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

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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
1996Cake - I Will SurvivePearl Jam / Powderfinger / Rage Against The Machine - 5
1997Radiohead - Karma PoliceRadiohead - 11
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
2020The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu - Running Red LightsIDLES - 5


Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand16Father John Misty12Linkin Park
35Radiohead16Green Day12MGMT
31Muse16Grinspoon12Tame Impala
30Pearl Jam16Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds12Yeah Yeah Yeahs
29Kendrick Lamar16Outkast11Arcade Fire
29The White Stripes15MF DOOM11Cloud Control
27Jay-Z15The Avalanches11Danny Brown
27Kings of Leon15Vampire Weekend11Drake
26Kanye West14Coldplay11DZ Deathrays
25Queens Of The Stone Age14The Strokes11Madlib
23Powderfinger13Beck11The Presets
21Arctic Monkeys13Interpol10alt-J
21Foo Fighters13Midnight Juggernauts10Grizzly Bear
19System of a Down13Taking Back Sunday10Regurgitator
19The Fratellis12Kasabian10Temples
18Children Collide12King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard10The Killers
18Red Hot Chili Peppers    


Favourite album
1996Fishmans - Long Season
1997Radiohead - OK Computer
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!
2020IDLES - Ultra Mono

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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190Lauryn HillGuarding the Gates
191clipping.Nothing is Safe
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 ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
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 ♫

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
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'”.

Broadcasting my top 100 songs of 1997 with my 1997-era internet tomorrow, Sunday 15 November 7pm AEDT or whatever the heck Melbourne time is. slight change in the lower 50 in that I'll be running through the snippets a fair bit quicker than previously
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1997

1RadioheadKarma Police
2Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsInto My Arms
3RadioheadParanoid Android
4Harvey DangerFlagpole Sitta
5Green DayGood Riddance (Time Of Your Life)
6RadioheadExit Music (For A Film)
7RadioheadElectioneering
8Ben Folds FiveBrick
9Green DayHitchin' A Ride
10FishmansWALKING IN THE RHYTHM
11RadioheadLucky
12The Living EndPrisoner Of Society
13Foo FightersEverlong
14RadioheadAirbag
15RadioheadNo Surprises
16Pearl JamGiven to Fly
17The ProdigySmack My Bitch Up
18Smash MouthWalkin' on the Sun
19RadioheadSubterranean Homesick Alien
20The Mighty Mighty BosstonesThe Impression That I Get
21Marcy PlaygroundSex & Candy
22Green DayKing For A Day
23BlurSong 2
24The VerveBitter Sweet Symphony
25RegurgitatorPolyester Girl
26RadioheadThe Tourist
27GrinspoonJust Ace
28Super Furry AnimalsDemons
29The OffspringGone Away
30Natalie ImbrugliaTorn
31Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsPeople Ain't No Good
32Foo FightersMonkey Wrench
33The WhitlamsCharlie No. 3
34Big Heavy StuffBig Mouth
35PulpHelp the Aged
36EffigyI Give In
37Bic RungaSway
38Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsFar From Me
39GrinspoonDC X 3
40Regurgitator! (The Song Formerly Known As)
41Camp LoBlack Nostaljack AKA Come On
42Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsLime Tree Arbour
43ChumbawambaAmnesia
44Green DayUptight
45The Mavis'sNaughty Boy
46RadioheadLet Down
47The WhitlamsBuy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)
48The Dandy WarholsEvery Day Should Be a Holiday
49ChumbawambaTubthumping
50The WhitlamsMelbourne
51WeenOcean Man
52The Blackeyed SusansSmokin' Johnny Cash
53Green DayRedundant
54Les Rythmes DigitalesJacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)
55RadioheadClimbing Up The Walls
56Guided By VoicesSad If I Lost It
57CustardMusic Is Crap
58The VerveSonnet
59Ragga & The Jack Magic OrchestraWhere Are They Now
60Kylie MinogueDid It Again
61The Living EndSecond Solution
62KentOm du var här
63Blue BoyRemember Me
64Green DayNice Guys Finish Last
65The Butterflies Of LoveWild
66The VerveThe Drugs Don't Work
67Thievery CorporationLebanese Blonde
68SilverchairFreak
69TindersticksAnother Night In
70JebediahMilitary Strongmen
71PrimusShake Hands With Beef
72The WhitlamsYou Sound Like Louis Burdett
73Green DayThe Grouch
74Foo FightersMy Hero
75Propellerheads feat. Shirley BasseyHistory Repeating
76CordrazineCrazy
77Kylie MinogueSome Kind of Bliss
78CornershopBrimful Of Asha
79SwellMake Mine You
80BlurDeath Of A Party
81Modest MouseHeart Cooks Brain
82PrimusOver the Falls
83Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlanSilence
84PortisheadElysium
85Los TresOlor a Gas
86RegurgitatorEveryday Formula
87PortisheadCowboys
88BlurBeetlebum
89Three 6 MafiaTear da Club Up '97
90Kohmi Hirosepromise
91Foo FightersSee You
92JebediahHarpoon
93Eagle-Eye CherrySave Tonight
94Foo FightersNew Way Home
95PortisheadAll Mine
96JebediahTeflon
97MetallicaFuel
98GrandaddyEverything Beautiful Is Far Away
99Foo FightersEnough Space
100The Notorious B.I.G.Hypnotize

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100. The Notorious B.I.G. - Hypnotize


99. Foo Fighters - Enough Space

Previous entriesYearPosition
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41


98. Grandaddy - Everything Beautiful Is Far Away

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Crystal Lake2000#90


97. Metallica - Fuel

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Day That Never Comes2008#39


96. Jebediah - Teflon

Previous entriesYearPosition
Happier Sad1999#82


95. Portishead - All Mine

Previous entriesYearPosition
Machine Gun2008#2


94. Foo Fighters - New Way Home

Previous entriesYearPosition
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41


93. Eagle-Eye Cherry - Save Tonight


92. Jebediah - Harpoon

Previous entriesYearPosition
Teflon1997#96
Happier Sad1999#82


91. Foo Fighters - See You

Previous entriesYearPosition
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

90. Kohmi Hirose - promise


89. Three 6 Mafia - Tear da Club Up '97


88. Blur - Beetlebum

Previous entriesYearPosition
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93


87. Portishead - Cowboys

Previous entriesYearPosition
All Mine1997#95
Machine Gun2008#2


86. Regurgitator - Everyday Formula

Previous entriesYearPosition
Happiness1999#95
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62


85. Los Tres - Olor a Gas


84. Portishead - Elysium

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cowboys1997#87
All Mine1997#95
Machine Gun2008#2


83. Delerium feat. Sarah McLachlan - Silence


82. Primus - Over the Falls


81. Modest Mouse - Heart Cooks Brain

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dark Center of the Universe2000#67
Float On2004#43

80. Blur - Death Of A Party

Previous entriesYearPosition
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93


79. Swell - Make Mine You


78. Cornershop - Brimful Of Asha


77. Kylie Minogue - Some Kind of Bliss

Previous entriesYearPosition
Red Blooded Woman2003#71


76. Cordrazine - Crazy


75. Propellerheads feat. Shirley Bassey - History Repeating


74. Foo Fighters - My Hero

Previous entriesYearPosition
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41


73. Green Day - The Grouch

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78


72. The Whitlams - You Sound Like Louis Burdett


71. Primus - Shake Hands With Beef

Previous entriesYearPosition
Over the Falls1997#82

70. Jebediah - Military Strongmen

Previous entriesYearPosition
Harpoon1997#92
Teflon1997#96
Happier Sad1999#82


69. Tindersticks - Another Night In


68. Silverchair - Freak

Previous entriesYearPosition
Miss You Love1999#10
Ana's Song (Open Fire)1999#27
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96


67. Thievery Corporation - Lebanese Blonde


66. The Verve - The Drugs Don't Work


65. The Butterflies Of Love - Wild


64. Green Day - Nice Guys Finish Last

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78


63. Blue Boy - Remember Me


62. Kent - Om du var här

Previous entriesYearPosition
Music Non Stop2000#86


61. The Living End - Second Solution

Previous entriesYearPosition
All Torn Down1998#64
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

60. Kylie Minogue - Did It Again

Previous entriesYearPosition
Some Kind of Bliss1997#77
Red Blooded Woman2003#71


59. Ragga & The Jack Magic Orchestra - Where Are They Now


58. The Verve - Sonnet

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Drugs Don't Work1997#66


57. Custard - Music Is Crap

Previous entriesYearPosition
Girls Like That (Don't Go for Guys Like Us)1998#66


56. Guided By Voices - Sad If I Lost It


55. Radiohead - Climbing Up The Walls

Previous entriesYearPosition
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


54. Les Rythmes Digitales - Jacques Your Body (Make Me Sweat)


53. Green Day - Redundant

Previous entriesYearPosition
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78


52. The Blackeyed Susans - Smokin' Johnny Cash


51. Ween - Ocean Man

50. The Whitlams - Melbourne

♫ In love with this girl and with her town as well ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
You Sound Like Louis Burdett1997#72

How could you not be?! Sadly no donuts or beers are referenced in this song though. The chorus is such a delight, especially the "there's things to do at home" line.

49. Chumbawamba - Tubthumping

♫ I get knocked down, but I get up again, you're never gonna keep me down ♫

A song that has undoubtedly been smashed by radio airplay and soundtracks in equal measure but still holds up for just how great the execution of it is. Criticised by their fans for selling their soul in joining a major label, it's worth noting that the band were not abandoning their unorthodox ideals, apparently encouraging fans to do an actual SOAD and steal their album from music retailers.

48. The Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should Be a Holiday

♫ Summertime, if I was getting paid for getting drunk and getting laid ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bohemian Like You2000#34
We Used To Be Friends2003#84
Smoke It2005#27

Sure this is one of the Dandys' most basic and repetitive tunes, but damn it if it's not extremely fun. "Not If You Were The Last Junkie On Earth" was a bigger hit commercially but of course Hottest 100 voters had the sense to give this more love, ignoring the fact that this was when triple j didn't exactly scrutinise their release dates so this landed in the 1998 edition.

47. The Whitlams - Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)

♫ And love it like a little dog, and feed it on the scraps you find ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Melbourne1997#50
You Sound Like Louis Burdett1997#72

The Whitlams are an interesting case for me because they didn't really come up at all growing up, and had probably only come across "No Aphrodisiac" a handful of times. Admittedly I've now become somewhat familiar with them in the more recent a-c era while doing these lists and downloading all the H100 entries, so it was always going to be interesting to see how their songs landed in this particular year with me going in with next to no context. This one is just lovely too which obviously I've made very clear.

46. Radiohead - Let Down

♫ Let down and hanging around, crushed like a bug in the ground ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

I think initially this stood out to me a lot when I first explored this album, and it's insane just how long ago that was now. What draws me in mainly is what I'm thinking is the bridge but Genius is telling me is verse 3, but either way is just delightful.

45. The Mavis's - Naughty Boy

♫ You're a naughty boy, silly little wind up toy, come on come on come on come on come on ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cry1998#70

It is crazy to me that this preceded "Cry" and yet still made the lower reaches of the top 100 chart here, because I had mistakenly assumed that would only have been possible if it was the follow-up. Sure it's so insanely catchy but it's such a polar opposite to the bigger hit that would follow; but by the same token, I've always been more familiar with this one which may come as a shock to some, so maybe things do work out just fine in the end.

44. Green Day - Uptight

♫ Perfect picture of bad health, another notch scratched on my belt ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Redundant1997#53
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

Much of the lyrical content on "Nimrod" turned out far darker than the often happy punk riffs on show. "Uptight" doesn't have that many lines that aren't full on really, not helped by the fact that it's a bit repetitive and short so it doesn't have that many lines at all.

43. Chumbawamba - Amnesia

♫ Do you suffer from long term memory loss? I can't remember ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tubthumping1997#49

I've certainly come across this song but could not recall how it went when I added it to my Spotify playlist... that was until I actually did hear it in the playlist and I realised that it's one of the most familiar tracks in the entire list for me, at least in a recent sense. So maybe my memory loss has been somewhat recovered by hearing this. I look forward to Billboard Breakdown every week now that Mark Grondin is now in a similar tier of content for me as Fantano, and I love so much that he uses such an oddity of a song as an opening theme. Also it would not be remiss of me to mention that the OUTRO HAS BARS.

42. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Lime Tree Arbour

♫ Through every breath that I breathe and every place I go, there is a hand that protects me and I do love her so ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

A Nick Cave song that could pass as a church hymn? This track leans into that stereotype that we all know him for (at least this style of the band's music).

41. Camp Lo - Black Nostaljack AKA Come On

♫ We meet them in Aruba get the goods down in Savannah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Because I'm Me (with The Avalanches)2016#47

So 1997 is clearly now me at the point where I'm coming across these artists most memorably during the 2010s, because lol how would I have known this at aged 3. In this case, the New York duo followed up a Billboard hit with a song that I found to be far better, only to end up on a huge Avalanches collab nearly two decades later.

40. Regurgitator - ! (The Song Formerly Known As)

♫ You won't see me down the disco mama, bright lights really hurt my eyes, I'd rather stay and dance with you to the funky music playing on our stereo ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Everyday Formula1997#86
Happiness1999#95
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62

I suppose me unironically vibing with this for its stay-at-home content 7 or so years ago is still truly the case with me all these years later, albeit for a rather different reason. Another case where I feel I should be a lot more familiar with this, though it has still definitely easily stood the test of time for me in the mighty discog of the mighty 'Gurg.

39. Grinspoon - DC X 3

♫ They never really gave a shit, apologetic hypocrite ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
More Than You Are1998#24
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

The Grinners were really off the wall when they arrived on the scene and although bands can lose some of their shine as they get better production and commercially savvy record label advice, they've always seemed to be relatively successful at most things they've tried. This in particular being one of their punkiest and most aggressive songs made for a truly strange top 50 hit. It also doesn't mess about, as it is quite literally about the same dead cat that was seen on three occasions.

38. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Far From Me

♫ You told me you'd stick by me through the thick and through the thin ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

Not knowing a lot of "The Boatman's Call" was interesting coming into this, because it's not surprising to me that it's full of quality, but it's at least a little bit intriguing that several of the longer songs were among the better ones. This is just so moving and lush, with what I believe is the violin played by Warren Ellis and the organ played by Nick both standing out so much.

37. Bic Runga - Sway

♫ Say you'll stay, don't come and go like you do ♫

"Sway" really hits the sweet spot by flo rida featuring jennifer lopez of being a perfectly lovely and easy listening pop smash hit. It makes sense that it did so well in APRA's top NZ songs of all time, even though the list is a little out of date and I'm not sure what the #1 song is.

36. Effigy - I Give In

♫ You pull me down with no sound, a whirlpool all around never to be found ♫

Hear me out here: the mighty Beaverloop weren't that far off from making this list. But thankfully Effigy are another Perth band from the time period that are notable for having made the Hottest 100, and that I wouldn't have come across them because of that. But. this. slaps. That bridge would absolutely go off live and I love the charismatic and somewhat androgynous-sounding vocals of Peter Hardman.

35. Pulp - Help the Aged

♫ In the meantime we try, try to forget that nothing lasts forever, no big deal so give us all a feel, funny how it all falls away ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
This Is Hardcore1998#11
The Fear1998#12

Another notable thing to say here is that I've never been hugely into Pulp until really I took the time with these lists to give them a proper go. This is further proof that when Jarvis has a big chorus to get behind, he instantly becomes the undisputed star of the show.

34. Big Heavy Stuff - Big Mouth

♫ What did he have to say? Was it necessary? Big plans, none include you ♫

The compilation I got this from has spawned a couple of EOY hits for me (including "Lebanese Blonde" earlier in this list) but this was a song that I randomly jumped on during my uni days and thrashed in amongst all the everything that I was listening to at that time. This band from Sydney would score a Hottest 100 hit later on with a far less interesting song, but back at the time of this era they supported Radiohead in the Australian leg of their "OK Computer" tour. Of course, with this being a such big smash on this list, you can be forgiven for thinking that it should have been the other way around.

33. The Whitlams - Charlie No. 3

♫ See him offering himself to the world, staring down from the 56th floor ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Buy Now Pay Later (Charlie No. 2)1997#47
Melbourne1997#50
You Sound Like Louis Burdett1997#72

The Whitlams have a pretty tragic history with members losing their lives, and this album and track both being dedicated to the late Stevie Plunder. This is my favourite of the "Charlie"s though (cop that RHCP); I get that this album is very piano heavy but it's what makes that chorus so utterly beautiful.

32. Foo Fighters - Monkey Wrench

♫ [pause] ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
My Hero1997#74
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

Borat and Dave Grohl both love a good pause. I've spent a lot of time already talking about songs I've discovered in my adult years but this is in every way a childhood memory. Most of this album is, to be fair, which is partly why so much of it managed to sneak in. While "New Way Home" has the lengthy and slow build up into the final bit, "Monkey Wrench" has the iconic bridge that surely would be a highlight of any live set of theirs.

31. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - People Ain't No Good

♫ We’d buy the Sunday newspapers, never read a single word ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

Not far off from the wild discovery of what "Amnesia" was, this was the moment where I was like OMFG THE SHREK SONG. It's good that I can somehow still take it seriously because it is such a devastating piano ballad.

30. Natalie Imbruglia - Torn

♫ I'm all out of faith, this is how I feel, I'm cold and I am shamed lying naked on the floor ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Shiver2005#47

Much like "Sway" in that it's a radio friendly pop hit that has never faded for me. I've often subconsciously given more attention to "Shiver" because quite frankly this didn't need it, but this is the better tune I think.

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29. The Offspring - Gone Away

♫ I reach to the sky and call out your name, oh please let me trade, I would ♫

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The Kids Aren't Alright1998#61
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

Sometimes The Offspring can be hard hitting rather than just goofing around, even though both approaches have yielded successful results for me. We are hitting proper Triple M hours on this list now though, because I feel my overexposure to this on the radio has worn me down over the years. It is somewhat weird calling such a dark song a radio hit but it truly is both of those things. I'm thinking it's uncommon for a song of this style to have such a euphoric and brilliant bridge, but at the end of the day it's such a devastating piece of songwriting anyway that it doesn't particularly matter.

28. Super Furry Animals - Demons

♫ But the demons never need to know, what the demons never got to see, as we fall in and out of line, stay in touch now for a while ♫

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Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon2000#62

Ok I did not see this happening The Welsh five-piece still have one more album and two EPs left that I can explore for these lists, but at purely retrospective EOY face value, this is the best SFA song I've come across by far. The melodies and classic '90s riffs grew on me the more I explored my Spotify playlist and it got further up the eventual shortlist.

27. Grinspoon - Just Ace

♫ I hope the police will go away, I hope the police will go away, their sirens bug me and so do all their radars ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
DC X 31997#39
More Than You Are1998#24
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

Amazingly there are still 6 songs shorter than this to have made my EOY lists (in order of length, "Ruby Wednesday" by Eskimo Joe, "Curls" by Madvillain, "Nørgaard" by The Vaccines, "Exerciser" by Rhubarb, "Happy Well Adjusted Psychopath" by Butterfingers, and "Big" by Fontaines D.C.). By the time you've finished reading this the song will be over of course hahaha I'm such a pisser, but the most important thing is that Grinspoon really hit the ground running.

26. Radiohead - The Tourist

♫ Hey man slow down, slow down ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

Reportedly written after seeing a bunch of holidaymakers racing through a place to see all the sights, which is definitely an experience I am familiar with. Fittingly the closing track too because it does help the album slow down, slow down right up until the last ding.

25. Regurgitator - Polyester Girl

♫ Had to take your pieces back to the factory, it took them several weeks to get you back to me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
! (The Song Formerly Known As)1997#40
Everyday Formula1997#86
Happiness1999#95
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62

This to me is The Regurgitator Song™ even though it does not distill their sound into the one song at all. Not that that's even possible, which perhaps just makes it their "Creep" instead. It's not at all strange that one of the biggest '90s bands this country produced wrote their biggest hit about puncturing a sex doll.

