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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Anton's End of Decade Countdown - 2010-2019

I'm very pleased to announce my EOD broadcast which will feature my top 200 songs of the decade from 2010-2019. I can guarantee some things: some fun moments, some bad/boring songs, some WTF! moments, and some massive surprises. Come and listen!

Broadcast dates:

Broadcast #1: Wednesday 25th November - 5:30pm AEDST (#200 to #126)
Broadcast #2: Friday 27th November - 6pm (#125-#51)
Broadcast #3: Saturday 28th November - 6pm (#50-#1)


Links to be posted soon, hope you can tune in!


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#500 - #301 (TBA)
#300-#201 (TBA)

300RudimentalSun Comes Up (feat. James Arthur)
299Vampire WeekendHarmony Hall
298Client LiaisonWild Life
297Methy EthylScream Whole
296Kings of LeonSupersoaker
295Boy & BearSouthern Sun
294Matt CorbyNo Ordinary Life
293The 1975It's Not Living (If It's Not With You)
292London GrammarStrong
291KygoStay (feat. Maty Noyes)
290Betablock3rWhat You Wanted
289Matt CorbyResolution
288Betablock3rMake You Happy
287David GuettaWithout You (feat. Usher)
286One DirectionOne Thing
285Charlie Puth Change (feat. James Taylor)
284Will HeardBeep Me
283Calvin HarrisPray To God (feat. HAIM)
282Dan Sultan Reaction (feat. Meg Mac)
281The War on DrugsClean Living
280Taylor SwiftOut of the Woods
279James BlakeRetrograde
278Frank OceanSweet Life
277Steve AokiLet It Be Me (feat. Backstreet Boys)
276Ariana GrandeOne Last Time
275HonneGood Together
274SAFIAYou Are The One
273Clean BanditStronger
272Ed SheeranHappier
271Ariana GrandeInto You
270RÜFÜS DU SOL Treat You Better
269ClubfeetHeartbreak (feat. Chela)
268George EzraBudapest
267Billie Eilishwhen the party's over
266M83Do It, Try It
265Two Door Cinema ClubWhat You Know
264Ariana Grandebreathin
263Mac MillerWhat's The Use
262Dua LipaBe The One
261KlangkarussellSonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) (feat. Will Heard)
260The xxOn Hold
259HurtsWonderful Life
258Martin GarrixUsed To Love (with Dean Lewis)
257Angus & Julia StoneBig Jet Plane
256ColdplayA Sky Full of Stars
255BROCKHAMPTON TONYA
254Walk The MoonOne Foot
253ParamoreAin't It Fun
252Delta GoodremWings
251Shawn MendesThere's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
250Of Monsters & MenMountain Sound
249Local NativesDark Days (feat. Nina Perrsons)
248BROCKHAMPTON 1999 WILDFIRE
247The PreaturesIs This How You Feel?
246Linkin ParkBurning In The Skies
245DrakeNice For What
244Maggie RogersAlaska
243Jack GarrattBreathe Life
242Ed SheeranThinking Out Loud
241St. LuciaWe Got It Wrong
240RUFUSModest Life
239KimbraCameo Lover
238The Paper Kites Midtown Waitress
237San CiscoFred Astaire
236LordeRoyals
235The Teskey BrothersLet Me Let You Down
234Owl EyesFaces
233HAIMIf I Could Change Your Mind
232The WombatsTokyo (Vampires & Wolves)
231The War on DrugsIn Chains
230HONNE & Tom Misch Me & You
229Ed SheeranCastle On The Hill
228DrakeGet It Together (feat. Black Coffee & Jorja Smith)
227St. LuciaHelp Me Run Away
226DrakeToo Good (feat. Rihanna)
225Sam FenderThe Borders
224Middle KidsEdge of Town
223Kings of LeonWaste A Moment
222SeebFree To Go (feat. Highasakite)
221Calvin HarrisMy Way
220Foster The PeopleHoudini
219DJ SnakeA Different Way (with Lauv)
218Tame ImpalaThe Less I Know The Better
217Duke DumontOcean Drive
216ColdplayHurts Like Heaven
215DJ SnakeMiddle (feat. Bipolar Sunshine)
214Erik HassleNo Words
213Arctic MonkeysDo I Wanna Know?
212Shawn Mendes Lost In Japan
211Vera BlueHold
210FoalsIn Degrees
209The HorrorsSomething To Remember Me By
208Duncan LaurenceArcade
207Mark RonsonDaffodils (feat. Kevin Parker)
206Calvin HarrisSummer
205The 1975Love It If We Made It
204Justin TimberlakeCan't Stop The Feeling!
203Walking On CarsSpeeding Cars
202RöyksoppNever Ever (feat. Susanne Sundfør)
201Arcade FireReflketor

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#200-#101

200The Black KeysLonely Boy
199Carly Rae JepsenCall Me Maybe
198The War on DrugsHolding On
197Gang of YouthsPersevere
196Little MixBlack Magic
195Troye SivanWILD
194Of Monsters & MenLittle Talks
193RudimentalFeel The Love (feat. John Newman)
192ColdplayMajor Minus
191HonneTreat You Right
190DrakeHold On, We're Going Home (feat. Majid Jordan)
189The Magic Lantern Holding Hands
188Capital CitiesSafe And Sound
187PnauChameleon
186360Run Alone
185LifehouseHurt This Way
184Rudimental Lay It All On Me (feat. Ed Sheeran)
183Client LiaisonWorld of Our Love
182Scouting For GirlsThis Ain't A Love Song
181Gang of YouthsWhat Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?
180Kacey MusgravesLonely Weekend
179Calvin HarrisFeel So Close
178Mike PosnerI Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Remix)
177The War on DrugsSuffering
176Carly Rae JepsenCut To The Feeling
175Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie TempahMiami 2 Ibiza
174Charlie PuthAttention
173Kylie MinogueGet Outta My Way
172DisciplesOn My Mind
171The DoTrustful Hands
170The Kite String TangleWords
169ParamoreHard Times
168Michael BubleHollywood
167LifehouseFlight
166RudimentalFree (Emeli Sandé)
165Gang of YouthsThe Heart Is A Muscle
164Kings of LeonWait For Me
163DrakeFind Your Love
162Everything EverythingA Fever Dream
161HozierWork Song
160HONNE Crying Over You (feat. BEKA)
159DrakeTake Care (feat. Rihanna)
158LordeTeam
157Childish Gambino This Is America
156Chet Faker1998
155RÜFÜSSay A Prayer For Me
154The Paper KitesBloom
153Birds of TokyoLanterns
152Boy & BearPart Time Believer
151Blake RoseLost
150Sufjan StevensShould Have Known Better
149FoalsSunday
148FilousGoodbye (feat. Mat Kearney)
147Vance JoyMess Is Mine
146The Paper KitesElectric Indigo
145ShallouYou And Me
144Roy EnglishJulianne
143LauvI Like Me Better
142Ariana GrandeThe Way (feat. Mac Miller)
141AviciiFade Into Darkness
140Little RedRock It
139Andreas MoeThis Year
138Taylor SwiftShake It Off
137The Paper Kites Don't Keep Driving
136Gang of YouthsLe symbolique/Let Me Down Easy
135St. LuciaWait For Love
134Bruno MarsTreasure
133Methyl EthylUbu
132Alexis JordanHappiness
131BastillePompeii
130Porter RobinsonLanguage
129Andreas MoeHow Many Miles Away?
128Milky ChanceFlashed Junk Mind
127The Paper Kites On The Train Ride Home
126Taylor SwiftStyle
125Swedish House MafiaGreyhound
124AdeleWhen We Were Young
123SAFIAParanoia, Ghosts & Other Sounds
122Foster The PeopleSit Next To Me
121SBTRKTNEW DORP. NEW YORK (feat. Ezra Koenig)
120Maggie RogersLove You For A Long Time
119Billie Eilishocean eyes
118Imagine DragonsRadioactive
117Frank OceanLost
116LizzoJuice
115OneRepublicIf I Lose Myself
114HONNE Location Unknown (feat. Georgia)
113Birds of TokyoWild At Heart
112AsgeirSummer Guest
111Maggie Rogers Fallingwater
110The KillersThe Way It Was
109Billie Eilishi love you
108Mark RonsonUptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars)
107Alice MertensNo Roots
106Duke DumontI Got U (feat. Jax Jones)
105SnakehipsAll My Friends (feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper)
104Foster The PeopleComing of Age
103RÜFÜS DU SOL Take Me
102RÜFÜS DU SOL Sundream
101The Paper Kites Red Light

