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2015Years & YearsKing
2018Ariana Grandeno tears left to cry
2019Luke Million & AstaHeard It on the Radio
2020Yves TumorKerosene!

2021 monthly list #1s:

JanuaryJulien BakerHardline
FebruaryDanny L Harle & DJ MayhemInterlocked
MarchIvy RoseI've Been Watching You
AprilLittle SimzIntrovert

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My EOY will begin at 6pm on Tuesday 23 February. I'm giving myradiostream another go this year (RIP plug.dj ) and will be in Discord on the night - memo me if you aren't already there and want an invite. Here's the link: http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s7&p=60084
(Alternate link: https://myradiostream.com/embed/free.php?s=brokenstream&btnstyle=default&id=580413&n=7&p=60084 )

I'll be unveiling #101-#250 as 20-second snippets (totalling about 50 minutes) and then #51-#100 as longer snippets before the top 50 will be played in full! I'll be revealing the lower half of my top 500 in the meantime in this thread

For a look into what might be in the top section of my list, my mid-year list can be found here and in my first thread: https://pastebin.com/2jCNfvfk
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Like last year I have a list of songs from the previous year that I enjoyed listening to in 2020. The list is very much without any defining qualifiers of inclusion because some of these songs have vastly different degrees of relevance to 2020 to others

0171 - 1000 Words
0171 - SMTHN RL
220 KID & GRACEY - Don't Need Love
Annie Hamilton - Kitchen
Arlo Parks - Paperbacks
Ava Max - Salt
DIIV - Like Before You Were Born
DIIV - Taker
Doja Cat - Streets
Doja Cat feat. Gucci Mane - Like That
Foals - Sunday
Hope D - Swim
KAYTRANADA feat. Durand Bernarr - Freefall
Nilüfer Yanya - Paradise
Nyxen - Insomnia
Poppy - Fill the Crown
Post Malone - Saint-Tropez
Sam Fender - Hypersonic Missiles
SASSY 009 - Maybe in the Summer
SebastiAn & Gallant - Run for Me
The 1975 - People
Tove Lo - Mistaken
Tove Lo feat. MC Zaac - Are U Gonna Tell Her?
TR/ST - Iris
Zoe A'dore - Galaxy

This list is less consequential than last year's since I already love most of these originals and featured all but two 2017 songs in my last two years of EOY lists but nonetheless, these are some of my favourite 2020-released remixes/alternate versions:

Allie X & Della Casa - Downtown (2020)
Angel Olsen - New Love Cassette [Mark Ronson Remix]
Angel Olsen - (Summer) Song (essentially an acoustic version of "Summer")
Dua Lipa - Don't Start Now [KAYTRANADA Remix]
Dua Lipa - Future Nostalgia [Joe Goddard Remix]
Georgia feat. Yung Baby Tate - Feel It
Robyn - Honey [Avalon Emerson's Deep Current Reroll]
ROSALÍA - A Palé [Gesaffelstein Remix]
Tinashe & THEY. - Hopscotch
Tinashe & ZHU feat. Ms Banks - Die a Little Bit

