Water On The Stereo", "Pumping On Your Stereo" and "Turn Up Your Stereo" in the Hottest 100 so it was a very big year on the radio for...the radio. It also featured a song called "Turn That Shit Up" so really this song just had to exist to sum it all up. What a marvellous riff though, it's not as technically impressive as say, "Bulls On Parade", but it never fails to amp me up.

Past entries:
1999Sleep Now In The Fire#55
2000Renegades of Funk#67
16. Moby - Porcelain

This definitely goes under the category of Moby songs I've known for longer than I can remember. "Body Rock" is another one which was close to making this list, and shout out to "Natural Blues" because there are so many hits to be had there. This song has always felt special to me though. It could be entirely instrumental and I really wouldn't mind, the gentle piano and humming synth already compliment each other so well. This year A$AP Rocky dedicated an entire song to sampling this, and meanwhile Travis Scott confined to one line with a dodgy Moby/Moby Dick pun, further proving however that meme goes about him living up to the legacy that was meant for Rocky.

Past entries:
1999Honey#37
15. Nine Inch Nails - We're In This Together

I made the observation a few weeks back that this song had a lot in common with "We Should Be Together Now" by Powderfinger, at the very least you can sing the chorus of one to the other because they're pretty much the same tune. Powderfinger just slotted the 'Now' into the title to avoid suspicion. This song comes from "The Fragile", which despite being released at the height of their fame, is one of the most indulgent Nine Inch Nails albums running close to 2 hours long, because the '90s were a mistake. "Starf**kers Inc." is of course the big single from the album but I've found the production hasn't aged especially well. Fortunately this song scratches the right itch in its place. The chorus just comes roaring in with so much force that it's hard not to love.
14. Slipknot - Wait and Bleed

There is of course a more radio friendly version of this song that helped it become a genuine hit by removing the unclean vocals. I'm not having any of that, the song needs all the aggression it can get. There are clean vocals of course, and while I'm often not okay with it, they do pretty well here to give a sing-along hook.

Past entries:
1999Surfacing#44
13. Destiny's Child - Bills, Bills, Bills

I feel like this is an unpopular opinion but it's not easy to tell because poptimism 20 years ago wasn't anything near what it now, so any possible revisionism is blocked out by decades of 'argh this isn't guitar music'. It is of course a popular song, it gave Destiny's Child their first US #1 hit, and this was their highest selling album, despite not being made by their signature line up. Admittedly the song is very trapped in its time with the production quirks that would not exist in any other time line, but the core song itself is so captivating and strong to make up for it. I continue to be an absolute sucker for all those vocal runs in the chorus.
12. Beck - Sexxlaws

This has always been one of my favourite Beck songs and it probably has a lot to do with the fact that it's one of the more prominently used songs on the episode of Futurama he appears on. If nothing else, it's quite a welcome change of pace from his often very dour output. It also takes the same lesson as another certain 1999 song in that horns are a great way to show triumph, and make the song sound tremendous on a sunny day.

Past entries:
2002Lonesome Tears#1
2002Sunday Sun#22
2002Paper Tiger#63
2005Girl#99
11. Dr. Dre (feat Snoop Dogg, Kurupt & Nate Dogg) - The Next Episode

This borders on being a comedic beat more than it is a song, but as a quick package there's not much better. There's a constant prevailing argument that coarse language is rarely needed and is often just an entry barrier for certain musical artists. The counter to this is that there are few f-bombs as potent as the one that introduces Dr. Dre's verse here. Not since "Check The Rhime" has mutual kinship in verses felt so potent. Inclusion of this song also means that this list is more in sync with "2002" than "1999" which is...peculiar.

Past entries (Dr. Dre):
1999Still D.R.E. (feat Snoop Dogg)#31
1999Forgot About Dre (feat Eminem)#58
1999What's The Difference (feat Eminem & Xzibit)#92

Past entries (Snoop Dogg):
1999Still D.R.E. (with Dr. Dre)#31
10. Sonic Animation - Theophilus Thistler (An Exercise In Vowels)

I must admit that it's a surprise for me to see this in the top 10 and I didn't realise I liked it quite this much. Certainly though it's a song that has fascinated me for many, many years. It's all about those tongue twisters making it remarkably difficult to sing along even if you know all the words. The drum loop is what really sells it though, you're always waiting for it to come back around again.
9. Jebediah - Animal

