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Best of 2020 - Albums

Kelly Lee Owens

1. Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song
Smalltown Supersound

In a year of fine ambient work from artists like Emily A. Sprague, Sarah Devachi and (further down this list) Beatrice Dillon and Nicolas Jaar, it was the artist who took the notion of "sound healing" back to the (virtual/imagined) club who made the most hypnotic, meaningful, and indeed curative record of the year. Like so much work that was conceptualized pre-pandemic but consumed under quarantine, it feels startlingly predictive of the emotions and needs of the isolated and traumatized. "Re-Wild" makes a call for a kind of feral creativity as a response to despair, and "Jeannette" offers a matter-of-fact approach to grief. But this is not a morose album in any sense; the insistent beats and soaring melodies make it a gratifying catharsis.







RTJ

2. Run the Jewels - RTJ4
Jewel Runners

Another album aligned all too well with this traumatic year, the most urgent and necessary—and cacophonous—hip hop production since Public Enemy.

 



Yves Tumor

3. Yves Tumor - Heaven to a Tortured Mind
Warp

Veering guitar-ward from his electronica-infused 2018 album Safe in the Hands of Love (also #3 on my list that year), Heaven seems to place Tumor at an almost Bowie-like position: a kind of post-human rock star whose sheer charisma steers a raucous band into howling ecstasy.




DJ Python

4. DJ Python - Mas Amable
Incensio

Say what you will about 2020, but at least this year we learned that hazy reggaeton ÷ spacey drum 'n' bass = upside-down Boards of Canada ¯\_(ツ)_/¯




Soft Pink Truth

5. The Soft Pink Truth - Shall We Go On Sinning So That Grace May Increase?
Thrill Jockey

The defiantly experimental Drew Daniel pulls off his wiliest surprise yet: an album of warm, atmospheric house and heartfelt, almost reverent ambient loops, all in service of an inspiring message of hope.




Ant LaRock

6. Ant LaRock - BK
Brobot

Despite the absence of clubs, the cutting edges of house music bubbled with incredible creativity in 2020, albeit almost entirely in single form (see my singles list below). Here's the exception: an atmospheric and vivid album-length tribute to Brooklyn, like a deep house version of David Holmes' Let's Get Killed.




Sault

7. Sault - Untitled (Black Is)/Untitled (Rise)
Forever Living Originals

Two albums, released three months apart, whose loose (and, sure, sometimes ragged) sprawl is part of the appeal, since the goals—gathering up whole histories of funk, gospel and soul in service of a moment of unimaginable Black grief, trauma, and hope—are so profound, and so necessary.




Tame Impala

8. Tame Impala - The Slow Rush
Modular

After three stunning albums from Kevin Parker's psychedelic project, each more groundbreaking, energetic, and electronica-tinged than the last, The Slow Rush's chilled disco and slow jams can at first seem like a step back, or at least a bit of a lie-down. But further listens reveal a layered richness to the mellow vibe, and a profound meditation on time and its imperceptible yet all-too-quick passage.




Fontaines

9. Fontaines D.C. - A Hero's Death
Partisan

Echoing the spacey expanse of Can, the wry humor of Gang of Four, and the stark outlook of Daydream Nation-era Sonic Youth, Fontaines D.C. stands on the shoulders of giants. But the Dublin combo's second album feels urgent and necessary, a deeply personal ode to the struggles of contemporary life.




Beatrice Dillon

10. Beatrice Dillon - Workaround
PAN

Is 150 bpm the "tempo of the year"? As in some of DJ Python's slippery tracks (see above), 150 bpm can read either as hyperspeed or as a loping half-speed 75 bpm, strangely perfect for a year that felt both jittery and exhausting. All of Workaround is set at this tempo, and the rigid yet perspective-tricking framework gives the constantly surprising cornucopia of sonic elements a coherent structure, a stark grid on which a museum's worth of tones hang.




