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Forum - Personal Charts: Your Special Occasion Charts - Irelander's End of Year Lists (Pt. 5)

Another dumping ground for my many lists, here you will find present-day EOY lists as well as my ongoing retrospective project.

Part 1 (2006-2009 & 2015): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=45336
Part 2 (2003-2005, 2016 & 2017): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=47922
Part 3 (1999-2002 & 2018): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=53668
Part 4 (1996-1998, 2019 & 2020): http://australian-charts.com/forum.asp?todo=viewthread&id=59087
2010-2014 EOYs updated following the Mid-Decade: http://pastebin.com/uvydXbAG


Year#1Most entries per year
1995Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes - Rock 'N' Roll Is Where I HideOasis / Radiohead - 7
1996Cake - I Will SurvivePearl Jam / Powderfinger / Rage Against The Machine - 5
1997Radiohead - Karma PoliceRadiohead - 11
1998Fatboy Slim - The Rockafeller SkankLauryn Hill - 6
1999Pearl Jam - Last KissMoby - 7
2000The Avalanches - Frontier PsychiatristThe Avalanches - 8
2001Muse - Citizen ErasedSystem of a Down / The White Stripes - 7
2002Foo Fighters - LowPearl Jam - 10
2003The White Stripes - The Hardest Button To ButtonThe White Stripes - 11
2004Franz Ferdinand - Take Me OutFranz Ferdinand - 11
2005The White Stripes - Blue OrchidFranz Ferdinand - 15
2006Muse - Knights of CydoniaThe Fratellis - 11
2007Battles - AtlasQueens Of The Stone Age - 7
2008The Presets - Kicking & ScreamingChildren Collide - 9
2009Franz Ferdinand - UlyssesFranz Ferdinand - 11
2010Children Collide - My EagleTwo Door Cinema Club - 5
2011Aloe Blacc - I Need A DollarTaking Back Sunday - 8
2012BOY - WaitressKendrick Lamar / Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - 5
2013Bear In Heaven - The Reflection Of YouFranz Ferdinand - 6
2014Jonathan Boulet - CreeperDZ Deathrays - 8
2015FIDLAR - West CoastDjango Django / Father John Misty - 5
2016The Last Shadow Puppets - Miracle AlignerKing Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - 5
2017alt-J - 3WWKendrick Lamar - 9
2018Migos feat. Drake - Walk It Talk ItFather John Misty - 6
2019Two People - Dream Steppin'Two People - 5
2020The Avalanches feat. Rivers Cuomo & Pink Siifu - Running Red LightsIDLES - 5
2021Famous - StarsBillie Eilish - 5


Most entries - all-time
50Franz Ferdinand18Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds12Kasabian
42Radiohead17Green Day12Linkin Park
31Muse17Grinspoon12Madlib
31Pearl Jam16Father John Misty12MGMT
29Kendrick Lamar16Outkast12Tame Impala
29The White Stripes15MF DOOM12Yeah Yeah Yeahs
27Jay-Z15The Avalanches11Arcade Fire
27Kings of Leon15Vampire Weekend11Cloud Control
26Kanye West14Coldplay11Drake
25Queens Of The Stone Age14The Strokes11DZ Deathrays
23Foo Fighters13Beck11IDLES
23Powderfinger13Interpol11Regurgitator
21Arctic Monkeys13King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard11The Presets
20Red Hot Chili Peppers13Midnight Juggernauts10Grizzly Bear
19Children Collide13Taking Back Sunday10Temples
19System of a Down12alt-J10The Killers
19The Fratellis12Danny Brown  


Favourite album
1995Oasis - (What's The Story) Morning Glory?
1996Fishmans - Long Season
1997Radiohead - OK Computer
1998Neutral Milk Hotel - In The Aeroplane Over The Sea
1999Moby - Play
2000The Avalanches - Since I Left You
2001System of a Down - Toxicity
2002Pearl Jam - Riot Act
2003The White Stripes - Elephant
2004Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
2005Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better
2006The Fratellis - Costello Music
2007Queens Of The Stone Age - Era Vulgaris
2008Children Collide - The Long Now
2009Franz Ferdinand - Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
2010Children Collide - Theory of Everything
2011Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
2012Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
2013Franz Ferdinand - Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action
2014Temples - Sun Structures
2015Django Django - Born Under Saturn
2016King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Nonagon Infinity
2017alt-J - RELAXER
2018La Luz - Floating Features
2019Fat White Family - Serfs Up!
2020IDLES - Ultra Mono
2021Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever


Note: some 2009-2014 songs were ranked in accordance with chart year not release date
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And I suppose you probably know the drill at this point I am finalising my 1995 list at the moment, and will be broadcasting the top 100 on Wednesday 22 December 7pm AEDT
I shall be broadcasting some top notch tunes from 1995 tonight
Was a fine year, will tune in (if I remember).
The last of these lists in which I was alive for the entire year will commence shortly

Chat over on Discord, send me a memo if you're not already involved
Music at http://myradiostream.com/station/flashplayer.php?s=s28&p=17862
If that link doesn't work then try http://myradiostream.com/embed/free.php?s=irelander&btnstyle=default&id=494473&n=28&p=17862

1995

1Dave Graney 'n' the Coral SnakesRock 'N' Roll Is Where I Hide
2Coolio feat. L.V.Gangsta's Paradise
3OasisDon't Look Back In Anger
4The Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaLump
5RadioheadJust
6TISMGreg! The Stop Sign!!
7Red Hot Chili PeppersMy Friends
8OasisWonderwall
9OasisRoll With It
10The Smashing Pumpkins1979
11TISM(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River
12Sonic YouthThe Diamond Sea
13U2Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me
14Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie MinogueWhere The Wild Roses Grow
15Green DayGeek Stink Breath
16RadioheadHigh And Dry
17Paul WellerYou Do Something to Me
18Red Hot Chili PeppersAeroplane
19GrinspoonSickfest
20SwansI Am the Sun
21SupergrassAlright
22Elliott SmithChristian Brothers
23Three 6 MafiaBreak da Law '95
24Buffalo TomSunday Night
25Yothu YindiJailbreak
26Chris IsaakBaby Did a Bad Bad Thing
27No DoubtJust A Girl
28Skee-LoI Wish
29BlurCharmless Man
30RadioheadFake Plastic Trees
31EverclearSanta Monica
32iNsuRgePolitical Prisoners
33TISMAll Homeboys Are Dickheads
34The Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaPeaches
35SupergrassI'd Like to Know
36The AmpsTipp City
37StereolabSadistic
38GlideWhy You Asking?
39Foo FightersThis Is A Call
40RadioheadBlack Star
41RadioheadPlanet Telex
42The MelniksDrew Romance
43Pop! feat. Angie HartTingly
44The Smashing PumpkinsBullet With Butterfly Wings
45No DoubtDon't Speak
46OMCHow Bizarre
47BlurHe Thought of Cars
48311Down
49Mental As AnythingMr Natural
50OasisChampagne Supernova
51Foo FightersBig Me
52Fishmansナイトクルージング
53Buffalo TomSparklers
54OasisMorning Glory
55TrickyBlack Steel
56Passengers feat. Luciano PavarottiMiss Sarajevo
57PulpCommon People
58TISMWhat Nationality Is Les Murray?
59Teenage FanclubSparky's Dream
60RadioheadStreet Spirit (Fade Out)
61Buffalo TomSummer
62GarbageQueer
63The Cruel SeaAnybody But You
64PulpBar Italia
65SkunkhourUp To Our Necks In It
66BlurCountry House
67The Presidents Of The United States Of AmericaKitty
68Daft PunkDa Funk
69OasisShe's Electric
70RancidTime Bomb
71PulpDisco 2000
72GarbageOnly Happy When It Rains
73BlurDan Abnormal
74Chris IsaakSomebody's Crying
75The PharcydeDrop
76Sonic YouthWashing Machine
77RadioheadThe Bends
78Ben Folds FiveUnderground
79RegurgitatorTrack 1
80PulpF.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.
81The Chemical BrothersLife Is Sweet
82The PharcydeRunnin'
83SilverchairPure Massacre
84Throwing MusesBright Yellow Gun
85Pearl JamI Got Id
86BjörkArmy of Me
87AmmoniaDrugs
88The Smashing PumpkinsTonight, Tonight
89TechnoheadI Wanna Be a Hippy
90SilverchairIsrael's Son
91OasisHey Now!
92HecateBy Myself
93MobyFirst Cool Hive
94Dave Graney 'n' the Coral SnakesThe Birds and the Goats
95Tindersticks feat. Carla TorgersonTravelling Light
96CustardApartment
97The RembrandtsI'll Be There for You
98FilterHey Man Nice Shot
99You Am IMr. Milk
100Rebecca's EmpireEmpty

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100. Rebecca's Empire - Empty


99. You Am I - Mr. Milk

Previous entriesYearPosition
Good Mornin'1996#70
Moon Shines On Trubble1996#88
Heavy Heart1998#72


98. Filter - Hey Man Nice Shot

Previous entriesYearPosition
Take a Picture1999#45


97. The Rembrandts - I'll Be There for You


96. Custard - Apartment

Previous entriesYearPosition
Music Is Crap1997#57
Girls Like That (Don't Go for Guys Like Us)1998#66


95. Tindersticks feat. Carla Torgerson - Travelling Light

Previous entries [Tindersticks]YearPosition
Another Night In1997#69


94. Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes - The Birds and the Goats


93. Moby - First Cool Hive

Previous entriesYearPosition
Porcelain1999#3
Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad?1999#7
Bodyrock1999#31
Honey1999#35
My Weakness1999#56
Run On1999#68
South Side1999#72
We Are All Made Of Stars2002#99


92. Hecate - By Myself


91. Oasis - Hey Now!

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90. Silverchair - Israel's Son

Previous entriesYearPosition
Freak1997#68
Miss You Love1999#10
Ana's Song (Open Fire)1999#27
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96


89. Technohead - I Wanna Be a Hippy


88. The Smashing Pumpkins - Tonight, Tonight

Previous entriesYearPosition
For Martha1998#37
Appels + Oranjes1998#65


87. Ammonia - Drugs


86. Björk - Army of Me


85. Pearl Jam - I Got Id

Previous entriesYearPosition
Who You Are1996#36
Hail, Hail1996#37
Habit1996#46
Off He Goes1996#62
Around The Bend1996#76
Given to Fly1997#16
Wishlist1998#7
Do the Evolution1998#13
Brain of J.1998#80
Last Kiss1999#1
Soldier Of Love1999#14
Light Years2000#37
Of The Girl2000#78
Nothing as It Seems2000#88
Thumbing My Way2002#4
Save You2002#5
I Am Mine2002#25
All or None2002#29
Love Boat Captain2002#36
You Are2002#45
Can't Keep2002#51
Cropduster2002#77
Green Disease2002#85
Bu$hleaguer2002#88
Parachutes2006#71
The Fixer2009#21
Just Breathe2009#46
Amongst the Waves2009#73
Unthought Known2009#90
The End2010#31


84. Throwing Muses - Bright Yellow Gun


83. Silverchair - Pure Massacre

Previous entriesYearPosition
Israel's Son1995#90
Freak1997#68
Miss You Love1999#10
Ana's Song (Open Fire)1999#27
The Greatest View2002#83
Without You2002#96


82. The Pharcyde - Runnin'


81. The Chemical Brothers - Life Is Sweet

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hey Boy Hey Girl1999#62
Galvanize (with Q-Tip)2004#23

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80. Pulp - F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.

Previous entriesYearPosition
Help the Aged1997#35
This Is Hardcore1998#11
The Fear1998#12


79. Regurgitator - Track 1

Previous entriesYearPosition
FSO1996#81
Polyester Girl1997#25
! (The Song Formerly Known As)1997#40
Everyday Formula1997#86
Happiness1999#95
Superstraight2001#99
Blood And Spunk2007#45
Into the Night2011#35
Born Dumb2011#42
Devil Spell2011#62


78. Ben Folds Five - Underground

Previous entriesYearPosition
Brick1997#8
Army1999#67


77. Radiohead - The Bends

Previous entriesYearPosition
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


76. Sonic Youth - Washing Machine


75. The Pharcyde - Drop

Previous entriesYearPosition
Runnin'1995#82


74. Chris Isaak - Somebody's Crying


73. Blur - Dan Abnormal

Previous entriesYearPosition
Song 21997#23
Death Of A Party1997#80
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93


72. Garbage - Only Happy When It Rains

Previous entriesYearPosition
When I Grow Up1998#48
Push It1998#59
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)2001#33


71. Pulp - Disco 2000

Previous entriesYearPosition
F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.1995#80
Help the Aged1997#35
This Is Hardcore1998#11
The Fear1998#12

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70. Rancid - Time Bomb


69. Oasis - She's Electric

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hey Now!1995#91


68. Daft Punk - Da Funk

Previous entriesYearPosition
One More Time (with Romanthony)2000#64
Something About Us2001#43
Harder Better Faster Stronger2001#88
Veridis Quo2001#93
Harder Better Faster Stronger (Alive 2007)2007#91
Starboy (with The Weeknd)2016#61
I Feel It Coming (with The Weeknd)2016#74


67. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Kitty

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mach 51996#69


66. Blur - Country House

Previous entriesYearPosition
Dan Abnormal1995#73
Song 21997#23
Death Of A Party1997#80
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93


65. Skunkhour - Up To Our Necks In It


64. Pulp - Bar Italia

Previous entriesYearPosition
Disco 20001995#71
F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.1995#80
Help the Aged1997#35
This Is Hardcore1998#11
The Fear1998#12


63. The Cruel Sea - Anybody But You

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cocaine2001#67


62. Garbage - Queer

Previous entriesYearPosition
Only Happy When It Rains1995#72
When I Grow Up1998#48
Push It1998#59
Cherry Lips (Go Baby Go!)2001#33


61. Buffalo Tom - Summer

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60. Radiohead - Street Spirit (Fade Out)

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58


59. Teenage Fanclub - Sparky's Dream


58. TISM - What Nationality Is Les Murray?

Previous entriesYearPosition
Whatareya?1998#28
Five Yards2001#80


57. Pulp - Common People

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bar Italia1995#64
Disco 20001995#71
F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E.1995#80
Help the Aged1997#35
This Is Hardcore1998#11
The Fear1998#12


56. Passengers feat. Luciano Pavarotti - Miss Sarajevo

Previous entries [U2]YearPosition
Beautiful Day2000#12
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of2000#32
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own2004#12
Vertigo2004#52
XXX. (with Kendrick Lamar)2017#72


55. Tricky - Black Steel


54. Oasis - Morning Glory

Previous entriesYearPosition
She's Electric1995#69
Hey Now!1995#91


53. Buffalo Tom - Sparklers

Previous entriesYearPosition
Summer1995#61


52. Fishmans - ナイトクルージング

Previous entriesYearPosition
Long Season1996#5
新しい人1996#15
BABY BLUE1996#60
WALKING IN THE RHYTHM1997#10
ゆらめき IN THE AIR1998#71


51. Foo Fighters - Big Me

Previous entriesYearPosition
Everlong1997#13
Monkey Wrench1997#32
My Hero1997#74
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41
Shame Shame2020#65

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50. Oasis - Champagne Supernova

♫ Slowly walking down the hall, faster than a cannonball, where were you while we were getting high? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Morning Glory1995#54
She's Electric1995#69
Hey Now!1995#91

I've heard this song so many times that it really has become muscle memory, I really only included it in my playlists preparing the list as a formality more than anything else. When a song is cut down for a radio edit to a still quite long 5:08, you know that it's a long boi to begin with, and fyi I only have the album version on file.

49. Mental As Anything - Mr Natural

♫ I don't drive no car, I live by the stars ♫

Reading "Mr" without the dot looks completely wrong even though it's apparently the correct UK contraction of the word. Even stranger is that I certainly did not anticipate recognising a Mental As Anything song released this late, as I have known this song for presumably many years without recalling what it was.

