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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Irelander's End of Year Lists (Pt. 4)

oops forgot it was time to make a new thread

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
Part 3 (1999-2002 & 2018): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=53668
2010-2014 EOYs updated following the Mid-Decade: http://pastebin.com/uvydXbAG

Year#1Most entries per year
1998Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller SkankLauryn Hill - 6
1999Pearl Jam - Last KissMoby - 7
2000The Avalanches - Frontier PsychiatristThe Avalanches - 8
2001Muse - Citizen ErasedSystem of a Down / The White Stripes - 7
2002Foo Fighters - LowPearl Jam - 10
2003The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To ButtonThe White Stripes - 11
2004Franz Ferdinand - Take Me OutFranz Ferdinand - 11
2005The White Stripes - Blue OrchidFranz Ferdinand - 15
2006Muse - Knights of CydoniaThe Fratellis - 11
2007Battles - AtlasQueens Of The Stone Age - 7
2008The Presets - Kicking & ScreamingChildren Collide - 9
2009Franz Ferdinand - UlyssesFranz Ferdinand - 11
2010Children Collide - My EagleTwo Door Cinema Club - 5
2011Aloe Blacc - I Need A DollarTaking Back Sunday - 8
2012Boy - WaitressKendrick Lamar / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 5
2013Bear In Heaven - The Reflection Of YouFranz Ferdinand - 6
2014Jonathan Boulet - CreeperDZ Deathrays - 8
2015FIDLAR - West CoastDjango Django / Father John Misty - 5
2016The Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle AlignerKing Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 5
2017alt-J - 3WWKendrick Lamar - 9
2018Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk ItFather John Misty - 6
2019Two People - Dream Steppin'Two People - 5

Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand18System of a Down12MGMT
31Muse16Father John Misty12Tame Impala
29Kendrick Lamar16Outkast12Yeah Yeah Yeahs
29The White Stripes15MF DOOM11Arcade Fire
27Kings Of Leon15Vampire Weekend11Cloud Control
26Jay-Z14Coldplay11Danny Brown
26Kanye West14Foo Fighters11DZ Deathrays
25Queens Of The Stone Age13Grinspoon11King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
24Pearl Jam13Interpol11The Avalanches
24Radiohead13Midnight Juggernauts11The Presets
21Arctic Monkeys13Taking Back Sunday10alt-J
19The Fratellis13The Strokes10Grizzly Bear
18Children Collide12Beck10Madlib
18Powderfinger12Kasabian10Temples
18Red Hot Chili Peppers12Linkin Park10The Killers

Favourite album
1998Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
1999Moby - Play
2000The Avalanches - Since I Left You
2001System of a Down - Toxicity
2002Pearl Jam - Riot Act
2003The White Stripes - Elephant
2004Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
2005Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
2006The Fratellis - Costello Music
2007Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
2008Children Collide - The Long Now
2009Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
2010Children Collide - Theory of Everything
2011Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
2012Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
2013Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
2014Temples - Sun Structures
2015Django Django - Born Under Saturn
2016King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
2017alt-J - RELAXER
2018La Luz - Floating Features
2019Fat White Family - Serfs Up!

Note: some 2009-2014 songs were ranked in accordance with chart year not release date
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and some progress! So it took me some time to put together my 1998 list, but it is done and I will be broadcasting the top 100 on Saturday 26 October 7pm AEST with all the usual stuff happening. should be fun
Going to start slightly later tonight at 7:30pm AEST
Nearly on!

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1998

1Fatboy SlimThe Rockafeller Skank
2Black Box RecorderChild Psychology
3Neutral Milk HotelIn The Aeroplane Over The Sea
4Massive AttackTeardrop
5PowderfingerPassenger
6Space feat. Cerys MatthewsThe Ballad of Tom Jones
7Pearl JamWishlist
8HoleMalibu
9FastballThe Way
10Elliott SmithWaltz #2 (XO)
11PulpThis Is Hardcore
12PulpThe Fear
13Pearl JamDo the Evolution
14Neutral Milk HotelOh Comely
15Black Box RecorderGirl Singing in the Wreckage
16Britney Spears...Baby One More Time
17Lauryn HillCan't Take My Eyes Off Of You
18AirSexy Boy
19MadonnaFrozen
20PowderfingerThe Day You Come
21PlaceboEvery You Every Me
22The CoupMe and Jesus the Pimp In a '79 Granada Last Night
23Rage Against The MachineNo Shelter
24GrinspoonMore Than You Are
25Lauryn HillEx-Factor
26FuelShimmer
27Billy Bragg & WilcoCalifornia Stars
28TISMWhatareya?
29Manic Street PreachersIf You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next
30System of a DownKnow
31PowderfingerBelter
32Lauryn HillThe Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill
33DidoThank You
34System of a DownSoil
35Beastie BoysIntergalactic
36Fatboy SlimPraise You
37The Smashing PumpkinsFor Martha
38PowderfingerAlready Gone
39Neutral Milk HotelHolland, 1945
40BeckTropicalia
41Massive AttackAngel
42Ben LeeCigarettes Will Kill You
43PlaceboPure Morning
44Broder DanielI'll Be Gone
45HoleCelebrity Skin
46Neutral Milk HotelUntitled
47OutkastDa Art of Storytellin', Pt. 1
48GarbageWhen I Grow Up
49Belle and SebastianIs It Wicked Not to Care?
50OutkastAquemini
51HappylandDon't You Know Who I Am
52Lauryn Hill feat. Mary J. BligeI Used To Love Him
53Eels3 Speed
54SemisonicClosing Time
55Elvis Costello & Burt BacharachThis House Is Empty Now
56Queens of the Stone AgeIf Only
57The Roots feat. Dice RawDon't See Us
58HoleBoys On The Radio
59GarbagePush It
60Goo Goo DollsIris
61The OffspringThe Kids Aren't Alright
62Neutral Milk HotelTwo-Headed Boy
63BabybirdBad Old Man
64The Living EndAll Torn Down
65The Smashing PumpkinsAppels + Oranjes
66CustardGirls Like That (Don't Go for Guys Like Us)
67Ben LeeNothing Much Happens
68Queens of the Stone AgeGive the Mule What He Wants
69Not From ThereSich Öffnen
70The Mavis'sCry
71Fishmansゆらめき IN THE AIR
72You Am IHeavy Heart
73Lauryn HillDoo Wop (That Thing)
74The Living EndSave The Day
75GerlingEnter Spacecapsule
76EelsLast Stop: This Town
77MolokoSing It Back
78The OffspringPretty Fly (For A White Guy)
79System of a DownSugar
80Pearl JamBrain of J.
81R.E.M.Parakeet
82The Living EndWest End Riot
83Black Box RecorderEngland Made Me
84Whitney HoustonI Learned from the Best
85Lauryn HillFinal Hour
86Barenaked LadiesOne Week
87RefusedThe Deadly Rhythm
88Jay-ZHard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)
89Miss Kittin & The Hacker1982
90The SuperjesusNow & Then
91System of a DownWar?
92FaithlessGod Is a DJ
93CakeNever There
94StardustMusic Sounds Better with You
95Fatboy SlimRight Here, Right Now
962Pac feat. TalentChanges
97OutkastRosa Parks
98Theo ParrishSweet Sticky
99Drugstore feat. Thom YorkeEl President
100The Jon Spencer Blues ExplosionTalk About the Blues

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100. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Talk About the Blues


99. Drugstore feat. Thom Yorke - El President

Previous entries [Thom Yorke]YearPosition
This Mess We're In (with PJ Harvey)2000#85
Harrowdown Hill2006#46
Suspirium2018#42


98. Theo Parrish - Sweet Sticky


97. Outkast - Rosa Parks

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rosa Parks1998#97
Ms. Jackson2000#5
B.O.B2000#47
So Fresh, So Clean2000#57
Gasoline Dreams (with Khujo)2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call (with Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & Mello)2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap (with Rosario Dawson)2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams (with Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe & Sleepy Brown)2006#18


96. 2Pac feat. Talent - Changes

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ghetto Gospel (with Elton John)2004#35


95. Fatboy Slim - Right Here, Right Now

Previous entriesYearPosition
Weapon of Choice (with Bootsy Collins)2000#49


94. Stardust - Music Sounds Better with You


93. Cake - Never There

Previous entriesYearPosition
Short Skirt/Long Jacket2001#25


92. Faithless - God Is a DJ

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mass Destruction2004#84


91. System of a Down - War?

Previous entriesYearPosition
Prison Song2001#4
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

90. The Superjesus - Now & Then

Previous entriesYearPosition
Gravity2000#91


89. Miss Kittin & The Hacker - 1982


88. Jay-Z - Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)2001#14
Never Change2001#69
Izzo (H.O.V.A.)2001#74
Takeover2001#97
99 Problems2003#59
Numb/Encore (with Linkin Park)2004#91
Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix) (with Kanye West)2005#80
Beach Chair (with Chris Martin)2006#99
Roc Boys (And the Winner Is)...2007#83
Umbrella (with Rihanna)2007#95
Empire State Of Mind (with Alicia Keys)2009#14
Already Home (with Kid Cudi)2009#29
So Ambitious (with Pharrell Williams)2009#38
D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)2010#6
Otis (with Kanye West & Otis Redding)2011#2
Ni**as In Paris (with Kanye West)2011#12
Clique (with Kanye West & Big Sean)2012#21
Gotta Have It (with Kanye West)2012#35
That's My Bitch (with Kanye West)2012#91
No Church In The Wild (with Kanye West & Frank Ocean)2012#98
Somewhere In America2013#11
Holy Grail (with Justin Timberlake)2013#27
The Story of O.J.2017#19
4:442017#52
APESHIT (with Beyoncé)2018#9


87. Refused - The Deadly Rhythm


86. Barenaked Ladies - One Week


85. Lauryn Hill - Final Hour


84. Whitney Houston - I Learned from the Best


83. Black Box Recorder - England Made Me

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Art of Driving2000#66


82. The Living End - West End Riot

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dirty Man2000#92
I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got2004#67
Wake Up2006#29


81. R.E.M. - Parakeet

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Great Beyond1999#34
Imitation of Life2001#54

80. Pearl Jam - Brain of J.

Previous entriesYearPosition
Last Kiss1999#1
Soldier Of Love1999#14
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


79. System of a Down - Sugar

Previous entriesYearPosition
War?1998#91
Prison Song2001#4
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


78. The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Original Prankster (with Redman)2000#9
(Can't Get My) Head Around You2003#47
Hit That2003#85


77. Moloko - Sing It Back


76. Eels - Last Stop: This Town

Previous entriesYearPosition
Souljacker Part I2001#84


75. Gerling - Enter Spacecapsule

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dust Me Selecta2001#36


74. The Living End - Save The Day

Previous entriesYearPosition
West End Riot1998#82
Dirty Man2000#92
I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got2004#67
Wake Up2006#29


73. Lauryn Hill - Doo Wop (That Thing)

Previous entriesYearPosition
Final Hour1998#85


72. You Am I - Heavy Heart


71. Fishmans - ゆらめき IN THE AIR

70. The Mavis's - Cry


69. Not From There - Sich Öffnen


68. Queens of the Stone Age - Give the Mule What He Wants

Previous entriesYearPosition
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer2000#96
No One Knows2002#3
Go With The Flow2002#10
First It Giveth2002#15
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68


67. Ben Lee - Nothing Much Happens

Previous entriesYearPosition
Something Borrowed Something Blue2002#95


66. Custard - Girls Like That (Don't Go for Guys Like Us)


65. The Smashing Pumpkins - Appels + Oranjes


64. The Living End - All Torn Down

Previous entriesYearPosition
Save The Day1998#74
West End Riot1998#82
Dirty Man2000#92
I Can't Give You What I Haven't Got2004#67
Wake Up2006#29


63. Babybird - Bad Old Man


62. Neutral Milk Hotel - Two-Headed Boy


61. The Offspring - The Kids Aren't Alright

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)1998#78
Original Prankster (with Redman)2000#9
(Can't Get My) Head Around You2003#47
Hit That2003#85

60. Goo Goo Dolls - Iris


59. Garbage - Push It

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)2001#33


58. Hole - Boys On The Radio


57. The Roots feat. Dice Raw - Don't See Us

Previous entries [The Roots]YearPosition
Adrenaline! (with Dice Raw & Beanie Sigel)1999#49

Previous entries [Dice Raw]YearPosition
Adrenaline! (with The Roots & Beanie Sigel)1999#49


56. Queens of the Stone Age - If Only

Previous entriesYearPosition
Give the Mule What He Wants1998#68
Feel Good Hit Of The Summer2000#96
No One Knows2002#3
Go With The Flow2002#10
First It Giveth2002#15
You Think I Ain't Worth A Dollar But I Feel Like A Millionaire2002#20
The Sky Is Fallin'2002#44
Hangin' Tree2002#71
I Never Came2005#18
Little Sister2005#22
Someone's In The Wolf2005#26
Everybody Knows That You Are Insane2005#40
In My Head2005#44
Burn The Witch2005#49
Sick, Sick, Sick2007#4
Make It Wit Chu2007#9
Turnin' On The Screw2007#14
I'm Designer2007#21
Era Vulgaris2007#46
Suture Up Your Future2007#65
3's & 7's2007#93
My God Is the Sun2013#51
I Sat By the Ocean2013#78
If I Had a Tail2014#68


55. Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach - This House Is Empty Now


54. Semisonic - Closing Time


53. Eels - 3 Speed

Previous entriesYearPosition
Last Stop: This Town1998#76
Souljacker Part I2001#84


52. Lauryn Hill feat. Mary J. Blige - I Used To Love Him

Previous entries [Lauryn Hill]YearPosition
Doo Wop (That Thing)1998#73
Final Hour1998#85


51. Happyland - Don't You Know Who I Am

50. Outkast - Aquemini

♫ Twice upon a time there was a boy that died, lived happily ever after but that's another chapter ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rosa Parks1998#97
Ms. Jackson2000#5
B.O.B2000#47
So Fresh, So Clean2000#57
Gasoline Dreams (with Khujo)2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call (with Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & Mello)2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap (with Rosario Dawson)2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams (with Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe & Sleepy Brown)2006#18

Big Boi more than holds his own across Outkast’s discography, but there are so many examples of André bringing something special to make a track essential. This might be a bit on the low-key side, but the chorus is very memorable and his verse helps deliver the dark material.

