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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 2020

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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