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#101-#1

100Post MaloneCircles2 of 2019
99AsgeirTorrent10 of 2013
98RÜFÜS DU SOL Two Clocks9 of 2013
97Andreas MoeCollecting Sunlight11 of 2012
96FoalsMountain At My Gates13 of 2015
95AsgeirGoing Home8 of 2013
94Foster The PeopleCall It What You Want14 of 2011
93Midnight To MonacoOne Way Ticket11 of 2016
92JebediahShe's Like A Comet13 of 2011
91Andreas MoeLong Time [Acoustic Version]10 of 2012
90Foster The PeopleHelena Beat12 of 2011
89GotyeSomebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)11 of 2011
88Roy EnglishNo Time Valentine10 of 2016
87Gretta RayDrive9 of 2016
86fun. Some Nights9 of 2012
85St. LuciaElevate7 of 2013
84Taylor SwiftBack To December11 of 2010
83The ScriptFor The First Time10 of 2010
82The Paper Kites Give Me Your Fire, Give Me Your Rain6 of 2018
81Mac Miller & Anderson .PaakDang!8 of 2016
80Carly Rae JepsenRun Away With Me12 of 2015
79The WeekndI Feel It Coming (feat. Daft Punk)7 of 2016
78Calvin HarrisWe'll Be Coming Back (feat. Example)8 of 2012
77Justin TimberlakeMirrors6 of 2013
76Walk The MoonShut Up And Dance14 of 2014
75AviciiWake Me Up5 of 2013
74Walk The MoonAquaman13 of 2014
73The War on DrugsEyes To The Wind12 of 2014
72The War on DrugsAn Ocean In Between The Waves11 of 2014
71A R I Z O N AOceans Away6 of 2016
70The Kite String TangleArcadia10 of 2014
69The 1975This Must Be My Dream5 of 2016
68The Paper KitesRevelator Eyes11 of 2015
67Ball Park MusicShe Only Loves Me When I'm There9 of 2014
66The Paper KitesToo Late10 of 2015
65Kim ChurchillWindow to the Sky8 of 2014
64Arcade FireEverything Now8 of 2017
63ÁsgeirStardust7 of 2017
62AdeleRolling In The Deep9 of 2010
61The War on DrugsStrangest Thing6 of 2017
60RÜFÜS DU SOL Underwater5 of 2018
59Vance JoyRiptide4 of 2013
58Florence + The MachineShake It Out10 of 2011
57AlessoCool (feat. Roy English)9 of 2015
56RÜFÜS DU SOL Hypnotised4 of 2016
55The War on DrugsIn Reverse7 of 2014
54The Paper Kites Deep Burn Blue4 of 2018
53Harry StylesAdore You1 of 2019
52Westerman Confirmation3 of 2018
51ColdplayMagic6 of 2014
50BROCKHAMPTONBOOGIE5 of 2017
49FoalsMy Number7 of 2012
48Atlas GeniusTrojans6 of 2012
47Kendrick LamarKing Kunta8 of 2015
46Matt CorbyBrother9 of 2011
45Arcade FireThe Suburbs8 of 2010
44The War on DrugsPain4 of 2017
43ColdplayCharlie Brown8 of 2011
42Brooke FraserSomething In The Water7 of 2010
41RÜFÜS DU SOL Desert Night3 of 2013
40M83Midnight City7 of 2011
39Panic! At The DiscoReady To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)6 of 2011
38Michael BrunTongue Tied July (feat. Roy English)7 of 2015
37RÜFÜS DU SOL You Were Right6 of 2015
36Django DjangoDefault5 of 2012
35The War on DrugsDisappearing5 of 2014
34LifehouseBetween The Raindrops (feat. Natasha Bedingfield)4 of 2012
33Peking DukTake Me Over (feat. SAFIA)4 of 2014
32RudimentalRumour Mill (feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)5 of 2015
31Imagine DragonsAmsterdam5 of 2011
30AviciiLevels4 of 2011
29Brandon FlowersCrossfire6 of 2010
28Birds of TokyoCircles5 of 2010
27The Paper Kites Mess Me Made2 of 2018
26Years & YearsKing4 of 2015
25Birds of TokyoPlans4 of 2010
24Jamie xx (feat Romy)Loud Places (feat. Romy)3 of 2015
23Clean BanditRather Be (feat. Jess Glynne)3 of 2014
22The Paper Kites When It Hurts You1 of 2018
21ÁsgeirAfterglow [Alternate Version]3 of 2017
20The 1975The Sound3 of 2016
19Ed SheeranAfire Love2 of 2014
18deadmau5The Veldt (feat. Chris James)3 of 2012
17The War on DrugsUnder The Pressure1 of 2014
16ColdplayEvery Teardrop Is A Waterfall3 of 2011
15Boy & BearFeeding Line2 of 2011
14AsgeirKing And Cross2 of 2013
13Kings of LeonPyro3 of 2010
12Ed SheeranSmall Bump1 of 2011
11Gang of YouthsThe Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows 2 of 2017
10Maggie RogersDog Years2 of 2016
9Tame ImpalaLet It Happen2 of 2015
8Foster The PeoplePumped Up Kicks2 of 2010
7The War on DrugsRed Eyes1 of 2013
6Ed SheeranThe A Team1 of 2010
5The 1975Somebody Else1 of 2016
4The War on DrugsThinking of a Place1 of 2017
3Swedish House MafiaDon't You Worry Child (feat. John Martin)2 of 2012
2Flight FacilitiesClair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)1 of 2012
1RÜFÜS DU SOL Innerbloom1 of 2015

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Miscellaneous charts:
One thing from aus-charts that I've really thoroughly enjoyed doing while leading up to a big countdown is answering mini-quiz! Here are 10 hopefully not too difficult questions below, designed in a way to not have spoilers but are also very easy for you to take a blind guess if you have no idea.


1. Which ARIA EOY #1 will be the highest on my chart? (2 marks)

-Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) (2010)
-LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock) (2011)
-Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (2012)
-Katy Perry – Roar (2013)
-Pharrell Williams – Happy (2014)
-Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) (2015)
-The Chainsmokers – Closer (feat. Halsey) (2016)
-Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (2017)
-5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (2018)
-Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (2019)


2. Which Triple J H100 #1 will be the highest on my chart? (2 marks)

-Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (2010)
-Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) (2011)
-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) (2012)
-Vance Joy – Riptide (2013)
-Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap (2014)
-The Rubens – Hoops (2015)
-Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) (2016)
-Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (2017)
-Ocean Alley – Confidence (2018)
-Billie Eilish – bad guy (2019)


3. Will there be multiple entries with the same song title? Y/N (1 mark)


4. Will every lead artist in my EOD top 10 have another entry somewhere in the top 200? Y/N (1 mark)


5. Will more than 1 song from a single year appear in the top 5? Y/N (1 mark)


6. Which artist will have the most entries? (3 marks)


7. Which year will have the most entries in the top 200? (1 mark)


8. Will an artist that has had hits in the ‘80s appear in the top 200? Y/N (1 mark)


9. Some head to heads: (1 mark each)

a.Ed Sheeran - Small Bump vs. Ed Sheeran - The A Team
b.The War on Drugs - Red Eyes vs The War on Drugs - Thinking of a Place
c.RÜFÜS DU SOL- Sundream vs. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Take Me
d.Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall vs. Coldplay - Magic


10. And finally, your prediction for #1? (4 marks)


Feel free to Memo me your answers or feel free to post below. Answers close at 5pm on Wednesday the 25th.
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#200 – LONELY BOY – The Black Keys

(#25 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

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#199 – CALL ME MAYBE – Carly Rae Jepsen

(#24 of 2011)

Song history:
39of 2012
98of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

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#198 – HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs

(#23 of 2017)

Song history:
23of 2017

#197 – PERSEVERE – Gang of Youths

(#22 of 2017)

Song history:
39of 2017
#196 – BLACK MAGIC – Little Mix

(#24 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of Mid-Decade
#195– WILD – Troye Sivan

(#23 of 2015)

Song history:
16of 2015
-of BOAT
#194 – LITTLE TALKS – Of Monsters And Men

(#23 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#193 – FEEL THE LOVE – Rudimental

(#19 of 2012)

Song history:
81of 2012
90of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#192 – MAJOR MINUS – Coldplay

(#22 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#191 – TREAT YOU RIGHT – HONNE

(#16 of 2016)

Song history:
10of 2016
#190 – HOLD ON, WE’RE GOING HOME – Drake

(#24 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#189 – HOLDING HANDS – The Magic Lantern

(#15 of 2018)

Song history:
40of 2012

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#188 – SAFE AND SOUND – Capital Cities

(#21 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#187 – HOLDING ON – The War on Drugs

(#23 of 2017)

Song history:
23of 2017
#186 – RUN ALONE – 360

(#20 of 2011)

Song history:
23of 2012
35of Mid-Decade
127of BOAT
#185 – HURT THIS WAY – Lifehouse

(#22 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT
#184 – LAY IT ALL ON ME – Rudimental (feat. Ed Sheeran)

(#21 of 2015)

Song history:
8of 2015
225of BOAT
#183 – WORLD OF OUR LOVE – Client Liaison

(#14 of 2016)

Song history:
20of 2016

#182 – THIS AIN’T A LOVE SONG – Scouting For Girls

(#19 of 2010)

Song history:
7of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#181 – WHAT CAN I DO IF THE FIRE GOES OUT? – Gang of Youths

(#21 of 2017)

Song history:
42of 2017

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#180 – LONELY WEEKEND – Kacey Musgraves

(#14 of 2018)

Song history:
-of 2018
#179 – FEEL SO CLOSE – Calvin Harris

(#19 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
235of BOAT
#178 – I TOOK A PILL IN IBIZA (SEEB REMIX) – Mike Posner

(#20 of 2015)

Song history:
15of 2016
#177 – SUFFERING – The War on Drugs

(#28 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#176 – CUT TO THE FEELING – Carly Rae Jepsen

(#20 of 2017)

Song history:
-of 2017
#175 – MIAMI 2 IBIZA – Swedish House Mafia vs. Tinie Tempah

(#18 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
62of Mid-Decade
220of BOAT
#174 – ATTENTION – Charlie Puth

(#19 of 2017)

Song history:
48of 2017

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#173 – GET OUTTA MY WAY – Kylie Minogue

(#17 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#172 – ON MY MIND – Disciples

(#18 of 2017)

Song history:
17of 2017

#171 – TRUSTFUL HANDS – The Dø

(#27 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

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#170 – WORDS – The Kite String Tangle

(#26 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#169 – HARD TIMES – Paramore

(#17 of 2017)

Song history:
-of 2017
#168 – HOLLYWOOD – Michael Buble

(#16 of 2010)

Song history:
15of 2011
86of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

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#167 – FLIGHT – Lifehouse

(#25 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#166 – FREE – Rudimental (Emeli Sandé)

(#20 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
43of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#165 – THE HEART IS A MUSCLE – Gang of Youths

(#16 of 2017)

Song history:
34of 2017
#164 – WAIT FOR ME – Kings of Leon

(#19 of 2017)

Song history:
46of 2013
74of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#163 – FIND YOUR LOVE – Drake

(#15 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#162 – A FEVER DREAM – Everything Everything

(#15 of 2017)

Song history:
19of 2017

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#161 – WORK SONG – Hozier

(#24 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#160 – CRYING OVER YOU – HONNE (feat. BEKA)

(#13 of 2018)

Song history:
23of 2018
#159 – TAKE CARE – Drake (feat. Rihanna)

(#18 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
85of Mid-Decade
250of BOAT
#158 – TEAM – Lorde

(#21 of 2013)

Song history:
73of 2013
100of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#157 – THIS IS AMERICA – Childish Gambino

(#12 of 2018)

Song history:
10of 2018
#156 – 1998 – Chet Faker

(#23 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#155 – SAY A PRAYER FOR ME – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#13 of 2016)

Song history:
16of 2016
#154 – BLOOM – The Paper Kites

(#17 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#153 – LANTERNS – Birds of Tokyo

(#20 of 2013)

Song history:
23of 2013
72of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#152 – PART TIME BELIEVER – Boy & Bear

(#16 of 2011)

Song history:
36of 2011
14of 2012
72of Mid-Decade
159of BOAT
#151 – LOST – Blake Rose

(#7 of 2019)

Song history:
14of 2019

#150 – SHOULD HAVE KNOWN BETTER – Sufjan Stevens

(#19 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT
#149 – SUNDAY – Foals

(#6 of 2019)

Song history:
3of 2019
#148 – GOODBYE – filous (feat. Mat Kearney)

(#14 of 2017)

Song history:
9of 2017
#145 – MESS IS MINE – Vance Joy

(#22 of 2014)

Song history:
19of 2014
57of Mid-Decade
211of BOAT
#146 – ELECTRIC INDIGO – The Paper Kites

(#18 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT
#145 – YOU AND ME – Shallou

(#13 of 2017)

Song history:
11of 2017
#144 – JULIANNE – Roy English

(#17 of 2015)

Song history:
4of 2015
77of BOAT
#143 – I LIKE ME BETTER – Lauv

(#12 of 2017)

Song history:
8of 2017

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#142 – THE WAY – Ariana Grande (feat. Mac Miller)

(#19 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#141 – FADE INTO DARKNESS – Avicii

(#7 of 2019)

Song history:
9of 2012
26of Mid-Decade
151of BOAT
#140 – ROCK IT – Little Red

(#14 of 2010)

Song history:
26of 2010
68of Mid-Decade
188of BOAT
#139 – THIS YEAR – Andreas Moe

(#18 of 2013)

Song history:
3of 2013
34of Mid-Decade
133of BOAT
#138 – SHAKE IT OFF – Taylor Swift

(#21 of 2014)

Song history:
27of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#137 – DON’T KEEP DRIVING – The Paper Kites

(#11 of 2018)

Song history:
12of 2018
#136 – LE SYMBOLIQUE / LET ME DOWN EASY – Gang of Youths

(#11 of 2017)