49. Belle and Sebastian - Is It Wicked Not to Care?

♫ I know the truth awaits me but still I hesitate because of fear ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
There's Too Much Love2000#77

It’s surprising to me that this doesn’t seem to be the popular B&S song I thought it would be. It sounds like the musical equivalent of a puppy (Daisy before she learned how to climb the stairs), and it just gets cuter and more irresistible the more track goes on.

48. Garbage - When I Grow Up

♫ Blood and blisters on my fingers, chaos rules when we're apart ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Push It1998#59
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)2001#33

At least for when I grew up, this was pretty much the main song I knew Garbage for. The production is terrific as always and the "ba, ba, ba, ba"s are about as catchy of an earworm as they have ever made.

47. Outkast - Da Art of Storytellin', Pt. 1

♫ It's like that now, you better go on and get the hump up out your back now ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Aquemini1998#50
Rosa Parks1998#97
Ms. Jackson2000#5
B.O.B2000#47
So Fresh, So Clean2000#57
Gasoline Dreams (with Khujo)2000#84
Roses2003#2
Last Call (with Slimm Calhoun, Lil Jon & Mello)2003#16
Spread2003#18
Hey Ya!2003#26
She Lives In My Lap (with Rosario Dawson)2003#30
A Life In The Day Of Benjamin André (Incomplete)2003#32
Prototype2003#44
She's Alive2003#89
In Your Dreams (with Killer Mike, Janelle Monáe & Sleepy Brown)2006#18

I think the pace to this sets it apart, and unsurprisingly the storytelling across the lyrics is terrific. Production duties from the so-called Mr. DJ deserves full credit too as the beat is very addictive.

46. Neutral Milk Hotel - Untitled

♫ ahhhhhhh ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Two-Headed Boy1998#62

This is basically an instrumental but I find it as easily one of the album’s most memorable moments. The horns give it a triumphant but also occasionally comical sound, which is not uncommon on the record but definitely notable here.

45. Hole - Celebrity Skin

♫ Hey so glad you could make it, yeah now you've really made it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Boys On The Radio1998#58

I had long felt this was their “Creep” given how much it was (and still is) (boys) on the radio, but this is much more than just a commercial, accessible hit. TIL that helping out with composing this track is none other than Billy Corgan, which kind of feels out of place. This track is full of energy with a really loud riff, that for many years kind of made me resent the track unfairly as it is hard to ignore. The payoff in the chorus is great and I’m glad that I can consistently enjoy this again.

44. Broder Daniel - I'll Be Gone

♫ I feel so weak, I won't last long ♫

I can’t say I know much about this Swedish band who at the release of 1998’s “Broder Daniel Forever” were a five-piece. Whichever guitarist is driving the main riff here is doing a wonderful job because it hooked me in straight away.

43. Placebo - Pure Morning

♫ A friend in need's a friend indeed, my Japanese is better ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Special K2000#95
The Bitter End2003#35
Infra-Red2006#42

Probably incorrectly known by more people than just my family as “A Friend In Need” as we did for many years. The pace of the riff can work against it in a way but it gives the track plenty of personality, and more than enough to add to the band’s tally of entries.

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42. Ben Lee - Cigarettes Will Kill You

♫ Your guest comes in dressed smart, you offer a la carte, you didn't have the heart ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Nothing Much Happens1998#67
Something Borrowed Something Blue2002#95

I definitely think of this as my favourite Ben Lee song and in the absence of anything else coming to mind, this might be it for him oof. The piano part makes it of course, but his songwriting ability at such an early age is something to be amazed at.


41. Massive Attack - Angel

♫ You are my angel, come from way above ♫

Although technically this was in my Spotify shortlists, I feel like I’ve definitely come across this before without being too familiar with it. Especially of note is the repetitive beat which I just love. On vocal duties is notable reggae singer Horace Andy (would not have picked that!), who also featured on a Mr Jukes song that I charted a couple of years back.

40. Beck - Tropicalia

♫ You're out of luck, you're singing "Funeral" songs ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Milk & Honey1999#76
Sexx Laws1999#91
Lonesome Tears2002#37
Broken Drum2005#54
Girl2005#79
E-Pro2005#85
Cellphone's Dead2006#39
Chemtrails2008#21
Gamma Ray2008#79
Blue Moon2014#67
Dreams2015#69

I can’t remember if the first time I heard this or the Hottest 100s and 1000s episode including it was when I was in Shepparton of all places, and I remember sort of enjoying it but being pretty unsure that it would make my list at all. Like so many of his best songs, “Tropicalia” does enough to stand out as a sound that Beck was probably trying (but succeeding) at the time, and the melodies on this track are brilliant.

39. Neutral Milk Hotel - Holland, 1945

♫ But now we must pick up every piece of the life we used to love ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Untitled1998#46
Two-Headed Boy1998#62

The energy that this track brings is enough for this to easily be an album highlight. It can feel a bit too boisterous and overproduced at times but it gets off to a great start and doesn’t lose its touch at all. One of quite a few tracks where Mangum seriously sounds like Sam Cromack, it’s uncanny.

38. Powderfinger - Already Gone

♫ Another day meanders by, keeping nature's tabled time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
These Days1999#2
My Happiness2000#11
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

One of a few big Powderfinger songs that I kind of lost interest in for many years, for the all too familiar reasons of overexposure etc., but I can say that it still stands up as one of their better ones. The quiet-loud structure that they play with here is very hard to ignore but it suits the track well enough.

37. The Smashing Pumpkins - For Martha

♫ But for the grace of love, I'd will the meaning of heaven from above ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Appels + Oranjes1998#65

Warning: long song alert. Surely one of The Smashing Pumpkins’ longest songs ever but one that, upon revisiting the album recently, really stood out. Dedicated to his late mother, Corgan really puts on a commanding vocal performance amongst the screeching guitar riffs and beautifully soft piano.

36. Fatboy Slim - Praise You

♫ We've come a long long way together through the hard times and the good ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Right Here, Right Now1998#95
Weapon of Choice (with Bootsy Collins)2000#49

I think I probably thought this was a Moby song when I was young and that maybe “Bodyrock” was a Fatboy Slim song or something, but this is such a lovely big beat song disguised as a pop song.

35. Beastie Boys - Intergalactic

♫ When it comes to beats well I'm a fiend, I like my sugar with coffee and cream ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ch-Check It Out2004#59

Beastie Boys songs are usually energetic and fun but this takes it to the next level. The production is brilliant and the verses are packed with so much, especially when they let the beat **borat voice** pause drop.

34. System of a Down - Soil

♫ Don't you realise evil lives in the motherf**king skin ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sugar1998#79
War?1998#91
Prison Song2001#4
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

I’ve only been familiar with this album for just over a year but I really think it holds up and could be their second best album. I don’t really go to “Hypnotize” as much as I used to but it would be quite close. Meanwhile, “Soil” is relentless enough and then Serj goes nuts right at the end, what a moment.

33. Dido - Thank You

♫ Push the door I'm home at last, and I'm soaking through and through, then you handed me a towel and all I see is you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Here With Me1999#81
Stan (with Eminem)2000#19
White Flag2003#80

So, Eminem did make even better use of the sample as I prefer “Stan”, but the song on its own is Dido’s best too. I wish I paid more attention to her music growing up (ooh she released an album this year) but I don’t think there’s ever been a point in time where I haven’t appreciated this. Her vocals are wonderful and the way the bridge changes up the melody ever so slightly is also admirable.

32. Lauryn Hill - The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

♫ I look at my environment and wonder where the fire went ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Used To Love Him (with Mary J. Blige)1998#52
Doo Wop (That Thing)1998#73
Final Hour1998#85

Meanwhile, I first heard this album two months ago and I don’t think I knew anything from it before. Funnily enough it is entirely possible that my version of the album with Lauryn having lasers coming out of her eyes is just superior. The record crackling in the background combined with the arrangement and her vocal performance makes this an amazing title track.

31. Powderfinger - Belter

♫ I tell you once again you're not my type, you're all the same ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Already Gone1998#38
These Days1999#2
My Happiness2000#11
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

I’m pretty sure I first heard this because it was on the DVD menu to “Two Hands”, of course the film to which Powderfinger were commissioned to contribute “These Days”. It’s easy to remember the name of this song, because while it’s never sung in the lyrics, the song itself is truly a belter. The riff has a rocking energy that many of Powderfinger’s post-“Vulture Street” somewhat lacked. OOOffffthd when the riff comes back in after the first chorus.

30. System of a Down - Know

♫ When they speak we can peek from the windows of their mouths, to see the land the women chant as they fly up to the sun ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Soil1998#34
Sugar1998#79
War?1998#91
Prison Song2001#4
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

I did have some trouble picking my favourite song from the album but ultimately this is slightly more memorable and rocking than the rest. Serj screaming the chorus works even better with the riffs here than usual.

29. Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next

♫ Gravity keeps my head down, or is it maybe shame, at being so young and being so vain ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ocean Spray2001#48

While this has always been the song I’ve known them for, “The Everlasting” was unlucky not to make onto my final shortlist. It turns out that it’s also the one I still prefer – the chorus and verses are so catchy and you can definitely hear this being a precursor to bands like Doves.

28. TISM - Whatareya?

♫ So who is your favourite genius: James Hird or James Joyce? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Five Yards2001#80

It’s highly likely that this will end up being my favourite TISM song as right from when I first listened to their greatest hits. This song (and music video!) is so ridiculously funny but also really one of their catchiest songs. The moral of the story here is that everyone is either a yob or wanker, and while everyone gets to choose, it should be pretty clear what you are. So come on pal, what are ya?

27. Billy Bragg & Wilco - California Stars

♫ I'd like to rest my heavy head tonight, on a bed of California stars ♫

I vaguely know who they both are but I had not heard any of the two albums that they collaborated on together before putting this list together. This stands out in a massive way as a folk rock track that is so laidback that it really could be partly passed off as country, and such that at the time it would have been an interesting American-sounding alternative to the Britpop that dominated this part of the decade. I say American only in sound because while Bragg is actually English anyway, essentially the context is that “Mermaid Avenue” is full of unheard/unrecorded Woody Guthrie songs that his daughter made available to Bragg. It remains both Bragg and Wilco’s highest charting albums in Australia to this day.

26. Fuel - Shimmer

♫ We've come too far to give up who we are ♫

This is pretty much the only Fuel song I’ve cared much for and quite simply it’s the sound of the summer.

25. Lauryn Hill - Ex-Factor

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

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill1998#32
I Used To Love Him (with Mary J. Blige)1998#52
Doo Wop (That Thing)1998#73
Final Hour1998#85

Who knows if I’d love this as much as I do if “Nice For What” never existed, but this is such a great listen on its own. The second single which charted in most places except Australia and New Zealand which is a shame.

24. Grinspoon - More Than You Are

♫ Did you have plans to be a star? Did you have plans to become more than you are? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ready 11999#8
Better Off Dead1999#60
Lost Control2002#7
No Reason2002#60
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52

One of their best early tracks and although I loved it more a few years ago, it still holds up as a relatively straightforward rocker. The ongoing battle with release dates nearly caught me this time, with a different version recorded for their debut EP in 1995 but I definitely have the 1998 version on the “Pushing Buttons” EP.

23. Rage Against The Machine - No Shelter

♫ American eyes, American eyes, view the world from American eyes, bury the past, rob us blind, and leave nothing behind ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7

Perhaps not dissimilar to “More Than You Are” in that it's track I thought a lot more of during my uni days, but then it’s still one of their better tracks. I also love how RATM could release a song for a fairly apolitical film but keep (and arguably increase) the band’s trademark political content.

22. The Coup - Me and Jesus the Pimp In a '79 Granada Last Night

♫ I see the red and white lights as the ambulance flies, reminds me of midnight in a dope fiend's eyes ♫

A quick Google search indicates that I’m not the only one who links this at least slightly to “Dance with the Devil” by Immortal Technique, if mainly that they’re both relatively long and dark in their content (interestingly this placed 2 spots lower). This is different however in that there is a greater influence from old school hip hop and not just through the George Clinton sample on the chorus. The Coup were not too far away from making my 2001 list so I’m glad that this happened.