48. 311 - Down

♫ If I ever didn't thank you, you, then just let me do it now ♫

Okay so you've been hit with '90s ska punk today, and naturally now it's time for some funk rap rock metal whatever the heck this is. I get it, this is tacky, but there's a wholesomeness to it in that it's written to bring together the older and the newer sections of the band's fanbase. Also the chorus is catchy.

47. Blur - He Thought of Cars

♫ He thought of cars and where, where to drive them, and who to drive them with, but there, there was no one, no one ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Country House1995#66
Dan Abnormal1995#73
Song 21997#23
Death Of A Party1997#80
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93

Blur are almost exclusively a singles artist for me which is weird in a way because those singles happen to include some of the most important rock songs in my upbringing. Hence when I listen to deeper cuts such as these album tracks for the purpose of research, part of me wonders if some of these could have been pushed further commercially (or instead of the singles that were chosen) and just how much success and influence those decisions may have had. Where "Dan Abnormal" is perhaps a bit too repetitive and "Country House" doesn't quite nail the mark like it perhaps should, this locks the listener into an excellent groove complemented by the subtle trumpet bit.

46. OMC - How Bizarre

♫ Destination unknown as we pull in for some gas, a freshly pasted poster reveals a smile from the past ♫

Jamie Lawson's great inspiration was a worldwide smash in 1995, giving the NZ group a relatively short period of stardom. Much like many one-hit wonders this decade it's a song I've always known back to front growing up, but in this case really only properly appreciated when I joined this forum. Hmmm, that is fairly peculiar.

45. No Doubt - Don't Speak

♫ Don't speak I know just what you're saying, so please stop explaining, don't tell me 'cause it hurts ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Ex-Girlfriend2000#60
Hella Good2001#46

Speaking of quintessential '90s hits, this song isn't just an absolute jam, but without it we would surely have never had "Hollaback Girl" so it's good for multiple reasons. Gwen's vocals are dynamite all over but she really lets it rip towards the end.

44. The Smashing Pumpkins - Bullet With Butterfly Wings

♫ Despite all my rage, I am still just a rat in a…. CAAAAAAAAAAAAAGE ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tonight, Tonight1995#88
For Martha1998#37
Appels + Oranjes1998#65

Another track with some noteworthy vocals. Billy might not always be the most technically proficient or aurally stunning vocalist, but there's something about his style that just clicks so well with the loud guitars here. Perhaps has lost its shine a little bit for me over the years but still so potent.

43. Pop! feat. Angie Hart - Tingly

♫ And I won't stop waiting for you now, 'til I grow old until I die ♫

Amy Flower was part of a band called About Six Feet which I have not heard of, but I do know of her project Pop! which appeared to have just one song titled "Tingly". This track enlists Frente! vocalist Angie Hart, this is presumably because !!! would not form until 1996 which would of course then give Frente! some exclamation mark opposition. Amy started a Twitter account for the project several months back (on which she puts the word band in quotes, ha) and it's all sorts of wholesome. It has even led to a second Pop! song released at the start of this month which also features Angie Hart ("Waiting"). She has spent the past week plugging it on Twitter in the hope that maybe a few people will manually vote for it in the H100. Sadly I didn't think it was that great but it really brightened up my day to discover its existence

42. The Melniks - Drew Romance

♫ Well I wouldn't find it out, running round and running with you ♫

"Tingly" was at least almost a hit sort of, meanwhile The Melniks might be one of the most obscure artists to ever make a top 100 EOY list of mine. I am the only person listening to them at the moment on last.fm, they have absolutely zero presence on Spotify, and a lot of the limited information about them on the internet seems quite dated and very esoteric (despite being quite helpful). This was a song that I've known since my uni days and played it quite a lot to the point where the loud riffs eventually sunk in.

41. Radiohead - Planet Telex

♫ You can force it but it will stay stone, you can crush it as dry as a bone ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Street Spirit (Fade Out)1995#60
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

It was initially hard to remember which track this was from the album because the title is never sung but I quickly remembered it as the "everything is broken" song. Admittedly it's a lot easier when you listen to the album in order because it's harder to miss as the first track. The effects on the piano sound great and then the '90s-esque riffs come in and dominate the track.

40. Radiohead - Black Star

♫ What are we coming to? I just don't know anymore ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Planet Telex1995#41
Street Spirit (Fade Out)1995#60
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

Among the first songs Nigel Godrich would ever produce for the band which is a big deal. The acoustic guitar riff for some reason reminds me of the Scrubs theme song, but probably more accurately it's just very very very '90s and not something Radiohead would ever have done after this album. The grungey chorus is so great and really makes for one of the album's catchiest moments.

39. Foo Fighters - This Is A Call

♫ Fingernails are pretty, fingernails are good, seems that all they ever wanted was a marking ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Big Me1995#51
Everlong1997#13
Monkey Wrench1997#32
My Hero1997#74
See You1997#91
New Way Home1997#94
Enough Space1997#99
Learn To Fly1999#18
Stacked Actors1999#28
Generator1999#38
Fraternity1999#89
Low2002#1
All My Life2002#11
Times Like These2002#14
Have It All2002#68
No Way Back2005#37
Best Of You2005#56
Resolve2005#87
The Pretender2007#55
White Limo2011#18
Rope2011#41
Shame Shame2020#65

This is where it all started for one of the biggest rock bands in my lifetime - their first single from their first album. It's hard to imagine that Dave Grohl was writing a whole bunch of different songs while Nirvana were still a thing, and then after Kurt Cobain's tragic demise, this was one of the first things he wrote. I say that because it's so bubbly and full of personality, and not at all what I would have expected if I was an avid music follower in 1995 and not a baby.

38. Glide - Why You Asking?

♫ Bite into the apple and look to spit it out, see into a life they couldn't start to dream about ♫

Glide are maybe slightly less obscure than The Melniks but we're still in fairly similar territory here. They toured with the likes of Blur and Lash during their time mostly in the '90s, which tragically came crashing down in 1999 when singer William Arthur suffered a fatal overdose. This could pass as a "The Bends" b-side if it was covered by Goo Goo Dolls or something.

37. Stereolab - Sadistic

♫ You have done me no service, no you have not helped me, all you did was confuse but not enlighten my mind ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Cybele's Reverie1996#29

I knew within about 20 seconds of first hearing this in my big playlist that this would land in the list. Less of a scenic journey than "Cybele's Reverie" and more of an express train pushing through at speed.

36. The Amps - Tipp City

♫ Everything dispensed that we missed, the busting studs said it was good ♫

Without knowing much about The Amps I saw this as some sort of outsider garage band, except that comment would imply that it's not competently put together, which couldn't be further from the truth. It's messy and lo-fi as heck but fully self-aware. This side project of Kim Deal's (of The Breeders) only released one album from which this was the only single, but what a rocker it is.

35. Supergrass - I'd Like to Know

♫ I like to wake up in the middle of a dream with you, going up and down I'm always looking for a better view ♫

I can't say I'm a huge Supergrass fan by any stretch but it turns out they can do this type of thing very well. Sure the chorus is rather repetitive but the pay-off is absolutely there.

34. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Peaches

♫ Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downtown ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Kitty1995#67
Mach 51996#69

My mum frigging loved this song, in fact we listened to this whole album quite a lot even if it was mainly the few big tracks that we bothered to pay attention to. It's so utterly quirky which at least partly makes up for the band's un-Googleability.

33. TISM - All Homeboys Are Dickheads

♫ A baseball cap and a love of rap might need sympathy but still, possibly a homeboy could be a dickhead pure and simple ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
What Nationality Is Les Murray?1995#58
Whatareya?1998#28
Five Yards2001#80

TISM occupy such a fascinating microcosm within Australian music that although preempted my independent exploration of music, their quirks can still easily be enjoyed in a 2021 context given that Australian culture doesn't change anywhere near as much as perhaps people think it does. I absolutely love the vision of the late Les Murray delivering a brief message mostly in Hungarian on behalf of the band to accept their ARIA award for this album. This could easily have been a vote for the song title because it's hilarious just on its own, but then the song is more of their creative songwriting at its finest.

32. iNsuRge - Political Prisoners

♫ For it's nothing but the state protecting the rich from the poor, ever since we lost our common ground that's what the law's been for ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Speculator1996#33

It's normal to feel déjà vu because iNsuRge almost land the same position two years in a row. I'm really not sure which song I prefer, or at least it's very close, with "Speculator" maybe rocking a bit harder but this has more interesting instrumentation choices. I'm certainly looking mostly at the weird piano bit which reminds me of this keyboard song I played at primary school which I think was called Celtic Sunrise.

31. Everclear - Santa Monica

♫ We could live beside the ocean, leave the fire behind, swim out past the breakers, watch the world die ♫

My '90s lists have had their fair share of inescapable / quintessential hits of the time, and this is way up the tree when it comes to that. I've been patient with many other Everclear songs but sadly I am only able to settle for the one that I've known all along.

30. Radiohead - Fake Plastic Trees

♫ But I can help the feeling, I could blow through the ceiling if I just turn and run ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Black Star1995#40
Planet Telex1995#41
Street Spirit (Fade Out)1995#60
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

I'm slightly torn on this one because it just misses out on a grand climax to become truly top-tier Radiohead in my opinion. However there's no denying the effectiveness of Thom's vocal performance here and although it does some heavy lifting, the guitar work is also sublime throughout.

29. Blur - Charmless Man

♫ Educated the expensive way, he knows his claret from his Beaujolais ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
He Thought of Cars1995#47
Country House1995#66
Dan Abnormal1995#73
Song 21997#23
Death Of A Party1997#80
Beetlebum1997#88
Coffee & TV1999#5
Tender1999#93

It kind of feels like Blur have flopped with this era but "Charmless Man" is still very much top-tier when I think of them. Notable in my iTunes library because for some reason it has the "Leisure" album cover attached to it even though that's a completely different album and I can never be bothered to change it (iconic <3).

28. Skee-Lo - I Wish

♫ Her boyfriend's tall and he plays ball so how am I gonna compete with that? ♫

I'm certainly at the point with these lists that I can never quite judge if I could have heard a certain song at the time if it wasn't in my mum and dad's immediate wheelhouse and/or wasn't a decent hit. I suppose this made waves mostly overseas and only cracked the lower 50 here so I'm guessing this is completely brand new. It's certainly such a discovery for me though, a cheerful and pop-friendly rap tune dealing with the turmoil of feeling inadequate and insecure. It deals with the anguish in such an optimistic light not unlike "i" many years after it, and I think it absolutely nails the landing.

27. No Doubt - Just A Girl

♫ I can't do the little things I hold so dear, 'cause it's all those little things that I fear ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Don't Speak1995#45
Ex-Girlfriend2000#60
Hella Good2001#46

Okay so I can now say that the big four No Doubt songs have all landed on my EOY lists, and I've probably always felt this was the best of the lot well before even commencing this process. The punk-adjacent chorus clicks with me so much as does the brilliantly catchy synth line that kicks into gear after the chorus. So thrilling all these years later.

26. Chris Isaak - Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing

♫ You ever toss and turn, you're lying awake and thinking about the one you love? I don't think so ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Somebody's Crying1995#74

I'm not sure why but in my childhood brain I always associated Chris Isaak as the '90s era of music's answer to Elvis Presley, that might be completely off base and only considering his unique vocal style but oh well. I'm really surprised this was nowhere near as big of a worldwide hit as "Wicked Game" (heck, even "Somebody's Crying" for that matter) because I associate this even more with him. Or maybe I just think that it's better, idk.

25. Yothu Yindi - Jailbreak

♫ There was a friend of mine on murder, and the judge's gavel fell, jury found him guilty, gave 'em sixteen years in hell ♫

Such an important voice in Australian music that, as every year goes on, feels more and more influential for the industry as a whole. And for very different reasons at least part of that could apply to AC/DC as well, as it appears that this was part of an AC/DC covers album which also saw Regurgitator do a version of "Back In Black", Ed Kuepper cover "Highway To Hell" and a version of "T.N.T." by Frenzal Rhomb which I simply had to try.

24. Buffalo Tom - Sunday Night

♫ Where's the solace you can find at the bottom of your mind? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sparklers1995#53
Summer1995#61

Some slow burners can still very much click with me when researching these lists if I just happen to really vibe with it on that first runthrough. Because my Spotify songs to try playlist is sorted A-Z by song title (rather than by artist so that I don't end up hearing the same band 10 times in a row etc.), I first heard "Sparklers" and not long after this came on (I already had "Summer" in my iTunes library). "Sparklers" at that time felt like the better song because it gets to the point a bit quicker, but this ultimately has the way bigger pay-off with the devastating emotion in the chorus. I would guess that Bill Janovitz's vocals might not be to everyone's tastes but there's just so much raw conviction here and it's absolutely justifying of the six minute runtime.

23. Three 6 Mafia - Break da Law '95

♫ Gotta grab 'em cause I think he's bailin', lay 'em down, no remorse, come with me to hell ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tear da Club Up '971997#89

Whether this is the clear link and I'm just an idiot I'm not sure (well yes but), Three 6 Mafia are very much held up as one of the more influential acts for present day hip hop, and at the same time with modern production this could easily have come out in 2021. The flow and beats feel way ahead of their time and the rapping from all involved is just so dynamic.

22. Elliott Smith - Christian Brothers

♫ Nightmares become me, it's so f**king clear ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waltz #2 (XO)1998#10
Memory Lane2004#54

This really snuck up on me and I'm not quite sure how, other than to say that Elliott Smith is a bit of a master when it comes to writing heartfelt ballads. Actually not about religion at all but about a type of brandy, titled as such because it's a song about Elliott standing up to his stepfather with the help of alcohol. It's a pretty angry and emotional track that almost feels like it's delivered through gritted teeth.

21. Supergrass - Alright

♫ Are we like you? I can't be sure, of the scene as she turns, we are strange in our worlds ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I'd Like to Know1995#35

Some songs can be intricately explained as good by pointing out various aspects of the instrumentation, production and/or songwriting, and some songs are just "Alright" by Supergrass. It's like they found the cheat code to music because no Britpop song is allowed to be this catchy surely?? Just masterful work.

20. Swans - I Am the Sun

♫ And I am the sun (I love everyone) and I am the light (I love everyone) ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
A Little God In My Hands2014#22
Oxygen2014#37

Swans were on a streak of well-received albums in the early to mid-'90s that they would not replicate for another couple decades or so. "I Am the Sun" comes from "The Great Annihilator" which is itself a companion record to Michael Gira's solo record released that year.

19. Grinspoon - Sickfest

♫ Train your mind to believe all that you say ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Post Enebriated Anxiety1996#42
Just Ace1997#27
DC X 31997#39
More Than You Are1998#24
Ready 11999#8
Better Off Dead1999#60
Lost Control2002#7
No Reason2002#60
Chemical Heart2002#69
Better Off Alone2004#72
Black Tattoo2007#53
Dogs2009#42
Summer2010#44
Comeback2010#47
Passerby2012#28
Battleground2012#52

Much like "This Is A Call" except the scaled back Australian version of that, and also of course Grinspoon's backstory is way different to that of Foo Fighters. The very first winners of the triple j Unearthed competition back in 1995 which they won with this song, the band named themselves after Dr. Lester Grinspoon, a Harvard professor who was advocating for medicinal marijuana. "Sickfest" is raw and full of potential that the band would then go onto to well and truly fulfil as you can see with their iconic EOY history.

18. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Aeroplane

♫ I'm overcoming gravity, I'm overcoming gravity, it's easy when you're sad to be, it's easy when you're sad, sad like me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Road Trippin'1999#6
Californication1999#12
Otherside1999#13
Around The World1999#19
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

I was thinking this should have ended up higher than it did, mainly because of the extent to which I consider it a go-to in RHCP's catalogue. Rick Rubin continues on production of "One Hot Minute" but otherwise the album is quite a departure from "Blood Sugar Sex Magik", whereby John Frusciante left in between the albums and the band at the time were grappling with the full effects of drug addition. Flea's child Clara as well as 20 other kids are on backup vocal duties as the so-called "Aeroplane Kids" which I think at least is a lot more wholesome. It all comes together really well, with the bright riffs and catchy melody somewhat distracting from the dark lyrical content.

17. Paul Weller - You Do Something to Me

♫ Hanging on the wire yeah, I'm waiting for my change ♫

I knew that Paul Weller was in The Jam but I did not know he was also part of The Style Council as well. His sort-of second appearance today because he provided backing vocals on "Champagne Supernova". This was a lovely discovery and this album would go on to become his best selling record of his career, hitting the top of the charts in the UK ahead of Take That and Supergrass.

16. Radiohead - High And Dry

♫ Drying up in conversation, you will be the one who cannot talk ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fake Plastic Trees1995#30
Black Star1995#40
Planet Telex1995#41
Street Spirit (Fade Out)1995#60
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

Perhaps I have never given this song the credit or attention it deserves until now, maybe because I've always preferred the next album that was to come and this always just an entrée in my Radiohead listening. Specifically within this track listing, this might not stand out for doing anything particularly different or groundbreaking but it's such a compelling piece of songwriting.

15. Green Day - Geek Stink Breath

♫ Every hour my blood is turning sour, and my pulse is beating out of time ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)1997#5
Hitchin' A Ride1997#9
King For A Day1997#22
Uptight1997#44
Redundant1997#53
Nice Guys Finish Last1997#64
The Grouch1997#73
Waiting2000#36
Warning2000#58
Minority2000#70
American Idiot2004#36
Jesus Of Suburbia2004#40
Wake Me Up When September Ends2004#69
Boulevard Of Broken Dreams2004#79
21 Guns2009#61
21st Century Breakdown2009#78

Straight up punk brilliance from an album that I didn't think had much depth to it, especially when it's either side of two of the band's best LPs. A song that doesn't just loosely reference drug culture, it's quite literally about drug usage which is pretty hard to ignore from reading the lyrics.

14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds & Kylie Minogue - Where The Wild Roses Grow

♫ From the first day I saw her I knew she was the one, she stared in my eyes and smiled, for her lips were the colour of the roses, that grew down the river, all bloody and wild ♫

Previous entries [Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds]YearPosition
Stagger Lee1996#13
Death Is Not the End (with Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey & Kylie Minogue)1996#57
Henry Lee (with PJ Harvey)1996#59
Into My Arms1997#2
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

Previous entries [Kylie Minogue]YearPosition
Death Is Not the End (with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan & PJ Harvey)1996#57
Did It Again1997#60
Some Kind of Bliss1997#77
Red Blooded Woman2003#71

Perhaps unfairly I've always seen this as the inferior sibling to "Into My Arms" which doesn't make sense since they're from different albums and one is a duet while the other is not. But anyway, enough of my usual internal monologue nonsense, Kylie Minogue's vocals are something to behold here and the chemistry between her and Nick makes the track as revered as it is.

13. U2 - Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me

♫ Oh no don't be shy, you don't have to go blind ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Miss Sarajevo (with Luciano Pavarotti)1995#56
Beautiful Day2000#12
Stuck in a Moment You Can't Get Out Of2000#32
Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own2004#12
Vertigo2004#52
XXX. (with Kendrick Lamar)2017#72

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X00djifIj9s

12. Sonic Youth - The Diamond Sea

♫ Look into his eyes and you shall see, why everything is quiet and nothing's free ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Washing Machine1995#76

A younger and more naïve version of myself thought that the radio edit was simply enough here and that I'd never want to listen to the nearly 20-minute album version. Don't worry, nothing's changed... except that if I had more time before this brod I would have actually given the long version a go just so I have something to say about it here. Oh well.

11. TISM - (He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River

♫ I saw his body thrashing round, I saw his pulse rate going down, I saw him in convulsive throes, I said "I'll have one of those" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
All Homeboys Are Dickheads1995#33
What Nationality Is Les Murray?1995#58
Whatareya?1998#28
Five Yards2001#80

TISM were never too far away from treading a fine line, and although they probably wanted to call this song "I'm on the drug that killed River Phoenix" as it's the main hook and literally on the artwork as such, the song title they ended up with is done with even more of a wink. It's safe to say this decision still didn't please everybody, with fellow EOY entrant Flea being not too pleased about the band's song. Their biggest hit, a ridiculously fun one at that, and lol the a-c review page for this is a bit underwhelming hey :p

10. The Smashing Pumpkins - 1979

♫ WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Bullet With Butterfly Wings1995#44
Tonight, Tonight1995#88
For Martha1998#37
Appels + Oranjes1998#65

Speaking of the biggest hits of a band, this was The Smashing Pumpkins' highest peaking entry in the US but surprisingly not the UK ("Tonight, Tonight") or even here ("The End is the Beginning is the End" apparently, really?). To me this is the big one, accessible but clever. Featuring loops and samples of previous songs from the band, written about when Corgan was 12 years old and was transitioning into adolescence.

9. Oasis - Roll With It

♫ I think I've got a feeling I've lost inside, I think I'm gonna take me away and hide, I'm thinking of things that I just can't abide ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Champagne Supernova1995#50
Morning Glory1995#54
She's Electric1995#69
Hey Now!1995#91

I watched a Netflix doco on the Britpop war during the last lockdown and although I'm sure I would have been fully entrenched in it if I was not a baby at the time, the class divide where one would feel compelled to pick a side based on more than just the music is a shame. I say that because if I was English I'd be more likely to live in London than Manchester [s]and support a proper football team rather than a plastic oil-funded club or a bunch no-hopers[/s], and to me Oasis put more runs on the board this year than Blur did. That's right, I just referenced two sports in the one sentence, I will never change.

8. Oasis - Wonderwall

♫ There are many things that I would like to say to you but I don't know how ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Roll With It1995#9
Champagne Supernova1995#50
Morning Glory1995#54
She's Electric1995#69
Hey Now!1995#91

sorry

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers - My Friends

♫ I love all of you, hurt by the cold, so hard and lonely too, when you don't know yourself ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Aeroplane1995#18
Road Trippin'1999#6
Californication1999#12
Otherside1999#13
Around The World1999#19
Scar Tissue1999#41
Parallel Universe1999#46
Can't Stop2002#16
By the Way2002#42
Universally Speaking2002#59
Dosed2002#62
Minor Thing2002#72
Warm Tape2002#74
The Zephyr Song2002#81
Fortune Faded2003#58
Dani California2006#2
Desecration Smile2006#33
Hard to Concentrate2006#73
The Adventures Of Rain Dance Maggie2011#67

"Warped" is such a weird first single when "Aeroplane" and this exist, anyway this was eventually chosen as the second single and only due to the hype that would usually come from a return single this was unable to outpeak "Warped" in Australia. Nonetheless this is absolutely a staple for the band, if I came up with 50 different setlists I'd like to see from the band this would appear in all 50 of them.

6. TISM - Greg! The Stop Sign!!

♫ The rich kid becomes a junkie, the poor kid an advertiser, what a tragic waste of potential, being a junkie's not so good either ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
(He'll Never Be An) Ol' Man River1995#11
All Homeboys Are Dickheads1995#33
What Nationality Is Les Murray?1995#58
Whatareya?1998#28
Five Yards2001#80

Where to start with this one? There's the hilarious ARIA Awards video which saw babyfaced Mick Molloy and Tony Martin awkwardly get into a lift while they were playing; to the incredible music video where they were dancing at Moorabbin Oval including many St Kilda Football Club references, and did a spoof of Margaret & David At The Movies. Yes, they were the most Australian band ever.

5. Radiohead - Just

♫ You do it to yourself you do, and that's what really hurts, is that you do it to yourself just you, you and no one else ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
High And Dry1995#16
Fake Plastic Trees1995#30
Black Star1995#40
Planet Telex1995#41
Street Spirit (Fade Out)1995#60
The Bends1995#77
Karma Police1997#1
Paranoid Android1997#3
Exit Music (For A Film)1997#6
Electioneering1997#7
Lucky1997#11
Airbag1997#14
No Surprises1997#15
Subterranean Homesick Alien1997#19
The Tourist1997#26
Let Down1997#46
Climbing Up The Walls1997#55
Idioteque2000#2
The National Anthem2000#40
Optimistic2000#52
Everything In Its Right Place2000#54
How To Disappear Completely2000#89
Knives Out2001#9
Pyramid Song2001#12
True Love Waits2001#26
Pulk/Pull Revolving Doors2001#32
Packt Like Sardines In A Crushd Tin Box2001#60
I Might Be Wrong2001#73
There There2003#4
Go To Sleep2003#52
2+2=52003#60
Nude2007#2
Jigsaw Falling Into Place2007#8
15 Step2007#33
Bodysnatchers2007#43
All I Need2007#66
Reckoner2007#81
Lotus Flower2011#20
Burn the Witch2016#13
Decks Dark2016#44
Daydreaming2016#58

Just under four minutes of simply thrilling rock music that if not for "OK Computer"'s existence would probably be seen as more influential and seminal for the band. As it turns out too it's still very much a favourite with me which very much does not leave it ambiguous as to whose fault it is.

4. The Presidents Of The United States Of America - Lump

♫ Small thing's so sad that birds could land, is lump fast asleep or rockin' out with the band? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Peaches1995#34
Kitty1995#67
Mach 51996#69

Weird Al Yankovic's "Gump" is one of his all-time best parodies because it pairs a very topical film with a very popular rock song of the time that otherwise would have nothing to do with one another. The Presidents were seen as an oddity of a band as so many of their tracks were tongue-in-cheek, but the fame they received right from day one with this debut album saw them have a number of years in the spotlight as one of the most interesting bands going around. And yeah this is catchy af.

3. Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger

♫ And so Sally can wait, she knows it's too late as we're walking on by ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Wonderwall1995#8
Roll With It1995#9
Champagne Supernova1995#50
Morning Glory1995#54
She's Electric1995#69
Hey Now!1995#91

Very much the ole switcheroo has taken place, because it has taken me some time to reflect on Oasis (who almost exclusively exist in my mind in 1995 given my lack of interest in anything else they've ever done), and also that "Wonderwall" and "Roll With It" are probably songs I've spent more time with. Completely off topic but lol that this made #1 and "Wonderwall" #2 in the UK, I don't even know the song that beat "Wonderwall" Back on topic, the pay-off in the chorus is an absolute delight.

2. Coolio feat. L.V. - Gangsta's Paradise

♫ I'm 23 now but will I live to see 24? The way things is goin', I don't know ♫

Hear me out, "Amish Paradise" is an even more brilliant Weird Al parody than "Gump", but that's not the reason neither of the originals are in the top 5 nor why this is higher as well. Coolio released his second album named after this song and this became one of the biggest hits of all time. The production from Doug Rasheed is clearly done well, bringing in Coolio's rap flow and the original tune in such a masterful way. Sampling and closely interpolating Stevie Wonder's "Pastime Paradise" which is such a weird listen in context, it also features the brilliant vocals of L.V. who would similarly go on to live in the shadows of this song's success beyond 1995. And, although this may sound dismissive and/or premature, ALL of '90s hip hop lives in the shadow of this song.

1. Dave Graney 'n' the Coral Snakes - Rock 'N' Roll Is Where I Hide

♫ Actually, what a place to hide. I mean, say you were a spy, an undercover man, somebody on the run, what better place to disappear? What a cover, a lead singer in a rock and roll band ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
The Birds and the Goats1995#94

The year is 2013, I've just been recommended this song from Hijinx. Okay, I thought, let's give this a go, he's usually on the mark. Complete digression to insert as well, I do remember putting this on as I was eating my lunch one day and about to drive from uni to a job interview that would end up completely changing the course of my life. ANYWAY... around about the same time as well, I've realised that "Roses" by Outkast was a serious omission in my iTunes library and we all know by now how much I love that song. From the second or third listen it was remarkable just how those two songs work in similar ways, with the instrumentation locking you in within four or five minutes and then just riding out into the sunset for another minute. This is just, wow. Graney rambles on and on about an itinerant cowboy figure who doesn't know where they belong, other than he clearly takes immense pride in being quite different and gets a kick out of people who comment on his weirdness. Then there's this acceptance that he stands out so he owns it, and to him that's the ultimate disguise of all. And... well, I get it, by the 3124th time he says "and they think he thinks I think we think you think she thinks he / she / we can't be seen" it can get a bit mindbending, but not as mindbending as the guitar work. Oh, the riffs on this are simply sublime. Like I was alluding to before, it all comes down to the big outro which the band seems to extend in some live performances but sadly doesn't go on long enough in the studio version. Absolutely in the conversation for the best songs ever to come out of this country, and what a glorious perfect oddity this is.

As per the broadcast calendar thread 7pm tomorrow night will be my 2021 EOY broadcast. Numbers 100-51 will be tomorrow, with the top 50 to be broadcasted the same time Thursday night
I was away when this was broadcast, but this is a fine 1995 list indeed irelander. Looking forward to the 2021 one.
thanks mate glad to hear it
Wow, I really wish I'd remembered to tune in for the '95 broadcast too. Amazing to think that so many of my own personal favourites came from just the one year, but you seem to have most of them featured here.

Also, Bad Hair Day is probably my favourite Weird Al album and TISM are one of the bands I'm most disappointed to have never seen live. I'll be there tomorrow though!
Will be putting a few tunes on at about 6:40 with everything kicking off at 7pm AEDT

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2021

Gotta do better than last year, that's my motto.

2020 was a year of reflection and growth in the face of turmoil and devastation, and by comparison, 2021 was a year of further improvement and positivity in the face of stagnation.

Pretending to be shocked, the dogs remain adorable. Harry is technically no longer a puppy but he's still a puppy. Daisy is still very much the matriarch and a rather noisy one at that. Work kept me at home for much of the year, which other than spending less on coffee and fuel and seeing the puppies more often, doesn't really change my day to day all that much. We're building a new house down the road which we'll hopefully move into by the halfway point of this year but, given the obvious, we're not pinning any huge expectations on the timing. I was still able to see one solitary gig which was one more than the year before: King Gizzard all the way back in February, which was sort of my way of getting in while I had the chance. Watching and playing sport was a possibility at sporadic moments despite it being a bit compromised. When my local season was cut short I stayed a lot more active than the year before and I can already tell that I've benefited from it.

You could say that it was another year where I further pushed myself away from unwanted pessimism, division and animosity around me. Sure, there are things happening in the world that suck, and we're all entitled to our opinion on how we think those things can be avoided or mitigated. But, and I constantly wonder this regardless of political persuasion, if it's something entirely out of someone's control, why do people log onto social media day in day out fighting these pointless battles when it does nothing except to make themselves unhappy? More than ever before I think many people need to lower their expectations, relax, and just be kind. I suppose there were periods where even I checked out of Twitter and other places, but simply because it was making me tired rather than upset; because while I'm good at distancing myself emotionally, I'm still trying to find ways to do it without feeling exhausted as a result. Part of this are the mindfulness classes that I've been taking on and off for a while that were somewhat useful again in 2021.

A family member asked me the other day if I was still doing "the music thing". It made me reflect and realise that I've not dropped the ball whatsoever, and if anything the stats indicate that I'm listening to more music in a long time. If you included Spotify I'd certainly get closer to my uni years, but otherwise this was the most I've ever scrobbled since also working full-time. This perhaps reflected the working from home scenario for much of the year as well, but even in months where I was in the office, my scrobbles didn't suffer much as a result if at all. And on the chart front, if you exclude the early weeks of my chart when I expanded the size of my chart, three of the top five chart weeks ever in number of debuts all occurred last year, and a consecutive streak of 10+ debuts every week lasted nearly four months until it ended just this week. It was a great year for music, a smorgasbord of different sounds with so much diverse songwriting on show. Comparing with last year's list, there's perhaps a few more surprises in the top 100 this time around but the upper echelon of this list is quite frankly stacked.