Also a slight bit of a surprise in the top 10 but it is the highest Australian entry here so well done. There's a decent handful of Jebediah songs I've always had a strong inclination to and this might be the biggest one, despite being far from the first few I'd heard. It's hard to properly justify it though since there's nothing particularly unique about this, just that it has one of their most explosive choruses. I'd be fascinated to know just how jarring this sounds to people who aren't used to the band because Kevin's voice is so ridiculously soaked in his accent and it's impossible to ignore that certain texture, that certain sneer.
8. Sigur Rós - Hjartað Hamast

Plot twist if you thought that we were done with this band. Ranking excessively long post-rock songs is not the easiest of tasks so there's always a certain anxiety in the back of my head that I've made a horrible mistake, especially when it goes a bit against the grain. However, no other Sigur Rós song for me can quite match the high of this song when the chorus hits. The piano that plays towards the end also sounds suspiciously like the intro to "Lose Yourself" so if there's some vomit mixed in with the chills, that might explain it.

Past entries:
1999Svefn-G-Englar#24
1999Ágætis Byrjun#83
2002Untitled #7 (Dauðalagið)#50
2002Untitled #1 (Vaka)#55
2005Hoppípolla#28
2007Hljómalind#98
2008Gobbledigook#62
2008Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur#98
7. Muse - Showbiz

This song feels out of place on the album which it bears the title of. It's just not really the sort of song structure that Muse were writing then, or really ever. I've joked before about songs with only one verse but it often feels like this song just doesn't have verses at all because the mighty crescendo defeats the point of there being any real cooldown period. This song is Matt Bellamy at his most ridiculous, to the point that at the end, it's not exactly clear if you're hearing his voice or guitar feedback, it just blurs together. It's all just such a tremendous build up that it's always been a massive favourite in Muse's hefty catalogue.

Past entries:
1999Uno#47
1999Sunburn#63
2001Plug In Baby#2
2001Citizen Erased#11
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
6. Foo Fighters - Generator

It surprises me a little just how few entries Foo Fighters have picked up over the years on this list but I suppose they do play it safe a little too often. Part of me wonders if I'd see "Generator" as just another so-so Foo Fighters song if not for the iconic talk box solo. Certainly it's nothing spectacular lyrically, particularly if you look past all the thematic words. Nonetheless, it's still a song I never get tired of hearing, which is perhaps helped by the fact that it's not nearly as overplayed as it could be, perhaps owing to the fact that it was only really a hit in Australia.

Past entries:
1999Stacked Actors#81
2002All My Life#24
2002Low#89
2005No Way Back#66
2007The Pretender#41
2011Bridge Burning#28
2011Rope#40
5. Ben Folds Five - Army

I am exceedingly looking forward to digging into the first two Ben Folds Five albums because I suspect I'll enjoy them a lot, as the band have often been a blind spot outside of the big singles for me. The popularity of a certain song in their discography distracts just a little from what they're more commonly like, which at times ended up being a good thing because I got just a little surprise every time I heard a different Ben Folds Five song and was surprised at just how much fun I was having. "Army" is certainly one of those cases. In typical Ben Folds Five fashion, it's a pretty humourous song; the opening lyric is extremely jarring at first for how direct it is. Even if not everything turns out right, the song is always there to be infectiously upbeat. As I hinted at about 7 songs ago, those goddamn horns.
4. Blur - Coffee & TV

I don't like Blur's album "13" as much as I would like which is a shame, but maybe one day I'll go back to it and it'll all click. At the very least I can always rely on the singles for a good time. "Coffee & TV" has been a big favourite of mine ever since I saw the music video which I love to this day. For the most part, it's a relatively straight forward song that skirts the line on being bland, but it's the right amount of chill for me. Not to mention there's that great guitar solo always waiting around the corner.

Past entries:
1999Tender#82
2010Fool's Day#60
3. Muse - Muscle Museum

Something I have now finished doing since I've gotten through all these years is replacing all my ill-gotten Muse albums and buying them with actual money. I regret all the illegal downloading I did but alas I was a high schooler without income and it was the norm. The main reason I mention this here is because for a very long time, "Muscle Museum" was one of my most played songs despite the fact that I didn't even have the full version of it. I had a weird edited version that shortens the intro, and notably cuts out a passage before the first chorus. That even gets played on the radio so it was always so jarring whenever I heard the proper song. Despite the set back, it was always a big favourite from Muse thanks to the the distinct guitar riff at the start and the massive hook. The comment I made about "Showbiz" also applies here, those high notes at the end of the song, holy shit.