21. Placebo - Every You Every Me

♫ Carve your name into my arm, instead of stressed I lie here charmed ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pure Morning1998#43
Special K2000#95
The Bitter End2003#35
Infra-Red2006#42

My previous comments on “Pure Morning” may be understandable, but in this case there seems to be a deliberate attempt from Placebo to completely confuse fans with this song title. The obviously incorrect “Every Me Every You” has almost 18,000 listeners on lastie. While “The Bitter End” is definitely comparable, this has long been one of my favourite Placebo songs even though I don’t listen to them very often.

20. Powderfinger - The Day You Come

♫ On the day you come rising up ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Belter1998#31
Already Gone1998#38
These Days1999#2
My Happiness2000#11
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

I’m going to leave my 3-star review of this on this site just as a memento; interestingly this is a strange anomaly of a Powderfinger hit that I was not overly familiar with growing up. I definitely would have heard it given how inescapable they are in my household, but maybe because of the lack of a catchy hook I didn’t care for it much. It is one of their best ever songs though and the chorus is really lovely.

19. Madonna - Frozen

♫ If I could melt your heart, we'd never be apart ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Beautiful Stranger1999#63
Hung Up2005#70

On the topic of songs I definitely heard but didn’t really care for growing up, we have this monster of a tune from one of Madonna’s more critically acclaimed albums. “Ray of Light” was the song I preferred initially but that certainly does not apply now. “Frozen” might not feature Quavo but its string arrangement is very delicate, and its long run time is never a problem as it’s constructed so wonderfully.

18. Air - Sexy Boy

♫ Dans leurs yeux des dollars, dans leurs sourires des diamants ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Surfing On a Rocket2004#92
Once Upon a Time2007#36

Clearly the “Into The Galaxy” of 1998 in that I have been aware of its existence for a long time and knew I would I almost certainly love it, until finally I tried it and realised that I do love it. The version I would have heard was Franz Ferdinand’s cover, which while I also like, is one of the only Franz tracks that I don’t own. ***while typing this review I’ve just downloaded the Franz cover after realising it’s on iTunes***

17. Lauryn Hill - Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

♫ At long last love has arrived, and I thank God I'm alive ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ex-Factor1998#25
The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill1998#32
I Used To Love Him (with Mary J. Blige)1998#52
Doo Wop (That Thing)1998#73
Final Hour1998#85

Interestingly this Frankie Valli cover took off in Australia and virtually nowhere else, and while the original is good, Lauryn does some amazing work here. The organs during the verses give this a bit of churchy feel and sound fantastic. It didn’t even click with me that this was a cover because it so seamlessly fits in with the rest of the album.

16. Britney Spears - ...Baby One More Time

♫ My lower back is killing me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Toxic2003#43

I’ve probably said this before but one of the turning points for becoming more well-rounded (and mature) with my music tastes was when I came full circle and started to appreciate big pop hits of my childhood that previously did not give time to. Other than laying the ground work as her first single, this is just pure pop perfection.

15. Black Box Recorder - Girl Singing in the Wreckage

♫ My first trip, my expectations, I had a dream that it would end like this ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
England Made Me1998#83
The Art of Driving2000#66

I was keen to hear more Black Box Recorder after “The Art of Driving” really grew on me and I was happy that I appeared to enjoy the tracks from this album era even more. The saxophone in this help prevent the track from sounding too stripped back, which makes for a more interesting result.

14. Neutral Milk Hotel - Oh Comely

♫ I know they buried her body with others, her sister and mother and five-hundred families ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Holland, 19451998#39
Untitled1998#46
Two-Headed Boy1998#62

Although there’s so much material here I somehow have less to say about this one than I should. This might be partly because the album does explore similar sounds and themes throughout, and in a way this is a more extended version of that. However I never tire of hearing this in the track list, and despite its length it’s only the equal second longest song in this list (to be exact my version is merely milliseconds longer than “For Martha” but obviously not Fishmans lol).

13. Pearl Jam - Do the Evolution

♫ I'm at peace, I'm the man, buying stocks on the day of the crash yeah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Brain of J.1998#80
Last Kiss1999#1
Soldier Of Love1999#14
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

This always sticks out in the Pearl Jam discography because, especially on an album as reserved and understated as “Yield”, this provides the listener with so much power. It might even be hurting its place on this list slightly but their live versions are always faster and usually even better listens.

12. Pulp - The Fear

♫ If you ever get that chimp off your back, if you ever find the thing that you lack ♫

The chorus on its own on repeat could make this list comfortably but of course there’s so much more happening. The extended two minute instrumental to close the track is so lovely and I’m always a fan of songs that do this well. While Jarvis sings his heart out with his typical British wit, the immaculate guitar work really steals the show.

11. Pulp - This Is Hardcore

♫ This is the end of the line, I've seen the storyline played out so many times before ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Fear1998#12

Admittedly I was getting these two mixed up very early on but what didn’t help is that I liked them just as much as each other. This is (somehow) slightly more dramatic and the pay-off as a result is a bit greater so that was my justification.

10. Elliott Smith - Waltz #2 (XO)

♫ I'm never going to know you now, but I'm going to love you anyhow ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Memory Lane2004#54

In a group of Nebraska acts to make these lists including the likes of Bright Eyes and Cursive, Elliott Smith has quite a significant discography prior to this that I hope could add to his tally. Although it will take something truly special to eclipse this amazing song. All the more incredible given his tragic story, this song is a wonderful listen and one of the most beautiful ballads of its kind this decade.

9. Fastball - The Way

♫ Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved in gold, and it's always summer they'll never get cold ♫

Thankfully not the Fastball song that Camila Cabello decided to destroy many years later. Admittedly I do get these guys mixed up with Barenaked Ladies, Smash Mouth etc. but what this track lacks in meme potential it more than makes up for in enjoyable melodies. While it had the potential to spill over into totally-sick-of-it / never-want-to-hear-it-again territory given its strong radio airplay over the years, it’s just all too classy for me not to give its deserved credit.

8. Hole - Malibu

♫ Hey hey you know what to do, oh baby drive away to Malibu ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Celebrity Skin1998#45
Boys On The Radio1998#58

Speaking of songs that I have heard a lot but not enough to be spoiled, this track is my favourite from Hole by some distance. Not the first track in this list to name drop California and yet this was a year without any Red Hot Chili Peppers. Nevertheless, on our family holiday to the US, we did quickly drive through Malibu and we had to play this song during this presumably to avoid being arrested.

7. Pearl Jam - Wishlist

♫ I wish I was a neutron bomb, for once I could go off ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Do the Evolution1998#13
Brain of J.1998#80
Last Kiss1999#1
Soldier Of Love1999#14
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31

I appear to be in the minority in that this remains my favourite song from “Yield” and one of their best post-“Ten”. The soft approach to this track gives it a country feel, but one that Vedder pulls off brilliantly with his unique vocal ability.

6. Space feat. Cerys Matthews - The Ballad of Tom Jones

♫ I could never throw my knickers at you, and I don't come from Wales ♫

Cerys Matthews of Catatonia fame teamed up with Space on this song (“Road Rage” was at least in the top 156). The result may seem far-fetched but I couldn’t believe how unlucky it was not to make the top 5. It’s a fairly simple but fascinating song concept, in that the only thing keeping the couple from killing one another is the commonality they share with both loving the music of Tom Jones. I liken the to-and-froing between Matthews and Space vocalist Tommy Scott in a similar vein to “Little Talks”, except that the topic of maintaining love is dealt with in a slightly different way.

5. Powderfinger - Passenger

♫ Chained, so many places you'd prefer to be than framed by a picket fence and salary ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Day You Come1998#20
Belter1998#31
Already Gone1998#38
These Days1999#2
My Happiness2000#11
My Kind of Scene2000#27
Waiting for the Sun2000#39
Thrilloilogy2000#44
The Metre2000#51
Like a Dog2000#81
Up and Down and Back Again2000#100
Sunsets2003#41
Love Your Way2003#51
How Far Have We Really Come?2003#86
(Baby I've Got You) On My Mind2003#90
I Don't Remember2007#87
All of the Dreamers2009#93

I haven’t had much to say nostalgically about a lot of the songs in this list but this is definitely one that, as yet another recording released by Bernard and band, I knew extremely well growing up. I kind of saw it as the lesser “These Days” but really it’s best compared to “My Happiness”, even if it sits in between them in terms of my preference. It may not have been as iconic as the slinky film clip of the latter, but this track’s suitcase film clip is really great too.

4. Massive Attack - Teardrop

♫ Gentle impulsion shakes me, makes me lighter ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Angel1998#41

Somehow I was completely convinced that this would be higher but that should not take away from the performance from all involved. Elizabeth Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame (spoilers: we may hear from them in the future!) is a terrific choice for vocals and she also contributes to two other tracks on “Mezzanine”. Fraser writing this song around the same time as the passing of her late friend Jeff Buckley gives greater context to the lyrics. I don’t think I knew this song well until this decade but as far as trip hop goes, this is such an easy go-to choice for me.

3. Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

♫ What a curious life we have found here tonight, there is music that sounds from the street. There are lights in the clouds, Anna's ghost all round, hear her voice as it's rolling and ringing through me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Oh Comely1998#14
Holland, 19451998#39
Untitled1998#46
Two-Headed Boy1998#62

It probably only took a couple of listens for this to become my pick from the album, and it’s also where I think I realised why this album is so widely appreciated as a classic. There’s no filler to be seen here – less than three and a half minutes of pure musical brilliance. Looking back it’s surely an influence on MGMT’s “Congratulations” as it has a similar blend of sounds as well as the way that the melodies are pretty seamless. Then there’s the bridge that oddly sounds a bit like “Zombie” by The Cranberries and the horns take over somewhat to set up a beautiful finish.

2. Black Box Recorder - Child Psychology

♫ The November day I came home the Christmas decorations were already up: spray on snow, coloured flashing lights, and an artificial tree that played "Silent Night" over and over again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Girl Singing in the Wreckage1998#15
England Made Me1998#83
The Art of Driving2000#66

This was a little unexpected. I really fell for Sarah Nixey’s deadpan delivery telling the story of a child who is increasingly disconnected for a variety of reasons. This is contrasted with the beautifully sung but tragic hook basically saying that you’re given two options and seemingly nothing in between. Of course this isn’t the case, but the way that it appears to be sung in past tense – and almost nostalgically – gives it an extra emotional punch. The guitars are so dreamy and give the track so much space, adding weight to the personal reflection in the lyrics. It’s a magnificent effort for a band that I knew nothing about prior to their 2000 entry last year, so of course it’s another success and justification (not that I needed it) for me doing these lists.

1. Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller Skank

♫ Right about now, the funk soul brother, check it out now, the funk soul brother ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Praise You1998#36
Right Here, Right Now1998#95
Weapon of Choice (with Bootsy Collins)2000#49

As far as childhood anthems go, this was always there in one shape or another. I remember at primary school this song came up in conversation and I think it was played over the PA system at recess (I was given the duty of putting the tape in the machine for a term!), and at the time I think I remember saying that the song is called “Funk Soul Brother” until someone pointed out that it had some other weird name. It’s worth noting that the situation where Cook had to release all of the royalties just for the sample to be cleared is incredible, and whether or not this was intentional or essential is occasionally up for debate. The whole thing is just a carefully constructed mess, and the complete lack of structure allow this to be even more memorable.


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192Ex HexCosmic Cave
193MoretonCircles
194LO'99 feat. DOOLIEStay High
195Vampire WeekendHarmony Hall
196girl in redi need to be alone.
197Buddy feat. Kent Jamz, Bas, Guapdad 4000 & JIDLink Up
198Shana ClevelandFace of the Sun
199Danny BrownTheme Song
200Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Anderson .PaakGiannis

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Top 25 Albums

1Fat White FamilySerfs Up!
2King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardInfest The Rats' Nest
3Two PeopleFirst Body
4Cage the ElephantSocial Cues
5Stella DonnellyBeware of the Dogs
6Slaughter Beach, DogSafe and Also No Fear
7PUPMorbid Stuff
8Tyler, The CreatorIGOR
9FlumeHi This Is Flume
10Danny Brownuknowhatimsayin¿
11KAYTRANADABUBBA
12FONTAINES D.C.Dogrel
13FEWSInto Red
14Cherry GlazerrStuffed & Ready
15Freddie Gibbs & MadlibBandana
16Denzel CurryZUU
17TemplesHot Motion
18Richard Dawson2020
19Karen O & Danger MouseLux Prima
20King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardFishing for Fishies
21James BlakeAssume Form
22Lana Del ReyNorman Fucking Rockwell!
23The CranberriesIn the End
24Psychedelic Porn CrumpetsAnd Now For The Whatchamacallit
25black midiSchlagenheim

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100. Megan Thee Stallion feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign - Hot Girl Summer

♫ Handle me, who gon' handle me, thinkin' he's a player, he's a member on the team ♫

Previous entries [Ty Dolla $ign]YearPosition
Real Friends (with Kanye West)2016#88

When I caught wind that there were two songs titled “Hot Girl *ummer”, I was wondering if we would see both, one or neither of them rock up in the ARIA Top 50. Unfortunately only the lesser one (which I do still like) achieved the feat, leaving Megan without a commercial breakthrough down under for now although my best guess is that will probably change this year. In fairness, if this song was only Ty Dolla $ign doing his thing I’d still love it, in fact potentially even more, because his main hook is delivered so well and it sounds great in front of the strong production. However, verses from both Megan and Nicki are solid with really only the over-the-top adlibbing getting in the way of this for me.