2020 remixes I really liked will be littered throughout the list as always!
1Yves TumorKerosene!
2Taylor Swiftaugust
3Dua LipaPhysical
4Christine and the QueensJe disparais dans tes bras
5Oneohtrix Point NeverI Don't Love Me Anymore
6Christine and the Queens feat. Caroline PolachekLa vita nuova [+A. G. Cook Remix]
8SZAGood Days
12KUČKAAscension [+Mssingno Remix]
14Little MixSweet Melody
15Nilüfer YanyaSame Damn Luck
17Perfume GeniusDescribe
18DMA'SLife Is a Game of Changing
19Little MixBreak Up Song
20Two PeopleA Taste
21Lady Gaga911 [+Sofi Tukker Remix]
22GrimesDelete Forever
23Taylor Swiftwillow [+ELVIRA dancing witch version]
24Kleerup feat. Yumi ZoumaI Don't Mind
25Christine and the QueensPeople, I've been sad
26Kylie MinogueSay Something
27Dua LipaThat Kind of Woman [Jacques Lu Cont Remix]
28HAIMI Know Alone
295 Seconds of SummerNo Shame
30Eliza & The DelusionalsSwimming Pool
31Taylor Swiftcardigan
32Arca feat. ROSALÍAKLK
33WarpaintThe Brakes
34Dua Lipa [+feat. Madonna & Missy Elliott/+DaBaby]Levitating [+The Blessed Madonna & KUU Remixes]
35Foster The PeopleLamb's Wool
36AnnieAmerican Cars
37Sega Bodega & LåpsleyMake U Stay
38Tame ImpalaLost in Yesterday
39Charli XCXforever
40girl in redrue
42Regard & RAYESecrets
43Fiona AppleShameika
44Doja CatBoss Bitch
47Empress OfGive Me Another Chance
48Future IslandsFor Sure
50VeroBurning Ride
53LAURELScream Drive Faster
54Methyl EthelWhat Memory Found
55Rina SawayamaXS
57Two PeopleSomeone to Serve
59Little MixHappiness
60Biig PiigSwitch
61Dua LipaCool
65Mura Masa & TirzahToday
66Georgi KayGasoline
67Taylor Swiftmirrorball
68Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
69Charli XCXvisions
70Little Simz & Alewyawhere's my lighter
71Two PeopleUnder the Hood
72BENEEHappen to Me
73Love Regenerator & Steve LacyLive Without Your Love [+Solardo Remix]
74King PrincessOhio
75Ashton IrwinHave U Found What Ur Looking For?
76Mura Masa & Ellie RowsellTeenage Headache Dreams
77Jessie WareSave a Kiss [+Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix]
78Bicep feat. Clara La SanSaku
79AnnieCorridors of Time
80Perfume GeniusYour Body Changes Everything
81Megan Thee StallionGirls in the Hood
820171Change Nothing
83Dua LipaHallucinate [+Paul Woolford Remix]
84Laura MarlingHeld Down
85Maya Jane Coles feat. Claudia KaneRun to You
86Róisín MurphySomething More
87Tame ImpalaOne More Year
88SevdalizaLamp Lady
89Miley Cyrus feat. Billy IdolNight Crawling
91Jessie WareThe Kill
92ChromaticsTOY [+ATRIP Remix]
93ÁsgeirBury the Moon
94Ava MaxBorn to the Night
95BRONSON [ODESZA & Golden Features] feat. GallantKNOW ME
96Lady GagaStupid Love [+BloodPop® & BURNS Vitaclub Warehouse Mix]
97Purity Ringpeacefall
98Kylie MinogueDance Floor Darling
99VeroHeaven on Earth
100CaribouNever Come Back
101Sly & Emily WarrenCotton Candy
102Megan Thee Stallion feat. Young ThugDon't Stop
103Duke DumontLove Song
104MitskiCop Car
105Gorgon City & DRAMANobody
106JoJoSo Bad
107San MeiMidnight
108Ela Minusel cielo no es de nadie
109NIMMODo I Have to Learn It?
110Miley CyrusGimme What I Want
111Baby QueenInternet Religion
112Duke DumontTherapy
113Zara LarssonLove Me Land [+Secondcity Remix]
114King PrincessOnly Time Makes It Human
115TOPSColder & Closer [+Cecile Believe Remix]
116Victoria MonétDive
117Hayley WilliamsSimmer
118Red MoonDreamer
119WestermanBlue Comanche
120Tkay MaidzaShook
121Soccer Mommybloodstream
122Ariana Grande feat. Ty Dolla $ignsafety net
123ChromaticsFamous Monsters
124Tired LionWaterbed
125Cardi B feat. Megan Thee StallionWAP
126SG Lewis feat. Robyn & Channel TresImpact
127Ava MaxTattoo
128Moses SumneyBless Me
129Bree Runway & Maliibu MiitchGucci
130Dua LipaBreak My Heart
131Le YouthAbout Us
132Headie One feat. AJ Tracey & StormzyAin't It Different
133girl in redKate's Not Here [+Day Wave & Lawrence Rothman Remix]
135Miley Cyrus feat. Dua LipaPrisoner
137Fontaines D.C.Televised Mind
138Hayley WilliamsRoses/Lotus/Violet/Iris
139Georgia TwinnI Don't Mind
140Róisín MurphyKingdom of Ends
142RAYENatalie Don't [+Punctual Remix]
143Jessie WareRemember Where You Are
144Disclosure & KelisWatch Your Step
145The Pussycat DollsReact
146Ocean GroveSUPERSTAR
147Jessie WareSpotlight
148WestermanWaiting on Design
149Taylor Swifttolerate it
150Glass AnimalsIt's All So Incredibly Loud
151Kelly Lee OwensOn
152Rina SawayamaDynasty
153DeftonesKnife Prty [Purity Ring Remix]
154KieszaLove Me with Your Lie
155Annie HamiltonPanic
156Cub Sport & MallratBreak Me Down [+Northeast Party House Remix]
157Victoria Monét, Khalid & SG LewisExperience
158Indochine & Christine and the Queens3SEX
159HAIMUp from a Dream
161AnnieDark Hearts
162DMA'SNever Before
163Taylor Swift'tis the damn season
164Hope DSecond
166Camden CoxApart
167The Paper Kites feat. Julia StoneWithout Your Love
168Jessie WareRead My Lips
169Miley Cyrus [+feat. Stevie Nicks]Midnight Sky
170Purity Ringstardew
171DMA'SCobracaine [+Jacques Lu Cont Remix]
172Madison BeerBaby
174Phoebe BridgersPunisher
175JPEGMAFIA feat. Tommy GenesisROUGH 7
176Dua Lipa & AngèleFever [+Oklou Remix]
178Cub SportConfessions
179PNAU feat. LadyhawkeRiver
180Bree Runway & Yung Baby TateDamn Daniel
181AnnieThe Bomb
182Tired Lion~Cya Later~
183King KruleCellular
185clipping. feat. Cam & China'96 Neve Campbell
186Fiona AppleI Want You to Love Me
187Purity Ringi like the devil
188RAYEChange Your Mind
189Joe Goddard & Hayden ThorpeUnknown Song
191Dua LipaPretty Please [+Masters at Work Remix]
192Foster The PeopleThe Things We Do
193Paul Woolford & Diplo feat. Kareen LomaxLooking for Me
194Oklougod's chariots
195Gia WoodsINTO IT
197Charli XCXi finally understand
198Perfume GeniusOn the Floor
199Róisín MurphyWe Got Together
200Camden CoxHealing
201Tia GostelowTWO LOVERS
202A. G. CookToday
203Booka Shade & Jan BlomqvistBlaze
204Soccer Mommycircle the drain
205Perfect MomentLost in Rome
206Lennon StellaFear of Being Alone
207OTR & Au/RaBroken
208Cherry GlazerrWomb
209Megan Thee Stallion feat. DaBabyCry Baby
210The WeekndAfter Hours
211Rina SawayamaParadisin'
212TSHA feat. Ell MurphyRenegade
213Ashnikko feat. GrimesCry
214Fiona AppleHeavy Balloon
215Ela Minusdominique
216Amy AllenDifficult
217Genesis OwusuThe Other Black Dog
218Jennifer LopezIn the Morning
219Tia GostelowPSYCHO
221Willaris. K feat. Paul MacFull Circle
222LAURELBest I Ever Had
224The WeekndToo Late
226GASHI feat. Pink Sweat$ & NjomzaUpset
227Phoebe BridgersGarden Song
228Ellie GouldingPower
229Red MoonDogma [Shura Remix]
231BraidsHere 4 U
232Megan Thee Stallion [+feat. Beyoncé]Savage
233Amtrac feat. Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursRadical
234CleaSoft Blow to the Head
235Selena GomezVulnerable
236Yves TumorFolie Imposée
237deadmau5 & KieszaBridged by a Lightwave
238Carly Rae JepsenSummer Love
239Tia GostelowSAME PLACE
240Trevor Daniel & Selena GomezPast Life
241BullyEvery Tradition
242High Contrast feat. UK Apache & Ady SuleimanMet Her at a Dance in Leicester
243Ane BrunDon't Run and Hide
244Biig PiigOh No
245Calva LouiseI Wish
246Taylor Swiftmad woman
247Kilter feat. JessBFriction
248Ela Minusmegapunk
249TCTS feat. GlowieBetter Without You
250Diana GordonWasted Youth
251Lady GagaAlice
252JoJo feat. 30 RocComeback
253Tensnake feat. DaramolaStrange Without You
254Perfume GeniusNothing at All
255Liz LawrenceHope (Or Something Like It)
256MorMorDon't Cry
257Aluna feat. SG LewisWarrior
258RAYE & RudimentalRegardless
260Melanie CWho I Am
261Disclosure, Aminé & slowthaiMy High
263Gorillaz feat. ScHoolboy QPac-Man
264Bebe Rexha feat. Doja CatBaby, I'm Jealous
265Perfume GeniusJason
266Maddy JaneFemme
267London GrammarBaby It's You
268RINSE feat. HatchieBack Into Your Arms
269Ava MaxKings & Queens
270Two PeopleI Was Wrong Thinking You Were Right
271Owl EyesInvisible Woman
272BabeheavenIn My Arms
273Fiona AppleRelay
274WestermanThe Line
275Jantoje feat. Jade AliceBad Minded
276Megan Thee StallionCaptain Hook
277Aluna & Mr. CarmackWhistle
278Dimension feat. E11EHatred
280PVRISDead Weight
281flowerkidmiss andry
283BraidsYoung Buck
284Marshmello & HalseyBe Kind
285James BlakeBefore
286Ariana Grandepositions
287Tkay Maidza feat. Kari FauxDon't Call Again
288Caroline PolachekHey Big Eyes [George Clanton Remix]
289Ocean GroveSENSE AGAIN
290Holiday SidewinderTwin Flames
292Julia StoneDance
293Tame ImpalaBreathe Deeper
294Hayley MaryThe Chain
295Jess LockeDestroy Everything
296Diana GordonRollin
297Jax Jones & Au/Rai miss u
298Ashton IrwinGreyhound
299Sun-El Musician feat. AzanaUhuru
300Jessy LanzaLick in Heaven
301Ariana Grandenasty
302PNAU feat. VlossomLucky
303Tei ShiDie 4 Ur Love
304The ChicksMarch March
306Phebe StarrDAFFODILS
307Taylor Swiftivy
308Jessie WareSoul Control
309Katy PerryCry About It Later
310070 ShakeFlight319
311Sylvan EssoFerris Wheel [+Maya Jane Coles Remix]
312Ava MaxMy Head & My Heart
313Jim-E Stack feat. Empress OfNote to Self
314GrimesNew Gods
315Arca feat. ShygirlWatch
316HAIM3am [+Toro y Moi Remix]
318Marina KayeDouble Life
319Chloe x HalleForgive Me
320AlunaDon't Hit My Line
321PVRISGimme a Minute
322070 ShakeGuilty Conscience [+Devault Remix]
323Tove LoI'm Coming
324SALEMOld Gods
325Danny L Harle & Lil TexasDreaming
326Hayley WilliamsOver Yet
327Megan Thee StallionCircles
328Tiga & Hudson MohawkeLove Minus Zero
330AlunaBody Pump
331HalseyExperiment on Me
332Duckwrth feat. Alex Mali, Radio Ahlee & BAYLIFind a Way
333CXLOE12 Steps
334Anna StrakerSweat
336Jessy LanzaOver and Over
337Solardo & Eli BrownMy Life
338GRAACEBody Language
339Ane BrunTake Hold of Me
340Christine and the QueensNada
341Purple Disco Machine & Sophie and the GiantsHypnotized
342Maddy JanePerfection's a Thing and You're It
343Susanne SundførWhen the Lord
344Something for KateWaste Our Breath
346ProspaEcstasy (Over & Over)
347Jazmine SullivanLost One
348Little Simzmight bang, might not
349Internet Money feat. Gunna, Don Toliver & NAVLemonade
350AnnieThe Streets Where I Belong
351DMA'SThe Glow
352SamiaBig Wheel
355Jenny HvalBonus Material
356Secret SpadeLust (Let Me Feel)
357Lolo ZouaïIt's My Fault
358ChoombaLa Luh
359Rose GraySave Your Tears
360Jessie WareOoh La La
361Ashton IrwinSCAR
362Télépopmusik feat. Jo WedinIt Hurts
364High Contrast feat. Kae Tempest & Anita BlayTime Is Hardcore
365Lady GagaEnigma
366Ocean GroveDREAM
367The WeekndAlone Again
368Róisín MurphyGame Changer
369Love RegeneratorHypnagogic (I Can't Wait)
370Holly HumberstoneOverkill
371Bree RunwayLITTLE NOKIA
372Ty Dolla Sign feat. Kanye West, FKA twigs & SkrillexEgo Death
373Ela Minusthey told us it was hard, but they were wrong.
375Boo SeekaDays Get Better
376JettaI Wanna Know [+Maya Jane Coles Remix]
377Little MixHoliday [+MNEK Remix]
378Isabella LovestoryMariposa
379For Those I LoveI Have a Love
380twstAre You Filming Me?
381HARLOECrush on You [Latroit & Pretty Garter Remix]
382Black Coffee & Sabrina ClaudioSBCNCSLY
383Taylor Swiftseven
384AprilForever (To Feel Like Tonight)
385Josef Salvatpaper moons
386Dua LipaLove Is Religion [The Blessed Madonna Remix]
388Don Diablo & Imanbek feat. Trevor DanielKill Me Better
389GrimesYou'll miss me when I'm not around
390Oliver TreeJerk
391J Balvin, Dua Lipa, Bad Bunny & TainyUN DIA (ONE DAY)
392Patrick Topping feat. Hayley ToppingNew Reality
393Kelly Lee OwensL.I.N.E.
394Max LeoneCautious
395Best CoastMaster of My Own Mind
396Charli XCXenemy
397Roland TingsFirst Wave
398Victoria MonétJaguar
399Hockey DadItch
400GRAACE feat. I.E.Hard to Say
401London Topaz feat. GeorgeBe Mine
402Fanny AndersenWake Up
403Nikonn & MellloOnly Now
404AgnesFingers Crossed
405King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardIntrasport
406Taylor Swiftthe last great american dynasty
407George MapleFade
408Kali Uchisi want war (BUT I NEED PEACE)
409Dimension feat. Sharlene HectorSaviour
411Boo SeekaNever Enough
412Another SkyFell in Love with the City
413Fiona AppleCosmonauts
414Tkay MaidzaGrasshopper
415Special FriendsBig Sur
416Kito feat. AlunaGeorgeAlone with You
417Cable TiesHope
418James BlakeAre You Even Real?
419Katy PerryDaisies
421Wild NothingFoyer
422Nilüfer YanyaCrash
423Ocean GroveSHIMMER
424Fiona AppleRack of His
426PrudenceNever with U
427CaribouNew Jade
428TOPSWitching Hour
429Marie Davidson & L'Œil NuRenegade Breakdown
430Holy Holy feat. Queen PPort Rd
431Sofi Tukker & Gorgon CityHouse Arrest [+Chris Lorenzo Remix]
432London GrammarCalifornian Soil [+Maya Jane Coles Remix]
433Hands Like HousesThe Water
434Meghan Trainor feat. Nicki MinajNice to Meet Ya
436Peking Duk feat. Alisa XayalithMove
437Sufjan StevensSugar
438Alison Wonderland & Valentino KhanAnything
439Phoebe BridgersI Know the End
440Lady GagaFree Woman
442Arlo ParksHurt
443OFFAIAHPlay It by Ear
444Selena GomezRare
446Pet Shop BoysWill-o-the-wisp
447Ball Park MusicDay & Age
448Essie HoltSilent Wars
449Julia MichaelsLie Like This
450Felix Da Housecat & Chris TrucherChicago Love
452Hayley WilliamsLeave It Alone
453WashingtonDark Parts
454moistbreezyBreathless (Keeping Me Up All Night)
455Taylor Swiftthis is me trying
456Nikonn & MellloOut
457Rina SawayamaFuck This World (Interlude)
458Bree Runway feat. Missy ElliottATM
459Honey Dijon feat. Hadiya GeorgeNot About You
460Selena Gomez feat. Kid CudiA Sweeter Place
461Dua Salehcat scratch
462Cable TiesSandcastles
463Royal BloodTrouble's Coming
464SaweetieTap In
465Taylor Swift feat. HAIMno body, no crime
467Hands Like HousesSpace
468GrimesBefore the fever
470Shane CoddGet Out My Head
471Rina SawayamaTokyo Love Hotel
472Dive InGive Me a Reason
473George MapleMine
475Chloe Kae feat. MachinedrumMisconception
476Rico NastyIPHONE
477Phaeleh feat. Amy KirkpatrickFloods
478Chloe x HalleBaby Girl
479Eilish GilliganI Just Want to Look at You
480Juice WRLD & MarshmelloCome & Go
483Kito, ZHU & JeremihFollow
485CamelPhat & ARTBAT feat. RHODESFor a Feeling
487Tired LionDrama Club
488Elley DuhéLOVE ME HARD
489Aly & AJAttack of Panic
490Jack HarlowTyler Herro
491Stace Cadet & KLPEnergy
492The ChicksGaslighter
493Fontaines D.C.A Lucid Dream
494Eat More Cake feat. RiverInside Out
495HAIMThe Steps
496Lupa JLimbo [+Stereogamous Remix]
497Dinah JaneMissed a Spot
498MOTi & Mary N'diayeSing for Me
500Leftwing : Kody feat. Liz CassGravity