24. The Verve - Bitter Sweet Symphony

♫ And I'm a million different people from one day to the next, I can't change my mould no no no no no ♫

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Sonnet1997#58
The Drugs Don't Work1997#66

a r r o g a n c e

23. Blur - Song 2

https://tinyurl.com/y4zs44hd

Previous entriesYearPosition
Death Of A Party1997#80
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93

Outside of the obvious hook, it's so great to me that surely their most publicly recognisable song is simply just a satire of the grunge music that dominated the music scene of the day. Total soundtrack hours once more, used around the world at sports events including as the goal celebration song for one of my favourite teams too. An iconic childhood song in part because of the mondegreen I had made up "when I feel like a guitar". Yep, I dunno why either.

22. Green Day - King For A Day

♫ King for a day, princess by dawn, just wait 'til all the guys get a load of me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Uptight1997#44
Redundant1997#53
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

Green Day singing about crossdressing while dabbling in some ska proves just how diverse "Nimrod" is. "King For A Day" genuinely is one of their best tracks and it was so great to see this slowly grow on me during last decade.

21. Marcy Playground - Sex & Candy

♫ Who's that casting devious stares in my direction? Mama this surely is a dream, yeah ♫

I'm not sure I could tell you who sung this song and what it was called just a few years ago other than it being the bloody "hanging round... mama this surely is a dream" song, but when I contemplated what to do with it in the context of this list I couldn't help myself. So stupidly inescapable but yet why is it also so irresistible lmao

20. The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get

♫ Never had to knock on wood, but I know someone who has, which makes me wonder if I could ♫

The Triple M train rolls on because let's face it, as a child it was simply the impression that I got. 1997 proved to be a big year for ska of course, not least to mention that this probably beats "Tubthumping" for soundtrack hours, but also everything else mentioned so far for the vibe of being so catchy in such a strange way that no one could say no to it. It's okay that mine's not movie quality.

19. Radiohead - Subterranean Homesick Alien

♫ I'd tell all my friends but they'd never believe me, they'd think that I'd finally lost it completely ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

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Uptight1997#44

Kind of a go-to song for me when I need something with a lot of atmosphere, and in part it's because of the opening riff that just kicks things off so nicely. No real relation to the similarly titled Bob Dylan song other than just being a reference, it's an interesting story about someone who gets abducted by aliens but can never prove it to people when he goes back to Earth. It originally had the title "Uptight" but of course it did not want to clash with Green Day.

18. Smash Mouth - Walkin' on the Sun

♫ So don't delay, act now, supplies are running out, allow if you're still alive, six to eight years to arrive ♫

Hey now, somehow this position is even more hilarious than "Tubthumping", "Sex & Candy" and "The Impression That I Get" combined. We all can't be shocked that 2020 clearly revealed Steve Harwell to be a big time loser despite the fact that their concert resulted in some of the best tweets (sadly, no setlist.fm users have admitted to have attended said concert, shockingly). Well before the memes and the COVID, this was their first single and it made a splash straight away for them. It's so catchy and yet it's possibly their most politically charged track... which isn't saying much. Also since lockdown I've become an Office Hours Live / Tim Heidecker devotee and this is one of the best drops that I always pay attention for every week.

17. The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up

♫ Change my pitch up, smack my bitch up ♫

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no other songsofnote
Stand Up2009#60
Invaders Must Die2009#68

The last track that they performed live prior to Keith Flint's passing last year, and it makes total sense for it to be a huge setlist closer. Sure it's mindless, and not without a truckload of controversy in its own right, but nothing can take away from this as the monumental banger it truly is.

16. Pearl Jam - Given to Fly

♫ He floated back down 'cause he wanted to share his key to the locks on the chains he saw everywhere ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Wishlist1998#7
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've been doing these retrospective lists for more than enough time for my Pearl Jam nostalgia to become rather clichéd, and let's face it, we're still not even at the true heights of their powers. Franz, Muse and Kendrick trembling. Released at the very end of 1997 as the lead single for "Yield", an album which has yielded three completely different top 20 hits. That's not to say that this doesn't go off though, especially live where Eddie's vocal chops really put the rest of the band to shame.

15. Radiohead - No Surprises

♫ Such a pretty house and such a pretty garden ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

One of the first Radiohead discoveries for me that elevated them to the status they deserve. Even if it's not quite the absolute standout it once was, I love how delicate and lullaby-like it is and yet it still became a genuine commercial hit.

14. Radiohead - Airbag

♫ In an interstellar burst, I'm back to save the universe ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

This is a terrific driving song yet is written about car accidents, so figure that one out. Using samplers resulting from being inspired by DJ Shadow, I really love how much of a first impression this makes on the album.

13. Foo Fighters - Everlong

♫ And I wonder when I sing along with you, if everything could ever feel this real forever ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Monkey Wrench1997#32
My Hero1997#74
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

I sometimes don't look forward to ranking songs that I've already decided many many years ago that I love and hence can't separate the pure nostalgia from the actual current enjoyment. "Everlong" stands the test of time for its awesome songwriting and huge singalong chorus, and the iconic film clip is also the version I like even more because of the way the chorus is brought back in again at the end. I feel like I've said that on this forum before somewhere, and I almost certainly have, but there's nothing unexplored about this particular territory.

12. The Living End - Prisoner Of Society

♫ And if you count to three (one two three) you'll see there's no emergency ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Second Solution1997#61
All Torn Down1998#64
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

It could almost be seen as Australia's answer to "Killing In The Name" except that it's clear to point out that cultural relevance worldwide compared to Australia are two very different beasts. I miss the old a-c days before "Party Rock Anthem" kicked off the avalanche of songs that would overtake this in the a-c BOAT points list, but after of course "Boom Boom Pow", "Sex On Fire" and the like already did.

11. Radiohead - Lucky

♫ It's gonna be a glorious day, I feel my luck could change ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

A rare "OK Computer" cut that I could say has more recently grown on me, which is hard because I've not listened to this outside the context of the album as much (although 10 more scrobbles than "Fitter Happier" suggests I've done so more than enough). The first song on the album that they recorded which helped shift the tone of what the album was going to become. Similar to "Airbag" in that it refers to a crash in a sense, but it's inspired by the Bosnian War which does have the interesting critique of it being something that a Britpop band would really never touch. The lyric I've quoted is really one of Thom's greatest ever vocal moments too.

10. Fishmans - WALKING IN THE RHYTHM

♫ I don't even speak japanese lol ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
ゆらめき IN THE AIR1998#71

It's fair to say that I was enamoured with this pretty quickly, to the point where I will definitely be keeping more than an eye out for more Fishmans as I progress down the years. The late Shinji Sato provides brilliant vocals and the piano refrain is simple yet beautiful. What a bop. It goes on for a while, but enjoy the ride.

9. Green Day - Hitchin' A Ride

♫ Troubled times, you know I cannot lie, I'm off the wagon and I'm hitchin' a ride ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
King For A Day1997#22
Uptight1997#44
Redundant1997#53
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

Outside of the usual Triple M demographic this list has clearly pandered to, this for me is genuinely more about childhood nostalgia. As a kid I knew all of the big popular Green Day songs and thought of them as a pretty consistent band that could do no wrong (at the time). "Hitchin' A Ride" tricks the listener initially into thinking this would be some kind of Irish jig, but in the end the slamming riffs and huge drums from Tré Cool instead makes it an irish jig.

8. Ben Folds Five - Brick

♫ Can't you see it's not me you're dying for? Now she's feeling more alone than she ever has before ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Army1999#67

A song that I had sort of canonised as I heard it pretty frequently (see above) but then never had a copy of in my library. For that reason it's one of six songs on iTunes that comes up with the random comments about the record label that means it had to have been a song that I downloaded during that sweet Guvera free period (others are "I Ran", "Killing In The Name", "Run The World (Girls)", "Love On Top" and "Countdown", but believe me, there are plenty more)! Such a beautiful ballad on such a sensitive topic matter and was always deserving of a top 10 spot.

7. Radiohead - Electioneering

♫ When I go forwards, you go backwards, and somewhere we will meet ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

In fact this has probably grown on me just like "Lucky" because I don't think I would have had this in the top 10 five years ago. Politically charged [s]and shockingly still so relevant now, wow, mak you think[/s] and one of their heaviest. The chorus is so sensational and loud until it's contrasted with the bridge, just edge of your seat stuff.

6. Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film)

♫ Now we are one in everlasting peace, we hope that you choke, that you choke ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

As it turns out, Baz Luhrmann does make my 1997 list after all [s]twice[/s], and the fact that Baz commissioned this to run with the end credits of Romeo + Juliet only for it to then be called "Exit Music (For A Film)" sounds like some meta 2020 shit. Thom says that "it's a song for two people who should run away before all the bad stuff starts" which if misquoted would immediately get my interest for a totally different reason, but really it just means Thom's efforts were certainly inspired by the film. The fuzzy guitar effect combined with the choir and electronic sounds that pile on are all just amazing choices.

5. Green Day - Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)

♫ fuck ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hitchin' A Ride1997#9
King For A Day1997#22
Uptight1997#44
Redundant1997#53
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

This song bordered on inescapable during my childhood (especially as a graduation song, sheesh just use Vitamin C and be done with it thanks) to the point where it's passé to have it this high, but in a way that I couldn't really care less. For some reason as a kid "riddance" was one of the very few words that I had trouble getting my head around the spelling of, so it's probably not such a bad thing that I had constant reminders of it. With little more than the strings backing up Billie Joe Armstrong's acoustic guitar and vocals, it is cemented as one of their biggest hits and fan favourites alike.

4. Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta

♫ Put me in the hospital for nerves and then they had to commit me, you told them all I was crazy, they cut off my legs now I'm an amputee god damn you ♫

I have no choice but to make reference to what jinx said in his list already, which is that I of course know this from Peep Show but That Mitchell & Webb Look is far superior. I knew this way before my tastes in British comedy became more interesting as once again this is yet another rock radio banger. What a bridge too. The Todd In The Shadows video labelling this as one of the last true alt-rock one hit wonders was also interesting for pointing out that lead singer Sean Nelson is in fact a music critic himself, which automatically makes Harvey Danger a better band than Cal Chuchesta.

3. Radiohead - Paranoid Android

♫ Please could you stop the noise, I'm trying to get some rest, from all the unborn chicken voices in my head ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

This was definitely the song that got me into Radiohead in a bloody big way, even if it has very slightly dropped in my opinion of it since I first clicked with it about a decade ago or so. But come on, in most other years, this song is #1. I'm not sure if it would have felt the same if it ended up being 14 minutes long like it was originally planned to be, in part because it's a lot easier to take this seriously. It's a reminder of course that through-composed songs were not invented in 2018 unlike some Gen Y folks will lead you to believe but it's such a masterpiece to begin with.

2. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms

♫ So keep your candles burning, make her journey bright and pure, that she'll keep returning, always and evermore ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

Alrighty then, this one. Of all places it was via the "Gettin' Square" soundtrack where this really piqued my interest. After this year though, this song is just so much closer to me now, and to be honest really uncomfortably so. Devastating, gorgeous, menacing, and so perfect.

1. Radiohead - Karma Police

♫ For a minute there I lost myself, I lost myself ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

This may be a surprise, and when revealing the #1 no alarms and no surprises please, but really I had decided the order of the top 3 probably 3 or 4 years ago. But oh damn how is it possible for a song to be this good??!?! I'm glad I abandoned the path I was following in updating my BOAT every five minutes because I really needed more canonised classics time to breathe. In fact on that point, I think this is the closest thing anything has ever come to "Take Me Out" since I actually picked up this interest in music, and it's to the point where I'm genuinely not sure now.

On a side note that totally digresses from my contention, it turns out that Jonathan Glazer only made two music videos for songs released in 1997, and they were "Karma Police" and "Into My Arms". I had only just seen the latter now, but this one's film clip is pretty iconic.

It's almost nine years to the day that I finished my last ever high school exam, and a month later I touched down in Los Angeles for my first holiday outside Oceania / Asia. I was in quite a state of euphoria and wonder as we landed, and the song that came on as we walked into the airport terminal was "Karma Police" (on my green iPod Nano which still works but I haven't loaded it with anything because lastie things and cbf). I am a forgetful bastard but that song coming on at that precise moment is one of the memories that will always stay with me, and as the album was exponentially growing on me at that time, it was the years that followed that saw it ever so slowly overtake "Paranoid Android" and end up in the place that it truly deserves. In a year of truly exceptional quality, and from an album that truly stands on its own [s]with maybe a few others idk[/s], just wow. For the 4 minutes and 22 seconds when this song comes on, I always lose myself.

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2020

I think its my annual ramblings.

What can I say when I look back at 2020? I'm at the point where I can't compare years in a linear fashion and just say "x year is better than y year because of z things that happened in my life", because my life is so much nuanced and complicated than when I just had homework and a chart to think about. If you're close enough to me, you'll already know what I went through in 2020. Losing a parent would always be hard for anyone, especially when they're in a tightknit family like ours, and also in a year when travel became so restricted. We all collectively look back and reflect on a regular basis and at times our minds turn to sadness and the challenges of those last few weeks (and the 1-2 months afterwards too). In a time of immense pressure and emotion, all you can really do is try to make the best decisions that will put your family in the best possible position, not to mention to look after one another to make sure everyone is coping as best as they can. There was no escaping the end result but I can definitely tell you all today that not only were the best decisions made, but that we have no regrets about the way that it played out. We genuinely faced a greater level of uncertainty in 2018 which made that period still worse in comparison and that does provide some relief. The bottom line is we are doing really well. Better than I could have imagined, and not without remembering the important memories too. It's hard to pin down exactly what clicked and when, and it was most likely a combination of working from home that allowed me to process my thoughts at my own pace whilst also keeping active professionally and with my interests. There are some really exciting things happening for me in the not too distant future, and although there are many aspects of my life that remain uncertain, bringing a lot more self-care into my life whilst taking an active interest in support my family and friends is something that gives me great satisfaction. Without being blunt or dismissive about everything I've just said, I haven't been this content with things for at least four years, probably longer, and certainly not since I've matured and been able to become more aware of my mental health and wellbeing.

One of the absolute blessings of last year was our second dog Harry. As of Saturday it will be exactly a year to the day that he first set foot in our house. Harry and Daisy took a little bit of time to get used to each other, but once they did, they have become inseparable. To be at home most of the year had its benefits because I was able to see him grow up from being only a couple of kilos to now pretty much being full-size (though slightly smaller than Daisy, and we're pretty sure he's stopped growing). He's a little bit rude where he often tries to push Daisy out the way just to get more pats and cuddles, but otherwise he's so quiet and gentle and we love him to bits. We still love Daisy too, and it's really difficult not to play favourites because they're both awesome, but you can tell just how happy she is too now that she has a best pal to run around with every day. He has grown so much from when we first got him: https://imgur.com/cZaMxOk

Other things happened too. I decided to join a football media group which I've been writing for and making content on since late last year, and even went to a game the other day as part of it which was a lot of fun. I managed to have my most successful tweet ever due to Caroline Polachek stans on Twitter doing their thing, only for that tweet to be eclipsed by something I posted involving the aforementioned match / media group thing. After commencing it two years ago, my stupidly inconvenient and irritating (but also quite important for the long-term) uni degree is nearly over with only one assignment left to submit later this month. You can't wipe the smile off my face writing that sentence. Music was really huge for me once again and even more so when sport across the country took a break. I listened to a record number of albums and managed to just beat my yearly scrobble tally as well. This is definitely one of my strongest top 100s of any year, which I think is a much better way of saying one year is better than another. I got into a lot of podcasts and Netflix etc., which at times put me in a mood where I didn't want to have music on 24/7, but my passion is still as strong as ever. 89 albums and 12 EPs that I tried are listed below (also at the very very bottom are the 2019 songs that would have stood a chance for the top 300 here). You will hear the top 25 albums as always revealed throughout today's and next Wednesday's broadcasts. This year I've also expanded to a top 300 for the songs because why the heck not, so hopefully there are even more of everyone's faves to enjoy. Thank you all in advance for coming along and reading through all of this, and I love you all.

Last year was shit for a lot of people and talking about it really does make a difference - please hit me up if you ever need to chat because everyone's got something they're going through

070 Shake - Modus Vivendi
2 Chainz - So Help Me God!
21 Savage & Metro Boomin - SAVAGE MODE II
Against All Logic - 2017 - 2019
Alex the Astronaut - The Theory Of Absolutely Nothing
All The Colours - Vol. 3
Ariana Grande - positions
Ball Park Music - Ball Park Music
Big Sean - Detroit 2
Blu & Exile - Miles
Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Bright Eyes - Down in the Weeds, Where the World Once Was
Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour
City Girls - City On Lock
clipping. - Visions of Bodies Being Burned
Cloud Nothings - The Black Hole Understands
Cub Sport - Like Nirvana
Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats - UNLOCKED
Disclosure - ENERGY
Dogleg - Melee
Drake - Dark Lane Demo Tapes
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia
Empty Country - Empty Country
Everything Everything - RE-ANIMATOR
Fiona Apple - Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Fleet Foxes - Shore
flora cash - Baby, It's Okay
Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo
Future - High Off Life
Future Islands - As Long As You Are
Glass Animals - Dreamland
Gorillaz - Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez
Great Gable - Tracing Faces
Hinds - The Prettiest Curse
IDLES - Ultra Mono
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Reunions
Jay Electronica - A Written Testimony
Joji - Nectar
Juice WRLD - Legends Never Die
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Chunky Shrapnel
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Live In Paris '19
KSI - Dissimulation
Laura Marling - Song For Our Daughter
Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Atake
Lil Yachty - Lil Boat 3
Lime Cordiale - 14 Steps To A Better You
Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison
Matt Berry - Phantom Birds
Megan Thee Stallion - Good News
Midnight Oil - The Makarrata Project
Moaning - Uneasy Laughter
Nat Vazer - Is This Offensive and Loud?
NAV - Emergency Tsunami
NAV - Good Intentions
Nothing But Thieves - Moral Panic
Osees - Protean Threat
Pearl Jam - Gigaton
Perfume Genius - Set My Heart On Fire Immediately
Pop Filter - Banksia
Pop Smoke - Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon
Pottery - Welcome To Bobby's Motel
Protomartyr - Ultimate Success Today
Public Enemy - What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down?
Purity Ring - WOMB
Run The Jewels - RTJ4
San Cisco - Between You and Me
Slaughter Beach, Dog - At the Moonbase
Sorry - 925
Spacey Jane - Sunlight
Spillage Village - Spilligion
T.R.U. - No Face No Case
Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Taylor Swift - evermore
Taylor Swift - folklore
Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - Temple
The Amity Affliction - Everyone Loves You… Once You Leave Them
The Avalanches - We Will Always Love You
The Killers - Imploding The Mirage
The Strokes - The New Abnormal
The Weeknd - After Hours
The Wytches - Three Mile Ditch
Tim Heidecker - Fear of Death
Two People - Second Body
Various Artists - Office Hours Live presents Slaps, Bops & Bangers
Washington - Batflowers
Wolf & Cub - NIL
YG - My Life 4HUNNID

A$AP Ferg - Floor Seats II [EP]
Chelsea Peretti - Foam and Flotsam [EP]
DECAP - 123 [EP]
Father John Misty - Anthem +3 [EP]
James Blake - Before [EP]
Megan Thee Stallion - Suga [EP]
ONEFOUR - Against All Odds [EP]
Owl Eyes - Invisible Woman [EP]
PUP - This Place Sucks Ass [EP]
San Cisco - Flaws [EP]
Tkay Maidza - Last Year Was Weird, Vol.2 [EP]
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - I Can Hear The Birds [EP]



2019 songs that were fully sick

Bombay Bicycle Club - Everything Else Has Gone Wrong
Juice WRLD - Robbery
Ocean Alley - Tombstone
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Bill's Mandolin

also 21 Savage feat. J Cole - a lot is amazing but lol old
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Top 300