Song history:
25of 2017

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#135 – WAIT FOR LOVE – St. Lucia

(#17 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#134 – TREASURE – Bruno Mars

(#18 of 2012)

Song history:
18of 2013
64of Mid-Decade
175of BOAT
#133 – UBU – Methyl Ethyl

(#10 of 2017)

Song history:
57of 2017
#132 – HAPPINESS – Alexis Jordan

(#13 of 2010)

Song history:
19of 2011
88of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#131 – POMPEII – Bastille

(#16 of 2013)

Song history:
17of 2013
44of Mid-Decade
177of BOAT
#130 – LANGUAGE – Porter Robinson

(#17 of 2012)

Song history:
-of 2012
73of Mid-Decade
181of BOAT
#129 – HOW MANY MILES AWAY? – Andreas Moe

(#15 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#128 – FLASHED JUNK MIND – Milky Chance

(#14 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#127 – ON THE TRAIN RIDE HOME – The Paper Kites

(#10 of 2018)

Song history:
11of 2018
#126 – STYLE – Taylor Swift

(#20 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of BOAT
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#125 – GREYHOUND – Swedish House Mafia

(#16 of 2012)

Song history:
31of 2012
55of Mid-Decade
210of BOAT
#124 – WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – Adele

(#16 of 2016)

Song history:
-of 2016
#123 – PARANOIA, GHOSTS, AND OTHER SOUNDS – SAFIA

(#19 of 2014)

Song history:
17of 2014
65of Mid-Decade
137of BOAT
#122 – SIT NEXT TO ME – Foster The People

(#9 of 2017)

Song history:
18of 2017

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#121 – NEW DORP. NEW YORK – SBTRKT (feat. Ezra Koenig)

(#18 of 2014)

Song history:
44of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#120 – LOVE YOU FOR A LONG TIME – Maggie Rogers

(#5 of 2019)

Song history:
2of 2019
#119 – OCEAN EYES – Billie Eilish

(#16 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT
#118 – RADIOACTIVE – Imagine Dragons

(#15 of 2012)

Song history:
1of 2013
46of Mid-Decade
162of BOAT
#117 – LOST – Frank Ocean

(#14 of 2012)

Song history:
-of 2012
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#116 – JUICE – Lizzo

(#4 of 2019)

Song history:
9of 2019
#115 – IF I LOSE MYSELF – OneRepublic

(#13 of 2012)

Song history:
12of 2013
48of Mid-Decade
190of BOAT
#114 – LOCATION UNKNOWN – HONNE (feat. Georgia)

(#9 of 2018)

Song history:
3of 2018
#113 – WILD AT HEART – Birds of Tokyo

(#12 of 2010)

Song history:
4of 2011
32of Mid-Decade
128of BOAT
#112 – SUMMER GUEST – Asgeir

(#13 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT
#111 – FALLINGWATER – Maggie Rogers

(#8 of 2018)

Song history:
9of 2018
#110 – THE WAY IT WAS – The Killers

(#12 of 2012)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

A song appearing today purely thanks to appearing on BZ’s own broadcast. Thanks! Aside from the great guitar hook at the start, what especially grabbed me was the sort of call and response that builds between Brandon and the backup vocals in the chorus.
#109 – I LOVE YOU – Billie Eilish

(#3 of 2019)

Song history:
12of 2019

This is easily the most hauntingly beautiful song she’s ever done, and in the context of the album, this really hits hard emotionally. I love how the melody builds up by going up an ascending scale before cresting with “I love you!” A brilliant offering from an artist that has really excited the chart and pop scenes in the past few years.

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#108 – UPTOWN FUNK – Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars)

(#17 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

…yeah I’m just as surprised as you are as well! I didn’t dislike this back in the day, but wasn’t caught up in the hype and eventually got tired of the saturation and overplay. But this song, as it did on the ARIA charts, persisted. Fast forward a few years and I started to enjoy it. Go further to 2020 and I in my listening for this broadcast I decided to give this one last go and wow did I realise the genius behind this song. The hooks keep building throughout the song and Bruno’s charisma is off the charts. And if the final chorus with the trumpet entries don’t sell you on this, then I guess this really isn’t for you.

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#107 – NO ROOTS – Alice Merton

(#12 of 2016)

Song history:
-of 2016

A discovery that I *thought* was from one of village’s EOY broadcasts but when I asked him about it online he said it wasn’t…(This is easily verifiable by checking his EOY thread but I haven’t done it yet). Either way, I love the energy behind this song and as an immigrant, I identify very strongly with the sentiment behind the lyrics too. In an era where nationalism is perhaps, too strongly embraced, it’s refreshing to hear someone celebrate one’s lack-of said nationalism instead.
#106 – I GOT U – Duke Dumont (feat. Jax Jones)

(#16 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Many deep house and tropical dance tracks began emerging around this time and I largely ignored them, but I came around to this quickly thanks to such an engaging and fun summer vibe and clean production.

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#105 – ALL MY FRIENDS – Snakehips (feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper)

(#14 of 2015)

Song history:
50of 2015
-of BOAT

It’s a little odd that this stuck around for me as well, but every artist makes a very worthwhile contribution to one of the best anti-drinking songs I’ve heard in the past few years. Tinashe’s melodies are gorgeous, and the lyrics are hilarious while true.
#104 – COMING OF AGE – Foster The People

(#15 of 2014)

Song history:
10of 2014
42of Mid-Decade
173of BOAT

A solid return for FTP after their Torches era. Perhaps their most organic and conventional song compared to the rest of the album which helped me get into this one easier. Either way, the guitar riffs throughout draws me in right away and I enjoy the lyrics very much.
#103 – TAKE ME – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#12 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
82of Mid-Decade
132of BOAT

As evident by the history of this song, I didn’t really embrace RUFUS until You Were Right dropped in 2015 and I understood how effective their sound was despite being rather understated compared to what you’d expect from the dance genre. Take Me is perhaps their most accessible song from Atlas with Tonight, but the “underwater” tone of the opening synths really give this a special spark compared to the latter.
#102 – SUNDREAM – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#11 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
83of Mid-Decade
131of BOAT

Sundream wins the Sundream vs. Take Me head-to-head battle again! Losing to Take Me by a spot in the Mid-Decade, it then place a spot ahead in the BOAT a year later and a spot ahead again here. I just always associated these two songs together because I got into them at the same time (during 2014 a year late) and it’s very hard for me to separate them. They follow each other on the album as well. Why do I like this one, though? It's more of a slow-burn this one, and that ultimately makes it a slightly more satisfying listen.
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#101 – RED LIGHT – The Paper Kites

(#7 of 2018)

Song history:
17of 2018

Some more Paper Kites beauty from their 2nd 2018 album “On The Corner Where You Live,” where they lose their acoustic folk song for a more warmer War on Drugs electric ambiance which for me, has much greater depth. The opening guitar riff is massive evidence of this influence and it sets up the tone for the whole song. Sam Bentley’s crooning voice is perfect for this folk rock blend and keeps the warmth of the song until the guitar takes over at the end with a great solo.
#100 – CIRCLES – Post Malone

(#2 of 2019)

Song history:
20of 2019

I don’t really listen to the charts anymore. All my listening is exclusively on what I playlist on Spotify, so I completely ignored this for all of 2019 despite its massive success on the charts. It wasn’t until this appeared on BZ’s 2019 EOY chart where heads were turned, and then I didn’t get around to it until Todd In the Shadow’s Best of 2019 Countdown where I finally encountered this. And what a surprise this song is, indeed! Post Malone dropping the hip-hop temporarily to write the biggest Adult Contemporary song of the year. Safe to say that is a bit more up my alley and I took onto this really quickly once I actually begun to listen to it regularly.
#99 – TORRENT – Asgeir

(#10 of 2013)

Song history:

-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I love everything about Asgeir, from his writing style, to his voice, to everything about his musicianship. Creating art as a celebration of one’s national identity isn’t a new concept and has been done since classical music was the predominant form of music. Asgeir takes this old tradition and updates it for his tiny country of Iceland, taking old folk songs and poems and writing them to melody. What we now have are a collection of songs that demonstrate the mastery and a realisation of the full potential of the singer-songwriter genre. What makes Torrent particularly special are those joyful piano chords that drive the song throughout.
#98 – TWO CLOCKS – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#9 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Feeding Line has a similarly confusing beginning, but what RUFUS does here is quite ingenious. Opening the song with one slow constant beat, that beat then turns into a sub-rhythm of the actual song which accelerates into another tempo. It’s difficult for one’s head to wrap around but it’s a delightful musical touch which represents the “Two Clocks” here.
#97 – COLLECTING SUNLIGHT – Andreas Moe

(#11 of 2012)

Song history:
6of 2012
10of Mid-Decade
65of BOAT

After discovering Andreas Moe from “Fade Into Darkness,” I came across his debut solo single, an ethereal and poetic electro-pop song about waiting for love…I think. The poetry is up for interpretation, which makes this even more interesting!
#96 – MOUNTAIN AT MY GATES – Foals

(#13 of 2015)

Song history:
46of 2015
-of BOAT

This song was my first proper introduction to Foals, and I don’t quite remember where I first heard this, whether it was on the Hottest 100 or on someone’s broadcast but I didn’t love this song or the band right around. Rather, it’s been a gradual mountain climb with these guys where it finally culminated in 2019 with two #1s on my chart. I appreciate this the more I listen to this and the buildup at the end is very enjoyable.
#95 – GOING HOME – Asgeir

(#8 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

There’s something conflicting about the sombre nature of this track which contrasts with the typical feeling of returning home after a journey. Yet it’s something that I still think works. Going home may not necessarily joyful, but reflective, exhausting after the journey, or home could be a place that is a source of conflicting. Regardless, the trumpet that comes in near the end is very special and reminds me of the reflective and sad nature of The Last Post. Maybe the character has experienced a journey of death and sadness?
#94 – CALL IT WHAT YOU WANT – Foster The People

(#14 of 2011)

Song history:
37of 2011
28of 2012
14of Mid-Decade
70of BOAT

Another fun eclectic track from them. Often with regards to music I talk about containing “chaotic” energy, and that’s a concept that applies here. Foster The People are known for being bold, adventurous, and chaotic with every release. However, the success of their music depends on how they can contain that energy into a song. Often uncontained chaotic songs can result in a hot mess, but ones that do manage to do so result in effective bangers like this one, where the ideas are well communicated without being detracting or distracting. That’s just a personal theory from me, anyway.
#93 – ONE WAY TICKET – Midnight To Monaco

(#11 of 2016)

Song history:
-of 2016

I also do not recall how I came across this insanely fun and catchy song, but the doo-wop backing vocals completely sell this track.
#92 – SHE’S LIKE A COMET – Jebediah

(#13 of 2011)

Song history:
16of 2011
76of Mid-Decade
199of BOAT

An Aussie rock gem that I loved back in 2011 and still really holds to this day. Great melodies on the guitar and vocals makes this very enjoyable all round.
#91 – LONG TIME – Andreas Moe [Acoustic Version]

(#10 of 2012)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

This is an acoustic cover of John de Sohn’s dance track of the same name and featuring the same singer. Think of your standard early 2010s Swedish House track, so naturally I got a little sick of that. Andreas Moe’s acoustic version really brings out the chord progression here, which I quite like, and shifts the tone to one of heartfelt longing, rather than…well, whatever emotion you get from a dance track.
#90 – HELENA BEAT – Foster The People

(#12 of 2011)

Song history:
29of 2011
45of Mid-Decade
180of BOAT

There’s not that much more I can say about this song than what I already badly articulated in “Call It What You Want,” but the synths and hooks here are some of Foster’s best ever.
#89 – SOMEBODY THAT I USED TO KNOW – Gotye (feat. Kimbra)

(#11 of 2011)

Song history:
33of 2011
65of 2012
49of Mid-Decade
212of BOAT

I’ll share my chart run at some point, but this one was another ultimate slow burner for me where it managed to chart for 52 weeks(?) but got nowhere near my top 10 (I think it peaked at #13 or #15?).
#88 – NO TIME VALENTINE – Roy English

(#10 of 2016)

Song history:
4of 2016

Roy English delivers his best with this song, in my opinion, with some effortless electro-pop about moving from a breakup. Appropriately released on the week of Valentine’s Day.
#87 – DRIVE – Gretta Ray

(#9 of 2016)

Song history:
55of 2016

I got into this song way too late for it to have made a meaningful impact on my 2016 EOY, but there’s really nothing better to describe this song than, wow. A huge talent for songwriting, Gretta effortless details a whimsical and poetic narrative, demonstrating a maturity well beyond her years. It’s not just the lyrical chops, though: Gretta’s performance is ever so endearing and compelling. I hope she can match this effort again someday.
#86 – SOME NIGHTS – fun.