99. girl in red - i'll die anyway.

♫ I reach for me but I'm not there, it's so lonely but who cares ♫

I’m yet to hear a girl in red song I don’t like to some degree but in fairness I haven’t heard many. The Norwegian also known as Marie Ulven Ringheim broke through onto my chart with “i need to be alone.” which I quite liked for its lo-fi indie approach. She covers similar territory lyrically here but it’s less lo-fi which I think it benefits from, and helped this become the first song I’ve charted this decade. Also just the elephant in the room, I was a little concerned with placing this in the 100 purely because of the song title and lyrical messaging that it may imply towards me or others (perhaps more than any other song I’ve ever put in my EOY). I don’t necessarily seek out this song for that specific reason if that makes sense, also have a read of the pre-brod blurb for a more accurate reflection of me

98. Chinatown Slalom - Dr Marvelo & His Best Friend Corkie

♫ Ya know, I’m just a stone’s throw from low annual income ♫

This is a wacky but wonderful slice of… wtf is this?! What I do know is that they hail from Liverpool, a city which will be emanating a somehow more obnoxious concoction of noises in a few months. Bitch it’s only just begun.

97. James Blake feat. André 3000 - Where's The Catch?

♫ All my pets are mystic, keeps me in a cage ♫

Previous entries [James Blake]YearPosition
The Wilhelm Scream2011#64
Retrograde2013#45
Don't Miss It2018#4
If the Car Beside You Moves Ahead2018#36
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & Future)2018#52

Previous entries [André 3000]YearPosition
Kids... (with A Tribe Called Quest)2016#38
30 Hours (with Kanye West)2016#56
Rollinem 7's (with N.E.R.D)2017#92

Blake collaborates with the less successful André 3000 on this track, good on him for propping up up-and-coming artists. Piggybacking off the back of “Don’t Miss It”’s EOY success, I was so excited to hear “Assume Form” and immediately drew myself to this. It feels like a great meeting point between Blake’s earlier work and his more recent embrace into hip hop productions and collaborations.

96. Bench Press - Respite

♫ How can I find you? These familiar cycles on familiar ground ♫

I was really toiling with this track as to whether or not it was top 100 worthy, but then also feeling rather conflicted in that it would be great to see them particularly sneak in. I first caught this song on Double J of all places, and it was mainly the guitar riff in the bridge and the impressive vocal delivery of Jack Stavrakis that drew me in, and also led me to eventually purchase the album. Also a big shout-out to music videos that tie in with same theme of the album cover.

95. Denzel Curry - Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)

♫ Now we stuck, in a rut, this ain't what I envisioned, what is what? What is guts when you don't have intuition? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28

Denzel might be upset at this low ranking but it turns out that I didn’t pay all that much attention to this LAV until later in the year (although I definitely heard it roughly when it came out). Incorporating EOY alumnus Harts (#75 in 2014) in the backing band certainly doesn’t hurt either, but I do find this rather hard to place given that while it absolutely slaps and definitely does RATM justice, it also feels (only very slightly) restrained instrumentally and can’t help but feel that does detract from it compared to the original.

94. Two People - It's Late

♫ Either way we lost a day again, we owe so much ♫

A song from “First Body” that I found myself coming back to quite a lot is penultimate track “It’s Late”. A track with a thumping rhythm forming the basis for the dreamy electronic sounds and Phoebe’s controlled but beautiful vocals.

93. DJ Shadow feat. Run The Jewels - Kings & Queens

♫ There's never a test too major, no matter what time may bring, the weapons amassed to break us made us kings and queens ♫

Previous entries [Run The Jewels]YearPosition
Get It2014#7
A Christmas Fucking Miracle2014#12
Blockbuster Night Pt. 12014#99

Run The Jewels collaborates with the less successful DJ Shadow on this track, good on them for propping up up-and-coming artists. Except that joke doesn’t exactly work as well this time because RTJ have had quite the six years or so, despite the large following DJ Shadow still has at this stage in his career.

92. Glass Animals & Denzel Curry - Tokyo Drifting

♫ Ooh, now you're lettin' go, heart beatin' faster, “Feet” pushin' on the floor ♫

Previous entries [Glass Animals]YearPosition
Lose Control (with Joey Bada$$)2015#62
Life Itself2016#8
Youth2016#48
Agnes2016#95

Previous entries [Denzel Curry]YearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28
Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)2019#95

Glass Animals and Denzel Curry collaborating was far from the most outlandish collaboration to occur in recent memory, especially given the history and rising popularity of both artists in adjoining musical spheres made this a winner perhaps before it was even released. After the huge success of “Life Itself” et al., I was very interested to hear what Glass Animals had next on offer but less enthused when the more recent news relating to them was initially a very serious road accident (thankfully all appears well now). Denzel on the other hand was already having a huge 2019 before this dropped and this was the cherry on top, or in the case of the single artwork, whatever that fruit is on the single artwork on top.

91. LO'99 feat. Owl Eyes - Sometime

♫ Can I stay here tonight, is that alright with you ♫

Previous entries [Owl Eyes]YearPosition
Faces2011#32
Raiders2011#58

As epic of a return to my EOY lists as this is for Owl Eyes, this isn’t just here for pure name value. “Sometime” was one of my most beloved club/dance bangers of the year and her stunning vocals fit in well and aren’t compromised by the more electronic production.

#200-176 updated

90. Foals - Exits

♫ I wish I could figure it out but the world's upside down ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mountain At My Gates2015#96

For an artist that has 380 scrobbles on my lastie profile and one that I’ve gone out of my way to see live, and also given my knowledge of them is almost exclusively from the past decade, Foals have simply had a stinker of a run when it comes to EOYs. Even before I regrettably redid my 2010-2014 lists “Providence” was a mere #129 and later “What Went Down” only #172 – anyway I digress. Also I do recall reading in an interview somewhere that Yannis said their 6th album would be their best, this ended up being the Part 2 album from 2019 and I can confirm that it isn’t their best – anyway I digress again. “Exits” was the big opening single for a reason, nearly six minutes in length and with really great transitions from verse to chorus not unlike their big tracks from previous albums.

89. Miley Cyrus - Mother's Daughter

♫ I came up to get me some, I'm nasty, I'm evil, must be something in the water or that I'm my mother's daughter ♫

Sometimes I feel that the best use of time machines should they ever exist would be to go back in time and tell myself from the start of last decade what artists end up making an EOY of mine. Not just for the shithousery, but also to try to accelerate the process that I’ve gone through to give things a chance. Granted, Miley didn’t hit the mark with at least one other song last year and I even think this song runs out of juice towards the end, but she pulls off the trap pop sound perfectly with one of catchiest choruses of its kind in 2019.

88. Tyler, The Creator - WHAT'S GOOD

♫ That car crash couldn't take me, green haired angels all around me, no answer why, no tears to cry, bitch I'm alive ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Yonkers2011#24

It may have taken me far too long to realise just how good “IGOR” is but I was sold on “WHAT’S GOOD” well before giving the full album a go. Prior to the album’s release, the short snippet (that Owl Eyes retweeted) teasing the album really jumped out at me. When everyone jumped on “EARFQUAKE”, I was hoping that would be the song, but it took some brief investigative work to realise I had definitely initially heard the intro to “WHAT’S GOOD”. With that said, the final verse might be the brightest moment in the whole track with slowthai making his contributions also.

87. The Jungle Giants - Heavy Hearted

♫ Have I ever made you smile? Oh for even just a while ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Home2013#15
Anywhere Else2014#20
Not Bad2015#99
Feel the Way I Do2017#29

Their EOY history may not indicate it, but the first album from The Jungle Giants is one that I will always see as pivotal in my love for Australian music last decade. While I don’t think they’ve reached those heights, they at least have completely eclipsed them in a commercial sense. At the time of reading this of course you’ll know this to pretty much be their most popular song now and hopefully it also squeezes into the ARIA chart too. The electronic sound to this may be a far cry from the guitar-riff-oriented “Anywhere Else” but it’s what draws me to it. It’s so well produced and the chorus is so infectious.

86. Kishi Bashi - Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear

♫ And that smile she sent to me, it's more than I can bear ♫

Label mates of Surfer Blood is multi-instrumentalist Kaoru Ishibashi, whose previous album in 2016 was produced by Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor. While I pick up the names that I just dropped, allow me to detail how in 2017 Ishibashi started to direct and compile music for a documentary talking about internment of Japanese Americans in World War II. While I can only assume that he identifies personally with this history he is helping to document, it appears that the film is yet to be released despite the crowdfunding campaign having closed and the soundtrack having been released last May. “Penny Rabbit and Summer Bear” was a song I came across when watching a Fantano Yunoreview video and I was so delighted with the orchestral take on indie folk that the song is built on.

85. Tame Impala - It Might Be Time

♫ You may as well embrace it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Half Full Glass Of Wine2008#3
Solitude Is Bliss2010#13
I Don't Really Mind2010#65
Desire Be, Desire Go2010#74
Vital Signs2010#80
Lucidity2011#92
Apocalypse Dreams2012#32
Elephant2012#36
Feels Like We Only Go Backwards2012#90
Music To Walk Home By2013#84
Let It Happen2015#5

At the time of writing, I am yet to get tickets for Tame Impala and am a little anxious that I will miss out, so maybe putting this in the blurb is not such a great idea but oh well c’est la vie yada yada. (update added in while proofreading: I got the tickets!) “It Might Be Time” is Kevin coming to terms with getting old, even though he’s only 8ish years older than me and I don’t consider myself old. However to hear such honesty in his music is something that I’m not quite used to, or at least haven’t paid much attention to.

84. The Weeknd - Blinding Lights

♫ SimCity 4 is a city-building simulation computer game developed by Maxis, a subsidiary of Electronic Arts. It was released on January 14, 2003. It is the fourth major installment in the SimCity series. SimCity 4 has a single expansion pack called Rush Hour which adds features to the game. SimCity 4: Deluxe Edition contained the original game and Rush Hour combined as a single product. ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Starboy (with Daft Punk)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with Daft Punk)2016#74
Hurt You (with Gesaffelstein)2018#34

I quite like how The Weeknd waited for the song to become a relatively decent commercial hit before releasing a slightly gruesome music video. Compared to the trendy trap of “Heartless”, Abel goes for straight up synth pop and the results are pretty terrific.

83. Good Doogs - Nobody/Alone

♫ Then I turn around, the world is way too loud ♫

Well alrighty then. It seems that Good Doogs have deleted their post outlining they’re taking a break, aaaaand it only takes a quick Google search to know exactly how that break has come about. Aaaaand I’m not qualified to talk about it and have little more to add given that there has been no news in several months. In any event, “Nobody/Alone” felt like one of my first true chart hits in 2019, coming at a time where I honestly really needed it and connected with it quite substantially. It may feel slightly basic musically but the riff really chugs along nicely and I love the consistency of it.

82. Lil Tecca - Ransom

♫ I got black, I got white, J Wess feat. Kulaia, Lolly & Digga - What Chu Want ♫

While I can’t say I’ve been interested in much else that Lil Tecca has released, “Ransom” hit a real sweet spot for me. Coming in with some cheesy and somewhat dancehall influenced production, Tecca’s delivery on this track is also relatively entry-level but there’s no hiding the fun that I’ve had listening to it.

81. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib - Crime Pays

♫ Look to the sky and you will feel how to live a life that's real ♫

Previous entries [Freddie Gibbs]YearPosition
Shitsville (with Madlib)2015#3
Lakers (with Madlib, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77

Previous entries [Madlib]YearPosition
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with MF DOOM)2003#48
America's Most Blunted (with MF DOOM)2003#57
Raid (with MF DOOM & Med)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with MF DOOM)2004#26
Strange Ways (with MF DOOM)2004#71
Curls (with MF DOOM)2004#75
Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)2015#3
Lakers (with Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77

The second half of this decade has been wild regarding my understanding of these two as artists. I remember seeing “Shitsville” on Hijinx’s chart and definitely not picturing the badass hip hop banger that it is. And since then I’ve especially become enamoured with Madlib’s production, not just on “Madvillainy” but also on “Piñata” and now “Bandana” too. Not initially a favourite, “Crime Pays” eventually grew on me and as always I just love what they both bring to the table and how they complement one another’s strengths. The sampled track “Free Spirit” by Walt Barr provides the amazing vocal section and the dreamy melody that Madlib speeds and pitches up ever so slightly. Strange to say it on a Freddie Gibbs song but it really makes for a gorgeous listen.