1The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink SiifuRunning Red Lights
2The StrokesAt the Door
3Future IslandsFor Sure
4Empty CountryBecca
5Jay ElectronicaGhost of Soulja Slim
6IDLESA Hymn
721 Savage & Metro BoominNo Opp Left Behind
8NAVFriends & Family
9For Those I LoveI Have a Love
10Two PeopleSomeone To Serve
11Future feat. DrakeLife Is Good
12Megan Thee StallionCaptain Hook
13The Avalanches feat. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSOWherever You Go
14Fontaines D.C.Televised Mind
15Empty Country10 Year
16IDLESCarcinogenic
17System of a DownGenocidal Humanoidz
18Megan Thee StallionSavage
19EAST AV3Le Labo
20Melbs bbAstrology (clothesline)
21IDLESGrounds
22IDLESKill Them With Kindness
23Spillage Village with JID & EARTHGANG feat. Ant ClemonsBaptize
24ONEFOURHome and Away
25James BlakeBefore
26Elizabeth FaderEncore
27ONEFOUR feat. A$AP FergSay It Again
28IDLESMr. Motivator
29Ball Park MusicParanoid Android (triple j Like A Version)
30clipping. feat. Cam & Chinaˈ96 Neve Campbell
31SwaVayYaya
32Alex the AstronautLost
33HindsJust Like Kids (Miau)
34Cardi B feat. Megan Thee StallionWAP
35Perfume GeniusNothing at All
36Max LeoneCautious
37Alex the AstronautI Think You're Great
38Curtis Waters feat. Harm FranklinStunnin'
39Against All LogicFantasy
40The Avalanches feat. Cola Boyy & Mick JonesWe Go On
4121 Savage & Metro BoominGlock in My Lap
42Yves V & Ilkay Sencan feat. EmieNot So Bad
43Blu & ExileYou Ain't Never Been Blue
44Pop Smoke feat. Rowdy RebelMake It Rain
45Run The Jewels feat. Pharrell Williams and Zack de la RochaJU$T
46Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
47Two PeopleLoud
48Chloe x HalleDo It
49Zella DayMy Game
50Muka Vhatti feat. Danté Knows & DoloRRes$he
51Future IslandsHit the Coast
52Perfume GeniusOn the Floor
5321 Savage & Metro BoominRunnin
54Owl EyesTokyo
55A$AP FergValue
56The Amity AfflictionSoak Me In Bleach
57Yard ActFixer Upper
58The Avalanches feat. Kurt VileGold Sky
59ProtomartyrModern Business Hymns
60Arno FarajiBass Jumpin
61Easy LifeDaydreams
62ProtomartyrProcessed by the Boys
63Two PeopleA Taste
64Jay ElectronicaThe Neverending Story
65Foo FightersShame Shame
66JAY1 feat. LoskiTEE
67Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. DrakeOprah's Bank Account
68Bright EyesForced Convalescence
69Tkay MaidzaShook
70Guapdad 4000 feat. Denzel CurryLil Scammer That Could
71Sports TeamHere's the Thing
72MoaningEgo
73Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
74Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitIt Gets Easier
75Amber Mark1894
76Empty CountrySouthern Cloud
77Garrett Kato & Julia StoneBreathe It In
78Hayley WilliamsSimmer
79Two PeopleBreaking the Silence
80Frisco feat. Skepta, Jammer, JME & ShortyRed Card
81fcj & Rosarrielike the movies
82Disclosure, Aminé & slowthaiMy High
83MadlibRoad of the Lonely Ones
84The WytchesCowboy
85Tkay MaidzaGrasshopper
86Fleet FoxesQuiet Air / Gioia
87King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardIntrasport
88Travis Scott feat. Young Thug & M.I.A.FRANCHISE
89The Colleagues feat. Freddie GibbsRed Vans
90Matt BerningerSerpentine Prison
91RY X & Ólafur ArnaldsOceans
92FutureRidin Strikers
93clipping.Chapter 319
94WESTSIDE BOOGIE & Joey Bada$$Outside
95HindsWaiting For You
96Sam WindleyBriefcases
97Slaughter Beach, DogDo You Understand (What Has Happened to You)
98Black Thought feat. Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Killer MikeGood Morning
99SeasideShame
100LogicCelebration
101Two PeopleI Was Wrong Thinking You Were Right
102Perfume GeniusDescribe
103Spillage Village with JID & EARTHGANG feat. Hollywood JBEa'alah (Family)
104DrakeToosie Slide
105clipping.Say the Name
106SorryMore
107T.R.U. with Worl feat. 2 ChainzBrick On My Face
108A$AP Ferg feat. Nicki Minaj & MadeinTYOMove Ya Hips
109Bright EyesDance and Sing
110City GirlsJobs
111Busta Rhymes feat. Kendrick LamarLook Over Your Shoulder
112Two PeopleThe Line
113HindsGood Bad Times
114IDK, Denzel Curry & Maxo KreamBULLETPROOF
115Migos feat. Travis Scott & Young ThugGive No Fxk
116Lil Spacely feat. Haile Ambessa, Biz & Griizz100 Degrees
117Jack HarlowWHATS POPPIN
118shameWater in the Well
119HuskyLight a Cigarette
120Fleet FoxesCan I Believe You
121Alina Baraz feat. 6LACKMorocco
122Gorillaz feat. ScHoolboy QPAC-MAN
123The Amity AfflictionMidnight Train
124Glass AnimalsDreamland
125Sheff G x Sleepy HallowTip Toe
12621 Savage & Metro Boomin feat. Young NudySnitches & Rats
127Megan Thee Stallion feat. Young ThugDon't Stop
128HMLTDBlank Slate
129Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitLetting You Go
130Two PeopleUnder the Hood
131Sports TeamGoing Soft
132DisclosureEcstasy
133Cub SportThese Days
134CLOVESDead
135King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardSome of Us
136SemanticsSDE
137EminemDarkness
138070 ShakeGuilty Conscience
139Bass Drum Of DeathToo Cold to Hold
140The Lazy EyesCheesy Love Song
14121 Savage & Metro BoominRIP Luv
142Touché Amoré feat. Manchester OrchestraLimelight
143H.E.R.Damage
144Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquireBootlickers (Burn Baby Burn)
145Sloan PetersonNightmare
146The WeekndAfter Hours
147Surf TrashWrong or Right
148Big SeanLucky Me
149The Avalanches feat. Denzel Curry, Tricky & Sampa the GreatTake Care in Your Dreaming
150Blu & Exile feat. IsheWhen the Gods Meet
151The ChicksGaslighter
152YGSWAG
153#1 DadsFreedom Fighter
154Big K.R.I.T.KICKOFF
155Alex the AstronautCaught In The Middle
156The Avalanches feat. Leon BridgesInterstellar Love
157Bad Bunny & Jhay CortezDakiti
158DoglegKawasaki Backflip
159Lil BabyThe Bigger Picture
160Other LivesWe Wait
161Chloe x HalleROYL
162The Avalanches feat. Sananda Maitreya & Vashti BunyanReflecting Light
163GoldLink feat. LukeyWorldDunya
164Lil YachtySplit / Whole Time
165Big Sean feat. Travis ScottLithuania
166The StrokesNot the Same Anymore
167Smino, Monte Booker & The DrumsBackstage Pass
168Purity Ringpeacefall
169Huron JohnWhy Do People Grow (Long for the Day When I Had That Flip Phone)
170Lil Yachty feat. Future & Mike WiLL Made-ItPardon Me
171JARV IS...Am I Missing Something?
172Ho99o9Pigs Want Me Dead
173Alex the AstronautSplit the Sky
174Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist feat. Rick RossScottie Beam
175San CiscoAlone
176Matt BerningerLoved So Little
177Migos feat. YoungBoy Never Broke AgainNeed It
178Internet Money & Gunna feat. Don Toliver & NAVLemonade
179Wolf & CubClose To the Edge
180Dugong Jr feat. EvangelineGhost
181PUPAnaphylaxis
182Bob VylanWe Live Here
183King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardHoney
184Baxter DuryI'm Not Your Dog
185TemplesParaphernalia
186Danté Knows & TaskerLaced
187Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitBe Afraid
188All The ColoursBabe You're on Your Own
189No Money EnterprisePresto
190Chloe x HalleForgive Me
191Thao & The Get Down Stay DownPure Cinema
192Bright EyesPersona Non Grata
193Wolf & CubBlue State
194#1 DadsTwice a Fool
195OseesIf I Had My Way
196Mozzy feat. G Herbo & King VonBody Count
197Great GableAll My Friends
198tobi louStudent Loans
199IDLESWar
200Gorillaz feat. slowthai & SlavesMomentary Bliss
201Purity Ringi like the devil
202Denzel Curry & Kenny BeatsSo.Incredible.pkg
203The Avalanches feat. Blood OrangeWe Will Always Love You
204Peach Tree RascalsDeer
205The Undercover Dream LoversYou Don't Have to be Lonely
206Against All LogicAlarm
207Hannah GeorgasThat Emotion
20821 Savage & Metro BoominMany Men
209Cherry GlazerrRabbit Hole
210Party DozenAuto Loser
211Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist feat. Benny the ButcherFrank Lucas
212The Avalanches feat. MGMT & Johnny MarrThe Divine Chord
213girl in redrue
214Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitRunning With Our Eyes Closed
215Blood Orange & 박혜진 Park Hye JinCALL ME (Freestyle)
216Guerilla TossHuman Girl
217Denzel Curry & Kenny BeatsDIET_
218Tina Says feat. SpektrumLive & Die
219GAUCITo Save a Moment
220Youngn LipzHow?
22121 Savage & Metro Boomin feat. DrakeMr. Right Now
222Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitWhat've I Done To Help
223Lil Spacely & Korky BuchekHusky
224Ok Sure x OsophoElixir
225POLIÇASteady
22621 Savage & Metro BoominSteppin on Niggas
227Jaguar JonzeDeadalive
228CLYPSOStorm
229Empty CountryEmerald
230BaauerPLANET'S MAD
231The KillersCaution
232Hayley MaryThe Chain
233Porter RobinsonGet Your Wish
234Fontaines D.C.Oh Such A Spring
235REI AMIRUNAWAY
236The GrogansGot a Girl
237Jess LockeDestroy Everything
238Django DjangoGlowing in the Dark
239Flume feat. Toro y MoiThe Difference
240The Kid LAROITELL ME WHY
241Peking Duk feat. Alisa XayalithMove
242Against All LogicPenny
243The AvalanchesMusic Makes Me High
244Fontaines D.C.You Said
245Mother's CakeI'm Your President
246clipping.Check the Lock
247Something for KateCome Back Before I Come Back To My Senses
248CLYPSOSidestep
249Jaguar JonzeRabbit Hole
250The ChatsAC/DC CD
251Arca feat. ROSALÍAKLK
252Future IslandsThrill
253Little Simzmight bang, might not
254Kid CudiLeader of the Delinquents
255Children CollideFuneral For A Ghost
256Purity Ringsinew
257San CiscoReasons
258Genesis OwusuThe Other Black Dog
259The Smith Street BandThe End Of The World
260BlocBoy JB feat. NLE ChoppaChopBloc, Pt. 3
261The Jungle GiantsSending Me Ur Loving
262Everything EverythingBig Climb
263HAIM3am
264Foster the PeopleLamb's Wool
265illuminati hottiesfreequent letdown
266Tkay Maidza feat. Kari FauxDon't Call Again
267Beach BunnyPromises
268IDLESReigns
269Ok SurePortals
270KYLE feat. Rich The Kid & K CAMPYES!
271Against All Logic feat. Lydia LunchIf You Can't Do It Good, Do It Hard
272dave the bandFine!
273The StrokesThe Adults Are Talking
274YGOut on Bail
275MoaningCoincidence or Fate
276The RionsHead Still Hurts
277Empty CountrySwim
278Theophilus London feat. RaekwonWhoop Tang Flow
279PassengerA Song for the Drunk and Broken Hearted
280TOPSDirect Sunlight
281SorryRosie
282JojiRun
283Django DjangoSpirals
284Art vs. ScienceIcycle Bicycle
285CustardCouple's Fight
286boy pabloRest Up
287Helado Negro feat. Flock of DimesLotta Love
288The KillersMy Own Soul's Warning
289Lil Rae feat. Pelican TuskODYSSEY
290Swami John ReisI Hate My Neighbors In the Yellow House
291King PrincessOnly Time Makes It Human
29221 Savage & Metro BoominMy Dawg
293Run The Jewels feat. Greg Nice and DJ PremierOoh LA LA
294Max LeoneMalleable
295The Jacka feat. Freddie GibbsCan't Go Home
296Biig PiigDon't Turn Around
297King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardStraws In the Wind
298Surfer BloodParkland (Into the Silence)
299IDLESModel Village
300Northeast Party HouseThe Desert

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Albums top 25

1IDLESUltra Mono
2The AvalanchesWe Will Always Love You
3Two PeopleSecond Body
421 Savage & Metro BoominSAVAGE MODE II
5Empty CountryEmpty Country
6Fontaines D.C.A Hero's Death
7Alex the AstronautThe Theory Of Absolutely Nothing
8Against All Logic2017 - 2019
9HindsThe Prettiest Curse
10Freddie Gibbs & The AlchemistAlfredo
11Jay ElectronicaA Written Testimony
12DoglegMelee
13The StrokesThe New Abnormal
14ProtomartyrUltimate Success Today
15Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
16King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardK.G.
17Sorry925
18Jason Isbell and the 400 UnitReunions
19OseesProtean Threat
20Run The JewelsRTJ4
21The WeekndAfter Hours
22Future IslandsAs Long As You Are
23Spillage VillageSpilligion
24clipping.Visions of Bodies Being Burned
25The KillersImploding The Mirage

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100. Logic - Celebration

♫ That's why they live vicariously through you "Logic what you should do is rap like" - uh uh nah, I'd rather not, that's why I'm in a mansion and you sleeping on a cot ♫

I'm usually not interested in Logic. I should add to that by saying I genuinely don't find joy out of disliking things and finding more songs from an artist I already don't like just so I can continue to feed into the narrative. It's a roundabout way of saying that I've grown up quite a lot, and it's possible that Logic has to an extent too. His decision at this stage to retire from the music industry to focus on fatherhood was met with a mixed reaction, and he explained himself quite well when interviewed with Fantano to elaborate. But why do I like this song? I don't want to shit on Logic as a rapper because he does a really good job here, but for the most part it's the stellar production from No I.D. that makes this sound like something Jay-Z or Kanye would get involved with.

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99. Seaside - Shame

♫ What am I calling, feels like we're falling ♫

I've been on the Seaside train ever since I came across "Golden Girl" back in 2018 and "Habits" a year later. In both cases the Byron Bay locals showcased their ability to weave blissful and dreamy melodies in with plucky guitar riffs. But that is all out the window with this gritty track which I loved on first listen. It's not a complete reinvention but the roaring guitars are just so impressive.

98. Black Thought feat. Pusha T, Swizz Beatz & Killer Mike - Good Morning

♫ Shit you lying to impress, you is just insane, I look at you with the disdain of an old shit stain ♫

Previous entries [Black Thought]YearPosition
Education (with Freddie Gibbs, Madlib & Yasiin Bey)2019#8
Crowns for Kings (with Benny The Butcher)2019#63

Previous entries [Pusha T]YearPosition
Popular Thug (with Kelis)2001#57
Mercy (with Kanye West, Big Sean & 2 Chainz)2013#10
In Cold Blood [Twin Shadow Version] (with alt-J & Twin Shadow)2018#25
If You Know You Know2018#96

Previous entries [Killer Mike]YearPosition
In Your Dreams (with Outkast, Janelle Monáe & Sleepy Brown)2006#18

So I realise that sometimes you need to track back more than one song when you hear a sample that you recognise, but regardless of that I have to acknowledge that "Lucifer" is a really solid Jay-Z deep cut (even though it missed my 2003 EOY), and this interpolates the same hook sampled in that particular song. Meanwhile, this is a who's who of hip hop, with four glittering resumés made up of the three rappers and also producer Swizz Beatz. Swizz Beatz must have watched some Peep Show when making this because I really think that he creates a powerful sense of dread in the production. Much like "Education" last year, it's pretty tough to pick which of the verses shines through the most but that's a good problem to have.

97. Slaughter Beach, Dog - Do You Understand (What Has Happened to You)

♫ I'm pretty sure most of those kids work on the docks these days ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Good Ones2019#5
Map of the Stars2019#23
One Down2019#54

"Safe and Also No Fear" was the big shock album out of nowhere in 2019 for me so I was always going to be keen to see what they did next. The result was a somewhat surprise release on Christmas Eve that I only found out about while I was on holiday, and it ended up being an album with way too many spoken word passages resulting in a few meandering and directionless moments. Make no mistake, it is a good album but spoiler alert it does miss my top 25 album list. In some ways "Do You Understand (What Has Happened to You)" still embodies some of the LP's frustrating spirit though because I do wish it was a bit tighter, but when the riffs come in at the start of each verse I'm won over every time.

96. Sam Windley - Briefcases

♫ One false step and I'm in the deep end again, swimming pool swimming pool swimming pool swimming pool ♫

It's no shock that the Unearthed High nominated Sam Windley lists Middle Kids and Courtney Barnett as influences, because the melodies on this track hit in a similarly lovely way. Her ability as a songwriter is really evident in "Briefcases", a tale about hitting the road to escape one's problems.

95. Hinds - Waiting For You

♫ I gave you time in crowded places, gave you love in empty spaces ♫

I had hoped that Hinds would be the La Luz of 2020 even if their style is a bit less psychedelic. Ultimately, "The Prettiest Curse" isn't an instant classic or anything but it's definitely full of big moments. "Waiting For You" isn't reinventing the wheel but the bass riff is really strong and helps drive what is a fairly simple melody.

94. WESTSIDE BOOGIE & Joey Bada$$ - Outside

♫ I think the reason I'm missing 'cause I been lackin' precision, I think the credit they owe me should never come with a limit ♫

Previous entries [Joey Bada$$]YearPosition
1Train (with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)2014#25
No. 992015#37
Lose Control (with Glass Animals)2015#62

WESTSIDE BOOGIE used to go by Boogie which I'm sure may have led to him being confused for (the more successful) A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie. This new name appears to be nothing more than a direct result of that because A Boogie is from New York. Jury's out if it really resolved things because upon first hearing the track I thought it was going to be Westside Gunn. "Outside" appears to be a declaration of imperfection and why working really hard doesn't always result in getting the credit you deserve. Meanwhile, it has been several years since Joey Bada$$'s last appearance on an EOY of mine and his verse in the middle of the track is really solid.

93. clipping. - Chapter 319

♫ You wanna shoot without being shot back, got news for you, no one's really 'bout that ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Work Work (with Cocc Pistol Cree)2014#23
Inside Out2014#43
Get Up (with Mariel Jacoda)2014#71

Okay, so it maybe goes without saying that I can state the obvious like 8 minutes and 46 seconds but I'm never going to be the most prepared person that can adequately sum up a topic like this, and that's perfectly fine to be informed by people that are frankly far more prepared. Daveed Diggs has always had the ability to tell stories so vividly, and while they've often been as part of an overarching album concept, this as a one-off fundraiser single stands out as something very much rooted in real life events. Renowned Houston hip hop producer DJ Screw passed away in 2000 (and not too long ago namedropped by Travis Scott) but not before he released 349 mixtapes among a number of albums, with the 319th mixtape being titled "Chapter 319: Floyd & Screw '98". Not satisfied with that being the only reference point here, this actually samples the late George Floyd's rapping with DJ Screw as part of the intro and twice later in the track. Back on Daveed, I could have chosen almost every line in this track as the quote as it's so hard-hitting and performed with the right amount of aggression, combining perfectly with the chaotic production that we know the trio for all too well.

92. Future - Ridin Strikers

♫ King Kong I'm taking drugs out my body, insane inside my brain and my posse ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
1000 (with N.E.R.D)2017#21
Mask Off2017#34
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & James Blake)2018#52

Twitter wasn't great last year admittedly, but without it we would never have had this classic moment https://twitter.com/MetroBoomin/status/1261337137741541377 . The four producers we actually do have here though clearly get it right, because I really like how the beat keeps up a solid pace even if it is a stock standard trap offering. Future only really has to stay on beat and he's achieved what he needs to do, which he manages despite the robbery story interlude which is followed by an almost "THat Part"-like section which finishes off the track. Beggars can't be choosers but I'm not complaining.