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I also have a list of my favourite albums and EPs of the year!

ArcaKiCk i
Ava MaxHeaven & Hell
BanoffeeLook at Us Now Dad
Charli XCXhow i'm feeling now
Chloe x HalleUngodly Hour
DMA'SThe Glow
Dua LipaFuture Nostalgia
Dua Lipa & The Blessed MadonnaClub Future Nostalgia
Duke DumontDuality
Fiona AppleFetch the Bolt Cutters
GrimesMiss Anthropocene
HAIMWomen in Music Pt. III
Jessie WareWhat's Your Pleasure?
JoJogood to know
Lady GagaChromatica
Megan Thee StallionGood News
Mura MasaR.Y.C
Ocean GroveFlip Phone Fantasy
Perfume GeniusSet Me on Fire Immediately
Phoebe BridgersPunisher
Rina SawayamaSAWAYAMA
Róisín MurphyRóisín Machine
Taylor Swiftfolklore
Taylor Swiftevermore
Tired LionBreakfast for Pathetics
Two PeopleSecond Body
Yves TumorHeaven to a Tortured Mind


0171Change Nothing
Annie HamiltonAnnie Hamilton
Bree Runway2000AND4EVA
Christine and the QueensLa vita nuova
CXLOEHeavy, Pt. 1
Diana GordonWasted Youth
George MapleMYTH
Hayley KiyokoI'm Too Sensitive for This Shit
Little SimzDrop 6
Owl EyesInvisible Woman
RAYEEuphoric Sad Songs
Tei ShiDie 4 Ur Love
Tkay MaidzaLast Year Was Weird, Vol. 2
VeroHeaven on Earth
Victoria MonétJAGUAR
WafiaGood Things
As a change from only revealing my favourite songs of the year in my long mid-year and yearly lists, I've wanted to do so in a slightly different way for a while, having long accepted that weekly charts just don't work for me with every occasional impulse that I have to attempt to revive mine (as much as I do wish I had an extensive chart history that spans more than one year ). I began saving all the current music I liked on Spotify in late 2016 and this has been my method of keeping up with everything since. Provided I don't accidentally un-save a song and remove it from its original place in date order (I feel like most Spotify updates make it increasingly easier to do this ), it makes it really useful to decide what ends up in my end of year lists. So I've decided to isolate the 2021 songs I've saved in each month of the year and rank the songs after the end of the month, which should be a nice touchstone for when I do make an EOY list. I like the idea of having everything grouped amongst songs I've saved at the same time rather than by release date, though it might expose how late I am to some things further down the line In a way it's like what a chart might look like from me without any songs returning for a second week.

