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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
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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 AlignerKind Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 5
2017alt-J - 3WWKendrick Lamar - 9
2018Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk ItFather John Misty - 6

Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand18Red Hot Chili Peppers12Kasabian
31Muse18System of a Down12Linkin Park
29The White Stripes16Father John Misty12MGMT
28Kendrick Lamar16Outkast12Yeah Yeah Yeahs
27Kings Of Leon15MF Doom11Arcade Fire
26Jay-Z15Vampire Weekend11Cloud Control
26Kanye West14Coldplay11DZ Deathrays
25Queens of the Stone Age14Foo Fighters11Tame Impala
24Pearl Jam13Grinspoon11The Avalanches
24Radiohead13Interpol11The Presets
21Arctic Monkeys13Taking Back Sunday10alt-J
19The Fratellis13The Strokes10Grizzly Bear
18Children Collide12Beck10The Killers
18Powderfinger    

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

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? ♫

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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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