(#9 of 2012)

Song history:
32of 2012
101of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I loved this back in 2012 but promptly got quite sick of it where it underperformed to expectations in the EOY. I hope to remedy its true position here because what a stellar song it is. From the driving snare drums to the over-the-top autotune/guitar solo, this song barely contains Nate Reuss’ ambition and emotion.

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#85 – ELEVATE – St. Lucia

(#7 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I still distinctively remember hearing this at a pub and Shazam’ing it, thinking “the synths in here are epic, I HAVE to know this song!” I also do remember that my phone was about to run out of battery first, and I ensured I saved it to Spotify before it died. Needless to say, this was an epic find, and one that proved to be very popular amongst other members of this site. I love the booming synths that wash over the track combined with the epic electronic drumming that is somewhat reminiscent of a Phil Collins song, St. Lucia have proven themselves to be a powerhouse of electropop with this song and subsequent releases.
#84 – BACK TO DECEMBER – Taylor Swift

(#11 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I did like this at the time, but time has revealed to be Taylor Swift at her singing and songwriting best. Heartfelt lyrics complimented with the most gorgeous melodies is Taylor’s winning combination, and while I don’t think she’ll ever beat this, she thankfully doesn’t lose her talents with subsequent releases.
#83 – FOR THE FIRST TIME – The Script

(#10 of 2010)

Song history:
2of 2010
21of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I completely fell in love with this the moment I heard it, but gradually during the decade I began to wane off The Script, where this song didn’t even make the top 250 BOAT despite originally being top 2 of a successful EOY. (Only The Man Who Can’t Be Moved made the BOAT). I think this has recovered well for me now, with great lyrics, a wonderful tune, and Danny O'Donoghue’s vocal being great as always.
#82 – GIVE ME YOUR FIRE, GIVE ME YOUR RAIN – The Paper Kites

(#6 of 2018)

Song history:
8of 2018

The Paper Kites continue to embrace the luscious synths on this track and Sam Bentley’s voice once again shines throughout. I do wish the buildup at the end was bigger and longer, but this is great for what it is.
#81 – DANG! – Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak

(#8 of 2016)

Song history:
-of 2016

I can’t remember when I discovered this, but I finally embraced Mac Miller once I heard some of his 2018 songs in some EOYs, and I do remember checking this out at the time and not thinking much of it. However, some time later, this came up on shuffle and I absolutely loved it. Anderson .Paak’s chorus is great, but Mac Miller’s lines are catchy as heck, and the changing production throughout keeps this song on its toes.
#80 – RUN AWAY WITH ME – Carly Rae Jepsen

(#12 of 2015)

Song history:
81of 2015
-of BOAT

It’s pretty clear that Carly Rae Jepsen has a mastery of all the elements of pop song-writing and if that wasn’t obvious here, then you don’t understand how pop music works.
#79 – I FEEL IT COMING – The Weeknd (feat. Daft Punk)

(#7 of 2016)

Song history:
14of 2016

Everyone should have Daft Punk produce their songs.
#78 – WE’LL BE COMING BACK – Calvin Harris (feat. Example)

(#8of 2012)

Song history:
30of 2012
30of Mid-Decade
106of BOAT

The song famed for the 50-1 leap on my chart, I love how all the great elements in this come together. Examples voice is perfect for the buildup and the drop, while simple, is effective. Peak Calvin Harris this is.
#77 – MIRRORS – Justin Timberlake

(#6 of 2013)

Song history:
13of 2013
39of Mid-Decade
154of BOAT

One of the kings of R&B deliver yet again with this epic 8-minute long follow-up to the also great Suit & Tie. Lately, I’ve found myself enjoying the 2nd half more than the 1st half.
#76 – SHUT UP AND DANCE – Walk The Moon

(#14 of 2014)

Song history:
11of 2015
-of Mid-Decade
243of BOAT

One of the most fun and most upbeat songs to hit the charts in 2015, Nick Petricca has the perfect blend of boundless fun and outrageous chaos that completely sells this track.
#75 – WAKE ME UP – Avicii (feat. Aloe Blacc)

(#5 of 2013)

Song history:
2of 2013
28of Mid-Decade
135of BOAT

This is still such a great dance track to this day and it hasn’t aged badly at all for me. Aloe’s voice is perfect for the blend of country and EDM and the breakdown is still a banger as ever.
#74 – AQUAMAN – Walk The Moon

(#13 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

A gorgeous track that I discovered from the Shut Up And Dance music video (a snippet of this plays at the start of the music video). I instantly fell in love with the beautiful synths that create the perfect backdrop for the heartfelt lyrics. This was always my favourite Walk The Moon song but I never charted it back in 2014 due to me not charting album tracks then.
#73 – EYES TO THE WIND – The War on Drugs

(#12 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

A very meaningful and reflective track for me. On the album, it is particularly special because it comes after the darkest moments (after Disappearing and The Haunting Idle) and as a result, this song brings a much refreshing hopeful tone. A great track from one of the best albums ever.
#72 – AN OCEAN IN BETWEEN THE WAVES – The War on Drugs

(#11 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Another great track from Lost In The Dream, this comes early in the album and is 7 minutes of pure momentum and turbulence. The tension continues to build throughout until it suddenly cuts out and drops to the next track on the album (Disappearing). I can’t say for sure what this represents, whether it be Adam Granduciel’s racing mental state, or the consistent drive towards something, but I can say for sure that the guitar solos are epic.
#71 – OCEANS AWAY – A R I Z O N A

(#6 of 2016)

Song history:
5of 2017

This is a really nice and gentle song from ARIZONA that depicts of love and want. In a difficult year, this helped bring me peace and calm thanks to Zach Hannah’s soothing vocals and the mellow production.
#70 – ARCADIA – The Kite String Tangle

(#10 of 2014)

Song history:
3of 2014
38of Mid-Decade
53of BOAT

Another emotionally somber song that fits neatly with what I like. I loved Arcadia at the time of release and Danny Harley’s crooning voice was perfect with the production. As suggested by the song’s history, this has dropped a little bit but still enough to make the top 70!

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#69 – THIS MUST BE MY DREAM – The 1975

(#5 of 2016)

Song history:
2of 2016

Another classic ‘80s inspired pop-rock track that I discovered while listening to the album. If the opening synths didn’t convince you of that, then surely the saxophone in the bridge will. This song cemented the 1975’s status on my charts by helping them hit #1, #2 and #3 on my EOY that year. While this has fallen a little bit, a lot of the magic is still there.
#68 – REVELATOR EYES – The Paper Kites

(#11 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT

A more upbeat offering from The Paper Kites from their 2015 album ‘twelvefour.’ I actually didn’t like this very much initially, but upon listening again recently I discovered that I really enjoyed the faster pace and the guitar hooks.
#67 – SHE ONLY LOVES ME WHEN I’M THERE – Ball Park Music

(#9 of 2014)

Song history:
9of 2014
-of Mid-Decade*
213of BOAT

There are some moments in an artists’ career where they throw the entire kitchen sink into the song and it entire results in massive success or an utter failure. She Only Loves Me When I’m There is by far the most ambitious effort I’ve heard by Ball Park Music and they execute with huge flair and success. I only wish there was another chorus because it’s just so good.

*Mid-Decade was conducted before I revised my 2014 EOY to include this song.

#66 – TOO LATE – The Paper Kites

(#10 of 2015)

Song history:
-of 2015
-of BOAT

Another deepcut from ‘twelvefour’ that I came to love while in my Paper Kites phase in 2018. This song is heart-wrenching where the narrator tells the other that their relationship must end. The explosion of release in the final chorus is extremely satisfying.
#65 – WINDOW TO THE SKY – Kim Churchill

(#8 of 2014)

Song history:
14of 2014
70of Mid-Decade
107of BOAT

If you’re looking for one of the greatest singer-songwriter songs, this one has it all. An engaging opening guitar riff, a stomping drum beat to keep the momentum, poetic lyrics, and to top it off, a brass section that comes in halfway! Admittedly, the horns really are what sell this track; I don’t think this would be this high without them.
#64 – EVERYTHING NOW – Arcade Fire

(#8 of 2017)

Song history:
3of 2017

This song was a game changer for me. For one that wasn’t enamoured with Arcade Fire, this took me by surprise with its uplifting and positive sentiment. Not many things are more joyful than yelling “everything now!” along with the chorus. My love of this song eventually translated to other significant Arcade Fire songs, those of which have this song to thank.
#63 – STARDUST – Asgeir

(#7 of 2017)

Song history:
2of 2017

Asgeir continued his form into his 2nd album where he also favours a poppier approach with some ethereal synths to compliment his acoustic style. Stardust was an instant winner from this album with his wonderful voice complimenting the lyrics.
#62 – ROLLING IN THE DEEP – Adele

(#9 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Pure fire from Adele. I can’t find a better way to describe this, really.
#61 – THE STRANGEST THING – The War on Drugs

(#6 of 2017)

Song history:
4of 2017

Another song that I instantly loved upon hearing, the gradual buildup with each additional layer of synths, paired with Adam Grunciel’s shredding, brings the song to a massive climax in the final moments of the song.
#60 – UNDERWATER – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#5 of 2018)

Song history:
6of 2018

Admittedly I’ve been overlooking their Solace era ever since it finished, but this is a triumph for RUFUS on their 3rd album. While not noticeable, each chorus builds in intensity with added layers, making the final chorus extremely satisfying.
#59 – RIPTIDE – Vance Joy

(#4 of 2013)

Song history:
11of 2013
29of Mid-Decade
154of BOAT

I’ve been on an on-again-off-again relationship with this song. When I finished school in 2013, I began to reject the music I liked in 2013 as a natural way of moving on with my life. Riptide was our nominated “song of our year group” at school and so this is very closely linked to my final year of high school. I think I’ve finally begun to enjoy this song on its own merit again, because it really is an endearing song thanks to the charming lyrics.
#58 – SHAKE IT OUT – Florence + The Machine