To start I have 65 songs that were released in January 2021 that I happened to save, which is more than expected and is indeed more than the 46 2020 songs I saved last January (and the 50 in January 2019, 38 in January 2018 and... 14 in January 2017 :p). I've shuffled the order of the top 7 songs since the end of the month so I'd call it a strong start to the year!
January 2021

Commentary is less daunting without looking down the barrel of 100 or so songs so here goes... my first #1 belongs to Julien Baker's "Hardline". I liked boygenius' song "Bite the Hand" quickly (which I always seem to hear when I'm in IKEA lol) but I was surprised to find "Hardline" to be so instant after unfairly thinking the rest of her solo music would sound as kind of... stoic as "Appointments" (not necessarily a bad thing but it took me a while to get into it). This song sounds as precarious as its lyrics - there's something about those heavy organ chords at the start that make it so easy to just sink into its doom. It reminds me of "Breathe Me" in the release that comes with the instrumental chorus.
Last year I really warmed to Baby Queen's debut "Internet Religion", which I'm sure Spotify would sort alongside "Mad at Disney" or something but instead reminds me more of "Give Yourself a Try" [s]without Matty Healy's generally insufferable persona[/s] in how she dresses some scathing and depressing commentary in such a warm and fuzzy song. Her EP was quite solid ("Buzzkill" and "Pretty Girl Lie" were highlights), but her first single of this year "Raw Thoughts" is perhaps the most worthy follow-up to "Internet Religion", aptly matching its breathless energy and impressive lyricism.
I've keenly anticipated a full album from HUGE DANNY L Harle for a long time - his work across his two amazing EPs, one-off singles, production for other artists and remixes have made him one of my absolute favourite producers. Last year's "Dreaming" hinted at something harder and reminiscent of happy hardcore compared to the sugary-sounding singles he'd released before. "On a Mountain", one of the first tastes from the album, lands somewhere in the middle. Unexpectedly the vocalist is not co-writer (and "1UL" vocalist) Eyelar but Georgia Twinn, who delivered my second favourite song titled "I Don't Mind" last year (cue money/pole emojis).
London Grammar's 2017 album had enough really lovely songs on it to make me hold them in a higher regard than I'd previously thought and the singles from their new album have also been pleasantly interesting and quite distinct from each other. "Lose Your Head" has become my favourite so far, I really like the build-up of textures which makes the chorus sound almost chant-like.
A more recent grower in Odette's "Amends" is #5. It's her first in a while to resonate with me so strongly and I think it's down to the interesting twists in the melody and especially the chorus, which feels like it grows in intensity each time. The saxophone makes things all the more lush.
I've been a fan of Bicep's music from the second I heard "Glue", which is probably the perfect introduction to their sound. Their music is so sparse and repetitive that it could sound simple to some, but I love the indulgence in how the songs develop and their new album Isles certainly delivers on that front. Even after three of its best tracks were released last year, there are still highlights to be found in its new songs; my two favourites are album closer "Hawk" and "X" featuring Clara La San (of their previous collaboration "Saku" which was #79 in my EOY).
I think "Mariners Apartment Complex" marked a really important shift in Lana Del Rey's music because everything from her since has sounded so good. Even when I didn't find myself as intensely in love with NFR! as a whole as a lot of others did ("Venice Bitch" set too high a bar obviously) I think Jack Antonoff has more than proven himself to be a great collaborator especially in Lana's case. I'm quite looking forward to Chemtrails Over the Country Club (COCC if you will) if the title track is anything to go by. She has a knack for memorable choruses and "Chemtrails"' hook is really catchy and becomes more charming over its runtime.
Aly & AJ are demanding that we "Listen!!!" ahead of their new album When The Pawn Hits The Conflicts He Thinks Like A King When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go When The Fire Goes Out. "Listen!!!" is one of my favourite offerings from their solid recent string of releases and it sounds closer to their 2017 EP in sound (very pleasing to me as "I Know" from their EP is my favourite single of theirs).
I liked the previous two songs she's released since her 2019 mixtape but it feels like Slayyyter is properly back with "Troubled Paradise". It's more straight-forwardly conventional than maybe ever before for her but she's certainly not alienating me with a chorus as huge as this one.
Broods have returned alongside Bad Sounds in the very good sounds of "Move Into Me". I don't have much to say about it other than that it took me a while to place that the twinkly piano reminds me of Flight Facilities' "Two Bodies" and that Georgia Nott is one of my favourite voices (and people) and a worthy addition to anything. And that somehow "Hospitalized" is two years old.

Elsewhere: my favourite offering from Maggie Lindemann's recent pivot into pop rock (which is unexpectedly an Alex Lahey and Gordi cowrite), Mall Grab and Ross From Friends with quite long songs that I couldn't tell you how they sounded from the title but are very good, a fantastic new remix of one of my favourite songs from Perfume Genius' last album, Blanck Mass in unusually short form thanks to the single edit of new song "Starstuff" and ELIO's Charger (which already sounded like "Gone" before Charli XCX made a new version of the song) among other songs...

1Julien BakerHardline
2Baby QueenRaw Thoughts
3Danny L HarleOn a Mountain
4London GrammarLose Your Head
6Bicep feat. machìnaHawk
7Lana Del ReyChemtrails Over the Country Club
8Aly & AJListen!!!
9SlayyyterTroubled Paradise
10Bad Sounds feat. BroodsMove Into Me
11Still CornersWhite Sands
12Ben Böhmer & Tinlicker feat. Felix RaphaelRun Away
13Maggie LindemannCrash and Burn
15DigitalismNo Holiday
16Bicep feat. Clara La SanX
17Royal BloodTyphoons
18FKA twigs, Headie One & Fred again..Don't Judge Me
19San MeiIn the Machine
20Rose GrayEasy
21Ashnikko feat. KelisDeal with It
22Mall GrabNonstop Feeling
24Jazmine Sullivan feat. Anderson .PaakPrice Tags
25Middle KidsQuestions
26Issey CrossWho
27FRITZDie Happily
28dvsn feat. MiguelHe Said
29Charlotte CardinDaddy
30Virgil Abloh feat. serpentwithfeetDelicate Limbs
31Perfume GeniusYour Body Changes Everything [Boy Harsher Remix]
33Tate McRaerubberband
34Blanck MassStarstuff [Single Edit]
36Taylor Swiftright where you left me
37Avalon EmersonRotting Hills
38Georgia TwinnRaccoons
39LANKSCold Blood
40Poolside & DRAMAI Feel High
41AshnikkoGood While It Lasted
42Ross From FriendsBurner
45Run The Jewels feat. Pharrell Williams & Zack De La RochaJU$T [What So Not Remix]
46DEJALosing Game
47Kokiri, Jem Cooke & Todd TerrySo Free
48Saweetie feat. Doja CatBest Friend
49Running TouchJuno
50Molly Burch feat. Wild NothingEmotion
51KDA vs. Lady BlackbirdCollage
52Selena GomezDe Una Vez
53KittenDo U Still Love Me?
54Jazmine Sullivan feat. H.E.R.Girl Like Me
58Duke & Jones & Nicole MillarWalk Away
56Pale WavesEasy
57Sub Focus & Wilkinson feat. Empara MiFreedom [High Contrast Remix]
58Olivia Rodrigodrivers license
59Charlotte LawrenceTalk You Down
60Dirty South & EDDIEJust a Riff
62LeonyFaded Love
63GrimesNew Gods [Tale of Us & Âme Remix]
64Zara Larsson feat. Young ThugTalk About Love
65Black Coffee & Diplo feat. ElderbrookNever Gonna Forget
February 2021