11. Arca - KiCK i
(XL)
12. Jessy Lanza - All the Time
(Hyperdub)
13. Lil Uzi Vert - Eternal Awake
(Atlantic)
14. Ela Minus - Acts of Rebellion
(Domino)
15. Yaeji - What We Drew
(XL)
16. Dan Kye - Small Moments
(Rhythm Section International)
17. Caribou - Suddenly
(Merge)
18. Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith - The Mosaic of Transformation
(Ghostly)
19. Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
(Other People)
20. Rone - Room With a View
(Infine)

21. Doves - The Universal Want
(Heavenly)
22. Bdrmm - Bedroom
(Sonic Cathedral)
23. Little Dragon - New Me, Same Us
(Ninja Tune)
24. Deftones - Ohms
(Reprise)
25. Christopher Port - Ritual Music
(Future Classic)
26. Natasha Kmeto - You've Never Danced Alone
(Future Archive)
27. Popcaan - FIXTAPE
(Unruly / OVO Sound)
28. Buscabulla - Regresa
(Ribbon Music)
29. Julianna Barwick - Healing Is a Miracle
(Ninja Tune)
30. Empress Of - I'm Your Empress Of
(XL)

31. Daniel Bortz - Stay
(Permanent Vacation)
32. Grimes - Miss Anthropocene
(4AD)
33. Upsammy - Zoom
(Dekmantel)
34. Jam City - Pillowland
(Earthly)
35. Actress - Karma & Desire
(Ninja Tune)
36. Thundercat - It Is What It Is
(Brainfeeder)
37. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - Alfredo
(Empire)
38. Autechre - Sign
(Warp)

 


Best of 2020 - Songs

1. India Jordan - "For You"
Local Action

There were a lot of songs this year that made me ache to hear them out, whether in the thumping coccoon of a subterranean club, or amongst 20,000 close friends at a raucous festival. But no track made me yearn more for that experience—or exemplified its joys—than "For You." Essentially a (not even really in key) mashup, the track multiplies two euphoric samples into an irresistible blast of joy, as well as a profound statement of self-acceptance.





2. Ela Minus - "Dominique"
Domino

Okay, this is another on the long list of "Things Made Pre Pandemic That Sure Seem Prophetic Now," but it's a pretty great one, making explicit how it turns out the enforced isolation of lockdown is a lot like plain old depression. We're all going to need so much therapy when this is over.





3. Tame Impala - "Lost In Yesterday"
Modular

The subtle yet soaring highlight of Kevin Parker's "mellow album," its hypnotic (and perhaps wryly retro?) triple-time groove perfectly embodies the exhortation to live without regrets. Plus a real hoot of a video.





4. Bad Bunny - "Safaera"
Rimas

Again, perhaps it's the Year Without a Club making me cling to anything that reminded me of a DJ set. But there's something so audacious about this three (or more?)-songs-in-one trickery, and every single bar is blazing reggaeton fire.





5. Jayda G - "Both of Us"
Ninja Tune

First, we have the best piano line of the year: four bars, two chords, immediately thrilling and sultry. Then, the most heartbroken line of the year: "I can love enough/for the both of us." Oof. And then, the most effective tempo slowdown since Lil Louis, but instead of the purely carnal effect of the tempo slide in "French Kiss," here the deceleration aches with unrequited desire.





6. Megan Thee Stallion - "Savage (Remix) (Feat. Beyonce)"
300

Kudos to the other Megan the Stallion track this year, but despite WAP's meme-able raunch, it wasn't really that interesting, sonically or otherwise. The real excitement was Megan's other collab; its oddball chords never seem to resolve the track's perfectly balanced tension, and the vocal deliveries walk a high-wire of hyperprecision and blasé confidence.