(#10 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I don’t think I've come across a song as cathartic as this. Florence Welch has been open about her past demons, so if there’s anyone that has the strength and power to sing about strength and overcoming, it would absolutely be her. With this song, you don’t just get to listen to Florence releasing her demons, you feel like you are doing the same with her thanks to her massively powerful voice. This out-of-body experience that makes this song truly unique and special, and I’m very glad to be able to appreciate a song like this when I didn’t at the time.
#57 – COOL – Alesso (feat. Roy English)

(#9 of 2015)

Song history:
7of 2015
217of BOAT

Alesso’s usage of the Kylie sample is pure genius. Kylie herself appeared earlier in this countdown, but Alesso spins the chord progression into pure magic, aided with Roy English’s soaring voice.
#56 – HYPNOTISED – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#4 of 2016)

Song history:
5of 2016

A deep cut from RUFUS’s 2nd album, “Bloom,” this is another song that I find exudes peace and beauty, made especially effective thanks to the production. Dena Kaplan compliments Tyrone’s voice perfectly, and they make a really soothing duet.
#55 – IN REVERSE – The War on Drugs

(#7 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

What does it mean to be ‘in reverse’? Going backwards in life? Contrary to the title, I think this is about looking forward to the future. As the final track of “Lost In The Dream,” you experience a journey initially of joy, followed depression and hopelessness, back to hope. After experiencing the lows throughout the album, you finish with this song, which has a much more hopeful, positive tone than before. Therefore, are you really moving in reverse as Adam sings? Maybe for him, being in reverse means returning to the normality of initial joy that the album presented.
#54 – DEEP BURN BLUE – The Paper Kites

(#4 of 2018)

Song history:
1of 2018

The lead single from their 2nd 2018 album “On The Corner Where You Live,” this song immediately indicated the change of direction that I’d spoken about previously and I was hooked immediately. Sam Bentley’s warmth captivated me once again as the pulsating synths continually built up the song into a emotional climax into the final “burning right through you.” While I enjoyed the first album of the year very much, this got me very excited for their 2nd album and I haven’t looked back since.
#53 – ADORE YOU – Harry Styles

(#1 of 2019)

Song history:
6of 2019

What a song and what an album. While “Sign of the Times” announced Harry to the big stage, “Adore You” solidifies his position as a pop star for the ages. The album had many highlights almost as good as this and I can’t wait to see what else Harry has to offer in the future.
#52 – CONFIRMATION – Westerman

(#3 of 2018)

Song history:
15of 2018

Sonically, “Confirmation” is a very unusual song that is very different to pinpoint and describe. A song not about the Catholic tradition, the mellow production introduces a very otherworldly yet timeless quality to the song and Westerman’s choral-like voice adds to the mystery of the song. A beautiful effort nonetheless, this is surely a song for the ages, if only more people knew about him.
#51 – MAGIC – Coldplay

(#6 of 2014)

Song history:
2of 2014
15of Mid-Decade
71of BOAT

I have many thoughts about “Ghost Stories,” but they can largely be summed about how misunderstood this era was for Chris Martin and Coldplay. Martin had recently divorced from his wife, and there were no subsequent tours after this album was released which indicated to me that this was Martin’s outlet for his grief. When thinking about the album in this context, you realise that it is incredibly sad. Even “A Sky Full of Stars” is no longer a trivial house track, but a song of intense sadness as Chris, when he sings about seeing the one he loves in the sky, dearly misses a person that was once a prominent member of his life. “Magic” is incredibly subdued and remains peaceful throughout, but the lyrics themselves are of longing and almost of a futile hope. When he sings “I don’t want anybody else but you,” he is almost pleading to the other that he couldn’t live without them, but when the song concludes on him declaring he still believes in magic, it takes a tragic turn. Does he now believe that the now broken relationship can be fixed, or is he hoping in vain?

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#50 – BOOGIE – BROCKHAMPTON

(#5 of 2017)

Song history:
4of 2018

It took me until 2017 EOY season in the beginning of January where repeated listens finally got me into this song, and it perfectly encapsulates who BROCKHAMPTON are and represent to me. A motley crew of artists and rappers that formed from a Kanye West forum, BROCKHAMPTON feel like they’re a band of brothers that you want to be a part of, and they’re one that would unreservedly welcome you in. BOOGIE is structured like a rhapsody where each member gets to spit a verse and you feel compelled to join in every time. To me, BROCKHAMPTON exude a feeling of belonging which is greatly appreciated by their fans.
#49 – MY NUMBER – Foals

(#7 of 2012)

Song history:
-of 2012
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

This is pure fun from Foals, a band that I began to slowly appreciate more and more as the decade progressed. I wasn’t really aware of this song at the time, but I’m very glad I can give this recognition right here!
#48 – TROJANS – Atlas Genius

(#6 of 2012)

Song history:
10of 2013
25of Mid-Decade
42of BOAT

A rockin’ alternative Australian song that I discovered as a free download on Tap-Tap of all things. It hasn’t gotten old for me since, probably because I feel like I’m the only person that listens to it.
#47 – KING KUNTA – Kendrick Lamar

(#8 of 2015)

Song history:
94of 2015
-of BOAT

I don’t know what suddenly clicked in the last 2 months but I haven’t been able to stop listening to this nonstop. Of all the songs from To Pimp A Butterfly, this one really stands out to me because it’s just so groovy. The call and response between Kendrick and the backup female vocalists are heaps fun to listen to, and I like how the second chorus gets progressively more tense with a change of harmonic progression.

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#46 – BROTHER – Matt Corby

(#9 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

I’ve always liked this song, but only recently began loving it and I began to fully appreciate it for what it was when it appeared top 10 on the Triple J Hottest 100 of the Decade countdown.

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#45 – THE SUBURBS – Arcade Fire

(#8 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

This has Everything Now to thank for appearing here and as a result, I was hesitant to put this above Everything Now while I was making this list. Hearing this on HeadInAMuse’s BOAT countdown pushed this a lot though. There’s not much I can add to the discourse as much has already been spoken and written about this but what a classic! While the initial groove is such a great one, the icing on the cake is the guitar melody that comes halfway around. I can’t be bothered being more specific but I’m sure you can work out what I’m talking about.

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#44 – PAIN – The War on Drugs

(#4 of 2017)

Song history:
6of 2017

Another great track from The War on Drugs’s 2017 album “A Deeper Understanding,” this, once again, has a great groove that hooked me right away. Unlike “Lost In The Dream,” this album is more reflective in a positive sense, and more directly hopeful. The simple 2nd line of “pain is on the way out now” makes the song uplifting from the get-go.
#43 – CHARLIE BROWN – Coldplay

(#8 of 2011)

Song history:
11of 2012
11of Mid-Decade
54of BOAT

Another massive tune from their “happy era,” the instrumental hooks in this song are vintage Coldplay. I still don’t even know what the title means in relation to the song but I get the sense of freedom and youth when I listen to this.
#42 – SOMETHING IN THE WATER – Brooke Fraser

(#7 of 2010)

Song history:
-of 2010
40of Mid-Decade
117of BOAT

This song is pure joy and it makes incredibly happy whenever I hear it. I’d forgotten the circumstances on how this charted in Australia but I’m so glad it did! Brooke Fraser has since returned to singing at Hillsong conferences while steadily putting out new albums.
#41 – DESERT NIGHT – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#3 of 2013)

Song history:
-of 2013
-of Mid-Decade
86of BOAT

One of RUFUS’s slow burners that I really didn’t take notice of until 2015 when I listened to the album after attending my first ever popular music gig which was their You Were Right tour. I’d spoken about this at length but the sense of loneliness and wanting in this song resonates with me, to a point that it brings me comfort in a sort of ironic way. I love the music video as well.
#40 – MIDNIGHT CITY – M83

(#7 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Another fantastic track that I ignored at the time, only for my attention to be grabbed when this was surprisingly high (at least to me) on the Combined Mid-Decade chart. I since haven’t looked back, and it has gone from strength to strength. Did I mention that saxophone is glorious?!
#39 – READY TO GO (GET ME OUT OF MY MIND) – Panic! At The Disco

(#7 of 2011)

Song history:
8of 2011
12of Mid-Decade
57of BOAT

I have fond memories of listening to this song that popped up frequently on a Melbourne trip in 2011. Otherwise, it’s hard for me to describe why I particularly like this Panic! song, especially when I’m quite disinterested in almost everything else they’ve done. But I do credit that all the elements, while not individually remarkable, work very well together, ultimately creating an infectious high-energy pop-rock song.
#38 – TONGUE TIED JULY – Michael Brun (feat. Roy English)

(#7 of 2015)

Song history:
3of 2015
75of BOAT

This is another one of those moodier dance songs that instantly grabbed me the moment it was released. Roy English has the perfect compelling voice that tells of a young coming-of-age scenario where he misses a summer filled with love. This, coupled, with Michael Brun’s slick production, made this song really stand out in an already quality filled 2015 that had many similar synth-dance songs.
#37 – YOU WERE RIGHT – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#6 of 2015)

Song history:
6of 2015
94of BOAT

Yes. “You Were Right” was an Ed Sheeran’s “Sing” Billboard moment for me and my charts when RUFUS had built up bucketloads of goodwill through recent late discoveries and sleeper hits, resulting in all of that energy to erupt in a huge debut on my charts when their next release came along soon after. “You Were Right” was the perfect lead single: a simple yet incredibly effective dance track that didn’t matter that it was on the safer side for RUFUS (they would be more adventurous in a particular later release) because it was just too catchy and dancey.
#36 – DEFAULT – Django Django

(#5 of 2012)

Song history:
21of 2012
37of Mid-Decade
111of BOAT

In a period in my life where the only “indie” songs were restricted to Foster The People and Birds of Tokyo, “Default,” famously an Irelander recommendation for me, was a trailblazer when Christian pop dominated the charts and I had just begun to embrace EDM House Music. A real one-of-a-kind, the stuttery psychedelic nature of Default easily got stuck in my head all the time and it has only become stronger since.
#35 – DISAPPEARING – The War on Drugs

(#5 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

Lost In The Dream is the result of a intense period of depression and crippling anxiety for Adam Granduciel and to me, “Disappearing” are those feelings most intensely manifested on the album, creating its emotional climactic point. The song rolls for 6 minutes of an almost agonising stillness: after an opening guitar note, it instantly settles on a groove that doesn’t change through. And despite the length, there are very little words. Depression, at least in my experience, can lead to someone feeling isolated, alone, insignificant, hidden, to the point where they feel like disappearing. “Will you wait for the one that disappears?” Adam asks, as you are left contemplating what it could mean to cease to exist. I desperately relate to songs like these, and as a result, it surprisingly provides a catharsis that inversely delivers me relief and hope. I will be forever grateful for this album.
#34 – BETWEEN THE RAINDROPS – Lifehouse (feat. Natasha Bedingfield)

(#4 of 2012)

