Swimming Pools (Drank); F**kin' Problems; Never Catch Me; i; The Blacker The Berry; King Kunta; No More Parties In LA; untitled 08 l 09.06.2014; l untitled 02 l 06.23.2014; untitled 06 l 06.30.2014; Freedom; Really Doe; HUMBLE.; The Heart Part 4; LUST.; DNA.; XXX.; Don't Don't Do It!; Tints; Mona Lisa
Birds of Tokyo
Silhouettic; Broken Bones; Wild Eyed Boy; White Witch; Head In My Hands; An Ode to Death; The Saddest Thing I Know; Plans; In the Veins of Death Valley; Wild at Heart; Circles; This Fire; Lanterns; When The Night Falls Quiet; Brace
Map of the Problematique; United States of Eurasia; Uprising; Resistance; Unnatural Selection; MK Ultra; Undisclosed Desires; Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever); Survival; Madness; Follow Me; Panic Station; Psycho; Dead Inside; Reapers
It Can Wait; Raiders; Faces; Crystalised; Love Run Dry; Closure; Nightswim; Find Out; Something About Us; Heart Attack; On Me; Sometime; You And I; You Don't Know Love
Alors on danse; Ni**as In Paris; Black Skinhead; Thank You; Only One; All Day; Blessings; Real Friends; No More Parties In LA; Ultralight Beam; Champions; Ghost Town; Reborn; everything
Kids; Electric Feel; Weekend Wars; The Youth; Of Moons, Birds & Monsters; Flash Delirium; It's Working; Siberian Breaks; Alien Days; Little Dark Age; When You Die; Hand It Over; Me And Michael; In The Afternoon
Sick Muse; Gold Guns Girls; Gimme Sympathy; Eclipse (All Yours); Youth Without Youth; Synthetica; Speed The Collapse; The Shade; Cascades; Too Bad, So Sad; Fortunes; Dark Saturday; Dressed To Suppress
GUMMY; QUEER; SWEET; BOOGIE; ZIPPER; STUPID; SISTER / NATION; 1999 WILDFIRE; 1998 TRUMAN; HONEY; NEW ORLEANS; BOY BYE; NO HALO
Myth; Lazuli; Wild; Sparks; Space Song; The Traveller; Majorette; Chariot; Lemon Glow; Dive; Drunk In LA; Alien
Soon We'll Be Found; You've Changed; Stop Trying; Bring Night; Never Gonna Leave Me; Elastic Heart; Eye Of The Needle; Burn The Pages; Alive; Bird Set Free; Cheap Thrills; Genius
Not far behind
Kimbra, Tame Impala
British India, Grimes
Kings Of Leon, Samsaruh
The National, SAFIA
Arcade Fire, Silversun Pickups
Beyonce, Chairlift, Lorde, Sampa The Great, Tkay Maidza
Boy & Bear, Samsaruh, The Temper Trap, Wolf Alice
Anderson .Paak, Arctic Monkeys, Art vs. Science, Children Collide, Foster The People, Frank Ocean, Lana Del Rey, Montaigne, MS MR, Rise Against, WAAX
Dead Letter Circus, Disclosure, Florence + The Machine, Gorillaz, Lorde, Radiohead, Stonefield, Tired Lion
KUČKA makes chart history with the first ever song to be #1 during two decades, as I had a new #1 at the start of 2010. "Real" stands a 3rd week at #1. If its feat were to be matched, CHVRCHES would be the ones to do it given their former #1 "Death Stranding" still sits at #2. Billie Eilish is primed for takeover though as "everything i wanted" climbs up to #3, overtaking BABYMETAL who move to #4, and Owl Eyes at #5. Climbing into the top 10 for the first time ever is FKA twigs, whose "sad day" is up to #9 this week ahead of a series of hopefuls. I'm also obliged to point out that "Dirty Laundry" and "Fresh Laundry" are next to each other this week.