This month Danny L Harle ranks two spots higher than he did in January with the immense "Interlocked" at #1 - his highest of six songs from Harlecore making the list this month. "Interlocked" was co-produced by "DJ Mayhem" (Hudson Mohawke) and has L Devine on vocals, as well as a writing credit from Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches (now that's a collaboration I'd like to hear, if only for harley's sake). Danny also claims #5 this month with "Do You Remember", which is appropriately titled considering how much it sounds at once like five different early 2000s songs that would have been uploaded on SteveAATW's YouTube channel.
KSHMR is a name I've known in passing for years without hearing much of his music other than Tiesto and his 2015 banger "Secrets"... or so I thought, because I recently discovered that he was one half of the Cataracs and the only member in the final two years of their activity (meaning that he is solely responsible for producing eternal Selena banger "Slow Down"). Ahead of his 2021 debut album I came across the lead single "The World We Left Behind" featuring his frequent collaborator KARRA and I've unexpectedly kept coming back to it. I don't know what to say about it other than that it's a total rush of euphoria.
The Best Band on Earth Wolf Alice are back. If anything can be learned from "Yuk Foo" and Visions of a Life, it's that their new album could sound nothing like the lead single and, to be honest, "The Last Man on Earth" being largely piano-led is perhaps even more of a disorienting return. I think there is something in the arrangement that admittedly holds me back from being wholeheartedly won over (as far as their own songs go I feel like "Silk" is a distant cousin which to me has the edge over this in how much more substantial it is in hooks from the start) but that feels unfair to get hung up on when Ellie's lyricism and presence is as strong as ever and when the second half of the song sounds as huge as it does. I also really like that the lyrics can read as this sardonic criticism of individualism while the song sounds so universal.
Like Danny, Julien Baker is in my top 10 for a second time: "Favor" is another very good cut from Julien's very good album, this time with her boygenius bandmates involved.
I called "Troubled Paradise" the most conventional that Slayyyter has sounded but "Clouds" is similarly quite straightforward if even more subdued - worlds away from anything like "Alone", "BFF" and "Candy" which I first encountered her through but nonetheless a direction I can get behind.
Franky Wah had two songs in my 2019 EOY ("Time After Time" and "Hide") and he's kept up the good work and general resemblance to CamelPhat with Anjunabeats release "Should Have Seen It Coming" featuring AETHO.
Not even a year after her first solo album, Hayley Williams has released another album and it's quite good, perhaps without the same variation in sounds as the first (it's very acoustic). The single (or the song put on 'the playlists') "My Limb" is something of an outlier and is naturally my favourite song on it, it reminds me more of "Over Yet" on the last album with the fast chorus.
I first came across Norwegian Sámi band ISÁK in 2018 via Popjustice's New Music Friday playlist featuring their song "In Comparison" and have liked their music since, including their previous collaboration with Alan Walker in 2018 on the song "Lonely" (which Steve Aoki did a new version of in 2019 which has just about double the streams of the original). Their new collaboration "Sorry" is really impressive and less characteristic of his usual style (honestly, "The World We Left Behind" sounds more like him), I was surprised to see it released as a commercial single.
I'm yet to know for sure if Allie X is officially releasing her older songs as a project or anything but I do know for sure that her 'new' single "GLAM!" was intended for her debut CollXtion I and it certainly sounds like it. Her music is so reliably solid across the board that there's at least one song I really love on all four of her projects but after getting less out of last year's Cape God than I expected, particularly after "Fresh Laundry", it's nice to hear a 'return' to the full-throttle synthpop of songs like "Prime" and "Sanctuary" from CollXtion I.

Elsewhere, Madison Beer delivers a very impressive debut, perhaps unexpectedly to anyone who hadn't heard the pre-release songs or to those who only judged her by whatever her conspirators on TikTok have incriminated her for ("Blue" and "Effortlessly" are my favourites of the new tracks); Gorgon City & DRAMA reunite after last year's brilliant "Nobody" with "You've Done Enough" which I was happy to see quickly make the UK chart (and more recently/importantly the ACI ~); Katy B's first high-profile release since 2016 (!!!) in a vocal mix of Mercury Prize-nominated jazz drummer/composer Moses Boyd's "2 Far Gone" (a really good fit for her). Dua Lipa's "That Kind of Woman" is #28 after the anachronistic Jacques Lu Cont remix placed one spot higher in my 2020 EOY.

I've capped the list at 100 songs because I saved slightly more than that in February, and I think I'll cap each list at a round number when they exceed 100 songs from now on. I'm also going to aim to keep the posting of the monthly lists within the next month so watch this space

1Danny L Harle & DJ MayhemInterlocked
2KSHMR feat. KARRAThe World We Left Behind
3Wolf AliceThe Last Man on Earth
4Julien BakerFavor
5Danny L HarleDo You Remember
7Franky Wah feat. AETHOShould Have Seen It Coming
8Hayley WilliamsMy Limb
9Alan Walker & ISÁKSorry
10Allie XGLAM!
11Cardi BUp
12Big ScaryStay
13Madison BeerBlue
14Josef SalvatOne More Night
15Cherry GlazerrBig Bang
17Haich Ber Na87 Days
18Madison BeerEffortlessly
19Danny L HarleWhere Are You Now
20Hope DAddict
21KUČKANo Good for Me
22Gorgon City & DRAMAYou've Done Enough
23Half WaifOrange Blossoms
24Baby QueenThese Drugs
25Dawn RichardBussifame
26ISÁKStarting a Fire
27Moses Boyd & Katy B2 Far Gone [Vocal Mix]
28Dua LipaThat Kind of Woman
29Real LiesOh Me, Oh My (Nicotine Patch)
30ArchitectsDead Butterflies
31Drew Sycamore45 Fahrenheit Girl
32Eli Brown & Talk ShowTrouble
33Mealtime4 U Only
34Hayley WilliamsAsystole
35Danny L Harle & MC BoingBoing Beat
36Cat & Calmelldramatic
37Tkay Maidza & Yung Baby TateKim
38Julien BakerHeatwave
39San Holo feat. Bipolar Sunshinefind your way
40Abbie Ozardbreakdowns
41King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardO.N.E
42Danny L HarleTake My Heart Away
43Priya RaguChicken Lemon Rice
44Brent Faiyaz & DJ Dahi feat. Tyler, The CreatorGravity
45DayaBad Girl
46Paul Woolford & Amber MarkHEAT
47Shura feat. Rosie Loweobsession
48Madison BeerFollow the White Rabbit
49Charlotte QvaleGhost
50Black Coffee & DJ Angelo feat. JinaduLost
51Manu Crooks & Hooligan HefsDon't Cross the Line
52Hayley MaryWould You Throw a Diamond?
53Xiu Xiu feat. Liz HarrisA Bottle of Rum
54Deb NeverSomeone Else
55LynksEveryone's Hot (And I'm Not)
56Dimension feat. Poppy BaskcombAlive
57KittenAmerican Football
58Sad Night DynamiteSmoke Hole
59CelesteTonight Tonight
60Riton & Nightcrawlers feat. Mufasa & HypemanFriday [Dopamine Re-Edit]
61HAIM feat. Thundercat3am
62Lava La RueMagpie
63Kings of LeonThe Bandit
64Biig PiigCuenta Lo
65Surf Mesa & Madison BeerCarried Away
66Hayley WilliamsJust a Lover
67Joel Corry, RAYE & David GuettaBED
68The Chain Gang of 1974Fall Into Me
69Genesis OwusuGold Chains
70Victoria MonétF.U.C.K.
71NEIL FRANCESFalling for You
72Danny L Harle & DJ OceanOcean's Theme
73Rita Ora, David Guetta & Imanbek feat. GunnaBig
74Lil Peep & Nedarb feat. Craig Xencalifornia world
76Dennis Ferrer, Disciples & James YuillWhisper
77Charlotte ClarkOdyssey
78Freddie Gibbs feat. ScHoolboy QGang Signs
79Dua LipaIf It Ain't Me
80Crazy Cousinz feat. Caitlyn ScarlettSweet Side
81Hayley WilliamsFirst Thing to Go
82Alok & VIZE feat. AlidaLove Again
83YONAKASeize the Power
84Fredo feat. DaveMoney Talks
85Ninajirachi & Kota BanksSecretive!
86Arlo ParksHope
87Jarryd James feat. TrapoOverdue
88Rita Ora & ImanbekBang Bang
89POOLCLVBLove Track
90Alan Walker & salem ileseFake a Smile
91VanJess feat. Phony PplCaught Up
92ElliphantDrunk & Angry
93Thandi PhoenixCount Me Out
94Madison BeerSour Times
95The Lazy EyesWhere's My Brain???
97Django Django feat. Charlotte GainsbourgWaking Up
98Rezz feat. PVRISSacrificial
99Pale WavesFall to Pieces
100MK feat. RaphaellaLies