I listened to 77 albums and 6 EPs which is slightly down on last year's mammoth effort but otherwise still pretty strong. They are all listed below, and as always I'm counting down the best 25 albums throughout the broadcast.

Stay safe, be happy, and hope you enjoy if you are following along.

Adele - 30
Baby Keem - The Melodic Blue
bbno$ - eat ya veggies
Billie Eilish - Happier Than Ever
black midi - Cavalcade
Blu - The Color Blu(e)
BROCKHAMPTON - ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE
Bruno Pernadas - Private Reasons
Children Collide - Time Itself
CHVRCHES - Screen Violence
Courtney Barnett - Things Take Time, Take Time
Crowded House - Dreamers Are Waiting
Dave - We're All Alone In This Together
Django Django - Glowing in the Dark
Drake - Certified Lover Boy
Dry Cleaning - New Long Leg
Feu! Chatterton - Palais d'Argile
Foo Fighters - Medicine at Midnight
For Those I Love - For Those I Love
Foxing - Draw Down the Moon
Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
Halsey - If I Can't Have Love, I Want Power
Holy Holy - Hello My Beautiful World
IDLES - CRAWLER
illuminati hotties - Let Me Do One More
Injury Reserve - By the Time I Get to Phoenix
Isaiah Rashad - The House Is Burning
J. Cole - The Off-Season
James Blake - Friends That Break Your Heart
Jungle - Loving In Stereo
Kanye West - Donda
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - Butterfly 3000
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - L.W.
Kings of Leon - When You See Yourself
La Luz - La Luz
Lana Del Rey - Blue Banisters
Lana Del Rey - Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Liars - The Apple Drop
Lil Nas X - MONTERO
Little Simz - Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Lord Huron - Long Lost
Low - HEY WHAT
Luke Hemmings - When Facing the Things We Turn Away From
Madlib - Sound Ancestors
Major Murphy - Access
Manchester Orchestra - The Million Masks of God
Middle Kids - Today We're The Greatest
Migos - Culture III
Modest Mouse - The Golden Casket
Nas - King's Disease II
Nas - Magic
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Carnage
Olivia Rodrigo - SOUR
Parquet Courts - Sympathy for Life
Pink Siifu - GUMBO'!
Pond - 9
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - Shyga! The Sunlight Mound
shame - Drunk Tank Pink
Silk Sonic - An Evening With Silk Sonic
Skegss - Rehearsal
SPELLLING - The Turning Wheel
St. Vincent - Daddy's Home
The Antlers - Green To Gold
The Armed - ULTRAPOP
The Black Keys - Delta Kream
The Jungle Giants - Love Signs
The Killers - Pressure Machine
The Murlocs - Bittersweet Demons
Tiny Little Houses - Misericorde
Tropical Fuck Storm - Deep States
Tyler, The Creator - CALL ME IF YOU GET LOST
Vince Staples - Vince Staples
Weezer - OK Human
Westminster Day Surgery - Super Happy Fun Land
Wolf Alice - Blue Weekend
You Am I - The Lives Of Others

Drake - Scary Hours 2 [EP]
Famous - The Valley [EP]
Metronomy - Posse EP Volume 1 [EP]
Sycco - Sycco's First EP [EP]
The Buoys - Unsolicited Advice for Your DIY Disaster [EP]
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - The Distance [EP]

There were some excellent songs that I need to shout out that due to being 2020 releases couldn't qualify for this list, and there ended up being 4 notable examples.

The Antlers - It Is What It Is
Architects - Animals
JID & Conway the Machine - Ballads
Sycco - Dribble
Top 300

1FamousStars
2FamousThe Beatles
3For Those I LoveBirthday / The Pain
4LiarsSekwar
5alt-JGet Better
6The HorrorsAgainst The Blade
7alt-JU&ME
8Joyner Lucas & Lil BabyRamen & OJ
9Crowded HouseLove Isn't Hard At All
10Freddie Gibbs feat. ScHoolboy QGang Signs
11Isaiah Rashad feat. Lil Uzi VertFrom The Garden
12Nick Cave & The Bad SeedsVortex
13Godspeed You! Black Emperor“GOVERNMENT CAME” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / cliffs’ gaze at empty waters’ rise / ASHES TO SEA or NEARER TO THEE
14Cardi BUp
15Lord HuronNot Dead Yet
16The AntlersGreen to Gold
17King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardK.G.L.W.
18The AntlersStubborn Man
19NgaiireHim
20BluBecause the Sky Is Blu(e)
21Raj MahalREDICLUS
22Jean Dawson feat. Mac DeMarcoMENTHOL*
23bbno$i remember
24Billie EilishOverHeated
25IDLESThe Wheel
26LiarsFrom What the Never Was
27Shygirl & slowthaiBDE
28flowerkidi met the devil at 4 years old
29Children CollideUh Oh
30La LuzIn the Country
31Tiny Little HousesSmartest Guy
32Manchester OrchestraThe Internet
33Isaiah RashadHeadshots (4r Da Locals)
34Major MurphyAttention
35Billie EilishHalley's Comet
36King StingrayGet Me Out
37Wet & Blood OrangeBound
38BOYFit Back In
39Crowded HouseShow Me The Way
40Internet Money, Lil Tecca & Lil MoseyJETSKI
41Pink Siifu feat. BbyMuthaBig Ole
42NasDeath Row East
43HalseyI am not a woman, I'm a god
44Tropical Fuck StormG.A.F.F.
45LowWhite Horses
46Kobie DeeAbout A Girl
47Uffiecool
48Rain Radio & DJ Craig GormanTalk About
49CHVRCHES feat. Robert SmithHow Not To Drown
50BROCKHAMPTON feat. Danny BrownBUZZCUT
51Tropical Fuck StormNew Romeo Agent
52The Lazy EyesCome On Let's Go
53Sylvan LaCue feat. Grandmaster VicPeter Pan
54bbno$ & Diamond Pistolshelp herself
55girl in redBody And Mind
56Manchester OrchestraKeel Timing
57Baby Keem & Travis Scottdurag activity
58shameStation Wagon
59Rich BrianSydney
60BROCKHAMPTONTHE LIGHT
61Flo MilliIce Baby
62IDLESWhen The Lights Come On
63The ArmedAN ITERATION
64Lil Baby feat. EST GeeReal As It Gets
65Wolf AliceThe Last Man On Earth
66Pearl CharlesOnly for Tonight
67Sly WithersClarkson
68James McMurtryCanola Fields
69Kills BirdsRabbit
70J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray​​m y . l i f e
71DJ DannyOn a Mountain (Flume remix)
72AlldayEyes On The Prize
73Teen Jesus and the Jean TeasersAHHHH!
74Arlo ParksHope
75MadGicMars Only pt. 3
76You Am IThe Waterboy
77Denzel CurryThe Game
78Nick Cave & Warren EllisHand of God
79The Lazy EyesWhere's My Brain???
80J Balvin & SkrillexIn Da Getto
81Nick Cave & Warren EllisBalcony Man
82Ocean AlleyTouch Back Down
83Billie EilishI Didn't Change My Number
84Silk SonicSmokin Out The Window
85PondToast
86Boyfrienders feat. DoglegThe Moment
87Dave feat. StormzyClash
88CLEWSWant You That Way
89Billie EilishBillie Bossa Nova
90GrouploveDeadline
91AodhanI'm Closed
92Westminster Day SurgeryDaisies
93CelesteTonight Tonight
94Megan Thee StallionEat It
95The AntlersJust One Sec
96IDLESThe Beachland Ballroom
97MigosAvalanche
98Billie EilishGetting Older
99Helado NegroThere Must Be a Song Like You
100Wolf AliceSmile
101boler manino patience
102Joy Orbison & Léa Senbetter
103La LuzThe Pines
104SabaZiplock
105Wet LegWet Dream
106For Those I LoveThe Myth / I Don't
107Nas40 Side
108Dave Winnel feat. Alst3nJungle Juice
109LiarsBig Appetite
110Baby Keem & Kendrick Lamarfamily ties
111Pink SiifuBACK'!
112IDK & OffsetSHOOT MY SHOT
113For Those I LoveLeave Me Not Love
114Crooked ColoursNo Sleep
115Lil Tjay & 6LACKCalling My Phone
116Wolf AliceDelicious Things
117Ruby FrostNever Be Your Baby
118BROCKHAMPTONDON'T SHOOT UP THE PARTY
119The RionsNight Light
120Freddie GibbsBig Boss Rabbit
121PUPWaiting
122LO'99 & Tough LoveWoo Dat
123For Those I LoveYou Stayed / To Live
124paris jackson feat. Manchester Orchestraadagio
125J. Cole & Bash u n g e r . o n . h i l l s i d e
126Totally Enormous Extinct DinosaursThe Distance
127Lisa MitchellZombie
128The VannsFeels Good Now
129CLEWSOverluck
130Billie EilishGOLDWING
131Major MurphyUnfazed
132Crowded HouseTo The Island
133Luke HemmingsMotion
134Middle KidsStacking Chairs
135Bruiser WolfDope Game $tupid
136Isaiah Rashad feat. AmindiAll Herb
137BugsDecisions, Commitments & Plans
138NasRare
139Majestic x Boney M.Rasputin
140Haiku Hands feat. Suburban DarkConclusions
141Manchester OrchestraBed Head
142Winona OakWinter Rain
143Pa Salieu feat. slowthaiGlidin'
144Animal CollectivePrester John
145English TeacherWallace
146BOYBette Davis Eyes
147Pink Siifu feat. Butch DawsonDoin Tew Much. (In My Mama Name)
148GodlandsOut My Face
149ArcaPrada
150Russ Millions x Tion WayneBody
151Modest MouseWe're Lucky
152Isaiah RashadRIP Young
153La LuzTale of My Lost Love
154Crowded HouseToo Good For This World
155Brent Faiyaz & DJ Dahi feat. Tyler, The CreatorGravity
156Nas feat. Eminem & EPMDEPMD 2
157You Am IRubbish Day
158Ghost CareKevin Garnett
159Tasman Keith & KwameONE
160Benny the Butcher & Harry Fraud feat. 2 ChainzPlug Talk
161Guided By VoicesFree Agents
162CHVRCHESNightmares
163Ed SheeranTides
164Pa Salieu feat. AitchBad
165SpoonThe Hardest Cut
166Migos & Cardi BType Shit
167Bass Drum Of Death & Eve 6you were right
168acloudyskyeApologies
169JIDSkegee
170Billie EilishOxytocin
171Hiatus KaiyoteChivalry Is Not Dead
172Kobie Dee feat. Peter JamesIn My Zone
173The Sanctuaryhold on
174MigosStraightenin
175flowerkid feat. KUČKAit's happening again
176Billie EilishLost Cause
177ACRAZE feat. CherishDo It To It
178Dry CleaningUnsmart Lady
179Flight FacilitiesThe Ghost
180Maxo Kream feat. Tyler, The CreatorBig Persona
181Agung Mango120fps
182Melbs bbWitches
183Lord HuronTwenty Long Years
184Go Dog GoThe Movie
185Tiny Little HousesI'm Doing Just The Best That I Can
186Silk SonicPut On A Smile
187Bad/LoveFeel Good
188illuminati hottiesPool Hopping
189Olivia Rodrigodrivers license
190Mick Jenkins feat. serpentwithfeetScottie Pippen
191The AntlersSolstice
192For Those I LoveYou Live / No One Like You
193Drake feat. Future & Young ThugWay 2 Sexy
194Yard ActDark Days
195SunkenShow Me Your Mind
196Kings of LeonWhen You See Yourself, Are You Far Away
197Clap Your Hands Say YeahCYHSY, 2005
198English TeacherR&B
199Billie EilishNDA
200The Colleagues feat. Freddie GibbsGimme the Loot
201AdeleLove Is A Game
202King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardSee Me
203YeekValencia
204Augie MarchClay
205Moaning LisaCold Water
206FroukjeOnbezonnen
207Teenage DadsPiano Girl
208Amyl and The SniffersHertz
209Lana Del ReyArcadia
210Metronomy x PintyHalf an Inch
211Genesis OwusuA Song About Fishing
212DrakeNo Friends In The Industry
213SnakehipsAll Over U
214Olivia Rodrigobrutal
215Aldous HardingOld Peel
216George AliceMid Years
217Justin Bieber feat. Daniel Caesar & GiveonPeaches
218SabaRich Don't Stop
219Feu! ChattertonMonde Nouveau
220IDKPeloton
221Love Regenerator & SolardoRollercoaster
222Still CornersWhite Sands
223Post MaloneMotley Crew
224SahxlC4
225Miso Extra1013
226James Vincent McMorrowPlanes in the Sky
227Tiny Little HousesCar Crash
228Bruno PernadasTheme Vision
229Modest MouseBack To The Middle
230Billie EilishYour Power
231Foxing737
232MastodonTeardrinker
233Young Franco & Tkay Maidza feat. NerveReal Nice (H.C.T.F.)
234Peach Tree Rascals & AG ClubPopeye
235SPELLLINGTurning Wheel
236Tyler, The Creator feat. Lil Uzi Vert & Pharrell WilliamsJUGGERNAUT
237NonameRainforest
238illuminati hottiesMMMOOOAAAAAYAYA
239Dry CleaningA.L.C
240Royal BloodBoilermaker
241Cousin Tony's Brand New FirebirdWhen This Is Over
242Art vs. ScienceSWEAT
243Nessa Barretti hope ur miserable until ur dead
244YeekFeels Like I'm Flying
245JungleKeep Moving
246bbno$resume
247The Goon SaxIn the Stone
248PalaceLover (Don't Let Me Down)
249Full Flower Moon BandYou Know the Mayor
250Genesis OwusuEasy
251illuminati hottiesCheap Shoes
252SkegssValhalla
253Children CollideMan of the People
254BugsDiamond
255For Those I LoveThe Shape of You
256Vince StaplesARE YOU WITH THAT?
257Angus & Julia StoneLove Song
258NasMeet Joe Black
259Children CollideTurrets
260RadioheadIf You Say the Word
261Doja CatGet Into It (Yuh)
262Mel Blue & Lola ScottYou're the Worst Thing To Happen To Me Since 1993
263King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardO.N.E
264Fred again.. & Baxter DuryBaxter (These Are My Friends)
265Modest MouseWe Are Between
266Tkay MaidzaSyrup
267Jordana & TV GirlSummer's Over
268Isaiah Rashad feat. YGTUTChad
269Bloc PartyTraps
270illuminati hottiesJoni: LA's No. 1 Health Goth
271Tyler, The Creator feat. YoungBoy Never Broke Again & Ty Dolla $ignWUSYANAME
272Party DozenThe Worker
273Biig PiigLavender
274Jasiah feat. Denzel Curry & Rico NastyArt of War
275San Holo feat. Chet Porteryou've changed, i've changed
276Wafia feat. Ta-ku & MasegoWide Open
277Godspeed You! Black EmperorA Military Alphabet (five eyes all blind) (4521.0kHz 6730.0kHz 4109.09kHz) / Job's Lament / First of the Last Glaciers / where we break how we shine (ROCKETS FOR MARY)
278JAY1Ocean
279The Amity AfflictionGive Up The Ghost
280Megan Thee StallionThot Shit
281Silk SonicLeave The Door Open
282Dugong Jr & Blush'koLove Lost
283The ArmedWHERE MAN KNOWS WANT
284Methyl EthelNeon Cheap
285DossStrawberry
286Beach HouseNew Romance
287MadlibThe Call
288Nas feat. Charlie WilsonNo Phony Love
289SPELLLINGBoys at School
290Future IslandsPeach
291bbno$ feat. Rich Brianedamame
292Wave RacerWhat Are We Waiting For?
293Goody Grace feat. Juicy JNorth
294Vera BlueTemper
295Parquet CourtsWalking at a Downtown Pace
296Meek Mill feat. A$AP FergMe (FWM)
297shame6/1
298Vince StaplesMHM
299DisclosureIn My Arms
300SyccoBest Before

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Albums top 25

1Billie EilishHappier Than Ever
2For Those I LoveFor Those I Love
3Isaiah RashadThe House Is Burning
4The AntlersGreen To Gold
5Crowded HouseDreamers Are Waiting
6LiarsThe Apple Drop
7Silk SonicAn Evening With Silk Sonic
8IDLESCRAWLER
9Pink SiifuGUMBO'!
10Manchester OrchestraThe Million Masks of God
11Tiny Little HousesMisericorde
12NasKing's Disease II
13King Gizzard & The Lizard WizardL.W.
14Dry CleaningNew Long Leg
15illuminati hottiesLet Me Do One More
16bbno$eat ya veggies
17Children CollideTime Itself
18Godspeed You! Black EmperorG_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
19Wolf AliceBlue Weekend
20Vince StaplesVince Staples
21shameDrunk Tank Pink
22You Am IThe Lives Of Others
23La LuzLa Luz
24Modest MouseThe Golden Casket
25Middle KidsToday We're The Greatest

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100. Wolf Alice - Smile

♫ I am what I am and I'm good at it ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fluffy2015#4
Silk2015#8
Giant Peach2015#91
Sky Musings2017#64
Planet Hunter2017#89
Yuk Foo2017#94

For several years now, the Londoners have been a pretty safe bet in the tumultuous alt rock landscape where supposedly nothing good with guitars has happened for however long. It helps that the band enlisted Markus Dravs (producer for the likes of Coldplay, Arcade Fire and tons of others) as the full result is a bit more focused this time around. "Smile" is a tight three minutes and change, harking back to the band's debut LP more than anything else they put out last year.