7. Overmono - "Everything U Need"
XL

One of the most exciting new acts out there, Overmono had a couple great tracks this year, but "Everything U Need" is minimalist perfection. In six minutes, woozily detuned lead tones give way to subtle pads and jittery vocal glitches, and that's kind of it. I mean, its kick drum is barely even there, but it packs a greater punch than any booshy EDM.





8. The Avalanches feat ft. Jamie xx, Neneh Cherry, CLYPSO - "Wherever You Go"
Merge

Here's another multiple-songs-in-one variations-on-a-theme type track, with at least three "acts" in its six minutes. Chalk it up to the Avalanches' mystical sample-wielding alchemy that all the cheesy "one love" elements here somehow come together into something truly inspiring.





9. Kelly Lee Owens - "Melt!"
Smalltown Supersound

The stomping centerpiece of Inner Song, "Melt!" famously layers actual audio of glacial meltwater on top of its classic techno squiggles. Global warming: you're dancing to it.





10. Thundercat - "Dragonball Durag"
Brainfeeder

Tell me, am I doing it right?





11. Muzi - "Don't Let Me Go"
(WE.THE.BUNDU)
12. Logic1000 - "Perfume"
(Therapy)
13. Bicep - "Apricots" / "Atlas" (tie)
(Ninja Tune)
14. Romy - "Lifetime"
(Young Turks)
15. Bonobo & TEED - "Heartbreak"
(Outlier)
16. Jessy Lanza - "Lick In Heaven"
(Hyperdub)
17. Little Dragon - "Every Rain"
(Ninja Tune)
18. Natasha Kmeto - "Lagged"
(Future Archive)
19. Dua Lipa - "Don't Start Now"
(Warner)
20. Caribou - "Never Come Back"
(Merge)

21. Kelly Lee Owens -"Night"
(Smalltown Supersound)
22. Haruka Salt - "Pitch 'n Itch"
(Toucan Sounds)
23. Freddie Gibbs & The Alchemist - "Scottie Beam (feat. Rick Ross)"
(Empire)
24. Makez - "Elevation"
(Let's Play House)
25. Ela Minus - "They Told Us It Was Hard, But They Were Wrong"
(Domino)
26. Air Tapes - "Club Silencio"
(Hubie Davison)
27. Jas Shaw - "You Needn't Be Either"
(Delicacies)
28. Budakid - "Walkman"
(Exploited)
29. Allan Shotter - "Das Gift"
(2DIY4)
30. Disclosure & Fatoumata Diawara - "Douha (Mali Mali)"
(Island)
31. Christine & the Queens - "People, I've Been Sad"
(Because)
32. TSHA - "Sister"
(Ninja Tune)
33. Chicken Lips - "Goldenlips"
(Phantasy Sound)
34. Prospa - "Ecstasy (Over & Over)"
(Universal)
35. Arca feat. Rosalia "KLK"
(XL)
36. Cinthie - "Bassline"
(AUS Music)

 

 


 

Previous Years
2019
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Hval1. Jenny Hval - The Practice of Love
2. Thom Yorke - Anima
3. FKA twigs - Magdalene
4. Barker - Utility
5. Floating Points - Crush
6. Tyler, the Creator - Igor
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Ghosteen
8. Michael Kiwanuka - KIWANUKA
9. Muzi - Zeno
10. Special Request - Offworld

SINGLES

FKA twigs1. FKA twigs - Cellophane
2. Georgia - About Work the Dancefloor
3. Jenny Hval - Accident
4. Muzi - Stimela Segolide
5. Tyler, the Creator - EARFQUAKE
6. Marie Davidson - Work It (Soulwax Remix)
7. Thom Yorke - Impossible Knots
8. Michael Kiwanuka - You Ain't the Problem
9. Holly Herndon - Frontier
10. Caribou - You and I

2018
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. Low - Double Negative
2. DJ Koze - Knock Knock
3. Yves Tumor - Safe in the Hands of Love
4. Robyn - Honey
5. Leon Vynehall - Nothing is Still
6. Beach House - 7
7. Skee Mask - Compro
8. SOPHIE - OIL OF EVERY PEARL'S UN-INSIDES
9. Tirzah - Devotion
10. Helena Hauff - Qualm