Song history:
76of 2012
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

At the beginning of this year, Billboard (with contribution from ToddInTheShadows), released a fascinating article of “the top minivan songs,” a list of distinctive songs from around 1996 to 2004 that had a particular acoustic-pop-rock sound. Many songs on this list featured quite highly on my BOAT, so it was a fascinating list to read and a playlist I had much pleasure and nostalgia in listening to. “Hanging By A Moment” was the #1 on the list, which ended up being a fantastic choice that fulfilled the criteria. This list was stuck in my head for subsequent months, which eventually dawned on me that I *really* liked Lifehouse, whose music contained that mid-2000s rocked sound that I was weirdly nostalgic for this year. It wasn’t long before I snowballed and delved into their entire discography and rediscovered this gem. The Last.fm statistics are quite revealing: I scrobbled their songs 2,006 times in the past 180 days, pushing them into my 4th most listened to artist of all time. If you were a little surprised with seeing “Hurt This Way,” and “Flight,” at #184 and #167 respectively, here is your explanation.
#33 – TAKE ME OVER – Peking Duk (feat. SAFIA)

(#4 of 2014)

Song history:
7of 2014
18of Mid-Decade
66of BOAT

Everything about this is huge in almost every sense. From Ben Woolner’s declarative vocals, to the lyrics inviting oneself to lose control, to the massive productive and drop from Peking Duk, “Take Me Over” is, in my opinion, the most confident release from either artist. One listen should be evident of this, as they clearly succeed in executing their ambition.
#32 – RUMOUR MILL – Rudimental (feat. Anne-Marie & Will Heard)

(#5 of 2015)

Song history:
5of 2015
95of BOAT

"I don't even care about what they say," might feel like a cliche nowadays, but when it is performed so joyfully you can't help but join in the sentiment. I was also surprised by how well this song has aged since 2015, but it still sounds as exciting and fresh as it did on Day 1. Everything about this is impeccable and perfectly executed. I love how the production, while significantly minimal when compared to their breakout drum and bass hits, is still subtly layered and detailed. Small drumming changes like when the hi-hat comes in at the pre-chorus, and the swift change into a full drum beat in the chorus creates the perfect tension and buildup that the song requires. Overall, I like how this has a modern sound while simultaneously feeling like a classic, which is perfectly exemplified in the delightful video. And let’s not forget Anne-Marie and Will Heard, who are brilliant in this too.

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#31 – AMSTERDAM – Imagine Dragons

(#5 of 2011)

Song history:
-of 2011
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

My favourite album track from “Night Visions,” this managed to survive my Imagine Dragons backlash in 2014 and didn’t experience the same curse as every other song did. It’s hard to describe exactly why I have continued to love this song in particular, but it simply taps into some emotions for me that the rest of the album doesn’t explore. Once the opening groove gets going, the chord progression and the guitar hook creates a sense of reflective wistfulness(?) that resonates with me. The lyrics are somewhat nonsensical but meaningful at the same time as well. The opening apologetic “I’m sorry, mother, I’m sorry I let you down” contrasts with the chorus’s “your time will come, if you wait for it” creating a narrative resembling a hopeful redemption arch. The analysis could go even deeper, but it’s for these reasons that I think this is their best song.
#30 – LEVELS – Avicii

(#4 of 2011)

Song history:
35of 2012
16of Mid-Decade
72of BOAT

To me, there is no song that better exemplifies the phrase “less is more.”. The simplicity is so effective, that it’s total genius.
#29 – CROSSFIRE – Brandon Flowers

(#6 of 2010)

Song history:
9of 2010
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

It’s strange how you do get sick of songs, and often there is no rhyme or reason to it. “Crossfire” was totally ignored by me in the middle of the decade but when I revisited it for this list, I finally rediscovered why I loved it so much, and even more so than the first time in this instance. From the classic piano chords, to the walking bass line between Brandon’s vocal phrases, to the way the guitar builds excitement towards the chorus, to the march-like feel of the chorus, to Brandon’s powerful and pure voice, all the elements of this song point to this being a modern classic for the ages.
#28 – CIRCLES – Birds of Tokyo

(#5 of 2010)

Song history:
7of 2011
17of Mid-Decade
113of BOAT

I do like a lot of sad songs, but “Circles” captures the sense of utter despair and hopelessness that many artists struggle to write about. The breakdown of a relationship is never easy, but while some can end amicably, some also do so with horrific emotional trauma and pain, the latter which I think is the overarching emotion of this song’s narrative. Once again, the subtle details make the song ever so interesting and compelling, and perhaps my favourite detail is how the melody of the chorus cycles around the same notes in its slow fashion, musically representing the slow, painful emotional ‘circle’ of this situation. Put this fact with how each word is dragged out verrry slowly and you also feel the emotional toll of the situation as a listener. Perhaps the most soul-crushing aspect of this song is the evolving narrative: In the first verse, Ian still questions the nature of the relationship (“I keep saying is this worth it, or should I just give in…I don’t know” but by the end, as the song reaches its crescendo, the protagonist has decisively declared the end: “This is over, and so it is (No sweet return),” with a strong suggestion that this far from a happy ending.
#27 – MESS WE MADE – The Paper Kites

(#2 of 2018)

Song history:
5of 2018

A highlight from their second 2018 album, “On the Corner Where You Live,” Christina Lacy takes the lead vocals in this song adding a beautiful point of contrast to Sam Bentley. However, complimenting Lacy’s wonderful contribution, is the guitar loop that drones constantly in the background right from the beginning. Here, the use of this loop creates the focal point of the song as the musical and emotion climax of the song is expertly built through the evolution of said loop. Layers are added throughout starting from Bentley’s backup vocal, to addition guitar melodies, to the original loop jumping up an octave, and as a result of all this, a beautiful and satisfying journey is created within the song.
#26 – KING – Years & Years

(#4 of 2015)

Song history:
2of 2015
63of BOAT

Years & Years came along at a time when the pop music world was yearning for some uplifting, polished synthpop and they met this need perfectly. The synths that wash throughout are this song’s best selling point and it compliment’s Olly Alexander’s vocal and personality brilliantly.
#25 – PLANS – Birds of Tokyo

(#4 of 2010)

Song history:
1of 2010
3of Mid-Decade
8of BOAT

“Plans” emerged as a diamond in the rough of the oversaturated dance-pop 2010 charts, becoming a song with a source of true reflection, solace, and peace. And while the song itself reflects on the difficult ending of a relationship, there is still a peacefulness about it as the protagonist has reached a stage of closure. Sadly, it has lost a lot of its shine for me during the first 5 years of the decade, but I will never forget it as one of the first megahits on my personal charts, establishing the standard that was to come.
#24 – LOUD PLACES – Jamie xx (feat. Romy)

(#3 of 2015)

Song history:
10of 2015
241of BOAT

I love the concept of “sleeper hits” because they are incredibly rare for me, and “Loud Places” is one of my best sleeper hits not only in nature of its journey with me, but in the composition of the song itself. Ironically, “Loud Places,” isn’t that loud or declarative of a song in nature but it musically makes a declarative statement thanks to the gradual build and satisfying conclusion. I love how the production from the beginning suggests that the singer is situated in a loud place, but the loud place sounds are muted (as you may typically hear in a TV show or film) as it only functions as the background of the song. This fits with the lyrical narrative perfectly, as the protagonist establishes at the beginning that they are only using situations in loud places to achieve, well, a goal that is not situated in a loud place. Most satisfying for me in this song is the build that begins at 2:30 when the background vocal “I have never reached such heights” enters. It’s this particular moment that made me realise that this song is worth the journey.

As someone that had little interest with any of the associated acts before this song, “Loud Places” was a big winner that made me a big fan. “In Colour” would subsequently become my favourite album from 2015.
#23 – RATHER BE – Clean Bandit (feat. Jess Glynne)

(#3 of 2014)

Song history:
4of 2014
20of MD
82of BOAT

I was recommended “Rather Be” by Hijinx in early January 2014 and I was blown away from the start. An engaging dance song with compelling vocals from Jess Glynne, and a spectacularly unique and dynamic use of piano, violin and cello that made this one of the most refreshing dance songs I’d ever heard. This has held up extremely well since, because nothing has come close to being this interesting and exciting, and so well-executed from everyone involved. The video is delightful as well.
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#22 – WHEN IT HURTS YOU – The Paper Kites

(#1 of 2018)

Song history:
2of 2018

A wonderful highlight from “On The Corner Where You Live”, this song grabs you from the very beginning with the opening 4-note guitar riff, which then leads into a wonderful groove that rolls along as Sam Bentley serenades a beautiful song of love and relationship. However, this song shines thanks to the warm tones of the guitar that continues playing even during the lyrical parts, creating a musical conversation between Bentley and solo guitar. The song continues to build until the final moments where the guitar and Bentley continue trading moments between each other, until the guitar finishes the conversation with a great solo.
#21 – AFTERGLOW – Asgeir [Alternative Version]

(#3 of 2017)

Song history:
31of 2017 [original version]

Beautiful is the only way I can describe this song. While I enjoy the original (which made #31 of the 2017 EOY at the time), this alternative version that came with the deluxe album has captured my heart in recent years. Here, the song is taken at a slower tempo, and there is a much fuller electronic production that takes control from the beginning. This is inverse to the original where the acoustic instruments (the piano and vocals) are the most prominent with electronic elements adding extra effects and colour in the background. The golden moment for me is at 2:50 where the most beautiful and heart-breaking piano melody warms my soul and often brings me to tears. Safe to say, there are very little recorded songs of popular music that match this level of beauty. This has also had extreme personal significance for me and one of my closest friends as well, which helps its position in this list greatly.
#20 – THE SOUND – The 1975

(#3 of 2016)

Song history:
3of 2016

I enjoy many pop-rock songs and they’re often a lot of fun. But usually they don’t last very long for me and I get tired of them rather quickly (even the modern classic “Shut Up and Dance” has suffered this for many years). The Sound has strangely never fallen to that fate and when other songs of the same nature would start dropping out of my chart, it persevered, persisted, and continued staying in my top 10. And while it only peaked at #3, it lasted a mammoth 61 weeks on my chart and has accumulated over 500 scrobbles on my last.fm account to date. There is so much to love here, from the biting piano chords, to Matty Healy’s bitter and piercing lyrical indictment of this former partner, to the brilliant guitar solo in the bridge. But all in all, it’s a fun song that is ridiculously catchy, to the excellent and one that I’ve struggled to get out of my head for a long time.
#19 – AFIRE LOVE – Ed Sheeran

(#2 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
-of BOAT

This is the Ed Sheeran that I love and adore: songs of emotionally challenging and difficult themes, supported with great melody writing and a brilliant use of instrumentation. “Afire Love” tells of the struggle of coming to terms with a family member suffering from dementia, and subsequently their death. And not only are the lyrics captivating, every musical event complements the narrative from the strings and pianos at the start, to the “choir” of Ed’s voices in the final moments of the song, referencing everybody singing together at the funeral. I love how the guitar is used sparingly, used only to lead into the chorus before adding background touches during the choruses, until becoming a little more prominent in the final section.
#18 – THE VELDT – deadmau5 (feat. Chris James)

(#3 of 2012)