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91. RY X & Ólafur Arnalds - Oceans

♫ Let it term into your mind, lay your words to the fire, and I'll lay you down again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Body Sun2019#29

I was late to "Body Sun" but thankfully not too late, and "Oceans" was his only release of RY X's in 2020 if you excluded two featured efforts (one being a Duke Dumont song which hearing a snippet of is really different/good). Ólafur is not the first Icelandic artist to end up here of course, in fact his own sister joined múm a few years after they made my 2000 list. "Oceans" is not a hot Pearl Jam cover but it uses the soft bass drum really well after the "I'll lay you down again" hook which really sets up the chorus nicely.

Numbers 300 to 251 posted

90. Matt Berninger - Serpentine Prison

♫ Total submission, I've seen a vision, everyone's screaming, I've been daydreaming ♫

There are quite a few lines in this track that make it clear this is basically dadfolk. But digging a bit deeper, it's a song about dealing with addiction and it does so in a really self-aware way. Musically it sounds lovely with a tasteful brass section coming in later in the track.

89. The Colleagues feat. Freddie Gibbs - Red Vans

♫ Water on my necklace, frosty freezer 'frigerator yeah, dope boy in the Benzi with them Vans on like a skater yeah ♫

Previous entries [Freddie Gibbs]YearPosition
Shitsville (with Madlib)2015#3
Lakers (with Madlib, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77
Education (with Madlib, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought)2019#8
Crime Pays (with Madlib)2019#81

KP and R.Chris are The Colleagues, producing mostly hip hop stuff over the past decade and a bit but occasionally R&B and K-pop as well. What appears to be the first ever collaboration with Freddie Gibbs dropped in January 2020 and "Red Vans" is really just a song with amazingly fun rap flow that really had a lot of replay value last year for me. Almost a year to the day they've actually put out another song with Freddie, which I do like, and you may hear more about in a year's time.

88. Travis Scott feat. Young Thug & M.I.A. - FRANCHISE

♫ Got 'em bamboozled like I'm Spike Lee, you need more than Google just to find me ♫

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 MODE2018#7
ZEZE (with Kodak Black & Offset)2018#39
CHopstix (with ScHoolboy Q)2019#61

Previous entries [Young Thug]YearPosition
Pick up the Phone (with Travis Scott & Quavo)2016#86

Previous entries [M.I.A.]YearPosition
20 Dollar2007#38
Paper Planes2007#58
XR22007#74
Bad Girls2012#79

I do like myself a good banger and Travis has had a knack for bringing them into the system from time to time, so this certainly coloured me intrigued when it dropped. "THE SCOTTS" was really nothing more than passable getting through on name value alone, but this has way more going for it straight away. The production is... lit I suppose, the random warning signs blaring in the background make it sound so chaotic and eerie which I think gives it quite a bit of character. It was amazing also to see M.I.A. get brought on even if it's far from her best work individually, but then only for her verse to be removed and replaced with Future of all people which made absolutely no sense.

87. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Intrasport

♫ Don’t take it personally, this is not about you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67
Planet B2019#2
Self-Immolate2019#11
Hell2019#48
Mars For The Rich2019#69

Apparently the new album is coming this month omg? Even if you don't count "Nonagon Infinity", I've officially followed along with more King Gizzard album cycles than ones released before I became a full-on fan. "K.G." probably ends up in similar territory as "Fishing for Fishies" with some interesting concepts being tested but not having everything stick the landing. "Intrasport" is one of the most synth-heavy songs they've ever released, just over 3 weeks away until I get to see it live <3

86. Fleet Foxes - Quiet Air / Gioia

♫ Some shape, float on faith in the eye ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
White Winter Hymnal2008#28
He Doesn't Know Why2008#35
Oliver James2008#71
Mykonos2009#4

I'm not saying Fleet Foxes have ever been mediocre, but when it came to "Shore", I've not been as interested in their work since their debut album from all those years ago. Teaming up with half of Grizzly Bear for the album can certainly help with that, and although not as evident on "Quiet Air / Gioia", I think the quality improved ever so slightly overall whilst still keeping to their usual style somewhat.

85. Tkay Maidza - Grasshopper

♫ Hop out the furnace, took years [to make an EOY chart] and it was worth it, yeah I been learning, comin' out top of the [other artists that were unfortunate in not making this particular EOY chart] ♫

I made a joke the other day that this should have been in FIFA, without checking to realise that it already was. It's so crisply produced and well performed, with Tkay going so hard on the chorus and using some really interesting changes in flow throughout the verses.

84. The Wytches - Cowboy

♫ I was bound up and sinking my head for a while, got struck just enough what it takes for now ♫

I thnk The Wytches came up one day as a recommended artist on Spotify somehow and from there I became quite interested. The best way to describe is that it's sort of dark surf rock, but the riffs have a heavy psychedelic feel to them. The final rocky bit is reminiscent of "Hot Squash" and hey, if something even vaguely resembles "Hot Squash", you've got a hit. The film clip is pretty amusing in a sort of amateurish way too.

83. Madlib - Road of the Lonely Ones

♫ I must have done something wrong, to be left with such a lonely song ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
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
Education (with Freddie Gibbs, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought)2019#8
Crime Pays (with Freddie Gibbs)2019#81

The new Madlib album is already out but lol I'm way too busy right now, it's at the top of my 2021 list to try out at least. Abandoning the usual inclusion of rappers (at least from what I'm familiar with), this is a more along the lines of DJ Shadow in the way that it mixes up the sample with the vintage beats, and also not unlike "Stepping Into Tomorrow" which technically has MF DOOM for the intro (rest in power) but really is a jazz plunderphonics jam. The original "Lost In A Lonely World" by The Ethics - also sampled in a different song by Big K.R.I.T. - was apparently released in 2003 according to Google but that seems a little hard to believe.

82. Disclosure, Aminé & slowthai - My High

♫ u mad ♫

Previous entries [Disclosure]YearPosition
You & Me (Flume Remix) (with Eliza Doolittle & Flume)2013#90

Previous entries [Aminé]YearPosition
REDMERCEDES2017#46
STFU2017#56
DR. WHOEVER2018#90

Previous entries [slowthai]YearPosition
High Beams (with Flume & HWLS)2019#13

It's almost like I've been waiting all this time for Disclosure to drop a song that really grabs my attention, because there have been several that haven't been too far away to EOY success for me without truly getting there. Joining forces with two rappers that have had some recent EOY success for me in Aminé and slowthai was a combination that I was happy with straight away. Unlike some recent rap collaborations, these two have clearly distinct and contrasting styles which allow their verses to have their own flavour.

81. fcj & Rosarrie - like the movies

♫ I'll fall for all your lies, if it means I can stop waiting ♫

Sometimes this brand of dream pop can seem too contrived and almost like it's just made for being Spotify playlist filler, but the way this track is produced is really clever. I like the throbbing synths against the clean percussion, with vocalist Rosarrie providing the perfect soft tone to match what the song needs. Lyrics aside, it soundtracked my early 2020 playlists driving in the car to work (back when you could do that) prior to any of the lockdowns and it became one of the year's first proper hits. She sings that it's okay to dream for clichés that you only see in the movies, even if at times you're compromising way too much just to get there.

Numbers 250 to 201 posted

80. Frisco feat. Skepta, Jammer, JME & Shorty - Red Card

♫ You think that you're running this game, we've got the joystick ♫

I had it in my head that this was going to miss out so I'm glad this UK role call hip hop banger found a place. It's a missed opportunity for at least a few football references, but "Red Card" provides a great canvas for all five rappers to do their thing.

79. Two People - Breaking the Silence

♫ Living outside ain't enough when the windows so cold to touch, yeah I went outside once, swear I felt myself falling in love ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dream Steppin'2019#1
Phone Call2019#3
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94

The most anticipated album release of 2020 was Two People's second album "Second Body", which in lieu of getting a physical CD because I was worried it wouldn't arrive on the exact release day, I instead snagged a t-shirt for my birthday which was well worth the wait #YayAusPost. "Breaking the Silence" is a mix of the old and the new, with some Snakadaktal-esque guitars coming through against the heavy dreamy production and I think it's a delight.

78. Hayley Williams - Simmer

♫ Control, there's so many ways to give in, eyes closed ♫

I'm not the world's biggest Paramore fan with only "Brick By Boring Brick" making the EOY grade prior. While they've had some decent tracks since then, I was never really expecting them or any solo Hayley to ever make this much of an impression on me. I sort of get a Bloc Party vibe with this and it clearly went down well with fans, although sadly not quite enough for the brief WT hype to truly be believed.

77. Garrett Kato & Julia Stone - Breathe It In

♫ And in spite of how I love you, it's not enough for me to forget ♫

Much like "like the movies" this was another early-ish hit and feels like it was released about 193 years ago. I didn't know of Garrett Kato's work prior to this but he appears to be a Canadian that moved to Byron Bay, in a move that I can only assume was to inflate said town's EOY performance today so far. One of the many band t-shirts I did get recently was Angus & Julia Stone actually so this sort of counts too!

76. Empty Country - Southern Cloud

♫ And all the while I'm free to reject the misery, the rotting family tree outside, in the changing light ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ultrasound2019#39

This is a particular highlight in the car, mainly because I don't know the words very well and I just love singing loudly in the chorus like D'Agostino. Who knows, this may have been higher if I did more commuting last year (back when you could do that), but the album went down even better than expected anyway for me.

75. Amber Mark - 1894

♫ something something syrup sandwiches something something left stroke went viral idk ♫

Amber Mark was very prolific in releasing material during the early lockdown period including a cover of "Heart-Shaped Box" by Nirvana which I remember being quite an impressive vocal effort. "1894" is straight up trap which I didn't expect but it totally works, with her flow building up perfectly to a wild chorus. She writes that this was a song inspired by wanting to go out dancing (back when you could do that), and also calling out shitty men doing shitty stuff. Much like "Red Card" I was actually worried this would miss out somehow too, and although 2020 was a very strong year it was a bit more unpredictable as far as seeing where these sorts of chart hits would end up. Anyway, of course there is the one big hit from a few years ago from a certain Mr. Lamar that this totally sounds like, but there's more than enough happening that "1894" has an identity of its own and it's one that I kept coming back to.

74. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - It Gets Easier

♫ It gets easier, but it never gets easy, I can say it's all worth it, but you won't believe me ♫

Not unlike but maybe more overtly than "Serpentine Prison", this tackles the topic of alcoholism and Isbell's own struggle with it. Isbell, who celebrated his birthday on Monday, sings evocatively about going down to a local bar (back when you could do that) and just hoping that someone would intervene with his problems. The chorus is terrific and I do love how the fiddle works in with the guitars throughout to give it a lot more character. I wasn't massively across this album until Mark Grondin pointed it out and in particular highlighting this track, because it's great and the album is too.

73. Chloe x Halle - Ungodly Hour

♫ When you decide you like yourself, holler at me ♫

One of the funniest things that happened this past year with all of the horrid political events happening in the U.S. was the state of Georgia being confused with the country, which I do recall happening on at least a couple of occasions. Atlanta as we know is the city of many musicians that have popped up in my charts in recent years, with Mableton home to the likes of Lil Yachty, Big K.R.I.T. and Chloe x Halle. The duo released their second album last year, with this title track somehow not being a single which I was shocked to learn, because I had felt it would have done quite well (or at least better than the lukewarm "Catch Up").

72. Moaning - Ego

♫ We used to care but we forgot, have more in common than we do not ♫

I came across their 2017 single "Don't Go" in the second half of 2018 meaning that they were destined for nothing more than a footnote, and though the track was only in for 5 weeks at a peak of #53, I was keen to hear more from them. Up comes this in January 2020 as the lead single to their new album and I was hooked straight away, seeing it rocket to the top 5 fairly quickly. Getting in early in the film clip poking fun at the likely links people would make to The Cure by dressing up as Robert Smith was something I enjoyed too.

71. Sports Team - Here's the Thing

♫ Jesus loves you and football's coming home, here's the thing, it's just a joke you know you'll get it when you're grown ♫

As far as cleverly written songs in 2020 go, there's few that eclipse "Here's the Thing". As many of you may know, I'm not an inherently cynical person despite the fact that I don't always just assume the best in people. At times all you can do is just throw up your hands and say it's all just lies. In addition to having an amazing band name (I had seriously considered hijacking this blurb by just talking about sport in 2020 for 500 words), frontman Alex Rice converses about how people in privileged positions can very easily pat themselves on the back when they haven't exactly deserved it, and also how people are lovely and everything is perfect but only when they're in charge. Making fun of just how frequently the England national team fails to live up to its expectations is also hilarious to me, especially when Declan Rice isn't playing for them; but in my defence for mentioning sport, they started it.

Albums 25 to 16 posted

70. Guapdad 4000 feat. Denzel Curry - Lil Scammer That Could

♫ Dodgin' ham, pig, oink-oink with the body cam, they will never catch me, f**k the law and I don't give a damn ♫

Previous entries [Denzel Curry]YearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28
SHAKE 88 (with Sam Sneak)2019#35
RICKY2019#41
Tokyo Drifting (with Glass Animals)2019#92
Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)2019#95

This was only a moderate chart hit really but the main reason why it's here I think is that sick beat. Sure I do like Guapdad's chorus and verses, as well as the guest verse from Denzel, but the bass-heavy production from BRYVN and James Delgado is sensational especially when it's rattling around on headphones (but maybe less so on the broadcast's bitrate oops).

69. Tkay Maidza - Shook

♫ Big ass rims, goin' forward in a Falcon ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Grasshopper2020#85

This was a random re-entry with a new peak in September, after previously spending 13 weeks up until late August in my chart, which is to say that I was definitely keen on it at first but it was a song that just refused to go away. After a couple of her songs the year prior made an impression, I was hoping that 2020 could be the year where she finally makes my EOY list and voila (in my pre-MD 2014 list "U-Huh" was #124 which was previously my favourite Tkay song). Dan Farber's production is so fun, her change in flow across the song and the catchiness of the chorus means that even if she were to have a guest rapper on this track it would probably detract from the overall result. I'm so thrilled that she's managed some critical acclaim this past year and hopefully this year is less weird.

68. Bright Eyes - Forced Convalescence

♫ In the dark, at a distance, I see everything at once ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
First Day Of My Life2005#45

Even with the fact that there were a couple of albums in between that I of course don't know much about, Bright Eyes made a triumphant return in 2020 with a handful of singles leading into the big album. And it was definitely a big album, which really should have been trimmed by at least 10 minutes or so. "Forced Convalescence" shows Conor getting anxious about getting older, but also seeing how people grow into better people despite how mundane life can become. There's nothing mundane about the big [s]big[/s] orchestral sound though that gradually comes in and by the time the bridge comes in, it completely takes over.

67. Lil Yachty & DaBaby feat. Drake - Oprah's Bank Account

♫ Diamond in the rough, you look as good as Oprah's bank account, I just wanna take you out ♫

Previous entries [Lil Yachty]YearPosition
Ay3 (with Ayo & Teo)2018#17

Previous entries [Drake]YearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)2013#14
Hold On, We're Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
Walk It Talk It (with Migos)2018#1
Look Alive (with BlocBoy JB)2018#12
Nice For What2018#18
God's Plan2018#22
That's How You Feel2018#99

Lil Yachty has put out some quirky tracks but this stands in a league of its own. Earl on the Beat's production is fun and matches the energy of the song perfectly, with Yachty, DaBaby and Drake all providing worthy contributions apparently in that order of significance according to the strange crediting. The extended film clip is hilarious if you haven't seen it, and while I can totally understand one not vibing with yet another song with Drake on it, this is just too fun to ignore.

66. JAY1 feat. Loski - TEE

♫ Went to the show with all of my bros, I was in the middle like Iniesta ♫

Meanwhile, I didn't really know much about JAY1 or Loski other than that they're clearly British. Even after seeing the lyrics I still seem to hear Phil Foden in the chorus maybe because I'm basically just expecting it to happen, only for later in the track an actually established central midfielder does get namedropped (Lancaster FC fans will know what I'm talking about). But of course life isn't all about football, as much as I try to tell myself otherwise, and "TEE" had some serious replay value for me in a year where a variety of fun and to-the-point hip hop tracks seem to make its way onto my chart with greater ease than ever before.

65. Foo Fighters - Shame Shame

♫ Another splinter under the skin, another season of loneliness ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Everlong1997#13
Monkey Wrench1997#32
My Hero1997#74
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41

I don't know if it was a little opportunistic for Foo Fighters to drop this just as the election happened and was decided, but their SNL performance was pretty excellent and sold me on the track straight away. The acoustic guitar sounds great and although I wasn't interested in their last LP, Greg Kurstin's input with production has clearly had a positive impact. The chorus sounds dramatic without being overblown and the hook is so memorable. I'm interested to hear more (I have heard those other singles too), and with the album not out until two days time I can technically avoid the excuse of lol I'm busy.

64. Jay Electronica - The Neverending Story

♫ He was brought up by the faithful in the cage of every unclean bird, ungrateful and hateful ♫

This might be one of the more quintessentially linked lockdown albums for me, because it was often one that I threw on when exercising, or at the very least this song would often feature somewhere in the playlist. The Alchemist is on production duties here and it's easy to tell, even if there are parts of this song and other songs on "A Written Testimony" that sound like Madlib offcuts. As he does through most of the album, Jay-Z appears here uncredited, not wanting to hog the limelight from the other Jay who has been apparently waiting many years to release this album, but Jay-Z does have a lot of runtime to do his thing and it's just fantastic.

63. Two People - A Taste

♫ Chasing the temptation, wasted but running away, yeah 'cause it's getting late, I'm just here for the ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dream Steppin'2019#1
Phone Call2019#3
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94
Breaking the Silence2020#79

It's definitely unfair for any song to follow up "Dream Steppin'" but this song gave it a fairly good go. The heartbeat-like drums and the strong synth lines sound great, as does Phoebe's brilliant vocal delivery. For what ended up being such an immensely significant album for me, this was quite a good A Taste **Italian accent ends now**.

62. Protomartyr - Processed by the Boys

♫ Fill out the form, download the app, submit your face into the scanner ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Why Does It Shake?2015#38
Half Sister2017#13

I quite like the Protomartyr. In fact this first teaser track to their 2020 album kind of underwhelmed me at first, however it made it onto the list because it just sounds so immense. There's so much happening here from the chonky [s]chonky air[/s] riffs, Joe Casey's passionate vocal performance and what I think is a clarinet which is a really nice touch. Having only just watched the film clip very recently I can add that to the list of cool ones last year too.

61. Easy Life - Daydreams

♫ It's disappointing and anticlimactical, you read my messages but didn't get back at all ♫

The best Glass Animals song of 2020 ended up being a standalone single from Leicester-based five piece Easy Life, who at least on the surface appear to be cut from a similar cloth. After their third album became their first to break the UK Albums Chart back in January last year, they dropped this back in October which potentially means there's another album in the works. The chorus is basically just a repetition of one of the catchiest hooks you'll hear from 2020.

Numbers 200 to 151 posted

60. Arno Faraji - Bass Jumpin

♫ Got some demons on my back, watch me blast on 'em ♫

Another Unearthed High alumnus, Perth's Arno Faraji has dropped songs for a few years now but none have made an impression on me quite like "Bass Jumpin" did. The clever wordplay throughout the song including with the song title makes for a very fun track, not to mention the production makes this quite a banger too.

59. Protomartyr - Modern Business Hymns

♫ Money is no matter, and in these hungry times, those trapped between stations, will forget their manners ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Why Does It Shake?2015#38
Half Sister2017#13
Processed by the Boys2020#62

But of course my preferred Protomartyr track was the one that namedrops the album title. The riffs are terrific, again Casey's vocals stand out like they always do, and the lyrics are noteworthy as well. The bridge at the very end could have gone on for longer to make this a proper "SICKO MODE", because it's a really awesome tran-sition.