99. Helado Negro - There Must Be a Song Like You

♫ Grass growing like we knew, let me walk on through ♫

Roberto Carlos Lange is only seven or so years older than the similarly named Brazilian footballer, so it's possible that's one of the reasons why he instead goes by the stage Helado Negro which translates to "black ice cream". The singer-songwriter of Ecuadorean heritage has tried many different styles over the years and has had consistent critical acclaim to boot, which is how I came across him in 2020 with his cover of Neil Young's "Lotta Love". This takes his qualities to another level I think. The subtle bass riff is given plenty of space in the mix and the result is an easy but absorbing listen.

98. Billie Eilish - Getting Older

♫ Things I once enjoyed just keep me employed now, things I'm longing for someday I'll be bored of ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bad guy2019#42
bury a friend2019#50

For all us '90s-born people, cry me a river amirite?! But this is way more than a surface level take such as that, because Billie introduces her second album with a summary of her current apathetic and reflective state and it's a great way to kick things off.

97. Migos - Avalanche

♫ Woo, Papa was a rollin' stone, but now I got rollin' stones in the bezel ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Walk It Talk It (with Drake)2018#1
Pure Water (with Mustard)2019#34

Another album opener and this time an artist that I was interested to hear what the album highlights would be, rather than anything resembling an overall narrative or direction. With the Atlanta trio you'll most likely already know my preference for their catchy bops which are usually served over modern trap production, whereas here DJ Durel serves up some old school elements in the production (i.e. the horns) to see what they can do with it. While I understand the criticisms around this album not showcasing enough of the group's ability to trade lines in verses and quickly switch up the flows, this was just so smoothly done that it became a staple and grew on me throughout the year.

96. IDLES - The Beachland Ballroom

♫ Soon as the rush went away, I need not look for a way ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
A Hymn2020#6
Carcinogenic2020#16
Grounds2020#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28

There were some subtle indications that the next IDLES album would not be another "Ultra Mono". It was of course my favourite album released in 2020 and so expectations for me remained high when the Bristol five-piece announced the quick follow-up. This was the lead single and I didn't download it instantly - not because I didn't like it, but because I wanted to see how it would grow on me in the context of the full album without feeling recency bias against the other tracks.

95. The Antlers - Just One Sec

♫ I free you from the person I was sure I knew, I free you from a reputation you outgrew ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Palace2014#5

This did get an radio edit release the month before the album dropped, but I had no issue with the full version you're hearing now. A beautifully written track about a challenging relationship where the protagonist feels lost and compromised, but instead of blaming the other person they're pleading with them for support.

94. Megan Thee Stallion - Eat It

♫ They finna call me a bully but fuck it, it's up because I want my lick back, all of you bitches is kids and y'all shoulda never got let out the nutsack ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Hot Girl Summer (with Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign)2019#100
Captain Hook2020#12
Savage2020#18
WAP (with Cardi B)2020#34

Okay let's get the obvious out of the way... it's difficult to find lyrics on this song that aren't insanely horny which I'm sure would make a radio edit even more pointless than some of the Eminem ones I recall being on the radio in the past. With a who's who of producers and engineers assisting including Murda Beatz and Mike Dean, "Eat It" comes from a compilation album of unreleased songs and YouTube freestyles rather than it being considered a follow up to "Good News" the year prior.

93. Celeste - Tonight Tonight

♫ I wandered down the pathways that you paved inside my brain, it took me to a memory and a moment and a place ♫

Having released a handful of singles in the lead up to her debut album, Celeste managed to have this make the Bubbling under chart in Belgium despite it not technically being a single. I am obliged to point out that there are multiple Celestes that have released music.

92. Westminster Day Surgery - Daisies

♫ I'm the sun that sours the milk, if you break then I'll only be broken still ♫

Other than putting out an unreleased track onto their Bandcamp in 2020, The Love Junkies have been a little inactive in the last few years which may be the motivating factor around Mitch McDonald wishing to commence a solo project. Ultimately on his Bandcamp he explains that this album is a collection of songs he wrote mainly in the 2010s experimenting with different things presumably outside of TLJ studio sessions. The result is a surprisingly tight and consistent collection of tracks with plenty of catchy hooks and solid riffs on show. "Daisies" of course calls upon the obvious cheat code to get my attention, but always keeps me engaged with the melodies that really sink in after a few listens. Daisy tried to convince my brother this morning that she hadn't been fed yet, when she had already demolished her brekky just an hour earlier.

91. Aodhan - I'm Closed

♫ You hate it when I act like this, and yeah that's fair enough I guess ♫

Aodhan a.k.a. Aiden Whitehall is extremely young but very talented and picked up some notable triple j airtime with this track as well as several others. I suppose the simplicity of the lyrics is understandable when you put his age into context, but the messaging of the track seems to be around the feelings of impassivity and exhaustion when feeling overwhelmed in a relationship.

Numbers 300 to 251 updated

90. Grouplove - Deadline

♫ Everybody's got a place they like to go, I'll never never never make it on my own ♫

It has been over a decade since Grouplove made the Billboard songs chart, and unfortunately their 2021 material didn't get anywhere near as much traction as the previous album. However this is clearly their best song in years - possibly ever - with a huge chorus and a bubbly guitar riff that never ceases to delight.

89. Billie Eilish - Billie Bossa Nova

♫ You better lock your phone, and look at me when you're alone ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bad guy2019#42
bury a friend2019#50
Getting Older2021#98

I can't be the only person who had barely transient knowledge of the bossa nova genre and hence had to assume Billie and Finneas were being faithful to it through this track. The soft textures and careful production choices work in well with these influences, as Billie speaks about fake aliases she leaves at hotels and other privacy measures taken in light of her frustratingly uncontrollable fame.

88. CLEWS - Want You That Way

♫ I don't remember your kindness, I still see everything out of place ♫

I came across CLEWS in 2018 where they finished #147 in that year's EOY with their debut single "Museum". Unfortunately there was a noteworthy lack of a follow-up hit which is most likely my fault because they were still dropping singles fairly consistently during that time. "Want You That Way" was the lead single to their 2021 EP "Loveluck Omens", a year after The Kid LAROI released the song "TELL ME WHY".

87. Dave feat. Stormzy - Clash

♫ She wanna go to the cinema, so we just walk downstairs ♫

Previous entries [Stormzy]YearPosition
Vossi Bop2019#7
Crown2019#26

The kind of rap tune where too much of it was a bad thing at times because it started to bug me a bit, but the stripped back production really allows both Dave and Stormzy to click with some solid verses. It yielded another #1 album for the former in the UK, with it being both his first album and song to chart in Australia as well. Surprisingly not on the FIFA soundtrack - not to pigeonhole it but it would have been perfect.

86. Boyfrienders feat. Dogleg - The Moment

♫ She calls me dramatic but I still feel manic ♫

Perhaps only narrowly beating Westminster Day Surgery in Spotify streams is this track from Michigan's Boyfrienders. They enlisted the guest vocals of Alex Stoitsiadis from the more popular Dogleg, who despite doing fairly well on my chart in 2020, never managed to break through onto my EOY top 100. So, while I occasionally roll my eyes when a band is credited when only the lead singer jumps on a feature, I wouldn't have known this without that trick. Proof that the world needs people who are less stringent with technicalities as I am.

85. Pond - Toast

♫ Sat upon Cable Beach, cheeks like a robin's breast ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Giant Tortoise2013#52
Zond2015#86

Beating their previous EOY entry six years prior by just one position, Pond are on a similar musical trajectory to Tame Impala in that they have traded out their synthesisers for more synthesisers many years after initially trading out their guitars for them. Who the heck knows at this point but I'm supposed to be seeing them live in a few months.

84. Silk Sonic - Smokin Out The Window

♫ I thought that girl belonged to only me, but I was wrong, 'cause she belong to everybody, everybody, ooh ♫

Bruno Mars has 10 entries on my chart and Anderson .Paak has 13, and yet I've never considered myself a particular fan of either of them. Perhaps unfairly I've kept them on the periphery with only fleeting interests in their work depending on what it is or who they're collaborating with. So it should make some sense that I was a little skeptical when I discovered they were working together, mainly concerned that the opportunities for innovation seemed limited to me. But, how wrong was I, especially given the commercial success is completely deserved for each of the songs from this project, but especially this one. This quickly got the meme treatment and then was called a meme song by many, as if Bruno and Anderson had any say over what the internet decided to do with it; however none of that mattered to me as I was sold by the classy harmonies and clever songwriting.

83. Billie Eilish - I Didn't Change My Number

♫ I didn't change my number, I only changed who I believe in, you were easy on the eyes eyes eyes, but looks can be deceiving ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bad guy2019#42
bury a friend2019#50
Billie Bossa Nova2021#89
Getting Older2021#98

Anyone familiar with this album will know that this is the second track following "Getting Older", whereby the transition between songs is executed perfectly with only the roar of her pitbull interrupting it (although I think it works). A breakup song from the perspective of the dumper, where Billie explains how there's no room for niceties and the only way to move on is to cease communicating.

82. Ocean Alley - Touch Back Down

♫ This week I found some space hidden deeper underwater, as I rise up to the surface I can feel it on my face ♫

I wonder if you asked 20 random people at Ocean Alley's gigs about what genre they think the band play, you'd get 20 different answers, but yet the band continues to stay true to their psychedelic-reggae-indie-surf rock thing that they have going on. With a fourth album on the way, this is a terrific way to get this era started with some of their catchiest melodies and best guitar work to date.

81. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Balcony Man

♫ And this morning is amazing and so are you ♫

During the peak of its chart run I figured this was a shoe-in for the lower parts of the list somewhere, and yet I was still pleasantly surprised that this made it in given the high competitiveness that always exists around this section. To clarify as to why there is no chart table in this post, this is absolutely not a NC&TBS release with the "Carnage" project incorporating only two of the six band members (although the drummer did contribute on one other album track). "Balcony Man" is a devastating ballad to conclude the album with some lovely choir and strings contributions to give the song more grandiosity.

Albums 25 to 16 updated

80. J Balvin & Skrillex - In Da Getto

♫ Esto se jodió, la vecina no sé qué bebió ♫

Previous entries [Skrillex]YearPosition
Rock N' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)2010#59
Bangarang (with Sirah)2012#69
Wild For the Night (with A$AP Rocky & Birdy Nam Nam)2014#77
Recess2014#88

Although the translation I've read is pretty shoddy, I am reliably informed that J Balvin is quite the fan of alcohol. Here they are sampling "In De Ghetto" by David Morales and The Bad Yard Club which had a more '90s disco production behind it. Skrillex with help from Tainy shows how adaptable he is in making this work as this retains the same fun vibe of so many of his previous tunes.

79. The Lazy Eyes - Where's My Brain???

♫ I find all my hair, lost in the sheets, the sheets of my bed ♫

Look, all you need to know is that The Lazy Eyes surely listened to "Evil Death Roll" and "Rattlesnake" by King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard quite a bit when planning this song. For me there were many moments where that aforementioned band failed to live up to the hype this past year so I am absolutely not going to shoot this down.

78. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - Hand of God

♫ Keep their heads way down low, way down low, don't want to let on what they know ♫

Previous entries [Nick Cave]YearPosition
Balcony Man (with Warren Ellis)2021#81

Previous entries [Warren Ellis]YearPosition
Balcony Man (with Nick Cave)2021#81

When going through this album listen I noticed this stood out, but ultimately I chose "Balcony Man" as the one song to take from it. However after this got recommended to me I revisited it and realised that I needed more time with it. A dark vocal performance from Nick is partnered with glitchy ambient beats and haunting chants of the song title.

77. Denzel Curry - The Game

♫ Seen a lot of brothers fucked up, seen some friends die, 'cause you walked away from a fight don't mean that you pie ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
SWITCH IT UP l ZWITCH 1T UP2018#24
BLACK BALLOONS l 13LACK 13ALLOONZ (with Twelve'len & GoldLink)2018#28
SHAKE 88 (with Sam Sneak)2019#35
RICKY2019#41
Tokyo Drifting (with Glass Animals)2019#92
Bulls on Parade (triple j Like A Version)2019#95
Lil Scammer That Could (with Guapdad 4000)2020#70

Denzel keeps his streak going with this track that has quite a '90s NFL video game-inspired single artwork attached to it. Sadly the Charlie Heat production did not feature a music video to match the aesthetic, however it does feature some thoughtful reflections from Denzel about how people need to let their music speak for itself without the need for controversy.

76. You Am I - The Waterboy

♫ Oh, Edinburgh, Galway, Nashville, Ulladulla, breakin' my heart in four places ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mr. Milk1995#99
Good Mornin'1996#70
Moon Shines On Trubble1996#88
Heavy Heart1998#72

The Waterboys are a Scottish band who are still releasing music to this day, and inspire Tim Rogers via a song that they dedicated to Elvis Presley. Tim notes how he was on the NSW south coast listening to a Scottish guy living in Ireland singing about Elvis, hence the lyric in the quote which I think is so clever.

75. MadGic - Mars Only pt. 3

♫ Hairline like Doc Brown but I'm killin' it, Madvillainous, fuck a review, we make it for the people who feeling this ♫

Previous entries [Madlib]YearPosition
Stepping Into Tomorrow (with MF DOOM)2003#48
America's Most Blunted (with MF DOOM)2003#57
Raid (with MF DOOM & MED)2004#21
Rhinestone Cowboy (with MF DOOM)2004#26
Strange Ways (with MF DOOM)2004#71
Curls (with MF DOOM)2004#75
Shitsville (with Freddie Gibbs)2015#3
Lakers (with Freddie Gibbs, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77
Education (with Freddie Gibbs, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought)2019#8
Crime Pays (with Freddie Gibbs)2019#81
Road of the Lonely Ones2020#83

Previous entries [Logic]YearPosition
Celebration2020#100

I don't know exactly if the rather extreme lack of critical acclaim drove Logic out of the rap game, only to then partner up with the lies of No I.D. in 2020 and Madlib last year in an attempt to drive up greater interest. All I know for sure is that it worked for me, as I have never been interested before, and then I ended up really falling for "Celebration" and then this seemingly random track that I believe has only been dropped onto YouTube.

