Tracks of the Year 2019 10 – 1

20 – 11 here, and Albums of the Year here.

10 Lana Del Rey, ‘The Greatest’

9 Thom Yorke, ‘Dawn Chorus’

8 Haim, ‘Summer Girl’

7 Karen O & Danger Mouse, ‘Ministry’

6 Billie Eilish, ‘Bad Guy’

5 Sharon Van Etten, ‘Seventeen’

4 Big Thief, ‘Not’

3 Metronomy, ‘Salted Caramel Ice Cream’

2 Vampire Weekend, ‘Harmony Hall’

1 Lizzo, ‘Juice’

 

Previous winners:
2018 Ariana Grande, ‘thank u, next’
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’

Tracks of the Year 2019 20 – 11

Albums of the Year here.

Nearly-but-not-quite: Vampire Weekend, ‘This Life’; Mark Ronson featuring Lykke Li, ‘Late Night Feelings’; Angel Olsen, ‘Lark’ and ‘All Mirrors’; Michael Kiwanuka, ‘Hero’; Bon Iver, ‘Hey Ma’ and ‘U (Man Like)’; Ciara, ‘Thinkin Bout You’; Elbow, ‘White Noise White Heat’; Mannequin Pussy, ‘Drunk II’; Caroline Polachek, ‘So Hot You’re Hurting My Feelings’; Hannah Cohen, ‘All I Wanted’; Lucy Rose, ‘Conversation’; and Nilüfer Yanya, ‘In Your Head’.

CJ’s top 4 for 2019 are ‘Juice’ by Lizzo; ‘Vossi Bop’ by Stormzy; ‘Sucker’ by Jonas Brothers; and ‘Old Town Road’ by Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus). An unprecedented 50% of them – 50%! – will also feature in my list.

20 Nilüfer Yanya, ‘Paralysed’
19 Lil Nas X (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus), ‘Old Town Road’
18 Georgia, ‘About Work The Dancefloor’
17 Taylor Swift, ‘The Archer’
16 sir Was (feat. Little Dragon), ‘Deployed’
15 Taylor Swift, ‘Cruel Summer’
14 Lana Del Rey, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’
13 Weyes Blood, ‘Movies’
12 Lana Del Rey, ‘hope is a dangerous thing for a woman like me to have – but i have it’
11 Big Thief, ‘U.F.O.F.’

Albums of the Year 2019

My top 10 albums of the year below, with my top 20 tracks coming tomorrow to round off the year.

Near misses, as far as the albums are concerned, from Thom Yorke, Joan Shelley, Purple Mountains, Metronomy, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Julia Jacklin, Tyler, the Creator, Stella Donnelly, Coldplay, FKA twigs, Michael Kiwanuka, Clairo, Hot Chip, and Lily & Madeleine.

As was the case last year, an overwhelming majority of the albums in my list are by female artists or (in the case of Big Thief) a female-led band. I’m not planning for this to happen – or, for that matter, not happen; that’s just how the cards are falling. But it may simply reflect the fact that female artists are, generally, making more interesting music just now.

10 Billie Eilish, ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
9 Big Thief, ‘U.F.O.F.’
8 Sharon Van Etten, ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’
7 Bon Iver, ‘i,i’
6 Big Thief, ‘Two Hands’
5 Weyes Blood, ‘Titanic Rising’
4 Angel Olsen, ‘All Mirrors’
3 Vampire Weekend, ‘Father Of The Bride’
2 Taylor Swift, ‘Lover’
1 Lana Del Rey, ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell!’

Previous winners:
2018 Kacey Musgraves, ‘Golden Hour’
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 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’

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’