I have been beavering away in making an End Of Year list which often involves listening to things that passed me by in their moment of relevance. In the past week I've been listening to a lot more of Yuna's album which I previously only listened to two songs from, possibly due to the ominous G-Eazy feature. Finally getting to it though and I really like it, even the G-Eazy feature, and I feel it's prime time to give her a 2nd top 40 hit, lest she be the only non-Grimes collaborator in the last 2 years to get to #1 with their only entry. What I've got here is actually the latest single from the album, and the opening track "Castaway", which also features Tyler, The Creator though it's admittedly not the stellar verse that I was hoping for. It still passes the test though, and gives Yuna her 2nd entry, and Tyler his 4th at #20. For the first time in a while, there is a new artist arriving on the chart! And it's another one who is brutally younger than me, and not much older than this chart itself. You can tell it's a newer artist though because their capitalisation prerogative cannot be grasped by my feeble millennial mind, but kenzie's got, kenzie's got, kenzie's got "MOTIVES" I'm sure, in at #31. Just missing out by a week on having 3 consecutive years of chart entries, this week sees the return of Lil Uzi Vert and the extremely vague nostalgic production styles of "Futsal Shuffle 2020", which would be a prime time to set it up as a 2020 hit but no, it's going in the 2019 list. This is his 3rd entry to date, and in a way gives Tyler two in one week as he's sampled briefly in the song, which debuts at #38.
KUČKA has retained the top spot for 4 weeks now with "Real". Just behind her is Billie Eilish who is aiming for her 2nd #1 hit with "everything i wanted" at #2. CHVRCHES drop to #3, while Tkay Maidza scores back to back top 4 hits as "IDC IF U BE DED" moves to #4. BABYMETAL close out the top 5 with "Arkadia" at #5, while the only new arrival in the top 10 is Leprous with "I Lose Hope" at #10.
While we await to find the first genuine 2020s artist to make their entrance on the chart, we've still got more 2010s artists still making their first appearance. This week's top debut is a long time coming for an artist who I've been aware of for about 8 years now, but it's actually the first time in the top 40 for Allday. The two songs sound absolutely nothing alike, but I still want to compare it to "Futsal Shuffle 2020" for blending trap production with pronounced synths. "All Da Way" gets him to #25 this week. But what's almost as good as a 2020s artist is a 2020s song, and we have the first of those to make the chart, with Georgia's recently released single "24 Hours", which just like "About Work The Dancefloor" is actually an edit and I haven't learnt what the album version is like. She's starting to build a hit streak though entering at #31, giving her 3 entries to her name. This would be a really fun time to speculate who could be the first artist to score new entries in 3 separate decades, mainly because we already have to put an asterisk on this one. Ladyhawke's only contribution to charting in the 2000s was her often uncredited role in Pnau's "Embrace", as she wasn't scoring entries of her own until 2012. She has surpassed all her efforts from her 3rd album instantly with "Colours In The Dark", which enters at #36, and gives her a 4th entry if you don't count "Embrace".
It's 5 weeks atop the chart now for KUČKA with "Real". Her closest competition continues to be Billie Eilish with "everything i wanted" at #2, but Tkay Maidza scores a new peak at #3 with "IDC IF U BE DED". CHVRCHES decline to #4 with "Death Stranding" while new to the top 5 is FKA twigs' "sad day", her first time in this highest section of the chart. That is also only on technical crediting levels, the case for 070 Shake, who scores her first top 10 hit with "Under The Moon" at #8.
For the most part, it's a very 2020 set of debuts this week, though that will only be purely on a release date sense because of course Mac Miller died a year and a half ago. This is his 3rd year in a row scoring posthumous chart entries though, having scored a top 10 hit last year alongside Free Nationals on "Time". This time around it's the extremely heavy emotions on "Good News" that see him enter at #17, a 4th chart entry to date. I am naturally just playing fully to my inhibitions at this point, which is to say I've been put across this track because it's totally my thing. I'll however keep the title in Japanese because it might make it easier for me to look at it and might also avoid anyone accidentally searching for something NSFW. Not to be confused with the TDE signee of a similar name, we have large idol group SIR in with their very late in December release "絶対束縛彼女" at #28. Just fresh from releasing her first solo EP with presumably presentable artwork, Hayley Mary has scored a 2nd solo entry on this chart. "The Piss, The Perfume" got to #29 late last year, but maybe she can get higher with "Like A Woman Should" which enters at #32. And lastly we have an artist whose own material I'm not sure I've been across before, as I best know her for featuring on a Zedd song. Nonetheless, Elley Duhé has impressed with "MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT" and scores her first ever chart entry at #36.
The stories were real, KUČKA is #1 for a 6th week. Billie Eilish is stuck behind at #2 for a 3rd week in a row with "everything i wanted", while Tkay Maidza also maintains "IDC IF U BE DED" at #3. FKA twigs reaches a new peak of #4 with "sad day", displacing CHVRCHES to #5. The only new arrival into the top 10 this week is a somewhat belated one for Grimes with 2019 holdover "4ÆM" creeping up at #10. This is her 6th top 10 hit.