SINGLES

Drake1. DJ Koze - Pick Up
2. Childish Gambino - This is America
3. Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget (Itgehane)
4. Tirzah - Gladly
5. Yves Tumor - Noid
6. SOPHIE - Is It Cold In the Water?
7. Bicep - Opal (Four Tet Remix)
8. Georgia - Started Out
9. Jungle - House In LA
10. Marie Davidson - Work It


2017
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. Kendrick Lamar - DAMN.
2. Juana Molina - Halo
3. LCD Soundsystem - American Dream
4. Kelly Lee Owens - S/T
5. Jlin - Black Origami
6. Slowdive - S/T
7. SZA - Ctrl
8. DJ Seinfeld - Time Spent Away From U
9. Fever Ray - Plunge
10. Actress - AZD

SINGLES

Drake1. LCD Soundsystem - Tonite
2. Kendrick Lamar - DNA.
3. The Blaze - Territory
4. Future - Mask Off
5. This Is the Kit - Moonshine Freeze
6. Camelphat & Elderbrook - Cola
7. Slowdive - Star Roving
8. Objekt - Theme from Q
9. Yaeji - drink i'm sippin on
10. Amadou & Mariam - Bofou Sofou

2016
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

David Bowie1. David Bowie - Blackstar
2. Kaytranada - 99.9%
3. Leon Vynehall - Rojus (Designed to Dance)
4. Solange - A Seat at the Table
5. A Tribe Called Quest - We got it from Here... Thank You 4 Your service
6. Jessy Lanza - Oh No
7. ANOHNI - Hopelessness
8. Anderson .Paak - Malibu
9. Ian William Craig - Centres
10. Jenny Hval - Blood Bitch

SINGLES

Drake1. Drake - One Dance
2. Solange - Don't Touch My Hair
3. Kanye West - Ultralight Beam
4. David Bowie - Lazarus
5. Leon Vynehall - Midnight on Rainbow Road (Beat Edit) / Blush
6. Beyonce - Formation
7. ANOHNI - Drone Bomb Me
8. A Tribe Called Quest - We the People...
9. Jenny Hval - Conceptual Romance
10. Kaytranada - LITE SPOTS

2015
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Jamie xx1. Jamie xx - In Colour
2. Kendrick Lamar - To Pimp a Butterfly
3. Tame Impala - Currents
4. George FitzGerald - Fading Love
5. Mbongwana Star - From Kinshasa
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra - Multi-Love
7. Floating Points - Eleania
8. Bob Moses - Days Gone By
9. Grimes - Art Angels
10. Hunee - Hunch Music

SINGLES

Tame Impala1. Tame Impala - Let It Happen
2. Jamie xx - I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times)
3. Grimes - Flesh Without Blood
4. Kendrick Lamar - Alright
5. Drake - Hotline Bling
6. Jamie xx - Loud Places
7. Camelphat - Constellations
8. Death Cab for Cutie - Black Sun
9. Panda Bear - Boys Latin
10. Linstrom - Home Tonight

2014
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Caribou1. Caribou - Our Love
2. FKA Twigs - LP1
3. Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels 2
4. Todd Terje - It's Album Time
5. Beck - Morning Phase
6. Little Dragon - Nabuma Rubberband
7. Perfume Genius - Too Bright
8. Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers
9. Leon Vynehall - Music for the Uninvited
10. Flying Lotus - You're Dead!