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March 2021

My plan for getting the next monthly list done in the immediately following month was unsuccessful once again I've had the actual list ready for like two weeks but I've been busy and have really procrastinated in making my commentary coherent - I'd have probably have ditched it altogether if this wasn't the most excited I've been so far about my list's top 10! I also have 140 songs in my list this month (yes I can be busy and still listen to too much new music for my own good), so the year is properly in full swing

#1 is Ivy Rose's "I've Been Watching You", which I came across on the triple j Hitlist without having heard of it/her previously. It's one of the most impressive debut singles I've heard in recent times and a frustrating case of not being able to pinpoint what it is that it sounds so much like other than that it's vaguely '80s. My best guess is that it sounds like a Bonnie Tyler song, whereas her voice's inflections otherwise remind me of LAUREL. Since Ivy is American, it turns out that her triple j relevance is justified by this song's producers being Nick Littlemore and Peter Mayes of Pnau. Nick's wife stumbled upon Ivy's YouTube covers (the oldest of which is of "Fade Into You", the most recent is of Lil Peep's "Falling Down" [s]maybe she's the original voice of Gaullin - Moonlight[/s] with numerous Radiohead, Lana and Daughter covers in between) which led to Nick and Peter producing her upcoming EP.
Speaking of Lana, a close #2 is "White Dress", which made a solid first impression but has really won me over in the past two months like the Chemtrails album on the whole. Even with the strange controversies she seems to invoke (which, if I'm going to weigh in, seem mostly innocuous other than the 'question for the culture'), I was surprised to see this album met with such a muted response after the overwhelming critical consensus that NFR! got. To my ears Chemtrails is sonically within the same world and after revisiting it I (probably unpopularly) find it to be just about as good on the whole I will say I wouldn't feel the same enthusiasm if it wasn't for how fucking good "White Dress" is though. I really like her vocal approach and like "Chemtrails" (song), it's the song's endless succession of hooks that keep me coming back (to the Men in Music Business Conference).
Laura Mvula is someone I've always felt I should make more of an effort to become more familiar with ("Overcome" alone is reason enough) and her two new singles "Safe Passage" and "Church Girl" really confirm my need to do so. Both songs draw from familiar, vaguely '80s sounds while feeling distinctive and structurally free, which I really like. "Church Girl" is safely my favourite of the two, the chorus is sublime.
I only got around to listening to Jazmine Sullivan's [s]glorified EP[/s] album in March and my main takeaways were that I should have had "Lost One" much higher than #347 in my EOY and that the song I had to hear again after was "The Other Side". Jazmine's voice is a force in itself but it's the nostalgic quality of that song's melodies (again without reminding me of anything in particular) that draw me in so much. Lyrically it feels like a feature-length film in a single song.
Boys Noize, Kelsey Lu and Chilly Gonzales are a trio of artists I don't know quite enough about off the top of my head to provide that much background on but I don't think I'd have foreseen this collaboration based on what I've heard from the first two. Nonetheless I've come to really love their collaboration "Ride or Die", particularly when it all kicks into gear about halfway through.
Sega Bodega racked up four entries in the top 100 of my EOY last year with three songs he produced on Shygirl's amazing ALIAS EP and his own song "Make U Stay". He's made another big impression on me with his production on Donna Missal's new song "sex is good (but have you tried)", which is far more understated than the aforementioned songs but has really captivated me the more I hear it thanks to Donna's delivery.
I listened to Japanese Breakfast's 2017 album at the time (probably because it's quite short) and I liked it without returning to it much outside of "Machinist" and "The Body Is a Blade". Ahead of her new album I'm a lot more excited based on "Be Sweet" and her April-released new song "Posing in Bondage" (this is the weird part of finalising these lists so long after the actual releases of these songs because follow-ups have already been released by this point ).
Like Laura Mvula, Mykki Blanco is another artist whose songs I know and guest appearances elsewhere have had me waiting on a new project to have a proper entry point into their music for quite a while. They have such a commanding, disarming presence which is exhibited very clearly on the very fun "Free Ride" (produced by FaltyDL & Hudson Mohawke, who continues to be peripherally involved in my lists). It's maybe a little too short for its own good - I wouldn't argue with the 'what I wouldn't do for love' chorus being repeated a few more times.
I can't say I've been as interested in Julia Michaels' solo career as I was in 2017 (particularly after the completely overlooked "Uh Huh") but last year's "Lie Like This" was a real return to form with the very reliable Monsterz & Strangerz on board. They've also produced the follow-up in "All Your Exes", which starts out less excitingly but really delivers in the chorus - the switch-up is much appreciated.

1Ivy RoseI've Been Watching You
2Lana Del ReyWhite Dress
3Laura MvulaChurch Girl
4Jazmine SullivanThe Other Side
5Boys Noize & Kelsey Lu feat. Chilly GonzalesRide or Die
6Donna Missalsex is good (but have you tried)
7Japanese BreakfastBe Sweet
8Laura MvulaSafe Passage
9Mykki BlancoFree Ride
10Julia MichaelsAll Your Exes
11Everything EverythingSUPERNORMAL
12Julia StoneFire in Me
13Zara LarssonNeed Someone
14Half WaifParty's Over
15iris & SKAARvoodoo voodoo
16ZHU & YunaSky Is Crying
17The VeronicasGODZILLA
18Sweet TripWalkers Beware! We Drive Into the Sun
19Gary NumanI Am Screaming
20Kero Kero BonitoThe Princess and the Clock
21Lana Del ReyTulsa Jesus Freak
22Ronnie & ClydeIn the Garden
23Bebe RexhaSacrifice
24King StingrayGet Me Out
25Cody Frostverbal warnings
26Octo OctaFind Your Way Home
27Aly & AJPretty Places
28Two FeetFire
29Grace MitchellMANGO
30Lana Del ReyYosemite
32Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats feat. Joey Bada$$'Cosmic'.4a [The Alchemist Version]
35Jodie HarshMy House
36Pearl CharlesOnly for Tonight
37slowthai feat. Deb Neverpush
38Lauren FaithIt's All a Blur
39Death From Above 1979One + One
40Nicole MillarAre You Kidding?
41Robin Schulz & Felix Jaehn feat. AlidaOne More Time
42Jorja SmithAddicted
44Hadiya GeorgeHot Flavor
45For Those I LoveBirthday / The Pain
46Ladyhawke & BroodsGuilty Love
47Trans-XLiving on Video [Claptone Remix]
48Viagra BoysGirls & Boys
49lau.ra feat. JessBDon't Waste My Time
51Solomun feat. ÄTNATuk Tuk
52D'Arcy SpillerWolf Blood
53Nasty CherryHer Body
56Perfume GeniusDescribe [A. G. Cook Remix]
59Chloe x Halle80/20
60Franky Wah feat. LOWESNot in Love
61CLEWSWant You That Way
62Lana Del ReyDark But Just a Game
63PrudenceGood Friends
64Danny L Harle & DJ MayhemShining Stars
65SyccoMy Ways
66Alex MillsWant You to Want Me
67Tkay MaidzaWhere Is My Mind?
68Hayden James, Gorgon City & Nat DunnFoolproof
69Warpaint feat. Gang of FourParalysed
70Dua LipaWe're Good
72Jess LockeHalo
73Royal BloodLimbo
74Xan GriffinNostalgia
75Rebecca & FionaRivers
76Charlotte AdigéryBear with Me (and I'll stand bare before you)
79BURNSCan't Let Go
80ROSÉOn the Ground
81The Knocks feat. MallratR U HIGH
82salem ilese(L)only Child
83Cloud NothingsOslo
84Lil Nas XMONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)
85Julien BakerZiptie
86Slowly SlowlyAnywhere
87Allison PonthierCowboy
88Rag'n'Bone ManAll You Ever Wanted
90Polish ClubStop for a Minute
91Lily PapasFreak
92Max Leonethe craziest thing i've ever done
93spill tabPISTOLWHIP
95Gordi & Alex LaheyDino's
96Dimension feat. Clementine DouglasSensory Division
97St. VincentPay Your Way in Pain
98Genesis OwusuEasy
99The MidnightNeon Medusa
100Middle KidsCellophane (Brain)
101Kito, VanJess & Channel TresRecap
102Danny L Harle & DJ MayhemAll Night
103Julien BakerRelative Fiction
104Choomba feat. LP Giobbi & Blush'koSay It
105MAY-ATime I Love to Waste
106London GrammarHow Does It Feel
107Perfume GeniusJust a Touch [Danny L Harle Harlecore Remix]
108The MillionLast Call
109Madison BeerStay Numb and Carry On
110Kaskade & Ella VosMiles to Go
113SACHITake Me Back
114Liar LiarPretending
115Otosan & Shadow Child feat. Carrie BaxterRight Here
116F-POS feat. Goldfang & Moody BeachClassic
117Tinashe & TOKiMONSTAI'm Every Woman
118LÂLKA feat. BRUXAtomic Blonde
119Tainy & MiguelSunbathe
120Justin BieberHold On
121OdetteI Miss You, I'm Sorry
122Tricky feat. MartaLike a Stone [Trentemøller Remix]
123Jade BirdOpen Up the Heavens
124Made in Paris feat. Simonne JonesWonderlust
125Zara LarssonPoster Girl
126ShygirlSIREN [Basement Jaxx Cruise Mix]
127Georgia MaeLet You Go
128Idris Elba & Inner City feat. Steffanie Christi'anNo More Looking Back
129Men I TrustTides
130KSI feat. YUNGBLUD & Polo GPatience
131Winona Oak feat. ELIONobody Loves Me
132Ben Böhmer & PanamaWeightless
133Tash SultanaCrop Circles
134Julien BakerRingside
135GengahrUnder the Skin
136Zara LarssonLook What You've Done
137Denzel Curry & Kenny Beats feat. Arlo ParksTrack07 [Georgia Anne Muldrow Version]
138TrickyVietnam [Lafawndah Remix]
139girl in redSerotonin
140Seth Troxler & The Martinez BrothersPlay in the Dark

