Favourite songs of 2016

  1. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
  2. Har Mar Superstar – I Hope
  3. Margaret Glaspy – You and I
  4. Radiohead – Burn the Witch
  5. Lucy Dacus – I Don’t Wanna Be Funny Anymore
  6. Miike Snow – Genghis Khan
  7. ANOHNI – Drone Bomb Me
  8. D.D Dumbo – Walrus
  9. Kishi Bashi – m’lover
  10. Let’s Eat Grandma – Rapunzel
  11. David Bowie – Lazarus
  12. Montaigne – Because I Love You
  13. Daniel Lanois, Rocco DeLuca – Deconstruction
  14. Sweet Jean – Everything Changes
  15. San Cisco – SloMo
  16. Teen Commandments – Big Old Brain
  17. Good Boy – Poverty Line
  18. Holy Holy – Elevator
  19. The Julie Ruin – I Decide
  20. Big Thief – Masterpiece
  21. Bossie – A Lot Like Love
  22. Gold Class – Kids On Fire
  23. Cousin Tony’s Brand New Firebird – Make It
  24. I Know Leopard – Rather Be Lonely
  25. William Crighton – Priest
  26. Mark Pritchard, Bibio – Give It Your Choir
  27. Metronomy, Robyn – Hang Me out to Dry (with Robyn)
  28. Sarah Blasko – I Wanna Be Your Man
  29. Shura – What’s It Gonna Be?
  30. Psychic Twin – Strangers

Playlists

Spotify playlist

YouTube playlist

January 26

I didn’t submit my top ten to this year’s Hottest 100, since I don’t think Australia Day should be celebrated as long as it’s held on January 26th. Instead I voted only for A.B. Original – January 26. It’s an important message, but I also like the tune.

Favourite songs of 2015 (excluding Hamilton)

My top thirty tracks of the year that aren’t on the Hamilton recording.

Spotify playlist
YouTube playlist

Starts with my top ten for Hottest 100 purposes, the rest are ordered by (Spotify) track length. This year I restricted myself to one track per artist in the top ten. Was itching to have more Barnett, Grimes, Torres.

  1. Pedestrian At Best – Courtney Barnett
  2. Sprinter – Torres
  3. California – Grimes
  4. Fourth of July – Sufjan Stevens
  5. Clearest Blue – CHVRCHES
  6. Electric Indigo – The Paper Kites
  7. Price Tag – Sleater-Kinney
  8. Huarache Lights – Hot Chip
  9. Automaton – Là-bas
  10. Puppet Theatre (feat. Peter, Bjorn and John) – Claptone
  • Waste the Alphabet – Dick Diver
  • Nobody Really Cares If You Don’t Go To The Party – Courtney Barnett
  • Fading Out – Lurch & Chief
  • Too Much Time Together – San Cisco
  • Never Ending Circles – CHVRCHES
  • Running With The Wolves – AURORA
  • Hiding To Nothing – Bad//Dreems
  • Distant Past – Everything Everything
  • Born Again Teen – Lucius
  • Cream On Chrome – Ratatat
  • Leave A Trace – CHVRCHES
  • A Heroine – Holy Holy
  • Boys Latin – Panda Bear
  • Flesh without Blood – Grimes
  • Son, You Are No Island – Torres
  • Into The Cave – Lonelady
  • Poison Drum – Gang of Youths
  • Evil Eyes – Róisín Murphy
  • Let It Happen – Tame Impala
  • Blackstar – David Bowie

Honourable Mentions:

The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording is my album of the decade, hands-down. Nothing came close to topping it this year. But being a musical – and a good musical – most of its songs require the context of the others, so it’s difficult to name them in a list like this.

Since it’s primarily a hip-hop musical, Cabinet Battle #1 is the best example of the show. But if there was going to be a breakaway pop hit it would probably be Wait For It, sung by Leslie Odom Jr’s Aaron Burr.

Favourite songs of 2014

My top thirty tracks of the year. Starts with my top ten, the rest are ordered by (Spotify) track length.

Spotify playlist
YouTube playlist

“I’m wearing Win Butler’s hair
There’s a scalpless singer of a Montreal rock band somewhere
And he’s all right”

  1. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Do I Have The Time
  2. Röyksopp & Robyn – Monument (The Inevitable End Version)
  3. Happyness – Montreal Rock Band Somewhere
  4. St. Vincent – Birth In Reverse
  5. La Roux – Kiss And Not Tell
  6. Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna
  7. Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me
  8. Eleanor Dunlop – Disguise
  9. The Preatures – Better Than It Ever Could Be
  10. Bertie Blackman – War Of One
  • Bad//Dreems – Dumb Ideas
  • The Bohicas – XXX
  • SBTRKT – NEW DORP. NEW YORK
  • Broods – Mother & Father
  • East – Your Ghost
  • St. Vincent – Digital Witness
  • The Griswolds – Beware The Dog
  • The Preatures – Somebody’s Talking
  • Highasakite – Darth Vader
  • Ecca Vandal – White Flag
  • Kimbra – 90s Music
  • First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
  • Jack White – Lazaretto
  • CHVRCHES – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
  • The Babe Rainbow – Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest
  • Superfood – Right On Satellite
  • Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
  • City Calm Down – Pavement
  • Glass Animals – Pools
  • Lana Del Rey – Shades Of Cool

Honourable mention:

My top thirty are those I can play over and over again, and although this one doesn’t qualify on that count it’s the most entertaining song of 2014. And it did us a favour by allowing us to listen to the catchy tune of the original without being subjected to its lyrics.