Tracks of the Year 2018 10 – 1

Tracks 20-11 here, and my top 20 albums here.

Fingers crossed for us all in 2019. As for 2018: looks like I picked the wrong year to quit sniffing glue.

10 Beak>, ‘Brean Down’

 

9 Sharon Van Etten, ‘Comeback Kid’


8 Arctic Monkeys, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’


7 Tomberlin, ‘Self-Help’


6 Adrianne Lenker, ‘symbol’


5 Christine and the Queens, ‘The Walker’


4 Noname, ‘Self’


3 Shame, ‘One Rizla’


2 Thom Yorke, ‘Suspirium’


1 Ariana Grande, ‘thank u, next’


Previous winners:
2017 Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean, ‘Feels’
2016 Radiohead, ‘Burn The Witch’
2015 Beach House, ‘Elegy To The Void’
2014 Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’
2013 Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’
2012 Tame Impala, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
2011 Metronomy, ‘The Bay’
2010 Janelle Monáe, ‘Cold War’
2009 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Heads Will Roll’
2008 Fleet Foxes, ‘White Winter Hymnal’

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Tracks of the Year 2018 20 – 11

My top 10 tracks tomorrow, to finish the year. As ever, there was plenty of excellent music which didn’t quite make my final list, such as ‘High Horse’ by Kacey Musgraves, ‘After The Storm’ by Kali Uchis (featuring Tyler, The Creator and Bootsy Collins), ‘Missing U’ by Robyn, ‘Mariners Apartment Complex’ by Lana Del Rey, ‘Everybody Loves You’ by SOAK, ‘M.A.H.’ by U.S. Girls, ‘New England’ by Phosphorescent, ‘Never Be The Same’ by Camila Cabello, ‘Love It If We Made It’ by The 1975, ‘Talking Straight’ by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ by Mark Ronson and Miley Cyrus, ‘Shallow’ by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, and ‘No Tears Left To Cry’ by Ariana Grande.

‘Shallow’ and ‘No Tears’ are also on CJ’s top 5 of the year, as are ‘Never Enough’ by Loren Allred; ‘These Days’ by Rudimental featuring Jess Glynn, Macklemore and Dan Caplen; and ‘This Is Me’ by Keala Settle. Her list is in no particular order. Mine very much is, otherwise what’s the point? (This question continues to be rhetorical.)

20 Beach House, ‘Lemon Glow’


19 Cardi B (featuring Bad Bunny & J Balvin, ‘I Like It’


18 Interpol, ‘The Rover’


17 Father John Misty, ‘Mr. Tillman’


16 Janelle Monáe, ‘Make Me Feel’


15 Christine and the Queens (featuring Dâm-Funk), ‘Girlfriend’


14 Courtney Barnett, ‘Charity’


13 Kacey Musgraves, ‘Butterflies’


12 Iceage (featuring Sky Ferreira), ‘Pain Killer’


11 Thom Yorke, ‘Unmade’

Albums of the Year 2018

My top 20 tracks of 2018 will be along before the end of the year. Albums first, though, and this time there were near misses from Cat Power, The 1975, Phosphorescent, Adrianne Lenker (who, as Big Thief, made what was nearly my favourite album of 2017, and is clearly a talent to be reckoned with), Boy Azooga, Low, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Young Fathers, Camila Cabello, and some new guy called Paul McCartney.

20 Gruff Rhys, ‘Babelsberg’
19 The Good, The Bad, & The Queen, ‘Merrie Land’
18 Mitski, ‘Be the Cowboy’
17 MGMT, ‘Little Dark Age’
16 U.S. Girls, ‘In a Poem Unlimited’
15 Ariana Grande, ‘Sweetener’
14 Robyn, ‘Honey’
13 Kathryn Joseph, ‘From When I Wake the Want Is’
12 Courtney Barnett, ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’
11 Kali Uchis, ‘Isolation’

10 The Orielles, ‘Silver Dollar Moment’
9 boygenius, ‘boygenius EP’
8 Soccer Mommy, ‘Clean’
7 Noname, ‘Room 25’
6 Arctic Monkeys, ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’
5 Christine and the Queens, ‘Chris’
4 Tomberlin, ‘At Weddings’
3 Janelle Monáe, ‘Dirty Computer’
2 Beach House, ‘7’
1 Kacey Musgraves, ‘Golden Hour’

Previous winners:

2017 Lorde, ‘Melodrama’
2016 Radiohead, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’
2015 Sufjan Stevens, ‘Carrie & Lowell’
2014 La Roux, ‘Trouble In Paradise’
2013 Vampire Weekend, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’
2012 Tame Impala, ‘Lonerism’
2011 Bon Iver, ‘Bon Iver’
2010 Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
2009 Animal Collective, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion
2008 TV On The Radio, ‘Dear Science’

Tracks of the Year 2017 10 – 1

20-11 here.

