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December 2012

Welcome to my annual Tracks of the Year list

 

This year’s list includes 30 artists from the UK, 8 Americans, 4 Australians, 2 Austrians, 2 Finnish and one from each: Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Denmark.

 

The YouTube playlist for these tracks is at:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1-jCniWBb12uWJCVYYGrOgaIEfovTQ9V

(Two songs are not on YouTube and had to be replaced)

 

The Spotify playlist, as complete as I could make it, is at:

Tracks of the Year 2012

 

The chart includes every track’s MSR = Main Stream Ranking: How well would this track fit on a mainstream radio station from 1 to 5. It also includes the new “Listen to this if you like…” column.

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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Artist

Title

MSR

Listen to this if you like…

Notes

1

Midnight Lion

Sleeping in the Woods

3/5

Wild Beasts

Perfect song that would fit right in the top five of any year. Except for 1994. Perhaps. Shame it’s not on Spotify.

2

Binary

Modern Man

3/5

Babylon Zoo

 

3

Neighbourhood

Sweater Weather

4/5

The Killers

 

4

Max Min

Alpaca Socks

3/5

Foals

Austrian artist singing about bitcoins

5

The Orb featuring Lee “Scratch” Perry

Golden Clouds

1/5

Smoking ganja

Give her the animal. Give her the lion. Aaaaarr

6

ME

Naked

4/5

Muse

Muse were Radiohead after Radiohead stopped being Radiohead. ME are Muse after Muse stopped being Muse

7

Django Django

Default

2/5

The Beta Band

 

8

Rams’ Pocket Radio

1+2

4/5

Ben Folds Five

Probably the best chorus of 2012. Plus, THIS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xznVQiaAZA

9

The Pre New

A Night on LeatherMountain

1/5

The Orb

The re-incarnation of Earl Brutus

10

Young Kato

Drink, Dance, Play

3/5

Keane, The Automatic

 

11

Alt-J

Tessellate

2/5

David Byrne, John Cale

 

12

How to Dress Well

Cold Nites

2/5

Marvin Gaye mixed with a French movie’s soundtrack

Total Loss is one of the top albums of 2012

13

Gaz Coombes Presents…

White Noise

4/5

Supergrass, Neil Young

 

14

Arctic Monkeys

R U Mine?

4/5

Cream

 

15

Fast Years

Young Heart

4/5

The Stranglers, The Buzzcocks

 

16

Selebrities

The Living Dead

3/5

Metric

 

17

Crystal Castles

Kerosene

1/5

Aphex Twin, Hot Chip

(III) is probably my album of the year

18

Burning Hearts

Modern Times

3/5

The Cranberries

 

19

Lonsdale Boys Club

Light me up

5/5

Boy Crisis

 

20

The Egg

In Your Pocket

2/5

Tinariwen, Bernard Butler

 

21

DZ Deathrays

Gebbie Street

3/5

Sonic Youth, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

 

22

Centre Excuse

MTV Generation

4/5

Manic Street Preachers

 

23

Jack White

Love Interruption

5/5

Cat Stevens after testosterone treatment?

 

24

AlunaGeorge

You Know you Like it

4/5

Lykke Li, Oh Land

Featured on BBC’s “Sound of 2013”. I guess I’m ahead of my time?

25

WILD FLAG

Boom

3/5

Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie

 

26

Retriever

The Curse

3/5

Elastica, The Long Blondes

 

27

Spiritualized

Little Girl

4/5

Nick Drake, George Harrison

 

28

Rival Sons

Face of Light

4/5

Led Zeppelin, Allman Brothers, the Doors

 

29

I Heart Sharks

Monogamy

2/5

The Futureheads

 

30

Gaoler’s Daughter

How do you Know

3/5

Beach House, the Thieves, IV Thieves, Nic Armstrong and the Thieves

 

31

Jessie Ware

Taking in Water

5/5

Sade, Adele

 

32

DeepSeaArcade

Steam

4/5

Blur, Supergrass

 

33

Swim Deep

Honey

3/5

Feeder

 

34

The Raveonettes

Observations

3/5

The Stones’ Gimme Shelter, Cat’s Eyes

 

35

Elliphant

Ciant Hear it

3/5

Azealia Banks, Kreayshawn, Uffie

Swedish answer to Azealia, and much better than her imho

36

Idles

Meydei

3/5

Bloc Party, the Vaccines

 

37

Diagrams

Ghost Lit

4/5

Incubus, the Raconteurs

 

38

LCMDF (Le Corps Mince de Françoise)

Paranoia

3/5

Happy Mondays, EMF, Charli XCX

The Finnish sisters appearing here for the fourth year running…

39

Atoms for Peace

Default

2/5

Radiohead, The Good the Bad and the Queen

In my defense, I liked this track before I knew it was Thom Yorke’s new project

40

Ultraísta

Bad Insect

2/5

THEESatisfaction, Bonobo, Nigel Godrich

Nigel Godrich’s current project

41

Bright Light Bright Light

Love Part II

4/5

Heaven 17, Erasure, Human League

 

42

Haight Ashbury

Sophomore

2/5

The Mamas & the Papas, Throwing Muses, San Francisco in the 60s, Acid

 

43

Miles Kane

First of my Kind

4/5

The Who, Boo Radleys

 

44

Gotye

Easy Way Out

4/5

The Kinks, Franz Ferdinand

 

45

Tribes

Sappho

4/5

Thin Lizzy, Boston, Operahouse

Formed by two former Operahouse members

46

All the Young

The Horizon

4/5

Mansun, The Rifles

 

47

Eugene McGuiness

Harlequinade

3/5

ELO, Pulp

 

48

Django Django

Hail Bop

2/5

Gregorian monks on a psychedelic trip

 

49

Sweet Lights

Endless Town

4/5

Nilsson

Stage name of The Capitol Years frontman, Shai Halperin

50

Tamaryn

The Garden

3/5

The 4AD sound