Mitski is seemingly going grunge now for this one off soundtrack single and I am extremely here for it. "Cop Car" is at #16 which makes it the highest debut of this week and in fact this decade so far, and also Mitski's 4th entry to date. Speaking of 2020s stuff, we have the closest thing to what could be called a true 2020s band on this chart for possibly a while. Though The Lazy Eyes have seemingly been around for years, they're billing "Cheesy Love Song" as their debut single, and thus its Temples-like vibes cruise on in at #23. It's been quite a while since we last saw this pair of artists on the chart. Though making big splashes earlier in the 2010s, it's been 5 & 7 years respectively since Peking Duk or The Naked and Famous have been on the chart. Actually it's still been 7 years for The Naked and Famous because it's only Alisa charting this week, guesting on Peking Duk's "Move" to give them their 4th chart entry at #31. Lastly we have another debutant artist but one whose catalogue does span 2 decades. I still have this sneaking suspicion that this song will get super overplayed if it manages to seap through the cracks and I'll lose interest, but for now, fresh from all those synthwave soundtrack bangers and scolding people for insufficient tea preparation, Celeste is in at #36 with "Stop This Flame".
We have the first new #1 of 2020, though we are still waiting for the first 2020 #1, by which I mean Billie Eilish's long standing "everything i wanted" has finally climbed to the top. It was effectively this very week last year that "WHEN I WAS OLDER" climbed to #1, and so this is her 2nd #1 hit. KUČKA has swapped places with "Real" down to #2. Things stay the same elsewhere, Tkay Maidza holds #3 with "IDC IF U BE DED" while FKA twigs is #4 with "sad day". There aren't many 2019 songs still climbing, but one of them is 070 Shake's "Under The Moon" which now climbs into the top 5. This week also has 3 new songs into the top 10, mainly because they're all extremely catered to me. Mac Miller scores his 3rd top 10 hit with "Good News" at #8, which is also his highest ever charter. Last week's top debut from Mitski is making fast progress. "Cop Car" is up to #9 which gives Mitski her 2nd top 10 hit after "Geyser", and lastly SIR score their first top 10 hit at #10.
As seems to be the running theme in 2020, we have yet another artist charting for the first time. This is especially pertinent as it's another artist I'd never heard of before. But it is a familiar style, with the smooth grooves of Lucky Daye with his song "Fade Away" entering right away at #20. The rest of these are artists that I've been aware of for many, many years. In turn, we've got one of the longest gaps between entries for an artist, with Grouplove scoring their first entry in 8 years with "Deleter". They had a big run for a bit over a year and never charted again, despite me also liking some of their material since. Their 5th entry to date is at #29. A little less of a break between entries is Tame Impala, given that they've already charted 3 times in the past year. The hits keep coming and they don't stop coming as "Lost In Yesterday" is their 13th entry at #36. What would otherwise be an insanely long gap between entries is made less noteworthy by association, and the fact that they kind of had an entry just last week. But properly, The Naked and Famous were last seen in 2013, with a similar bunch up of chart entries to Grouplove. "Bury Us" enters at #37 and is their 6th entry to date.
A sort of historic chart this week. It's been about 3 years since A Tribe Called Quest hit #1 with "Dis Generation", from their final album which was released after Phife Dawg passed away. That's the only instance that could in some way be seen as a posthumous #1 hit, but this week there's no asterisks to it as Mac Miller scores his first #1 with "Good News", which is also the first 2020 released #1. This probably looks like a cry for help and maybe it is in a way but I won't act like I'm not surrounded by a lot of very supportive people in my life. The song is nonetheless very therapeutic to me. It deposes the similarly kind-of-a-downer in "everything i wanted" which moves down to #2. "Real" remains the highest Australian track for all of this year, while Tkay Maidza is just behind at #4 with "IDC IF U BE DED". 070 Shake retains her #5 slot with "Under The Moon".