58. The Avalanches feat. Kurt Vile - Gold Sky

♫ I gotta tell ya, I'm feeling just the right minimal to maximal amount of shattered by life ♫

Previous entries [The Avalanches]YearPosition
Electricity1999#37
Frontier Psychiatrist2000#1
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra (with Danny Brown & MF DOOM)2016#5
Because I'm Me (with Camp Lo)2016#47

Previous entries [Kurt Vile]YearPosition
Pretty Pimpin2015#50

"We Will Always Love You" is full of intense and euphoric moments, and this one is particularly devastating. Kurt as well as the uncredited Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips each do a lovely job on vocal duties, the spoken word from the latter being the most prominent.

57. Yard Act - Fixer Upper

♫ And as for the builders yeah they're Polish, but where you come from it says a lot about a man, and I'm not from round here but I am ♫

On the face of it, this is a song about home renovation which could make it perfect for commercial TV, except for the fact that you realise that it's about a whole lot more than just that. It's a stunning depiction of white privilege where the protagonist is completely unaware of his self-entitled attitude to moving into a new town and feeling like a local purely because of his deluded patriotism. In the few songs I've heard from them, Yard Act seem to be very adept at writing in a provoking and amusing way, but it's the guitar riffs that also pump this up quite a bit and always makes for a fascinating listen.

56. The Amity Affliction - Soak Me In Bleach

♫ It comes in waves and it crushes me, you can't save me now 'cause I'm out of reach ♫

"Soak Me In Bleach" is the song I've always wanted from The Amity Affliction, where I've either been too late to the party or they've just not quite got there in other respects. One could say it's almost formulaic with the way that Joel and Ahren bounce off each other with the different vocals, but this is one of their most hard-hitting and effective even if they seem to go back to the same style a lot.

55. A$AP Ferg - Value

♫ Look at me look at me look at me look at me look at me look at me now, f**k is you kiddin' me, all of my jewellery cost about a hunnid thou ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Jet Lag2019#19

This being a 2020 song is again strange because it does feel so old in context, but it's a decent trajectory that A$AP Ferg has managed on my charts following the overwhelming success that "Jet Lag" was the year before. "Value" is more of the drill style that his EP was largely based on, but this is where it landed the best. His flow is just superb and it's a shame this didn't do much chart-wise outside of the NZ Hot Singles chart where he seems to have quite a bit of success.

54. Owl Eyes - Tokyo

♫ I can't even read the street signs, harder to decipher your lines in Tokyo ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Faces2011#32
Raiders2011#58
Sometime (with LO'99)2019#91

Was always a lock for this list which properly signifies Brooke's return to my EOY after "You Don't Know Love" was so unfortunate last year, but then "Sometime" ended up slightly luckier by sneaking in. A really well-written and well-produced piece inspired by her own travels to Japan (back when you could do that), and coming through with a really lovely juxtaposition in the chorus between not understanding a foreign language matched against the mixed signals from a love interest. As always her vocals are superb too and maybe there is still scope for this to be used for the Olympics if it does happen this year and maybe get her some unlikely chart hit.

53. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Runnin

♫ I'm so rich, get bored, might wake up, buy me a car just 'cause ♫

Previous entries [21 Savage]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with Offset, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
10 Freaky Girls (with Metro Boomin)2018#50

Previous entries [Metro Boomin]YearPosition
Call Me (with NAV)2017#2
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Offset)2017#63
10 Freaky Girls (with 21 Savage)2018#50

So I complained when writing about "Call Me" for my EOD that Metro Boomin hadn't done anything in 2020 up until that point, only for this album to drop soon after. For those keeping on count on things I already said in my personal chart thread last year, this is basically "Bad and Boujee" part 2 with the production, and 21 Savage doesn't do anything extraordinary nor is the hook absolutely sensational, but this is definitely a track where Metro's simple but effective production really shines through. There's a level of oof here though; The Weeknd teaming up with Metro Boomin in 2019 might have been an one-off, because I'm sure Abel didn't appreciate the film clip where 21 shows off his Grammy award to many very surprised members of the public (back when you could do that).

52. Perfume Genius - On the Floor

♫ On the floor I pace, I run my mouth, I pray and wait, I cross out his name on the page ♫

Perfume Genius has always been a slightly confusing project name for me but it's more understandable at least than Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. But in any case, Michael Hadreas released perhaps his most critically acclaimed album to date in 2020 with "Set My Heart on Fire Immediately", with this track becoming his first to crack the US Adult Alternative songs chart. I keep forgetting this actually wasn't on FIFA 21 even though I thought it was for some reason, which might just be because "Slip Away" was in its year. From the opening seconds when the beat comes in (and yes I have the single version), I vibe with this straight away and I just love the warm energy it creates.

51. Future Islands - Hit the Coast

♫ I put my whole life in my car, when you go, just take what you can take, and change what you can do ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ran2017#68

On the topic of comfortable synth-pop tracks that hit me straight away, "Hit the Coast" is definitely one that made me seek out the album properly. Future Islands are just so consistent with their craft, coming in with simple but lovely lyrics in this track talking about needing to move away from where your life is heading and pack all your belongs in a car. It's not too dissimilar to how this album came about, with the band moving to rural Sweden to record this album actually, however I don't know how they would have gone in their travels across the Atlantic Ocean by car.

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50. Muka Vhatti feat. Danté Knows & DoloRRes - $he

♫ She don't really vibe with the new me ♫

Muka Vhatti hails from Perth like Arno Faraji, and he was born in Zimbabwe which I'm sure will make New Navy proud. With what appears to be his fourth single, "$he" is a proper interstate collaboration with Sydney's Danté Knows and Melbourne's DoloRRes. Tasker is uncredited on production but (without taking away from the others) he's probably the star of the show. The synth line in the chorus is brilliant and the backing vocals are classy, making this stand out in an increasingly competitive local hip hop scene.

49. Zella Day - My Game

♫ I dusted you off, set you in motion, melted your heart with a magical potion ♫

The Arizona singer has never come up on my radar before even though she's toured with Lana Del Rey among others. She released her debut album at aged 14 which sort of raises more questions already answered by the t-shirt, but it resulted in her getting the attention of record labels so the end outcome clearly worked. From there she's mostly released EPs either side of one major album in 2015, with "My Game" coming from the most recent EP last August. Providing production and instrumental support is The Dan Auerbach, and interestingly two of the other tracks on the EP are co-written by Dan Nigro of "drivers licence" fame. So what I'm trying to say is that she clearly has connections and a budget, and the result is something that sounds so tight and lovely to listen to.

48. Chloe x Halle - Do It

♫ No complaints, left the heels at home, I'm on my sneaker game ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ungodly Hour2020#73

I'm so glad this is Chloe x Halle's biggest song. Although the remix definitely diluted the fun, this as the classy well-produced R&B that it is really should have broken through here too. It's a song about going out (back when you could do that).

47. Two People - Loud

♫ We're killing the time while we're fighting for denial ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dream Steppin'2019#1
Phone Call2019#3
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94
A Taste2020#63
Breaking the Silence2020#79

The second song on the track listing for "Second Body" which puts a lot of pressure on itself for following up "Dream Steppin'" straight away, but then at the same time maybe that's inflated my feelings for it because the order of the tracks is so intrinsically linked in my mind. Nevertheless, although this didn't have the most glittering chart run, it's absolutely a highlight. Making full use of Phoebe's awesome vocal range and you can tell the production helped by Simon Lam has made a big difference compared to their first LP too.

46. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death

♫ Never let a clock tell you what you got time for, it only goes around goes around goes around ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Big2019#17
The Lotts2019#64
Liberty Belle2019#79

Another song that maybe didn't have the normal chart run of a song that would land this high on the list, but again one that I just couldn't ignore my love for. They do not hold back with the dominant drums kicking proceedings off, and Grian Chatten's spoken word supported brilliantly by the vocal harmonies in the background. Grian educates and provides some life lessons in a Scroobius Pip-type way a la "Thou Shalt Always Kill", but with an approach that's probably wrapped up in way less irony and more sincerity.

45. Run The Jewels feat. Pharrell Williams and Zack de la Rocha - JU$T

♫ Look at all these slave masters posing on your dollar (get it?) ♫

Previous entries [Run The Jewels]YearPosition
Get It2014#7
A Christmas Fucking Miracle2014#12
Blockbuster Night Pt. 12014#99
Kings & Queens (with DJ Shadow)2019#93

Previous entries [Pharrell Williams]YearPosition
Drop It Like It's Hot (with Snoop Dogg)2004#28
Can I Have It Like That (with Gwen Stefani)2005#99
Number One (with Kanye West)2006#94
So Ambitious (with Jay-Z)2009#38

On an album that received help from the likes of Gangsta Boo, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Josh Homme and A$AP Ferg just to name a few, it really shouldn't be surprising that two of the biggest names in modern music were brought on for the big collaboration on the new Run The Jewels album. Zack de la Rocha is not new to contributing to RTJ's work, with "JU$T" beating "Close Your Eyes (and Count To Fuck)" in quality but not Hottest 100 performance which is totally disappointing.

44. Pop Smoke feat. Rowdy Rebel - Make It Rain

♫ Tell the label I need five M's, if not, I ain't signing nothin' ♫

With the release slightly delayed in the context of the George Floyd protests, "Make It Rain" came out four months after the passing of Pop Smoke. His absolute dominance on the charts with so many songs was one of the big surprises for me in 2020, and while I didn't dislike any of the hits in particular, none of them especially clicked with me. This was a mega playlist of doom addition, after hearing the album towards the end of last year and having been blown away by this track. The rapping from both of them could not be more distinct, with Pop Smoke's dark and strong vocal tone coming through strongly in the mix; and meanwhile, Rowdy Rebel performs his verse from a prison phone and somehow they both pull it off perfectly.

43. Blu & Exile - You Ain't Never Been Blue

♫ You are free today, free to be blue anyway, we can run away, but blue is always with you every day ♫

Rapper Blu and producer Exile have released three albums together. I quite liked a Blu song from a couple years ago but never charted it, so I was interested to see what this would sound like. "Miles" is a bit of a journey and really only for proper hip hop heads (not even classifying myself in that) but "You Ain't Never Been Blue" is one of a few worthwhile standouts among the track listing. I absolutely love the production and the sampling involved, with "Mood Indigo" by Ella Fitzgerald featuring prominently and sounding especially great. It's just one of those sampling efforts where the sample has been chopped and mixed so effortlessly.

42. Yves V & Ilkay Sencan feat. Emie - Not So Bad

♫ The morning rain clouds up my window, and I can't see at all ♫

While we're on the topic of samples/interpolations... wowie. All I can say is that in 2020, this was a thing that I simply could not keep off my playlists and charts.

41. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - Glock in My Lap

♫ AK knockin' down trees like timber ♫

Previous entries [21 Savage]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with Offset, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
10 Freaky Girls (with Metro Boomin)2018#50
Runnin (with Metro Boomin)2020#53

Previous entries [Metro Boomin]YearPosition
Call Me (with NAV)2017#2
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Offset)2017#63
10 Freaky Girls (with 21 Savage)2018#50
Runnin (with 21 Savage)2020#53

It was tracks like this that made me rethink my initial impression on "SAVAGE MODE II", and eventually decide that it's better than "Without Warning". And yet funnily enough, it's the horror movie-sounding strings that really makes this stand out in the production with support from Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Southside. Sure it's dark and cold in the way that we've heard from him on many previous occasions, and it's basically just 21's interpretation of the Bugs Bunny meme by saying "i wish all enemies a very pleasant die", but this makes really good use of 21's deep vocal tones in a way that hasn't been done this effectively before.

Numbers 150 to 126 posted

40. The Avalanches feat. Cola Boyy & Mick Jones - We Go On

♫ Walking up the hill, singing back a song ♫

Previous entries [The Avalanches]YearPosition
Electricity1999#37
Frontier Psychiatrist2000#1
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra (with Danny Brown & MF DOOM)2016#5
Because I'm Me (with Camp Lo)2016#47
Gold Sky (with Kurt Vile)2020#58

I'm not saying that Cola Boyy isn't a total unknown, but only in the magical world of The Avalanches could the one and only Mick Jones feature on the same song as someone like him and for it to make perfect sense. "We Will Always Love You" works on so many levels and one of the key themes is death and honouring those that have passed. I love how it samples the vocals of Karen Carpenter from "Hurting Each Other" in which as a hook it's used very differently. It all just ties itself together so brilliantly with the bouncy beat, and it's one key example of how this album is so good that it just gives me the chills.

39. Against All Logic - Fantasy

♫ Think about you all the time, stay on my mind ♫

One song that stood out very early on in 2020 was this cut from the Against All Logic album. I knew that Fantano really liked Nicolas Jaar's album released in 2018 covering recordings that were produced between 2012 and 2017, and I was keen to hear what the hype was all about. This of course is the song that samples "Baby Boy", which I just learnt is co-produced by Scott Storch who also co-produced "Do It", so that proves that my 2020 EOY is utterly perfect and irrefutable. Beyoncé's vocals are put into a totally different context, with the warped synths and off the wall drums making this an absolute rollercoaster of a song.

38. Curtis Waters feat. Harm Franklin - Stunnin'

♫ I'm a bad boy like Puffy, she sucking on my neck like Buffy ♫

Nepalese-born Abhinav Bastakoti has lived in a number of countries but technically classifies as Canadian, at least in the lyrics he alludes somewhat to this. The lead single to his debut album "Pity Party" last year became a viral hit thanks to TikTok which proves that we truly do live in a 2020 society. This and "Make It Rain" were the big two beneficiaries from my mega playlist of doom, and in both cases I think I may have heard both during the year but I'm really not sure. Harm Franklin contributes the second verse but I had to look that up because they sound so similar.

37. Alex the Astronaut - I Think You're Great

♫ When tears stain your face, you're not feeling brave, I'll be there again and again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waste of Time2018#55
Happy Song2018#91

Although the subject matter is full on, it really tackles emotion and wellbeing in such a forthright and wholesome way, and because of that I always smile when this comes on. If you ignore the subject matter, the happiness I get from the sound of this song is akin to patting Harry. I've already said before that she is one of the best songwriters in Australian music right now, and this might be one of the best examples of that.

36. Max Leone - Cautious

♫ Turning into something caustic, and I don't really know what caused it ♫

Really clever songwriting from someone obviously younger than me. However, that plus the production doesn't necessarily make Max Leone the male Billie Eilish, but if only he did have some level of commercial success because he's clearly got a knack for it. He has commented that the song is about being isolated in order to protect oneself, when being in discomfort is often what results in beauty and meaning in life. There are so many great lines splashed across this track but the quote I've chosen exemplifies that idea best.

35. Perfume Genius - Nothing at All

♫ Right on time, set me free don't wait, yeah yeah yeah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
On the Floor2020#52

Featuring Michael Hadreas' doggo??!? Once the first couple of seconds are over it's all downhill from there. But seriously I did not expect this when I dived into the album, despite knowing it had received decent acclaim. It's so dark yet rewarding to listen to, even at four and a half minutes it doesn't feel anywhere near long enough.

34. Cardi B feat. Megan Thee Stallion - WAP

♫ I am quite the fan of sexual intercourse ♫

Previous entries [Megan Thee Stallion]YearPosition
Hot Girl Summer (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)2019#100

BEEP. DING DING. In the face of people who hate because it's easy, because they're lazy, because they're bored, because they've got a predetermined way of thinking that only serves to inhibit them. I can't even claim to be a huge Cardi B fan outside of "Bodak Yellow" and her "Motorsport" verse, but at time of writing I haven't heard her new song and I really want to finish writing this commentary just so I can get the chance to. I will admit that "WAP" is not for everyone lyrically, but you can't not admire the relentless lyricism especially from Megan. The fact that this became as big as it did was one of the great delights of 2020, and at times the hatred just fueled the fire. And through everything, this certainly is the P word - perfect.

33. Hinds - Just Like Kids (Miau)

♫ We are all afraid of that long road, I guess it's the prettiest curse ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waiting For You2020#95

The piano is best described as cheeky, and the guitars as fuzzy. I'm not exactly what it is about the production that I just love but it all comes together despite pretty much being a total mess. Cats are pretty cool too even though Daisy isn't a fan.

32. Alex the Astronaut - Lost

♫ Oh no the smile is fake, she's gonna tell him today ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waste of Time2018#55
Happy Song2018#91
I Think You're Great2020#37

This was such a mainstay on my chart last year that by the time the album came out, I had to remind myself just how much of an Alex the Astronaut fan I had become just in 2020 alone. The album is a journey of her life from ages 21 to 23 but she adds that it's not all about her own experiences. "Lost" and "I Think You're Great" are both written about the trauma and loss associated with a teen pregnancy, and how your path completely changes in that moment. So in other words, it's most certainly not about my experiences either. This one is decidedly less cheerful and far more reflective on the situation, but all the same her storytelling is superb and the guitar riffs just sound so suspenseful but also hopeful. Sam Cromack of Ball Park Music fame was heavily involved in production and engineering on this album, which is wholesome in the way that it's always great when Australian musicians work together.

31. SwaVay - Yaya

♫ You download your raps off of Pinterest, I heard your album, two songs in lost my interest ♫

SwaVay has had tracks produced by Metro Boomin and James Blake and apparently has an ongoing friendship with the latter, however there are three other totally different producers on "Yaya" or "YAYA" depending on which website you believe. There's a bit of flexing and memories about growing up in trying circumstances, which is nothing completely groundbreaking, but this might be the closest thing we have to a Kendrick song in 2020 if you write off "Look Over Your Shoulder" on the basis that it was recorded several years ago.

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30. clipping. feat. Cam & China - '96 Neve Campbell

♫ Came for the neck, who next? No mercy you not shit ♫

Previous entries [clipping.]YearPosition
Work Work (with Cocc Pistol Cree)2014#23
Inside Out2014#43
Get Up (with Mariel Jacoda)2014#71
Chapter 3192020#93

This song was slower to grow on me than iTunes is to load, but the payoff with this totally off-the-wall production from clipping. is just brilliant. It's even better in the context of the album where the creepy "Wytchboard" interlude transitions into the start of this track perfectly. Twin sisters Cam & China sound pretty cool from their own stuff that I gave a quick sample of, and their contribution on the guest verse is one of the best clipping. guest features to date.

29. Ball Park Music - Paranoid Android (triple j Like A Version)

♫ The panic, the vomit, god loves his children, god loves his children yeah ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Whipping Boy2016#98
Exactly How You Are2017#88
The End Times2018#76

There's not much to say outside of that it's one of Australia's most beloved bands right now covering one of my most beloved songs of all time. And by every measure possible, Ball Park Music knock it out of the... they nail it. There are aspects to the Radiohead version (especially with the sound effects and production) where Ball Park Music simply cannot match it, but as far as playing it safe, they still manage to do it justice. Cromack may not be Thom but there aren't many bands going around now that could have done this superb of a job.

28. IDLES - Mr. Motivator

♫ Like Conor McGregor with a samurai sword on rollerblades, like Vasyl Lomachenko after four pints of gatorade, like Kathleen Hanna with bear claws grabbing Trump by the pussy, like Delia Smith after ten chardonnays making me a nice cookie. How'd you like them clichés? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21

omg that's who Kathleen Hanna is... and I think I've seen Delia Smith's name somewhere too. Never heard of Lomachenko though. Anyway, IDLES dropped this as the first single to "Ultra Mono", getting fans to submit amusing workout/exercise clips to form part of the video. While we were all stuck at home, it seemed to work for me too, even though motivation wasn't always easy. Also the other day totally separate to writing this commentary I learnt what Mr. Motivator is outside of this song.

27. ONEFOUR feat. A$AP Ferg - Say It Again

♫ Fourteen hours from LA, I landed in Sydney, I'm hittin' the streets ♫

Previous entries [A$AP Ferg]YearPosition
Jet Lag2019#19
Value2020#55

[s]Side-note I just edited this song into A$AP Ferg's discography page on Wikipedia, why on earth would it not be there in the first place???!?!?[/s] [s]another side-note: oops their thing was an EP, so actually I only listened to 89 albums not 90[/s] Timing is everything. This song is new enough to reference coronavirus in the lyrics, yet not so new that it still allowed Ferg to come over to Australia to record the song and help be part of the video in a 24 hour period. It's thanks to Hau from triple j who got their respective management in touch with one another to make it happen just two weeks before borders were completely closed. lol 2020

26. Elizabeth Fader - Encore

♫ I just wanna sit here in the dark, revel in the brightness of your voice ♫

A song I was somewhat late to but a really brilliant/random hit on my chart. She is officially the most successful member of Phantastic Ferniture if you take this at face value, because neither Julia, the other members or PF themselves have managed anything close to "Encore". The fairly simple black and white film clip of Elizabeth singing the song is a little surprising choice given the energy of the track, which I especially admire with that amazing synth line at the end of each chorus.