10 ‘Hard Times’, Paramore

 

9 ‘Liability’, Lorde

 

8 ‘Mystery Of Love’, Sufjan Stevens

 

7 ‘Holy Mountain’, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

 

6 ‘Tonya Harding’, Sufjan Stevens

 

5 ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D.’, Superorganism

 

4 ‘Bad Liar’, Selena Gomez

 

3 ‘Chained To The Rhythm’, Katy Perry featuring Skip Marley

 

2 ‘Dum Surfer’, King Krule

 

1 ‘Feels’, Calvin Harris featuring Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, and Big Sean

 

Previous winners:

2016 Radiohead, ‘Burn The Witch’
2015 Beach House, ‘Elegy To The Void’
2014 Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’
2013 Daft Punk, Get Lucky’
2012 Tame Impala, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’
2011 Metronomy, ‘The Bay’
2010 Janelle Monáe, ‘Cold War’
2009 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Heads Will Roll’
2008 Fleet Foxes, ‘White Winter Hymnal’

Tracks of the Year 2017 20-11

My top 10 tomorrow to conclude my business for 2017. Near misses this year for ‘The Architect’ by Jane Weaver, ‘New Rules’ by Dua Lipa, ‘Star Roving’ by Slowdive, ‘disco tits’ by Tove Lo, ‘The Arrow And The Aim’ and ‘I Come Home To You’ by Nadia Reid, ‘Czech One’ by King Krule, ‘Put Your Money On Me’ by Arcade Fire, ‘Finders Keepers’ by Mabel featuring Kojo Funds, ‘Motion Sickness’ by Phoebe Bridgers, ‘Gorgeous’ by Taylor Swift, ‘Capacity’ and ‘Mary’ by Big Thief, ‘DNA’ by Kendrick Lamar, ‘Bodak Yellow’ by Cardi B, ‘Bike Dream’ by Rostam, ‘Hurtin’ Me’ by Stefflon Don featuring French Montana, ‘Perfect Places’ by Lorde, ‘Appointments’ by Julien Baker, ‘Apocalypse’ by Cigarettes After Sex, ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ by Sampha, ‘Despacito’ by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber, and many others.

CJ’s top 5 is ‘Despacito’ (see above), ‘Slide’ (see below), ‘September Song’ by JB Cooper, ‘Something Just Like This’, by The Chainsmokers and Coldplay, and ‘It Ain’t Me’ by Kygo and Selena Gomez.

20 ‘Boys’, Charli XCX

 

19 ‘Third Of May’, Fleet Foxes

 

18 ‘The Louvre’, Lorde

 

17 ‘Slide’, Calvin Harris featuring Frank Ocean and Migos

 

16 ‘Deadly Valentine’, Charlotte Gainsbourg

 

15 ‘Permanating’, Steven Wilson

 

14 ‘Cut To The Feeling’, Carly Rae Jepsen

 

13 ‘Mythological Beauty’, Big Thief

 

12 ‘Everything Now’, Arcade Fire

 

11 ‘Baby Luv’, Nilüfer Yanya

Album of the Year 2017

Once again this year I listened to a ton of stuff, thanks to Apple Music. A lot of it was good, and some of it was very good. I’m not convinced, though, that there were any truly exceptional albums this year: generally when I start doing my end-of-year sifting I have a reasonable idea what my favourite 2 or 3 will be, but not this time. In fact, I’m a little surprised by what’s turned out to be top of my list. But top it definitely is.

Near misses this year from Calvin Harris, Slowdive, Jane Weaver, Thundercat, Julie Byrne, Sampha, Cigarettes After Sex, Kelela, Lana Del Rey, Joan Shelley, Queens Of The Stone Age, St. Vincent, Kendrick Lamar, The National, Anna Ternheim, Marika Hackman, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Broken Social Scene, and Baxter Dury,

10 Perfume Genius, ‘No Shape’
9 Arcade Fire, ‘Everything Now’
8 Dan Auerbach, ‘Waiting On A Song’
7 Phoebe Bridgers, ‘Stranger In The Alps’
6 Fleet Foxes, ‘Crack-Up’
5 Charlotte Gainsbourg, ‘Rest’
4 Julien Baker, ‘Turn Out The Lights’
3 Nadia Reid, ‘Preservation’
2 Big Thief, ‘Capacity’
1 Lorde, ‘Melodrama’


Previous winners:

2016 Radiohead, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’
2015 Sufjan Stevens, ‘Carrie & Lowell’
2014 La Roux, ‘Trouble In Paradise’
2013 Vampire Weekend, ‘Modern Vampires of the City’
2012 Tame Impala, ‘Lonerism’
2011 Bon Iver, ‘Bon Iver’
2010 Beach House, ‘Teen Dream’
2009 Animal Collective, ‘Merriweather Post Pavilion
2008 TV On The Radio, ‘Dear Science’

Tracks of the Year 2016 10 – 1

30-11 here.

10 Radiohead, ‘Present Tense’

9 Kitten, ‘Fall On Me’

8 Radiohead, ‘The Numbers’

7 Sturgill Simpson, ‘Breakers Roar’

6 The Monkees, ‘Me And Magdalena’

5 Beyoncé, ‘Hold Up’

4 Frank Ocean, ‘Ivy’

3 Radiohead, ‘True Love Waits’

2 Radiohead, ‘Daydreaming’

1 Radiohead, ‘Burn The Witch’

(Previous winners: 2008 Fleet Foxes, ‘White Winter Hymnal’; 2009 Yeah Yeah Yeahs, ‘Heads Will Roll’; 2010 Janelle Monáe, ‘Cold War’; 2011 Metronomy, ‘The Bay’; 2012 Tame Impala, ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’; 2013 Daft Punk, Get Lucky’; 2014 Taylor Swift, ‘Shake It Off’; 2015 Beach House, ‘Elegy To The Void’.)