My first full year hosting 101x Xposure has (as the show’s title suggests) exposed me to so much music. Usually I have a system for knowing how many times I have played what but between the radio, streaming and old fashion downloading music I have no clue what I really listened to the most. Anyhow, I was able to cobble together a pretty good list of my favorite and most played songs of the year. Enjoy!
Behind the List
Since 2002 I would make a monthly playlist and burn CDs for friends. At the end of the year, I like to list my top according to play count, culture and my gut (well, ears).
So many genres so little time. I stick to what I know best which is indie, alternative and electronica. Well, I probably know Wu-Tang and Townes Van Zandt better but this isn’t the time for a hipster pissing match.
My primary decision when it comes to putting one song on top of another is usually based in emotion. Why was I so attached to that song versus another? There are also excel sheets, drugs, and loud listening parties.
Once I get close to 75ish I start organizing them in order of weighted play count and emotional importance. The last step is really just “massaging the playlist“ so it has a nice flow.
Is this a Recipe Blog?
No and good point. You want the list not a pile of poor grammar word salad aimed at search engine optimization. Enough ego typing and let us get to my ego listing!
50) Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Wolf
49) Daisy the Great – Crying in the Mirror
48) Hazel English – Hamilton
47) Beach House – Once Twice Melody
46) White Lung – Date Night
45) Killers – West Hills
44) Foals – 2am
43) Future Islands – King of Sweden
42) The Afghan Whigs – Catch a Colt
41) Preoccupations – Slowly
40) Young Fathers – I Saw
39) Alex G – Blessing
38) Goth Babe – I’m in Luv
37) mehro – pretty kids
36) Young Fathers – Geronimo
35) Iceage – Pull Up
34) Black Country, New Road – Snow Globes
33) The Mountain Goats – Training Montage
32) Phoenix – Winter Solstice
31) Holy Fawn – Void of Light
30) almost monday – Sunburn
29) Perfume Genius – Photograph
28) Sharon Van Etten – Mistakes
27) Wet Leg – Daisy
26) Joy Wellboy – No Mistakes
25) Yeah Yeah Yeahs -Burning
24) Dehd – Empty in My Mind
23) Wolf Alice – Lipstick on the Glass
22) Bakar – NW3
21) thxsomch – Spit in My Face
20) The Brian Jonestown Massacre – The Real
19) Fences – A Mission
18) Ezra Furman – Forever in Sunset
17) Sharon Van Etten – Headspace
16) The Murder Capital – A Thousand Lives
15) Jungle – GOOD TIMES
14) Gogol Bordello, KAZKA – Take ONly What You Can Carry
13) Sorry – Key to the City
12) Santigold – Fall First
11) Spoon – Lucifer on the Sofa
10) Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Lovebomb
09) Broken Bells – We’re Not In Orbit Yet
08) Joywave – Buy American
07) Interpol – Toni
06) Steve Lacy – Bad Habit
OMG THE BEST, WTF?!
05) Arcade Fire – Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)
04) !!!, Maria Uzor – Storm Around the World
03) Spoon – Wild
02) Fontaines D.C. – Jackie Down the Line
01) Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Perfume Genius – Spitting off the Edge of the World