Albums #25-16 updated

80. Ariana Grande - 7 rings

♫ Whoever said money can't solve your problems must not have had enough money to solve them ♫

Anyone who says hip hop isn’t diverse should be listening to this section of the countdown just now to realise how smooth brain such contempt is. As everyone knows, Ariana’s last single of 2018 was “thank u, next”, a song which finished #131 on last year’s list and perhaps with a later release date may have been better suited this year. I say that however – while I was not sold at first and actually charted “bad idea” before it – “7 Rings” is the superior track. I really found myself coming back to it time after time, hence why (once it was in) it seemed to stick around in my chart forever.

79. FONTAINES D.C. - Liberty Belle

♫ You know I love that violence that you get around here, that kind of ready steady violence ♫

Just to clarify with everyone that I have checked and (at least from my observation) all of the songs from “Dogrel” that were previously released before 2019 were re-recorded for the album except “Too Real”. “Liberty Belle” being one particularly blatant example of this given the original version is not produced well, it sounds like it was recorded in a large cave and is a bit too slow for my liking. This is a much tighter and neater rendition and just recently earned the song its second music video.

78. The Murlocs - Comfort Zone

♫ Way down deep inside we've all done something bad, they said it's all in my head and I'm just too attached ♫

As it turns out, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard actually released 3 albums in 2019, or at least two-sevenths of them did. While the film clip is similar in concept to the ones released for “Infest The Rats’ Nest”, the lyrics are rather different and they were really lovely and, dare I say, comforting to me.

77. PUP - Scorpion Hill

♫ But it's not how they told you, my intentions were good, I was just bursting apart like the end of the arc holding on to whatever I could ♫

The Canadian punk band’s third album “Morbid Stuff” was an absolute ripper, a really great listen from start to finish. “Scorpion Hill” sticks out not only for being its longest track, but also for having one of its most memorable choruses and bridges. The track is about someone whose life is, to put it lightly, on the rocks. While it’s not entirely of their own doing, the protagonist definitely falls rather deep to the point where their wife/partner knows and feels rather helpless. I’m not going to pretend that I have experienced what the song talks about but it’s fairly easy to lose track of the lyrical content when the riffs and hooks sound as great and huge as they do.

76. Lana Del Rey - Doin' Time

♫ Me and my girl, we got this relationship, I love her so bad but she treats me like ship ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Video Games2011#13
Radio2012#74
Venice Bitch2018#5
Mariners Apartment Complex2018#29

I’m one of those people that listened to the original after this came out, and yeah it still doesn’t make any sense just how amazing this sounds. Marking her highest peak in the Billboard charts since “Love”, a track which I keep forgetting missed out on my EOY at the time.

75. Cigarettes After Sex - Heavenly

♫ When you're above feeling it still, oooooh I'm a rebel just for kicks now ♫

I love bands that sound like The Antlers almost as much as interpolating Portugal. The Man lyrics in places that they do not belong. After enjoying “Falling In Love” during the year, I came across “Heavenly” in my mega playlist of doom and it immediately became my preferred song of theirs.

74. GoldLink feat. Maleek Berry & Bibi Bourelly - Zulu Screams

♫ I ain't been back in a minute, that's crazy, I ain't seen you 'round, don't call, don't page me ♫

Previous entries [GoldLink]YearPosition
Same Clothes As Yesterday (with Ciscero)2017#6
Roll Call (with Mýa)2017#60
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Denzel Curry & Twelve'len)2018#28

This song debuted on my chart before FIFA 20 was released proving that I’m with it, I’m hip, doka doka doka doka doka doka doka doka… ahhhh. Initially I was a little disappointed by this track but then it grew on me eventually, with GoldLink’s flow and the fun production really making the song what it is. I’m happy that he made the list with an interesting take on afrobeat / dance, but “At What Cost” though.

73. Fat White Family - Rock Fishes

♫ I like it where I am right now, I never wanna go back south ♫

The La Luz of 2019 in that I knew nothing of them before and, as it turns out, they’re pretty good at the whole music-making thingy. This song is so damn soothing that I generally don’t think about the use of fishes as a noun, which after doing some research is apparently technically correct so I’ll shut up now.

72. Stella Donnelly - Tricks

♫ You've got all of your ducks lined up in a row, driving back from the job with Kyle and Jackie O ♫

It may have taken me far too long to realise it but Stella Donnelly’s debut album is an incredibly varied and enjoyable collection of songwriting. “Tricks” is one of the more obvious odes to ordinary people, predominantly male, and how she resented doing gigs of largely popular covers. I especially love the lyrics in the second verse and chorus, with the musical trick woven in to think she’s about say something rhyming with muck. Well if she puts it that way, I always want to get a duck.

71. BENEE - Evil Spider

♫ Wanna tangle up in you, don't be tempted to escape ♫

In time for her follow-up singles, Bene underwent a name change and it’s proven to be successful, with a 90-place improvement on her placing last year with “Soaked”. I may have to pay more attention to LEISURE because the instrumentation is what really hooks me in, but of course BENEE’s vocal performance is captivating as always.

#175-151 updated

70. Karen O & Danger Mouse - Nox Lumina

♫ Every time I close my eyes, someone else's paradise ♫

Previous entries [Karen O]YearPosition
Lux Prima (with Danger Mouse)2018#72

Previous entries [Danger Mouse]YearPosition
Lux Prima (with Karen O)2018#72

Somewhat borne out of a hilariously low placing in hindsight last year for the title track to the “Lux Prima” album, but in fairness that track was a fairly late release. Furthermore, I couldn’t resist placing “Nox Lumina” here because it explores much of the same territory and in a way that made it essential listening in 2019.

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69. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Mars For The Rich

♫ Mars for the privileged, Earth for the poor, Mars terraforming slowly, Earth has been deformed ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67

A track that grew on me relatively slowly, maybe in part that other tracks jumped out at me first, but it’s further proof that King Gizzard albums so often have so much depth in the track list. It was rewarding to see this do fairly well on WT but then unsurprising when it didn’t get a mention on H200 day. Soundtracking an imaginary apocalypse that will never happen **checks notes** hmm okay yes this summer has not been ideal.

68. Lil Uzi Vert - Sanguine Paradise

♫ I got different color on my diamonds, I can't even see the time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
XO TOUR Llif32017#17

I’m either really really into Lil Uzi’s singles, or just not much, and 2019 proved to be yet another continuation of that story. “Sanguine Paradise” may indeed be among his most popular on Spotify but it seemed to be a little forgotten, understandable given it only has 211 million streams. Maybe we’ll get that album this year, but maybe Radiohead will get a #1 album in Australia.

67. Nilüfer Yanya - Baby Blu

♫ I guess it's just too bad, we're moving on now somehow ♫

Nilüfer Yanya made an impact in my 2018 mega playlist of doom without properly breaking through so it was pleasing to enjoy what I heard from her 2019 output. “Baby Blu” quickly overtook “In Your Head” upon my first few listens, and the use of the guitar and piano along with dance-esque beats in the chorus make this a genre-blending opus.

66. The Money War - Man's Needs

♫ I’m a weight in this world, and I may weigh you down girl ♫

A man really needs to dig. Sometimes imitation is the best form of flattery, or at least I’m the only one hearing it and Everybody Knows That [I Am] Insane. I love this anyway, and The Money War’s beautiful riffs on this make me think they were probably listening to a lot of country as well. Using vocals from both of them also works well with the song concept too making this a very galaxy brain song.

65. PUP - Free At Last

♫ "Have you been drinking?" well of course I have. Why the hell would I be here if I wasn't? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Scorpion Hill2019#77

While I didn’t chart this, quite a few times during the year I regretted not doing so. So many of their choruses have the same singalong quality but “Free At Last” is one of the more memorable examples. It’s worth noting that under different instrumentation this could be the saddest song ever, and interestingly the band asked fans to record their own versions, to which they claim to have listened to all 253 of them, and I claim that I have not.

64. FONTAINES D.C. - The Lotts

♫ Death is falling down on your work routine, and it's falling even harder on your churches and your queens, don't be falling hard on the tenement scene ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Liberty Belle2019#79

Another song about a lost cause, and there really is something about the repetition of the lyrics that allows the story to sink in so much for me. I’ve not actually been to Dublin so I wouldn’t know how truthful this is, it’s okay I will hand myself in to the username police.

63. Benny The Butcher feat. Black Thought - Crowns for Kings

♫ The judge'll give you life and later that day, he gon' be playing golf ♫

Jason Statham will be rather happy, but perhaps less so when I confess that there wasn’t much else from the EP “The Plugs I Met” that I enjoyed. Unlike the epic Migos tune of a similar name, “Crowns for Kings” is two verses – one from each rapper – sampling an Al Green song from the 1970s which also sounds quite nice.

62. Danny Brown - Combat

♫ What it is, what it is, what you know about? Came a long way from that dope house ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hail Mary (with K.Flay)2013#28
1Train (with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)2014#25
Attak (with Rustie)2014#40
Six Degrees (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#18
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & MF DOOM)2016#5
Really Doe (with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)2016#12
Tell Me What I Don't Know2016#63
When It Rain2016#83
SeanPaulWasNeverThereToGimmeTheLight (with Bones)2017#74

With uncredited vocals from Q-Tip and Consequence, the closer from Danny Brown’s 5th album was one that really clicked after a few listens. As is the case with the better tracks on the album, Q-Tip also takes care of production and I just love the wild sounding horns that burst out of the beat at the end of every verse line. In much the same way, Danny really bursts out with some energy in the last verse which really seals this as a standout.

61. ScHoolboy Q & Travis Scott - CHopstix

♫ I got 25 rolled up on my dresser, 25 bad ones in tHe function, can I stretcH 'em ♫

Previous entries [ScHoolboy Q]YearPosition
Man of tHe Year2014#14
Collard Greens (witH Kendrick Lamar)2014#34

Previous entries [Travis Scott]YearPosition
Pick up tHe PHone (witH Young THug & Quavo)2016#86
Baptized in Fire (witH Kid Cudi)2016#93
GHostface Killers (witH 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin)2017#50
SICKO MODE (witH Swae Lee & no one else)2018#7
ZEZE (witH Kodak Black & Offset)2018#39

I do get wHere people are coming from in tHat ScHoolboy kind of dumbed it down in 2019, but tHere were some big moments like “CHopstix” tHat really Had solid replay value. Initially planned to Have Kendrick Lamar on tHe cHorus, Travis comes in and is probably more suited to tHe auto-tuned Hook. As is always tHe case witH me, anytHing witH remotely decent flow and big trap production can be enougH to sell me but I do wisH tHis Had better recognition. I better get tHis selective sHift key fixed at some stage.

Albums #15-6 updated

60. The Jins - She Said

♫ And it feels like nothing's quite what it seems, gonna wallow in whatever hole's in the ground ♫

I do get a kick out of finding bands with relatively low profiles and genuinely and honestly loving their output. “She Said” is their second most streamed song on Spotify at a little under 31,000, and as it turns out the Vancouver band that are clearly channelling their inner Nirvana here have been releasing stuff since 2015.

59. Two People - Give Me Order

♫ Large meatlovers with BBQ sauce, garlic bread ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
It's Late2019#94

The third track in the Section Of Four Songs On “First Body” That Are Of Above Average Quality™, “Give Me Order” features some of Joey Clough’s most intricate production to date. The transition into that first chorus is so special and the bridge is decidedly epic also. Lyrically it may be fairly simple but the simplicity helps it sound so spacious and dreamy, much like most of the album in fairness. While I was a little bit unsure if “It’s Late” would sneak in, this was a guarantee given it features a lot of the things they do so well but in such a catchy way.

58. Sunbeam Sound Machine - Talking Distance

♫ Sometimes a wish is all that you miss when everything's coming true ♫

Of all the artists making their first EOY appearance today, I’m particularly happy about Sunbeam Sound Machine. While he has better streaming numbers than The Jins, I still feel a similar feeling of pride with this track from Nick Sowersby’s one-man band. A bit of a one-hit wonder back in 2015 with “Wandering, I”, a dreamy sea shanty style track that made me [s]wander[/s] wonder if any later work would hit the same notes for me. This has a distinct shoegaze sound which was prominent on “Goodness Gracious”, an album which snuck into the top 100 albums chart in Australia back in May which was definitely something I don’t remember at the time.

57. WHARVES - Never Missed Anyone Like I Miss You

♫ We used to be so good, used to be the best, I used to fall asleep with your head on my chest ♫

While I’ve still got Spotify open on my computer (my god why is it still so slow these days) I had a feeling that WHARVES were somehow bigger than I had thought. I certainly don’t mean that as a diss though as this was a huge track on my chart last year that was destined to land somewhere in the middle section of this list.

56. Runnner - Eggshell

♫ I hate the part of the song where the chorus hits 'cause I don't like sticking flags on my nervousness ♫

It must kind of suck if you’re a band that has stylised your name to try to stand out, yet you’re not notable enough which means that when you google them it shows results for the correct spelling instead. LA-based Runnner have a pretty interesting approach to songwriting and the prominent banjo on this track may be in part because they are a 7-piece band. Funnily enough the banjo really steals the show, cop that Mumford & Sons.

