Favourite songs of 2020

Only fifteen songs this year. A lot of good but often depressing music was made given that it was 2020, and I’ve limited this to songs that excite me whenever I hear them.

  1. Inara George, Dave Grohl – Sex in Cars: Road Angel Project
  2. Perfume Genius – On the Floor
  3. Julia Stone – Break
  4. Bombay Bicycle Club – Is It Real?
  5. Cardioid – Old Records
  6. Sharon Van Etten – Let Go
  7. Liza Anne – Bad Vacation
  8. Tim Heidecker – Fear of Death
  9. Hayley Williams – Simmer
  10. Katy J Pearson – Take Back the Radio
  11. The Paper Kites, Julia Stone – Without Your Love
  12. Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion – WAP
  13. Boy & Bear – Wicked Game (Acoustic)
  14. The Beths – I’m Not Getting Excited
  15. Phoebe Bridgers – ICU

Matt's votes for the 2020 Hottest 100

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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

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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.

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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.