Past entries:
1999Showbiz#7
1999Uno#47
1999Sunburn#63
2001Plug In Baby#2
2001Citizen Erased#11
2001New Born#14
2001Bliss#20
2001Futurism#57
2001Space Dementia#67
2001Hyper Music#91
2002Dead Star#19
2003Stockholm Syndrome#3
2003Hysteria#7
2003Sing For Absolution#10
2003Butterflies and Hurricanes#22
2003The Small Print#29
2003Fury#53
2003Thoughts Of A Dying Atheist#55
2003Time Is Running Out#62
2003Eternally Missed#74
2003Falling Away With You#85
2003Apocalypse Please#90
2006Knights Of Cydonia#5
2006Glorious#20
2006Assassin (Grand Omega Bosses Edit)#31
2006Starlight#38
2006Invincible#52
2009Unnatural Selection#13
2009Uprising#29
2009MK Ultra#53
2009Resistance#68
2010Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)#75
2012Panic Station#67
2012Explorers#75
2015Reapers#86
2. The Roots (feat Erykah Badu) - You Got Me

I have a memory of being in a restaurant and while they weren't playing Neutral Milk Hotel, they were playing a certain hip hop song that I really took a liking to, however I couldn't hear it clear enough to make out any lyrics (I'm pretty sure I didn't have Shazam at the time because otherwise this story doesn't chronologically match up to my thing with "I Might Survive" by Architecture In Helsinki) which as you can imagine is a frustrating thing to happen. I still don't know what that song was but I could imagine it being this one because it was certainly the sort of chill thing that wouldn't sound out of place dining, and this is as chill as it gets. As a curiosity, while for both artists this is just slightly not their most popular song on Spotify, I was surprised to discover that Erykah Badu actually has slightly more monthly listeners than The Roots. I know she's popular in her own right but it's just not how it usually turns out. She's certainly an essential piece of this song though as a response to Black Thought's verses. As a song of mutual trust, it feels like the blueprint to Ja Rule's entire career. It's just two people who would give their world, to lift each other up, and change their life to better suit each other's mood. I can get why people might think this song is a bit boring but it just hits that sweet spot for me, and also I have to shout out ?uestlove's breakbeat outro because that's a great way of adding to the song while not distracting too much.

Congrats to The Roots, The Dismemberment Plan & Emiliana Torrini with the most entries in this new column https://imgur.com/a/WT1En2u

Past entries (The Roots):
1999The Next Movement (feat DJ Jazzy Jeff & Jazzyfatnastees)#34
1999Adrenaline! (feat Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)#42
1999The Spark#66
1999Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New (feat Dice Raw)#87
2002The Seed (2.0) (feat Cody ChesnuTT)#4
2006Don't Feel Right (feat Maimouna Youssef)#94

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1. XTC - Easter Theatre

I like "Smooth" but it did not make this list. So yeah, when I said that I bought XTC's 1999 album because it wasn't on Spotify, that was true, but it was primarily because of this one song which almost singlehandedly paid the price of admission. I only first heard this song this year, because I saw how great its reputation was and felt that given my history with XTC, it would be costly to overlook this song just because it wasn't on Spotify. So I listened to it and I was blown away. This song pretty much perfectly encapsulates XTC's Beatles throwback vibe, to the point that most comments I see about the song are basically saying that it would be an eternal classic like a "Strawberry Fields Forever" or "Eleanor Rigby" but isn't because it was an XTC song in the late '90s so hardly anyone heard it. Even in the UK, where every boomer act was a perpetual force right up until the death of the CD Single, the charts were done with XTC long before this came out. This song just has a ceaseless joy of it and it's everything I love in music. Andy Partridge is a musical genius.

Past entries:
1999Harvest Festival#71
Nice! I have been listening to Skylarking recently so will dig out Apple Venus as well for another listen.

Dismemberment Plan has been on my "need to check out" list for a while but never have.

Other excessively long post-rock songs that were great from 1999 were Moya by Godspeed You! Black Emporer and Christmas Steps by Mogwai!
Yeah I quite liked Moya, it was on my very, very big playlist of songs I listened to, to make this list.
Nice list! And great to see XTC get some recognition. And there's still 20 years of their back catalogue to go.

The Sigur Ros album is actually called Ágætis Byrjun, and it's still their best IMO.

I think Electricity was Something For Kate's first single with Stephanie Ashworth on guitar, but they had released some singles in 1996-97 without her.

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