55. Cage the Elephant - Ready to Let Go

♫ As we slow danced, I became your statue frozen, times I wonder are we just a puff of smoke yeah? ♫

Cage the Elephant were, prior to 2019, a band [s]end of sentence[/s] that were almost always on the periphery despite the fact that I knew I would probably like them if I dived a bit deeper. Yes I am always looking to experiment with weird and obscure bands such as this one which just won the Grammy for Best Rock Album. Even if it is just part of the guitar riff I liken to “My Gun” by The Rubens, “Ready to Let Go” was an instantly rewarding listen with the vocal hooks from Matt Shultz delivered so effortlessly.

54. Slaughter Beach, Dog - One Down

♫ Walking back home one night you made a mental note, never to lose the plot again but you still try to skip to the end ♫

A song that I had first assumed would be a one-hit wonder. Sometimes I Sit And I Am Wrong, And Sometimes I Am Just Wrong. In this case, “One Down” debuted in the top 10 straight away before dropping off but the melancholy guitar lines and sombre vocals drew me in. In a strange sort of way this sounds so hopeful but also desperate, which could be one of the key reasons that I took to their terrific album “Safe And Also No Fear”.

53. The National - Light Years

♫ Oh the glory of it all was lost on me, 'til I saw how hard it'd be to reach you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mistaken for Strangers2007#89
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness2017#4
Walk It Back2017#20
I'll Still Destroy You2017#69
Turtleneck2017#84

After thinking there wouldn’t be anything to match the heights of “Sleep Well Beast”, this came along and I was sold. “Light Years” is a soft piano ballad with Berninger telling a brief story of two people that have grown apart but even still hope that they can make their relationship work. The chorus is utterly beautiful and wouldn’t sound out of place on a Sigur Rós song if it was instead sung in Hopelandic.

52. Cage the Elephant - The War Is Over

♫ You can build your walls, build them to the sky, one day you will find love was on both sides ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ready to Let Go2019#55

Returning pretty quickly here, and mainly because I found it hard to split the two songs but got a little more out of this chorus. Although Fantano savaged them, I quite like the lyrics which make for a really great singalong. “Ready to Let Go” may have slightly undercharted but I did not make that mistake again.

51. Weyes Blood - Andromeda

♫ Something's better than nothing, or so that I thought ♫

WISE. This seemed unprecedented to me as it jumped straight into my top 5 while it was a bit more of a climb for “Everyday”. I’m sure so many have said this already, but the chorus is so hauntingly beautiful and it helps when Natalie Mering (a.k.a. Weyes Blood which is unfortunately not a band) is such a strong vocalist.

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50. Billie Eilish - bury a friend

♫ Why aren't you scared of me? Why do you care for me? When we all fall asleep, where do we go? ♫

When I was as keen on her 2018 material my reaction was the “ah-ahh” after the line “step on the glass, staple your tongue”, but after hearing how good this is my reaction was the “ah-ahh” after the line “bury a friend, try to wake up”. I will qualify that in saying that she had a decent 2018 but I was just more satisfied with her big hits in 2019. It also helps that the spookiness and softly performed sound of this track sounds so unparalleled in a refreshing way, but I also really like the music video despite the fact that I generally hate horror films. Also this blurb has too many capital letters, shame on me.

49. Young Franco feat. Reva DeVito & Golden Vessel - Otherside

♫ You know you gotta let your guard down, don't you fight it, you know what you gotta do ♫

One of the great success stories on my chart in 2019 was “Otherside”, with producer Young Franco coming in with a really fresh and upbeat tune. Pleasingly this received a fair amount of triple j airplay and was actually not far off squeezing this into my H100 votes just because I felt it may have stood a chance. It’s okay I will hand myself in to the not voting for artist that misses the H200 because of you but probably not really police.

48. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Hell

♫ Remember where to enter, the door to hell is amber ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67
Mars For The Rich2019#69

If the door is amber does that mean you wait? What if you’re carrying a whole assortment of luggage and it’s kind of awkward to get it through said door, all the while you’re asked to wait? Apocalypses are decidedly unfair places to inhabit.

47. Clairo - Bags

♫ Can you see me, I'm waiting for the right time ♫

Ah but alas you were actually walking out the door with the bags the whole time which makes this egregious attempt at humour all the more preposterous. There were many reasons why “Bags” became a staple for me in 2019, but I can’t say triple j’s edit is one of them. Rostam contributes to yet another EOY, with production on much of “Immunity” being rather impressive, but the guitar riff here that comes in during the main hook just sounds so lovely. In fact much of this is so well recorded and it’s definitely one of the things that I’m drawn to every time I listen to it.

46. Fat White Family - Fringe Runner

♫ My world needs a healing, please don't tell me that you think it's enough ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rock Fishes2019#73

In much the same way as “Dr Marvelo & His Best Friend Corkie” this was too ridiculous for me to pass up. I did not foresee them going in this direction on “Serfs Up!” but the synth line after/during the chorus almost sounds like it’s been sampled from a very wacky circus.

45. Rich Brian feat. Bekon - Yellow

♫ How do I disappear without anybody knowing? Will anybody even miss me when I'm gone? ♫

Previous entries [Rich Brian]YearPosition
watch out!2018#19
Introvert (with Joji)2018#35
History2018#56

Not content with being labelled a stock standard trap rapper, Rich Brian has been on an experimental warpath in the past couple of years and “Yellow” was a fascinating moment from his rather underwhelming “The Sailor” LP. The amazing variety of vocals along this track all appearing to be by Brian is surprising to learn, and is also worth noting that he is clearly influenced by the likes of Kanye, Kendrick and Tyler. Not that there’s anything with that, particularly when moments like the bridge in this track occur – totally unexpected when I first heard this.

44. Stella Donnelly - Old Man

♫ Boy if you touch her again, I'll tell your wife and your kids about that time, 'cause this is not '93, you lost your spot on the team, you're out of line ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tricks2019#72

Despite a relatively low peak, “Old Man” was a longevity behemoth in my chart in 2019, being the equal 14th highest for weeks in across everything that charted (oops should have done a “warning: unreliable statistic alert”). While I had liked Stella before this track, “Old Man” definitely made a big first impression and I’ve never looked back. I was about to make a Neil Young joke when I realised I’ve already done one before, aww.

43. Lana Del Rey - Happiness is a butterfly

♫ If he's a serial killer then what's the worst that could happen to a girl who's already hurt? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Video Games2011#13
Radio2012#74
Venice Bitch2018#5
Mariners Apartment Complex2018#29
Doin' Time2019#76

While there were songs on “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” that didn’t quite achieve what I wanted, there was no doubting this. The lyric I’ve quoted here is an insanely lovely moment but the chorus that follows somehow one-ups it for sheer emotion. Inspired by a quote “Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you”, which is fitting because patience really pays off with how rewarding this song is. Not overly keen for the poem album <3

42. Billie Eilish - bad guy

♫ I like it when you take control, even if you know that you don't own me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bury a friend2019#50

I think I tweeted this but I will repeat that I’ve done this list well before the H100 (and also my triple j encounter but that’s not relevant yet) – and yet looking back I enjoyed Billie Eilish’s music much more than my chart would state in 2019. “bad guy” is the central moment in pop music that it is because it’s so irresistible yet sounds like nothing else. I love the traffic light thing, Finneas’ elaborate production and also that it’s is now my favourite song of hers!

41. Denzel Curry - RICKY

♫ My daddy said "trust no man but your brothers and never leave your day ones in the gutter" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28
Tokyo Drifting (with Glass Animals)2019#92
Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)2019#95

Okay now it’s time. I had felt it was fairly standard for me to submit my votes in the morning that the H100 voting opened, but doing so ended up helping “RICKY”. The team over at triple j may not have scrutinised the release date of every track on its voting list as it would turn out, as I had been quite surprised to see James Blake with “Don’t Miss It” on the list, a track that I had already voted for in 2018. It felt strange to do so but I felt obliged to vote him again (note to self: never do this again ), and so I submitted my votes and moved on. Not more than 48 hours after hitting send on these votes, I was asked for permission to publish my votes on the website (they are still there) and just casually go on the radio for an hour to talk about them. Happens all the time. After being told a bit more about what the radio show process would involve, I mentioned in conversation to the producer that “Don’t Miss It” was actually ineligible given its release date. I was then given an additional vote to vote for in lieu of “Don’t Miss It” given they would need to remove it from the voting list altogether (I did ask what would happen to the votes of other people that also voted for it but didn’t get a response – obvs use your imagination), which then gave me a dilemma. A number of the other tracks that had just missed out on my votes were by artists I already gave a vote to, and I had felt like the variety I provided was what got my votes selected (albeit most likely at random to some degree) in the first place. Hence without putting too much thought into it I chose “RICKY” – a song that I instantly clicked with and really appreciate the change in sound from his more moody and manic moments from “TA13OO”. I’m fairly sure triple j played this first because I snuck it in at the end and they assumed it would be the #10, looks like someone got in early on EOY preds. Also when Lucy said that my list was very hip hop-oriented, someone on the text line basically assumed that “RICKY” would be in there. If you only knew.

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40. Seeker Lover Keeper - Not Only I

♫ Knowing we feel the same is a comfort to me, all the love, all the shame, all the questioning ♫

I really do love how I go through my collection and pick out songs for this list and just go “yep that’s essential” yet this is an album cut that didn’t exactly get close to “Sanguine Paradise”’s streaming numbers. In fairness after trying several songs from “Wild Seeds” I settled on this one and boy oh boy that chorus is a huge pay off. I love Sally Seltmann so much, my admiration for Sarah Blasko especially recently has been huge, and also Holly Throsby is here. (just kidding, she has a lovely voice)

39. Empty Country - Ultrasound

♫ Body horror, never thought of all the things that could go wrong ♫

The emotional rollercoaster of being excited for a slightly cryptic post that suggested new Cymbals Eat Guitars music (sidenote: “Warning” was #36, “Wish” #21, and “4th of July, Philadelphia (Sandy)” #37 so he has form) was coming out, only to find out that they’ve broken up, only to then find out that Joseph D’Agostino was doing solo stuff and he had just released his first song and it was bloody good. The song is named after an ultrasound that his sister-in-law had after being ill, and reading the lyrics it makes a little more sense but the song is far too cheerful and fun for me to make that mental link straight away.

38. Fat White Family - Tastes Good with the Money

♫ Slimming shakes, bathing on the right side of surprises, and a big mushroom cloud of the middle classes leaves a beautiful shape for you to project your fears onto ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fringe Runner2019#46
Rock Fishes2019#73

This is rather the opposite to “Ultrasound” in that if you read the lyrics you would simply think this song isn’t about all that much. However, (to me) this song quite simply is the sound of things going to shit and there’s nothing you can do but crack on with things. Also it has what is most likely my favourite music video of 2019 but I can’t say I keep track of that. The horns sound so indulgent, the harmonies are spooky, and it all just sounds so dysfunctional. Yep, this song might be the embodiment of the “this is fine” gif, but I cannot stress enough how rewarding of a listen it is every time.

37. Squid - Match Bet

♫ I don't know which one to cut with my history there is no luck, with a red wire and a blue wire, well they all look the same to me ♫

One perspective is that Squid are the British version of Parquet Courts, with their straight-to-the-point approach to indie rock, considerable wit and colourful artwork. The use of what I believe are trumpets is a clever choice also, as they help add to the manic sections of the track. Gambling is a terrible scourge on the society which I can confirm we live in.

36. black midi - 953

♫ "Hahaha, my name’s Ed Sheeran look at me in my jeans and white t-shirt with my acoustic guitar plugged into my loop pedal" ♫

While disappointingly this ended up being their only chart entry last year, it is one hell of a track to have as a one-hit wonder. The opening track to the truly insane “Schlagenheim” LP, I can confirm that this song moves with a purpose, such a magnificent purpose. If “Tastes Good with the Money” was based around the “this is fine” gif, this is totally the “whoa face” gif was surely made for this song with the amount of mind-bending tempo changes this goes through. That last sentence is about the closest I will ever come to sounding like Gina Linetti.

35. Denzel Curry feat. Sam Sneak - SHAKE 88

♫ Here's a little something 'bout a bitch like me, rule number one don't touch my weave ♫

Previous entries [Denzel Curry]YearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28
RICKY2019#41
Tokyo Drifting (with Glass Animals)2019#92
Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)2019#95

Two years in a row, Denzel’s more popular album cut ends up finishing second, proving that I am latfhing straight into the new decade. Initially I thought this one was a little over the top but ended up sounding enjoyable and normal after repeated listens. Sam Sneak apparently only does the outro.

34. Mustard & Migos - Pure Water

♫ Takeoff, no limit to the money, I picked the gang up took a flight across the country ♫

Previous entries [Migos]YearPosition
Walk It Talk It (with Drake)2018#1

After I had discovered the little-known Migos on their breakout hit “Walk It Talk It” last year [s]Mustard collaborates with the less successful Migos on this track, good on him for propping up up-and-coming artists[/s] I was really excited to hear Mustard that didn’t always sound like Mustard. “Pure Water” has a genuinely above average Takeoff verse, the chorus from Quavo delivered with great rhythm as always, and also Offset is here. (just kidding, he has a lovely voice)

33. Stella Donnelly - Beware of the Dogs

♫ Next door sounds like bloody war, waiting for the phone telling us to run ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Old Man2019#44
Tricks2019#72

In about a week’s time we will be able to put the album title of Stella Donnelly’s debut LP on a sign in front of our house and it will technically be correct. What I loved most about the album’s title track is how instead of the dark and/or cynical story being layered underneath cheerful instrumentation, this removes any trace of irony and just hits you where it hurts.