Song history:
12of 2012
24of Mid-Decade
46of BOAT

While it’s not a new concept, I love art and music that is inspired by works of literature. Very common in the classical tradition, especially during the Romantic and Modern eras of classical music, many works were inspired by all genres of literature from folk stories, fictional books, and poetry. “The Veldt” is inspired by a short story of the same name, written in 1950 by Ray Bradbury. I’ll be honest in that I know very little about the book and haven’t read it despite intending to since 2012, but I believe the story is centred around children in a dystopian future (note: I could be very wrong and I’ll find out when I do eventually read it). Deadmau5’s production and house style is perfect for conveying a futuristic scenario, and this is also supported with Chris James’ vocal, which personally has a “young” timbre to it (representing the children) and also sounding slightly robotic probably due to manipulation from deadmau5. There is another fascinating story with how this song came together but overall, the concept is something I truly love and inspired by, and I wish there were more songs out there that were conceived in the same way. This also makes fantastic study music which helped me through my final years of high school and university.
#17 – UNDER THE PRESSURE – The War on Drugs

(#1 of 2014)

Song history:
-of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
134of BOAT

The opening song to “Lost In The Dream” is this epic 9 minute lyrical and musical journey that includes brilliant guitar solos, a fantastic build-up in the middle section, and an ever-so-indulgent 4 minute outro of wavering synths. This was a grand highlight when I saw them live in 2018, where the drummer kept delaying the instrument build-up in the middle of the song, extending the solos by a few extra minutes, before finally hitting the resumption of the song that you hear at 4:06 after what felt like 10 minutes of maintaining said build-up. This is a great song that, while upbeat, sets a positive tone for the album before you enter its darker depths. And while the outro is an indulgent simmering down of guitar effects and synths, it honestly feels a lot shorter than it actually is, and I am always left wanting more after the song finishes, which I guess is a great feeling to have after the first song of an album.
#16 – EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL – Coldplay

(#3 of 2011)

Song history:
1of 2011
6of Mid-Decade
40of BOAT

I’ve spoken many times about the wonderful compositional elements of this song: how each section introduces a new layer that creates a wholesome crescendo as the song progresses. But one thing that really struck me when I revisited this song is Chris Martin’s pure joy and happiness. People often tell me they prefer "sad" Coldplay and a vocal minority actually prefer "happy" Coldplay as well, but I find they do both sides equally well and it was very refreshing for them to embrace this other side of them for this album.
#16 – EVERY TEARDROP IS A WATERFALL – Coldplay

(#3 of 2011)

Song history:
1of 2011
6of Mid-Decade
40of BOAT

I’ve spoken many times about the wonderful compositional elements of this song: how each section introduces a new layer that creates a wholesome crescendo as the song progresses. But one thing that really struck me when I revisited this song is Chris Martin’s pure joy and happiness. People often tell me they prefer "sad" Coldplay and a vocal minority actually prefer "happy" Coldplay as well, but I find they do both sides equally well and it was very refreshing for them to embrace this other side of them for this album.
#15 – FEEDING LINE – Boy & Bear

(#2 of 2011)

Song history:
38of 2011
5of 2012
13of Mid-Decade
59of BOAT

Another classic anton-jumps-on-this-train-half-a-year-late situation, I paid no attention to Boy & Bear at all until they won the ARIA Album of the Year at the end of 2011. Subsequently, I thought I’d give the singles a go and I was head over heels in love from there. I do think this is their career-defining track, with the stomping bass, iconic whistling, and memorable lyrics. And let’s not forget that strange introduction where you naturally gravitate towards a particular pulse, only for the song to seemingly switch beats 15 seconds later on and you’re left confused, trying to process what just happened for a moment. “Two Clocks” is the other notable song that does this in a similar fashion.
#14 – KING AND CROSS – Asgeir

(#2 of 2013)

Song history:
6of 2014
-of Mid-Decade*
125of BOAT

*2014 EOY was revised after the MD broadcast.
I’ve already detailed everything I love about Asgeir so there’s not much for me to say here. Everything in this song encapsulates his best qualities from the beautifully [translated] poetic lyrics, his beautiful falsetto, and particularly the combination between acoustic guitar and the electronic synths. The ¾ time is subtle as well, due to the awkward placement of many syllables. But that works to its favour as it actually creates a more timeless effect that allows it to flow effortlessly.
#13 – PYRO – Kings of Leon

(#3 of 2010)

Song history:
4of 2010
4of Mid-Decade
24of BOAT

Following their “Only By The Night” era when I couldn’t stop listening to them until early 2010, I thought “Pyro” was the perfect follow-up that satisfied my thirst for quality new music. Similar in vein to “Revelry” and “Manhattan,” Pyro is the broody Kings of Leon style that I love, but with more of a Southern American rock twist that was more prominent in their earlier albums.
#12 – SMALL BUMP – Ed Sheeran

(#1 of 2011)

Song history:
20of 2012
34of 2013
9of Mid-Decade
29of BOAT

I’ve had a rough history with this song as evident from its End of Year placements. I listened to the album in November 2011 and this instantly stood out as one of the best songs on the album (and by extension, Ed’s career). I enjoyed having this song as my own little secret, as I didn’t think it would be a single. But then it did become a single in 2012 and it began charting in Australia in 2013, hence the multiple End-of-Year placings. They weren’t that high because the prolonged exposure did make me quite sick of it, but it recovered nicely in time for the Mid-Decade and the BOAT.

Needless to say, this is still one of Ed’s best songs ever, with his strengths on full display here. I love the sound of the opening beat (I’m not sure what instrument creates that sound) which imitates the baby’s heartbeat and the guitar that subsequently comes creates a very intimate homely effect. His melodies, as usual, are beautiful and the chorus as a result is divine. Needless to say, the lyrical writing is Ed at the top of his form. I hope he goes back to this type of songwriting but the last two albums sadly don’t give me any hope.
#11 – THE DEEPEST SIGHS, THE FRANKEST SHADOWS – Gang of Youths

(#2 of 2017)

Song history:
12of 2017

Most of you know that I identify as a Christian and I’ve charted many songs of the Christian genre ever since I started doing charts on this site. But it’s very rare for artists, both Christian and secular, to openly sing about struggles of faith. The members of Gang of Youths, notably growing up in the Hillsong scene, have been particularly open about their journeys of faith in their 2017 album “Go Farther In Lightness,” and it’s one I especially relate to. Not that I think I’m a lapsing Christian but, contrary to popular opinion that assumes faith is a blind, rigid, unbending belief in something, journeys of faith are expected to go through periods of doubt, intensive questioning, and investigation. And so, I relate to these moments of struggle and doubt, and can connect these same emotions to many periods in my life, and I’m sure many others have had similar with their respective faiths as well.

“The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows” can be interpreted in many ways for different people. For Dave Le’aupepe, it’s about finding meaning in the potential absence of it. But for me, it’s about finding release from the struggles of this world and triumphing over those struggles, which is a potential outcome of Le’aupepe’s definition and thought process anyway. Either way, it results in an extremely cathartic and subsequently, almost joyful, song about letting go of past doubts and demons, and to therefore look at life with hope and optimism. The chorus speaks of one of the ultimate human struggles of how we deal with the experience of a fleeting and potentially meaningless life (“if everything is temporary”) but despite this, Le’aupepe triumphantly declares to “bear the unbearable, terrible triteness of being” anyway before the triumphant trumpets and horns come in the post-chorus instrumental, solidifying and affirming his declaration. In consideration of all this, what you have is one of the boldest, most glorious songs about human existence and I’ll be forever thankful for Gang of Youths’ courageous song-writing.
Excellent to see Crossfire get such a high placement on your list along with appearances from Coldplay, Killers, Gotye, Birds Of Tokyo and One Republic.
#10 – DOG YEARS – Maggie Rogers

(#2 of 2016)

Song history:
6of 2016

“Reflective”, “peaceful”, “beautiful” will be common words for this upcoming top 10 and “Dog Years” is the epitome of these three words. Perhaps context helped me enjoy this song more than I normally would as I heard this in December 2016 on Triple J for the first time. 2016 had been one of the most difficult years of my life with burnout and a huge loss of personal motivation. This was in addition to the death-ridden music community and experiencing the political landscape that was to come. “Dog Years” brought immense peace and solace, to the point where I was moved to tears the first time, I heard this. The immense comfort from the words “we will be alright, in the afterlife” reminds me that there’s always a bigger picture of hope despite the calamities and disasters that seem to happen to us on a daily basis.
#9 – LET IT HAPPEN – Tame Impala

(#2 of 2015)

Song history:
9of 2014
233of BOAT

Kevin Parker’s magnum opus comes in the form of this epic nearly-8-minute rhapsody with some of his greatest hooks and production efforts. In every way, this song needed to be this long in order to develop the majestic atmosphere that it creates, because it really does put you in a glorious trance before the epic bass(?) groove comes in at 6:15 comes in, which hits hard. From a critical point of view, it is very hard to fault this mammoth effort and I’m glad I could give it the praise it deserves with this top 10 placing.
#8 – PUMPED UP KICKS – Foster The People

(#2 of 2010)

Song history:
2of 2011
2of Mid-Decade
4of BOAT

Probably one of the first “alternative” songs I really loved, although many alternative-rock bands were right up my alley in the late ‘00s, Foster The People were of that “indie” crowd that I was a little averse to, but have quickly developed an affinity for in subsequent years thanks to them. “Pumped Up Kicks” is a masterpiece through and through, from the excellent bassline, disturbing lyrics, and Mark Foster’s quirky personality, all ironically packaged as a fun light-hearted ditty. While this has dropped since its #4 placement on my 2015 Best of All Time, I have hardly been sick of this. In fact, I don’t normally sing by myself in front of people, but on an open mic night I performed an acoustic cover of this with piano and it went down a treat!
#7 – RED EYES – The War on Drugs

(#1 of 2013)

Song history:
4of 2014
-of Mid-Decade
22of BOAT

The song that begun everything. I was driving home, again listening to Triple J, in early 2014(?) and I remember hearing this interesting track on the radio. Looking it up at home, it became my attention that this also hit #1 on Hijinx’s chart previously and it ended up being #1 of his EOY that year. Through that, my attention quickly grew until I loved this so much, I thought I’d give the album a go immediately after only a couple of listens, which has never happened before. The story is pretty clear from there, as evident by all the other songs from this artist in my list.