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April 2021

Little Simz angles for a third consecutive top 100 appearance in my EOYs with "Introvert", which actually might have already outranked her previous entries "Wounds" and "where's my lighter". I really love how she treats the music with the same vitality that her lyrics and delivery have, and though it feels banal to call this song cinematic, it's definitely less insular than her last two projects have been. She's not credited as she usually is but Cleo Sol's hook is a highlight each time it returns.
As I mentioned last month, Japanese Breakfast's "Posing in Bondage" is very very good. I listened to the shorter, demo-like version she released in 2017 and this new version sounds otherworldly in comparison. There's a lot of interesting elements in the production which are put into sharpened focus as the track develops - I think this song on its own warrants her comparison of the album to Homogenic (though I'm not so sure about the rest of the album... but I'll get there in June I guess).
The last two pre-release songs from Aly & AJ's May-released album "Symptom of Your Touch" and "Don't Need Nothing" are easily my two favourite tracks on it. I think the album needs a few more knock-out tracks on that level for me to have the same enthusiasm that a lot of others have for the album but it's cohesive and solid as per usual.
Like Marina and Bonnie Anderson before her, this is not Slayyyter's first time at the rodeo or her first time in the top 10 of these lists, and I think "Cowboys" is my favourite of the singles from her album. On first listen it was the unexpected turn in the melody on 'rodeo' that had me instantly sold but more listens have revealed the really fun lyrical moments scattered through the song.
Laura Mvula and Aly & AJ aren't the only ones with double entries in my top 10s; Doss is a newer name to me who joins them with "Puppy" and "Strawberry" (and "Look" further down). "Puppy" is the euphoric, trance-inspired sound that I feel like I've tried to hear in Porter Robinson's music (probably an unfair comparison) whereas "Strawberry" really surprised me by sounding more like an electronic trip hop song.
I think I put Xiu Xiu's "A Bottle of Rum" too low in my February list but they can make up for it with "Sad Mezcalita" from their new album ending up so high this month. It features Sharon Van Etten who I admit to being very unfamiliar with but who I think I prefer in darker tracks in the vein of this and Hercules & Love Affair's "Omnion", which was the first song I heard her voice on.
A similarly moody, spoken-word-featuring top 10 entry comes from Real Lies' "Late Arcades", who have very much been delivering in the moody, spoken-word electronic music department with "White Flowers" in 2018, last year's amazing "Boss Trick" (which I only heard recently) and this year's "Oh Me, Oh My (Nicotine Patch)"; needless to say I hope they continue doing so.
Closing out the top 10 is Sydney-born artist THE BLOSSOM, who made a promising first impression on me with "CLOVES". I feel like their music has a lot of crossover potential and a BROCKHAMPTON member featuring on their EP makes a lot of sense in that regard.

1Little SimzIntrovert
2Japanese BreakfastPosing in Bondage
3Aly & AJSymptom of Your Touch
5Aly & AJDon't Need Nothing
7Xiu Xiu feat. Sharon Van EttenSad Mezcalita
9Real LiesLate Arcades
11Wolf AliceSmile
12Aluna, Michael Brun & Alicaì HarleyTrouble
13MNDR & Empress OfLove in Reverse
14KUČKAYour World
15Olivia Rodrigodeja vu
16Royal BloodBoilermaker
17Angel OlsenAlive and Dying (Waving, Smiling)
18shameStation Wagon
19Tommy FarrowBetween Two Planets
20ChvrchesHe Said She Said
21PondPink Lunettes
23VÉRITÉby now
24San MeiI Can't Sleep
26Charlotte CardinMeaningless
27London GrammarLord It's a Feeling
28Moodoïd & Melody's Echo ChamberOnly One Man
29Hayley KiyokoFound My Friends
31Laura LesHaunted
32Biig PiigLavender
33Demi Lovato feat. Ariana GrandeMet Him Last Night
34CFCF feat. No JoyModel Castings
35BUNT. feat. HON & SMBDYHurricane
36Ivy RoseBrave
37Weyes BloodTitanic Risen
39Jessie WarePlease
40Mall Grab & EffyFMG
42Bicep feat. Clara La SanSiena
43Tkay MaidzaSyrup
44LAIIKAAny Way You Want It
45Fred again..Angie (I've Been Lost)
46SKAARSay Something Now
47The Chemical BrothersThe Darkness That You Fear
48CATTYBella Donna
49girl in redYou Stupid Bitch
50Jorja SmithGone
51Emilie AdamsPlay God
52Doja Cat feat. SZAKiss Me More
53The Prototypes feat. LOWESReason
55Freddie GibbsBig Boss Rabbit
56Rezz & deadmau5Hypnocurrency
57Orla GartlandZombie!
58What So Not feat. DMA'SThe Change
59Lil Tjay feat. Polo G & Fivio ForeignHeadshot
60LSDXOXOSick Bitch
61Molly SandénNån annan nu
62Holy HolyHow You Been
63Lana Del ReyWild at Heart
64San Holoblack and white
65LAURELYou're the One
66ShungudzoWhite parents
67FlossyBetter Off
69Overcoats feat. TennisThe Hardest Part
70Little Mix feat. SaweetieConfetti
71Charlie Collins feat. Kasey ChambersHoney Can We Run Away
72Erika de CasierPolite
73Moses Boyd & SW2Dirty South
74LP Giobbi feat. hermixalotBeliever
75Dave & Kamal.Mercury
76Skott & ShyldeTired
77Cristoph, Franky Wah & ArtcheThe World You See
78Lauren AquilinaThe Knife
79Alewya & Moses BoydThe Code
80Lana Del ReyDance Till We Die
83Bree RunwayHOT HOT
84serpentwithfeet & NaoHeart Storm
86Charlotte CardinSad Girl
87Eli & Fur & DisciplesThe Pressure
88Azealia Banks & Slim DollarsSix Flags
89Liz LawrenceWhere the Bodies are Buried
90PendulumCome Alive
91Emma Baleamsterdam
92Au/Ra & Alan WalkerDead Girl!
93TirzahSend Me
94Shift K3Y & TinasheLove Line
95CFCF feat. Sarah BonitoHeaven
96Demi LovatoCarefully
97Elohim & GRiZBring Me Back
98DJ Snake & Selena GomezSelfish Love
100Dua Salehsigns
101Imanbek & Sean Paul feat. Sofía ReyesDancing on Dangerous
102Róisín MurphyAssimilation
103NGUZUNGUZUJust a Touch
105LÂLKAGold Lies
106KAMILLEMirror Mirror
107Half WaifTake Away the Ache
108PBH & JACK & PS1 feat. Hannah BoleynCoffee & A Coke
109Lana Del Rey feat. Zella Day & Weyes BloodFor Free
110iristo be mine (is to lose your mind)
111Taylor Swift feat. Maren MorrisYou All Over Me
113Olan & NoureyIn Motion
114Justin Bieber feat. Burna BoyLoved by You
115Amy AllenOne

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May 2021

Admittedly this might be my weakest month of these lists so far but I still have quite a long list for May. I'll try and get June done sooner rather than later because as always I'm really looking forward to doing a mid-year chart.