SINGLES

Future Islands1. Future Islands - Seasons (Waiting on You)
2. Caribou - Can't Do Without You
3. FKA Twigs - Two Weeks
4. tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain
5. Run the Jewels - Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)
6. Little Dragon - Klapp Klapp
7. Caribou - Our Love
8. Tove Lo - Habits (Stay High)
9. iLoveMakonnen - Tuesday
10. Todd Terje - Delorean Dynamite


2013
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE
ALBUMS

Kanye1. Kanye West - Yeezus
2. My Bloody Valentine - m b v
3. Disclosure - Settle
4. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
5. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
6. Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
7. The Knife - Shaking the Habitual
8. Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork
9. Special Request - Soul Music
10. Juana Molina - Wed 21


SINGLES

Kanye1. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
2. Kanye West - Black Skinhead
3. The National - Sea of Love
4. Drake - Hold On, We're Going Home
5. Sophie - Bipp
6. Disclosure feat. AlunaGeorge - White Noise
7. [tie] David Bowie - Love Is Lost (Hello Steve Reich Remix by James Murphy)
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
8. Kanye West - New Slaves
9. Chris Malinchak - So Good to Me
10. DJ Rashad - I Don't Give a Fuck
2012
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE
ALBUMS

Kanye1. Tame Impala - Lonerism
2. Com Truise - In Decay
3. Grimes - Visions
4. Kendrick Lamar - good kid, m.A.A.d. city
5. Beach House - In Bloom
6. Chromatics - Kill for Love
7. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs - Trouble
8. Allah-Las - S/T
9. Hot Chip - In Our Heads
10. Jon Talabot - fin

SINGLES

Kanye1. Grimes - Oblivion
2. Nas - The Don
3. Bear in Heaven - Sinful Nature
4. Julio Bashmore - Au Seve
5. Hot Chip - Motion Sickness
6. Actress - Caves of Paradise
7. Santigold - Disparate Youth
8. Tame Impala - Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
9. Disclosure - Latch
10. Kendrick Lamar - Swimming Pools (Drank)

2011
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Kanye1. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
2. Little Dragon - Ritual Union
3. Com Truise - Galactic Melt
4. TV On the Radio - Nine Types of Light
5. Radiohead - The King of Limbs
6. Tycho - Dive
7. Low - C'mon
8. SBTRKT - S/T
9. Machinedrum - Room(S)
10. The Field - Looping State of Mind


SINGLES

Kanye1. Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx - I'll Take Care of You
2. PJ Harvey - Words that Maketh Murder
3. Lil Wayne - Six Foot Seven Foot
4. Julio Bashmore - Battle for Middle You
5. The Drums - Money
6. James Blake - Limit to Your Love
7. M83 - Midnight City
8. SBTRKT - Wildfire
9. Washed Out - Amor Fati
10. Jay-Z & Kanye West - N****s in Paris

2010
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Kanye1. KANYE WEST - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
2. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - This Is Happening
3. THE NATIONAL - High Violet
4. CARIBOU - Swim
5. TAME IMPALA - InnerSpeaker
6. VAMPIRE WEEKEND - Contra
7. BONOBO - Black Sands
8. ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs
9. HOT CHIP - One Life Stand
10. GORILLAS - Plastic Beach

SINGLES

LCD1. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - Dance Yrself Clean
2. BIG BOI - Shutterbug
3. KANYE WEST - Power
4. ARCADE FIRE - The Suburbs
5. MAGNETIC MAN -
I Need Air
6. GORILLAZ - Stylo
7. TENSNAKE - Coma Cat
8. ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI - Round and Round
9. JANELLE MONAE - Tightrope
10. CARIBOU - Odessa


2009
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

AC1. ANIMAL COLLECTIVEMerriweather Post Pavillion
2. THE XX
S/T
3. FLAMING LIPS
Embryonic
4.
BIBIO Ambivalence Avenue
5. THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEARTS/T
6. BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW- Eating Us
7. BLOCKHEAD The Music Scene
8. MOS DEF –
The Ecstatic
9. BAT FOR LASHES –
Two Suns
10. LITTLE DRAGON – Machine Dreams