25. James Blake - Before

♫ I don't have to keep receipts any more, and I don't have to stand by the door ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
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
Where's The Catch? (with André 3000)2019#97

James Blake is an artist that I always make sure to pay attention to, as if the last few years have been anything go by given how high in quality his output has been. "Before" is a much dancier number compared to what we've ever been to used to really, even if the lyrics are rather introspective about being in a position of freedom and not knowing if he's missing something in the overall picture as a result of feeling increasingly connected. Another song with a quarantine video with plenty of abstract dancing to accompany the track. Also I wonder if Jameela took the photo in the single artwork.

24. ONEFOUR - Home and Away

♫ I didn't grow up round all those beaches, but I still got bros at the bay ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Say It Again (with A$AP Ferg)2020#27

The way that they write about the troubles they've faced is really just one part of the picture here. With three of the five members currently in prison, "Home and Away" is a gritty and reflective effort that juxtaposes the tourist-friendly locations where people go to the beach (back when you could do that) against the surrounds of their home suburb Mount Druitt. The string section is immaculate and really sounds terrific with the drill production, with one of the contributors to the strings having previously worked with I Know Leopard if Genius is telling the truth.

23. Spillage Village with JID & EARTHGANG feat. Ant Clemons - Baptize

♫ Now you wanna be delivered huh? Guess who pullin' up to dinner huh? Got me centre court like a Tyson punch for a million bucks ♫

Much like "Yaya" in that I would take whatever I can get in the absence of a Kendrick Lamar album in 2020. But "Baptize" and the rest of the album was more than just something to settle for. It's hard to know how to credit them because technically each Spillage Village song varies in terms of which artists are involved, including a mix of EARTHGANG, JID and others. It's even more confusing because who is credited as a main artist or a featured artist on each song varies too. Having self-released three albums between 2014-2016, this was the collective's first effort released under J. Cole's Dreamville label. It doesn't appear to be the most popular song on the album just by taking the H100 voting list on face value, but "Baptize" is easily the most compelling with dramatic verses and production alike.

22. IDLES - Kill Them With Kindness

♫ I guess you cannot tell from my tone, I mean ba-ba-business and I ain't on my own ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
Mr. Motivator2020#28

IDLES upped their game in 2020. I love how they ran into Jamie Cullum and he said "if you need any piano on your album just let [me] know" only for lead singer Joe Talbot to say "we don't, but we definitely do now". The piano intro from Jamie contrasts with the powerful guitars and stomping rhythm and it's honestly a moment of genius. I love the lyrics too. Being nice doesn't mean being walked over and letting people get their way because they don't have empathy or thoughtfulness.

21. IDLES - Grounds

♫ Do you hear that thunder? That's the sound of strength in numbers ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28

The film clips that accompany "Ultra Mono" are all pretty clever but I particularly like the one for "Grounds". Joe drives around in the early morning in an English town with the camera eventually picking out someone that he's looking for, only for... it to all be a dream. It's another extremely well-written track too, calling for people to stand up for what they believe in rather than yelling into an echo chamber. It's probably one of the prime examples where people call out the band for so-called sloganeering or appropriating working class, but I think it's such a simplistic view that music sits on its own and doesn't affect life or anything happening socially or politically. Not to mention the band often preempt this in their own music because they too know just how close-minded it is. I love IDLES for how they create a space where things can be funny yet self-deprecating but also significant to a wider world view, as well as just being violent and brilliant punk rock.

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20. Melbs bb - Astrology (clothesline)

♫ But when you're around I feel found, I feel heard and I feel seen, and understood like I've never been ♫

Erica Lilly does clarify in an interview that she is not a baby, so at least one part of her moniker is correct. I'm not an astrology sort of person but that doesn't stop me from enjoying the film clip, it's one of the funniest things I saw all last year. I have much the same response on 2:56 when approached by an unfamiliar human too. This was a really solid early hit which will be forever the song that dethroned "Dream Steppin'" from the top of my chart.

19. EAST AV3 - Le Labo

♫ City on the map, now we runnin' the atlas ♫

The Adelaide trio have turned many heads in the triple j sphere, with a remix using samples from Tkay Maidza, Flume and G Flip in the DIY Supergroup competition to create a really interesting song. That's different to "Le Labo", which had already dropped in February with a film clip showcasing their admiration for fish tanks, mops and lemonade. I'm sure they are big BROCKHAMPTON fans because that's certainly what I'm reminded of (especially "GUMMY"), and I love the energy they bring to each verse matched against the flashy production.

18. Megan Thee Stallion - Savage

♫ I need a mop to clean the floor, it's too much drip ooh ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hot Girl Summer (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)2019#100
WAP (with Cardi B)2020#34

I already whinge about remixes so often being downgrades and diluting what the original had, and the frequency with which a big hit gets a remix these days to boost chart position is staggering. So what I will say is I'll take the original of "Savage" or I'll take nothing at all [/perfumegenius]. Production by J. White Did It is just straight fire, with Megan rapping perfectly on beat with a very catchy chorus, all the while doing her own ad libs in each line because why not.

17. System of a Down - Genocidal Humanoidz

♫ Can you see us? Beating the devil, we never run from the devil, we never summoned the devil, we never hide from the devil ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Know1998#30
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

The long-awaited return of System of a Down in 2020 was not to tease a new album but we did get two new songs. Releasing "Protect the Land" and "Genocidal Humanoidz" as a one-off single ended up raising over $600,000 to go towards people affected in Armenia by the recent conflict. They've never been a band to hold back lyrically or musically and in this case they pack as much as they can into 2:35. There aren't many artists that could release a song 22 years after their debut album and still have it sound like it could belong in said album.

16. IDLES - Carcinogenic

♫ Where were you when the ship sank? Probably not queuing up for food banks ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
Grounds2020#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28

The message is simple - inequality creates a hypocritical society often fuelled by looking poorly on people that are different, but it can be counteracted by living with unconditional love and bringing together communities of people. IDLES explain their own thoughts better than I ever could of course, with the verses building up to the huge singalong chorus in probably the most simple verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus song structure on the album.

15. Empty Country - 10 Year

♫ The distance to my hometown, where skeleton couples ride mountain bikes around ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ultrasound2019#39
Southern Cloud2020#76

This year will be 10 years since I graduated from high school. Christ on a bike. I don't stay in touch with my high school mates as much as I should these days, which isn't particularly great because I still look upon that time of my life as a really rewarding and happy period. There's just something so delicate about how D'Agostino sings about how uncovering what can happen to people isn't so great after all, and that sometimes ignorance is bliss. The riffs are absolutely sensational and probably the only perplexing thing to me is why this wasn't on the album.

14. Fontaines D.C. - Televised Mind

♫ That's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind, that's a televised mind ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Big2019#17
The Lotts2019#64
Liberty Belle2019#79
A Hero's Death2020#46

One of the strange things in 2020 about my (very few) YouTube channels that I follow was that I disagreed with Fantano regarding my big albums more than ever. In this case, don't listen to him - "A Hero's Death" is an absolute rager of a record. I love so many post-punk bands and songs and yet this has one of the best guitar riffs of the entire genre. When they quickly break just after the two-minute mark and then bring the riffs even louder and right to the front, it's one of the most thrilling musical moments of the year.

13. The Avalanches feat. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSO - Wherever You Go

♫ We chase the rain, don't fly away, we'll make our way ♫

Previous entries [The Avalanches]YearPosition
Electricity1999#37
Frontier Psychiatrist2000#1
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra (with Danny Brown & MF DOOM)2016#5
Because I'm Me (with Camp Lo)2016#47
We Go On (with Cola Boyy & Mick Jones)2020#40
Gold Sky (with Kurt Vile)2020#58

Previous entries [Jamie xx]YearPosition
The Crutch (with Gil Scott-Heron)2011#30

With each record it does seem that The Avalanches are getting more and more adventurous with their sampling, I mean, how much further can you go than space? The Voyager Golden Record is a collection of sounds and images that portray life on Earth, with a copy placed into each Voyager probe that was shot into space in 1977 and are both still going. The inclusions along the record including "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry, a Bach concerto, a Beethoven piece, many foreign language pieces and also some spoken word things. Sadly "Quarantine Thick" by 2 Chainz featuring Mulatto does not appear to have been included, which is a significant error. In addition to including the greetings from that record to introduce this song, "Wherever You Go" also takes in elements of "Magalenha" by Carlinhos Brown which explains the Portuguese language passages. I love how worldly and expansive it ends up sounding, which in the wrong hands could have ended up just being a pile of nothing, but instead it truly becomes a journey. Despite how ambitious their aims are with this song, it's just so soothing and dreamy and really does just tick all the boxes.

12. Megan Thee Stallion - Captain Hook

♫ I am quite the fan of sexual intercourse ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hot Girl Summer (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)2019#100
Savage2020#18
WAP (with Cardi B)2020#34

I watched Billboard Breakdown every week in 2020 and I'm now a pretty big fan of Mark Grondin's work. I knew of this song's existence through that and I think also came across it via a Discord-related thing but I can't remember which was first. But dammmmmn. This could not be more charismatic in its own dirty way and Megan clearly makes no apologies for her approach. All of this was before "WAP" even dropped and I had "Savage" and "Captain Hook" both reaching significant heights on my chart.

11. Future feat. Drake - Life Is Good

♫ I am quite the fan of working on the weekend like usual ♫

Previous entries [Future]YearPosition
1000 (with N.E.R.D)2017#21
Mask Off2017#34
King's Dead (with Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & James Blake)2018#52
Ridin Strikers2020#92

Previous entries [Drake]YearPosition
F**kin' Problems (with A$AP Rocky, 2 Chainz & Kendrick Lamar)2013#14
Hold On, We're Going Home (with Majid Jordan)2013#73
Hotline Bling2015#20
Passionfruit2017#37
Walk It Talk It (with Migos)2018#1
Look Alive (with BlocBoy JB)2018#12
Nice For What2018#18
God's Plan2018#22
That's How You Feel2018#99
Oprah's Bank Account (with Lil Yachty & DaBaby)2020#67

lol. I just couldn't help myself, and I even made fun of this inevitability a year ago during last year's EOY notes by referencing the title and hinting that I was foreshadowing my 2020 EOY. Sure enough, only a handful of weeks later and "Life Is Good" pretty much became the best thing Future has ever been involved with, and really only "Walk It Talk It" eclipses this from a Drake point of view. Sure that might be looking at EOY position on face value when I consider that "F**kin' Problems", "1000" and "Look Alive" all still absolutely slap, but this is genuinely unlucky to miss the top 10 given the insane longevity it had last year for me (15 weeks in the top 10 but it never made the top 3). Drake's first half of the track is produced by Ambezza and OZ, with the atmospheric drama providing a canvas for Drake to just be Drake. Then in the second half, D. Hill's beat completely switches up and Future sounds completely incoherent and but in a really enjoyable way. okay so what song can I foreshadow for 2021 that makes sense in context... oh wait virtually nothing has been released this year so far

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10. Two People - Someone To Serve

♫ Couldn't remember where we last saw a town, we drove for days until the road had run out ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dream Steppin'2019#1
Phone Call2019#3
Fading (Album mix)2019#10
Give Me Order2019#59
It's Late2019#94
Loud2020#47
A Taste2020#63
Breaking the Silence2020#79

It's my mission to always mention "Dream Steppin'" in as many posts, tweets and blurbs as I possibly can, and when I reflect on their second album I see this as the next best thing. The whole thing comes across as pretty understated, until the chorus comes in and the combination of the synths and guitars with Phoebe's vocals are just mixed so beautifully together.

9. For Those I Love - I Have a Love

♫ And a year or so I played this song for you on the car stereo in the night's breeze. This bit kicked in with its synths and its keys and you smiled as you sat next to me ♫

I didn't know anything about David Balfe until I decided to read more about this song. He lost his friend Paul Curran in 2018 and "I Have a Love" talks about how no amount of time can take back any of the memories. Some of the lines here are shattering in their beauty and cut really deep. It's just so much emotion packed into an instrumental not unlike "Born Slippy.NUXX" (not pigeon-holing it but that's one of the things I think of), but its constant focus on love and grief ends up making it an utterly stunning tribute.

8. NAV - Friends & Family

♫ Where do I start, all of my songs on top of irish's charts ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Call Me (with Metro Boomin)2017#2

In a pretty sudden change of pace, NAV. The greatest of all time dropped a mixtape completely produced by Wheezy, and this banger was the emergency tsunami that took over my chart over summer. I don't know why the string hook in the production sounds so familiar because it doesn't appear to be sampling anything that I'm aware of, but it really doesn't matter because this is one of the best bangers in his entire sensational amazing awesome catalogue.

7. 21 Savage & Metro Boomin - No Opp Left Behind

♫ Focused on my bag, focused on my money, I done had some dark days, I done had some sunny ♫

Previous entries [21 Savage]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with Offset, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
10 Freaky Girls (with Metro Boomin)2018#50
Glock in My Lap (with Metro Boomin)2020#41
Runnin (with Metro Boomin)2020#53

Previous entries [Metro Boomin]YearPosition
Call Me (with NAV)2017#2
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Travis Scott)2017#50
Ric Flair Drip (with Offset)2017#63
10 Freaky Girls (with 21 Savage)2018#50
Glock in My Lap (with 21 Savage)2020#41
Runnin (with 21 Savage)2020#53

The position of this one was a bit of a contentious call for me but it sort of sits as a barrier between the great songs below it and the true cream of the crop in the top 6. "No Opp Left Behind" is the moment where everything clicks on the album. Metro Boomin brings the beat in and out in all the right places, with the sinister strings matching perfectly against 21's rapping which keeps up a really nice pace.

6. IDLES - A Hymn

♫ Teletext has a place in my heart, ten percent discount I'll show you how ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
Carcinogenic2020#16
Grounds2020#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28

Maybe the most remarkable thing is that with the one moment that they strip it all back, this song is still visceral and ferocious. It's blunt and completely self-aware and the result is something that sounds like nothing else I listened to in 2020. "A Hymn" reminds you that the little things that people do make a difference. They may seem totally insignificant in the scheme of things but it's important if it's important to you. We can sit in our situation and reflect on the decisions you've made, but then when the time comes for you to get up and improve yourself, you will feel like you made it through your own adversity. I hate that vulnerability is seen as such a bad thing by some, and with how much this album opens up and helps me reflect, I can only respond with love. When I look back on 2020, the sentiment I feel more than anything else is that we made it. The interview that Fantano did with Joe and Mark probably explains this better and it's one that I really enjoyed coming back to while writing this blurb. I love this band and I absolutely love this album.

5. Jay Electronica - Ghost of Soulja Slim

♫ No civilisation is conquered from the outside until it destroys itself from within ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Neverending Story2020#64

I'm not on board with everything happening on this album, not unlike the outro on "FEAR." by Kendrick Lamar which was also highlighted in a similarly problematic manner for its prejudiced tones, but then I'm really not here to get political because it doesn't significantly detract from my opinion of this song overall. It's an outright banger containing some lovely samples, most notably the lush instrumental of "Jennifer's French Movie" by John Williams chopped into the main beat by Jay Electronica himself. The sample of children yelling yaaaaaaaaay everywhere just adds to the chaos and the song is absolutely better off for its inclusion. Like "The Neverending Story", Jay Electronica trades blows with the uncredited Jay-Z with the result again being just incredible.

4. Empty Country - Becca

♫ Folks won't notice right away that something's amiss, strange the way the setting sun blurs and bulges ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ultrasound2019#39
10 Year2020#15
Southern Cloud2020#76

At times there were some albums I glossed over too quickly and then had to revisit during the year to see if I had missed anything major, and each time I came back to the self-titled Empty Country album there seemed to more songs that grew on me. "Becca" was the one that jumped straight to the top as soon as that moment happened for me. The acoustic guitar, drumming and his lovely vocals are melancholic but unavoidably hopeful, and then the bridge comes in and it's a section of music that I could just listen to on repeat.

3. Future Islands - For Sure

♫ I will never keep you from an open door, I know, you know, that's how much I feel in everything you are, you know, I know ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ran2017#68
Hit the Coast2020#51

There were some songs that maybe sounded more emotional than the lyrics made them out to be, and "For Sure" really is Future Islands doing what they do better than they've ever done it before. "Seasons (Waiting On You)" is still an iconic track but it was a real slow burner, while this was much more instant. Herring sings almost like he's narrating the verses, before the chorus comes in and the entire band opens up. The second verse goes back but you know what's coming next so it feels totally different.

2. The Strokes - At the Door

♫ Hard to fight what I can't see, not trying to build no dynasty, I can't see beyond this wall, but we lost this game so many times before ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Last Nite2001#21
Someday2001#50
New York City Cops2001#56
Hard To Explain2001#71
Reptilia2003#25
12:512003#68
Juicebox2005#7
You Only Live Once2006#7
Heart In A Cage2006#22
On The Other Side2006#53
Razorblade2006#89
Ask Me Anything2006#95
Machu Picchu2011#54

I suppose I've been waiting to see if The Strokes were going to change direction now that Julian has become so involved with The Voidz among other things, or if they were going to be the same band that kept writing songs like "Under Cover Of Darkness" and "Hard To Explain". I don't mean that as a diss in any way because I'll follow anything that they put out given they've never missed the mark in terms of full albums, but I was interested to see how much experimentation was going to be involved this time around. Sure there are songs like "Juicebox" and "One Way Trigger" that ever so slightly divert from the usual path but ultimately these are pretty rare moments in their discography. I do wonder that if the order of the singles was different if it would have changed my experience all that much. To circle back to my comment before about still enjoying them being The Strokes and not changing things up much, I have to admit how disappointed I was with "Bad Decisions". If I were to rate it on aus-charts I'd still probably give it a 3.5, but the point of my derision I show it is because it sounds more like a shitty parody of The Strokes than The Strokes themselves. However that seems to be the main song people gravitate towards probably because it's radio rock filler (ignoring the fact that "The Adults Are Talking" has more plays on Spotify probably because it's just the opening track).

I can't even chalk off "At the Door" being something more like what The Voidz would do, because it's not hilariously wacky with crazy autotune vocals or '80s-hair-metal-esque guitar solos. There's nothing more than sombre synths and Julian's lone voice that dominates the majority of the track. Sure, it may not exist if not for the 2 Voidz albums being a thing, but I would almost label it their "Exit Music (For a Film)". My experience evolved even further when the album was released in what is probably one of the worst weeks of my life. I gave this album its first listen in circumstances I'd rather forget, and while getting used to the different things they were trying (this is not the only experiment on "The New Abnormal), I became totally enamoured with this song. It's like being left at the end of the road with just one option, knowing the hopelessness of what's coming. The bridge is maybe the most Voidz-esque thing happening here, with the synth solo being something that many have pointed out as a highlight on the album. For me though it's really about what happens next. It trails off into Julian softly singing "lying on the cold floor, I'll be waiting yeah, I'll be waiting from the other side, waiting for the tide to rise" on top of a single synth key oscillating in the background. It's a minute of reflection and tranquility, which is equal parts despondent and absolutely phenomenal.

