Top Ten Lists

I’ve been compiling these music best of lists at the end of each year since 2010. The numbered lists are in order; the others are just my ten favourites for that year.


2016

  1. Anna Meredith – Varmints
  2. David Bowie – Blackstar
  3. Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial
  4. Miranda Lee Richards – Echoes of the Dreamtime
  5. Seratones – Get Gone
  6. De La Soul – …and the Anonymous Nobody
  7. Charles Hamilton – Hamilton, Charles
  8. Iggy Pop – Post Pop Depression
  9. The Renderers – In the Sodium Light
  10. Erin Tobey – Middlemaze

2015

  1. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
  2. Brooke Annibale – The Simple Fear
  3. Julia Holter – Have You In My Wilderness
  4. Low – Ones and Sixes
  5. Blur – The Magic Whip
  6. Beirut – No No No
  7. Computer Magic – Davos
  8. Oddisee – The Good Fight
  9. Four Tet – Morning/Evening
  10. Melt-Banana – Return of 13 Hedgehogs (MxBx singles 2000 – 2009)

2014

  • Mazes – Wooden Aquarium
  • Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna
  • Quantic – Magnetica
  • Mirel Wagner – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day
  • Allo’ Darlin’ – We Come from the Same Place
  • Landlady – Upright Behavior
  • Nina Persson – Animal Heart
  • Mark Morriss – A Flash Of Darkness (full review)
  • Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots (full review)
  • James – La Petite Mort
  • Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness (I know this makes 11, but it’s a late honorary addition to the list! I only heard it 16/10/2015.)

2013

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  1. A Hawk And A Hacksaw – You Have Already Gone To The Other World
  2. Arcade Fire – Reflektor
  3. Melt-Banana – fetch (full review)
  4. Yuppies – Yuppies (full review)
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Electric
  6. Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
  7. Vieux Farka Touré – Mon Pays
  8. Minor Alps – Get There
  9. Daniel Avery – Drone Logic
  10. Yo La Tengo – Fade

2012

  • Crystal Castles – (III)
  • Graham Coxon – A&E (full review)
  • Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery
  • Dan Deacon – America
  • Patti Smith – Banga (full review)
  • Julia Holter – Ekstasis (full review)
  • Bat For Lashes – The Haunted Man
  • Cody ChesnuTT – Landing On A Hundred
  • Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Theatre Is Evil
  • Orbital – Wonky (full review)

2011

  1. St. Vincent – Strange Mercy (full review)
  2. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l (full review)
  3. Cornershop – Cornershop and the Double ‘O’ Groove Of (full review)
  4. The Horrors – Skying (full review)
  5. Medollic – Dollhouse (full review)
  6. Emmy The Great – Virtue (full review)
  7. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
  8. Tapes ‘n Tapes – Outside
  9. Young Prisms – Friends For Now
  10. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

2010

  • Aloe Blacc – Good Things
  • Cloudland Canyon – Fin Eaves
  • Dam Mantle – First Wave
  • The Roots – How I Got Over
  • Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner
  • Roots Manuva meets Wrongtom – Duppy Writer
  • Windsor For The Derby – Against Love
  • Sleigh Bells – Treats
  • Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep
  • The Bees – Every Step’s A Yes