SINGLES

AC1. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE"My Girls"
2. PHOENIX
"1901"
3. MAJOR LAZER
"Pon De Floor"
4.
GRIZZLY BEAR "Two Weeks"
5. JOY ORBISON
"Hyph Mngo"
6. MIIKE SNOW - "Animal (Fake Blood remix)
7. BAT FOR LASHES"Daniel"
8. LA ROUX
"In For the Kill" (Skream)
9. MASSIVE ATTACK –
"Psyche (Flash Treatment)
10. JAY-Z – "Empire State of Mind"

2008
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

Portishead1. PORTISHEAD Third
2. TV ON THE RADIO
Dear Science
3. LIL WAYNE
Tha Carter III
4.
M83 Saturdays = Youth
5. HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR S/T
6. THE VERY BEST -Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit Are the Very Best
7. SANTOGOLD – S/T / SANTOGOLD VS. DIPLO – Top Ranking
8. FLYING LOTUS –
Los Angeles
9. BEACH HOUSE –
Devotion
10. KANYE WEST – 808s and Heartbreak

SINGLES

Santogold1. SANTOGOLD "L.E.S. Artistes"
2. LIL WAYNE
"A Milli"
3. MGMT
"Time to Pretend"
4. GLASVEGAS
"Geraldine"
5. FAKE BLOOD
"Mars"
6. KANYE WEST
"Love Lockdown"
7. VAMPIRE WEEKEND
"A-Punk"
8. DJ MUJAVA
"Township Funk"
9. PORTISHEAD
"Machine Gun"
10. CUT COPY
"Hearts on Fire"

2007
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

LCD1. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM Sound of Silver
2. RADIOHEAD
In Rainbows
3. M.I.A.
Kala
4.
LIL WAYNE Da Drought 3 / The Carter III
5. OF MONTREAL Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
6. KANYE WEST - Graduation
7. BLONDE REDHEAD – 23
8. JAY-Z –
American Gangster
9. CARIBOU –
Andorra
10. GUI BORATTO – Chromophobia

SINGLES

Rihanna1. Rihanna – "Umbrella"
2. LCD Soundsystem –
"All My Friends" / "Someone Great"
3. Battles –
"Atlas"
4. M.I.A. –
"Boyz"
5. Kanye West feat T-Pain –
"Good Life"
6. UGK feat. Outkast –
"Int'l Players Anthem"
7. Amy Winehouse -
"Rehab"
8. Timbaland feat. Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake –
"Give It To Me"
9. Justice –
"D.A.N.C.E."
10. Dude N Nem –
"Watch My Feet"

2006
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

j dilla1. J DILLA Donuts
2. TV ON THE RADIO
Return to Cookie Mountain
3. SONIC YOUTH
Rather Ripped
4. BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT
S/T
5. GNARLS BARKLEY
St. Elsewhere
6. THOM YORKE
The Eraser
7. THE FLAMING LIPS
At War With the Mystics
8. GHOSTFACE KILLAH
Fishscale
9. YEAH YEAH YEAHS
Show Your Bones
10. THE KNIFE
Silent Shout

SINGLES

crazy1. GNARLS BARKLEY "Crazy"
2. HOT CHIP
"Over and Over"
3. NELLY FURTADO w/ TIMBALAND "Promiscuous"
4. CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Ain't No Other Man"
5. SILVERSUN PICKUPS "Lazy Eye"
6. THE FLAMING LIPS "The W.A.N.D."
7. RIHANNA "SOS"
8. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE "My Love"
9. JUNIOR BOYS "In the Morning"
10. THOM YORKE "Black Swan"


2005
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

mia1. M.I.A. Arular
2. THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Twin Cinema
3. BLOC PARTY Silent Alarm
4. BECK Guero
5. ENGINEERS S/T
6. KANYE WEST Late Registration
7. TOM VEK We Have Sound
8. VITALIC OK Cowboy
9. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM S/T
10. DANGER DOOM The Mouse and the Mask