32. The Voidz - The Eternal Tao

♫ When I was sixteen, when I was sixteen, nobody believed "music's for you". When my turn it comes, when my turn it comes, I will tear the system apart ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
QYURRYUS2018#6
All Wordz Are Made Up2018#33
Wink2018#80

If the lyric in the quote here is true, just think that seven years later Julian Casablancas would go onto release a hugely acclaimed indie rock album which I don’t think is that amazing but it’s still decent. Co-produced by Mac DeMarco and Kirin J Callinan, it contains a sample from an ‘80s dating video which is rather bizarre to watch without the song. Other than maybe the chorus, this track is not particularly about much but it’s yet another banger to follow on from their amazing “Virtue” album and I cannot wait for more.

31. YG - Stop Snitchin

♫ I don't want no rap beef, 'cause I'm really gon' slide check my rap sheet ♫

I would never get a custom made licence plate, but if I was, I wouldn’t get one that says “BITCHMADE” on it, and not just because technically they wouldn’t let you. Unsurprisingly, there were only a few other notable tracks on “4REAL 4REAL” and that’s not including the remix of this which features a decent but lyrically irrelevant DaBaby verse. Definitely one of the most enjoyable hip hop tunes of the year.

Top 5 albums revealed!

30. PUP - Kids

♫ And I've embraced the calamity with an attachment and a passive disinterest, living out the back of my '02 Camry wondering how the hell I got myself into this ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Free At Last2019#65
Scorpion Hill2019#77

A song [s]end of blurb[/s] that only peaked at #9 yet much like “Old Man”, it refused to leave my chart. What the members of Pathetic Use of Potential do on “Morbid Stuff” is amplified on “Kids”, with Babcock’s often spoken word vocals in the verses making this sound more genuine and passionate. I was also remarkably close to voting for this too, and I will also note that the film clip is pretty well thought out and enjoyable too.

29. RY X - Body Sun

♫ Got you caught in my mind, hear you calling, my body sun ♫

I rarely remember the moment where I’ve truly clicked with a song, mostly because I’m so bloody forgetful. However I’ve only ever done my chart at Coffs Harbour Airport once (which coincidentally is only three hours from where RY X is from), so it was a pretty special moment when “Body Sun” came up on my playlist. In fairness, it had already qualified to debut onto my chart that week and I was just checking to see where it would land, and it wouldn’t really be until a few weeks into its 30-week chart run that I realised this was a special song (ignore the fact that it peaked at #18).

28. Temples - The Howl

♫ Raise your head up, stamp your feet, hang the world down by a thread ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Colours To Life2014#2
Mesmerise2014#17
Shelter Song2014#31
A Question Isn't Answered2014#49
Sun Structures2014#61
Keep In the Dark2014#80
The Golden Throne2014#82
Certainty2016#2
Strange or Be Forgotten2017#90

The boys are back in town, the boys are back in town, bow, bow, bowwwwwwww. I had assumed that the band led by Kettering’s most noteworthy hairdo were on a continued downward trajectory when I had heard “Hot Motion” and “You’re Either On Something” (good songs but still). How wrong was I, as I snuck this in as one of the very last 2019 albums to try out and was blown away with several tracks but especially “The Howl”. One of the great endings to the decade was discovering that the band with one of my favourite albums of the decade was definitely not done yet.

27. Cherry Glazerr feat. Portugal. The Man - Call Me

♫ Come touch this leather, come close 'til you need me and I'll be the one to hold ♫

Previous entries [Cherry Glazerr]YearPosition
Daddi2018#75

Previous entries [Portugal. The Man]YearPosition
The Dead Dog2010#90
So American2012#5
Got It All (This Can't Be Living Now)2012#73
Evil Friends2013#50
Creep In a T-Shirt2013#83
Noise Pollution [Version A, Vocal Up Mix 1.3] (with Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Zoe Manville)2016#72
Feel It Still2017#48

Although I felt like my Cherry Glazerr fandom has existed for a while, it only properly started with “Daddi” so it was very interesting to see them team up with a band I’ve loved for a considerably longer time. Although in fairness it does the usual 2019 thing and I’m convinced that it’s only John Gourley and not the whole P.TM band. Even on a song with less ferocity than usual, Cherry Glazerr still manage to concoct a chorus with a sense of urgency in it. It’s so danceable, incredibly fun, and I’m super happy this exists.

26. Stormzy - Crown

♫ I guess a little bit of heaven has to come with the hell, you know? ♫

My first exposure to this track was watching the performance video, which doesn’t differ too much from the studio version. Production wise the beat sounds absolutely brilliant, and Stormzy’s singing and rapping are both great. What a gem.

25. Maxo Kream - Meet Again

♫ You can't be there like a father and it's f**kin' with you mentally, court-appointed lawyer got my bro a half a century ♫

A very last-minute addition to the list is a song that at the time of writing is already over a year old. Maxo Kream’s different rapping styles (and the different ways they are produced) make this almost a posse cut except it’s fairly obvious that it’s just all him. Lyrically it’s just incredible though. Maxo Kream explains to a close friend of his that’s in jail how he’s missing a lot of things, but also reveals that it’s systemic and that many of his family are going through hard times too. His flow is really amazing here also, and this has definitely earned its spot in the top quarter of the list.

24. Death By Denim - Wiggy

♫ Before the winter rain the same people spoke ♫

Perhaps one of the reasons why my votes were chosen to go on triple j was that they were playing “Wiggy” heaps anyway so they probably didn’t have to adjust their playlist much (yes I realise I have missed my opportunity to get Migos back on the radio where they belong). Four-piece Death By Denim are from Perth and list Tame Impala as one of their influences so it makes sense that they are maybe drowning in their influences a little bit. “Drone” would most likely have snuck into the top 300.

23. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Map of the Stars

♫ The trees are bare, I breathe the air, I hold it down real deep before I let it out ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
One Down2019#54

Another late bloomer given that I hadn’t really given it too much thought towards until late December. After giving it a fairly innocuous low debut, it shot up the charts and became one of my favourite cuts from the album. I’ll make a bold claim and say this song has one of the most beautiful bridges of the year.

22. 2 Chainz feat. Kendrick Lamar - Momma I Hit a Lick

♫ Feng shui by the mic stand, have you ever had two one-night stands? ♫

Previous entries [2 Chainz]YearPosition
Mercy (with Kanye West, Big Sean & Pusha T)2013#10
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky, Drake & Kendrick Lamar)2013#14

Previous entries [Kendrick Lamar]YearPosition
Money Trees (with Jay Rock)2012#16
m.A.A.d City (with MC Eiht)2012#17
good kid2012#20
The Art Of Peer Pressure2012#23
Backseat Freestyle2012#81
Swimming Pools (Drank)2013#3
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky, Drake & 2 Chainz)2013#14
i2014#9
1Train (with A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)2014#25
Collard Greens (with ScHoolboy Q)2014#34
These Walls (with Bilal, Anna Wise & Thundercat)2015#17
How Much A Dollar Cost (with James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley)2015#23
King Kunta2015#25
The Blacker the Berry2015#54
Really Doe (with Danny Brown, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)2016#12
No More Parties In L.A. (with Kanye West)2016#31
untitled 02 l 06.23.2014.2016#79
LUST.2017#8
HUMBLE.2017#11
FEAR.2017#16
Power (with Rapsody & Lance Skiiiwalker)2017#27
YAH.2017#31
Perfect Pint (with Mike WiLL Made-It, Gucci Mane & Rae Sremmurd)2017#41
DNA.2017#49
DUCKWORTH.2017#55
XXX. (with U2)2017#72
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Future & James Blake)2018#52
Wow Freestyle (with Jay Rock)2018#97

The EOY streak continues for Kendrick Lamar who had only had a few opportunities in 2019, I wasn’t really keen on that SiR song. While the Pharrell production was (at least in my opinion) probably just an offcut from “NO ONE EVER REALLY DIES”, it still sounds great and along with the rappers’ respective flow makes the song so entertaining.

21. IDLES - I Dream Guillotine

♫ Don't tell me we're well fed, you'll be sorry when we're good and dead ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86

IDLES released two singles in 2019, one of which was amazing and another which was “Mercedes Marxist”. This one is fairly standard material for them lyrically, appearing to be written about working class people and their constant struggles. Oh but the chorus slaps though. After their breakthrough album onto my chart in 2018, I’m excited for what they have in store soon if the quality is this damn high.

Numbers 125 to 101 updated!

20. FEWS - More Than Ever

♫ I'm killing myself over nothing in particular, sometimes more than ever ♫

Other than something that looks extremely unofficial, this doesn’t appear to have a music video which is somewhat surprising to me. Label mates with The Jezabels and Editors, FEWS are “American-English-Swedish” according to Wikipedia but Swedish according to my chart database. An amazing rocking chorus and really memorable vocals from Frederick Rundquist also led me to listen to and purchase the album, which became one of the year’s most pleasant surprises as well.

19. A$AP Ferg - Jet Lag

♫ Celine bag, got a lot of chips, got jet lag 'cause I'm flyer than a bitch ♫

That’s. Right. It may not have been the smoothest year for A$AP Mob but one member I’ve liked for many years has broken through onto my EOY for the first time. One of the most charismatic rap songs last year came from A$AP Ferg’s EP, and it’s not the **not great** song that samples The Prodigy. My stanning for this track willed it into getting a music video, I will not be convinced otherwise. Five days after downloading this I decided to download “Plain Jane”, I’m pretty sure that the existence of this track simply reminded me of the A$AP Ferg track I never charted but could remember rather well. Although if it’s at least partly because of the line in this song it wouldn’t surprise me either. It’s one of the hip hop bangers that I could not stop loving this year – the beats are amazing, Ferg’s rapping is awesome and the chorus is so catchy without him having to resort to singing.

18. ScHoolboy Q - Numb Numb Juice

♫ I mean tHat's bitcH sHit, faking like you got it in your pockets, yeaH tHat's bitcH sHit ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Man of tHe Year2014#14
Collard Greens (witH Kendrick Lamar)2014#34
CHopstix (witH Travis Scott)2019#61

oH fuck it Happened again and tHis time all tHe otHer letters are lower case and i cant do any punctuation someone wHo is good at tHe tecHnology please Help me fix tHis my family is dying it was a ratHer successful year for Him despite tHe album being a bit of a mixed bag for me to my knowledge tHis was tHe first teaser track and im glad it was as i may not Have paid much attention to tHe album if drunk or 5200 or sometHing else was cHosen instead

17. FONTAINES D.C. - Big

♫ My childhood was small, my childhood was small, but I'm gonna be big ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Lotts2019#64
Liberty Belle2019#79

I actually cannot recall where I came across FONTAINES D.C. but I do know that a certain couple of people that make a podcast were talking highly of them before I had heard anything from them. When I first heard “Big” I was impressed that something so brief could pack so much into it (salute to the Tierra Whack section of the countdown, yes I really do love minute (and-a-bit) songs). It was also an interesting moment where the accent of vocalist Grian Chatten was so memorable that it helped the song stick in my head and become as catchy as it is. With a great music video about a kid running around the streets of Dublin singing the song, I was most amazed that my SimCity creation would wind up getting over 400,000 views on YouTube.

16. Samia - Ode To Artifice

♫ You're filling me with jealousy, it's killing me, I give myself up willingly, just so you can take me back to where you hang around ♫

I’m having a good time whenever I hear this song, that’s for sure. Lucy definitely pronounced Samia’s name different to what I assumed and obviously I’m probably wrong, but one of last year’s biggest one-hit wonders was yet another discovery from this great but forbidden website. There’s really not much more to say other than the riffs really stuck in my head straight away and I love a chorus melody that flows straight into the verses as seamlessly as this one does here. Here’s to you, artifice.

15. The Cranberries - All Over Now

♫ She told her man that she fell on the ground, she was afraid that the truth would be found ♫

(of course I love “Zombie” but) I’ve never considered myself the biggest Cranberries fan, but I still vividly remember watching the news in our dodgy airport hotel in London when it was announced that Dolores O’Riordan had passed away. Not that it had stood out for any reason other than it was sad to see a musical icon pass away so soon, and that it was random that I was in the same city at the time. I knew they were still making music at the time and it was interesting to first hear “All Over Now” and finding myself trying to put it all in context (as Temples say, when you put it in context, it makes sense). But to be rather anti-climactic, I don’t think there’s any genuine context to analyse here despite the mention of London; but it’s such a devastatingly emotional track, when that opening riff hits I’m moved every god damn time.

14. Cherry Glazerr - Distressor

♫ So I can just be ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Daddi2018#75
Call Me (with Portugal. The Man)2019#27

This kept pushing up and up in my ranking because it’s just such an unstoppable force. Clementine’s vocals are as usual hitting all the notes, with the riffs going from mischievous (read this sentence in the "what are you wearing" ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°) tone) to full throttle from verse to chorus. And then back to the second verse, when the riffs go and the drums are up louder and then the riff comes back in, aww I’m shit at explaining what I love but what a piece of music.