74. Arlo Parks - Hope

♫ I cannot communicate the depth of the feeling, truth is I'm still learning to be open about this ♫

I realise it's unfair to say that Arlo Parks is the next reincarnation of Adele or Duffy because not all her songs sound like this. However while a lot of her album was initially released in 2020, I'm glad this was an exception as it's seriously top quality pop.

73. Teen Jesus and the Jean Teasers - AHHHH!

♫ You could be rich, I could be yours, but these are just things that you can't afford ♫

On both of the Teen Jesus tracks I charted last year there were problems with the single artwork; "Miss Your Birthday" has a very concerning white line at the very top which cannot be unseen, while this has one too many exclamation marks. Yes yes yes, I can hear you through my keyboard now as I type this, so see my "The Moment" commentary because once again the main thing is this is an absolute rocker.

72. Allday - Eyes On The Prize

♫ Used to put the rental car on the credit card, used to buy Balenciaga, that was never us ♫

Allday hints in his lyrics that he's no longer an up-and-comer and that he's still just as passionate about being successful as ever, despite his maturity into an artist and a person who is more focused on his craft. I do love how he marked the release of the song by placing $2,000 in a trophy for one of his fans to find.

71. DJ Danny - On a Mountain (Flume remix)

♫ I can see your heart's been broken too, so just lay here on a mountain, me and you ♫

Previous entries [Flume]YearPosition
Holdin On2012#56
You & Me (Flume Remix) (with Disclosure & Eliza Doolittle)2013#90
Some Minds (with Andrew Wyatt)2015#35
Say It (with Tove Lo)2016#49
Lose It (with Vic Mensa)2016#91
High Beams (with HWLS & slowthai)2019#13

Danny L Harle's popularity at this point is perhaps not going to be hurt by using a pseudonym, particularly when said song with vocals from Georgia Twinn is then later remixed by Flume. And while the original version is preferred by many, it's perhaps my fandom for Flume's wild production choices that wins me over.

250 to 201 updated

70. J. Cole, 21 Savage & Morray - ​​m y . l i f e

♫ I got a good heart so I send teddy bears every time we make they mommas cry ♫

Previous entries [J. Cole]YearPosition
ATM2018#92

Previous entries [21 Savage]YearPosition
Ghostface Killers (with Offset, Metro Boomin & Travis Scott)2017#50
10 Freaky Girls (with Metro Boomin)2018#50
No Opp Left Behind (with Metro Boomin)2020#7
Glock in My Lap (with Metro Boomin)2020#41
Runnin (with Metro Boomin)2020#53

I still stick to my stubborn opinion that J. Cole is pretty overrated as a rapper, especially given that there has been a considerable period of time where Australian music fans flocked to Kendrick Lamar first before ever giving him much attention. Still though, in a year where there were a number of (bad) high profile hip hop album releases, J. Cole dropped some of his best material to date. Clearly seeing that "a lot" went over pretty well, Cole collaborates again with 21 Savage on this track which can be seen as perhaps a slightly inferior imitation to that track.

69. Kills Birds - Rabbit

♫ This is how I talk about you, I never raised my hand for a second ♫

The Los Angeles trio have gained some well-known fans in the likes of Kim Gordon and Dave Grohl. A mega playlist of doom product, this track rocks so hard despite not even hitting the two-minute mark.

68. James McMurtry - Canola Fields

♫ Keep me from drifting far out to sea or I'll be lost out there ♫

I still watch a lot of YouTube with a healthy amount of it being related to music. So when Mark Grondin strongly recommended this album, I was interested however skeptical given his tendencies towards country music which has never been my bag baby. James McMurtry has released albums in five different decades and his maturity towards songwriting contributes towards being such a well-crafted and well-rounded piece.

67. Sly Withers - Clarkson

♫ something something night shift in Perth or whatever ♫

Sly Withers had to wait five years between their independently released debut album and their major label LP which dropped last June. This brand of emo punk rock isn't always for me but there is so much conviction in the vocal performance and the writing that makes this such a sought after rock tune for me from last year.

66. Pearl Charles - Only for Tonight

♫ Didn't I know, wasn't made for a one night stand ♫

The musical equivalent of giving Harry a big dumb hug. The ABBA influences (among others) may be fairly clear to me but the sheer joy every time this comes on is even more clear.

65. Wolf Alice - The Last Man On Earth

♫ And when your friends are talking, you hardly hear a word ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Fluffy2015#4
Silk2015#8
Giant Peach2015#91
Sky Musings2017#64
Planet Hunter2017#89
Yuk Foo2017#94
Smile2021#100

I distinctly link this song to the very busy winter I had driving around to training and work when we were out of lockdown. I was unsure if they could pull off this type of song structure but they won me over fairly quickly.

64. Lil Baby feat. EST Gee - Real As It Gets

♫ All this shit started off in the kitchen, showed me once and I was payin' attention ♫

When I saw this making the Billboard chart I can't say I flocked to listen to it, although technically I did add it to my Spotify playlist fairly quickly and it was on my chart soon after. Lesser known label mate EST Gee gets a leg up from Lil Baby here and he then went on to feature on two other songs that would make the Billboard chart later in the year.

63. The Armed - AN ITERATION

♫ He said to me "you've got your own reflection", it's extra underwhelming, it lets me down ♫

This album... is a lot. Initially my admiration for what they were trying was in conflict with Fantano's adverse opinion of it, and I suppose over time I've become more and more appreciative of the better produced moments on the album. "AN ITERATION" has had no such problem though, truly catchy in-your-face guitar work from a band that continues to remain rather anonymous and secretive regarding its band members.

62. IDLES - When The Lights Come On

♫ I black out, I don't want your dim sum, it's 3am I MUST BE LONELYYYYYYY, I wanna dance 'til the sun comes ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
A Hymn2020#6
Carcinogenic2020#16
Grounds2020#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28
The Beachland Ballroom2021#96

A true reminder really that IDLES know how to craft a potent dark post punk tune. This might be one of the few "CRAWLER" tracks that wouldn't look out of place on "Ultra Mono", if it wasn't for the lyrics about wanting to stay out as late as possible which prove that IDLES are the heir apparents to LMFAO.

61. Flo Milli - Ice Baby

♫ This easy like Evel Knievel to stunt, in order to get it bitch you gotta hunt ♫

I've been following her singles for a while now and finally she came through with a single that properly grabbed my attention. "Roaring 20s" was a bit of fun but just too obnoxious, and "Back Pack" was hilarious even if it couldn't be taken particularly seriously. While she clearly has her lane, I feel that what this may lack in unique identity more than makes up for in overall effectiveness.

Albums 15 to 6 updated

60. BROCKHAMPTON - THE LIGHT

♫ Only shot callers I was around was bartendin', ain't no love in this game mama this is not tennis ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
GUMMY2017#53
HOTTIE2017#81

This is quite heavy stuff, with Joba revealing his battles with mental health and his father's own suicide. While it's challenging, there is still an insistence that hope exists despite dealing with a difficult past.

59. Rich Brian - Sydney

♫ Fuck your ego, salty like some miso, my pockets on Shaquille O'Neal, your pockets on DeVito ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
watch out!2018#19
Introvert (with Joji)2018#35
History2018#56
Yellow (with Bekon)2019#45

In slightly lighter territory, Rich Brian taunts his haters with some brand name flexing and witty bars. This is self-produced too, which is impressive because the dreamy production is the best part and I could easily have been convinced otherwise.

58. shame - Station Wagon

♫ The hits are heavy but the misses are frequent, James Dean, juvenile delinquent ♫

"Drunk Tank Pink" is a solid album without being amazing, and I'm not sure if its early release date hindered it or not, as "Water in the Well" released the year before perhaps was a little too late to make a big enough impression on me. "Station Wagon" is the centrepiece for the record though, with lead singer Charlie Steen (yes, that is his name) reflecting on being conflicted with one's progress in the face of feeling pressure to be more successful and happier. The song quickly changes tempo and then the guitars take full effect, with a noisy second half of the song leading to some really euphoric and beautiful moments.

57. Baby Keem & Travis Scott - durag activity

♫ Your energy is triple six and mine is blessed, thank God I put them crosses on before we met ♫

Previous entries [Travis Scott]YearPosition
Pick up the Phone (with Young Thug & Quavo)2016#86
Baptized in Fire (with Kid Cudi)2016#93
Ghostface Killers (with 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin)2017#50
SICKO MODE2018#7
ZEZE (with Kodak Black & Offset)2018#39
CHopstix (with ScHoolboy Q)2019#61
FRANCHISE (with Young Thug & M.I.A.)2020#88

Plenty has already been said about Travis Scott's year (although controversial and concerning in its own right) so no further discourse is particularly necessary in that area. However there was this song which dropped in April as a teaser track to Baby Keem's debut album several months later. A producer who apparently goes by the name of SuperDuperBrick is involved who has previously done a lot of work with KYLE and Kehlani. It's a silly but fun offering which pretty quickly climbed up my chart during the middle section of the year.

56. Manchester Orchestra - Keel Timing

♫ Hold me now, no I will not repeat myself ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I've Got Friends2009#81
The Gold2017#93

I was glad that I made the effort to dive deeper into Manchester Orchestra this past year with their album that ultimately received mixed reviews. "Keel Timing" leads perfectly into "Bed Head" when you listen to them in sequence which makes both songs even more thrilling, even if seemingly the latter is somehow the more popular choice from fans.

55. girl in red - Body And Mind

♫ But I've had my deepest cries for now, my heart's out, my guard's down ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
i'll die anyway.2019#99

There's no doubting that girl in red does sing a lot about heavy topics and brightens them up as best as possible with quirky and cheerful instrumentation. "Body And Mind" goes for a '00s-style(?) pop groove which has very quickly grown on me.

54. bbno$ & Diamond Pistols - help herself

♫ I can make time, hope you're doing fine, hurt me when you lied, can't you take signs? ♫

Not even a BENEE remix that I don't prefer could help in getting this onto his album later in the year. I do like her verse but as it so often goes, I have little time for remixes when I've already well and truly inducted myself with the original. In the hands of a by-the-numbers pop singer this could be the blandest thing ever, but with the undeniable charisma of bbno$ this is such an essential tune.

53. Sylvan LaCue feat. Grandmaster Vic - Peter Pan

♫ Life don't come with tips, someday I'll be rich ♫

One of the reasons why I don't listen to the New Music Friday playlist from start to finish every week is the fact that I just do not have time lol. However, another key reason is my insistence on always finding things from various places rather than ever being too reliant on the one source. This came up on Twitter where I think Fantano liked it, and after adding it to my playlist the rest was history. Miami-based Sylvan LaCue might not be doing anything insanely unique here, but there's so much personality involved. I think Grandmaster Vic only provides a few lines in the middle but he keeps the momentum of the tune going.

52. The Lazy Eyes - Come On Let's Go

♫ When you're looking for a friend but it's empty at the end, when everybody disappears, you won't be alone ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Where's My Brain???2021#79

Second cheat code of the day... covering a song that very recently made one of my retro EOYs. Broadcast made my 2000 list with "Come On Let's Go" just two places higher than The Lazy Eyes have achieved here. So yes, they made a broadcast by covering a Broadcast song that made a different broadcast.

51. Tropical Fuck Storm - New Romeo Agent

♫ Ooh just past the city limits, I feel the flash of teeth I cannot see ♫

Part of me was confused by ARIA's selection of Tropical Fuck Storm as the best hard rock / heavy metal album of the year, and another part of me found the anger quite funny in light of it making people mad after it also happened with King Gizzard previously (but actual heavy King Gizz albums!!11!). Even funnier perhaps is how Masked Wolf has been edited in as a nominee on Wikipedia in the place of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. Another side note is that Tropical Fuck Storm supported King Gizzard when I saw them in February, but because I only got there later I had to settle for faintly hearing some of their set while walking in. In retrospect though, I wouldn't call this hard rock or heavy at all, even if it's a really great experimental rock sound that they struck open here. Fiona Kitschin takes the lead vocal duties here and does a terrific job, with the high-pitched guitars and intricate drumming creating effective verse after effective verse.

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50. BROCKHAMPTON feat. Danny Brown - BUZZCUT

♫ Where to begin, a veteran with medicine pen, let 'em all in, treat 'em like they next of my kin ♫

Previous entries [BROCKHAMPTON]YearPosition
GUMMY2017#53
HOTTIE2017#81
THE LIGHT2021#60

Previous entries [Danny Brown]YearPosition
Hail Mary (with K.Flay)2013#28
1Train (with A$AP Rocky, Kendrick Lamar, Joey Bada$$, Yelawolf, Action Bronson & Big K.R.I.T.)2014#25
Attak (with Rustie)2014#40
Six Degrees (with Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD)2015#18
Frankie Sinatra (with The Avalanches & MF DOOM)2016#5
Really Doe (with Kendrick Lamar, Ab-Soul & Earl Sweatshirt)2016#12
Tell Me What I Don't Know2016#63
When It Rain2016#83
SeanPaulWasNeverThereToGimmeTheLight (with Bones)2017#74
Dirty Laundry2019#4
Combat2019#62

It was probably written in the stars when I found that Danny Brown was jumping on a BROCKHAMPTON song. The result is even better than I imagined it would be, with tight production and distinct bars from all involved. Danny's verse in particular is totally off the wall.

49. CHVRCHES feat. Robert Smith - How Not To Drown

♫ I'm writing a chapter on what to do after they dig you up, on what to do after you grew to hate what you used to love ♫

An anomaly because I was a bit late on "Not In Love" for Robert Smith to get an EOY entry back then, and CHVRCHES was a bit of a similar story which has seen them miss out on a couple of occasions. Much like "BUZZCUT" this was destined for greatness, an ambitious effort to do something more expansive that really pays off.

48. Rain Radio & DJ Craig Gorman - Talk About

♫ What's the scenario? That boy keeps passin' me by ♫

Should I be including a nondescript EDM remix of random older songs every year now? When they're as fun as this, heck yeah. While "Not So Bad" packed a bit more in the production, this has a lot of personality building up Nelly Furtado's sample perfectly before every beat drop. Hell yeah, pop a wheelie on a motorbike and all that fun stuff.

47. Uffie - cool

♫ Hop in the Uber with my ziplock bag, don't care for rumours, gonna burn your pants ♫

Uffie's Wikipedia page makes for some seriously interesting reading. What she lacks in commercial success she more than makes up for in random collaborations with high profile artists like Pharrell, as well as quirky song titles that you wouldn't expect from a French singer.

46. Kobie Dee - About A Girl

♫ I seen on the news that this girl's OD'd, I thought to myself "nah I'm just thinking crazy", this news man said in her stomach was a baby, it can't be ♫

The Gomeroi rapper has had a few examples of hard-hitting songwriting in his work, but this one really sticks out. Definitely far from easy listening, "About A Girl" is not a hot Nirvana cover but instead is about an abusive and drug-fueled relationship which ends in tragic circumstances. The heavy content and earnest delivery calls to mind horrorcore rap particularly from the earlier part of this century, but in this case it's a lot more real and devastating when put in the perspective of a close friend.