SINGLES

GORILLAZ1. GORILLAZ "Feel Good Inc."
2. (Tie) KANYE WEST
"Gold Digger" / The Legendary K.O. "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People"
3. M.I.A.
"Bucky Done Gun"
4. AMERIE
"1 Thing"
5. TOM VEK
"C-C (You Set the Fire in Me)"
6. DAVID BANNER
"Play"
7. CIARA feat. LUDACRIS
"Oh"
8. LADY SOVEREIGN
"Random"
9. PAUL WALL feat. BIG POKEY
"Sittin' Sideways"
10. KELLY CLARKSON
"Since You Been Gone

2004
FULL LIST & COMMENTARY HERE

ALBUMS

blonde1. BLONDE REDHEAD
Misery is a Butterfly
2. FRANZ FERDINAND S/T
3. KOMEDA Kokomemedada
4. AUTOLUX Future Perfect
5. DANGER MOUSE The Grey Album
6. AIR Talkie Walkie
7. THE STREETS A Grand Don't Come for Free
8. TV ON THE RADIO Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
9. DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 You're a Woman, I'm a Machine
10. ARCADE FIRE Funeral

SINGLES

franz1. FRANZ FERDINAND "Take Me Out"
2. JAY-Z "99 Problems"
3. LCD SOUNDSYSTEM "Yeah"
4. NINA SKY "Move Your Body"
5. M.I.A. "Galang"
6. TV ON THE RADIO "Staring at the Sun"
7. SNOOP DOGG FEAT. PHARRELL "Drop it Like It's Hot"
8. FAITHLESS "Mass Destruction"
9. ELTRO "Motorboat"
10. ERIC PRYDZ "Call on Me"


2003
ALBUMS

white 1. THE WHITE STRIPES
Elephant
2. NADA SURF Let Go
3. DIZZEE RASCAL Boy In Da Corner
4. THE RAVEONETTES Chain Gang of Love
5. RADIOHEAD Hail to the Thief
6. LUNGFISH Love is Love
7. SOFT PINK TRUTH Do You Party?
8. YEAH YEAH YEAHS Fever to Tell
9. HIDDEN CAMERAS The Smell of Our Own
10. THE STROKES Room on Fire

SINGLES

outkast 1. OUTKAST
"Hey Ya"
2. THE WHITE STRIPES "7 Nation Army"
3. 50 CENT "In Da Club"
4. PANJABI MC "Beware of the Boys (Mundian to Bach Ke)"
5. THE CURE VS BJORK "Hidden Forest" (GordyBoy bootleg)
6. JUNIOR SENIOR "Move Your Feet"
7. LUMIDEE "Never Leave"
8. ELECTRIC SIX "Danger! High Voltage"
9. ADAM FREELAND VS. NIRVANA "Smells Like Freeland"
10. BEYONCE "Crazy In Love"

2002
ALBUMS

streets1. THE STREETS
Original Pirate Material
2. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Songs for the Deaf
3. INTERPOL Turn on the Bright Lights
4. 2MANYDJS As Heard on Radio Soulwax Pt. 2
5. DOVES Last Broadcast
6. SLEATER-KINNEY The New Beat
7. COLDPLAY A Rush of Blood to the Head
8. WILCO Yankee Hotel Foxtrot
9. DJ SHADOW The Private Press
10. FELIX DA HOUSECAT Kittenz and Thee Glitz


SINGLES


stripes1. THE WHITE STRIPES
"Fell in Love with a Girl"
2. FISCHER SPOONER "Emerge"
3. MISSY ELLIOTT "Work It"
4. EMINEM "Without Me"
5. THE STROKES VS. CHRISTINA AGUILERA "Stroke of Genie-us" (Freelance Hellraiser bootleg)
6. THE HIVES "Hate to Say I Told You So"
7. KHIA "My Neck My Back"
8. KYLIE MINOGUE "Can't Get Blue Monday Out of My Head"
9. NELLY "Hot In Herre"
10. YEAH YEAH YEAHS "Bang"