13. Flume & HWLS feat. slowthai - High Beams

♫ Out of touch, off my line, they got laws but I can't comply ♫

Previous entries [Flume]YearPosition
Holdin On2012#56
You & Me (Flume Remix) (with Disclosure & Eliza Doolittle)2013#90
Some Minds (with Andrew Wyatt)2015#35
Say It (with Tove Lo)2016#49
Lose It (with Vic Mensa)2016#91

Flume ends up 2019 with his highest ever EOY position, I guess he really did have a peach year. HWLS is not a name I have heard of but Justin Elwin is also on Future Classic and it appears that, not dissimilar to What So Not, it was originally a duo also consisting of Ta-ku. *peter griffin voice* make a the world go round, back to you Tom. Meanwhile, slowthai makes his actual first credited appearance after of course helping out on “WHAT’S GOOD” and his selection is a masterstroke given that his manic style matches the same energy as the production so wonderfully. Ok yep there was that triple j listener that preferred “Jewel”, and yes I like that too, but I don’t see how this can possibly be matched.

12. Cage the Elephant - House of Glass

♫ It's an illusion, this admiration, of mutilation, my isolation ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The War Is Over2019#52
Ready to Let Go2019#55

The certified best rock album of last year according to all conquering overlords of music and as I’ve already said today, I’m really happy I paid more attention to Cage the Elephant in 2019. I was so keen for the album and was absolutely thrilled when its release date and that of “Serfs Up!” was the same day, the hype was truly real. The shortest track on “Social Cues” but packs the most punch, huge riffery on show in that bridge really brings it home.

11. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Self-Immolate

♫ Venusian sickness dire, I want to be set on fire ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67
Hell2019#48
Mars For The Rich2019#69

If Nonagon Infinity opens the door does it carry anything with it while it does, oh wait Clairo has already been nvm. But the relevance is that this song reminded me most of my favourite King Gizzard album to date even if followed a similar formula to the previous single and rest of the album. Their foray into thrash metal was a raging success, I still haven’t heard the live album I bought because I’ve been too busy smh.

10. Two People - Fading (Album mix)

♫ Break in at night, throw things around, 'til the walls fall down, and I fall out ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94

I was clever at the time just before deciding to chart this to check that the single version of this they did in 2016 was definitely different and not as good. Perhaps nowhere near the differences of the two different versions of “Liberty Belle”, but more dramatic and tightly produced nonetheless. The throbbing beat that booms away in the background sets the scene for one of the more electronic tracks on “First Body” (or at least where the result sounds more like an EDM dance thing than a Snakadaktal song). But as is the case with this great album, it’s subtle, slow and measured with Phoebe’s vocals taking a backseat (WHERE IS ALI BARTER) to the repetitive but addictive instrumentation.

9. Fat White Family - Feet

♫ Down here in the darkness, we assume the best, refuse every kindness, swallow your distress ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tastes Good with the Money2019#38
Fringe Runner2019#46
Rock Fishes2019#73

Fat White Family are definitely noteworthy enough that I probably should have heard of them at some stage but the name was not familiar prior to my hearing of “Feet” for the first time. My initial impression was that it was like a wacky “Reflektor”, and I’m yet to be moved from that assessment. It’s so grandiose and epic in the chorus but it has a similar beat in the verses (I dunno my percussion instruments sorry). The chorus kind of sounds like standing outside in a wild storm and trying to withstand it, yes that sounds less pleasant than listening to this song admittedly. While the music video fits the song well, I had no idea that this would come from what you now know to be my favourite album of the year.

8. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib feat. Yasiin Bey & Black Thought - Education

♫ I may not be here, I'm feelin' like I might just leave before I start a fire or a fight, a million f**kin' dollars a year just won't suffice, got a factor in that more bad habits and the cost of life ♫

Previous entries [Freddie Gibbs]YearPosition
Shitsville (with Madlib)2015#3
Lakers (with Madlib, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77
Crime Pays (with Madlib)2019#81

Previous entries [Madlib]YearPosition
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with MF DOOM)2003#48
America's Most Blunted (with MF DOOM)2003#57
Raid (with MF DOOM & Med)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with MF DOOM)2004#26
Strange Ways (with MF DOOM)2004#71
Curls (with MF DOOM)2004#75
Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)2015#3
Lakers (with Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77
Crime Pays (with Freddie Gibbs)2019#81

Previous entries [Yasiin Bey]YearPosition
Speed Law1999#51

Previous entries [Black Thought]YearPosition
Crowns for Kings (with Benny The Butcher)2019#63

To assemble a collaboration with this amount of star power does not in any way guarantee success, but in this track they all have to bring their A game for the result we end up with. Whenever I have played this straight after a modern trap production a la D.A. Doman or Metro Boomin, this doesn’t sound like as much of a banger, which is strange. But it’s the production from Madlib that shines here because it’s so elaborate. Sampling “Dance Music” by R.D. Burman which is itself a lovely piece also, the piano line next to Madlib’s iPad-produced beat makes this so infectious. Yes we get it Madlib you own an iPad. Yasiin Bey, Black Thought and Freddie Gibbs provide verses in that order and while they’re all great, the Freddie Gibbs verse might be one of his best as he brings so much energy to the table straight away. A constant in my playlists in the second half of last year and with incredible chart longevity as well.

7. Stormzy - Vossi Bop

♫ I'm a villain, killin' when I'm barrin', brothers in the hood just like the movie that I star in ♫

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Crown2019#26

And now we’re back to the modern trap productions, but that’s all fine because this is fairly detailed in its own way and it sounds so incredible on speakers or headphones as someone may tell you. After dissing Stormzy so brutally on national radio, I must admit that I wish I gave his earlier work a bit more time even if there was really one song that jumped out at me before this year. That being said I do wish the album was better, okay maybe I will need weigh in on the Wiley beef at some point this year.

6. Richard Dawson - Jogging

♫ Would you like to sponsor me for running the London Marathon? Though it's really daunting we're aiming to raise a thousand pounds for the British Red Cross ♫

Prior to this year, I really hadn’t given Richard’s music much attention at all despite the critical acclaim I’ve read about and watched, but oh boy this was so instant. The longest song in the list today is an ode to self-help and finding coping mechanisms, particularly in the face of completely insurmountable situations that at times can seem pretty unfair. It can lead to some nasty side effects, but ultimately he finds an outlet which provides him relief. Maybe this song came one or two years late for me but I still identify with a lot of these things, that even when things are improving, there’s always the concern that it could take a backwards turn. But doing positive things for yourself and others, as insignificant as they may seem, is always far more productive than concerning oneself with things that can’t be controlled. And in the way these ideas are discussed here, there’s something so striking about Richard’s songwriting ability across the entire of the album which drew me in to start off with.

5. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Good Ones

♫ Licking his wounds, the stars in his eyes ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Map of the Stars2019#23
One Down2019#54

What I think I failed to mention before is that Slaughter Beach, Dog is essentially the side-project of Jake Ewald of Modern Baseball fame of “Everyday” #18 in 2016 fame. I was interested to hear what this band/project would sound like given my mild admiration for that album but especially my love for that particular track, and there are elements here that make this almost like a slowed down “Everyday”. While “One Down” was my first exposure to this album, it was “Good Ones” that made me seek out the album in full and quickly became my favourite (or has it). This also kind of has the same chugging consistent heavy-drums-accompanied riff as “Man’s Needs” / “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings” but I’m sure Tillman will not be focusing his lawyers on this too much, as long as he does well on EOD at least. This song is also a little bit melancholy, and while the lyrics are a tale of desperation, the warm riffs (especially the bridge) make this sound so comforting and lush.

4. Danny Brown - Dirty Laundry

♫ Once got a ho, ain't had money for the room, so we did the humpty bump in a Burger King bathroom ♫

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Hail Mary (with K.Flay)2013#28
1Train (with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)2014#25
Attak (with Rustie)2014#40
Six Degrees (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#18
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & MF DOOM)2016#5
Really Doe (with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)2016#12
Tell Me What I Don't Know2016#63
When It Rain2016#83
SeanPaulWasNeverThereToGimmeTheLight (with Bones)2017#74
Combat2019#62

Okay but I promise that I had a lot of fun with music in 2019 Where on earth do I start with this? “Dirty Laundry” is quite literally Danny Brown and Q-Tip having heaps of fun, with way too much information provided about Danny’s sex life, but at least it makes for one very entertaining collection of lyrics. “Out the slums, nobody gave me nothing” might be my favourite lyric to sing in the car from last year. The music video is notable for being quite silly too (and for having an Adam Sandler doppelganger that has made me google “danny brown adam sandler” far too many times), except the video is not quite as explicit as “SUGAR”, so don’t stress you won’t need the incognito tab to watch this one.

3. Two People - Phone Call

♫ You went, you went home with her, boy you don't know, watch me spend tomorrow alone, your heart will make you want more ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94

They must be channelling Kesha because I’m dancing with tears in my eyes. Okay this isn’t exactly a banger but I really underestimated the role that the restrained bass drum plays sitting in the back of the song. To see their Spotify influenced playlist populated with names like Nick Cave and The National but also Caribou and ⣎⡇ꉺლ༽இ•̛)ྀ◞ ༎ຶ ༽ৣৢ؞ৢ؞ؖ ꉺლ, this all makes so much sense. The “I miss your voice when you hang up love” line is so good it had to repeated four times, it’s a devastating impact each time. Also “when you’re done with her, just come pick me up” holy hell. While this song is noteworthy enough to avoid the same fate as Runnner, I’d like to think that I’ve probably made no impact whatsoever. While my brief moment of thinking this could have been #1 went away several weeks ago, this most certainly soundtracked my 2019.

2. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Planet B

♫ Only way through is colonisation, acclimatisation, population exodus ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67
Self-Immolate2019#11
Hell2019#48
Mars For The Rich2019#69

For roughly a week, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard felt it was a good idea to release a music video but not put the song anywhere else. It was almost symbolic given that previous EOY #2 Boy’s “We Were Here” did exactly the same thing except for far longer. But when that opening drum roll kicks in, all is [s]known[/s] forgiven and we have one of their most ridiculously enjoyable rockers to date. It’s also no secret that the seven-piece did some caring for the environment via their music this year, albeit with two very different approaches. Released before “Fishing for Fishies” the album but after at least four of that album’s tracks were teased, it was assumed that “Planet B” was a standalone thing and wouldn’t go anywhere near the boogie woogie harmonica bops they would release just weeks later. And then several weeks later, “Self-Immolate” dropped and before too long we had one of the albums of the year in our hands.

What makes the opening track to “Infest The Rats’ Nest” so awe-inspiring is that it retains the same energy in every setting, which admittedly doesn’t make it the most versatile listen as this probably won’t calm you down before going to bed, sorry most people listening now. But what I mean is that even when they played this live (don’t mean to brag I was at the second ever gig this was performed, okay I lie, that was a brag), it sounded exactly the same with the same precise level of insane power. So fun, so ridiculous, so clever, so King Gizzard. Open your eyes and see.

1. Two People - Dream Steppin'

♫ Lonely nights, I'm falling, keep walking, keep dreaming ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Phone Call2019#3
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94

What do I hear in this that I didn’t hear on “First Body”? Put simply, Two People in much less than a year already took it to the next level and I’m utterly captivated. The repetition of the vocal melody in every line before the bridge helps create a stable platform for Clough’s production to weave in and out of. With the chorus it certainly does that. There are just 8 synth notes that give the chorus the extra punch, and as I alluded to earlier today it’s the simplicity to their approach that allows them to create music that sounds spacious. So admittedly, “Bing Bong Zoo” by Peppa Pig doesn’t quite share the same qualities so maybe she’ll have to try harder? It’s really interesting to listen to Snakadaktal songs in retrospect because you definitely hear where the ground work was laid, albeit in a different setting and with different instrumentation. I would be more shocked if Two People reworked a synthy dreamy version of “Bing Bong Zoo” onto their (hopefully soon!) new album than a reworked version of “Chimera”. And it’s also interesting something like “Dance Bear” also shares similar qualities to this in that they chose repetition over variation and it’s about as dreamy as a rock banger can possibly get. Also, side-note that I can’t fit in anywhere else, it’s an all-Victorian top 3, just saying.

The lyrics appear to be a somewhat flawed relationship where both people crave it but also have an amount of regret. But the lack of excess to create a greater end result is something interesting to me. I just like when things are calm and simple and without distractions and that’s exactly what this song provides. I had restarted taking the occasional meditation class last year and (I’m terrible at it) listening to this song is almost a form of meditation in itself. Eat your heart out, GoldLink.

I haven’t even begun to start talking about Phoebe’s incredible vocal performance and the way the bridge leads into the last chorus. There are two big points of impact, firstly when the last chorus hits after the bridge which is awesome on its own. And then you have the moment with the slightest pause after the last “forget how we met”, and then it rushes the beat back with an almighty bang. It’s the most exhilarating slice of music I’ve heard in a bloody long time.

As always I’ve said too much in general and far more about Peppa Pig than I ever anticipated, but in 2019, I was craving, I was dreaming, “Dream Steppin'”.



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