1. The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu - Running Red Lights

♫ Fly out into space, listen to the music the stars are making without a flicker of regret ♫

Previous entries [The Avalanches]YearPosition
Electricity1999#37
Frontier Psychiatrist2000#1
Extra Kings2000#4
Two Hearts In 3/4 Time2000#10
Flight Tonight2000#18
Little Journey2000#38
Since I Left You2000#65
Tonight2000#76
Radio2000#94
Frankie Sinatra (with Danny Brown & MF DOOM)2016#5
Because I'm Me (with Camp Lo)2016#47
Wherever You Go (with Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry & CLYPSO)2020#13
We Go On (with Cola Boyy & Mick Jones)2020#40
Gold Sky (with Kurt Vile)2020#58

An instant hit on my chart, when it debuted in the same week (and I downloaded it the same morning) as "Le Labo", but that song was far higher straight away. I remember thinking just how well the Rivers Cuomo collaboration had come off given it really could have been a miss. I really liked the watery synths, the beats that I could best describe one part old school hip hop, one part classic Avalanches. In the weeks to come, "At the Door" and then slowly "Running Red Lights" took over my chart. Something clicked 8 or 9 weeks in and I couldn't stop listening to this. We started coming out of lockdown in May just as things were starting to get better, I was able to go and drive around (not before recharging our respective car batteries lol oops), return to work, return to soccer training and reorganise my thoughts. There was one particular moment where this came on the radio on the way back home and I think it really got me. The sheer power of the journey that The Avalanches take you in during the 4:40 runtime is not obvious straight away. Truth be told I wasn't absolutely convinced that this would be the #1 until I accepted during my EOY work that this really does have the edge over everything else. There were moments late last year where even "Becca" and "A Hymn" (especially when they were high on my chart) seemed like they'd be in contention, but in reality "At the Door" was the only one that could stand its ground, and even then it's just not this spectacular. So in short it may have taken me longer than it needed to but eventually I had no choice but to declare "You're Winner !" to this song.

I also love the story of how this song came about. The story goes that Rivers' assistant sent some ideas to them and he then came up with some melodies to accompany them. When he was touring with Weezer in Melbourne in support of Foo Fighters, he caught up with Di Blasi and Chater and brainstormed the ideas further while strolling around in the Melbourne rain. They also decided to interpolate lyrics from "Darkness and Cold" by the late David Berman (Purple Mountains), who contributed vocals to a track from "Wildflower". Pink Siifu (much like Cola Boyy) doesn't seem to be a household name by any measure but his own vocal section helps break up the song when it slows down just before the bridge. It ties everything into the album remembering those that have gone and exploring the concepts of death, the afterlife and space. Rivers comes in with the bridge in a moment of complete euphoria, and it doesn't even need another chorus but you get it anyway. I'll look at this song in many years to come and remember what 2020 was like, and my own personal growth will be the one thing that I will take it from above anything else. Things don't upset me with the same frequency that they used to. I've come out the other side with a feeling of rising above affliction, or at least not being brought down by it so easily. We all have our weak moments of course, and it's also not to say that I'm floating on a freaking cloud or anything, but it's just something that gives you a fresh perspective. I constantly feel the need to remind myself why I've been so happy, and why it's important to have my priorities so right. I am not just happy that I am doing well, but I'm happy that my loved ones around me are doing well. At the end of the day, we are all we have.

3 weeks from now on Sunday 25 July 7:30pm AEST, I'm going to countdown my favourite songs from 1996. It's a strange year where my familiarity of stuff in general took a slight nosedive, but there's plenty of existing bangers and big discoveries to make up a high quality list. If you can make it, look forward to seeing you there
Counting down the best of 1996 tonight
Kicking off in 15 minutes or so

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1996

1CakeI Will Survive
2The ProdigyBreathe
3SpaceFemale of the Species
4CakeThe Distance
5FishmansLong Season
6FugeesKilling Me Softly
7PlaceboNancy Boy
8ToolStinkfist
9The ProdigyFirestarter
10The Butterflies Of LoveRob a Bank
11Modest MouseMake Everyone Happy / Mechanical Birds
12SpiderbaitCalypso
13Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsStagger Lee
14Modest MouseBreakthrough
15Fishmans新しい人
16Jonathan Fire*EaterThe Search For Cherry Red
17Rage Against The MachinePeople Of The Sun
18Rage Against The MachineBulls On Parade
19The FauvesDogs Are the Best People
20Paul KellyHow to Make Gravy
21UnderworldBorn Slippy .NUXX
22Fun Lovin' CriminalsScooby Snacks
23PowderfingerD.A.F.
24R.E.M.Leave
25PowderfingerJC
26ScreamfeederDart
27SpiderbaitBuy Me A Pony
28CakeFrank Sinatra
29StereolabCybele's Reverie
30Tracy BonhamMother Mother
31ToolForty Six & 2
32R.E.M. feat. Patti SmithE-Bow the Letter
33iNsuRgeSpeculator
34Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go
35PowderfingerPick You Up
36Pearl JamWho You Are
37Pearl JamHail, Hail
38R.E.M.How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us
39Frente!What's Come Over Me
40The CranberriesSalvation
41ScreamfeederPigtails On a Rock
42GrinspoonPost Enebriated Anxiety
43Rage Against The MachineRevolver
44Modest MouseDramamine
45Porno for PyrosTahitian Moon
46Pearl JamHabit
47De La SoulStakes Is High
48RepublicaReady to Go
49PowderfingerBoing Boing
50Definition of SoundPass the Vibes
51Rage Against The MachineDown Rodeo
52GinuwinePony
53SuedeTrash
54The BeatlesReal Love
55Bob MouldAnymore Time Between
56BarkmarketVisible Cow
57Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey & Kylie MinogueDeath Is Not the End
58NirvanaAneurysm
59Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. PJ HarveyHenry Lee
60FishmansBABY BLUE
61Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queen PenNo Diggity
62Pearl JamOff He Goes
63FugeesHow Many Mics
64RepublicaDrop Dead Gorgeous
65The Wedding PresentMontreal
66Rage Against The MachineRoll Right
67TumbleweedSilver Lizard
68The FauvesSentimental Motel Journey
69The Presidents of the United States of AmericaMach 5
70You Am IGood Mornin'
71Luscious JacksonNaked Eye
72White TownYour Woman
73Placebo36 Degrees
74BeckDevils Haircut
75Belle and SebastianExpectations
76Pearl JamAround The Bend
77Hooverphonic2 Wicky
78Frank BennettCreep
79Lush500 (Shake Baby Shake)
80DJ ShadowThe Number Song
81RegurgitatorFSO
82EvenStop And Go Man
83SepulturaRoots Bloody Roots
84WeezerThe Good Life
85HeatmiserPlainclothes Man
86Local HBound for the Floor
87Super Furry AnimalsFor Now and Ever
88You Am IMoon Shines On Trubble
89BabybirdYou're Gorgeous
90DJ ShadowBuilding Steam With A Grain Of Salt
91PowderfingerSkinny Jean
92Matchbox 20Long Day
93The LemonheadsIf I Could Talk I'd Tell You
94SuedeBeautiful Ones
95Fini ScadCoppertone
96Girls Against BoysDisco Six Six Six
97Primitive Radio GodsStanding Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand
98Jay-ZDead Presidents II
99Geggy TahWhoever You Are
100Mobb DeepHell On Earth (Front Lines)

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100. Mobb Deep - Hell On Earth (Front Lines)


99. Geggy Tah - Whoever You Are


98. Jay-Z - Dead Presidents II

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Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)1998#88
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


97. Primitive Radio Gods - Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand


96. Girls Against Boys - Disco Six Six Six


95. Fini Scad - Coppertone


94. Suede - Beautiful Ones


93. The Lemonheads - If I Could Talk I'd Tell You


92. Matchbox 20 - Long Day


91. Powderfinger - Skinny Jean

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Passenger1998#5
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

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90. DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt

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Kings & Queens (with Run The Jewels)2019#93


89. Babybird - You're Gorgeous

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Bad Old Man1998#63


88. You Am I - Moon Shines On Trubble

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Heavy Heart1998#72


87. Super Furry Animals - For Now and Ever

Previous entriesYearPosition
Demons1997#28
Ymaelodi Â'r Ymylon2000#62


86. Local H - Bound for the Floor


85. Heatmiser - Plainclothes Man


84. Weezer - The Good Life

Previous entriesYearPosition
Island in the Sun2001#37
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived (Variations on a Shaker Hymn)2008#19
Pork And Beans2008#77


83. Sepultura - Roots Bloody Roots


82. Even - Stop And Go Man


81. Regurgitator - FSO

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Polyester Girl1997#25
! (The Song Formerly Known As)1997#40
Everyday Formula1997#86
Happiness1999#95
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62

80. DJ Shadow - The Number Song

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Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt1996#90
Kings & Queens (with Run The Jewels)2019#93


79. Lush - 500 (Shake Baby Shake)

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Out of Control2016#82


78. Frank Bennett - Creep


77. Hooverphonic - 2 Wicky

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Vinegar & Salt2000#21


76. Pearl Jam - Around The Bend

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Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
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


75. Belle and Sebastian - Expectations

Previous entriesYearPosition
Is It Wicked Not to Care?1998#49
There's Too Much Love2000#77


74. Beck - Devils Haircut

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Tropicalia1998#40
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


73. Placebo - 36 Degrees

Previous entriesYearPosition
Every You Every Me1998#21
Pure Morning1998#43
Special K2000#95
The Bitter End2003#35
Infra-Red2006#42


72. White Town - Your Woman


71. Luscious Jackson - Naked Eye

70. You Am I - Good Mornin'

Previous entriesYearPosition
Moon Shines On Trubble1996#88
Heavy Heart1998#72


69. The Presidents of the United States of America - Mach 5


68. The Fauves - Sentimental Motel Journey

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bigger Than Tina1999#52


67. Tumbleweed - Silver Lizard


66. Rage Against The Machine - Roll Right

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No Shelter1998#23
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7


65. The Wedding Present - Montreal


64. Republica - Drop Dead Gorgeous


63. Fugees - How Many Mics


62. Pearl Jam - Off He Goes

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Around The Bend1996#76
Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
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


61. Blackstreet feat. Dr. Dre & Queen Pen - No Diggity

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What's the Difference (with Eminem & Xzibit)1999#71
The Next Episode (with Snoop Dogg)1999#85
Still D.R.E. (with Snoop Dogg)1999#97

60. Fishmans - BABY BLUE

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WALKING IN THE RHYTHM1997#10
ゆらめき IN THE AIR1998#71


59. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. PJ Harvey - Henry Lee

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Into My Arms1997#2
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

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


58. Nirvana - Aneurysm


57. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds feat. Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey & Kylie Minogue - Death Is Not the End

Previous entries [Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]YearPosition
Henry Lee (with PJ Harvey)1996#59
Into My Arms1997#2
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

Previous entries [PJ Harvey]YearPosition
Henry Lee (with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds)1996#59
This Mess We're In (with Thom Yorke)2000#85

Previous entries [Kylie Minogue]YearPosition
Did It Again1997#60
Some Kind of Bliss1997#77
Red Blooded Woman2003#71


56. Barkmarket - Visible Cow


55. Bob Mould - Anymore Time Between


54. The Beatles - Real Love


53. Suede - Trash

Previous entriesYearPosition
Beautiful Ones1996#94


52. Ginuwine - Pony


51. Rage Against The Machine - Down Rodeo

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Roll Right1996#66
No Shelter1998#23
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7

50. Definition of Sound - Pass the Vibes

♫ Five to ten, the mood is set, he strolls outside, still wondering what he's gonna get ♫

We start off the top 50 with a very un-Googleable artist but not for the reasons one would usually expect. It was surprising to learn that this is a dance music duo rather than a fully fledged rock band, with the trickery perhaps resulting from the acoustic guitar strum that comes in right at the start, as well as one of the vocalists sounding an awful lot like Neil Finn.

49. Powderfinger - Boing Boing

♫ Habits are breaking me so we broke through to the other side ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Skinny Jean1996#91
Passenger1998#5
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

This is one of the 'Finger's grittiest songs ever and clearly one that belongs in the mid-'90s. In many respects it's riff city even if Bernard gets more than ample opportunity to show off his impressive vocal ability.

48. Republica - Ready to Go

♫ It's a crack, I'm back, yeah I'm standing on the rooftops shouting out ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Drop Dead Gorgeous1996#64

Yep, it truly is that song. It's one of those semi-discoveries in the sense that I've known it for longer than I knew what it was called, partly because of all the ads it has been part of. Nepalese politics has never been the same since.

47. De La Soul - Stakes Is High

♫ A skin not considered equal, a meteor has more right than my people ♫

I'm not sure why but I had it in my mind that De La Soul were a much bigger deal commercially than what their chart history suggests, other than the handful of hits they have had. This isn't really one of them though, despite it being the lead single and title track to their 1996 album. Co-production from the late J Dilla is hardly a surprise because the beats really invite you in straight from the start.

46. Pearl Jam - Habit

♫ Another habit like an unwanted friend, I'm so happy with my righteous self ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Off He Goes1996#62
Around The Bend1996#76
Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
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

Despite the fact that my Pearl Jam knowledge borders on encyclopedic, I can't claim this as a deep cut I've always loved. Instead when I gave "No Code" some recent attention this just stood out to me more than it ever has, with Vedder's powerful vocal delivery matching the same energy as the guitars and the thunderous drums.

45. Porno for Pyros - Tahitian Moon

♫ I came out here tonight to look for my friend, I don't know if I'll ever get to see him again ♫

Before this I really only knew this band for three reasons: a) having quite a strange name; b) being partly made up of former Jane's Addiction members after said band broke up; and c) "Pets". I'm not going to preempt my 1993 list just yet but this just seems to have way more bite. The song really teases the listener by dragging out the chorus longer than it perhaps should, which is before the big riff comes in that really sells the track completely for me.

44. Modest Mouse - Dramamine

♫ I'd said what I'd said that I'd tell you, and that you'd killed the better part of me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Heart Cooks Brain1997#81
Dark Center of the Universe2000#67
Float On2004#43

I'm well aware that Modest Mouse are a much bigger deal than I make them out to be, and it's quite funny that "Lampshades On Fire" was mainly all I wanted from them for a period of time (although yes I did scrobble "Float On" first). Their debut album "This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About" contains many fan favourites to this date but perhaps none more so than "Dramamine". With one part of a riff that Brand New would arguably get strongly influenced by on "Jesus Christ" a decade later, this is quite an impressive display of guitar work.

43. Rage Against The Machine - Revolver

♫ Pictures of fields without fences, her body numbs as he approaches the door ♫

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Down Rodeo1996#51
Roll Right1996#66
No Shelter1998#23
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7

It can be said that sometimes just having an album in your library by an artist you enjoy is enough to make it a favourite. "Evil Empire" doesn't appear to be as loved as the band's preceding album but it arguably contains more of their best songs in my opinion, this being absolutely one of them. Although it's simple, the chorus hits hard with the central theme of domestic violence and the fear and tragedy often associated with it.

42. Grinspoon - Post Enebriated Anxiety

♫ I need a little bit a little bit a little bit ♫

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Just Ace1997#27
DC X 31997#39
More Than You Are1998#24
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

Many of Grinspoon's early songs are just rockers with very few discernible lyrics, and in this case all I can ascertain is that the protagonist is potentially keen for some drugs. From their "Licker Bottle Cozy" EP which couldn't crack ARIA top 50 nor the H100 (surprisingly), but definitely helped contribute to their growing popularity at the time which would lead into their big debut album the following year.

41. Screamfeeder - Pigtails On a Rock

♫ Coming on like I've got an attitude, well that's news to me ♫

In news that will make bluezombie happy, Queenslanders Screamfeeder don't appear to have ever stopped being a band despite having a noticeable gap in albums between 2003 and 2017, so I am a little suspicious even if their website proves that they were touring on a semi-regular basis. Their 4th LP "Kitten Licks" is quite eclectic across the board with Tim Steward and Kellie Lloyd trading and sometimes sharing vocal duties across the track list. "Pigtails On a Rock" is far more ambitious than I ever imagined this band would sound, with a jagged guitar riff that sticks around so long that it becomes inescapable, and then the totally out of place saxophone solo also kind of works somehow? Ultimately how this comes off as well as it does I have absolutely no clue.

40. The Cranberries - Salvation

♫ To all the kids with heroin eyes, don't do it don't do it, because it's not not what it seems, no it's not not what it seems ♫

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All Over Now2019#15

I never had The Cranberries as a band that would ever make a get-in-get-the-job-done-get-out type of song but here we have "Salvation". Clearly no reading between the lines required on this one as it's all about addressing addiction and finding other experiences in life to take one away from drugs. The bass guitar really grips me straight away on this one similar to "Juicebox" by The Strokes (hmm those riffs are a bit similar??!).

39. Frente! - What's Come Over Me

♫ Be the most hurtful thing you did to me, how can you sleep with me so silently ♫

Exclamation mark when you spell the name. My relationship with Frente!/Angie Hart is hit and miss I guess, with her cover of The Cure's "Pictures Of You" coming close to making it in 2008. However as soon as this clicked with me there was no doubt. The riffs make it sound like something from Butthole Surfers or Jebediah, the latter of which would make a lot of sense but otherwise I'm not sure why I've paired them together in my head. Angie's vocals are really lovely as usual and there's a pinch of grunge in the chorus to give it that extra kick.

38. R.E.M. - How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us

♫ The canary got trapped in the uranium mine, a stroke of bad luck now the bird has died ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Parakeet1998#81
The Great Beyond1999#34
Imitation of Life2001#54

As I get older I'm certainly appreciating R.E.M. more; heck, in the short space of time since my 2001 list I love "Imitation of Life" heaps more now. Their 1996 album was one of 12 that I added in full to my Spotify playlist, with two of those 12 albums ultimately failing to register an entry anywhere on this list. This is the fourth single and opening track to this album, but I do wonder if this would have done better if it was dropped as one of the earlier singles.

37. Pearl Jam - Hail, Hail

♫ If you're the only one will I never be enough? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Habit1996#46
Off He Goes1996#62
Around The Bend1996#76
Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
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

After all these years this is what I love coming back to Pearl Jam for. Big rocking choruses with verses that keep up the momentum, and Eddie just being Eddie. Certainly underappreciated in their catalogue imo.

36. Pearl Jam - Who You Are

♫ Come to send not condescend, transcendent to consequences ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hail, Hail1996#37
Habit1996#46
Off He Goes1996#62
Around The Bend1996#76
Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
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

Coming off the momentum of three hugely popular albums (and somehow that "Merkinball" EP, how on earth did that make #2 here), it's little wonder that this did so well as a lead single. Although it's a track that I find very catchy in its own unique way, I do find it to be a very curious choice even if "No Code" isn't the band's most conventional album.

35. Powderfinger - Pick You Up

♫ I'll be the one to pick you up again, when you decide you've had enough of it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Boing Boing1996#49
Skinny Jean1996#91
Passenger1998#5
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

The rhetoric around this being quintessential is a little much for me, because although I see why this is probably an all-time favourite for many Powderfinger fans, it's noticeably second-tier for me. Of course with a band that has songs like "Passenger", "These Days", "My Happiness" and "Day By Day", you're always going to find it difficult to find room for tracks that are still pretty great on their own merit. Perhaps it is more appreciated on the basis of being their first hit, and for that I can give it heaps of credit too.

34. Manic Street Preachers - Everything Must Go

♫ I look to the future it makes me cry, but it seems too real to tell you why ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next1998#29
Ocean Spray2001#48

Eventually by the time I got through my Spotify playlist, I decided that this was just too catchy and dramatic in the typical Manic Street Preachers kind of way to exclude. And then it just grew and grew on me until I realised it was really going to push higher up the list than I ever expected. The strings are almost self-parody but they still sound so excellent, and the vocals of James Dean Bradfield are top level too.

33. iNsuRge - Speculator

♫ You're the strangest fan of what you call supply demand, you gamble for supply and through your actions you dictate demand ♫

Capitalise the "n" and the "r" and not the "i" when you spell the name, not entirely sure why. iNsuRge are one of those lightning in a bottle groups in Australian music from what I can tell, coming remarkably close to cracking the ARIA top 50 with this but getting a bit more love on the j's with this landing at #nice in the year's big countdown. For me I just think this is Nine Inch Nails with heavy political messaging, which it does in its own quirky Australian way while still staying properly industrial and machine-like. This may not be everyone's cup of tea which I totally get but the energy is undeniable.