Fresh from not getting into Eurovision, we've got a new debut from Jaguar Jonze. She's charted 3 times in the space of time that her first song charted, the latest of which is thus her 4th entry to date, "Rabbit Hole" at #22. There was a weird thing that happened in 2018 when I kind of charted a song by DMA'S which has been a good catalyst to me realising that actually they've come a long way and are generally pretty good (although "Silver" is one of the few songs in the Hottest 100 that I cannot recall a tune to at the moment). Anyway, proving it's not a fluke, 2nd entry "Life Is A Game Of Changing" is in at #29. I have recently found myself interested in far more of the soundtrack to a game I otherwise have not much interest in, and this now carries over to the world of movies, which makes sense as I don't really watch much of any of them. But anyhow, the Birds Of Prey soundtrack is pretty solid from what I've heard, and now it has a chart entry courtesy of the opening track from Doja Cat, "Boss Bitch", which is fortunately a song of hers not produced by Dr. Luke, in at #32. She's not the only debutant however, because we have another band that feel so ingrained in the mid-2010s that it's kind of strange to put them in the chart for the first time proper this week. I am talking about Gengahr who made moderate amounts of splashes many years ago, and are seemingly still around. Actually they've released a lot of singles lately, but the one I've cottoned onto is "Never A Low" at #37.
2 weeks at #1 for Mac Miller. Aside from her week at the top, Billie Eilish has now spent 5 weeks at #2 with "everything i wanted", though that may be coming to an end as there's now serious competition waiting in the wings. Firstly there's Mitski who is potentially racing for a 2nd #1 hit as "Cop Car" vaults from #6 to #3. Seemingly the last 2019 entry to still be on the way up, 070 Shake also scores a new peak of #4 with "Under The Moon", and finally arriving in the top 5 is SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her", which means that just like 2 months ago, there are now two Japanese entries in the top 5 at the same time. There's more action lower down in the top 10, as The Lazy Eyes take their first ever release "Cheesy Love Song" up to #7, and also keeping the top 10 heavy on new artists, Lucky Daye also arrives in the top 10 with his first chart entry, "Fade Away" at #10.
Now we can stop the whole technicality of crediting thing from saying that 070 Shake has only one hit on this chart. Now she at the very least has 2, as "Guilty Conscience" arrives on the scene at #21. Last year, Halsey scored her first ever entry alongside YUNGBLUD on "11 Minutes", a relative left-field shift into a vaguely rock sound. That state of relativity has to be shifted severely as she's since worked with Bring Me The Horizon on her contribution to the "Birds Of Prey" soundtrack and yeah, it goes different places than I'm used to from her. "Experiment On Me" enters at #26 for her 2nd entry. Lastly, it's a completely new artist to the chart, who I had not heard of a few weeks ago but excels at the envious task of making a song that does indeed sound quite a bit like Mitski to me. That artist is Cardioid, and that song is "Old Records", which is new at #29.
Mac Miller makes it 3 weeks at #1 for "Good News". Competition heats up though, as Mitski now climbs to #2 with "Cop Car", and behind her, SIR's "Absolute Bondage Her" at #3. Billie Eilish retreats to #4 with "everything i wanted", while The Lazy Eyes take their first ever chart entry, "Cheesy Love Song" up to #5. Two new tracks climb into the top 10 this week too. After a long drought of close to 6 years, Peking Duk finally get their 2nd top 10 hit with "Move" up to #9, while Jaguar Jonze has a much shorter 4 week drought with "Rabbit Hole" bolting to #10, giving her a 3rd top 10 hit.
While it's usually fun to weigh up the different standings all the debuting artists have had on my chart up to this point, this week is a clean slate of sorts, every artist debuting this week has never charted before. The first of these is probably the one that could be described as well overdue. Kings of making songs that I get into way too late after the fact, Hockey Dad have recently released a song which is quite a bit different for them, like if "No Surprises" was post-grunge or something. "Itch" nonetheless makes a big impression as the week's highest new entry at #20. Speaking of song titles you probably associate with a different artist, the next highest entry is called "Runaway", which is of course a title I've already charted before via Mr Little Jeans, no relevant omissions. This time it's from REI AMI, who has released a few singles which I'm not sure I came across before this one, which makes a quick impression to enter at #25. A band I had heard of before are LOSER, who I mainly remember because the first song of theirs I heard was "Loser", which presumably was recorded by Richard Russell. In any case, I happened upon "Come To Terms (Meditate)" and it gives them their first ever entry at #29. Returning to the world of random indie pop artists who I've never heard of before making my chart. This time it's "Boring People" by one L Devine, in at #34. Lastly it's a song that possibly should have charted weeks ago, because it was released in January initially before being removed from the internet and re-released in February. I really liked it on that first release but didn't get to hear it again until a few weeks ago. Now Citizen Kay & Genesis Owusu are getting their first entries together on "Funny Business" at #37.