45. Low - White Horses

♫ There isn't much past believing, only a fool would have had the faith ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Immune1999#59
Plastic Cup2013#57
No Comprende2015#42

Perhaps this tune needs a slightly different warning i.e. don't have your headphones/speakers up TOO loud, because the production on this is, well, different. The album frustrated me for that reason, where a lot of blown out distortion takes over the production rather than giving the melodies and instrumentation more space. "White Horses" sticks the landing rather well though with the distorted synths catching the melodies perfectly and the tag team vocals create a really dramatic and sharp result.

44. Tropical Fuck Storm - G.A.F.F.

♫ But I'm not a kamikaze, I don't wanna die a martyr, I'm just looking for a latte and a fucking phone charger ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
New Romeo Agent2021#51

I'm tired. I did mention this in the preamble, but my god why won't some people take a goddamn break. Even this morning I got worn out after mere minutes of doomscrolling. It's gotten to the point where Twitter suggests topics like golden retrievers or cats which is certainly better than the circle of shit that the majority of social media seems to be stuck in - whether it's useless make-believe so-called "disruptions" to things that no one ever asked to be disrupted; or if it's just cold, hot or batshit crazy takes about the lunacy we're all living in; or even just repeated commonly held opinions that many already agree on, and just hammering it down everyone's throats, once again completely unnecessarily. TFS capture the madness in the most perfect way possible, with truly crazy guitar work behind some extremely clever lyricism. Perhaps the next disruption we need is a website that automatically generates gold stickers.

43. Halsey - I am not a woman, I'm a god

♫ Every day I got a smile where my frown goes, a couple bodies in the garden where the grass grows ♫

When Halsey decided to collaborate with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, I couldn't rid my mind of the slightest skepticism, but when I first heard this that all went out the window. A truly thrilling track which is all killer and no filler with one of their best vocal performances to date.

42. Nas - Death Row East

♫ I flew to Vegas to shoot the "Street Dreams" video and link with 2Pac. Tried to squash the East Coast/West Coast beef. We didn’t talk, but he was still alive in the hospital. And it rained that day in Vegas. Rest In Power ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Made You Look2002#75

There were a lot of rap beefs in the '90s with Nas being part of at least a couple, including one with 2Pac. Death Row East was the east coast branch of the similarly titled record label in which 2Pac was a part of, and the rapper had attempted to unify the divided members until his tragic passing a day before Nas' birthday in 1996. This is a nice tribute and a recognition of Nas showing that there was always room for reconciliation, but the song concludes with Ed Lover announcing at Nas' concert that hours earlier 2Pac had passed away, much to the crowd's horror.

41. Pink Siifu feat. BbyMutha - Big Ole

♫ Ain't seen you 'fore, we ne'er seen, no runnin' 'fore gossiping, bitch that don't fuck with me ♫

Previous entries [Pink Siifu]YearPosition
Running Red Lights (with The Avalanches & Rivers Cuomo)2020#1

One of the interesting discoveries of the year was finding out what Pink Siifu's solo work sounds like. It turns out he's a very proficient rapper in his own right, with the flows on this track being so tight and fun, and at times the lyrics being completely incomprehensible.

200 to 151 updated

40. Internet Money, Lil Tecca & Lil Mosey - JETSKI

♫ This whip so fast, goin' full throttle, bank account full, I hit the lotto ♫

Previous entries [Lil Tecca]YearPosition
Ransom2019#82

I do admit that I slept on "Lemonade" so I wasn't going to let that happen again. "JETSKI" unfortunately did not also become a worldwide hit but it had the same potential, with Lil Tecca and Lil Mosey both providing effective contributions against the trap production.

39. Crowded House - Show Me The Way

♫ When I see red, I put a handgun under my pillow, when I see blue, I put a blanket over my window ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
People Are Like Suns2007#85

One of the most soothing and relaxing songs of the year except that it's actually about the paranoia and anxiety around when there is police and/or crime nearby. The harmonies are utterly stunning all throughout and it's a deep cut that I could not get enough of.

38. BOY - Fit Back In

♫ And another half moon shining half alight, another day that came my way and passed me by, swallowed by the night ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Waitress2012#1
Drive Darling2012#4
Little Numbers2012#6
July2012#60
We Were Here2015#2
Fear2015#13

Speaking of triumphant returns, early-to-mid-'10s legends BOY came back with a cover of "Bette Davis Eyes" only to drop this a few days later back in May. There's some development since we last heard from them, with the production having a bit more meat behind it, but more or less it's still the same BOY we know and love.

37. Wet & Blood Orange - Bound

♫ And I'm screaming in the palm of my hand, waiting for another chance to be bland, what seems worse? Trying not to care ♫

I went from thinking Wet was one lady, to thinking they were a band of at least a few people, to maybe a side project of Blood Orange, to... no, it's actually a duo. Anyway Toro y Moi was all over the production on this album and it shows, with the smooth beat absolutely dominating the track from start to finish, and the vocals are absolutely sublime.

36. King Stingray - Get Me Out

♫ The sun goes down in the distance, I wish that you could see this ♫

A band so early in its career but they've already created a truly iconic track. "Get Me Out" is the song that hundreds of other Aussie bands wish they could write; sure, there are no shortage of songs about wanting to escape daily urban life to head out to the bush, but very few are ever done with this level of conviction. The chorus is such a euphoric moment, with the guitar work produced really nicely and the main hook being irresistible.

35. Billie Eilish - Halley's Comet

♫ I haven't slept since Sunday, midnight for me is 3am I MUST BE LONELYYYYYYYYYYYYYY for you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bad guy2019#42
bury a friend2019#50
I Didn't Change My Number2021#83
Billie Bossa Nova2021#89
Getting Older2021#98

Continuing with the theme of the record, Billie explains how being able to overcome the barriers affecting a relationship is less likely to occur than a comet that appears every 75 years or so. The outro / end section is a really great addition to the track, changing tempo and adding another layer to the song to provide even greater substance.

34. Major Murphy - Attention

♫ In the garden I'm chilling, in the morning I'll cool off my brain, evenings are humid all the time I wait ♫

Okay so I spent much of my time getting into this song trying to list all of the bands in my head that this song reminded me of - namely a blend of The Voidz and Django Django - but then the album was far more eclectic anyway. While "Unfazed" was very much a longer more ballad-style song, this is much more of a sugar rush with the distorted vocals and bright riffs.

33. Isaiah Rashad - Headshots (4r Da Locals)

♫ I got a crib bigger than Budapest, and the shots ain't bringin' my soldier back ♫

Isaiah introduces the track with a conversation with his producer outlining that they have themselves a jam, and they couldn't be more correct. A laidback tune where Isaiah flexes on what he's got and how far he has developed, and he seems so relaxed yet confident in his approach. Great song even if the stylising of the song title makes me think of 645AR which is not a fantastic thing.

32. Manchester Orchestra - The Internet

♫ Do you know what it means? Another life outside dismantling me ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I've Got Friends2009#81
The Gold2017#93
Keel Timing2021#56

I wasn't sure where to place this because I feel like this song peaked for me about 653420954 years ago, but it still absolutely holds up as the standout on "The Million Masks of God". The lyric inserted above is one of the most memorable lines of the year full stop, hammering home the ballad sections of the track and linking them into the big riff that comes in.

31. Tiny Little Houses - Smartest Guy

♫ I had to go critique the feminist mystique, now she thinks I'm a creep ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Garbage Bin2017#28
Short Hair2018#69

As if we needed further proof Caleb Karvountzis is one of the most charismatic lead singers in the country right now, "Smartest Guy" along with the rest of the album really reinforced the band's place for me. One of their best songs yet, it's all about the protagonist who is aware of just how smug and obnoxious he can be around other people, and how he worries that he is either too self-aware or not self-aware enough.

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30. La Luz - In the Country

♫ Why leave? We can have all we need, growing out in the country ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Mean Dream2018#2
California Finally2018#8
Don't Leave Me on the Earth2018#16
The Creature2018#43
Walking into the Sun2018#74

It didn't help that they had released basically half the album beforehand but La Luz certainly landed a punch on their big follow-up album in 2021. However "In the Country" is not a shift in genre like the title might lead you to believe, with the chorus being pretty inescapably catchy and the surf rock riffs are very much still there.

29. Children Collide - Uh Oh

♫ You're the mistake that I always wanna make again ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
We Are Amphibious2006#79
Farewell Rocketship2008#9
We Live In Fear2008#14
Social Currency2008#16
Chosen Armies2008#22
Skeleton Dance2008#34
Marie Marie, Pt. 22008#45
Seasons Changing2008#54
Across the Earth2008#61
Economy2008#86
My Eagle2010#1
Jellylegs2010#16
Asleep On My Feet2011#25
Complacency No Vacancy2011#48
Loveless2011#57
Cherries2012#44
Sword To A Gunfight2012#50
Praying For Sunshine2012#88

One of the big redemption arcs of 2021 was Children Collide coming back after all these years with a replacement in the lineup and still coming through with an impressive showing. The build-up has been intense with the first singles dropping back in 2019, which was still seven years after the previous album, and will now be ten years as of this year. "Uh Oh" is so satisfying with Johnny coming through with some interesting lyrical and musical choices.

28. flowerkid - i met the devil at 4 years old

♫ But where did he go, or where was he in the first place? He never came to my place, he's gonna lead us on wild wild goose chase ♫

I think it's fair to say that flowerkid's music may not be for everyone but it's not surprising to see the triple j traction, I was just hopeful that more of it could have gone to this track. A bit of a late hit in the year but once it took hold it was never going to miss out on this list. Does the siren thingy that "Hurt You" by The Weeknd which helps but results in a better song imo.

27. Shygirl & slowthai - BDE

♫ You'll be walking with a limp for the rest of the week ♫

Previous entries [slowthai]YearPosition
High Beams (with Flume & HWLS)2019#13
My High (with Disclosure & Aminé)2020#82

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26. Liars - From What the Never Was

♫ I feel in a heap, alone in the sand, I'm holding the match, you don't understand ♫

A dark but effective track from "The Apple Drop" where Angus Andrew leaves a lot to the imagination, but I interpret it as someone giving their relationship one last opportunity to see if there's still something there even if there's a sense of inevitability to come. It's all pretty ominous but still very palatable which made it quite an easy follow-up for me to get into.

25. IDLES - The Wheel

♫ So I put up a poster, saying "where's my dog? My friends, my family, my job?" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Samaritans2018#60
Danny Nedelko2018#86
I Dream Guillotine2019#21
A Hymn2020#6
Carcinogenic2020#16
Grounds2020#21
Kill Them With Kindness2020#22
Mr. Motivator2020#28
When The Lights Come On2021#62
The Beachland Ballroom2021#96

I think this quickly emerged as an exception of my feelings towards this album being inferior to their previous two. It doesn't mess about either - the hard-hitting guitars and Talbot's iconic vocals kick things off right from the start.

24. Billie Eilish - OverHeated

♫ Did you really think this is the right thing to do? Is it news? News to who? That I really look just like the rest of you ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
bad guy2019#42
bury a friend2019#50
Halley's Comet2021#35
I Didn't Change My Number2021#83
Billie Bossa Nova2021#89
Getting Older2021#98

For a period of time I was convinced that this was a solid enough album but just without a major highlight. Even as people were raving about the title track, I wasn't quite sure of it, and I'm still not. But at some point during the year though things changed and I became very much sold on this track. The interlude that precedes it "Not My Responsibility" has been included in Billie's setlists well before this album came to be, and it's such a great precursor to this track that part of me wanted to play them both in the broadcast. She addresses the listener directly querying what basis they have to be able to judge her. "OverHeated" then expands on that to include all unrealistic expectations placed on celebrities from the media. The production is fantastic, the lyrics are incisive, and her usual delivery suits the song perfectly.

23. bbno$ - i remember

♫ She stole my heart, I can't believe I fell for her tricks ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
help herself (with Diamond Pistols)2021#54

A clean pop song worked for him with "help herself" so then the formula was then somewhat applied to a brighter production (it's no surprise that Diamond Pistols is on production duties once more), even if the content is still melancholic to an extent. The catchiest breakup song of the year was in fact not by Adele.

22. Jean Dawson feat. Mac DeMarco - MENTHOL*

♫ Fuck up out my face, I don't smile no more but we all great ♫

Previous entries [Mac DeMarco]YearPosition
Passing Out Pieces2014#30
Another One2015#68

I've been vaguely aware of Jean Dawson before but I did not expect this to make such an impression on me right from the start. In a genre-blending banger, he said in an interview that he's shouting about nothing much but it's a bit of a reflection of where he's at. Mac closes out the track wishing Jean well and letting him know that it's okay to take it easy from time to time, quite the contradiction compared to what the song ultimately delivers.

21. Raj Mahal - REDICLUS

♫ Pull up they don't know what happened, they can't articulate ♫

I first came across Raj Mahal in his feature on an EAST AV3 song and thought he was a pretty decent rapper. There's just something about this that taps into my recent love for certain types of modern trap incorporating '80s-style synths. Where "Way 2 Sexy" perhaps came across as a bit daggy and insincere, the synths that sit in the background here might not be too doing much at face value but for me give the song so much instrumental balance.

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20. Blu - Because the Sky Is Blu(e)

♫ I might fight, I might break a couple basic human rights, I might live, I might die, but that's life ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
You Ain't Never Been Blue (with Exile)2020#43

It's pretty ambitious to sample "Because" by The Beatles AND "4th Chamber" by GZA, and to interpolate it into a suitable production. Blu puts forward a stellar performance himself, with terrific rap flow against the production by J57. All of it without the need for any naughty language either

19. Ngaiire - Him

♫ Please don't let him think that he's the reason that I went away ♫

And then Ngaiire comes in with a track that simply blew me away. The piano chords in the chorus are achingly beautiful, providing elegance and poignance to an inevitable breakup that she wants to keep as amicable as possible. The vocal performance is breathtaking and while I've been a little indifferent on her stuff in the past, I'll be paying a lot more attention now.

18. The Antlers - Stubborn Man

♫ I'm the only one who can get it done, gotta finish this now that I've begun ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Palace2014#5
Just One Sec2021#95

This very quickly jumped off the page as a standout song despite the fact that it was never picked as a single. I love the tension built up in the verses leading into what is a very pretty chorus.

17. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard - K.G.L.W.

♫ When the claws come out, cage me too, I'm an animal too [various machinery noises] ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Rattlesnake2016#15
Robot Stop2016#73
Gamma Knife2016#87
Big Fig Wasp2016#97
Wah Wah2016#100
Sleep Drifter2017#5
Anoxia2017#67
Planet B2019#2
Self-Immolate2019#11
Hell2019#48
Mars For The Rich2019#69
Intrasport2020#87

We know and love their antics, in particular when it comes to concept albums and linkages between different album eras. Their heavily anticipated 2020 album "K.G." had a great mix of different sounds and it was not surprising that they would then follow that up with an album titled "L.W." months later in the early parts of 2021. I attended their third show in Melbourne in February so technically I was not the first person to hear this, but the album had literally only come out the morning of the gig so I did my absolute best to try to acquaint myself with such little time to prepare. This is in fact the second song of this title from them, with the intro to the previous album also titled this, but with that being barely half a song, this is a cacophonous eight-and-a-half minute monolith with heavy "Infest The Rats' Nest"-esque riffs.

16. The Antlers - Green to Gold

♫ An uninvited frost formed overnight, by early afternoon we're losing light ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Palace2014#5
Stubborn Man2021#18
Just One Sec2021#95

The band were at a crossroads just as 2014's "Familiars" was being released, with lead singer Peter Silberman having to deal with challenging hearing loss issues, meaning that he was considering giving up making and playing music completely. Thankfully this was only temporary, but it did contribute to The Antlers hitting pause as a band and seeing Peter go off into solo work (where one of his songs made my 2017 list). He then had to deal with vocal cord issues after his solo album which needed surgery to fix. The Antlers, now just consisting of Michael Lerner and Peter, assured their fans that they had not broken up and there were still plans for new music down the track. The songs from "Green to Gold" the album were recorded between 2017-2020, with this title track coming up out of nowhere to become my personal favourite, even more so than "Stubborn Man" which was my preferred choice throughout most of 2021.