As for this song, though? “Red Eyes” took me into an entirely new sound world that made me imagine myself driving down lonely country highways, probably in a desert somewhere like the Nullarbor or in Arizona. I don’t think there’s much better driving music to this song, but the imaginative scenarios I have pictured with this song has created a joy and affinity I can’t fully describe. Also, the guitar and synth melodies are delightful.
#6 – THE A TEAM – Ed Sheeran

(#1 of 2010)

Song history:
6of 2011
7of Mid-Decade
13of BOAT

And now we have Ed Sheeran’s career defining song for me. Forget the sappy ballads, a heartfelt song about the struggles of a prostitute who experiences an overdose should be what people hear on the radio. And while I joke, it’s what actually happened! It’s possible that the tuneful guitar, and Ed’s brilliant vocal melodies are what captured people’s attention over the lyrics, but the combination of all three once again showcases Ed’s talents and why he has made a mark in this industry.
#5 – SOMEBODY ELSE – The 1975

(#1 of 2016)

Song history:
1of 2016

The song that gripped my charts in 2016, producing a mammoth 10 week stint at #1 (only matched by Don’t You Worry Child), an unbroken 30 week run in my top 10, a 77-week total run, and over 800 scrobbles recorded on my last.fm profile. For a song that broke nearly every statistical record on my chart, it wasn’t difficult to see why. A ‘80s inspired synth-pop ballad is very appealing to my tastes, with an emotional gravity that was perfect for its moment in time, that being the year of 2016. I love his “Somebody Else” plods along, as if the protagonist is wallowing in their sorrow and desperation. There is little scope for things to potentially get better, but things are unlikely to get worse, probably because they’ve hit rock bottom. But when you hit rock bottom, the only way is up, right? Well maybe not during this song, but hopefully afterwards.
#4 – THINKING OF A PLACE – The War on Drugs

(#1 of 2017)

Song history:
1of 2017

The longest song in this countdown, “Thinking of a Place” is 11 minutes of, well, thinking. And that’s the raw beauty of this, that the listener has an opportunity to reflect. And with a song like this, it can be anything, really, but for me, that place was an optimistic future. And for me, that 11 minute opportunity (well, it became 110 minutes at one point because I listened to this on repeat 10 times) was a chance to reflect, meditate, think, and hope, to move on from the past and to look ahead. I highly recommend this on slow thoughtful walks by yourself in your local neighbourhood.
#3 – DON’T YOU WORRY CHILD – Swedish House Mafia (feat. John Martin)

(#2 of 2012)

Song history:
1of 2012
1of Mid-Decade
1of BOAT

It was #1 for so long that it couldn’t be there forever, could it? “Don’t You Worry Child” is a perfect song and was the perfect song for its time. Capitalising on my embracement of house music, this turned out to be a juggernaut thanks to John Martin’s powerful voice, the masterful production, and the inspiring lyrics. While I’ve discussed how the lyrics have inspired me during a difficult period of studying in the final years of my high school, I want to point out how the production is brilliant here. Because not only is it a total banger, it is also comforting, warm, and soothing to listen to, where Hijinx pointed out in his review that it’s “relaxing to listen to, oddly!” It takes something truly special for a piece of music to evoke so many different emotions from different people, and at different times. Well, why isn’t this #1? In recent years, I have found the top 2 to be a little more timeless than this, whereas this was more a product of its time.
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#2 – CLAIR DE LUNE – Flight Facilities (feat. Christine Hoberg)

(#1 of 2012)

Song history:
6of 2013
5of Mid-Decade
10of BOAT

I’m a classical pianist and teacher by day and while I don’t listen to that much classical music in my spare time (opting for songs on this list instead), “Clair de Lune,” thanks to its inspiration by the piano prelude by Debussy of the same title, became the ultimate crossover between musical worlds. Did I mention that Debussy is my favourite composer? And that he was my specialist topic in my Honours Thesis? There is a lot of history for me that many don’t realise. From the opening thunderstorm introduction, to the minimalist alternating chords that form the basis of the song, (until *that* moment which I’ll detail later), “Clair de Lune” is another reflective masterpiece that emotionally hits home for me. But unlike “Somebody Else,” there is a very subtle progression here, as more elements are added over the alternating two chords from the Christine Hoberg’s angelic but distant vocals, the fascinating vocal sample, to the gentle addition of more strings in every section. Altogether, brings us to THE climax at 6:03 where a new chord progression is introduced, the strings complete take over, and you have the most blissful 40 seconds in popular music history. This section has moved me to tears so many times that it makes me want to listen to it again and again every time I hear it, even if it’s on an ad.
#1 – INNERBLOOM – RÜFÜS DU SOL

(#1 of 2015)

Song history:
1of 2015
51of BOAT

I guess for me, it’s Innerbloom, the best song of the decade. And Triple J campaign aside, this song has been truly special to me since the first time I heard it live at their concert in late 2015, which also happened to be the first popular music gig as an adult that I ever went to. I could rave about the many perfect qualities of this, such the ambitious structure, to the synths that calms my soul, to Tyrone’s soaring vocals over the it all, but this song has been intensely personal for me ever since it came out, and has been through many highs and many lows. Every song on this list has been significant to my journey in life, and especially this top 10, but for the past 5 years, in every high and every low in my life, I have turned to this song. And honestly, I prefer the first section more than the second section, which everyone else considers the high point. I love how the song enters its own groove from the opening and builds from that beginning. And of course, while the first section wouldn’t be fulfilled without the second part, it’s this opening part that demonstrates why I love RUFUS’s sound and production, and Innerbloom truly demonstrates their full range and capabilities as one of the premier electronic and dance artists from Australia. Having said that, a song with cowbell has got to be #1, right? I don’t think there’s a better icing on the cake than that.
And now for the long awaited quiz results!

1. Which ARIA EOY #1 will be the highest on my chart? (2 marks)

-Eminem - Love The Way You Lie (feat. Rihanna) (2010)
-LMFAO – Party Rock Anthem (feat. Lauren Bennett & Goonrock) (2011)
-Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (2012)
-Katy Perry – Roar (2013)
-Pharrell Williams – Happy (2014)
-Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk (feat. Bruno Mars) (2015)
-The Chainsmokers – Closer (feat. Halsey) (2016)
-Ed Sheeran – Shape of You (2017)
-5 Seconds of Summer – Youngblood (2018)
-Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (2019)

This was a surprise for me too, but as per my post, I listened to Uptown Funk and found it utterly amazing for the first time.

benji2Uptown Funk (2 points)
bluezombieCall Me Maybe
irelanderCall Me Maybe
Zacco333Youngblood
392414Call Me Maybe

2. Which Triple J H100 #1 will be the highest on my chart? (2 marks)

-Angus & Julia Stone – Big Jet Plane (2010)
-Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) (2011)
-Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop (feat. Wanz) (2012)
-Vance Joy – Riptide (2013)
-Chet Faker – Talk Is Cheap (2014)
-The Rubens – Hoops (2015)
-Flume – Never Be Like You (feat. Kai) (2016)
-Kendrick Lamar – HUMBLE. (2017)
-Ocean Alley – Confidence (2018)
-Billie Eilish – bad guy (2019)

This one shouldn't be a surprise, as Riptide has consistently ranked higher for me in every previous chart over Somebody That I Used To Know.

benji2Somebody That I Used To Know
bluezombieRiptide (2 points)
irelanderRiptide (2 points)
Zacco333Somebody That I Used To Know
392414Somebody That I Used To Know


3. Will there be multiple entries with the same song title? Y/N (1 mark)

Yes! There were two songs called "Circles" (Birds of Tokyo at #28 and Post Malone at #100) and also two songs called "Lost" (Frank Ocean at #117 and Blake Rose at #151)

Everyone correctly said Yes for this.


4. Will every lead artist in my EOD top 10 have another entry somewhere in the top 200? Y/N (1 mark)

Every artist except Flight Facilities and Tame Impala had an additional entry in my top 200. Was it a little too obvious? Everyone correctly said No.


5. Will more than 1 song from a single year appear in the top 5? Y/N (1 mark)

Two songs from 2012 were in the top 3, them being Clair de Lune and Don't You Worry Child. Everyone correctly said Yes.


6. Which artist will have the most entries? (3 marks)

There was quite a race for the most entries in the top 200 which actually resulted in a tie! The Paper Kites and The War on Drugs both scored 11 entries, with RUFUS coming in 2nd with 9 entries. If you said either of the two you receive full marks.

benji2Kendrick Lamar
bluezombieThe Paper Kites (3 points)
irelanderThe Paper Kites (3 points)
Zacco333RÜFÜS DU SOL
392414RÜFÜS DU SOL


7. Which year will have the most entries in the top 200? (1 mark)

2014 came roaring in with 28 entries from the get go, which is a mammoth effort. Here is how every year performed:

201018
201125
201219
201324
201428
201524
201616
201723
201815
20197

There was probably only one hint that suggested 2014 would do well, that being that it was the year that The War on Drugs' "Lost In The Dream" came out. 8 out of 10 songs from the album appeared in my top 200, 7 of those 8 are from 2014 (with Red Eyes being the #1 of 2013). A lot of people thought 2012, which was the 4th worst performing year.

benji22012
bluezombie2012
irelander2013
Zacco3332012
3924142017


8. Will an artist that has had hits in the ‘80s appear in the top 200? Y/N (1 mark)

If you cottoned on that Kylie Mingoue's Get Outta My Way would make an appearance then you would've guessed correctly! Maybe the question was too obscure to not be a "yes" answer (why would I ask this if it wasn't true?) because everyone guessed Yes correctly.


9. Some head to heads: (1 mark each)

a.Ed Sheeran - Small Bump (#12) vs. Ed Sheeran - The A Team (#6)
b.The War on Drugs - Red Eyes (#7) vs The War on Drugs - Thinking of a Place (#4)
c.RÜFÜS DU SOL- Sundream (#102) vs. RÜFÜS DU SOL - Take Me (#103)
d.Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall (#16) vs. Coldplay - Magic (#51)

Everyone's answers:

benji2The A TeamRed EyesSundreamMagic2 points
bluezombieSmall BumpRed EyesTake MeEvery Teardrop Is A Waterfall1 point
irelanderThe A TeamRed EyesTake MeMagic1 point
Zacco333Small BumpRed EyesSundreamEvery Teardrop Is A Waterfall2 points
392414The A TeamRed EyesSundreamEvery Teardrop Is A Waterfall3 points



10. And finally, your prediction for #1? (4 marks)

This is a very fun question for me because it reveals what people are expecting, regardless of how much knowledge they have or not. Unfortunately no one picked the #1 song, although 392 almost accurately thought the top 5 would be Red Eyes, Somebody Else, Don't You Worry Child, Clair de Lune, and Innerbloom.

benji2HUMBLE.
bluezombieDon't You Worry Child
irelanderDon't You Worry Child
Zacco333Don't You Worry Child
392414Somebody Else


And our final points tally:

benji28
bluezombie10
irelander10
Zacco3336
3924147

bluezombnie and irelander win my little quiz. Congratulations and thanks to everyone that played along.
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Excellent to see Clair De Lune get so high although I will admit overexposure in ads hurt my ranking of it significantly.
Ooh, a tied win for the quiz is not something I was expecting, huzzah! I was pretty sure DYWC wouldn’t still be number one, but at the time I couldn’t think of a better answer and I would have kicked myself if I picked something different and then it was there. :p

In things I haven’t commented on during broadcast times, yay for When We Were Young, Love You For A Long Time, Radioactive, Juice, If I Lose Myself, Wild At Heart, Fallingwater, The Way It Was!!! <3 (so pleased my broadcast got this here!) I Love You, Coming Of Age, Circles, Call It What You Want, She’s Like A Comet, Helena Beat, Somebody That I Used To Know!!!! <3 <3 <3 Drive!!! <3 Some Nights!!! <3 Back To December! For The First Time, We’ll Be Coming Back, Mirrors, Shut Up And Dance!!! <3 Wake Me Up, Arcadia, She Only Loves Me When I’m There, Window To The Sky, Everything Now, Rolling In The Deep, Riptide! Shake It Out, Adore You and Magic.

What a middle section that was, the broadcasts I did hear were very enjoyable but that middle one is just magnificent and it’s a real shame I wasn’t able to be there for it. Still, I got to hear plenty of great tracks, fantastic list!


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