2001
ALBUMS

low1. Low
Things We Lost in the Fire
2. Spiritualized Let It Come Down
3. The Strokes Is This It
4. Beta Band Hot Shots II
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club S/T
6. New Order Get Ready
7. Richie Hawtin DE9: Close to the Edit
8. Radiohead Amnesiac
9. Basement Jaxx Rooty
10. The White Stripes White Blood Cells


SINGLES

missy1. Missy Elliott - Get Ur Freak On
2. Gorillaz - 19-2000
3. System of a Down - Chop Suey
4. Nelly - Ride Wit Me
4. (tie!) Jay-Z - Izzo (HOVA)
5. Groove Armada - Superstylin'
6. Madonna - Don't Tell Me
7. The Faint - Agenda Suicide
8. Tool - Schism
9. Weezer - Island in the Sun
10. Utada Hikaru - Traveling

2000
ALBUMS

grandaddy1. GRANDADDY The Sophtware Slump
2. RADIOHEAD Kid A
3. GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR! Levez vos Skinny Fists Comme Antennas to Heaven!
4. QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE Rated R
5. PRIMAL SCREAM XTRMNTR
6. DOVES Lost Souls
7. AT THE DRIVE IN Relationship of Command
8. EMINEM Marshall Mathers LP
9. YO LA TENGO And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out
10. OUTKAST Stankonia


SINGLES

zombie1. Zombie Nation
"Kernkraft 400"
2. Aaliyah "Try Again"
3. Madonna "Music"
4. Queens of the Stone Age "Lost Art of Keeping a Secret"
5. Armand van Helden "Koochy"
6. Azzido Da Bass "Dooms Night"
7. Storm "Time to Burn"
8. Belle & Sebastian "Legal Man"
9. A Perfect Circle "Judith"
10. Detroit Grand Pubahs "Sandwiches"

1999
ALBUMS

magnetic1. The Magnetic Fields 69 Love Songs
2. Sleater-Kinney
The Hot Rock
3. Moby Play
4. Death in Vegas The Contino Sessions
5. Low Secret Name
6. Queens of the Stone Age S/T
7. Built to Spill Keep It Like a Secret
8. Godspeed You Black Emperor! Slow Riot for New Zero Canada
9. Royal Trux Veterans of Disorder
10. Underworld Beaucoup Fish


SINGLES

ginuwine1. Ginuwine
"What's So Different"
2. Underworld "King of Snake"
3. TLC "Silly Ho"
4. Basement Jaxx "Rendez-Vous"
5. Aphex Twin "Windowlicker"
6. The Roots w/ Erikah Badu "You Got Me"
7. 702 "Where my Girls At "
8. Len "Steal My Sunshine"
9. ODB "Gimme My Money"
10. Moby "Bodyrock"

1998 - LOST :(
1997

ALBUMS

spiritualized1. Spiritualized Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space
2. Built to Spill Perfect from Now On
3. Pavement Brighten the Corners
4. The Chemical Brothers Dig Your Own Hole
5. Yo La Tengo I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One
6. Radiohead OK Computer
7. Primal Scream Vanishing Point
8. Roni Size Reprazent New Forms
9. Fatboy Slim Better Living Through Chemistry
10. Dandy Warhols The Dandy Warhols Come Down

SINGLES

verve1. The Verve "Bittersweet Symphony"
2. Blur "Song 2"
3. Roni Size / Reprazent "Share the Fall"
4. Fatboy Slim / Pierre Henry "Psyche Rock"
5. Cornershop "Brimful of Asha"
6. Oasis "D'You Know What I Mean"
7. Dandy Warhols "Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth"
8. Gus Gus "Believe"
9. Notorius B.I.G. "Hypnotize"
10. Bjork "Joga
"