15. Lord Huron - Not Dead Yet

♫ You got holes in your clothes and booze on your breath, you look like hell and you smell like death [s]uh oh[/s] ♫

A staple for quite some time towards the top of my chart even they could never quite crack the top spot. I love the Americana sound that they make here as it calls back somewhat to M. Ward's album a few years back.

14. Cardi B - Up

♫ I said my face bomb ass tight, racks stack up Shaq height, jewellery on me flashlight, I been lit since last night ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
WAP (with Megan Thee Stallion)2020#34

There is a case to be made that Cardi B was playing to her audience in response to "WAP" becoming one of the biggest songs of 2020. And while that song is still more iconic on its own, there's just something about this kind of rap song that gets me going. Cardi's performance is charismatic as always, even if it is dialled down a touch compared to "WAP" in preference for plenty of brand name flexing, and having plenty of control with her life now that she's had so much success. The "up and stuck" thing is apparently Southern slang meaning that something won't stop until it's settled, and while it could hint that Cardi is suggesting her success is going to continue for many years to come, it's probably just a catchy and simple hook that works with the song.

13. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - “GOVERNMENT CAME” (9980.0kHz 3617.1kHz 4521.0 kHz) / Cliffs Gaze / cliffs’ gaze at empty waters’ rise / ASHES TO SEA or NEARER TO THEE

♫ I've always gotta be a pretty good guy and I'm just not gonna be treated like that ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Sleep2000#23
rockets fall on Rocket Falls2002#27

I guess this pretty much means I have a new favourite GY!BE song even though "rockets fall on Rocket Falls" still slays every time I hear it. For a band that has been around for as long as I've been born, the Canadians released more albums last decade than any other; proving that although they're not as prolific as say King Gizzard, they're still pushing along with some momentum. They started debuting some new material at live sets in 2019 which formed the basis for the four tracks that would make up "G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!". When said album was announced, they released a list of demands namely "empty the prisons", "take power from the police and give it to the neighbourhoods that they terrorise", "end the forever wars and all other forms of imperialism", and "tax the rich until they're impoverished". So - there's no guessing where they stand on things. At least within their music there isn't a whole lot of room for vocal expression given that they're almost completely instrumental in nature. This song is broken up into an initial 11 minutes followed by three much shorter instrumental sections after that (although for me I consider it one full song on its own as that's the only way I've ever consumed it). In the intro we're met with a radio transmission with two different people explaining that they're obeying the laws but it's still not stopping the authorities terrorising civilians. It's interesting because two previous songs in this countdown also have similar sounding intros to start them off, namely "THE LIGHT" and "New Romeo Agent", but especially the latter which I've mistaken for this on a few occasions. After some indecipherable transmissions, the initial riff commences at the two-minute mark. The main "melody" so to speak is introduced shortly after via the strings, and it's all building towards something which then becomes the drumming's cue to start. I guess if I had to make a radio edit of this, I'd probably start at this point just after the four-minute mark because that's where things get interesting. It all builds and builds and builds to something utterly exhilarating. Naturally there's a break in the chaos before more hopeful (and honestly U2-sounding ) guitars come in to see things out. I can say with certainty that this won't be everyone's cup of tea but last year this was absolutely my go-to when I wanted something a bit different.

12. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Vortex

♫ Come on, come in, step into the vortex of where you belong ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Where The Wild Roses Grow (with Kylie Minogue)1995#14
Stagger Lee1996#13
Death Is Not the End (with Anita Lane, Shane MacGowan, PJ Harvey & Kylie Minogue)1996#57
Henry Lee (with PJ Harvey)1996#59
Into My Arms1997#2
People Ain't No Good1997#31
Far From Me1997#38
Lime Tree Arbour1997#42
As I Sat Sadly By Her Side2001#82
O Children2004#11
Nature Boy2004#29
More News From Nowhere2008#37
Lie Down Here (& Be My Girl)2008#43
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!2008#53
Jubilee Street2013#2
We No Who U R2013#94
Girl In Amber2016#90

And we go back to a more stock standard rock song with **checks notes** Nick Cave, yes of course. Except this time it is the NC&TBS band all in force, as this is not from "Carnage", but rather a previously unreleased studio outtake from 2006 that formed part of the band's 2021 b-sides compilation album. If I'm not mistaken I believe the band weren't sure if this would fit in with the Grinderman material they were recording at the time (themselves a separate band made up exclusively of NC&TBS members but doing more punk and blues-influenced stuff) or the "Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!" era which departed away from their dramatic balladry. As such "Vortex" was stuck in the archives for many years but I'm very glad it finally saw the light of day. Anyone well-acquainted with their catalogue (and I would only consider myself a small part of the way there) would argue that this is a pretty typical Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds song and I feel it's done very well at that.

11. Isaiah Rashad feat. Lil Uzi Vert - From The Garden

♫ Hold on, wait, Chanel on my feet yeah that's fur on my Cs, I be fuckin' with the bees like Muhammad Ali ♫

Previous entries [Isaiah Rashad]YearPosition
Headshots (4r Da Locals)2021#33

Previous entries [Lil Uzi Vert]YearPosition
XO TOUR Llif32017#17
Sanguine Paradise2019#68

I think Isaiah Rashad was exactly the surprise punch that my hip hop tastes needed in 2021, where most of my favourite (or at least most scrobbled etc.) rappers were either releasing utterly inessential work at best, or simply weren't releasing anything at all. This became Isaiah's first Billboard hit borne purely out of the Lil Uzi feature, but they do work well together and it doesn't feel out of place. I love the energy this brings as soon as the beat comes in, with Isaiah's rap flow being so dynamic throughout his verses.

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10. Freddie Gibbs feat. ScHoolboy Q - Gang Signs

♫ I ain't new to this shit, bitch I'm true to this shit, and every morning I wake up and throw a gang sign ♫

Previous entries [Freddie Gibbs]YearPosition
Shitsville (with Madlib)2015#3
Lakers (with Madlib, Ab-Soul & Polyester the Saint)2015#77
Education (with Madlib, Yasiin Bey & Black Thought)2019#8
Crime Pays (with Madlib)2019#81
Red Vans (with The Colleagues)2020#89

Previous entries [ScHoolboy Q]YearPosition
Man of the Year2014#14
Collard Greens (with Kendrick Lamar)2014#34
Numb Numb Juice2019#18
CHopstix (with Travis Scott)2019#61

So Freddie is still yet to drop "Soul Sold Separately" and it doesn't seem that he's in any particular rush. While "4 Thangs" in my opinion was a bit toothless, both this and "Big Boss Rabbit" provide me with optimism that this could be a big album this year. It's a perfect collaboration that I don't think has ever happened before, with both artists reflecting on what they've achieved and clearly building on it because this is a bop and a half.

9. Crowded House - Love Isn't Hard At All

♫ It wouldn't hurt to hear you say, although it's just a turn of phrase, "I love you" ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
People Are Like Suns2007#85
Show Me The Way2021#39

While it may seem that I've been extremely harsh to not include Crowded House more often in my EOYs, it's worth noting that "People Are Like Suns" is very much a deep cut that I discovered when researching for 2007, and they were a bit unfortunate to miss out in 1996. I will keep the retro project going, so sooner rather than later their list of entries is going to become more substantial. Nonetheless, there's the elephant in the room that a 2021 album released by a veteran band that peaked commercially before I was born has its work cut it out for it in making an impression on me. But what a wonderful job they did. "Love Isn't Hard At All" is a good example of a chilled out vibe that this record provides, which if you've read my preamble you'll know is something I'm not adverse to.

8. Joyner Lucas & Lil Baby - Ramen & OJ

♫ I made 'em fall like I'm rakin' the leaves, you know I ball like I play for the league ♫

Previous entries [Lil Baby]YearPosition
Real As It Gets (with EST Gee)2021#64

Nowadays I do listen to a lot of rap music, so I can say with more certainty than I've ever had that this is just how it's done. Production that matches the tempo of the verses, the piano is well worked in with the rest of the beat, and both rappers do an admirable job here. I have never seen Joyner as anything more than just a throwaway bandwagony type of rapper without any distinctive style, so I suppose it really depends on who he's working with to see if something will work for me. Lil Baby on the other hand has had a bit more success on my chart at least but I'm still far from his biggest fan. So, quite simply out of the blue, and in part because my continual devotion to watching Billboard Breakdown every week, this came up on my radar and I'm glad I gave it a proper shot. It initially was just a mild hit but then had a second wind for me and became one of the biggest songs from the genre all year.

7. alt-J - U&ME

♫ Round of kimonos for my girls in the sun, sending videos to friends in London ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tessellate2013#23
Breezeblocks2013#39
Every Other Freckle2014#94
3WW2017#1
Last Year2017#9
Deadcrush2017#18
House of the Rising Sun2017#38
In Cold Blood2017#76
In Cold Blood [Twin Shadow Version] (with Pusha T & Twin Shadow)2018#25
House of the Rising Sun [Tuka Version] (with Tuka)2018#98

I've never actually been to or inside the Coburg Velodrome but I used to spend a lot of time driving around that area several years ago. It turns out that this random park hosts the occasional music gig/festival and that's where alt-J were inspired to write this song. It captures a narrative of a festivalgoer who has had quite a big day and instead of thinking that he's finding love, he's instead being helped by someone who realises that he's completely indisposed. While they continue to show their creativity in songwriting, the sounds are not completely new for alt-J fans such as myself. The main riff is a solid one and the louder bridge is quite an awesome moment too.

6. The Horrors - Against The Blade

♫ And when the scales are weighted and all your skin is stored, why say a prayer when there's just nothing to save? ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Something To Remember Me By2017#70

Here we go. Did I expect The Horrors to do this kind of thing in 2021? Did I expect it to go THIS HARD??? Did I expect the Western Bulldogs to put up more of a fight in the Grand Final? No, no and yes respectively. When Faris sings "NO SENSATION" it's one of the most enjoyable music moments of the year, and the fact that this Muse/Nine Inch Nails throwback took over my charts right at the end of the year is something I totally welcome.

5. alt-J - Get Better

♫ You were the baker, I'll christen this new era with the smell of freshly baked bread, your Nutella, I'll keep it in the cellar, you were always a fan of that spread ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
Tessellate2013#23
Breezeblocks2013#39
Every Other Freckle2014#94
3WW2017#1
Last Year2017#9
Deadcrush2017#18
House of the Rising Sun2017#38
In Cold Blood2017#76
In Cold Blood [Twin Shadow Version] (with Pusha T & Twin Shadow)2018#25
House of the Rising Sun [Tuka Version] (with Tuka)2018#98
U&ME2021#7

Okay so at this point alt-J are just cheating; baiting me with writing an emotional song like this that's clearly going to hit me square in the eyes. Such delicate and classy work all round here, with the protagonist waiting for their loved one to leave ICU, knowing that they probably won't but clinging onto any sort of hope, all the while at home alone leaving the house the way that they would if they were there. Very much calling upon what worked so insanely well in 2017, and that's what has me absolutely enthralled for what is about to come.

4. Liars - Sekwar

♫ And the calls for transparency, at the bus stop, on the doormat, well I saw through all that, I found, I found holes in that ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
From What the Never Was2021#26

One of the most iconic intros to a song all year are the awkward and irregular combination of the synths and drumming that kicks off "Sekwar", the lead single to Liars' album "The Apple Drop". Angus was writing this near the time of the Capitol Building incident and the tension around the world then; with conflict put forward as the first option to break through said tension, even though all it clearly seeks to do is heighten it even further. But more importantly, I just think the song sounds rad. The bridge takes the listener to a wild place, with the pulsating synths making way for the main iconic riff to return before another big finish. It's wild stuff and there's absolutely nothing that sounds like it in any year, let alone in 2021.

3. For Those I Love - Birthday / The Pain

♫ And it still comes out when we get vocal, singing in the local, a lonely feeling came over me stealing, some sober as a judge, the other boys out the nut, and all of us dancing like there's no one left in the world but us, and these days it feels like there isn't ♫

Previous entriesYearPosition
I Have a Love2020#9

"Birthday / The Pain" instrumentally may well be the only bright moment on the record, but lyrically tells the tale where a man was stabbed and thrown out of a car when David Balfe was at soccer training aged 6. There are other reference points where he indicates the role of soccer in his life, in particular Shelbourne who are his local club. He then grappled with going to school the next day, forced to live despite the horror that his young eyes had just witnessed. He concludes that as a reward for confronting these moments, all that happens is that you spend time with your friends to paper over the cracks while everything around you stays the same. There are so many things I could say about this album but the easiest way to summarise it all up is that David has truly moved me with his loving tributes to family and friends, and what they have done to support him becoming the person he is today. Although of course far less immediate to what occurred to us in 2020, during last year we lost a couple of people both to very different but tragic circumstances in their own way. From time to time I reflect inward when this comes on. His tributes make me think about the values we hold dear, and how the people we leave behind want us to move forward.

2. Famous - The Beatles

♫ Because I'm a pretty successful person, but I miss the girl I used to speak to when it got dark, when it gets dark, I miss the fourth of July, I miss Miami, I miss England, I miss every phone call I made from Italy ♫

I first came across Famous from a Fantano tweet where he called this song "dope". He was in fact right. Not to be confused with the rapper who despite also being obscure once collaborated with Chamillionaire, the London band are so unconventional in their approach that it's hard to know where to look. For starters, the drums are on a constant loop of increasing volume and intensity and then breaking back to softness continually throughout the whole track. The piano repeats itself over and over again and it's an extremely catchy tune. Most of all, the band is fronted by Jack Merrett who is simply a captivating performer. His dry spoken word style interchanges constantly with his charismatic yelling-like style of singing and it's amazing to listen to. And then the bridge just goes ahead and blows me away every time. It's so extremely meticulous and well performed, but at the same time extremely esoteric which makes it extremely my shit.

1. Famous - Stars

♫ What are you doing with the future? God I hope it hasn't started yet, take the first one easy on him, he's just scared that maybe someone sort of knows him ♫

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The only other band that has occupied the top two spots in the same EOY list is Franz Ferdinand who achieved this feat both in 2004 and 2009. That however, as you would probably guess, are absolute anomalies that I never expected would be repeated again. Especially when there's an argument to be made that I listen to more music than ever before and that in 2021 I charted more songs than ever (this has increased consistently for five years running to a peak of 571 songs last year). For a period during last year these two songs were all I could think about musically. And all this for a band that I had only discovered just over seven months ago.

This does give off huge LCD Soundsystem vibes, even if that's the only other band I've ever heard, but I do hear it predominantly in the way the synths mix in with the consistent drumming. I think what makes it truly special is the way Jack despondently explains how he's had periods of suffering and yet he feels like he's made it out the other side; and yet, there's still so much needless pressure on him to do more after a tough breakup; so much so that he needs to escape even in light of his parents acknowledging that they need to take it easier on him. I like many people can acknowledge that I too have fallen apart sometimes, and I've kind of survived, and in fact I do think I've made it; so even though this doesn't copy and paste my experiences word for word, the lyrics are both accurate and apt. The bridge allows the synth to basically have its own solo and it's such a beautiful moment, creating a weird sense of both tension and sheer apathy as the song builds to its crescendo. Then the final chorus with its heightened intensity (almost making me feel claustrophobic, if that's even possible) is the musical equivalent of the curtains being closed on a masterpiece performance. This song, without being too dramatic, really is the light emerging at the end of quite a long tunnel for me that began close to five years ago when everything started to get so much more real.

I can't explain just how easy of a decision this was, nothing else ever came remotely close in 2021. As soon as this took over last year it was simply immovable.



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