Prospa's "Ecstasy (Over & Over)" was one of the more distinct dance tracks that were able to break into the UK chart last year (I'd forgotten it made #77 at all really) and their latest single "WANT NEED LOVE" is quite special. Like "Ecstasy" it has a singular chorus but it manages to achieve a lot in its runtime to make up for it. It reminds me a lot of "Another Chance" down to the two kicks before the final section.
I've really enjoyed Agnes' recent singles, which could quite easily be filed alongside Dua Lipa and Jessie Ware's recent material (though "Fingers Crossed" skews more towards Ava Max to the extent that you could sing the chorus of "Kings & Queens" over it and it would fit). 2019's "I Trance" hinted at something more self-indulgent, however, and her new song "24 Hours" certainly leans into that Junior-era Röyksopp synthpop sound.
MØ properly returns with "Live to Survive" which... sounds a lot like the Agnes song. I found her last album to be very solid and I really like that she's so chameleonic, but I have no issues with her following in the direction of straightforward pop songs like this one.
Admittedly I'm quite cynical towards the recent resurgence in popularity of pop punk when the mere mention of Paramore automatically garners 100,000 likes/reblogs but for the most part, the songs are usually good in their own right. In the case of WILLOW's [s]"t r a p s o u l"[/s] "transparent soul", the execution is as accomplished as her pivot to this sound is smart (and generally more interesting - from what I've heard I don't think her previous non-"Whip My Hair" material is for me). The fast verses and huge chorus are hard to resist and the vocal performance is really fantastic.
Somewhat in the same territory is girl in red, who I also prefer in huge chorus mode as evidenced by "rue" landing in my top 50 of 2020 and the quirkier "Body and Mind" being an instant favourite on her debut album (beyond being the playlisted track on the album release week).
Sydney sister duo CLEWS have been on my radar for quite a while and "Overluck" is their best offering so far. They seem to have a knack for memorable choruses and this is another one.
The more I hear of Erika de Casier's recent music, the more I'm made aware that I should have gotten into her music months ago. I've taken the most instantly to the Sade-sounding "Someone to Chill With" so far.
I've realised that my greatest issue with MARINA's music since Love + Fear was the songs themselves, considering that "Ancient Dreams in a Modern Land" instantly became my favourite song of hers in years by just... sounding like "Mowgli's Road" or maybe more specifically like "Personal Jesus". The social critique in her new songs leaves a bit to be desired and I'm honestly not sure what she's really getting at on "Ancient Dreams" but the song (especially the post-chorus) has the playful, whimsical hallmarks of her best material.

2Agnes24 Hours
3Live to Survive
4WILLOW feat. Travis Barkert r a n s p a r e n t s o u l
5girl in redBody and Mind
7Erika de CasierSomeone to Chill With
8MARINAAncient Dreams in a Modern Land
9LUMP [Laura Marling & Mike Lindsay]Animal
10Georgia & David JacksonGet Me Higher
11CHAII & Party FavorOh Nah Yeah
12Biig PiigAmerican Beauty
13Kate NashMisery
14ZHU & Arctic LakeYours
15DayaThe Difference
16Nicki Minaj feat. Drake & Lil WayneSeeing Green
18Red MoonThirsty
19Erika de CasierBusy
21Jorja SmithHome
22Liz LawrenceDown for Fun
24PondAmerica's Cup
25Aly & AJHold Out
26HAERTSDays Go By
30DossOn Your Mind
31Olivia Rodrigojealousy, jealousy
32GarbageNo Gods No Masters
33renforshort & glaivefall apart
34TirzahSink In
35Duran DuranINVISIBLE
36Jorja Smith feat. ShayboBussdown
37Xiu XiuKilling Distance
38Little Simz feat. Cleo SolWoman
39D-Block Europe & RAYEFerrari Horses
40Alok, Sofi Tukker & INNAIt Don't Matter
41Sharon Van Etten & Angel OlsenLike I Used To
42Georgia TwinnMoth
43Julia Jacklin & RVGArmy of Me
44Jorja SmithWeekend
45Olivia Rodrigogood 4 u
46SeasideState of Grace
47Lauren SandersonQUEEN BEE
48QIf You Care
49Jorja SmithDigging
50CFCFLife Is Perfecto
51Molly SandénDOM SKA VETA
53SpelllingLittle Deer
55Billie EilishYour Power
56Middle KidsStacking Chairs
57SaweetieFast (Motion)
58Winnetka Bowling League & Sasha Sloanbarcelona
59Laura MvulaGot Me
60SyccoTime's Up
61Big ScaryBursting at the Seams
62St. VincentDown
63For Those I LoveYou Stayed / To Live
64Dizzy Fae360 Baby
65SlayyyterOver This!
66Gorgon CityTell Me It's True
67Lana Del ReyBlue Banisters
68Devault feat. EVAN GIIAPockets
69The Veronicas feat. AlldayLife of the Party
70Wave RacerWhat Are We Waiting For?
71Baba AliBlack Wagon
72Aly & AJLucky to Get Him
73M-22 feat. Rhea MelvinGravity
74Natalia GordienkoSugar
76ShapeshifterRitual (Under Your Spell)
77ÓdúMen Like Me
78SugababesRun for Cover [MNEK Remix]
79Emotional Oranges feat. Becky GDown to Miami
80Paul Oakenfold, Azealia Banks & Zach SalterHypnotic [Benny Benassi & BB Team Remix]
81Olivia Rodrigobrutal
82KinderBus Stop
8342 Dugg & Roddy Ricch4 Da Gang
84Nicole DollangangerWhispering Glades
85Tommy Trash feat. Daisy Guttridgehiiigh
87Nicki MinajFractions
88HooverphonicThe Wrong Place
89The VeronicasSugar Daddy
90Skrillex, Starrah & Four TetButterflies
92City GirlsTwerkulator
93Tion Wayne & Russ Millions feat. ArrDee, E1 (3x3)...Body [Remix]
94BanoffeeTapioca Cheeks
95Twenty One PilotsChoker
96A. G. Cook & OklouBeing Harsh
97MEDUZA feat. ElroiiHeadrush
98girl in redDid You Come?
99Mykki Blanco feat. Jamila Woods & Jay CueLove Me
100Betta LemmeCry
101Spencer RamsayLove with You
102Bebe RexhaBetter Mistakes
104Galantis, David Guetta & Little MixHeartbreak Anthem
105PiroshkaScratching at the Lid
106Honey Dijon feat. Annette Bowen & Nikki-ODowntown
107OdetteWhat I Know Is Not Enough
108Flying Lotus feat. ThundercatBlack Gold
109Alex Mills & SolardoKeep Pushing
110Wolf AliceNo Hard Feelings
111Gretta RayHuman
112Self EsteemI Do This All the Time
113Lana Del ReyText Book
114Dawn RichardBoomerang
115Everyone You Know & Joy AnonymousJust for the Times
116ITZYIn the morning
117Duke Dumont & Channel TresAlter Ego
120John GrantRhetorical Figure
121Kygo feat. James GillespieGone Are the Days
122Olivia Rodrigotraitor
123Kelli-LeighFeelin' U
124Ruby FieldsR.E.G.O
125Origin8a & Propa & Benny PageHarmony
126Julia StoneSixty Summers
128Kingdom 93 & Goldfingers feat. KAMILLEMove
129Bebe Rexha feat. Lil Uzi VertDie for a Man
130A. G. Cook & Charli XCXXcxoplex

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