32. R.E.M. feat. Patti Smith - E-Bow the Letter

♫ I'll take you over there, I'll take you over there, aluminium tastes like fear ♫

Previous entries [R.E.M.]YearPosition
How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us1996#38
Parakeet1998#81
The Great Beyond1999#34
Imitation of Life2001#54

I totally understand that Patti Smith is regarded much higher in music history than my stupid brain gives her credit for, but at the same time I see why getting these two artists together is a win-win. Stipe's vocals accompanied by the haunting lyrics makes for a melancholic but beautiful experience, with the band utilising the E-Bow in a track also done in the past by the likes of Sigur Rós, Radiohead, Pink Floyd and Blue Öyster Cult.

31. Tool - Forty Six & 2

♫ Listen to my muscle memory, contemplate what I've been clinging to ♫

The Genius page for this song is just as f**king exhausting as I thought it would be, to the point where I can't even be assed trying to figure out what mental backflips the band were (allegedly) doing in coming up with this song. In fairness, Tool fans aren't always right about everything though, but at least they are for liking this particular ditty.

30. Tracy Bonham - Mother Mother

♫ I'm hungry, I'm dirty, I'm losing my mind, everything's fine ♫

Wolf Alice do sing about their mind back in 2015 but I do wonder about what they were thinking when they wrote this back in 1996. Seemingly this is one of the more significant one-hit wonders of the decade though, and even though it makes sense coming not long after the big Alanis Morissette album took the world by storm, this is far more thrilling and entertaining than any of that for me.

29. Stereolab - Cybele's Reverie

♫ Que faire quand on a tout fait, tout lu, tout bu, tout mangé ♫

Stereolab sing in both English and French throughout their catalogue however this track has the Australian Mary Hansen on vocal duties, who sadly passed away in 2002. Translating the lyrics it seems to be a lot about nostalgia and childhood, especially in the context of existentially asking what to do when everything seems to have been done already.

28. Cake - Frank Sinatra

♫ We know of an ancient radiation that haunts dismembered constellations ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Never There1998#93
Short Skirt/Long Jacket2001#25

Frank Sinatra never released tracks called "Cake" or "The Avalanches featuring Danny Brown", both of which disappoints me. Although the same could not be said for this track, which is an entertaining listen with Cake's patented horns, catchy riffs and lead vocals from John McCrea.

27. Spiderbait - Buy Me A Pony

♫ And there's so many 'round like you, and we don’t care just what you're doing, after we have gone our separate ways ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Shazam!1999#30
Black Betty2004#30
Fucken Awesome2004#87
On My Way2005#97

A song that for a while I've interpreted as the band satirising greedy record labels and the music industry as a whole, and it could be said that the short rollercoaster that the song is musically is a reflective look on how fleeting success can be as a band in the music industry. Meanwhile I swear I knew this for it being a film but the one film it appears to have been in is one that I've heard the name of but not seen. Also it's quite enjoyable.

26. Screamfeeder - Dart

♫ With every mention you make and every lesson you take, every question at stake is one big lie ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pigtails On a Rock1996#41

In my uni days [which was not 1996 tyvm I'm not that ancient] I delved deep into a compilation of random Australian songs mostly from the '90s - and come to think of it, I'm pretty sure it was from Shock Records. This was always one of the standouts, with the band not being one I had heard of before nor was it one that ever made a huge splash anyway. Much like what Spiderbait do, this track just gets in and gets out in a short window of time and has a lot of fun while doing so.

25. Powderfinger - JC

♫ Canned for life, your use by date is faded ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Pick You Up1996#35
Boing Boing1996#49
Skinny Jean1996#91
Passenger1998#5
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

Although this is Powderfinger being as lowkey as perhaps they've ever been, this is such a special moment in their discography. The acoustic guitar and soft drumming match Bernard's vocals well, and a bridge where the strings really do their thing was another great choice.

24. R.E.M. - Leave

♫ That's what keeps me down, to leave, believe it, leave it all behind ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
E-Bow the Letter (with Patti Smith)1996#32
How the West Was Won and Where It Got Us1996#38
Parakeet1998#81
The Great Beyond1999#34
Imitation of Life2001#54

This song almost tries to do too much but I think it's such a monster that I wasn't expecting. The two guitar riffs sound like they belong in two totally different songs - one forlorn riff matching Stipe's melancholic vocal delivery, and the other being the manic siren-sounding riff that's probably some sort of guitar pedal effect.

23. Powderfinger - D.A.F.

♫ c a s c a d i n g . d o w n ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
JC1996#25
Pick You Up1996#35
Boing Boing1996#49
Skinny Jean1996#91
Passenger1998#5
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

For many years I've been wondering if there was a lyric I was missing that clearly identified what this acronym is, when in reality it's named after the song's chord progression lol. Although it was not far behind on H100 and in the charts, I think this has more punch than "Pick You Up" and it's always been one I've preferred from their early days.

22. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks

♫ Everybody be cool this is a robbery ♫

It sucks because I've not seen all the Tarantino films and I'm mainly familiar with Pulp Fiction, but I can still get enough value out of this with the samples being used. Though in fairness, it's mainly just right at the start, with Yolanda and Ringo urging everyone in the diner to be cool when they are clearly not themselves. I love how much of an oddity this is, from the nefarious schemes being plotted in the verses in spite of the song title/hook.

21. Underworld - Born Slippy .NUXX

♫ Shouting lager lager lager lager, mega mega white thing ♫

Meanwhile I decided to watch Trainspotting for the first time the other day, mainly because I'd been putting it off for ages and knew that this broadcast was coming at some point anyway. And yeah, wow it was a bit much tbh; despite how much of a bummer it is, it's crazy just how well this fits the closing scene in the film. I've had a mixed history with this song, but the song just is what it is. Karl Hyde's vocals really make this such an insane journey, and with the huge instrumental, you kind of want it to go on for at least a few minutes more.

20. Paul Kelly - How to Make Gravy

♫ Tell them all I'm sorry I screwed up this time, and look after Rita, I'll be thinking of her early Christmas morning, when I'm standing in line ♫

There was a time in my childhood where my dedication to knowing AFL team rosters back to front meant that having a singer-songwriter the same name as a well-known player seemed pretty far-fetched. However I've come to realise that there are many great Paul Kelly songs and I'm hoping that this will be the first of several EOY entries. Over the years this has of course turned into one of his most loved songs even if it didn't seem to be as big of a hit at the time as perhaps it should. It's a story involving the same character from two previous songs (including "To Her Door") where a prisoner reflects about his regret and sadness in missing the family Christmas celebrations, and how he wants to make up for lost time once he's free. Classic Australian songwriting at a truly elite level.

19. The Fauves - Dogs Are the Best People

♫ Still tame, still wild, still somehow civilised, with his bone and his bowl and his little chocolate eyes ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sentimental Motel Journey1996#68
Bigger Than Tina1999#52

Harry is far quieter than Daisy, especially when people come home and they both come up for a greeting. Daisy's barking is almost out of betrayal that you left her behind, and sometimes you only even need to be out of the house for 10 minutes and she'll still carry on endlessly. They have developed many nicknames over the years but we often call her Roo-Roo in a kind of onomatopoetic way as a result of her noisy behaviour. The barking isn't all bad though, we do like it when we come back from a walk and she roos at us as if to thank us and talk to us about what she saw on the walk. They are both endearing in their own way, but Harry meanwhile is so inconsiderate and vacant in his own unaware demeanour. Daisy is happy to just walk through the doggy door at her own leisurely pace only for Harry to often sprint in from behind and push her out the way, often slamming through the door at a scary rate. He never seems to be affected by the doggy door no matter how hard he runs at it. His spatial reasoning is often lacking, sleeping partly on Daisy and at other times going up the stairs way too quickly. Harry sometimes likes watching the TV especially when there's sport on, we think there's something about people running around on grass that he seems to be interested by. They both love pats, cuddles, walks, treats, food and all of us; they hate the vet, cats, most other dogs and going outside for wees when it's too cold. They're the best people.

18. Rage Against The Machine - Bulls On Parade

♫ Rally round the family with a pocket full of shells ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Revolver1996#43
Down Rodeo1996#51
Roll Right1996#66
No Shelter1998#23
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7

Very few songs start with as much ferocity as this and then refuse to let up. Come wit it now.

17. Rage Against The Machine - People Of The Sun

♫ With their borders and boots on top of us, pulling knobs on the floor of their toxic metropolis ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bulls On Parade1996#18
Revolver1996#43
Down Rodeo1996#51
Roll Right1996#66
No Shelter1998#23
Guerrilla Radio1999#69
Renegades Of Funk2000#7

I've been a fan of this album for many years and it's the opening track that I seem always like going back to most. Sure "Bulls On Parade" is the big hit that everyone knows, although this was able to chart in the UK at least as the follow-up single.

16. Jonathan Fire*Eater - The Search For Cherry Red

♫ So lock yourself in the hotel room, I'll take the next flight and be there by noon ♫

Jonathan Fire*Eater (or Jonathan Fire Eater as Spotify erroneously labels them) were a band that were around for six years in the '90s, with three of the five band members going on to form The Walkmen with Hamilton Leithauser and one other guy. "The Search For Cherry Red" was also later covered by The Kills as a b-side around their debut album era, and it's not hard to see why. While this might be so simple in what it's doing, the end result is a song that just builds so much momentum that the individual parts almost become irrelevant. I absolutely love the bass riff as it works with Stewart Lupton's vocals and the guitars that come in between verses. It all builds and builds until it gets to that bridge, which is just spine-tingling stuff to say the least.

15. Fishmans - 新しい人

♫ ハハ私はあなたをグーグル翻訳に行かせました ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
BABY BLUE1996#60
WALKING IN THE RHYTHM1997#10
ゆらめき IN THE AIR1998#71

Translated as "New Person". But could a song even be more chilled than this? Admittedly this probably isn't for everyone but to me it's just so easy to immerse oneself in this.

14. Modest Mouse - Breakthrough

♫ Open the curtain and let in some sky, it's almost half past 2AM, you can tell by the light ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dramamine1996#44
Heart Cooks Brain1997#81
Dark Center of the Universe2000#67
Float On2004#43

This was a pretty big discovery in my Spotify playlist, with the opening chorus selling me straight away in addition to Isaac Brock screaming "RUNNING ROUND THE NEIGHBOURHOOD". A truly thrilling yet messy tune, which really benefits off the raw production.

13. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Stagger Lee

♫ She saw the barkeep said "oh god he can't be dead!" Stag said "well just count the holes in the motherfucker's head" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Death Is Not the End (with Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey & Kylie Minogue)1996#57
Henry Lee (with PJ Harvey)1996#59
Into My Arms1997#2
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

With the film clip looking like it was shot in the same studio as the video for "Hey Ya!", it's no surprise that that's where the similarities end. Adapted from an old American folk song but made into this explicit bluesy rocker. The protagonist is one naughty boy, with the outro being a representation of two different kind of... shots, let's put it that way, yep I wasn't lying. I had hoping I could have this a bit higher but regardless it just goes off.

12. Spiderbait - Calypso

♫ Sunshine on the window makes me happy like I should be ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Buy Me A Pony1996#27
Shazam!1999#30
Black Betty2004#30
Fucken Awesome2004#87
On My Way2005#97

A song that is literally sunshine on the window making one happy like one should be. Back in the day it was someone's ringtone in my family for a while (pretty sure mum's) so it's a tune that we were used to at least for the first 10 seconds or so, and so whenever it came up on shuffle we always did a subconscious check of the phone without thinking.

11. Modest Mouse - Make Everyone Happy / Mechanical Birds

♫ I'm not sure who I am but I know who I've been ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Breakthrough1996#14
Dramamine1996#44
Heart Cooks Brain1997#81
Dark Center of the Universe2000#67
Float On2004#43

Again to subvert my early predictions, "Breakthrough" was a song I had originally picked as landing somewhere in the top 10 but it didn't even end up being my favourite of the Modest Mouse tracks. This completely changes course after the halfway mark and I can only imagine how insane this would be as a closing track to a live set.

10. The Butterflies Of Love - Rob a Bank

♫ You make me feel like blowing up buildings with you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Wild1997#65

I think I came across this track in my 1998 research and realised that I wasn't going to wait around to download it when I eventually got to 1996, so I've been digesting this one for a bit longer than I typically would for a new EOY discovery. Connecticut six-piece The Butterflies Of Love still appear to be kicking on and touring, with a small following at least if I'm taking their Spotify plays and Facebook page on face value. Watching a Facebook video of them playing this just a few months ago is pretty wholesome stuff. This was a single to an album later released in 1998, meanwhile their actual debut album they dropped in 1996 doesn't appear to be available anywhere on the internet, although to be fair my search wasn't particularly forensic. In a bit of a "North American Scum" moment, it's funny that this does sound so Britpoppy because I'm certainly reminded of those bands; however I really love the despondent echoey riffs throughout.

9. The Prodigy - Firestarter

♫ I'm the self inflicted, mind detonator, yeah, I'm the one infected, twisted animator ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Smack My Bitch Up1997#17
Stand Up2009#60
Invaders Must Die2009#68

I wouldn't call myself a massive aficionado of The Prodigy overall, even if I am somewhat aware of other things they've done, but I do think I am qualified enough to say that this is them doing what they usually do to a very high standard. The jungle beats make this a huge banger and also helped the track become their first #1 hit in the UK.

8. Tool - Stinkfist

♫ I can help you change, tired moments into pleasure, say the world and we'll be well upon our way ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Forty Six & 21996#31

The big Tool song, to me this is what I know them for most outside of the huge lols of making the Billboard chart with a huge fuck off 10 minute monolith a couple of years ago. I don't have much more to say outside of saying that I still really can't enjoy the album as a whole, but even I can't deny just how hard those riffs go.

7. Placebo - Nancy Boy

♫ And it all breaks down at the role reversal, got the muse in my head she's universal, spinnin' me round she's coming over me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
36 Degrees1996#73
Every You Every Me1998#21
Pure Morning1998#43
Special K2000#95
The Bitter End2003#35
Infra-Red2006#42

The fact that this was a #4 hit in the UK is wild to me. But for someone who has been a casual Placebo fan for many years, this is one of the many times where I wonder just how much could I have gotten into them, if only I was a bit older and/or didn't start this music obsession thing as late as I did. Written to capture themes of drugs, sex and bisexuality, this was a big statement for the band and it's clear their first album helped put them on the map.

6. Fugees - Killing Me Softly

♫ Strumming my pain with his fingers, singing my life with his words ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
How Many Mics1996#63

Unlike "Stagger Lee", there is no doubt that this is a cover, even if it is adapted in the Fugees' own way with sitar sampled from A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum", a recording that I'm pretty sure I've known about for longer. Lauryn's vocals are sublime and she absolutely dominates the track. The fact that this was a #1 basically everywhere is proof that occasionally the charts aren't garbage.

5. Fishmans - Long Season

♫ Reach down your hand in your pocket, pull out some hope for me, it's been a long season, always ain't that right ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
新しい人1996#15
BABY BLUE1996#60
WALKING IN THE RHYTHM1997#10
ゆらめき IN THE AIR1998#71

Alrighty then. So this is the longest song I've ever downloaded, charted, scrobbled etc. and I'm not about to subject you all to the 35 plus minutes of this. What I will say is that this is my favourite album of 1996, and I will elaborate on that to say that the album and the song are the same thing so it's kind of cheating... however I've made a very crappy 12:43 long edit which is what you're hearing now, and it captures my favourite parts of what's going on here as best as possible. If you like what you're hearing here, I strongly encourage you to give the whole thing a go. Focusing on the actual proper version, the first couple of minutes set the scene before one of the main melodies kicks in at about 2:25. For context my crappy edit kicks in somewhere in the 4th minute. It then picks up with Shinji's vocals starting a couple minutes later, and then a beautiful string section then comes in to reinforce what has been building for a few minutes now. The piano is pretty consistent for quite a while after that. The magic really kicks in at about 10:45 when the drumming gradually transitions and the melody shifts again. It sets into such a simple groove but one that I can't help but love. Then from about 14:30 to 20:30 there's a bit of a lull to say the least. I can't really adequately describe what that noise/sound effect but it's clearly a bit annoying. It gets drowned out though by these really loud chimes and this kickass drumming that comes in. But once that subsides, oh my god. 20:40 is where the song goes to the next level. The acoustic guitar and the spacey almost-recent-Avalanchesy-sounding background provides a backdrop to the catchy "baaa ba-ba-ba ba-ba-baaaaa" hook which carries through almost to the end. The piano melody from the very start returns in the 26th minute and after a while of that, the strings, harmonica, guitars and everything else clatters in for an amazing finish.

4. Cake - The Distance

♫ Reluctantly crouched at the starting line, engines pumping and thumping in time, the green light flashes, the flags go up, churning and burning, they yearn for the cup ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Frank Sinatra1996#28
Never There1998#93
Short Skirt/Long Jacket2001#25

And for something completely different, "The Distance" (or "Going The Distance" like I'm pretty sure our dodgy Limewire version was called) is a song that transcends this list and probably this band too. Iconic songwriting, brilliant instrumentation and one of the catchiest choruses of the '90s.

3. Space - Female of the Species

♫ For she wants to conquer the world completely, but first she'll conquer me discreetly, the female of the species is more deadlier than the male ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Ballad of Tom Jones (with Cerys Matthews)1998#6

I did try to get into more Space songs this time around but to no avail. This was always going to be here even if Hottest 100 stuff brought it to my attention, although simply knowing of the tune via its inclusion in Austin Powers didn't hurt. A song that in every measure simply shouldn't work but absolutely does.

2. The Prodigy - Breathe

♫ Breathe the pressure, come play my game I'll test ya, psychosomatic addict insane ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Firestarter1996#9
Smack My Bitch Up1997#17
Stand Up2009#60
Invaders Must Die2009#68

This landed on a ripped compliation CD that either I had made for a friend or vice versa - I can't remember exactly who made the CD for whom but I do remember which friend it was! I remember it being mostly a mix of things I knew and already mostly liked so it was nothing out of the ordinary, except for this song that I wasn't quite familiar but couldn't get enough of. Who was this loud yelly man in front of this scary / loud dance beat? I guess I'm glad primary school-aged me had discovered what "Breathe" was rather than "Smack My Bitch Up". I kind of have a second wind of nostalgia with this song, because when I joined aus-charts in 2009, I don't think I quite understood just how massive this was in its time. For it to be the biggest hit in terms of chart points until "I Gotta Feeling" rocked up is something I never thought would be true (of course IGF was a present thing as I was joining the site, and then I saw it overtook "Breathe" as its run started to grow). Even for the fact that this was #2 for just one week on ARIA and otherwise spent its time in the middle to lower parts of the top 10, and yet still had the longevity to be the hit that it was, might be less a pat on the back for the song and more an indictment of how shit chart points systems can be. But honestly, what more can I say about "Breathe" by The Prodigy? It just simply is "Breathe" by The Prodigy.

1. Cake - I Will Survive

♫ I should have changed my fucking lock, I would have made you leave your key, if I'd have known for just one second, you’d be back to bother me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Distance1996#4
Frank Sinatra1996#28
Never There1998#93
Short Skirt/Long Jacket2001#25

Copy what I said about Placebo, I suppose, even if there is such a thing as listening to too much Cake. But maybe that may not be the case for their cover of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive", which grew on me so much as part of this process that it somehow did the impossible and overtook the one big hit of 1996 that I knew was going to be a frontrunner. Somewhere on the periphery of my mind I knew that Cake covered this song, although it was certainly nothing I ever had any nostalgia or early memories of (as for me my only Cake memories are really just hearing "The Distance" and "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" in the car and on Triple M, as well as the latter on that Nova compilation thing that I still can't find). How. fucking. good. is. this. though. They Cake-ify the song, in part to Gaynor's dismay who wasn't happy with the swear word (awww), but then really nail the brass section and guitar parts to create something that really has an unstoppable groove. McCrea's vocal cadence where he ever, so, slightly, delays the delivery of some lyrics makes him sound like a beat poet, which just makes me want to watch So I Married An Axe Murderer more than anything. And then the bridge drops into that machine-gun-like riff and it completely has me sold. While I can confirm that Jamie Lawson is here to unveil this #1, hey, there is a 2020/2021ness to this that I can certainly appreciate too that maybe could explain this result somewhat. Or maybe not, because now I think this is a bop that I could never live without by my side.



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